Dentures are made to fit perfectly in your mouth. However, over time the false teeth can eventually become loose. Loose fitting dentures can become a problem if the issue is not addressed quickly. If you do not, the loose dentures can create additional problems. These range from difficulties eating, speaking and smiling. Here are some tips to help when your false teeth become loose.
Probably the most affordable and fastest ways to correct loose fitting dentures is with a visit to your local drugstore. That is where you will be able to locate an item known as adhesive powder. Just as the name suggests, the powder will act as a ‘glue’ holding your false teeth in place. The procedure is also extremely easy and involves no more than four simple steps to follow.
1. Clean Your Dentures
Before you can start the adhesive powder process you have to have clean false teeth to work with. Rinse them with water to remove any food particles or other debris that may get trapped between the plate and your gums. It is particularly important that nothing gets under the dentures as that will hamper the creation of a secure seal.
2. Apply The Powder
Depending on the specific brand of adhesive powder, the instructions included with the package will indicate exactly how much powder is to be used. Essentially, you would use a pre-measured amount, which can be in a single packet, and sprinkle that over the area of the dentures that will sit over top of your gums.
3. Shake Off The Excess
After you sprinkle on the powder, you should notice that some of it has soaked up the water that was still on them after you rinsed the false teeth. You will also notice a lot of extra powder that did not get wet. When you shake the dentures to remove the excess powder, this is to give the remaining wet powder a better chance at adhering to your gums.
4. Place The Dentures Back In Your Mouth
Once you put your false teeth into place, you will want to rock them gently to ensure that the wet powder mixture grips your gum and the underside of the denture place. The seal that is made from this action is what will hold your false teeth in place. The only downside to this method is that it requires repeating every day in order to be effective.
If the thought of having powder in your mouth does not appeal to you, there is another false teeth option drugstore product that can hold dentures in place. It is commonly called denture paste and it is exactly as the name implies. It is a product that will cost just a little bit more than adhesive powder but is applied in much the same way. Denture paste requires only four steps to follow.
1. Clean Your False Teeth
Anytime you are going to use a denture paste, it is best to start with clean dentures. This means rinsing them off under a running tap of water. Do not use hot water as that can warp your false teeth. Do not dry them either as the water that remains on the surface of the false teeth assists with making a solid seal between your gum and the bottom of the denture plate.
2. Applying The Paste
Depending on the actual brand of paste your purchase, you may have an applicator that resembles a small tube of toothpaste. Run the tube across the denture where it would sit on your gum line and squeeze out a bead of paste. If the paste is not in a tube, be sure to apply it in the same location using the tools that would have come with the denture paste packaging.
3. Place Dentures In Your Mouth
When you put your false teeth back into your mouth, gently press them into place. This will cause the paste to flatten and spread which will in turn create a better seal between the plate and your gums. It is the seal that holds your false teeth in place.
4. Remove Excess Paste
There will be times when you have applied just a little too much denture paste. It will ooze out from the gum line. This is not a problem as you can easily remove the excess by a gentle gargle of water or by using a cloth.
Powder And Paste Are Temporary Fixes
Your dentures are meant to fit your perfectly. New dentures may slip due to gum recession. This is normal and your dentist should be consulted when this takes place. False teeth repair options range from a relining where a liner is designed to fit over your gums like a mold, to a completely new set of dentures. Only your dentist will know what is best for your situation.
Powders and pastes work effectively and can be used for short periods of time. That is because they are meant to just act as temporary solutions to keep your dentures from slipping until you can schedule a dental appointment. Sometimes a fall or hit or accident involving your jaw or mouth can cause dentures to lose their perfect fit. Denture adhesives can help in these situations as well.
Take Care of Your Dentures
One more way to prevent false teeth for developing fitting problems is to handle them with care. Dropping dentures may result in cracks, breaks and other damage that may affect how they fit into your mouth. It is always important to be careful when removing and replacing your false teeth. Use a towel or sink filled with water to catch dentures if they slip out of your hand.
It is also important to always soak your false teeth overnight in a cleaning solution. The main reason why you must do this is to keep the dentures moist. If your false teeth dry out, they will become brittle which makes them easier to damage. Dry dentures may also shrink slightly which will have an impact on how they fit inside your mouth.
Proper Fitting Dentures Are Healthy For You
Another problem that can develop from loose dentures is mouth irritations. This can produce sores on your gums, palate, cheeks or tongue. These irritations will make eating, talking and smiling difficult due to pain. To avoid these from developing, as soon as your dentures start to feel loose and begin slipping, schedule a visit to your dental professional.