LOOSE DENTURES - What Are The Causes?
Loose Dentures are a common problem for people who have been wearing complete or full dentures over a long period of time.
Loose dentures can occur over time due to normal wear and tear, or because of the continued compression of the denture against the tissue that holds the gum and bone.
This compression can gradually recede or shrink the volume of the gum ridges and bone, causing the dentures to become loose. Left unchecked, loose dentures can cause sores, infections and other oral health problems, which is why it is important to get checked out by a dentist as soon as possible.
What are the treatments for loose dentures?
In order to determine the appropriate treatment it is necessary to make an appointment with Dr. Jason Gray or Dr. Alison Robinson, as there are many factors to be taken into consideration in deciding which course of treatment will be in your best interests.
Temporary denture relining involves adding a layer of filler under the denture while it is in your mouth. This material then hardens and fills the gap created by the receding tissue, making your dentures fit snugly again. This treatment can be done in the dentist chair on the same day, but is usually a temporary measure.
For a more permanent reline a similar process takes place to create a mould, but your denture will be sent away for a day or so to a laboratory where the filler material will be made out of a more durable plastic.
What are the benefits of fixing loose dentures?
Patients who have had dentures relined, new dentures made or implant-retained dentures report many positive improvements, including improved biting, chewing and talking. Getting loose dentures treated also helps with your smile, which gives a big boost to self-confidence and general well-being.