Is it Normal for My Dentures to be Loose?
Have you ever purchased a sweater that fit perfectly for months or even years and then all of a sudden, the same sweater became less than flattering? After numerous cycles in the washer, dryer and normal wear and tear, your once-favorite item may deteriorate, losing its perfect fit. The same thing can happen with dental dentures. Over time, normal wear and tear amongst other scenarios, can cause impairments to once perfectly fitting dentures.
Is it Normal for Dentures to be Loose?
There’s no need to worry if you experience loose dentures; it’s typically normal and your dentist can make appropriate adjustments. Let’s explore why your dentures may have become loose over time and how to determine when and why you may need to seek a solution.
Reasons Why Your Dentures Might Be Loose:
Inflammation: If this is your first time getting dentures and you had a recent extraction, it’s typically expected that your dentures will eventually loosen. After an extraction, chances are the tissue in your mouth will be inflamed and potentially swollen, making your dentures fit a little more snugly. When the tissue is completely healed, the dentures could feel loose. Most dentists will schedule a follow up to make sure your dentures fit properly after the healing stage. This is a great opportunity to speak up if you notice any discomfort or changes in your dentures’ overall feel and fit.
Jawbone & Gum Tissue Changes: After losing natural teeth, the jawbone can change and often shrink. The longer you go with missing teeth, the more likely your jawbone’s shape will shift or shrink. Similarly, the gum tissue that supports your dentures can recede, causing dentures to fit more loosely.
Weight Loss: A couple pounds here and there or typical weight fluctuations shouldn’t make a big difference in your dentures, but if you lose a significant amount of weight, your gums may also experience changes. If your gums change due to weight loss, your dentures will no longer fit as originally intended.
Other reasons your dentures may also start to feel loose include poor denture maintenance, structural damage, and overall wear and tear. Make sure to keep your dentures clean to eliminate bacteria and plaque build up, and store them in a safe place when not in use. Your dentist should give you clear instructions on how to care for your dentures but never hesitate to ask questions.
How do I Know if my Dentures Fit Properly?
If you are new to dentures, there may be a short adjustment period to get used to the feeling. However, generally dentures that fit properly should be comfortable without feeling like they are sliding around in your mouth, slipping, or creating pressure or pain on your gums. Dentures should also feel secure and not impair your ability to speak and eat.
How do I Know if my Dentures are Too Big?
Similar to how you might have noticed your once-favorite sweater suddenly looking or feeling different on you, wearing dentures that no longer fit correctly can lead to a change in comfort, security, and your ability to speak and eat easily. You may start to notice your dentures slipping and feel more self conscious about their security if they no longer fit properly. Dentures that are too big may also be painful and have a risk of causing mouth sores if they create friction due to constant rubbing.
If you notice a sudden shift in the comfort and security of your dentures, it’s best to consult with a reputable dentist. At University Dental, we strive to provide ongoing care so you can feel at ease with a comfortable and confident smile. Call University Dental at (619) 582-4224 to schedule your complimentary consultation with our team today!