While they may seem simple enough to the uninitiated, the truth is that a lot goes into making and wearing the perfect denture. Wearers often have a number of issues to juggle at any one time, which can make dentures a stressful part of their day when really they’re supposed to be providing relief. One of these factors is known as denture stabilization.

What do we mean when we refer to “denture stabilization?” This term refers to how well false teeth sit in the wearer’s mouth throughout the day and during all their natural activities. So, for example, they may fit in the wearer’s mouth just fine, but what happens when they speak up or take a bite of something and try to chew it? Denture wearers generally spend an introductory period of time learning how they’ll do all these things with their new teeth. Yet, when they laugh, sneeze, yawn or do some other involuntary act they can’t rehearse, their dentures can come loose and provide all kinds of problems.

Fortunately, there are a number of ways dentures can be better stabilized. Sometimes, all it takes is having them refit. When the mold for a denture is made, the swelling should be all the way down from whatever trauma caused the tooth loss. This isn’t always the case, though, which can lead to dentures that are too big for the wearer once the swelling goes down (in the case of immediate dentures, they’re made to fit the swelling as a temporary measure).

In the case of temporary dentures, it could be the fit. It is also often a matter of adhesive. Whatever the wearer is using might not be enough or ideal. Unfortunately, there’s really only so much you can do.

The best solutions to stabilization concerns are permanent dentures that physically attach to the mouth with an implant. There are a number of different options in this category, but they all essentially work the same way. Implants are first driven into the jawbone through the gums so that tiny little amounts are exposed. These metal tips, however, are half of an attachment apparatus. The other halves are on the underside of the dentures (usually). So when the wearer puts their dentures in, they snap them into place and that’s where they stay. In some cases, a dentist attaches them and is the only one who can remove them.

Although stabilization is often an issue denture wearers have to wrestle with, there is an array of technology designed to keep it from becoming a problem.

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