What Is a Soft Denture Reline? Everything You Should Know

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As a denture wearer, there will be times when you need some type of reline to add new material to the surfaces of your replacement teeth. This will improve contact between the hard and soft tissues in your mouth.

If you notice ill-fitting dentures, you want to create stability and improve your chewing and suction ability. When used correctly, soft liners can increase the lifespan of your false teeth for an extended time period.

There are two common soft material options for relines: dimethyl siloxane (a silicone-based product) and polyethyl methacrylate (PEMA).

The denturist is preforming a denture reline.

Soft denture relines are ideal if you have any of these issues:

  • A sore spot that recurs frequently
  • Tender gums
  • A resorbed ridge from bone loss

Any of the conditions listed above can make it uncomfortable to wear dentures and could impact your oral health. Generally, the softer reline materials offer forgiving properties to cushion the blow of movement, allowing you to chew easily with less irritation.

Those with palate papillary hyperplasia and loose tissue may also find soft relines beneficial and can have well-fitting dentures once more.

How Long Will the Soft Relines Last?

The average lifespan for lab-processed soft liners is about one or two years. Though they use a durable material, replacement is often necessary, depending on your habits and how you care for your dentures.

Most dental offices offer temporary relines, which can work in a pinch. Plus, you can enjoy this process whether you have complete or partial dentures.

In most cases, silicone-based materials retain their resiliency much longer than PEMA products.

How to Clean Dentures Featuring Soft Relines

It’s important to clean your replacement teeth correctly, especially if you get normal or temporary relines. Here are the steps to take:

  • Rinse your reline under cool water.
  • Gently clean the reline with a denture brush.
  • Try not to use effervescent denture cleansers to clean your soft reline. These products will accelerate the hardening process, causing brittleness and breakage that much sooner.

Steps to the Perfect Reline

If you have ill-fitting dentures, it’s likely time for a reline. Check with your professional denturist to determine if this is the right solution for you. Here are the steps the professional will take:

  1. Examine your bite, lip position, and midline to determine denture fit.
  2. Remove deep undercuts that might prevent your dentures from separating from the model.
  3. Adjust the borders that impinge on the soft tissues.
  4. Work with one denture base at a time, though use the opposing one to ensure proper occlusion.
  5. Roughen the tissue and border side of the denture with acrylic burs.
  6. Create tissue stops with a polyvinyl siloxane or modelling compound to maintain the best vertical occlusion dimension.
  7. Insert the denture into the patient’s mouth, ensuring that the pliable material is warm. Have the person bite down as hard as possible, allowing the polyvinyl siloxane to set. Remove it from the mouth.
  8. Adjust any tissue stops and remove undercuts. Reinsert the denture, checking for proper occlusion, stability, and position based on the person’s facial features and anatomy.
  9. If the denture borders are inaccurate or short, mould them in the mouth with rope wax or compound to extend them.
  10. Insert the denture back into the patient’s mouth, ensuring it’s resting on those tissue stops and is fully seated. It should be a passive fit when the patient is in occlusion.
  11. Dry off the denture.
  12. Apply appropriate adhesive to the borders and surfaces.
  13. Add PVS (polyvinyl siloxane) materials to coat the borders and inside of the denture, being careful not to overfill.
  14. Fully seat and align the denture until it’s resting on the tissue stops.
  15. Ask the patient to close their mouth fully.
  16. Check to ensure that the midline is correct.
  17. Ensure the lip position hasn’t changed after all that work compared to the initial exam.
  18. Whenever the bite or appearance isn’t exactly the same as for the initial exam, the dentist will let the material set fully, remove it, and begin again.
  19. Once the impression material is fully set, remove the denture and trim any excess product.
  20. Reinsert the denture.
  21. Repeat the entire process for the next denture.

Once the impressions have been taken, the dentist will send them to the laboratory, along with a prescription for a soft denture relining. This can be a lengthy process, so it’s wise to ensure this is the best solution.

Pricing for a Soft Reline

The price for dental relines can vary based on the dentist and laboratory used. Insurance companies often cover this service every two years. It’s important to check with yours to be sure this softer material can be inserted into the dentures and help with its fit.

Remember that denture repairs and relines often require you to be without your dentures because the lab must work on them. It’s wise to consider this option because they tend to last longer.

