Many people, both young and old, can end up with having a significant number of their teeth missing for one reason or another. Whilst there are many treatments that can help to restore lost teeth, including dental implants in Melbourne, many people will opt for dentures to help give their mouth a full set of new, natural looking teeth, particularly if they have lost most or even all of their teeth.
If you are considering getting dentures to replace missing teeth, then it is important to know a bit more about them, and it can be helpful to understand how they work, and what to do if your dentures begin to feel loose.
How do dentures work?
When receiving dentures, impressions will be taken of your teeth and gums. This will allow a denture to be designed later in a dental laboratory, using your teeth and gums as a basis. The denture itself is usually made from types of resin and/or porcelain. Both are strong and durable materials to make teeth out of, and porcelain in particular is a material which both looks and feels very similar to natural teeth. Moreover, whilst being a hard and durable material, resin can also feel comfortable and lightweight, whilst also being easy to secure into the mouth.
Regardless of which material is used though, your dentures should give you what appear to be naturally occurring teeth that are strong, and can be removed easily for cleaning. Your dentures need to be cleaned frequently and cared for appropriately, to prevent them from decaying as well as to prevent gum disease. Your dental hygienist should be able to best advise you as to how to keep your dentures clean and hygienic to use.
How can dentures become loose?
There are numerous reasons that dentures may become loose or not fit as well as they once may have done. One common reason is what is known as bone resorption. As your natural teeth are no longer in place, the bone that would usually support them shrinks, as there is no longer stimulation from tooth roots. Over time, this can cause the dentures to become more loosely fitted to the gums. Sadly, the act of wearing ill-fitting dentures can in fact worsen this problem and it can increase the rate at which the bone will shrink back into the gums.
Even if bone resorption does not occur, your dentures can become more loose fitting just as a result of regular use and daily wear and tear.
What can be done to stabilise dentures?
Luckily, nowadays there is a procedure available that is able to stabilise your loose fitting dentures often referred to as either denture stabilisation or implant over dentures. This is a surgical procedure, which uses dental implants – a set of small metal screws that are inserted into the jaw so that other things (often crowns, bridges etc) can be fixed on them.
These implants will require some time to fully integrate with the bone in your jaw and gums, however once this time has elapsed, your dentures can be fitted on top of them, allowing them to serve you better. This procedure ensures that your dentures can still be removed for cleaning as needed, whilst making them more secure when they are fully in place.
Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.