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Relines and refitting your dentures

Part Two of Immediate Dentures

After your teeth have been extracted the tissues in your mouth begin to drastically change. Your dentures will become very loose soon after insertion.

It is imperative you have follow up appointments with your Denturist to monitor the fit and comfort of your denture(s).

How often are relines necessary?

Over time, oral tissues will undergo significant changes. Some denture wearers experience very little change while others experience more drastic changes. Refitting, otherwise known as relining is completed once the denture has been worn approximately 6-10 months* and most healing is complete.

Why do changes occur in the mouth?

There is a special relationship between the healthy tooth root and the jaw bone. The tooth root encourages the bone to stay strong providing support. Once the teeth have been extracted the bone has no “stimulation” to encourage it to remain, therefore it shrinks (atrophies / resorbs).

As a denture wearer, part of the regular maintenance for your dentures is the occasional procedure of relining or refitting.

What is a reline?

A reline/refit restores proper fit by filling in areas under the denture where supporting gums and bone have shrunk (atrophied). The reline material bonds to the fitted side of the denture and shapes itself to reflect the changes in your mouth. Soon after extractions is when the greatest amount of change occurs. Often so drastic within weeks of extractions, that the dentures are extremely loose. At this time a temporary soft liner is placed to help keep the denture snug while the mouth continues to reshape itself after extractions.

Relining/refitting is an economical way to maintain the proper function and fit of your denture and help keep the supporting tissues from experiencing the stress that a loose or ill-fitting denture can cause.

Are there different reline techniques available?

There are several reline procedures available.

Some require lab procedures, while others may be completed directly in the Denturist’s chair. There are special relines made from soft materials for those with very sensitive or reduced gums.

The most advanced reline material and technique is called Ivocap Injection System. This is a proven advanced technique used in this clinic sine 1988.

Ivocap is known for its superior fit, function and quality.

Relining can extend the life of your denture by keeping the fitted side well adapted to the supporting tissue as it changes over time. Stabilizing a loose denture improves speech, effective chewing and jaw comfort. Never underestimate the intangible benefits of these positive changes: a sense of well being and greater self-confidence.

Recap on reline information-

  • Part of the regular maintenance of your dentures.
  • A reline restores proper fit by filling in areas under the denture where supporting gums have receded.
  • Is an economical way to maintain the proper function and fit of your denture and can extend the life of your denture.
  • Relines are often done following the removal of natural teeth. Otherwise, the recommended minimum time to reline a denture is every 2-3 years*.

Did you know?

You do not need a referral from your Dentist or Medical Doctor to visit a Denturist. Denturists must be licensed with the College of Denturists of Ontario. The College of Denturists is a part of the Regulatory Health Professions Act of Ontario.

*Results may vary

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