Dentures are an easy and affordable way to replace missing teeth, but if they don’t fit properly, they can rub uncomfortably and make it difficult to eat the foods you love. There are several reasons why dentures may not fit, and here are some tips to maintain your dentures and explain why your dentures may not be fitting anymore. Only clean your dentures in lukewarm water and always store them in water to keep them damp overnight. If you prefer you can soak your dentures in a cleaning solution that is recommended by the manufacturer. Also be sure to rinse them well before putting them into water and to change the water everyday. Remember, if you clean your dentures in water that is too hot, it can warp them. Failing to store your dentures and water will allow them to dry out and they can change shape, and become increasingly fragile.
Over time, your jawbone may change shape and these changes can cause dentures to become increasingly ill-fitting. Your dentures may have reached the end of their life as well. Usually, you can expect dentures to last between five and seven years when properly maintained in most cases.
If your denture is ill-fitting, make an appointment to see us because we can help you. We will check the condition of your dentures, the fit and the condition of your gums and discuss options with you. If needed, we can reline the fitting surface, so they fit more securely or remake them entirely. Alternatively, we can discuss other ways to stabilise loose dentures, such as using dental implants.