Loose Dentures are an All Too Common Concern
As common as dentures are for those missing teeth, most patients can become frustrated with their lack of security within the mouth. Imagine talking to a friend or family member, even a stranger, and suddenly your teeth fall out! While this is a scenario everyone would want to avoid, the truth is, it is more common than many people realize.
Dentures can become loose for many reasons, but the most common are resorption of the jaw bone and normal wear from everyday use. If it has been some time since the dentures were first received, then the natural resorption process of the jaw bone due to missing teeth will cause the dentures to no longer fit snugly along the gumline. Loose dentures may slip and click during daily activities such as eating, talking, and laughing. Oftentimes, dentures that do not fit correctly can cause mouth sores and discomfort when eating. Dentures must be adjusted or replaced relatively frequently to accommodate these changes in the jaw bone, which can become costly over time.
Modern dentistry provides a few alternatives for loose dentures, the most advantageous being implant supported dentures. This option combines dental implants with the aesthetic advantages of traditional dentures. Implant supported dentures both stabilize the denture appliance and preserve the integrity of the jaw bone, providing long-term support and function.