I had an upper denture made. I know those are supposed to stay in by suction but this one just won’t stay. I spoke to my dentist about it and he said to give it time to let my gums adjust. It’s been two weeks and they still won’t stay in. How long does it take the gums to adjust?
I’m not sure what your dentist means by saying your gums will adjust. That’s not a thing. It sounds more like a stalling tactic to me. He’s hoping you will be too embarrassed to keep bothering him. If the denture isn’t staying in, it’s just not fitting properly.
It could be a problem with the impression he took, or even the lab not doing it quite right. Either way, it needs to be fixed. One way to do that is for him to do a reline. A reline basically redoes the impression, but tell him you want him to do a two-step impression.
Some Problems with Dentures
No matter how well-fitting dentures are, they will still have problems. For instance, even the best fitting dentures will reduce your chewing capacity by 50%. However, the biggest problem is the slow shrinking of your jawbone. This happens because of bone resorption. Eventually, you lose so much jawbone, you are dealing with facial collapse. This means you won’t have enough jawbone left to support your dentures.
This is a bigger deal on your lower arch than your upper arch, but either one can be solved by using dental implants. These are prosthetic tooth roots which are surgically placed into the bone, then your dentures are anchored to them. These are known as implant overdentures. Not only will they be completely secure, but the implants signal to your brain that you still have teeth which means your jawbone will be left intact.
This blog is brought to you by Huntsville Dentist Dr. Steve Murphree.