Dentures are great. They do what they are supposed to do, they are durable, and require very little in the way of aftercare. The caveat is, of course, those occasional refitting which we need to do. This is because general usage is hard on them and occasionally they need to be adjusted. So, if you can’t make it to the dentist, can you reline them yourself? You certainly can! In this article we will discuss how to reline dentures yourself although we do want to make a few points for you to consider before you decide to take on this endeavor. The process may not be as convenient as you are thinking. Let’s talk about realigning your smile!
The reason that some people do their own relining
There are a number of reasons why you might choose to reline your own dentures. Trips to the dentist can be expensive, for one thing. Those insurance premiums can take a noticeable hit to your wallet and each reline can cost anywhere between $300 and $500. Sometimes it is just the time involved. Not everyone has the luxury of taking a day off to visit the dentist. Whatever your reasons we’ve got you covered if you would like to reline your dentures yourself but first you need to know about the risks.
The types of relining
There are different types of relining that relate to your specific realignment need. These are typically done as either a ‘laboratory reline’, in which it is all done at a 3rd party lab, or a ‘chairside reline’, wherein the dentist comes to your home and does the work there. The types of denture relining are as follows”
- Soft reline – A soft reline is the type of reline which you get when your gums are very sensitive and wearing your dentures is actually painful. During this procedure your dentist will actually line the dentures with a soft material that will make them much more pleasant to use.
- Hard reline – This is a procedure that you will typically have done every two years. During this procedure your dentist will utilize putty and your existing dentures in order to determine where more acrylic needs to be added in order to ensure a proper fit. The impressions from the putty show where the dentures need to be changed and thus acrylic is added (or removed) to meet your exact fit.
- Temporary reline – If you have been putting off your dentist appointments then you may well find the need for a temporary reline. A temporary reline is a measure taken when your gums are swollen and inflamed, thus making a standard type reline impractical. Your dentist will line your dentures with medications which can bring down the inflammation and swelling so that you can find a little pain relief and schedule an appointment for a proper hard reline to be done within a week or two.
What are the risks of relining my own dentures?
First we should mention this because it is very important. You could void the warranty on your dentures. If you attempt a reline and for some reason it goes awry then your dentist may not be able to fix your dentures properly and due to your attempt at fixing them yourself, this work
“If you make a mistake, your dentures may become uncomfortable to wear”
might be at your expense. Another consideration is the simple fact that if you make a mistake, your dentures may become uncomfortable to wear and begin rubbing at your gums or your bite might be slightly misaligned. If you are willing to take these risks then we will tell you what you can do.
The three types of denture kits
There are three types of denture kits that you can purchase either online or at your local pharmacy. These are, of course, the same as what you might get through your dentist. They are soft, hard, and temporary reline kits, so you can select them based on what you need.
What are the best kits for relining my dentures myself?
As the most common reline concern is a soft reline, we’ve collected our top 3 picks for soft relining your dentures at home. The top picks are as follows:
Our first entry is the D.O.C. advanced denture reliner kit and at around $8.00 it’s a great deal at a fraction of the cost of the others. The plastic applicator allows you to put the mixture where you need and after 3 minutes your dentures are ready to go! Great for a quick fix if you are on the run. We should note that you may want to get a couple of these, as the testimonials we’ve reviewed indicate that the mixture can set fairly quickly and this can save you a little stress.
Perma Soft Denture Reliner
Our second entry is the Perma Soft denture reliner. This one retails at just under $16 and includes a kit for both the upper and lower dentures. According to testimonials this can last up to 2 years but as with anything else, your mileage may vary.
Our most expensive option at $29.95 is the Sensi-Dent denture reliner. This is much the same as the other kits, as it includes a mixture and a stick to apply (wooden, in this case), but it also comes with detailed instructions and access to a dental assistance line if the instructions seem complex or if you simply want someone to walk you through the process. The price is higher but we think that the added value of assistance is worth a little extra when it comes to securing your smile.
Now that you know some of the best options for relining your dentures yourself then you are good to go. Just remember, however, that relining your dentures on your own is NOT recommended, so if you want to skip the dentist then proceed, informed, at your own risk!