Many of us choose to get dentures not only because we need help chewing and breaking up food, but because of the aesthetic benefits of a personalised set of new pearly whites!
For this reason, it can be extremely frustrating when dentures are loose or ill-fitting.
If you are not satisfied with your dentures, there are a few steps you can take to fix things, for example, we have seen many patients replace their uncomfortable dentures with dental implant treatment.
Are you having problems with unsecured dentures?
Many reasons can lead to your dentures not fitting correctly.
If they are not the right fit for your mouth, your bite may feel off, and it can be hard to chew normally.
If you have had your dentures for a long time, you may notice they do not fit as well as they used to.
Additionally, if you experience tissue or bone loss (a natural part of ageing), then your jaw shape may adjust slightly, meaning it may be time for a denture relining.
Often the bottom dentures loosen quicker than the upper dentures since the lower dentures have a larger surface area and take on more weight when eating and chewing.
Visiting your dentist is the best way to decipher what is wrong with your dentures.
We can figure out why they are not fitting correctly and make adjustments accordingly so that your dentures feel as good as new.
Eating and chewing properly
It often takes people some time to get used to eating and chewing with dentures.
However, if this continues to feel uncomfortable after a few days or weeks, then your dentures may not have been fitted correctly.
You may need to contact your dentist to re-adjust things so that the fit feels more natural to your mouth.
How long do dentures last?
If correctly fitted and cared for, dentures can last up to 8 years.
How do I know if my dentures need repairing or replacing?
- Looseness: If your dentures do not fit properly into your mouth, they may move around when you chew and speak. In this case, you will need a more extensive set of dentures. This can be done by adjusting your current pair or making a new set altogether. Your dentist may give you some denture adhesive tape as a short term solution for the problem.
- Difficulty speaking: If your dentures don’t fit properly, you can end up with a slight lisp or experience difficulty when trying to talk. This is not a normal side-effect of dentures, and you should contact your dentist if you experience this!
- Feelings of discomfort: Your dentures should not be uncomfortable. If you experience pain, then we may need to make some adjustments.
- Dentures are damaged or discoloured: Dentures with chips or cracks will need to be replaced. Also, just like your natural teeth, dentures are subject to discolouration and may become yellowed over time.
Dentures are a popular and effective way to restore the mouth’s upper and lower arch and a great solution for those who have suffered from gum disease.
However, dentures are not the only option.
Our implants are made from high-quality materials, which make them durable and natural-looking. Read our full implant procedure guide here.
Implants have more favourable advantages as they restore and rebuild the mouth’s oral condition and state.
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