Dentures are an affordable and quick solution for replacing an entire arch of missing teeth. Occasionally though, someone will have trouble with their appliance feeling loose. The situation can be very frustrating, but there are a few options you can try to help your appliance stay put.
How Dentures Work
Dentures rely greatly on suction to hold them in place. The palate (roof of your mouth) serves as a vacuum to seal your upper plate and keep it tight. On the bottom arch, the bony ridge is what holds your denture in place. Having a shallow upper palate or lower bone ridge can compromise the fit of your denture.
If your prosthetic appliance is loose, you could try using adhesive with it. There are a number of products available that you can get over the counter in the dental aisle of most stores.
- Adhesive Powder – Adhesive powder provides your loose denture with a thin, mess-free layer of support. It works best if your appliance is slightly loose.
- Denture Strips – Strips are easy to use and very convenient because you can always have some tucked away when you’re on the go. In the case of an emergency denture, adhesive strips will never let you down.
- Paste, Cream, Or Gel: If your denture lacks the suction you need to help it stay in place, then you may want to consider using a denture paste, cream, or gel. This method forms a thicker layer of support which will fill in any voids that are between your denture and gum tissue, resulting in a snugger fit.
While denture adhesives are often used with great results, it should be something that is done in moderation. If you find that you’re having to use a ton of adhesive, then getting a denture reline in Phoenix, AZ might be a better solution for you.
During this simple procedure, Dr. Babak Behbahani will place a moldable acrylic on the inside of your denture and then insert the appliance into your mouth. Once the material hardens, it’s like having a brand new, tighter denture, because all of the voids will have been filled in.
Implant Supported Dentures in Phoenix
When you’re feeling down and start to think there’s no way you’ll ever be able to keep your denture in place, dental implants can save your life. While this is a slightly more expensive solution, it may be the only one for your shallow bone ridge.
By inserting a few implants into the bone, our Phoenix dentist can attach abutments on top of them. The attachments are then used to hold your denture firmly in place.
Dentures in Phoenix, AZ
Just because you don’t have any more natural teeth doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t be allowed the freedom to show off your smile. If you’ve been struggling with keeping your denture in place, then give Central Valley Dentistry. We look forward to helping you get the smile you’ve always wanted.