Dentures, either complete when the patient has lost all their teeth or partial to fill one or two gaps, have been the most popular method of dealing with tooth loss for decades. In fact, dentures have been around for centuries, made from gold or even animal teeth in the past. The type of dentures that we recognise today first made an appearance in the 1850s, when inventors attached porcelain dentures to a plastic plate. Despite the fact that dentures have been around for many years, they still suffer from some problems, which usually develop over time.
Generally every person who has a missing tooth or teeth, whether due to tooth decay, disease or because of an injury, want some kind of replacement. After all, it is easier to eat and speak properly with a full mouth of teeth, and most of us find it embarrassing to walk around with gaps in our grins. Dentures may be the ideal solution and these days false teeth can be made to look either just like the ones we have left, or even better than the ones we initially had! But as time goes on, you may find that you develop problems with your dentures.
A natural progression
Sometimes this can be due to a lack of care for your oral health, but generally you will notice that your dentures have simply started to become loose after a period of time. This can be a slow process and something you may not notice immediately, but eventually your dentures may become too uncomfortable, or too embarrassing, to continue wearing. Loose dentures can be caused by a variety of factors and many of them are, unfortunately, just the natural progression of age. With older dentures in particular, there is often little the patient can do to prevent their dentures from becoming loose.
Luckily for sufferers, this problem is such a common one that the dental industry has come up with a wide selection of methods to help secure your false teeth. Some of these are very simple, and only fix the problem temporarily, while others involve oral surgery and will guarantee that you never have problems with loose dentures again. The treatment that you choose will depend upon many factors, such as cost and the seriousness of your current condition and your dentist will be best placed to give you the right advice on which treatment is right for your situation and your condition.