Your dentures should fit securely on your gums. Sometimes, under certain circumstances they may become loose and stop fitting as well as they did when you first got them. Here are some tips to help.
Loose dentures are fairly common, but there are some things you can do to help to maintain a comfortable and secure fit.
Why can dentures become loose?
There is a number of reasons why your dentures can become loose. The process of bone resorption is the most common reason for loose-fitting dentures. Bone resorption is where 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. Doing things like chewing solid foods should help to keep your gums strong and healthy. In general, eating a nutritious, balanced diet is essential in preventing resorption.
Regular day-to-day wear is another common reason that dentures become loose. To minimize this, be sure to practice good denture care, including taking your dentures out at night.
How can I tell if I’ve got loose dentures?
Loose fitting dentures tend to slip when you speak or eat, and you may also notice a clicking sound when you talk, you might also experience some slight discomfort. Over time, loose fitting dentures could cause you to develop mouth sores, or have difficulties eating.