Causes of Loose Dentures and How to Fix Them
Dentures are a great investment and provide a multitude of benefits for those missing some or all of their natural teeth. Not only do they improve the look of your smile, but they offer the ultimate confidence boost as well as decreasing the risk of oral health problems. Modern dentures have been specifically designed for comfort and to mimic the function of natural teeth, eliminating any restrictions on foods an individual can enjoy, while also upholding the muscle mass around the jaw. Although dentures are a reliable product for a lot of people, some may experience loose dentures at one point or another.
There are a number of reasons as to why someone may be experiencing ill-fitting dentures, and although denture adhesive may be recommended by some practitioners, it’s not advised to use the product long term. In this blog, we’ll be discussing the causes of looseness, and how someone with loose dentures will be able to combat the problem.
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Wearing Loose Dentures
Wearing dentures that are ill-fitting can be very uncomfortable. Not only does it make life harder for you, but it can also cause wear and tear against your natural teeth if any are remaining and speed up the process of your gums shrinking. If you’re unsure whether you need to fix loose dentures or not, we’ve added a list of issues that you may be experiencing, such as:
- They move when you talk, smile, and eat.
- It’s difficult to eat certain foods.
- Sores appear within your mouth.
- It hurts or is uncomfortable to eat.
- Your teeth may become loose.
- Unpleasant breath.
- Lingering unpleasant taste in your mouth.
- Constant discomfort/gagging
If you’re experiencing any of these problems for a prolonged period or it’s becoming unbearable, it is recommended that you reach out to a trusted denture clinic to book a relining, or repair.
How to Fix Loose Dentures
If you’re looking for a temporary fix for your loose dentures until you can book an appointment with a specialist, new denture adhesive will do the job. It is recommended that denture adhesive only be used for a short period of time, and not something you depend on for your loose or uncomfortable dentures. This is because it has been linked to a number of health problems such as nerve damage, numbness, and/or tingling from overuse of the product. Consult with a dental prosthetist or denture clinic to ensure you’re using an adhesive suitable for your gums.
Denture Relining / Repair
The next step is to consult your general clinic or a trusted and reliable denture practitioner such as Pearl Denture Studio to book a relining or repair. This can be done same day to make sure your dentures are fitted perfectly with the shape of your jaw and your gums, or additional repairs will take place to ensure prolonged comfort. One of these solutions may be that a liquid lining will need to be added to the inside of your dentures, providing extra cushioning and comfort when sitting over your gums.
If the first two solutions do not help when it comes to wearing loose dentures, dental implants would be the next best thing. Your dental prosthetist or dental practitioner will discuss this with you, as it eliminates the need for temporary fixes and provides more stability for your dentures. Often times, only two dental implants will be needed to support your dentures and will eliminate the need for any denture adhesives or pastes, while providing more comfort.