One of the greatest concerns that many denture wearers face is the way that their prosthetics fit. While this can be true for partial dentures and bridges, many clients with full dentures find that this can be an ongoing issue that seems to worsen over time. There are several reasons why dentures will begin to slip:
- Changes to the shape of the palate
- Deterioration within the jaw bone
- Erosion of the gum line from disease or wear
- Expansion of the materials of the prosthetic palate
These factors can be difficult to control, as many of them are simply a function of wearing traditional dentures. A number of adhesives are available that can aid in ameliorating some of the slippage, but for people who are experiencing gum erosion or disease, these otherwise harmless chemicals can irritate the soft tissue further. This can then lead to swelling which can stretch the prosthetic and further affect the fit.
Going Back To Nature
In some cases, relining the dentures will effectively fix the situation. This is when the prosthetic pieces of the palate and the fabricated gum fixtures are reformed to be in keeping with the changes that are happening in the natural palate. However, some denture wearers will find that this is insufficient to fully correct the problems of slippage.
Mini dental implants may also be a solution, and this can be particularly appropriate in cases where there is gum erosion. With this procedure, small rods are inserted into the jawbone, and then the denture piece is anchored to these posts. The result is a stable fitting prosthetic that causes less irritation, as well as an appearance that is more natural to look and function.
For clients who are experiencing issues with their dentures, it can be helpful to schedule an appointment and an evaluation to see what the best fix may be. This can help to regain immediate comfort and to alleviate long term problems that may arise from loose dentures.