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Why are my dentures loose?

Posted Jul 19th, 2019

Why are my dentures loose?

Dentures should fit securely on your gums. Nonetheless, dentures can become loose and stop fitting as well as they did when you first got them. Here our Surrey dentists explain a little about why.


Loose dentures are relatively common, but there are some things you can do to help to maintain a secure, comfortable fit.

Why dentures can become loose?

Dentures can become loose for a number of reasons. Bone resorption is the most common reason for loose-fitting dentures. Bone resorption 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. Doing things like chewing solid foods should help keep your gums strong and healthy. In general, eating a nutritious, balanced diet is essential in preventing resorption.

Regular day-to-day wear is another common reason that dentures become loose. Minimize the effects of day-to-day wear by practicing good denture care, including taking your dentures out at night.

Some Telltale Signs That Your Dentures are Loose

Here are some of the signs of loose dentures: Your dentures may tend to slip when you speak or eat, you may also notice a clicking sound when you talk, or you might experience some slight discomfort. Over time, you may even develop mouth sores and have a hard time eating.

If you notice any of these signs of looseness with your dentures, please come visit your dentist at Elgin Corners Dental in Surrey BC as soon as possible. We might prescribe a denture adhesive, or your dentures may need repairing or replacing.

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