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Soft reline vs hard reline

I am a fairly new upper denture wearer and I went to the dentist as my denture is so loose that when I put on makeup it jars the "plate" loose. He recommends a "hard" reline. I have a sister that when she needed her 1st reline it was a "soft" reline. Can someone tell me which is the best route to go as I am confused and a little frustrated.
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    After teeth are extracted and an immediate denture is placed, the gums shrink over a period of time that lasts at least six months and, sometimes, longer and, as a result of that shrinkage, the immediate denture becomes loose.
    A soft reline is a procedure done by a dentist in his or her office in which a soft and rubbery like substance added to the inside of a denture in order to make the denture fit more securely and make it more comfortable. A hard reline is procedure done by a laboratory in which the inner palate portion of a denture is replaced with new acrylic (of the same type that is in the denture) that conforms to an updated impression of the patient's mouth. A soft reline takes about 30 minutes and the cost of one or more soft relines may be included in the cost of the denture. A hard reline requires at least a day (during which the patient is without his or her dentures) and usually requires the payment of an additional charge.
    If the patient has had extractions fairly recently and it is likely that the patient's gums will continue to shrink, most dentists will do a soft reline (and, in fact, will do a series of soft relines as the patient's gums continue to shrink). So, I think the advice your sister received is more typical than the advice that you have received. I think you should discuss the matter again with your dentist.
    (from IHaveAGreatDentist)
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  • Thank you for your prompt reply. So in your experience in this area, you are saying that I should not have a "hard" reline, but a "soft" one instead. I will contact the dentist as you suggested as I am apprehensive to have this done and to continue to have problems. I want the best solution for my "LOOSE" denture. I have to use adhesive twice a day and still have issues. One more question, will the excess saliva ever go away?
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  • I just recently had my second soft reline put in. I was told by my dentist that when it starts feeling loose to come back in and he would replace the soft reline. He will continue to replace that soft reline for 4 to 6 months and when all the swelling is gone and the gums are healed and no more pockets in them he will then do the hard reline. The way I understand it, the hard reline is the final step to the dentures. and yes the saliva gets better everyday. Once the mouth is use to the new addition it starts to lesson. That was one of my concerns as well. Good luck.
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