In this article, we will discuss the various types of complete denture relines including soft denture relines and hard denture relines, laboratory-processed relines versus chairside relines, and denture rebases. I will give you some things to consider to keep you out of trouble and to aid your denture laboratory by providing the records that will produce the best outcome. I will also provide some convenient checklists to help make your life easier.
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What is a Denture Reline?
A dental reline is a process of adding new material to the inside surface of existing dentures in order to improve the denture’s contact with hard and soft tissue. The goal is to create denture stability while improving the fit, suction, and chewing ability of the person wearing them. When used with the correct indications, a reline can prolong the use of a set of dentures for many years.
There are several different types of reline materials, and each have ideal applications. Hard acrylic relines can be performed using laboratory processing methods or by using a material suitable for chairside curing. The latter may be an appropriate choice for a patient who is not able to go without their dentures while the laboratory is relining them.