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Denture Relines / Refits

Denture Relines/Refits

What may start as an occasional problem with your dentures can quickly become a major nuisance. When your dentures start to feel loose, slip, or become uncomfortable, it’s time to turn to our expert team at Schaefer Denture Clinic for assistance. After 2-3 years the bone shrinks enough that your dentures need to be refitted.

Our professional denturists will work with you to create a brand new fit that is comfortable, stable, and secure.

Reasons Why Your Dentures Should be Relined

Ease Discomfort

A poor fit can cause your dentures to rub and irritate your gums. This causes gum and bone loss. Denture relining will restore a comfortable fit so you can enjoy your favorite foods and keep your jaw bone and gums healthy.

Extend Your Denture’s Life

Over time, the fit and shape of your dentures can change due to normal wear and bone loss. Relining can help prolong the life of your dentures by keeping them in good condition for longer. A better fit also keeps your jaw bone healthy.

Maintain Proper Fit

Keep your dentures securely in place and help slow bone loss. We will refit your dentures to ensure they fit as tightly as possible. This allows a more secure fit while keeping the pressure from eating even on the gums, which stimulates healthy bone.

Avoid Sore Spots

Dentures that don't fit properly can lead to sore spots and sores on your gums, which can cause premature bone loss. Relining your dentures can reduce sore spots and allow you to eat comfortably again.

What to Expect During Relines/Refits

It only takes two appointments to refit your dentures with our professional relining service. During the first appointment in the morning, we use a highly accurate silicone material to capture the shape of your gums. In between the appointments we spend the day changing the silicone into denture plastic to ensure the dentures fit as tightly as possible. During the second appointment in the afternoon we give you back your dentures. Checking to ensure the fit is tight, and there are no initial sore spots.


Your denturist will assess your dentures and jaw to determine if a reline or refit is the right option for you.


Impressions Inside Your Dentures

To refit your denture, your denturist will take an impression of your gums inside of your dentures. This ensures the dentures will fit better while not changing the bite of the look of the dentures.


Custom Fitting

Once your denturist has a custom impression, we use it to create a fit that is comfortable and secure. We will carefully change impression material into brand new denture resin.



After the resin has fully hardened and cured, your dentures will be trimmed and polished smooth. We then insert your relined dentures, checking to make sure there are no initial sore spots or changes to the looks.

Types of Denture Relines

Hard Relines

A hard reline uses a durable, heat and pressure cured resin to create a rigid and supportive base for your dentures. It's more durable and provides a tighter fit and longer lasting base.

Soft Relines

A soft reline uses a less rigid, more flexible resin to provide a more comfortable fit. This type of relining is ideal for patients with sensitive gums or little to no jaw bone left.

Temporary Relines

A temporary reline may be done as part of a permanent relining process. It is applied to your dentures for a short period of time, to allow your gums and bone to heal or change. It is then removed once we are ready to start the permanent reline treatment.

Adjusting to Your Denture Reline/Refits

Having your dentures relined can feel like you’re wearing them for the first time. To ensure a comfortable fit, it’s important to take some time to allow your gums, muscles and jaw to adapt. The process can take anywhere from a few days to a few weeks. During this time, we recommend the following:
  1. Wearing your dentures as much as possible
  2. Removing the dentures twice daily to soak and brush
  3. Eating softer foods
  4. When removing or inserting the dentures, clean gums with a soft-bristled toothbrush
  5. Calling us if you have any pain or discomfort, denture sores that last longer than two days will need to be adjusted by your denturist
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