Dentures should fit securely on your gums but sometimes they become loose and stop fitting as well as they once did. Here, our Delta dentists explain why your dentures become loose and what you can do about loose dentures.
It's quite common for dentures to become loose, but there are some things you can do to help to maintain a comfortable and secure fit.
Why dentures Become Loose
While there is a variety of reasons your dentures may become loose, the most common reason is a process known as bone resorption. Bone resorption is when your gums shrink because they no longer need to support teeth.
One way to help prevent bone resorption is to try to use your jaws as much as possible. Doing things like chewing solid foods should help keep your gums strong and healthy, and in general, eating a nutritious, balanced diet is essential in preventing resorption.
Another common reason that dentures become loose is simply day-to-day wear. In order to minimize this, be diligent about practicing good denture care, including taking your dentures out at night.
How can I tell if I’ve got loose dentures?
If your dentures are loose fitting you might find that they tend to slip when you speak or eat, and you may also notice a clicking sound when you talk. You could also experience some slight discomfort. If left uncorrected, over time loose dentures may cause you to develop mouth sores or even have a hard time eating.