The ability for dentures to remain in place weakens the longer you wear them. This is natural, since your gums change with time. To fix this, a reline is performed on the patient’s dentures. This is a process by which the hard acrylic base that makes contact with the patient’s gums is either repaired or replaced.
Dr. Kirk Sutton offers both temporary and permanent relines. For permanent relines, patients will come in early in the day to take impressions of their mouth and gums. These impressions are then sent to the denture to the lab where they are processed in the pressure pot. In no time, the impression material is replaced by new pink acrylic. These new impressions are returned to the patient that afternoon.
If your dentures are not fitting correctly then Dr. Kirk Sutton can also do a temporary reline. The advantage of a temporary reline is it buys a bit of time which allow patients to decide if they need a permanent reline or a new set of dentures. Sometimes regular denture adjustments just aren't enough and instead of adjusting the denture by removing the high spots, Dr. Kirk Sutton can add material to the low spots thus making the dentures fit more precisely. Regardless, this is a temporary measure, often designed to last anywhere from a few weeks to a few months. This option takes just under an hour to complete.