By Dr. Hudnall DMD
Patients Ask: What Is A Soft Reline for Dentures?
A soft denture reline is a process of adding new material to the inside surface of an existing denture in order to improve the denture’s intimate contact with the hard and soft tissue. The goal is to create denture stability while improving the fit, suction, and chewing ability. When used with the correct indications, a soft denture reline can increase the lifespan of an existing set of dentures for extended period of time. Two common types of soft reline materials available are poly-ethyl methacrylate (PEMA) and dimethyl siloxane, a silicone-based product.
Soft denture relines are appropriate in cases where the patient has tender gums, recurrent sore spots, an extremely resorbed ridge, or a knife-edged ridge. These conditions make wearing dentures particularly uncomfortable. The forgiving properties of the soft reline material cushions the blow of minor movements and allows the patient to chew comfortably without irritation. Soft relines can also be used with patients who have loose tissue or papillary hyperplasia in the palate.