What do you do when your mandibular lower denture is loose, your supporting ridge is resorbed, and your denture is constantly causing sores? One can look into a permanent soft-liner to cushion the denture. A resilient soft-liner is a permanent liner that lines the bottom of your lower denture for a more comfortable fitting surface. Resilient soft-liners are used specifically for a complete lower denture, rarely used for complete uppers or partial dentures. Soft-liners usually don’t help the looseness, but it does help the comfort level of the denture if the individual is lacking a supportive ridge.
Resilient soft-liners can help with comfort, but there are some notable characteristics that make soft liners not the most ideal option
- Soft-liners are porous and tend to
- Harbor bacterial growth
- Harbor smells
- Because Soft-Liners are porous if you smoke, the soft-liner will absorb the smell and turn black
- If there is plaque buildup, your denturist will have to grind and polish off the excess for a small fee.
- Soft-Liners only bond with the denture when initially processed, if your denture needs to be repaired the new acrylic will not bond with soft liner
- Please look at the info sheet about repairs for tips on preventing denture breakage
- Soft liners can be sensitive so, Never Soak in harsh cleaning agents (like bleach)
- Never self-adjust a Soft-liner
- Soft-Liners are recommended to be relined every 1 year to 2 years because they are more porous
- Insurance and seniors coverage unfortunately only cover soft-liners every 5 years