Why Choose Shreve Denture Clinic

Losing your natural teeth can be upsetting, and many people worry about getting stuck with ill-fitting dentures. However, they are designed to sit in place without moving too much.

Shreve Denture Clinic Team

If you’ve noticed that your dentures move around a lot, causing sore spots and other problems, it’s wise to visit your friendly dentist at Shreve Denture Clinic. We’re located in Leamington, Ontario, Canada and offer these services:

  • Dental repairs
  • Soft denture reline
  • Complete & Partial dentures
  • Immediate Dentures

Don’t hesitate to call 519-322-5900 to schedule an appointment and receive a free consultation. We want you to be happy with your dentures and smile more often.

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Kristin Shreve Swayze, DD

Kristin has been in the dental field for over 17 years which began with her joining a local denture practice which she eventually purchased in 2010 and with that Shreve Denture Clinic was born.

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Shelly Basden

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Shelly, our Office Manager, joined our team after graduating from the Medical Office Assisting program in 2022. She brings a tremendous amount of experience as she managed our local M&M Food Market for 22 years as well as holds a degree in Office Administration.

She is the first face you see when you walk in our doors, she keeps us all organized and is continually busy creating new and creative ways to improve our care for our patients.  She looks for ways through social media to inspire a welcome change to connect with our patients.

Shelly, who resides here in Leamington, is married to her long-time partner Joe and together they have four children and a feline companion, Noel.  Shelly enjoys travelling and spending time with her family. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time in her backyard where her and her husband have created an outdoor oasis!

When asked what she loves most about working at Shreve Denture Clinic, Shelly stated that she appreciates that the denturists make everyone feel so welcome and comfortable visiting their office. Working at Shreve Denture Clinic has been life changing for her and she couldn’t ask for a better place to work.

Joanna Leong, R.D.T.

Laboratory Technician

Joanna started her career in dental technology at George Brown College. She found that the program combined her passion for arts and science, and still loves the work she does. She is the one person that you don’t usually see when you visit us here at Shreve Denture Clinic, but without her, you would never have the beautiful smile you deserve.

She’s been in the dental field for 23+ years, including owning her own lab and keeping up to date by attending many seminars throughout her career. We have had the pleasure of having Joanna on our team for the past two years.

Joanna is happily married to her husband, Carl and resides here in Leamington. She has a passion for baking, cooking and animals of any kind. Joanna is adored by her family kitten, Catrina and has a knack for building strong relationships with the neighborhood cats.

Joanna shows a lot of pride in her work and is extremely meticulous. She never lets one case go without paying attention to all the fine details. She works hard to ensure each patient that we treat is happy. When asked why she enjoys working here at Shreve Denture Clinic, Joanna states “I appreciate how Kristin and Claudia take their time with each patient to ensure each case is done properly, which allows me to complete my work to the high standards we strive for.

Kristin Shreve Swayze, DD


When Kristin was just a teenager contemplating her future, she wanted a career that would give her a challenge as well as the opportunity to work closely people. After attending high school in Chatham, Ontario Kristin decided to attend the Dental Assisting program at Fanshawe College. After receiving her certification from Fanshawe in 2003, Kristin then went on to specialize and attended the Denturism program at George Brown College, graduating in 2006.

Kristin has been in the dental field for over 17 years which began with her joining a local denture practice which she eventually purchased in 2010 and with that Shreve Denture Clinic was born. She has since expanded the practice and has hired three employees as well as an associate denturist. Kristin can also offer her patients expert advice for all their dental implant needs and is deeply passionate about bringing advanced yet affordable implant solutions to her patients. Between Kristin and her team, Shreve Denture Clinic now has a combined 85 years of dental experience.

Kristin and her husband Kris have been married for 9 years and they are proud parents of an adorable 1-year-old boy named Kerrigan and an energetic dog named Dexter. Kristin is an avid football fan and enjoys attending games and spending time travelling with her family.

Kristin strives to provide a positive experience for all of her patients and ensure they feel welcome and comfortable while in the dental chair. When asked what she loves most about working with her patients, she said “I love being able to give my patients back their confidence through their smile. It is such an amazing feeling when someone says that their life is better because of their dentures”.