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When Is It Time to Get Your Dentures Relined?

Older couple with dentures sitting on a green couch smiling.

When is it time to get your dentures relined?

While there’s no clear “expiry date” for denture lining, there are some general rules of thumb when it comes to denture relining.

In this edition of the Ottawa South Denture Clinic blog, we’ll talk about denture relining, how to know when it’s time for relining and when to schedule a visit.

Rule of Thumb for Relining Dentures

set of denturesThe general life cycle for denture relining is approximately two years.

That’s about how long you can expect to go between denture relining.

Why is denture relining is a periodic necessity?

After you’ve been wearing dentures for some time, the denture can get worn down or worn away. Over time, you’ll begin to notice this – the dentures may start to feel like they’re fitting a bit differently, and eventually your dentures won’t be as comfortable.

So I Can Wait for 2 Years Before Relining Dentures?

elderly man smiles with denturesYes and no.

It’s quite possible that you won’t need a denture relining for two years.

However it can also be the case that your dentures could wear a bit more unevenly than average.

“Your mileage may vary,” as they say.

That’s why it’s important to make notes – either mentally or in a diary, etc. – about how your dentures are feeling.

We want you to be happy and completely satisfied with the way your dentures are performing.

If you find that your dentures are feeling a bit uneven, or they are starting to feel uncomfortable, it’s best to let us know sooner rather than later.

Schedule an appointment and we’ll be happy to take a look at your dentures. It’s possible that you’ll need a denture relining; or maybe there’s another issue with your dentures. Whatever the case may be, Ottawa South Denture Clinic will help you resolve it and have your dentures feeling natural again.

What Does a Denture Relining Entail?

dentures shown in handDenture relining typically involves one of two processes:

  • Soft denture relining
  • Hard denture relining


In a soft relining, your denturist will reline the dentures typically while you’re in the chair at our Ottawa denture clinic. It’s good for people with sensitive gums because it uses a soft, porous material.

A hard relining of the dentures means that we use the same materials as the dentures are made of. We do a hard relining in our denture lab, so this means that it could take a bit longer (we might do a temporary denture relining in the interim).

Denture Relining at Ottawa South Denture Clinic

A denture relining can help your dentures last longer.

If your dentures are at the end of their life cycle, the best next step may be new dentures. But we want to help you as best we can, so when a denture relining is in order, we’ll make that our recommended course of action.

If it’s time for a denture relining, give us a call at Ottawa South Denture Clinic or, better yet, fill out the contact form and we’ll get back to you.