Adjusting to New Dentures: How to Deal With Loose Dentures

Adjusting to New Dentures: How to Deal With Loose Dentures from Allure Dentistry in Los Angeles, CAAdjusting to new dentures is a process that usually takes several weeks. You must learn how to eat, speak, and adapt to the feel of having them in your mouth. Though every effort is made to have your dentures fit correctly when they are made, you are likely to need to visit your dentist for adjustments.

Adjustments are made for various reasons. Your gums can develop sore spots and inflammation where the dentures touch, the plate might move when you laugh, or you may have difficulty eating. One cause of those problems is that the dentures are loose. Not only are loose dentures uncomfortable, but they also pose a health risk.

What causes loose dentures?

Your gums will be swollen for several weeks after your teeth are extracted and you are adjusting to new dentures. However, as the swelling goes down, your dentures may become loose. The most common reason is bone resorption; your gums will start to shrink because they are no longer holding your teeth in your mouth.

How can you deal with loose dentures?

If your dentures do not fit well, make an appointment with your dentist to discuss your options.

Denture adhesives

There are a few types of denture adhesives available. Denture creams and pastes are applied to your denture plate before you place it in your mouth. Once inserted, you push the denture onto your gum to form a bond. These keep the piece secure, but the paste or cream can be messy and difficult to clean up when you remove your dentures.

Denture adhesive powder also keeps your dentures in place, but it sometimes forms a stronger bond with your gums than creams or pastes do. Powders are spread in a light layer over wet dentures in the areas where they will be in contact with your gums. Powders do not ooze, and your end-of-the-day cleanup is easier.

Cushions or strips are the cleanest types of denture adhesive. They are pre-formed to fit the shape of your appliance and can be cut with scissors if necessary. Wet the cushion and place it onto the denture, then press the denture into place in your mouth. When you remove your dentures, there is no residue in your mouth, and cushions easily peel away from the appliance.

Adjustment by your dentist

Sometimes, loose dentures fit better after your dentist grinds problem areas on your denture plate. However, your dentures may need to be relined if a minor adjustment does not fix the problem.

There are two kinds of relining: Soft and hard. With soft relining, a polymer is added to the inside of the denture tray. The tray is placed into your mouth, and the polymer conforms to the shape of your gums. Hard denture plastic is used for hard relining.

Check out what others are saying about our dental services on Yelp: Adjusting to New Dentures in Los Angeles, CA

Should you be concerned about loose dentures?

Adjusting to new dentures is easier when the appliances fit correctly. While slightly loose dentures are normal during this period, they are uncomfortable and are a health risk. If your dentures are moving in your mouth, work with your dentist to find the solution that is right for you.

Request an appointment or call Allure Dentistry at 310-683-5321 for an appointment in our Los Angeles office.

Recent Posts

4 Tips For Adjusting To New Dentures

Dentures are a popular solution for individuals who are missing any number of natural teeth. These prosthetic teeth can dramatically improve oral function and appearance, though first-time wearers report various challenges adjusting to new dentures that dentists can address.Most new denture wearers require about one month to adjust to the sensations accompanying a foreign substance…

Adjusting To New Dentures: Your New Nightly Routine For Denture Care

When adjusting to new dentures, a patient will likely have a long list of questions. Can dentures be slept in? How does wearing dentures change a person's oral hygiene routine? Here you will find the answers to these and more information about a nightly care routine for those who are adjusting to new dentures.When adjusting…

3 Reasons Adjusting To New Dentures Can Be Quite Simple

When you begin wearing dentures, you may experience discomfort for a short period of time while you are adjusting to new dentures. However, this process does not have to be difficult.Here are three reasons you can easily get through the first few weeks of wearing dentures.If you find adjusting to new dentures difficult, remember that…

Recent Posts

Dental Emergencies: What To Do For Broken Teeth

Dental Emergencies: What To Do For Broken Teeth

Worried about dental emergencies and what you should do if one occurs? Continue reading to find out more. Dental emergencies can be frightening, especially when they involve a broken tooth. However, it is important to know that modern-day dentistry has allowed for the evolution of a lot of different treatments to address and treat dental…

Dental Implant Restoration: Prosthetic Root And Crown

Dental Implant Restoration: Prosthetic Root And Crown

Dental implants are the gold standard in teeth replacement. These restorations are durable and biocompatible. Most people prefer durable and stable dental prosthetics to removable dentures. Implants owe their security to the prosthetic root and dental crown. If you want to know how the prosthetic root and crown help dental implants become stable and strong,…