Table of Contents
One of the greatest issues denture wearers face is loose dentures. A denture that does not fit properly can be a real irritant for the wearer, since it does not instil any confidence in the purposes it is supposed to serve. Simply talking exuberantly or laughing can cause the dentures to dislodge, while eating with these dentures can be a real task. Having your dentures get dislodged or even fall out in public can be an embarrassing situation.
So what is the reason behind dentures becoming loose and what can be done about them?
Let’s deal with them one by one.
Why Do Dentures Become Loose?
Very few people know that the very act of wearing complete dentures transmits forces onto the underlying jaw bone which causes them to recede over time and become markedly different from the dimensions they once were.
This change will obviously result in a denture that does not fit like it used to and the result will be a prosthesis that is no longer able to generate the suction that a close fitting denture will be able to.
To be clear, even if no dentures are worn, a toothless area of the jaw will slowly get destroyed over a period of time because that part of the bone specifically exists to support the teeth. Only the presence of implants will help preserve this bone and not any other kind of prosthesis.
What Is The Best Solution For Loose Dentures?
There are several options that patients can explore depending upon their finances, medical health, and inclination, however, all things considered, getting implants to help support the denture is the best option.
People are often worried about the cost of dental implants, however, they cost less than what many people imagine. For one thing, an implant-supported denture can easily exist on 2 or 4 implants. These implants can be placed in areas where the remaining bone is too short to provide adequate support to the dentures and create "locks" through which the dentures are stabilized.
Implant-supported dentures have become extremely popular over the last few years because of the tremendous advantages they offer. To be clear, the patient will still need to remove the denture every day like they used to. An implant supported denture is NOT a fixed prosthesis and should not be used as such.
It is generally seen that the lower denture is the one that becomes loose more often than the upper one because the amount of bone available to provide support in the lower jaw is lesser. The palate helps provide a large base for the upper denture to take support from.
The kind of bone though makes it imperative that a minimum of two implants be placed in the lower jaw and four in the upper jaw for an implant-supported denture to be successful. The only contraindication to this recommendation would be people who have been deemed medically unfit to undergo the procedure.