People who have some natural teeth usually have less gum shrinkage and fewer changes in their underlying jawbone, so their dentures may retain a good fit for longer.

However, after some time, dentures may feel loose and awkward. Loose dentures can cause irritation and ulcers of the gums that are painful and can become infected. If your dentures become loose, see your dentist to have them adjusted. Each denture is crafted and custom made to suit your mouth, so see a professional to ensure the adjustment is precise. The dentist can then adjust your denture by placing an inner lining in the denture. Several adjustments may be required before the final fit is satisfactory in the long term.

What are the options for treatment?

Partial denture

A partial denture is made to fill the space left by a few missing teeth. To hold the partial denture in position, clasps are used to secure the denture nearby teeth. Your denture can be made of acrylic or metal and your dentists can discuss the best option for you.

Full denture

A full denture is made when all the natural teeth are missing. It is fitted to replace the upper teeth, lower teeth or both.

Immediate denture

The dentist inserts an immediate denture at the same appointment where teeth are extracted. The advantage is that this means you avoid a period with no teeth. However, this option means that you will need several adjustments to your denture over time, once the gums and bone have adjusted. It is likely that a remodelled denture will need to be constructed once the gums and bone have settled down.

Over denture

An over denture is a denture that fits over the top of the remaining teeth, or over crowns or by attachment to dental implants. These teeth or dental implants act as anchors to secure it in place.