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Four Things You Can Do If Your Dentures Won’t Stay in Place

Posted in Dentures

Loose, unpredictable dentures can be embarrassing and uncomfortable. Try these steps if your denture isn’t fitting properly.

1. Bite and swallow.

If you’re new to wearing a denture, then you may still need some practice getting it to feel right. One trick is to place your denture, bite your teeth together firmly, close your lips, and swallow. What this does is create a vacuum in your mouth that should help your appliance seal to the roof of your mouth.

2. Use a denture adhesive.

A denture cream or paste is often the first line of defense against slippery dentures. Keep in mind, though, that a dab will do you. Denture adhesives are designed to work on the “less is more” principle. You only need a little bit to secure your appliance and if you have to use more to make your teeth stay put, then it’s time to move on to Step 3.

3. Get your denture adjusted, or relined.

A poorly-fitting denture won’t stay put no matter what you try. It could be time to visit your dentist to have it refitted to the shape of your gums. This is especially critical if your loose denture is chafing and causing sores on your mouth.

4. Try implants.

When all else fails and you’re sick of having to deal with a denture that constantly needs adjustment, you might want to start considering implants. Dental implants rest inside the jawbone and provide supports for a denture so that the appliance doesn’t have to rest directly on your gums. The result is a stronger and more secure bite.

Contact your dentist for more advice if your sliding dentures have you at your wits’ end!

Posted on behalf of:
Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD
1820 The Exchange SE #600
Atlanta, GA 30339
(770) 953-1752


What’s That Clicking Sound in Your Denture?

Posted in Dentures

Most of today’s dentures are primarily made from acrylic resin. This is basically a high grade plastic, but it can make noise when it impacts another prosthesis. It can be hard to ignore the sound if your dentures are clicking into each other at inopportune times!

What’s causing that to happen?

The Clicking Habit

Some denture wearers actually develop the unconscious habit of playing with their dentures with their tongue. This causes a clicking sound that perhaps the denture wearer isn’t aware of.

But if you notice and are annoyed by a clicking sound, then you probably aren’t flipping your denture around with your tongue!

Time for an Adjustment

Dentures usually crash together out of your control for one of two reasons:

  • They don’t have a snug fit on your gums
  • The dentures are vertically too short or too tall so that they close together earlier or later than your jaw naturally intends

In either case, the best solution is to have your denture checked by a dentist and see what tweaks can be made for a more secure fit.

How to Stop Your Dentures from Clicking

If you’re still getting used to wearing dentures, it may take some practice for you to speak with confidence. Take your time learning a new speech pattern. Talk a little slower and more deliberately than usual. You may find the clicking lessens this way.

You may have had your denture for a couple years and are just now noticing the clicking sound. A denture adhesive will buy you a measure of security until you can see a dentist for an adjustment.

At your next dental checkup, ask your dentist for more tips on stopping the click.

Posted on behalf of:
Muccioli Dental
6300 Hospital Pkwy # 275
Johns Creek, GA 30097
(678) 389-9955


Find the Right Denture Adhesive

Posted in Dentures

Has your denture gotten a little loose, lately? You’re probably checking out the oral care isle at the store for products that can help stabilize your bite. Which ones work best?

Types of Denture Adhesives

Denture adhesives come in a variety of forms including:

  • Pastes (most popular)
  • Creams
  • Liners
  • Powders (most messy)

Most adhesives often come with claims of creating an air-tight seal with the gums and freshening the breath. It will depend on your oral anatomy as to whether or not this is the case.

What is an Adhesive Used For?

Adhesives are usually recommended for first-time denture wearers. An adhesive provides an element of security while getting used to wearing dentures.

Contrary to popular opinion, an adhesive should not be relied upon to correct a problem with denture fit. You may personally find that an adhesive makes your denture more comfortable in general, and that’s perfectly fine. But don’t ignore the signs – if your denture is not fitting properly, it will eventually need an adjustment or replacement. You can’t ignore this by using an adhesive indefinitely or you could cause serious damage to your mouth.

The Best Denture Solutions

A well-fitting and well-made denture shouldn’t need the help of an adhesive. An adhesive might see you through an emergency, but if your denture needs an adjustment, then you shouldn’t wait. Ask your dentist for help.

It’s pretty common for folks to have a hard time getting a lower denture to stay in place. That’s why it’s so tempting to layer on the paste or powder.

As an alternative to this messy habit, many patients are looking to implant technology for anchoring their dentures into place. Ask your dentist what kind of denture and denture products are right for your health and lifestyle.

Posted on behalf of:
Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD
1820 The Exchange SE #600
Atlanta, GA 30339


Do You Need Denture Adhesive?

Posted in Dentures

Does every denture patient have to use denture adhesive?  There are many adhesive products available on the market. Each one is designed to encourage a more secure and comfortable fit between your artificial teeth and the supporting tissues of your mouth. Some common examples of adhesives include:

  • Denture Pastes or Glues sparingly applied to the dentures, stored in something that resembles a toothpaste tube.
  • Powders, that mix with your saliva.
  • Thin Liners, which are sheets that are moistened and then applied to the denture.

The product you choose is simply a matter of personal preference. While there are many options that promise a strong, all-day, secure fit, do you really need a denture adhesive?

Do You Need Adhesive or a Visit To Your Dentist?

If you’re new to wearing dentures, the newness of your prosthetic smile may create unease until you get used to them and feel more confident. But don’t jump to adhesive right away. In most cases, you just need a little time to adjust to the prosthesis.

Sometimes dentures are placed just after an extraction. As the area around the procedure heals, the gum may resorb creating a looser fit for the denture. Instead of opting for an adhesive, your dentist will need to adjust or re-line your prosthesis.

While denture adhesive can offer many benefits to give you a more confident smile, it should never be used to accommodate poor denture fit. A properly fitted denture, in most cases, shouldn’t need adhesive to stay in place. If your dentures don’t fit correctly, speak to your dentist about having them examined for fit or an adjustment.

Posted on behalf of:
Crabapple Dental
12670 Crabapple Rd #110
Alpharetta, GA 30004
(678) 319-0123

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