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Help! My Dentures Feel Loose

Having loose dentures might seem a mild annoyance but not a big problem. However, it is a serious issue. Your dentures must fit properly; eating, speaking, and many other activities will become difficult if they don't. In addition, loose dentures can be an issue for your oral health. So, what should you do about loose dentures? And where should you go for help? 

At Downtown Dental Studio, we will happily help you manage your loose dentures. Our providers — Fadi Beydoun, DMD, MS, Alexander Kimon, DMD, and Karina Zaygermakher, DMD — want your experience to be as healthy and easy as possible, which means having proper dentures.  

Why loose dentures are such a problem 

Discomfort is normal when you first get dentures. After all, you're not used to them, and it can take some time to settle into the experience. However, studies have shown that, after about a month of wearing them, most people get comfortable with them.  

If your dentures are loose, though, you'll notice it. They'll feel uncomfortable in your mouth for much longer than the typical month, and you'll notice other problems, too. When dentures are loose, they can create sore spots where they rub against the gums, leading to infection. They can also move around when you speak, laugh, or eat, making it hard to do. 

Loose dentures can also cause headaches and ear pain. Over time, the loose device can affect your bite, warping it and causing problems for any natural teeth you might have. If your gums become too affected by the loose dentures, jawbone atrophy can also occur. 

What to do about loose dentures 

If your dentures are loose, there is a way to manage it yourself. For one, you can use dental adhesive. This product helps secure your dentures in your mouth and keeps them secure throughout your daily activities. Your dentures are supposed to fit without an adhesive, but some people find keeping them firmly in place very helpful. 

But if you tried dental adhesive and aren't seeing results — or your dentures feel extremely loose — it's much better to visit your dental provider. Your dentures should fit you properly, and because of all the possible side effects of loose dentures, your provider will want to ensure you have the best fit. 

Your dentist may only need to readjust the dentures once. However, you'll still want to visit often to make sure they're sitting properly in your mouth. If you have a fast rate of bone reabsorption, you should visit more often for these adjustments. Whatever the case, it's always best to let a medical provider look at and fix your loose dentures.

Loose dentures shouldn’t be ignored

Although they may seem like a discomfort or even an annoyance, loose dentures can have serious side effects on your daily life and health. If you think your dentures have become loose—even just a little—you should seek help to secure them properly. 

Please make an appointment at our office in the Financial District of New York City office today. Call us at 212-964-3337 or visit us online to make an appointment when it's convenient for you. We look forward to meeting you!

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