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
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.