Your dentures should fit securely on your gums. Under certain circumstances, however, they may become loose and stop fitting as well as they did when you first got them.
Loose dentures are quite common, but there are some things you can do to help to maintain a secure, comfortable fit.
Why might dentures become loose?
There is a variety of reasons your dentures may become loose. The most common reason for loose-fitting dentures is a process known as bone resorption, where your gums begin to shrink because they no longer need to support your teeth.
To help prevent bone resorption, try to use your jaws as much as possible. For instance, doing things like chewing solid foods should help keep your gums strong and healthy. And in general, eating a nutritious, balanced diet is essential in preventing resorption.
Another common reason that dentures become loose is day-to-day wear. To minimize this, be sure to practice good denture care, including taking your dentures out at night.
How can I tell if I’ve got loose dentures?
There are a number of signs that may indicate that you have loose dentures. If you dentures are loose fitting, you may find that they tend to slip when you speak or eat, and you may also notice a clicking sound when you talk, as well as some slight discomfort. Over time, you may develop mouth sores and have a hard time eating.