After a new denture has been inserted, it ought to retain in the mouth quite nicely due to the fact that the shape of the inside of the denture base conforms closely to the shape of the gums. (Please note that good  retention (suction) of the denture does not necessarily mean that the same denture is stable.  For a good explanation of the difference between these two characteristics please click  here.)

Unfortunately, the longer you wear the denture, the more your gums change underneath it, and the looser it gets.  In order to restore the retentive qualities of the denture, and to prevent the production of flabby gum tissue under it, you should have the denture professionally relined at least every two years.

There are actually three types of denture relines: Hard, Soft and Temporary.
This is the kind of reline that should be done on all full dentures every two years. The dentist removes some of the plastic from the inside of the denture, and then fills the denture with a soft material (think of soft putty) which, when replaced in the mouth, conforms to the contours of the tissues, and then hardens to a rubbery consistency. When the denture is removed, the denture now contains an accurate impression of the shape of the gums. The denture is sent to the lab, and the impression material is replaced with pink, hard acrylic in exactly the same shape as the original impression material. When returned, the denture now conforms to the contours of your mouth and should make maximum contact with the tissues producing maximum suction. In our office, the impression is scheduled for first thing in the morning. The patient goes home without the denture, but returns later the same day (usually early afternoon) for the insert (fitting appointment).
Occasionally, a patient finds that he cannot wear the denture because his gums are too tender, and he keeps getting sore spots.  In cases where the patient is unable to wear ordinary dentures because of tender gums, the denture can be relined with a material that remains somewhat pliable for a year or two before it needs replacement.  The consistency of this material can range from waxy to hard rubber, and is generally less likely to give the patient sore spots than ordinary pink acrylic.

Unfortunately, by the time that a patient resorts to a soft reline material to make the denture wearable, it usually means that factors other than simple sore spots are partly to blame for the difficulties that the patient is experiencing wearing the dentures.  These could include an over-built denture  or a resorbed ridge which is so unstable that the patient must keep constant force on the teeth to keep them in place. Both of these conditions can be corrected, sometimes with less expensive simple surgery or sometimes with much more expensive implant retained dentures.

Frequently, by the time a patient with an old denture finally shows up at the dentist's office looking for a new denture, the dentures have not been serviced for such a long time that the gums are in terrible condition.  They may be red, swollen and quite misshapen.  Relining the old denture, or building a new one using impressions taken while the gums are in such poor condition would lead to a denture that would simply perpetuate the problem with the new appliance. 

When faced with situations like this, a dentist will frequently resort to a temporary, or palliative (medicated) reline material to allow the inflammation to subside.  This reline makes the denture fit much more tightly, and is usually soft and pliable.  It will not last more than a few months, but the patient wears it for a few weeks until the gums return to a more normal state.  After this happens, then the patient is ready for his new denture or hard reline.
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There are home reline kits available for those patients who cannot get to a dentist or prefer to try a ?do it yourself? reline. A certain amount of skill is required and may require several attempts before a successful reline is achieved. These relines in most cases are a soft material that is only designed for temporary use (one or two months), but can be sent to a dental lab for permanent relining with either soft or conventional hard denture acrylic.
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At home denture reline.

Done by a dentist, it is the most common and can be done with either soft or hard reline material. It is usually done for temporary purposes while gums are healing after extractions and will only last a month or so until a permanent reline or a replacement denture is made.

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Dental lab denture reline.

This is a reline that a dentist will take an impression of a patients upper or lower gum tissue inside an existing dentures and send them to a dental lab to have a permanent denture relining material placed in the denture. If done with a hard material, the material will last the life of a denture, or a permanent soft line can last for as long as one to two years.
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