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Joseph Lima, DD, R.D.T., T.D., Adam Lima DD, B.Sc. and Michael Lima DD

Denture Reline

Why you should have your dentures checked regularly?

Left unchecked, dentures that no longer fit you can cause serious harm to soft tissues in your mouth. They can also look less natural, damaging your confidence and your self-esteem. With regular checks, we can ensure that as your needs change, your dentures are adapted to fit with the shape of your mouth and your appearance withrelining procedures.

Three types of relining procedures

The permanent hard reline

A hard denture reline will improve the fit and stability of your dentures. Please note that you will be without your dentures for approximately 5 hours for the processing procedures. It involves the following:
  • Removing some of the plastic from the inside your denture
  • Placing a layer of soft impression material onto this trimmed surface
  • Repositioning inside your mouth to take an impression of the unique contours of your mouth
  • Using this accurate impression to create a new hard base

The “permanent” soft reline

If you suffer with tender gums and sore spots, denture relining can help your dentures be kinder to your mouth. This is often the case for people who have a very flat lower ridge, which means that the retention of the lower denture is very poor. By adapting your denture with a material that remains soft and pliable (denture cushion), we can make your dentures much more comfortable to wear. Every year or two the soft material will need to be replaced. Please note you may be without your dentures for approximately 24 hours for processing. It involves the following:

  • Removing some of the plastic from the inside your denture
  • Placing a layer of soft impression material onto this trimmed surface
  • Repositioning inside your mouth to take an impression of the unique contours of your mouth
  • Using this accurate impression to create a new soft base

The Tissue Conditioning/Temporary Reline

A temporary/therapeutic denture reline is suitable for people who are awaiting a hard reline or new dentures but their gums need time to heal. This is especially the case for patients who are wearing dentures that are very old and ill-fitting, because this can damage your gums causing them to be sore, swollen and misshapen. It involves the following:

  • A temporary soft reline material is added to the surface of your dentures directly in the clinic
  • This conditioning material allows the inflammation to subside
  • You wear your dentures with their new soft base for a few weeks until the gums return to a normal and healthy state
  • This temporary soft reline also makes your denture grip much more tightly

When the time is right the soft material is replaced with a new hard base, or your treatment fornew dentures or implants can begin.


For confidence and security in your smile, contact our denture clinic to schedule your free, no-obligation consultation.