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Tightening Loose Denture Screws

Tightening Loose Denture Screws: A Step-by-Step Guide

Are you tired of dealing with tightening loose denture screws? Do you find yourself constantly adjusting your dentures throughout the day? We understand how frustrating it can be, but don’t worry – we’ve got you covered! In this step-by-step guide, we will show you how to tighten loose denture screws and keep them secure for longer. Say goodbye to uncomfortable and embarrassing moments caused by ill-fitting dentures and hello to a confident smile! So grab your tools and let’s get started on tightening those pesky screws.

Identifying the Problem: Loose Denture Screws

When you notice a loose denture screw, it’s important to act quickly. If left unchecked, a loose screw can cause serious damage to your dentures. In addition, a loose screw can be extremely uncomfortable and make it difficult to eat or speak properly.

Fortunately, tightening a loose denture screw is a relatively simple process that can be done at home. With a few household items and some patience, you can tighten your loose denture screws and get back to enjoying your life.

Solution for Tightening Loose Denture Screws

Before we begin, it’s important to note that you should only attempt to tighten your own denture screws if you’re comfortable doing so. If you’re not confident in your ability to do so, please consult with your dentist or prosthodontist. They will be able to safely and correctly tighten your screws for you.

Step 1: Clean and Lubricate the Screws

If your denture screws are loose, the first step is to clean and lubricate them. This will help to prevent further damage and make it easier to screw them back in place.

To clean the screws, use a soft toothbrush and warm water. Gently scrub the screws to remove any build-up of plaque or bacteria. Rinse the screws well and dry them with a soft cloth.

To lubricate the screws, apply a small amount of petroleum jelly or other non-drying oil. This will help to make it easier to screw the screws back into place.

Once the screws are clean and lubricated, you can proceed to the next step: tightening them back into place.

Step 2: Tighten the Screws with a Special Tool

A special tool is needed to tighten loose denture screws. This tool can be purchased at a drug store or online. It is important to make sure that the tool fits the screw snugly.

Once the tool is in place, turn it clockwise until the screw is tight. Do not over-tighten the screw, as this could strip the threads and make it difficult to remove in the future.

Step 3: Adjusting the Bite of the Dentures

If the dentures are still not fitting properly after following Step 2, then it is time to adjust the bite. The first thing to do is to find the right tools. You will need a pair of needle-nose pliers and a small screwdriver.

Once you have the tools, you will need to remove the screws that are holding the dentures in place. To do this, simply unscrew them with the screwdriver. Once the screws are removed, you can gently pull the dentures out.

Now that the dentures are out, you can take a look at how they fit in your mouth. If they are still not fitting properly, you may need to make some adjustments to them. To do this, you will use needle-nose pliers.

First, take a look at where the teeth sit in your mouth. If they sit too high or too low, you will need to adjust them. To adjust the teeth, simply hold onto them with the needle-nose pliers and gently move them up or down until they are in the correct position.

Next, take a look at how wide your smile is. If your smile is too narrow or too wide, you will need to adjust the width of your dentures. To do this, simply hold onto one side of the denture with the needle-nose pliers and gently pull it outward or inward until it is in the correct position.

Step 4: Using Superglue or Acrylic Resin to Secure the Screws

If your screws have come loose and you don’t have time to see your dentist right away, you can try using superglue or acrylic resin to secure the screws. First, clean the area around the screws with alcohol or soap and water. Then, apply a small amount of glue or resin to the threads of the screws. Be careful not to get any on the surrounding teeth or gums. Finally, screw the screws back in place and wait for the glue or resin to dry.


Tightening loose denture screws can be a tricky task, but with the right tools and knowledge, it is definitely doable. We hope that our step-by-step guide has helped you understand how to properly tighten loose denture screws so that your dentures stay in place comfortably. If at any point during the process, you feel like you need help or have questions, contact your dentist for assistance. With these tips and guidance from your dentist, tightening those pesky loose denture screws should be a breeze!


Q: How can I tell if my denture screws are loose?

A: You may be able to feel that your denture is loose, or you may notice that it doesn’t fit as snugly as usual. If you suspect that your screws are loose, you can check by gently pressing on different parts of the denture while it’s in your mouth. If you can feel movement, then the screw is likely to lose. 

Q: What causes loose denture screws?

A: Loose denture screws can be caused by a number of things, including natural changes in the shape of your mouth over time, accidental impact (such as dropping your dentures), or simply wear and tear from daily use.

Q: How do I tighten loose denture screws?

A: To tighten a loose screw, you will need a small Phillips head screwdriver (often available at drugstores). Insert the tip of the screwdriver into the slot in the center of the screw and turn clockwise until tight. Be careful not to over-tighten, which could strip the threads and make it difficult to remove the screw in the future.

Q: Can I prevent loose denture screws in the future?

A: There are a few things you can do to help prevent loose screws in the future: avoid dropping or mishandling your dentures; clean them regularly with a soft toothbrush and non-abrasive cleanser; and see your dentist