How to Reline Your Own Dentures
How to Reline Dentures Yourself With a Denture Reliner Kit
New dentures are made to fit snugly around the gums and stay firmly in your mouth. Over time, gum tissue can shrink and the dentures become loose. This means they may slip when you are talking or eating, and they can also develop sore spots where they rub on the gum and cause pain. Many people feel very embarrassed and may hold a hand over their mouth when talking and prefer not to eat around other people. Dental adhesive may give some temporary assistance, but when dentures become loose they need to be relined. Dental visits can be quite expensive, so many people prefer to reline their own dentures using a Denture Reliner Kit by EasyComforts on Amazon
Typical Components in a Denture Reline Kit
Step-by-Step Instructions for a DIY Denture Reline
These instructions are for a Perma Soft kit that I helped a neighbor use. The other kits appear to have the same sorts of system, but she chose Perma Soft because it had the most star ratings in feedback reviews on Amazon.
- Remove the dentures and clean them, then thoroughly dry them. Rinse your mouth out and make sure there are no food particles sticking to your gums. Cover the outside of the dentures with a layer of petroleum jelly so that the reline material will not adhere to them if it gets on to the outside.
- Read the instructions that came with the reline kit. The kit contains bottles of powder and liquid that activate when they are mixed together. This happens quickly so you need to have everything organized in front of you before you start mixing. If you are relining both dentures then you should only reline one denture at a time, beginning with the top one.
- Put the powder and liquid components in the mixing cup together, and stir for no more than 10 seconds, or according to the directions. Quickly pour the mixture into the clean top denture. Place both your dentures in your mouth and bite down slowly and firmly but do not clamp your jaws together too hard. Hold this for 3 to 5 minutes then remove the dentures and run cold water through the top one that you relined. Use a sharp knife or razor blade to trim away any excess material. Replace the top denture, then reline the bottom one using the same procedure.
- Replace your soft denture reline if it becomes uncomfortable again. Most people find they go from three months to two years between relines. You should visit a dentist every two years because as we age our gum tissue and jawbone can shrink, to the point where dentures may need to be remade.
The most difficult part of the process is putting up with the chemical smell and taste when you put the dentures into your mouth with the solution in them. The chemical taste can last for up to a week, but most people are willing to put up with it rather than spend hundreds of dollars for a reline by a dentist.
Denture Reliner Kits on Amazon
This popular kit contains enough reliner for both the upper and lower denture and can last for about two years. There are around 200 customer reviews on Amazon if you want to find out how good people thought it was.
This kit has enough for 2 relines and is easy to use. It is zinc-free for those with allergies.
A tip for this kit is to put the liquid in the freezer for two minutes before you make the mix as it will prolong the setting time and prevent it going lumpy while you mix it.
Contains enough to reline two dentures.
This kit contains enough to reline two dentures. There were no Amazon reviews to see what other people thought about it.
Denture Adhesive on Amazon
If your dentures are loose and you are not ready to try a denture reline, then some denture adhesive can help keep your false teeth in place. This can be in the form of a glue like paste, a powder or adhesive strips. These are best used as a short-term solution until you can get to a dentist.
These are the adhesive strip style.