Your dentures should fit securely on your gums. However, under certain circumstances they can become loose and stop fitting as well as they did when you first got them.
Loose dentures are fairly common, but there are a few things you can do to help to maintain a secure, comfortable fit.
Why might dentures become loose?
There is a number of reasons that your dentures may become loose. A process known as bone resorption is the most common reason for loose-fitting dentures. Bone resorption is when your gums begin to shrink because they no longer need to support your teeth.
To help prevent bone resorption, try using your jaws as much as possible. For example, doing things like chewing solid foods should help to keep your gums strong and healthy. Eating a nutritious, balanced diet is essential in preventing resorption.
Another common reason that dentures can become loose is day-to-day wear. To minimize wear be sure to practice good denture care, including taking your dentures out at night.
How can I tell if I’ve got loose dentures?
There are a number of signs that indicate that your dentures have become loose. If your dentures are loose you may find that they tend to slip when you speak or eat, and you may also notice a clicking sound when you talk, as well as some slight discomfort. Over time, you could develop mouth sores and have a hard time eating.