What Can Be Done To Improve The Fit Of My Dentures

What can be done to improve the fit of my dentures?

I have been wearing dentures for 10 years now.  At first they fit well and stayed in.  Over time they have become loose and I have a hard time eating.  What can be done to make my dentures fit better?

Linda

 

Linda,

It is not unusual for dentures to fit well initially.  As time goes by, the bone supporting your dentures dissolves away. This occurs because the original purpose of that bone is to support teeth.  Once the teeth are gone, the bone recedes.  Fortunately, you have several options.

  1. Dentures that snap onto implants (Implant-supported overdentures)

In this procedure, 2-4 implants are placed in the upper or lower jaw.  The implants have attachments that clip into the denture. Your denture still needs to be removed at night like a traditional denture.

  1. Fixed denture (all-on-4).

In this procedure 4-6 implants are placed in the upper or lower jaw and a fixed prosthesis is attached.  This denture is not removable.  It stays in and functions much like natural teeth.

 

The great thing about both of these options is the implants will prevent the bone from dissolving away. They will hold the bone in place as well as holding your teeth in place.