Dentures Keep Falling Out

If your dentures keep falling out, it can have a significant impact on both your self-esteem and your lifestyle. There are many reasons why this might occur, which can happen when you first get them and years down the track with general wear and tear. For today’s blog, we thought we’d take a look at the most common reasons for dentures not fitting properly and what you can do to stop it from happening.

Dentures keep falling out: Common reasons

Worn dentures
Full dentures aren’t designed to last forever, averaging between 5 -10 years depending on how well you care for them. If you’ve had your dentures for a long time and they’re only now you’re experiencing major problems, this is likely a sign they need replacing.

Warped dentures
Dentures have a tendency to warp with heat, which is why it’s important to avoid placing your dentures in hot water or areas of extreme temperature. Or they may start to warp if left to dry for too long, as the acrylic requires constant moisture to retain its shape. Unfortunately, if dentures become warped there’s no way to get them to spring back to their original shape, so you’ll need to replace them.

Bone resorption
If your dentures keep falling out, bone resorption may be the culprit. This happens when tooth loss occurs, as the jawbone no longer has the root of a tooth to stimulate it. In time, the jawbone will start to shrink, resulting in your dentures needing replacement. Many denture wearers choose to switch to dental implants, as the bone resorption rate is significantly reduced.

Dentures falling out: What to do about it
Dentures falling out all the time can have a significant impact on your lifestyle, making it hard to speak and eat. Luckily, there are a few things you can do to fix denture slippage temporarily and permanently.

Denture adhesive
Dentures not fitting? If your dentures are slightly slipping, a denture adhesive can tide you over until you see a dentist. Adhesive can provide some additional security, and is available in gels, creams, and pads. Though it’s not a long-term solution, denture adhesive can be used by first-time denture wearers to help them feel more comfortable or those who have worn out dentures.

Denture reline
A denture reline and repair is designed to prolong the life of your dentures and is recommended once every couple of years.

Soft reline
A soft denture reline uses a soft material that cushions the area between your gums and the denture. It helps to absorb shock and can help provide comfort to wearers experiencing sore spots.

Hard reline
A hard reline is designed for denture wearers who are experiencing slippage because of wear and tear, and not to provide relief and additional comfort like soft relines. This type of reline will prolong the life of a denture and make it fit more snugly.

Implant retained dentures, dental implants & suction dentures
If a denture wearer is experiencing constant slippage, switching to implant retained dentures or dental implants can provide more security. Implant retained dentures or ‘all on 4’ involve installing four implants and using them as an anchor for a denture to snap onto.

This is a good option for patients with most or all teeth missing, as it’s a cheaper alternative to dental implants. If a patient has a few teeth missing and is experiencing trouble with a partial denture, dental implants are a great solution. This involves installing a titanium root into the bone that mimics the root of a tooth. In addition to providing support, dental implants can significantly reduce bone reabsorption as the jawbone is stimulated.

How do bottom dentures stay in place?

How do bottom dentures stay in place? If your lower dentures are the problem, Suction Effective Mandibular Complete Dentures (SEMCD) may be the perfect solution. This is a common problem as lower dentures have less suction to rely on than upper dentures.

Interested to Learn More?

Do your dentures keep falling out? Contact Pearl denture clinic today to chat with a dental prosthetist about relining, implant retained dentures or suction dentures. You can call us on 02 6684 3677, email or contact us online and one of our dental prosthetists will be in touch shortly.

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