What should someone do if their dentures are slipping?
Sometimes dentures don’t stay in place. What’s the best solution? Are some fixatives better than others? When should someone see their dentist about it?
Here’s what dentists have to say:
Loose dentures can mean many different things…
If they are older (over 2-3 years) retention can suffer because the mouth changes over time. The same denture that fit tight years ago may slip over time. Often all that is needed is a denture reline, an easy dental procedure that is relatively inexpensive and often solves the problem very quickly.
Some dentures slip because there is very little bone present to support the denture. This problem is more difficult to solve. Implants are a great solution to this problem if there is enough bone to properly support the implants. In these cases, the denture can snap on the implants, snap on a bar connecting the implants, or be fixed on implants and can only be removed by the dental team (this is called an All-On-Four hybrid denture or bridge).
Upper dentures are inherently more retentive than lower dentures. This is because the tongue cannot be covered on the lower arch, whereas on the upper the palate can be covered. Lowers need at least two implants to give the denture retention that most patients expect.
Lastly, a poorly-made denture may need to be remade to optimize all the tricks necessary to get a good looking, tight-fitting denture.
Quite frankly, only a dentist can tell you which category you fall in!
Dentures that slip should be relined by sending them into the lab and having them process new acrylic to make them tighter. The dentist needs to take an impression using the denture so that the lab knows what to do. SeaBond and Fixodent can be used for a short time, but if the denture is loose due to changes in the bony support, it needs a reline. A loose denture can cause the bone under the denture to resorb faster thus making a standard denture impossible to wear.
Slipping dentures are a common issue for those who wear them. This issue is most common with a lower complete denture, but it can be an issue with upper dentures and partial dentures as well. It is always a good idea to consult a dental professional when you experience issues like this, even if it is not causing you pain or discomfort, as it will likely get worse over time and what might have been easily addressed in the past now becomes something much more difficult.
Denture adhesives are a simple way to address the issue sometimes, and they all work in basically the same way, so try a variety and see what works best for you. Only use these after consulting with a dentist, however, because use of them may only be masking a larger overall issue. Dental implants are the ultimate solution to slipping dentures. A dental implant is a titanium post grafted into the jaw bone that your denture can be fit to “snap” into. It is even possible to make it so your denture fastens to the implants more rigidly so that you do not have to take them out every day, and are only removed periodically by your dentist for cleaning.
If you’re having problems with the fit of your dentures, your dentist’s office is the first place you should go to find a solution. As you can see, there are many reasons why your dentures may not be fitting properly, and your dentist can identify the issue and suggest the best solution for your case.
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