Denture liners are needed because as soon as natural teeth are removed the gums and jawbones begin to slowly shrink and change shape. This is a very gradual process, but it never stops and it cannot be prevented. Therefore, dentures that were very comfortable at first, do, over time, lose their support, stability and retention. When that happens, a denture liner is needed to “fill the gaps” between the denture and the gums.
A liner is material (soft or hard) that is applied to the inside surface of a denture. The inside surface of a denture is the surface that fits against the gums of the wearer’s mouth. While preparing a denture, a dentist will make a mold of the inside of the patient’s mouth.
When a new professionally made denture is put in your mouth it usually fits quite well and is comfortable to wear. The dentist may make some small adjustments, by carefully grinding away any high spots on the inside of the denture. These adjustments can provide maximum denture comfort.
Because most dentists do not wear false teeth, they are not always aware of the comfort problems denture wearers must face all day. In addition, the best the dentist can do in providing for the denture needs of his patients is to make a denture that fits when at rest. That is, when not chewing food. Therefore it is up to the denture wearer to test the denture and make sure it is comfortable at all times and especially during oral activities such as chewing food, drinking and talking.
Ideally, a proper denture needs three essentials: stability, support and retention to make it fit comfortably in the mouth. If any of the three are missing, the denture soon becomes uncomfortable to wear in a wide variety of situations such as: chewing food, speaking, smiling, coughing, sneezing and kissing.
The dentist can provide a permanent liner by adding a new layer of acrylic denture plastic to the inside of the denture. To do this, the dentist must make a new mold of the inside of the mouth and have a technician affix the new, rigid plastic to the original denture. This process can be rather expensive and usually require several dental appointments and further adjustments for a proper, comfortable fit.
The alternative is to use a denture liner that is available over the counter so the denture wearer can install it at home and at a much lower cost.
Some of the do-it-yourself liners required mixing and hardening and they are more or less permanent. Other denture liners are soft, putty like compounds that can be “finger molded” to the shape of the denture.
Originals By Weber has invented (Pat. Pend.) a soft, odorless, tasteless, moldable denture liner in pre formed shapes as either upper or lower denture liners. They are much lower in cost than the rigid denture liners a dentist provides. In addition, they are easy to put in place, easy to replace and can be reused several times.
Source by Terry Weber