If you’ve noticed your dentures have changed or are not fitting as well, there could be several reasons why. Many things can contribute to a change in how your dentures fit, such as weight loss, weight gain, an illness, a new medication, or a significant change in your daily habits or diet.
If you’ve had your dentures for more than five years, it’s possible you need new dentures. Your gums and the bone underneath can change shape throughout your life, as a result, dentures that were made to fit your mouth several years ago may no longer fit comfortably.
Frequently we see folks try to compensate for this by using more denture adhesive, not wearing their dentures at all, or they try to fix them by buying temporary liners or "fix" them by other methods. None of these things are a good idea. (See our blog on why “what to do if your dentures break.”)
If you think your dentures no longer feel right, if they are moving in your mouth or even falling out, we recommend you contact us right away and come in for an evaluation. In most cases we may be able to reline your existing dentures for a better fit, or if that is not an option, recommend new dentures. Read more about relining here.
If you currently wear dentures, you know that they don't really replace your missing teeth. If you have had your denture for five or more years, they most likely need a reline. When you have your natural teeth a bone in your jaw helps hold and support those teeth, and that same bone is used by your denture for support and suction. If your natural teeth have been removed, your body realizes that the bone is no longer necessary, and over time it will begin to recede. Over the years, as that bone is lost, the support for your denture diminishes. This means your denture has less and less support and no longer fits the way it did when new.
One option is to put something back into the bone. For this we recommend a dental implant which will preserve your natural bone, so you don’t lose that support. It will also keep your face looking more youthful. The implant can also be used to support your denture, keeping it stable and stopping the movement and floating that can occur after several years of wearing regular dentures. Dental implants can be a great option for many patients. To learn more we recommend visiting a recent blog post by the Puyallup Oral Surgery Center.
Here at Berlanga Dentures we can help provide all the options for you, and help you determine what’s best for your situation and budget.
We can also assist even if you didn’t get your dentures from us originally.
We recommend you contact us today, so we can set up an appointment to find the right solution for you.