False teeth liners are exactly as the name says – they are a liner designed to go between your false teeth and your gums. They are designed to provide a more comfortable fit for your dentures.
After long-term wearing of false teeth, our upper and lower jaw shape can change. In addition to this, dentures can tend to show signs of wear and tear. Like anything that starts to become worn, this means that anything that was once a nice snug fit can start to move around, causing irritation and discomfort.
The design of dentures are such that they sit on gums. To keep them from rubbing and irritating your gums and mouth, you can use denture reliners or cushions. Below we will go into more detail regarding the different options you can use.
Types of False Teeth Liners
False teeth reliners come in two different formats. One made from a resin and the other is a soft cushion.
The resin type is either a soft or hard resin. Regardless of what material used, liners and cushions keep your false teeth in good shape by extending their usable life.
Your jawbone is the often the actual reason for needing a reliner. Over time it will shrink because of tooth loss, thus creating space between your jaw and false teeth.
Dentures replace missing or damaged teeth and add volume to the jawbone. Still, with the changes to your jawbone over time, the dentures that were once a perfect fit may not fit as well. False teeth reliners and denture cushions act to fill the gaps created by the changes in your jawbone. This allows dentures to seat firmly once again in your mouth.
The process of adding false teeth liners to your actual dentures can be completed in 2 primary ways:
- your dentist can complete this process for you, or
- you can purchase a DIY denture reline kit and do it yourself instead.
Here we will look at both methods and outline some of the costs involved with each option…
Process For Making Professional Denture Liners
The dentist will first inspect your mouth and discuss your current situation to fully understand any pre-existing issues. If you have sore spots, inflammation or swelling, alternative steps may be required to be able to provide you with the best fitting dentures.
Provided that no trimming of acrylic from your existing denture has to occur, the dentist will thoroughly clean and dry your prosthesis. Then the dentist will apply a reline resin material onto all denture surfaces that come into contact with your gums, after which you will be asked to put it back into your mouth. You will then need to bite down gently to create an imprint of your gums in the resin, on the inside of the denture.
Once the resin has set, any excess material will have to be removed by your dentist using scissors or a scalpel or other specialized equipment.
The hard resin option is for longer-term use but is not as flexible as soft resin. Both have their positive and negative points. You can discuss the choice of which kind is best for your specific situation with your dentist before relining.
It takes up to about an hour for your dentist to create and fit your new reliner.
The thickness of your denture plate becomes thicker with the addition of the new liner. Over time, with the changes in your mouth and the addition of the reliner, this may result in requiring a new base.
Average Cost Of Professional Denture Reline
A denture reline will cost, on average, approx. $300 per plate (upper or lower) but is an affordable option compared to having a completely new set of dentures made.
Prices can vary depending on if the reline is able to be performed while you are in the dentist’s chair, or if the dentist has to send it away to the alb or workshop for more involved work. In the latter case, you can expect to pay a little more.
DIY Denture Reliner Kits
If you are not keen on the professional route, there are some do-it-yourself relining products available. They work on the same basic principle as the professionally-made relines.
Essentially you mix a paste, apply it to the bottom of your dentures where they sit on your gums and as it dries, it hardens creating a vacuum seal.
The cost of a reliner kit runs in the neighborhood of $25.00 per package and can be a great affordable option. They can last quite a long time (up to a few years), but can also work well as an emergency solution until you can get to your dentist for a professional fitting.
Here are some DIY options for denture reliners:
Perma Soft Denture Reliner Kit
The Perma Soft Denture Reliner Kit contains a powder and liquid mixture. You combine them together and apply to your denture to make an impression of the gums underneath.
The resulting false teeth liner stays soft and comfortable with one application lasting up to two years. It is suitable for upper and lower dentures.
The product, registered with the FDA, is safe to use and relieves the issue of loose and irritating dentures.
ProSoft Denture Reliner
The false teeth liner is zinc free and uses a low-odor formula. It involves mixing a liquid and a powder together to make a paste that you apply to the denture and worn to create a fit over the gums.
The fit is soft, comfortable, non-irritating to your gums and it is easy to use.
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DIY Denture Cushions
In an emergency situation, you can rest easy knowing that there are other cheap solutions that exist to correct a loose-fitting set of false teeth. These are called denture cushions and you can find them at your local drugstore as well as online.
The fitted cushions are for either uppers or lowers. Once you have the size you need, you apply them to the bottom of your dentures and wear them as normal. The cushions form around your gums underneath the false teeth creating a better vacuum fit.
Costs and lasting times vary, but note these are only intended to be a temporary fix.
Ezo Denture Cushions
These temporary cushions are tasteless and have no odor. They will last up to 24-hours.
Snug Denture Cushions
You can use these cushions on either uppers or lowers. You can adjust the size for a snug fit.
Are False Teeth Reliners Useful?
There is no doubt that these DIY products are available in the marketplace because there is a demand. Even if used as only emergency repair kits, denture reliners and cushions provide comfort and peace of mind. They can be a quick and easy solution for when false teeth begin to not fit as well as they used to over time.
It is great that we have the option to go to the dentist to have a professional reline, or can choose the cheaper alternative of a DIY denture reline. Regardless of which you consider to be the best denture reline option for you, with the help of the denture cushions or false teeth liners mentioned above, your dentures will last longer, will be held snuggly in place and be more comfortable to wear.