Losing weight can have a lot of positive effects on your happiness and health; however, weight loss may lead to problems if you wear dentures. Losing weight may change the shape of your mouth and gums making your once snug false teeth start to feel loose. If your dentures don't fit correctly, they can rub painfully against your gums and mouth, possibly leading to oral sores. Ill-fitting dentures are also likely to sap your confidence and make you worry that people will notice that your dentures are loose. If your weight loss has led to some denture fit issues, it makes sense to try to put the problem right. What are your options?
If you're only noticing a slight difference in your denture fit, you may be able to make your dentures fit correctly again by using a denture adhesive. These products help anchor your dentures in place while you're wearing them. This will make your teeth feel more comfortable, especially while you're eating, and may prevent your dentures from rubbing on your gums and creating sore spots.
In some cases, denture adhesives may not be enough to make loose dentures fit as snugly as you'd like. If your weight loss is significant enough, your face may have changed shape to such an extent that your teeth don't fit, and slip and slide around your mouth even if you use an adhesive. If this is an issue for you, then your best bet is to talk to your dentist about having a denture reline.
Relining adds a layer of material to your denture plate. This extra layer of material pads out your dentures and should help them anchor in your mouth more comfortably and tightly if weight loss has changed the structure of your face and gums.
If your dentist doesn't think that a reline is a good solution or if you try one and find that it still doesn't give you a snug fit for your false teeth, then it may be time to get a new set of dentures made. This may be an option you have to consider if you've had your false teeth for a few years. Irrespective of your recent weight loss, your gums and facial bones will have changed shape over the years since you had your original teeth fitted. Add this natural change to your weight loss and you may find that a new set of teeth is the best option for you.
For more information, visit your local denture clinic.