When you have your dentures made, they can be lined with the typical hard denture material or with a soft liner. For most people, the hard denture material actually works better, but in some cases, a soft liner may be recommended.

An upper denture

Benefits of Soft Liners

Soft liners can help if you have denture discomfort. Sometimes your jawbone has a bony protrusion that can cause discomfort, and in that case the options may be to change the shape of the bone or to use a soft liner. They are also good if your gums are very sensitive and tend to get very sore when you wear your dentures.

Soft liners in this case can make it easier for you to chew your food. If you’re experiencing discomfort, you won’t be biting down as hard, which means you can’t eat many different kinds of foods.

In some cases, too, the soft liner can help with denture fit. Being a little squishy, they can form around your tissues to help hold your dentures in place. And the soft liner material has more friction against your gums than the acrylic material of the dentures.

Disadvantages of Soft Liners

Unfortunately, soft liners have some significant problems that make them unsuitable for general use. First, if can be hard to retrofit dentures with a soft liner. Unless you have a denture made to accommodate a soft liner, you might not be able to get a proper fit with the soft liner. Attempts to remove material from the denture base to put the soft liner in can break the denture.

Soft liners are also harder to clean than hard liners. The soft denture material is squishy and porous like a sponge, allowing bacteria and fungus to penetrate deep into the material, making them hard to remove. This can lead to a bad smell, gum disease, and candida infections.

Soft liner materials also harden with time, so that they lose all the benefits of being soft.

Soft liners can also break down more quickly than hard liners.

Because of the contamination, hardening, and wear of soft liners, they have to be replaced every year or two, making them much more expensive than hard liners. At home reliner kits may seem a bargain, but they can be damaging to your dentures, which makes them a very expensive gamble.

Make Sure Your Dentures Fit Right

If you’re experiencing discomfort with your dentures, your first step should be to ensure that you have properly fitting dentures. If you have only worn economy dentures and never tried neuromuscular dentures , try that first. If you can get a proper fit and function without a soft liner, you’ll be happier.

To learn more about getting the best fitting dentures, please call (803) 781-9090 for an appointment with a Columbia, SC denture dentist at Smile Columbia Dentistry.