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How To Fix Loose Dentures

How To Fix Loose Dentures

Dr. Michael Layton
June 1, 2014

It's safe to say loose dentures can be pretty unsatisfying. There is nothing worse than enjoying yourself at a company event only to find yourself biting a bit off more than you can chew, and that is not a reference to the comment you made about your boss to a coworker. Wearing dentures can be cumbersome, even more so if your dentures fall out in the middle of that piece of fried chicken.


Problems With Loose Dentures

Ask your Dentist which denture products his office recommends. The adhesive that you have been using for years just might not be doing its job anymore. During your next checkup, have your dentist check the fit of your dentures making sure that the bone structure in your face hasn't changed.

Over time, your dentures will begin to loosen because of age, jaw shrinkage, and everyday use. You make think that vigorously cleaning your dentures twice a day will prolong their life, but over cleansing your dentures could cause your dentures to become so loose that mouth sores and gagging could become an issue. Eating and drinking with loose dentures will not be pleasant. With the annoying clicking sound your loose dentures make every time you open your mouth to chew, you'll be wanting a change.

If you are a novice when it comes to dentures you should be prepared for a bit of a loose fit. During your denture adjustment period, your mouth will be changing, especially if you have just had your last tooth pulled. There will be discomfort, which can be reduced by keeping your regular denture adjustment appointments with your dentist.

Consider A Denture Adhesive?

Dentures that fit will not need denture adhesive. Because they were made especially for your mouth, they will hold in place naturally. If you have been applying cream, paste or powder denture adhesive, you need to schedule an appointment with your dentist. If you are unable to see your dentist right away and have to resort to a dental adhesive, make sure that you apply the powder or cream to dentures that have just been cleaned. Moisten your dentures first if you are using a powder and dry them if you are using a cream or paste. Dot the adhesive on to your dentures using as little as possible when you first put in your dentures and never use it more than once a day. If you see powder of paste oozing from the corner of your mouth, you are using too much.

If you use dental adhesives, check the labels. Look for a brand that doesn’t contain zinc. Too much zinc could cause health problems including numbness and even nerve damage. This could pose even more of a threat if you eat a diet that is rich in zinc. Nuts, beef, chicken, and shellfish are just a few examples of foods that are rich in zinc.

Possible Dental Solutions For Loose Dentures

The best way to fix loose dentures is to schedule an appointment with your dentist. Even the best at home remedies will not fix the problem permanently.

Talk to your dentist about Removable Dentures that are Implant Supported. Also known as, “Overdentures,” Removable Dentures are stable and secure because your false teeth are anchored to your jawbone with dental implants. The Removable Dentures are retained with a ball and socket like attachment, or a clip and bar system.

Removable dentures

Dentures that are bar retained require two to five implants in order to support the thin bar that has been made to follow your jaw line. Your dentures fit over the metal bar and are secured by clips. Ball-retained dentures are actually anchored by the implants and finished off with ball shaped attachment made to snap in and out of the socket that corresponds to the denture.

Both types of Removable Dentures are made to be removed at night and for cleaning, just like conventional dentures. Removable Dentures are considered a excellent alternative if you have loose dentures.

Ask Your Dentist For A Solution To Your Loose Dentures

Talk to your dentist if you are tired of dental adhesive. Dental Implants or Removable Dentures just may be the answer to your denture dilemma. These days, dentists offer patients modern alternatives for people who wear dentures such as dental snaps for placement, and air valves for tightening.

If you wear dentures, it is imperative that you see your dentist twice a year, even more so if you are having problems with the fit. Unfortunately if your gums have become damaged, your gums could be receding excessively, which could require a brand new set of dentures. Gum recession is normal and can be kept at bay as long as you visit your dentist on a regular basis.

Stop procrastinating and call your dentist. Poorly fit and loose dentures can be fixed; all you have to do is make the call. Take action and fix your loose dentures now.

About Dr. Michael Layton

Dr. Michael Layton PostsDr. Michael Layton (DDS) is the dentist for Peace Arch Dental, a dental office in the South Surrey/White Rock, B.C. area. He has been in the dental industry for the last decade and received his Doctor of Dental Surgery from the University of Washington. He takes pride in providing positive and caring dental solutions for people of every walk of life - this includes loose dentures! You can follow him on Google+.

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