Denture Reline Cost; Soft vs Hard vs Temporary

Denture Reline – What is it exaclty?

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Denture reline is exactly what it sounds like; it consists of putting a new lining in your dentures so they fit properly in your mouth. It is quite simple and affordable and can make your day-to-day life easier.

When your tooth is removed, the tissue form that area then starts to break down on a cellular level which means the tissue it taken back into the body to be used elsewhere. Your gum tissue will change in its density as it heals. Same with their shape.

Denture Reline – The Different Types.

Here are the three main types of reline you can get. The one you should get depends on the severity of tissue change and the type of denture.

Hard Reline.


Hard reline is a good option if you have full dentures. You should get hard relines every 2-3 years to make sure your dentures fit comfortably without the need to do a totally new fitting.

Your dentist will remove some of the plastic from the inside of your dentures, then put putty and place it wherever the denture makes contact with the tissue. The next step is to make an impression in the putty by placing the denture back into your mouth.

The dentist will then take out the denture and let the putty harden with your mouth’s impression in it until the putty turns into a rubbery consistency.

They will then replace the putty by adding acrylic to the tissue side of the current denture and then the denture should perfectly fit your mouth.



Soft Reline.


If you can’t wear your dentures because your gums are too tender then a soft reline might be the solution. They usually reline your dentures with a pliable material and it can last a year or two. 

A lot of people love soft reline because they are comfortable and dentist love them because they are lasting longer.

The main difference between the hard one and the soft one is the soft one uses a more comfortable material and will therefore need more adjustments.


Temporary Reline.


You need a temporary reline when you go a really long time without having a dentist service your dentures which means you would have red and sore gums.

Hard and soft reline are out of the equations at this point and would not help with the discomfort. The dentist will be relining the denture with a medicated material that helps reduce the inflammation of your gums and after a few weeks when you return, your gums won’t be sore anymore.

 Temporary relines are not lasting for a long period of time; they are meant to simply heal the sores.


Denture Reline Costs.

The first thing you must know is your insurance most likely won’t pay for your denture reline, but make sure to check our article on how to get A DENTAL GRANT.

Denture relines will cost anywhere between $300 to $500 depending on if you are getting a complete or partial denture and whether you are getting a laboratory or chairside reline.

Laboratory Reline

For a complete laboraty reline you can expect to pay between $300 and $500. For a partial laboratory reline the costs will be a little bit less than that.


Chairside Reline

If the dentist delines your dentures in-house this means you are going for the chairside reline, which will cost between $300 and $400.

The chairside reline process takes less time than the laboratory reline but the material is not as durable. This is why it is cheaper.

The laboratory reline takes more time (few days) but the material used is more long-lasting.

Is It A Good Idea To Reline Your Dentures Yourself?

It is possible to reline your dentures at home but of course if you have the money it is recommended to go see a dentist.


There are a lot of DIY (Do It Yourself) kits available to buy on the internet. You simply have to follow their instructions. Here is the best one we tested;