Loose dentures can present a variety of problems which can be both embarrassing and uncomfortable for the denture wearer, these include:
- Dentures moving whilst speaking, making talking difficult
- Dentures moving whilst eating which causes not only embarrassment but can make eating difficult and limit your choice of foods.
- Food getting trapped under the plate
- Dentures rubbing and causing sore spots throughout the day
- General pain from the dentures
Why do dentures get loose?
Dentures are made from an impression which is a precise copy of your mouth at that moment in time. Your dentures are then made from this and will accurately fit your mouth provided it does not change. Over time however our gums and soft tissues in the mouth change through the natural ageing process and also as we put on or lose weight. This means that dentures that once fitted well, suddenly become loose (or tight in some cases).
If you have some of your own teeth these can also move with time, through pressures on the teeth and gum disease. This can mean that a denture that one fitted well around your teeth becomes less well fitting as it gets older. Tooth movement often happens gradually so in many cases it is not noticed by the wearer.
A badly fitting denture can also cause changes in the mouth by rubbing and put pressure on your gums. This can accelerate the shrinkage of your gums and the bone under them and result in loose dentures.
Finally noting lasts forever and the same is true of dentures. If you consider the work they do on a daily basis eating and speaking, it is no wonder that they will eventually wear out. With partial dentures a small amount of wear will also occur every time you take them in and out as they run oat your teeth. The clasps (the metal clips) on partial dentures can also loosen with time, making the denture become loose.
What are the solutions to loose dentures?
Well designed new dentures
For many people a denture provides a cost effective solution to replace missing teeth without the need for surgery which is required for other solutions such as implant retained dentures. If you have worn dentures successfully for many years, then a new, well-designed denture may be all you need to solve the problem of a loose denture.
Our in house denture team consists of dentists, dental technicians and clinical dental technicians who combine many years of experience in designing, making and fitting new dentures to solve the problem of loose dentures.
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Dental implant stabilised dentures
Over time our gums and the bone underneath shrinks back, meaning that dentures which one fitted well slowly become less and less stable. Over time the shrinking back of the gums and bone means even new dentures are not as stable as they would have been many years ago.
Dental implants provide the solution to these situations by providing a solid anchor on which to fix the dentures. In the lower jaw, just two dental implants can make a massive difference allowing denture wearers to even bite an apple.
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In some cases where it’s just a few missing teeth that your loose denture replaces, a bridge may be a suitable option. This does however rely on the adjacent teeth to support the bridge, so a thorough assessment of the adjacent teeth will need to be made first.