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How Do I Fix Loose Dentures?

By Valerie Goldberg
Updated Mar 03, 2024
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If you have lost some or all of your natural teeth and now use dentures, it can be a scary scenario when your dentures become loose. Loose dentures can cause you problems when it comes to eating, speaking and socializing. There are a few options available when it comes to fixing loose dentures. These options include using powders, using pastes or taking a trip to the dentist to get a more long-term fix.

Buying an adhesive powder at a drug store is one of the cheapest and easiest ways to fix your loose dentures. When you purchase an adhesive powder, it is important to read the directions on the box and to clean your dentures the way your dentist has instructed you before starting the powder application process. After your dentures are clean, you will need to wet your dentures with water and apply the amount of powder that the instructions recommend. You will then need to shake your dentures gently to get rid of any extra powder and place them back into your mouth. One drawback to this fix is that it might need to be done everyday or every other day to be effective.

Another over-the-counter treatment for loose dentures is denture paste. Denture paste might cost a little more than the powder, but it can be worth it, because you might consider it easier to use. After your dentures are removed from your mouth and clean, apply the paste lightly along both your upper and lower gum lines. Promptly stick the dentures back into place in your mouth, and you should be all set. If you accidentally used too much paste, some extra might look like it is leaking out of your gum line, but it can be easily cleaned off by drinking seltzer or using a cloth.

If you try an at-home treatment and your loose dentures are still bothering you, it is best to call your dentist. Some dentists offer state-of-the-art ways to fix loose dentures, such as inserting dental snaps into the jaw to help with placement or adding an air valve to the existing dentures, which can help make them fight tighter again. If your dentures are extremely damaged or your gums are excessively receded, you might have to be fitted for a new pair of dentures. It is vital to visit your dentist once or twice a year, because some gum recession is normal and your dentist can keep an eye on how yours are progressing and how your dentures are fitting. It's important to follow all of the proper steps for denture care so that you do not accidentally cause any harm to your dentures that might result in a loose fit.

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