When you decide to get dentures its important that you understand the natural changes your mouth will go through when you don't have natural teeth left.
The easiest way to explain this is that when you have teeth, the roots will naturally stimulate a healthy bone mass in the jaw. So if you take the teeth out of the equation, the upper and lower jaw will naturally start to shrink (or resorb) over time. How quickly this occurs will vary from person to person.
How Do Dentures Stay In Place?
Traditional dentures are made to fit the bone/gum ridges of your jaw. Its important that when you get a new denture made, careful impressions and measurements are taken to ensure a nice and precise fit. The key factor in a good denture is taking time to get the fit right, as this will mean they are comfortable and stay in better.
When you have that perfect fitting denture, it is a great feeling. Your new teeth will stay in place by the suction that is created between the denture and your gum/bone ridges. In ill fitting dentures or mouths that have changed over time, that suction will be lost and that is what causes the denture to feel loose and wobble.
The exact moment you have the right denture for you, that denture can then be said to be the ideal one for you at that moment in time. A time stamp of sorts. Because we suffer from the natural occurrence of bone resorption, it is then expected that over time our mouths will not be same as they are at this moment in time. Its very difficult to say exactly how long it will take for the changes to make a noticeable difference, but its important to bear this in mind when getting dentures.
So What Do You Do When Your Dentures Are Loose?
In the first instance. Call your dentist and explain that your dentures are now loose. They will book you in for a dental assessment so they can examine the fit of your denture and to identify what could be done. Depending on the type of denture you have, it may just be a simple case of a reline. This in essence is a fairly simple change to the base of the denture, where it is relined to make it more comfortable and also better fitting (to the new changes in your mouth). We need to assess the denture as not all dentures can be relined, but we will always try and do this if possible, in the first instance. For example older dentures are less likely to be relined, where as new dentures will have a higher chance.
Is There a More Secure and Permanent Option?
When it comes to tooth replacement, dental implants is considered the gold standard. This is because the implants are placed at bone level, which helps to stimulate the bone and promote a healthy bone mass (similar to what natural roots do). The new teeth are then secured on top of the implants which gives you the next best thing to your natural teeth. If implants is something you are interested in, our sister practice is able to offer this treatment.
If you are not happy with your teeth and would like to know your options, please do not hesitate to call us and book your dental assessment today.