Dentures should fit securely on your gums. However, under certain circumstances they can become loose and stop fitting as well as they did when you first got them. Here's a little about why and what you can do about loose fitting dentures.
Loose dentures are fairly common, but there are some things you can do to help to maintain a comfortable and secure fit.
Why do dentures become loose?
There are a number of reasons why your dentures may become loose. Bone resorption is the most common reason for loose-fitting dentures. This is where your gums begin to shrink because they no longer need to support your teeth.
In order to help prevent bone resorption, you should try to use your jaws as much as possible. Chewing solid nutritious foods is one good way to help keep your gums strong and healthy. In general, eating a balanced diet is essential in preventing bone resorption.
Regular day-to-day wear is another common reason that dentures become loose. To minimize this, be sure to practice good denture care which includes taking your dentures out each night.
How can I tell if I’ve got loose dentures?
Signs that your dentures may be loose include: dentures slipping when you speak or eat, a clicking sound when you talk, or possibly even some slight discomfort. If your dentures have been loose for some time you may develop mouth sores and have a hard time eating.