What is a reline and soft liner?


What is a reline and soft liner?

For those of you who have worn dentures for many years relining a denture may be a procedure you are familiar with. The dental world is every changing to include better, more effective treatments and the reline procedure evolution is no exception. It is important to remember that what you have your denture lined with can be as important as when.

What is a reline you ask?

The bony bridges that support your denture are in a constant state of resorption or gradual diminishing from the day you have your natural teeth extracted through the duration of your natural life. This bone loss occurs at different rates from patient to patient, but for most, there is a matter of measurable change every 2 – 5 years. As this change occurs dentures become looser. Symptoms such as less ability  when chewing, food entrapment under plates, or more frequent sore spots are common indications that change has taken place. Some patients experience no noticeable symptoms at all but nevertheless, the shrinkage factor is ongoing. Ill-fitting dentures, left unchecked, can lead to more rapid loss of ridge, making is difficult for patients to wears dentures in later years.

By taking a new impression in the fitting surface of your denture a record of your ridges, as they are now, can be obtained. The fitting surfaces of your denture are removed and rebuilt utilizing these new records; this is known as a reline. When the denture is placed back into the patient’s mouth the result is a more accurate fit, much like a brand new denture. It should be noted, the dentures going through this process must still have the proper bite alignment for relining to be successful. A simple examination by your dental professional will assess your dentures in this regard. Our clinic has a strong belief in preventive healthcare which is why we offer courtesy annual exams to assess the need for any preventive maintenance that may help improve out patients oral care

But what is a soft liner then?

Patients who suffer chronic discomfort when wearing dentures will often benefit from the application of a layer of soft compressible material between their oral tissue and the acrylic denture base. This layer acts much like a shock absorbed and can increase patient comfort dramatically. The more common types in past were Molloplast B or Luccisoft  which can be placed during the time ofsofereliner denture construction or later during a reline procedure into an existing denture. Tokuyama Sofreliner is a newer Japaneses product that is providing excellent results. It is softer in nature and easier to clean making it a first choice for patients in our clinic.  The average lifespan of these linings is 2 – 3 years and generally no longer than 5.

Whether you choose a soft or hard base, relines are an excellent way to keep your dentures working well, while protecting the ridges or gums from premature shrinkage.

If you have any questions about which reline procedure is right for you or if you would like to schedule your courtesy annual exam call 250 756 1616 today.