Your Denture Softliner
What is a soft liner and why did your dentist place it in your new denture(s)?
A temporary soft liner is placed in a new or old denture in order
to (1) help improve the health of your gum tissues by absorbing
some of the pressures of mastication ( acts as a tissue conditioning
material ) and (2) helps to determine the maximum retention possible
by utilizing undercuts in the bone and gum which hard liners may
not be able to negotiate without causing irritation. Soft liners
will spring around these undercuts and allow for greater retention
than hard liners might be able to produce in the same mouth. If
we find that temporary soft liners provide enhanced retention,
we will then be able to determine if we should replace them with
a more permanent type of soft liner in the future or whether a
hard liner is indicated.
Temporary soft liners require special care and attention in order
for them to produce the desired results. The following suggestions
are designed to assist you in the maintenance of your new denture.
- Do not remove the prosthesis from your mouth for the first
24 hours. This is extremely important ! The material
that is placed in your denture will stay soft for the first 24
hours and will shape itself to your oral tissues during that
first 24 hour period.
- After the first 24 hours, you may remove the denture once
every 12 hours for the first two days. At each removal, please
rinse the denture with warm water only. Do not use any of the
commercially available cleaners. If need be, you can brush
the tooth part of the denture (the white teeth on) with toothpaste
and a soft toothbrush. The softliner is still very fragile and
will tear if subjected to chemical or mechanical cleaning
- During the next week you may remove the denture as often as
you like, still keeping in mind that the liner is fragile and
must be treated with care. The pink plastic may be brushed gently,
trying to avoid the soft liner.
- If possible try not to use any denture adhesive, especially
during the first 72 hours. We are, once again, trying
to ascertain the amount of available retention. Using adhesives
will only tend to confuse the issue.
- For the first 24 hours you should try to maintain a softer
diet. After that trial period, you should eat as regular a diet
as possible so that the softliner can mold itself to your tissues
until normal function.
- We may be replacing this softliner on a regular basis until
1) the tissues heal adequately or 2) we have determined that the
retention for your new denture is maximized. Further instructions
will be given to you at that time.
Please be sure to bring your old dentures with you at each
recall visit just in case your dentist determines that relining your
softlined denture is required. This would necessitate sending
your denture to the laboratory.
If you have any additional questions regarding this treatment
process, ask your dentist.
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