One of the most common questions from wearers of false teeth is ‘How can I make my dentures fit better?’
Slack false teeth are a common problem, and this is especially the case for loose lower dentures. However, there are a number of causes and therefore a number of solutions.
How Are Dentures Held In Place?
Traditional removable full dentures are held in place on the roof of your mouth by suction. Your saliva helps this, as does having false teeth that fit properly.
Removable partial dentures often stay in place via a combination of suction and one or more clasps. These clasps hook around existing natural teeth or crowns, which helps them stay in position and not wobble about.
The upper false teeth tend to stay in place much easier than the lower dentures.
Why Do Lower Dentures Wobble So Much?
Due to the anatomy of the mouth there is no solid plate on the bottom, and so the lower false teeth have much less area to provide good suction, unlike the upper teeth.
It’s difficult to get a perfect fit and you need that if you want a perfect seal.
even when a lower denture is new, it may not seem a perfect fit. Therefore, as time passes problems with top and lower teeth may increase, to the point where you may think that you need new dentures.
The lower false teeth have to be designed to leave gaps for tongue movement. The inside of the cheeks can also cause movement of the lower dentures, as you eat, drink, or talk.
Gaps need to be left for the frenum attachments, and if these are awkwardly shaped then it’s harder for the teeth to fit.
Out of all the common denture problems, it’s been reported that dental clinics have most queries in relation to wobbling lower dentures.
Main Causes Of Loose Dentures
- Bad Fit – border length too short or long
- Lack Of Saliva – due to medical condition, medication, or unknown cause
- Bone Loss – due to the natural aging process or health condition
- Warped Dentures – due to age of mishandling
How Can You Make False Teeth Fit Better?
- Denture Fixative
- Denture Relining
- Implanted Dentures
The first solution to wobbly teeth is probably the quickest and cheapest.
You can buy a wide range of denture glues and fixatives to hold your false teeth in place.
Tubes of fixative are squeezed onto the palate before putting them into your mouth. At the end of the day the product simply washes off your false teeth.
Sticky pads or strips can also be used. These can be trimmed to size, dampened with warm water, and then fixed into place on your denture. The pads are usually impregnated with fixative and your saliva works with the glue to keep your teeth in place. At the end of the day these strips simply pull off leaving no residue.
Denture relining is another way to keep your teeth in place.
You can buy a relining kit to fix your teeth at home. You can also visit a dentist or dental technician, who can reline your dentures for you.
If you have tried everything else and it hasn’t worked, then implanted dentures are another option.
If you’ve had your false teeth for a number of years and your gums have shrunk too much, relining may not be enough. There can be a great deal of change in the shape of your mouth, and you may need new dentures.
If you do need new teeth then you could go for another set of removable dentures or try something different.
If you are short of cash then you could try one of the many ‘make dentures at home’ kits.
If money isn’t an issue then you could ask your dentist about implanted dentures. Metal posts will hold the false teeth in place, so they won’t wobble about or become loose.
Of course there are other causes of loose false teeth, such as loss of mouth control due to a stroke etc. However, there is usually a solution to slack dentures; it’s just a matter of finding the right one.