Posted on Friday, September 8th, 2023 | 206 views
In this article we cover the reasons dentures can start to get loose and explore several dental solutions and self-help strategies to regain a secure fit and experience better comfort.
Many denture wearers experience the feeling of their dentures becoming loose. When this starts happening it can start to become annoying and cause difficulties eating and speaking. In the following we’ll cover why and how dentures cab become loose and the available treatments to help you make an informed decision about the direction of your oral health.
Dental prosthetics in general, and partial and permanent dentures in particular, can become loose because of several reasons. Chief among them is because of bone resorption. Bone resorption is the gradual or rapid loss of bone in the jaw. There are several reasons bone resorption occurs but the primary reason is because of tooth loss.
When teeth are missing, the jawbone loses the stimulation it needs to maintain its strength and structure. Over a period of time, this also alters the contours of your gums and jaw and causes dentures to fit less snugly.
There are some natural causes to changes in the gums like aging, and wear and tear of the dentures themselves. The following is a list of the common reasons dentures can become loose:
In cosmetic dentistry services, the best treatment options against jawbone loss will depend on your specific needs—the amount of bone loss you have and your overall health are initial factors. After your dentist gives you a thorough examination, they will be able to determine the best treatment plan which may include one or more of the following:
When it comes to denture stabilization, dental implants are the game-changing treatment.
Think of implants as artificial tooth roots. These artificial teeth preserve your bone structure and provide the necessary stimulation the bone needs to stay healthy and reverse the effects of bone loss.
When it comes to loosened dentures, implants can support full or partial dentures. This results in what we in the dental field call implant-supported dentures, or overdentures. These dentures can either be attached firmly to the implants and act just like your natural teeth and can’t be taken out, or they can be designed to be removable.
Implant-supported dentures provide a huge array of benefits including more natural aesthetics, better speech clarity, maintained facial integrity, improved chewing efficiency, a boost self-confidence, and they eliminate the need for denture adhesives.
By far, the significant enhancement in life quality far exceeds the costs of dental implants and makes them one of the most worthwhile investment for many of my patients with denture issues, bone loss or other major oral concerns.
Effective dental treatments and strategies are available to help you reclaim your oral comfort and the end goal is to ensure you can speak, eat, and smile with confidence.
If you live in Brantford and feel your dentures are loose, visit our dentures services page to see how Dr. Pio Modi DDS, BSc will help make your dentures fit properly and feel more comfortable again.
After Dr. Modi graduated from McMaster University with an Honours B.Sc. in chemistry in 1997, he received his Doctorate of Dental Surgery from the University of Toronto in 2001. He began to practice dentistry in Brantford the following year. Throughout his career he's completed hundreds of hours of continuing education programs and has studied with some of the best educators in the industry.