The false teeth in my dentures keep falling out and my dentist keeps putting them back. This has been going on for the past 9 months or so. After the 3rd tooth fell out, I started keeping track of it because I thought it might become a pattern. I am not proud to say I was right, but I was right. Over the past 9 months, 7 false teeth have fallen out. There is no pattern to it either. It doesn’t matter whether I was eating, talking, walking, or sitting. The teeth have randomly fallen out. Each of the 5 times I have gone back to the dentist for this, she asks me what I was doing when a tooth fell out. Unless I was biting something metal, does it matter? Can denture teeth fall out with everyday activity?
And why is she asking me questions like this after multiple teeth fell out? Shouldn’t she be concerned about what she or the lab did or didn’t do correctly to cause this problem? My time is valuable and so are my nerves. I see nothing to my advantage to make it a habit of going to my dentist’s office and having false teeth put back in my dentures as if it’s normal. I am wondering about my options and how much it would cost to take out all of the false teeth and replace them with new ones? Or am I going to need new dentures? Thanks. Dorcas
Dorcas – Before your denture teeth are replaced, your dentist—or a second-opinion prosthodontist—needs to determine why they keep falling out. The fact that your dentist has not taken the initiative to identify the real issue suggests a lack of desire, or a lack of proper training, to resolve it. There are several causes, though.
Possible Reasons Denture Teeth Fall Out
They weren’t bonded correctly
If teeth aren’t properly bonded to the denture base, they won’t be secure. Pressure on the teeth from eating or chewing can gradually cause them to loosen and fall out.
A poorly constructed base
If you received a poor-quality denture base, it won’t hold the teeth. After wearing your dentures regularly, teeth will randomly fall out.
Your bite is off
Just as natural teeth should properly fit together when you bite down, so should denture teeth. Pressure from an uneven bite can cause teeth to loosen and fall out.
If each denture tooth needs to be replaced and your dentures are still under warranty, you shouldn’t be responsible for the cost. It might be easier to replace the dentures in their entirety, though. This is especially true if there is an issue with the base.
Schedule an appointment with a prosthodontist. He or she is skilled and trained in providing high-quality, natural looking dentures that fit well and that will last. You can also consider having your dentures secured with dental implants to prevent them from floating around and to prevent jawbone shrinkage.
This post is sponsored by Naperville award-winning implant dentist Dr. Anthony LaVacca.