My lower dentures are loose and floating. Is there anything that can be done to make them stay in place?
Most people complain about their lower dentures being loose and floating, and it is a very common problem. Lower dentures are very different from the upper dentures as usually there is no suction on the lower dentures because of where the denture sits on the gums. The lower denture sits on the same part of the gums that are connected to your tongue and cheek muscles, therefore when your tongue and cheek muscles move, they move the denture with it. Loose and moving dentures can cause lots of problems such as irritation and soreness of gums, food getting underneath the denture, improperly chewed food and difficulty with speech, which can result in health problems, reduced confidence, embarrassment and social anxiety. The problem gets worse when the gum bone or ridge gets very low and resorbed and provides no retention or support to the denture. Shrinkage of resorption of the bone is a normal process that starts when you get your teeth extracted and continues throughout your life.
There is a solution to make those loose dentures fit tight and to keep them in place so that one can chew properly without any pain, discomfort or embarrassment, and that solution is implants. Dental implants can secure lower dentures in place even if there is no ridge support. With implants the denture is not relying on the ridge for support but instead implants hold that denture in place and they hold it tight enough that the cheek and tongue muscles cannot push or move that denture and one can chew the food and enjoy life with confidence.