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Dealing with Dentures: Tips for Improving Stability

January 12, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — drparker @ 3:21 pm
Older woman smiling with her new dentures

Have you ever struggled with your lower denture slipping or shifting while talking or eating? It can be frustrating and embarrassing, especially if it happens during a conversation. Many denture wearers face challenges with the stability of their dentures, especially the lower half, but why is that?

Understanding the reasons behind this issue is the first step toward finding a solution. Continue reading to learn how dentures destabilize so you can keep them anchored and go back to smiling without worry.

Bone Resorption

One of the primary reasons why lower dentures may not stay in place is bone resorption. When natural teeth are lost, the jawbone begins to shrink over time. This bone loss can affect the fit of your dentures, especially in the lower jaw where bone resorption tends to occur more rapidly.

Poor Fitting Dentures

Ill-fitting dentures can also contribute to instability. If your lower denture is loose or doesn’t have proper suction against your gums, it’s more likely to move around when you talk or chew. This can lead to discomfort and difficulty with eating and speaking.

Lack of Practice with Dentures

Adequate muscle control is necessary for keeping dentures in place. However, it takes practice to gain the level of muscle control required to keep them in place. So, if you’ve just started using dentures or have gone a while without adjustment, it may take time to readjust. Weak or poorly coordinated oral muscles can make it challenging to retain your lower denture.

Dry Mouth

Saliva acts as a natural adhesive, helping to keep dentures in place. However, conditions that affect saliva production, such as certain medications or medical treatments, can slow or halt saliva production. As a result, your lower denture may not stick to your gums, leading to instability. To combat this, be sure to soak your dentures overnight and stay hydrated throughout the day.

If you’re experiencing issues with your lower denture staying in place, it’s important to consult with your dentist. They can assess the fit of your denture, evaluate your jawbone, and recommend adjustments or alternative solutions to improve stability. Don’t let denture instability hold you back from enjoying a comfortable life full of conversation and smiles.

About the Author

If you’re looking for a highly skilled dentist for your next denture reline, Dr. Charles A. Parker can get it done. He’s been practicing dentistry for over 40 years and has treated many patients with dentures in that time. Hea earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery from the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. Today, he continues his education through highly esteemed professional organizations. Call (903) 935-6351 to schedule a denture consultation at Marshall Denture Clinic or visit the website to learn more.

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