Your dentures should fit securely on your gums, and not move around when you speak or eat. Sometimes, though, they may become loose and stop fitting as well as they did when you first got them.
Loose dentures are a common problem, but there are some things you can do to help to maintain a secure, comfortable fit.
Why might dentures become loose?
There are a few reasons your dentures may become loose. Usually, it's the result of a process known as bone resorption, where your gum tissue begins to shrink because it no longer needs to support your teeth.
To prevent bone resorption, try to use your jaws as much as you can. Doing things like chewing solid foods regularly should help keep your gums strong and healthy. And in general, eating a nutritious, balanced diet is essential in preventing resorption.
Another reason dentures might 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 of loose dentures. For example, 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.