In order to be comfortable, your dentures should fit securely on your gums, but they can become loose and stop fitting as well as they did when you first got them. Here, our Surrey dentists explain why.
When dentures are loose they are uncomfortable and don't function as they should. That said, it's quite common for dentures to become loose. Here are some things you can do to help to maintain a secure, comfortable fit.
Why might dentures become loose?
Bone resorption is the most common reason for loose-fitting dentures. Bone resorption is a when your gums begin to shrink because they no longer need to support your teeth.
In order to help prevent bone resorption use your jaws as much as possible. A healthy diet, including solid nutritious foods that require chewing, can help to keep your gums strong and healthy.
Day-to-day wear is another common reason why dentures become loose. Practice good denture care in order to minimize the effects of day-to-day wear, including taking your dentures out at night.
How can I tell if I’ve got loose dentures?
Signs that your dentures are loose include:
- Your dentures slip when you speak or eat.
- You notice clicking sounds when you talk.
- Discomfort when wearing your dentures.
It's important to address the problem of loose dentures in order to avoid further discomfort or even developing mouth sores and having difficulty eating.