Historically, dentures are sort of like a new pair of shoes. They sort of fit, but you can’t help but wish they were a little more snug so your feet aren’t slipping and sliding around. Dentures are supposed to fit naturally without feeling loose.

If you feel like your dentures are just not as secure as you want them to be, it might be because they’re not properly fitted. Let’s take a look at how dentures are supposed to fit as well as some ways you can enhance their security without needing to head back to the dentist.

What Are Dentures Supposed To Feel Like?

When you first get a new set of dentures, it’s natural for them to feel a little foreign in your mouth. It might feel a bit sore, and you may have trouble speaking, but this is common when you first start wearing these pieces. Over time, you should be able to adjust to the feeling. With that said, if you still feel uncomfortable after the first few weeks, there might be a fitting issue.

Dentures that fit properly should distribute biting forces evenly, meaning that when you bite down, it shouldn’t feel like there’s excess pressure in certain parts of the jaw. Additionally, they should fit to your gums without excess slipping or sliding around.

What Are Some Signs of Poorly Fitting Dentures?

If you’re unsure of whether your dentures are properly fitted, there are a few signs that indicate they might be too large or too small.

Dental Pain

Some level of pain and discomfort is normal when you first get your new set of partial or full dentures, but it should only be temporary. If you feel pain when biting down, your dentures may need to be adjusted.

Slipping and Sliding

When eating, laughing, talking, or drinking, your dentures should remain in place and properly fit. If you notice that they’re sliding around during normal activities, this is another sign that they may need to be checked.


Sores are common within the first few weeks of getting new dentures as your mouth becomes adjusted, but again, this should not occur for months after you get them. If you continue to notice sores around your gums when wearing your dentures, visit your dentist to see if a readjustment may be necessary.

What Should You Do When Your Dentures Don’t Fit?

If your dentures don’t fit – don’t worry. There are some easy ways that you might be able to enhance your comfort and make them feel better in your mouth.

Try Dental Adhesive

If you feel like your dentures aren’t fitting as well as you’d like, you might want to consider using a dental adhesive. You can get these at local drugstores and pharmacies. These can work to improve the retention, ease of use, self-confidence, and efficiency of dentures all around – even if you feel like they fit just fine.

Clean Properly

Cleaning your dentures properly and regularly is crucial, the same way cleaning real teeth is crucial. To clean your dentures properly, you’ll want to soak them and brush them with a soft-bristled toothbrush. You also want to make sure to remove any remaining adhesive if you use dental adhesives to keep them in place. You can also soak your dentures overnight to keep them moist and in shape.

Wear Them Less

Your mouth and gums need some time to heal and rest when you take your dentures out. With that in mind, you should only really wear your dentures for eight to ten hours a day. Wearing them too long might cause the adhesive to become less sticky, which naturally makes them slip and slide around. Taking your dentures out at night helps give your mouth a break and lets your dentures get some much-needed rest, too.

Visit Your Dentist

It’s always important to visit your dentist even if you don’t have dentures, but if you do have a mouthpiece, it’s a great idea to see a professional twice a year. This way, they can make adjustments as needed, and you can address any concerns you might have about the fit.

Consider Anchored Dentures

You can prevent the hassle of dentures that slip and slide around by getting anchored dentures from the start. Renew is the only provider of the SureSNAP Stabilization System, a unique system that keeps dentures stable and secure. 

This innovative technology allows us to center a more secure hold for dentures by connecting the new teeth directly to a set of implants. This way, they are fixed when you want them in but removable when you want them out. It makes taking care of your new teeth easy while also providing a stable, secure fit.

With fast healing and less irritation, greater chewing power, and a comfortable experience from start to end, it’s time to Renew your smile. Schedule your consultation and redefine the way you wear dentures today.

In Conclusion

Dentures are an efficient tool for renewing the structure and function of your smile – even when you need to get an entire set of teeth replaced. However, pain, discomfort, or loose-fitting dentures is common (and can be frustrating).

The good news is that you can work to reduce discomfort with a few simple tips and tricks. Using a dental adhesive, keeping your dentures clean, and wearing them a bit less are easy ways to improve the feeling of these devices in your mouth.

But what if you didn’t need to worry about slipping and sliding in the first place? Renew uses proprietary SureSNAP technology that keeps dentures in place when you want them in and easy to remove when you don’t. Schedule your consultation today to renew your smile.


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