Ask the Dentures Expert – Patrick Marcelo, R.D.


Ask the Dentures Expert – Patrick Marcelo, R.D.

Why are my dentures loose?

Dentures rely on the support of bone and tissues for stability. When you lose your natural teeth, bone does not have the support that it needs to maintain its structure, therefore it begins to shrink. This shrinkage is a slow, ongoing process. If you have been wearing the same dentures for a long period of time, your bone and soft tissues will have changed from when you first received those dentures. This change will cause the dentures to become loose and may cause discomfort. If this is the case, it is important to have your dentures and your mouth assessed to see if you need either a reline, rebase or even a new denture. Dentures on average can last upto 5 years before they need to be replaced and upto about 2 years before the dentures need to be assessed for a reline. At Prime Denture Clinic, we can assess your dentures and help you decide what options are best suited for your needs.

A better alternative:

Implant Supported Dentures

Dental implants, which look and feel like your own teeth, are the perfect solution for patients who want the confidence and freedom of teeth that feel natural and comfortable. Dental implants are small titanium anchors that are permanently placed into your upper and/or lower jaw bone. Throughout time, the implant integrates with your bone and acts very much like your natural tooth root in your jaw bone. This integration not only creates a stable foundation to attach single and multiple teeth or dentures to, it also slows bone loss because it is acting like a tooth root in your bone. Implant therapy is prescribed for people that have one, multiple or all of their teeth missing. People with multiple or all of their teeth missing typically have complete or partial dentures; this treatment option is called Overdentures.

Overdentures are replacement teeth retained by dental implants. Overdentures were developed to help both partial and fully edentulous patients regain a quality of life, which most likely has been missing since they lost their teeth. Millions of patients world­wide have discovered the life changing advantages implant­retained overdentures can offer.

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