Dentures can be expensive. If you add to that that people are busy and frequently without dental insurance, it is not surprising that you often find people with ill-fitting dentures. When you find yourself owning a set of outdated dentures and you do not have the money to buy a new set, then it is necessary to find ways to minimise damage to your mouth and gums until you can get a new set of dentures.
Call several dentists and get an average of what new dentures cost. Understand that ill-fitting dentures can cause oral cancer. Advise the dentist's office how old your dentures are and tell him whether you need full or partial plates. Ask for some idea of the average cost.
Set up a savings program to purchase new dentures. Make it a set amount.
Begin a program of cleaning the dentures. Remove the dentures at night and place them in a cleaning solution to remove particles of food. Use a solution to disinfect the mouth.
Rest the gums at night by sleeping without the dentures.
Discontinue foods that aggravate the gums because of the difficulty in chewing them, such as corn on the cob, apples, peanuts, chewing gum and tough steak, to name just a few.
Self-treat with a "glue" like Poli-Grip. Put a small amount of grip across the top denture as well as the circle of the bottom denture. Let it sit for several minutes. Understand this is only valuable for the current day.
Check with several dentists to ask if they will do a more long-term treatment with professional glue that will last quite a while. Suggest to them that you will buy your new dentures from them if they will give you some assistance. Offer to start prepaying them.
Try everything. If all else fails, begin to wear just your top denture plate. With practice you can make this look normal.
Stick with your savings or prepayment program and buy your new dentures as soon as possible.