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Relines and repairs

Over time your mouth and dentures undergo inevitable changes. Dentures should be replaced every five to seven years to restore optimum fit, function and appearance. In the meantime, if your dentures require a repair or relining, your Denturist can best advise you of the most suitable treatment plan.

Your Denturist can often offer same day service for relines and repairs to minimize the amount of time you are without your dentures.


Never attempt to repair or alter your dentures yourself. Repairs may be required when breakage or damage occurs, when one or more teeth need to be added to an existing denture (due to tooth extraction), or because of wear and tear. Often denture teeth and clasps can be added to existing partial dentures.


Relining consists of adding new base (pink) material to the tissue side of a denture to ensure a snug fit. Your Denturist will need to take an intra-oral impression inside your existing denture to complete the reline.

Relining affects only the fit of your denture and will not change the appearance or address any wear of the denture teeth. Relines are required when tissue changes occur due to resorption (shrinkage) which can be due to:

  • loss of weight

  • loss of teeth

  • loss of bone/tissue

  • disease or illness

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