By dentist Dr. Richard Mitchell
Denture reline kits are useful when you're thinking about relining dentures yourself at home. Why would you want to reline your dentures?
There's really only one reason to do a reline - your denture doesn't fit properly any more - but there are several reasons why you might want to do it yourself at home.
There's absolutely no doubt that getting your denture relined at a dentist's office will give you the best fit and the longest lasting result.
BUT doing it yourself at home has a couple of advantages:
HOWEVER there are some disadvantages, too;
I can think of 3 good reasons to look at a home denture reline kit:
Which reline kits do I recommend? There are 2;
The first one is Reline-It Denture Reliner
Both of these require you to get any loose or soft lining material and denture adhesive out of your denture. Soaking the denture in hot water for a minute can help to soften any of the old materials. Once you have got the denture completely clean of any old stuff, just follow the directions on the packet carefully.
The RELINE IT is a hard acrylic material, whereas PermaSoft is an acrylic material that remains slightly flexible when fully set.
This means that the RELINE IT is virtually identical to the base material that the rest of your denture is made from. It will set hard, and will keep it's shape - although it may take up to 12 hours to harden completely.
The PermaSoft, on the other hand, remains slightly soft when it's set. You can dent it with your thumbnail. This is useful if you have thin or sensitive gums, especially on the lower jaw. But there are two potential problems with a soft reline.
Where they tell you to bite down gently while the liner is setting, MOST PEOPLE bite down WAY TO HARD. It's very important to bite gently at first, just to get the dentures into the right position. Then HOLD IT THERE ! After a minute, you can slowly increase the pressure.
For lower dentures, it's a good idea to swallow a couple of times during the setting time, because the swallowing action helps to push any excess material away from under your tongue. Just be sure to keep the denture very STILL while you are swallowing.
Denture reline kits are an inexpensive way of relining dentures, providing you take your time and pay attention to detail!