With time, dentures tend to get loose. The main cause of this problem is age, because the bones of the jaw, like all other members of the human body, become smaller as we get older. The lower denture often creates the most problems. The upper denture shows more resistance to this problem as it generally has more suction from the palate of the mouth. The lower denture depends completely on the amount of bone left in the jaw.
How do I fix my loose denture? Should I use denture adhesive?
Loose dentures create several problems: eating, talking, and even laughing becomes much more complicated.
Here are some solutions to a loose denture / loose dentures:
1) Denture Reline – This is a quick solution to fit your dentures provisionally, provided that the false teeth are not too worn. Since the amount of bone loss varies from one person to another, some denture wearers often need a more recurrent reline than others. Generally speaking, dentures need to be relined every 2-3 years.
There are two ways to reline a denture:
- In-chair reline – This operation consists in adding a layer of material in the denture while it is still in your mouth. This technique is only temporary because it stabilizes your denture for a short time only. While this process is faster and costs less, a processed reline is recommended for better fit, function and health considerations.
- Processed reline – The procedure is practically the same as for temporary relining, however, in this case it is necessary that your denture subject to a dental laboratory so it can be properly processed. This technique is a more long-term solution. The disadvantage is that you are forced to spend a day without your dentures, but the end result is a healthier, stronger fit.
2) Replacement denture
If your teeth are worn down and your dentures are in poor condition, your dentist / denturist may recommend that you replace your denture in order to achieve the desired result and recover your bite and chewing abilities. If your teeth have poor aesthetics, or the denture’s base material is not in good condition, it may also be needed to replace the denture.
3) Dental implants
If you are looking for a long term solution to loose dentures, dental implants are the best solution. With dental implants, the denture remains firmly in place, reducing sore spots and discomfort. The functions of implanted dentures are similar to the roots of your natural teeth by stimulating the bone and prevent further degradation – or further bone resorption. You do not have to do an implant for each tooth. Based on the density of your bone, it is possible to secure a denture with 2 implants, using a system known as locators. For those looking for a little more support, a full denture can be supported by 4 implants, with no support on the surrounding tissues. To find out which solution is best for you, book an appointment with your dentist / denturist. Dental implants will improve the function, ability to speak, bite, chew, and smile.
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