How to reline dentures

Updated February 21, 2017

If you find that your dentures slip or click when you eat or talk, you slur your speech, or you have sore spots on your gums, it might be time to reline your dentures. The gums of denture wearers naturally shrink over time. Therefore, it is important that denture wearers have their dentures relined every few years or they can risk doing long-term damage to their gums. If you think that your dentures are not fitting like they should, read on to find out how to reline them for the perfect fit.

Hard reline your dentures. In a hard reline, your dentist will remove some of the plastic from the interior of your dentures, and then fill the cavity with putty-like material. Then, the dentures are replaced in your mouth to create an impression of the new shape of your gums. Then, the dentures are sent to the lab and the new impression will be refashioned out of the same hard material as your original dentures.

Soft reline your dentures. When dentures have been ill-fitting for so long that they create sore spots or tender gums, dentists recommend soft relines. In a soft reline, the dentures are relined with a material that ranges from a waxy to a rubbery consistency and will stay soft for a year or two until the patient is ready for a hard reline.

Soft reline your dentures with a home kit. Dentists recommend that you hard reline your dentures at least every two years. However, hard relines can be expensive and you will have to go without your dentures until they return from the lab. Denture soft reline kits come equipped with the pre-measured quantities of the soft material that dentists use. The self-adhesive soft reline material can then be pressed into the dentures and used to reshape your dentures to your gums according to the manufacturer's directions. For ordering information, see the "resources" section at the bottom of the page.

Things You'll Need

  • Dentures
  • Dentist
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Based in Houston, Texas, Meg Butler is a professional farmer, house flipper and landscaper. When not busy learning about homes and appliances she's sharing that knowledge. Butler began blogging, editing and writing in 2000. Her work has appered in the "Houston Press" and several other publications. She has an A.A. in journalism and a B.A. in history from New York University.