When dentures become loose, they may cause discomfort and make speaking and eating difficult. If your elderly loved one’s dentures become loose, it’s important to get them repaired as soon as possible to ensure they are able to eat and speak properly. Geriatric House Call Dentistry can come right to the patient’s home to repair and tighten loose dentures.
Why Do Dentures Become Loose?
Dentures become loose when the patient loses bone mass in their jaws. When the gums are no longer holding natural teeth in place, the bone mass begins to diminish. Over time, the gums will be smaller than they were when the dentures were originally fitted. This is one of the reasons why Geriatric House Call Dentistry strives to avoid tooth extractions whenever possible.
Gum disease, weight loss, broken caps, and loose teeth can also cause dentures to fit improperly. Wear and tear on the dentures may cause them to become loose, so it is extremely important that they are cleaned and soaked nightly to prevent this.
If the denture teeth seem to be shifting, or they are cutting the lips or gums, it’s important to get them repaired as soon as possible. This could be a sign of gum disease or loose teeth.
How Loose Dentures Are Repaired
Geriatric House Call Dentistry will come to the patient’s home, examine them, and determine the cause of the loose dentures. Once the cause has been identified, we will perform a denture reline or start the process of making a brand-new set of dentures depending on your needs and budget.
The Risks of Wearing Loose Dentures
When your loved one’s dentures don’t fit properly, they face cosmetic, nutritional, and communication challenges. Loose dentures reduce the patient’s quality of life. Your loved one may feel self-conscious about their smile and overall appearance. They may not feel comfortable having their photo taken or speaking to strangers.
If your loved one’s dentures are loose, they may not be able to enjoy the foods they used to love. Chewing hard foods may be impossible or uncomfortable. They may not be able to eat fruits and vegetables, and this can lead to malnutrition and other health issues.
Call Geriatric House Call Dentistry for Denture Repair
If you notice that your loved one’s dentures are loose, don’t hesitate to make an appointment with us. We serve housebound patients in Chicago, Long Island, Manhattan, Queens, and The Hamptons, and we can come right to the patient’s home to restore their smile to the proper fit. Dentures that fit well are the key to good nutrition and high quality of life for edentulous adults. Let Geriatric House Call Dentistry save you the trip to the dentist’s office and repair your loved one’s dentures right at home.