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Dentures that fall out easily from their place when you eat or speak have become loose. 
What are loose dentures? 
New dentures usually feel loose for a couple of weeks, as you learn to keep them in place. If you have been wearing dentures for a long time that used to fit well earlier but are loose now, it needs correction. Dentures become loose beacuse the bone and gums on which the dentures used to rest shrinks with age and time, while the dentures remain the same. This loss of bone is even more when the denture has no teeth to support them, if your teeth were recently removed before the dentures, if your denture is made of acrylic, and if you do not maintain good oral hygiene with your dentures. 
Why are my dentures loose? 
If the dentures have started to become loose recently, it may be possible to makes changes in these dentures to conform to the new shape and size of your jaw bones. If the bone loss is more, new dentures may have to be made. Dentures can also be made on dental implants or natural teeth in your bone. These are much better retained than normal dentures with fewer complaints of denture looseness. 
What is the solution? 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)

  1. How can I learn to keep my new dentures in place? - To help overcome the looseness of new dentures, eat soft foods initially and as you feel comfortable, try coarser and harder foods. Cut food into small pieces before placing it in the mouth and do not open your mouth too wide. Biting into your food is not advised with a denture. Chewing should be done from the middle teeth (premolars) of both the sides. If your dentures are loose even after few weeks of use, you should see your dentist for adjustment of the denture. 
  2. What are denture adhesives? - Denture adhesives are available as a powder or gel that are used to temporarily manage loose dentures. The denture adhesive is sprinkled or spread on the fitting surface of the denture, made moist with water and the denture is placed in the mouth. The effect of the adhesive lasts for a few hours. Denture adhesives can be used to get accustomed to new dentures, to appear in social gatherings with loose dentures and in the time your new dentures are made. Long term use of denture adhesives is not advisable because of gastric problems. 
  3. What is the average denture life expectancy before they become loose? - Average denture life expectancy is 5-7 years, but if tissues change, a remake or reline may be required sooner. This is expected when the denture has no teeth to support them, if your teeth were recently removed before the dentures, if your denture is made of acrylic, and if you do not maintain good oral hygiene with your dentures.
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