How your Dolton Dentist can fix full dentures that are loose or uncomfortable
A full denture replaces all of the upper teeth, or all of the lower teeth. If you are wearing a denture, or a complete set with uppers and lowers, then chances are you’ve already had more than your share of dental problems. After years of contending with gum disease, infections, or chronic toothaches, the last thing you want is problems with your dentures. Don’t worry; Dr. Dietrich can help.
What is the problem?
Why doesn’t your denture fit right? That question has several possible answers, beginning with your dentist. Making a denture isn’t as easy as it sounds. Dr. Dietrich has extensive experience, and he takes great care with all of the little details that make a big difference in the result. If your dentures came from an inexperienced or careless dentist, they might have never stood a chance of fitting. However, even if it fits perfectly when new, it will probably become loose over time. This happens because your gums and bone continue receding, evolving, and adapting to the loss of teeth.
If you have a good denture, made by a good dentist, it should fit snugly but comfortably when new, assuming it is an upper denture. Lowers are a little different story. They have to leave room for your tongue, so they are horseshoe shaped, leaving very little surface to form suction. Since the lower jaw and tongue move every time a person speaks or eats, it can be challenging to keep a denture in place.
What is the solution?
Again, there are a few different possibilities. The best choice depends on the problem, and your preferences.
Your options include:
- Adhesive – If your denture is only slightly loose, a bit of over the counter adhesive may do the trick.
- Reline – If the denture has gradually become loose, it may need to be relined. Dr. Dietrich will take a new impression, and the inside of the denture will be re-fitted to the current contours of your mouth.
- Replacement – If you have a poorly made or unattractive denture, the best solution is to get a new one from a skilled dentist such as Dr. Dietrich.
- Implants – This is the most permanent, and usually the best, solution. Just a few implants can stabilize a removable denture, eliminating the risk of slipping, and the need for adhesive. Implants also help slow bone resorption.
You can have a beautiful, comfortable, convenient smile. If your denture doesn’t fit right, call (708) 576-1900 and schedule an appointment at Pleasant Dental®. Let Dr. Dietrich help.
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