I got new dentures in November and regularly lift. The top dentures fit well, but the bottom ones have been loose since the day I got them. They pop up when I eat, smile or laugh. So in other words, they are lifting up off of my ridge more than they are in place. I’ve been to the dentist several times about this. He has “adjusted” them, “relined” them, and asked me if I somehow distorted the shape of my dentures. This is ridiculous. Last week when I was in the office, he told me that some people have these problems when they get dentures and I probably need dental implants. I can’t even eat soft foods without the dentures lifting. Is he just trying to make more money off of me by suggesting dental implants? Thanks, Marge
Marge – It is not normal for new dentures to regularly lift. When they are well made, they look natural and fit well. If they regularly lift, there are several possible causes.
What Causes Dentures to Lift?
- Construction and Materials – A low-quality, or budget, prosthesis just isn’t made to last. You can quickly begin to experience problems with the way it looks, feels, and fits.
- Improper fit – Before dentures are made, precise impressions of your mouth must be taken to ensure a good fit. If the base of your prosthesis isn’t made well, it won’t fit properly. It may need to be relined or completely remade.
- Jawbone shrinkage – When your teeth are missing, your jawbone shrinks. If it’s been years since you’ve had your natural teeth, excessive bone shrinkage will make it difficult—if not impossible—to secure a denture.
A Better Fit with Bone Grafting and Dental Implants
If your jawbone is shrinking, it can be built up with bone grafting. Bone grafting will help your dentures fit better. But you’ll get the best results by having your them stabilized with dental implants.
Implants are surgically placed in your jawbone, and your prosthesis is secured to them. Snap-on dentures require two implants to provide stability. There are other types of implant overdentures that provide added stability.
Your dentures will fit better and feel more like your natural teeth. You won’t have to worry about them slipping around or lifting.
We recommend that you get a second opinion to have your prosthesis examined to ensure it’s well made. If you’re experiencing bone shrinkage, dental implants might be the solution to stabilize your dentures.
This post is sponsored by Chatham, NJ accredited cosmetic dentist Dr. Allyson Hurley.