PROTOCOL FOR RELINING COMPLETE DENTURES
Examination of patient and existing prostheses.
Decide if a reline versus a remake is indicated.
Indications for a reline:
Minimal to moderate loss of retention and/or stability
The vertical dimension of occlusion is satisfactory.
The esthetics are satisfactory.
The prosthetic teeth are not severely worn.
The borders are not grossly over or under-extended
The occlusion is satisfactory.
If any of these indications are not met,
the denture should be remade.
(It is the policy of the Department of Prosthodontics
that students should only reline
dentures made at the College of Dentistry)
Proceed with reline technique.
Clinical Procedures for Functional Reline Technique:
Make only one reline impression at a time. Treat the less stable denture first.
Remove existing undercuts in denture.
Reduce any overextended borders and slightly relive tissue surface. Place relief
hole(s) if indicated. (under extended borders will require border molding:
standard technique is preferable in this situation)
Place tissue conditioner in denture and allow it to thicken for several minutes.
Place denture in patient’s mouth and verify proper orientation. Have the patient close
lightly into maximum intercuspation with the mandible in centric relation at the
Remove denture after ten minutes and trim excess material with a sharp lab knife.
Replace denture and proceed with opposing denture reline impression if one feels it is
appropriate. Otherwise reline opposing denture at separate appointment.
Either have patient wait one hour, or dismiss patient with instructions to wear
dentures until they return. The patient should return within 48 hours.
(Note: if patient
has a bruxing habit, do not have them leave the dentures in overnight.)