Reline day...ugh

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So I had my appointment for a reline this afternoon and sadly my dentist decided it was too soon. Matter of fact, he said I should wait another 2 months before getting one done!? That totally does not compute in my mind. If they already feel loose now, I can’t imagine how loose they’ll be in another 2 months. The appointment is set for September 17th, exactly 3 months from e-day. Gosh golly, that feels so far away!!! Adhesive is holding them in for now, but when I chew, they often rock from side to side, sometimes even suctioning to one side. I know this is normal but how on earth are these things going to stay in place another month, let alone 2? I asked what I should do when they become even more loose and he said I should just use a bit more adhesive!

On the bright side, the tissue has healed up nicely and I’ve been cleared to use adhesive anywhere I need it. Hopefully it’ll be enough to get me through the next couple of months.
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Morning. When you say Reline do you mean the Soft one or Hard (permanent) Reline?
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Hi Josie! I was hoping to get a soft reline. My research suggests that a soft reline would be the norm at this stage or even earlier (I’m at exactly 1 month in today) and a hard reline would typically be done at a later stage. While I was there the dentist and technician were discussing both options, were considering a hard reline, then ultimately decided now was not the time for either. He seemed to think that my gums need more time to flatten and smooth over before adding a reline of any kind. Which is fine, because the adhesive is working for me... but to have to wait another 2 months!? I can’t predict the future, but I can’t imagine I won’t have significant shrinkage between now and then. That’s what’s concerns me.
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They can totally do a Tissue Conditioner (Soft Reline) now. They just have to relieve the extraction spots on the denture once they placed the liner in there so that it doesn't interfere with your actual exo spots on your gums that are healing. Yea another 2 mths is too long girl!
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Thanks Josie! I’m so happy to hear that. It struck me as odd that they didn’t want to do one because from what I’ve seen, many folks have had one done well before the 1 month mark. I may try to give it a little more time before discussing it with my dentist again. With adhesive in I really have no issues right now. I can even manage without adhesive too for the most part, except when I laugh or when eating they tend to shift around a bit (or a lot lol). That said, I think it would be in my best interest to insist on getting a soft reline sooner rather than later. I need to be able to function!
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Yes you do need to function and it's hard telling someone how to do their job. We give them at 4 weeks. I'm not sure if I made any sense earlier but the Tissue Conditioner lines the whole inside of the denture so once it's applied before you leave they can trim away some of it where the exo sites were. We have seen people get it done and not have the liner trimmed in exo areas and their gums heal bumpy almost like craters. Please make sure they do it for you once you have it done. Maybe one more mth and you can tell them that's it! It's time! Lol. :)
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I will definitely utilize this insight to get me what I need. Josie thank you so much for your input! I really appreciate it. Fingers crossed they are willing to accommodate my needs. Hopefully I can make it at least another couple of weeks.
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I just had my e-day on July 3rd.  Went to the dentist today, July 17th, two weeks later and had a soft reline done.  BOY what a difference.  I can actually chew food without the intense pain from the hard linning of the mediates.  My dentist did grind out the highs areas first. YES, two months is way too long to be living in daily pain.
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See that’s exactly what I thought they would do at two weeks. But alas today is exactly one month (e Day was 6/17) and still no reline. Luckily I’m not suffering any pain, but the motion makes it difficult to eat so many things. Like, I can manage kielbasa but not chicken. I’m going to try to get my dentist to see things my way once I feel adhesive isn’t doing the trick anymore... which I suspect will be soon.