When you made the decision to replace your missing teeth with dentures, it’s likely that your dentist informed you of the necessary adjustments and relines you would need over the years. However, you may not be aware of the problems that can result in your dentures no longer fitting well. If you find that your custom prosthetic no longer offers the comfortability it once had, take the time to speak to your dentist to find a solution.
What Can Cause Your Dentures to No Longer Fit Properly?
Over time, changes in your jaw and facial structure can result in your dentures no longer fitting properly. Since your custom-made prosthetic only sits on top of the gums, there is nothing below the gum line to keep your jawbone stimulated. Your original tooth roots kept your bone strong and durable, but once tooth loss occurs, the bone can begin to deteriorate, resorbing and shrinking in the process.
As your jawbone weakens, you may also notice that your facial structure begins to change shape. When this happens, your dentures can become uncomfortable to wear, requiring you to seek the help of your dentist.
What Can Be Done to Fix Ill-Fitting Dentures?
Should you notice that your dentures no longer fit like they used to, your dentist can perform a reline, which means adjusting the bed of your denture to allow for any changes in your mouth, or he can have your dentures replaced altogether.
Depending on the severity of your problem, a reline may or may not be possible at this point. When the ridges in your mouth begin to shrink over time, a full replacement might be the only way to achieve a proper fit.
One option you might consider, as long as there is enough jawbone stability, is dental implants. For individuals who do not have enough bone to hold up an implant, a bone graft can be performed to add bone minerals to weakened areas of the jaw. This will allow for an implant-retained denture to be put into place, giving you greater stability, functionality, and a longer-lasting solution than traditional dentures.
Whether you decide to pursue implants or stick with your regular dentures, it’s important that they be comfortable and easy to maintain. If you begin to notice that your prosthetic no longer fits like it once did, call your dentist’s office as soon as possible.
About the Author
Dr. Matthew Nawrocki attended the University of Florida and earned his bachelor’s degree in chemistry before completing his Doctor of Dental Medicine degree at the University of Florida College of Dentistry. Earning his specialist certificate in prosthodontics and a master’s degree in dental science, he became board-certified eligible in May 2012. Helping patients who suffer from tooth loss is one of his many passions. By providing dentures and other viable tooth replacement solutions, he can help to restore smiles and boost confidence levels. To learn more about Dr. Nawrocki and the services provided, contact us at (904) 272-1588.