What Should I Do If My Dentures Become Loose?

By: Dr. Fadi Zaknoun


Dealing with loose dentures can be frustrating and uncomfortable. But don't worry; Cape Cod Dental in Wareham, MA has you covered. In this guide, Dr. Fadi Zaknoun will discuss some helpful tips on what to do if your removable or implant-supported dentures become loose. Call now to book a consultation and get your smile back on track. We can ensure your dental restoration fits perfectly and gives you a confident smile.

How do dentures become loose?

There are two main kinds of dentures: removable and implant-supported. Removable dentures are held in place through suction by your jawbone and gums, while implant-supported dentures use implants as anchors. Over time, both can become loose for different reasons.

For example, if your removable dentures were fitted several years ago, it's possible that changes in the shape of your gums or jawbone have caused them to become less snug. This can lead to shifting or slipping, which is uncomfortable and may cause sores.

On the other hand, loose implant-supported dentures are usually a problem with the implants themselves. If an implant fails or becomes damaged, it can cause the restoration to become unstable. In this case, it's important to see your dentist as soon as possible for repair or replacement.

What to do when your dentures become loose

If you experience discomfort or difficulty eating or speaking, call Dr. Zaknoun, who can identify the causes of your loose dentures and recommend the right treatment in Wareham, MA. Until then, try these tips to make your dental restoration more secure and comfortable:

  • Use a denture adhesive: Denture adhesives can be found at your local drugstore. They come in different forms, such as creams and powders. This can help with stability and prevent shifting.
  • Rinse your mouth after eating: Food particles can get trapped under dentures. Make sure to rinse your mouth thoroughly after each meal to remove any debris.
  • Avoid sticky foods: Sticky or hard foods place extra pressure on your dentures, causing them to become dislodged. Stick to softer foods that are easier to chew.
  • Don't try to fix your dentures yourself: You might be tempted to adjust the dentures on your own, but this can lead to improper fit or damage. Let Cape Cod Dental take care of your adjustments.
  • Consider upgrading: In some cases, loose removable dentures might be a sign that it's time to replace them with implant-supported dentures. This option provides a longer-lasting and secure solution.

How to prevent loose dentures

While it's not entirely possible to prevent loose dentures, there are steps to minimize your risk. These include:

  • Regular dental check-ups: Schedule annual check-ups with your dentist or as recommended to ensure your dentures are properly fitted and in good condition.
  • Proper cleaning and care: Follow our detailed cleaning instructions for your dentures. This prevents bacteria and plaque buildup, which can cause gum disease and damage to your jawbone.
  • Quit smoking: Smoking leads to gum disease and bone loss, which can loosen your dentures. Consider quitting or limiting your tobacco use for the sake of your oral health.

Learn about dental restoration in Wareham, MA

Dental restorations like dentures can significantly improve your oral health and confidence, but they can become loose if you're not careful. If you have issues with your removable or implant-supported dentures, see an experienced provider like Dr. Fadi Zaknoun right away. Call Cape Cod Dental in Wareham, MA to book a consultation and get professional advice on how to maintain your dentures today.

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