One solution may be to re-line the denture. This involves placing an acrylic reline material in the denture and allowing it to set in the mouth. This will allow the denture to re-conform to the mouth. The second option is to re-base the denture. This is a rebuilding of the base of the denture.It is more involved and restores the denture base and flanges to a custom fit. The third choice is to fabricate a new denture. Since you state that your denture is about five years old, it may need replacing if it is too worn or has been repaired. If you have dental insurance they may authorize that they may pay for the replacement.
1. See dentist and get evaluated.
2. Options adjustment, reline, or new dentures.
Your jaw bone, soft tissue, and muscles change over time. Talk to your dentist about implant/support over denture, use implants to keep the denture stable.
Most likely your dentures would benefit from a reline. If they are very loose, then remaking them will yield the best result. For a better fit with new dentures, consider using implants to stabilize them while they are in your mouth. You should schedule an appointment soon with your dentist and they will be able to determine which option will benefit you most.
A. Have you gained or lost body weight of more than 10%? Weight loss or gain will change the soft tissue fit of your denture.
B. Are you taking any new medications? Certain medications will cause your mouth to dry out. A dry mouth tends to prevent your dentures from getting the proper suction it needs from salivary fluids.
C. Your bite. Even a good-fitting denture will eventually wear down much like the soles of your favorite sneaker. If and when the bite of your denture teeth starts to wear, it changes how
your jaws mash together and in changing your bite it often causes the teeth to become looser.
D. Your Jawbones. The day you lost your teeth your jaw bones started to change. The jaws exist SOLELY to hold the teeth. When they are gone, your jaws just naturally shrink. And their shrinkage means that your teeth will loosen.
You should see your dentist for options for improving your existing denture or replacing them. Remember, Insurance companies.... the barometer for the lifespan of your dentures... will
pay to replace them every FIVE (5) years. So, get them checked out.
I would suggest to reline them, which means to add acrylic and your teeth will not been touched, and it'll save you the money. If the teeth are worn and the denture just looks old, you may consider a new one. As advice, educate yourself about dental implants before doing any treatment.