The simple answer is in your bones. Bones, just like muscles, shrink over time if they are not used. When you lose your teeth, the bone starts to shrink away. Over many years, the bone that held your denture gets too small to hold it anymore, and the denture gets loose.
Denture wearers typically go through an experience like this:
The first step is to stop the bone loss. The best way to do that is to use dental implants. When dental implants are present, just like when teeth are present, the bone does not shrink!
The second step is to make a more stable denture. Once we have put in implants and let the body heal, we then can make an attachment that secures the denture to the implant.
Is this all too confusing to understand? Don’t worry, we offer free consultations for denture wearers. Please come by.
For more information about what we do with dental implants, please read the section titled “Alternatives to conventional dentures” on the page discussing options for replacing all teeth