Dentures have been the go-to treatment for tooth replacement for hundreds of years. Over time, they’ve become more durable, natural, and comfortable. However, even today’s modern denture can become loose over time. When this occurs, it’s important to talk to your dentist about options to make them more comfortable.
What Should I Do if My Dentures Are Loose?
A new denture should fit firmly and will often stay in place without adhesive. Over time, though, dentures become loose because the jawbone atrophies, changing the contour of the bone where the denture sits. If the denture is even slightly loose, denture adhesive can help it stay in place. However, this should be considered a short-term solution. In the long term, it’s best to see your dentist and have your dentures adjusted.
In most cases, a denture can be adjusted by modifying the lining, the portion that sits against your gums. In time, however, the denture can become uncomfortable enough that it needs to be completely remade. In general, a denture should probably be relined every five to seven years, and remade when necessary.
Problems Associated with Loose Dentures
Loose dentures can be embarrassing, but they can also lead to serious oral health issues. In addition to shifting or even falling out while you’re eating or talking, loose dentures can lead to:
- Sores in the mouth
- Gum disease
In addition to rubbing against the mouth’s soft tissues, too-loose dentures can trap food particles, bacteria, and plaque, increasing the likelihood of mouth infections and gum disease.
If your problems with your dentures continue, and you are finding them increasingly uncomfortable to wear, you can talk to our dentist about implants. Implants will provide permanent, comfortable tooth replacement, and can be used to anchor a denture that will be more stable and easier to maintain in the long term. Implants also help prevent further deterioration of the jawbone.
Call the office of Dr. Scott today at 501-778-8201 to set up an appointment with our specialist!