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Solutions for Loose Dentures

solutions for loose dentures

I can’t stand wearing my denture because it moves, it hurts and it makes it hard to eat. What are my options?

Having a denture that does not fit right can make a huge impact on your ability to eat. It also affects how you feel socializing and going out. The reason why your denture is moving plays a role in the options that are available to correct the problem.

Solutions for Loose Dentures:

If the denture is loose because of bone and tissue changes, your first option would be to begin the process to get a tighter fitting denture. Over time when teeth are missing, the tissue and bone shrink. Several appointments and the use of proper materials will help you get the best fit so you can wear a denture successfully. Without anything (teeth or implants) to support the bone, this will need to be done every 5-10 years to adapt to the bone that has shrunk. 

If the denture is loose because you have little bone to support it, your best option would be to convert to an implant-supported denture or bridge. This allows the denture to lock into your mouth, making it much easier to chew and taste your food. Most times you can leave with your teeth locked in the same day the implants are placed. The implants also help prevent bone and tissue loss in the future, creating long-term success. 

The earlier you start the process to correct the issue, the better you will feel and be able to eat.

About the author

Stacey Sparkman Hall, D.D.S.

Dr. Stacey Hall brings her unique outlook on dental care and her personable optimism to the Williamsburg Center for Dental Health. With nine years of solid dental expertise as a dentist in Williamsburg, she decided in early 2011 to branch out and open her own local practice. After completing her undergraduate degree from Virginia Tech in 1998, Dr. Hall graduated from VCU’s MCV School of Dentistry in 2002, receiving her D.D.S. She is a member of the Academy of General Dentistry, the American Dental Association, and was awarded member fellowship to the International Congress of Oral Implantology in 2008. She leads the elite Tidewater Dawson Study Club and is a scholar with the interntaionally renowned Dawson Academy. As a Dawson ambassador, Dr. Hall also assists in the training of students in the Dawson Academy. Stacey and her husband Michael have been blessed with three beautiful girls, Lanie, Gracie and Abbie. She is a loyal Virginia Tech Football fan, and enjoys Bible study and missions work.