Denture relining refers to adjusting or replacing the tissue-bearing part of dentures so that they fit the wearer better. This article discusses why it is important for you to have your dentures relined at the frequency recommended by your denturist or dentist.

Conditioning Your Gums

The staff at the denture clinic may recommend that you should have your dentures relined so that your gum tissue can be conditioned after ill-fitting dentures irritated it. In this case, the denture clinic will reline your dentures with soft tissue materials so that those soft materials can gently massage your gum tissues for the recommended duration. Once your gum tissues have been conditioned, the denturist can give you new dentures or let you continue using your current ones.

Extending the Lifespan of Dentures

Dentures gradually become loose as they age and as the wearer's dental structures alter. These changes may result in having new dentures made for you. For instance, you may have undergone dental surgery that resulted in the removal of some of your gum tissues. Such an alteration to your dental organs can necessitate the fabrication of new dentures. However, you can avoid the cost of having new dentures made by relining the current ones. The relined dentures will perform as well as the new ones that you would have got. This benefit comes at a small fraction of the cost of having new dentures fabricated. The relining process also takes less time than the fabrication process of new dentures.

Reducing the Impact of Denture Repairs

Dentures are breakable devices that can be damaged when they are accidentally dropped. Such damage may be minor and can be repaired at a denture clinic. Once the repairs are completed, the denturist may have your dentures relined so that your sensitive gum tissues are not affected by the change caused by the repairs done. The relining material will cushion your soft tissues from getting in direct contact with the adhesives used to repair a crack or tear in your dentures.

You should not see denture relining as a way to postpone having new dentures made indefinitely. This is because dentures gradually become more porous. This can expose you to bacterial infections because food and germs can be trapped inside those pores. You should therefore visit a denture clinic at the recommended intervals so that the condition of your dentures can be professionally assessed. You will also receive additional denture care tips during those visits.