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Partials FAQ Ask The Dentist Richard Winter Question:
Partial Plate causes loose teeth? I have had an upper partial plate for fifty years, which is anchored to my wisdom teeth.

Now the wisdom teeth are loose and I know at this stage I may lose them. Is there anything that can be done to retain the upper wisdom teeth, and what caused those teeth to become loose?

My dentist has never intimated to me that I had any kind of problem to cause this. .....Visitor from OH

Answer:
Teeth get loose when they are clasped. The chewing and talking and eating you do all move your partial and the fulcrum is "your wisdom teeth."

There is nothing you can do to tighten them up if they have severe mobility (really loose). You should consider dentures, then implants, mini-implants to secure your new upper denture and prevent further bone loss.

Since you had a partial for 50 years, your dentist probably was led to believe you were happy with what you had and didn't want to upgrade your dentistry to something more permanent.

I encourage you to strongly consider getting an outstanding denture, then if needed, pursue ways of securing your denture and getting rid of the palate by using implants.

Wisconsin Reconstructive Implant Dentistry
Wisconsin Prosthodontics
Richard Winter, DDS MAGD
Winter Dental Associates
Hampton Dental Associates
5323 W. Hampton Avenue
Milwaukee Wisconsin WI 53218
(414) 464-9021

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