Loose Dentures: What Are My Options?

Loose Dentures: What Are My Options?

Dec 05, 2013

If you have chosen dentures as a replacement option for your missing teeth, in time you might find that they become loose or uncomfortable. When this occurs, you’ll have to decide what option to take to correct these often frustrating problems.

Adjusting Your Denture

One way to deal with a loose denture is to have it adjusted. If your dentures are no longer staying in the proper place in your mouth, your dentist can reline the denture, replacing or adjusting the interior surface that lies against your gums. In some cases, this can be enough to correct the fit and make your denture comfortable again.

In some cases, the entire denture might have to be remade. This can be costly and inconvenient, and chances are good that you’ll need further adjustments down the road. Because the denture sits on your gum tissue, it does not stimulate the growth of your jawbone. For this reason, the bone in the jaw deteriorates over time, which is a major factor in your dentures becoming loose or uncomfortable.

Implants—A Permanent Solution

Another option to consider if your denture becomes loose is dental implants. Implants offer a permanent solution that will never become uncomfortable, and that will also help keep your jawbone healthy and growing. Implants are permanent and stationary, and are the most natural-looking and natural-feeling choice for tooth replacement.

If you are experiencing discomfort or dissatisfaction with your current denture, consult with your dentist about whether implants are a good choice for you. Some things to consider include:

  • Your general overall health
  • Your general oral health
  • The health of your jawbone
  • Whether or not you smoke
  • Whether or not you are being treated for osteoporosis

A consultation can give you a good idea of whether implants are the best choice for you. It will also help you understand how the implant process works and what your teeth will look like after your new teeth are put into place.

To find out more about how dental implants can help replace your loose dentures, please contact Newton Dental Group to schedule a consultation.