Dentures drop/sink slightly

| November 1, 2013 | 1 Comment

by Pat Ashcroft
(Preston Lancs Gt. Brittain)

Hi There,in May 2012, I began the procedure of having 2 titanium implants put into my lower gum ( I have dentures top and bottom, and I was advised by my dentist after an x ray that my new dentures, that I was going to order would fit much better, if I had these implants put in.

So all went well, and eventually, I had my dentures put in, and the bottom ones snapped on to the lower jaw, implants and they felt wonderful,and comfortable. I could chew, and eat my food much better, than I had for years.

Move forward three months round about November, and my lower dentures, seemed to drop/sink slightly (I could tell immediately, that they were not as comfortable) They were rocking around,I could put my tongue under the bottom set of dentures on the right hand side of my mouth,and the denture would flip off the titanium implant, very easily.

Since then, I have been back,every 6-8 weeks.The Dentist who made, the dentures,puts little fillers (don’t know of a better word)into the holes, in my lower denture plate,and they are back to what they were in the beginning, but it doesn’t last.The last time I went back to the dentist, 6 weeks ago, he hinted that the price of these fillers were £15(but did not charge me).

I paid £3980 for my treatment, £2980 to the dentist, who put the implants in, and £1000,to the other dentist who made the dentures.I am at my wits end,and feel well and truly ripped off. What can I do?

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  1. sandydig says:

    Dentures drop
    by: Stacey Norrell, RDH

    There are a few factors that can cause dentures (even those placed over implants) to not fit properly even though they once did. You may have some bone loss and tissue shrinkage and the relining of the denture should help make them fit properly again. Hopefully you are through with all the changes in your mouth for a while. I see this more in people who have suddenly lost a lot of weight. Have you had any other health changes, such as weight loss, that could have contributed to the shrinkage?

    The pressure of the denture may result in some bone loss as well. This usually levels off and does not continue to be a problem with properly fitting dentures.

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    by: Pat Ashcroft

    Thank you for your comments on he above (Denture drop/sink slightly) I paid another visit to my dentist, and for the first time, he mentioned re-lining, my bottom denture,and also the other reasons you gave…… He has my denture at his surgery, and I am hoping that it will be ready some time this week (for relining)
    I didn’t hold out much hope,until I read your comments,You have renewed my flagging spirits! Thank you once again.

    Dentures drop/sink slightly
    by: Stacey Norrell, RDH

    Thank you for the update. I wish you the best of luck with the reline. Let me know if that works for you.

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