Why Has Your Denture Adhesive Stopped Holding Your Dentures?

When you originally got your set of dentures, their fit should have been snug and tight. While you typically don't need to use a denture adhesive to hold in false teeth, you may have decided to use an adhesive to stick your teeth more firmly in place to give you extra protection. Adhesives can give you additional peace of mind, making you worry less about your dentures moving around your mouth especially when you're eating. However, over time, you may find that your adhesive no longer does the job as well as it once did. Why isn't your adhesive fixing your teeth firmly in place any longer?

Damage to Dentures

Dentures are designed to be strong; however, they aren't unbreakable and they can get damaged. For example, if your dentures have warped and changed shape at all, they won't necessarily be a good fit for your mouth any longer. This can happen if you put your dentures in very hot water or leave them too close to a heat source.  If your teeth have lost their original shape, they may not fit snugly around your gums any longer. This makes it harder for an adhesive to work as effectively as it did before your dentures changed shape.

Facial Changes

Sometimes, your dentures will lose their fit even though the teeth themselves haven't been damaged or broken. It's important to remember that your teeth were originally moulded to fit the shape of your face at the time of fitting. Over the years, your facial bones and gums will change shape to compensate for the loss of your natural teeth. Typically, this means that your dentures will lose some fit as time passes. If this happens, it may become harder to get your teeth to stick with an adhesive because the gaps between your teeth and your mouth become too big for an adhesive to work.

Bear in mind that denture adhesives are meant to help make well-fitting dentures feel more secure; adhesives usually can't stick badly-fitting teeth into place that well. If you've noticed that your adhesive no longer works as well as it once did, it's worth having your dentist check out your dentures. If they are damaged, you may be able to have them repaired. If your teeth no longer fit because your face has changed shape, your dentist may be able to reline the denture plate to make it fit better again. Alternatively, it may be time to get a new set of dentures made. For more information, contact a business such as Jeffcott Dental Clinic.