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What to Do When Your Denture is Loose

Posted in Dentures

If you’re a denture wearer, there’s not much worse than having a loose fitting appliance. Loose dentures can make it difficult to eat, speak, and even cause sore spots to develop inside of your mouth. Losing weight is a major concern due to the inability to eat properly. Thankfully, there are some ways to address the problem of loose dentures as well as help prevent it from happening.

Minor problems with fits can sometimes benefit from using a small amount of adhesive paste or tape. Unfortunately many people use adhesive to cover up larger problems for an extended period of time instead of just to get them by until they see their dentist. Seeing your dentist regularly for oral health check-ups can keep your denture fitting better, longer. Minor adjustments or re-lining can be completed as necessary, to preserve a stable fit inside of your mouth. What may feel like a rocking or loose denture could possibly be corrected by simply being re-lined.

One of the best way to prevent your denture from becoming loose is to take it out every night. Excessive denture wear can place pressure on the supporting bone and encourage it to be lost quicker than normal. By allowing your mouth and bone to rest in the evenings when you sleep, you can extend healthy bone levels for a longer period of time.

It’s important not to try to “tough it out” if your denture doesn’t fit correctly. Abnormal pressure points will only make your mouth more uncomfortable. As soon as you begin noticing that your denture may possibly be loose, it’s time to set up an appointment with your dentist.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Joni Price DMD, ToothMasters

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