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Why Do My False Teeth Clatter When I Eat?

If you have had dentures fitted to replace lost or extracted teeth, then you may find that you make strange noises when you eat. These sounds can range from clattering as you bite into something firm, to a slight clicking noise which occurs during chewing. If you are adjusting to your new dentures, these sounds can ease with time, but if you are still experiencing problems a few weeks after the denture fitting session, then you may need to have a think about the reasons why your dentures are making particular noises when you chew.

Rattling and clacking

In the past, dentures used to be poorly fitted, and this often meant that their dentures would rattle and clack when they ate. Modern dentures are more accurately fitted, and so rattling while chewing can indicate a few problems. These can include:

Dentures are not secured properly. If you have not used enough adhesive on your dentures, they can become loose, and may even slip off of the gum while chewing. They will bang against the other dentures or your natural teeth, creating the rattling noise
Dentures loose on gum. Even with adhesive, dentures that don’t fit properly will still slide around against the gum, creating the rattling sound. Loose dentures can be the result of the gum shrinking, or the dentures becoming worn. Replacement should occur every two years or so, and this can resolve the rattling problem.
Not enough pressure. Dentures don’t exert as much pressure when biting or grinding down food, and this can cause rattling. The natural teeth exert around 150 pounds of pressure, but the dentures will only produce around 20 pounds. Biting more firmly can help you to resolve this issue.

Clicking noises

Clicking noises can be caused by the same type of problem that is described above, but they can also be caused by movement in the denture plate itself. If you find that you are making a number of clicking noises when talking or eating, then you should go back to your dentist, and ask them to check out the plate and the fit around the soft palate. Taking the time to have these checks made will help you to solve the problem of noises when you eat, and will also ensure that the dentures have a longer lifespan. If you experience any problems including noises with new dentures, seek advice from your dentist.

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