Many patients who wear dentures experience bone atrophy, which means their jaw bone is shrinking in size. Without the roots of the teeth to stimulate its growth, the jawbone can begin to atrophy as the body reabsorbs the bone tissue. Atrophy can affect the fit of your dentures, and leave them loose and dysfunctional. Beyond jawbone atrophy, there are other common reasons your dentures might become loose, including:
- Poor dental hygiene
- Unusual clenching and grinding of teeth
- Medical issues
- Improperly-made dentures
- Incorrect chewing
- Overuse of dentures
- Wearing dentures at night
Many patients resort to sticky adhesives or other inconvenient solutions to keep dentures from wiggling around; however, this only masks the problem without treating it. We are pleased to offer comprehensive services for our patients in need of dental restoration. If you use dentures, we are happy to help you achieve a comfortable and functional solution that is both convenient and easy to implement.
One of the most popular ways to treat atrophy of the jawbone is to support the dentures with dental implants. If you have difficulties with your dentures and would like to learn more about implant-supported dentures, we invite you to contact our team at Prosthodontics of the Carolinas. We are happy to help you learn more, and are excited for your appointment with our caring prosthodontist, Dr. Ralph Hoffmann!