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How to Tell if Your Dentures Don't Fit Right

Posted on 6/20/2017 by Sergio Ortegon
A woman suffering from her dentures not fitting properly.
For many people, dentures are a lifesaver. They restore your ability to eat easily and they surely look far better than a mouth with missing teeth. They also help you to talk better and eliminate the difficulty of pronouncing certain sounds due to the teeth that are missing.

But dentures aren't perfect and they can need adjustment and replacement from time to time. By now you are probably wondering how you can tell if your dentures don't fit right what you experience is just how dentures feel.

Signs Your Dentures Don't Fit Right

Dentures shouldn't slip when you talk, laugh, sneeze or eat. If your dentures are moving around they may need to be relined or possibly even replaced. As you use your dentures, they apply pressure to the supporting bone.

This can cause the supporting bone to shrink over time. When that happens, you may start to experience pain or a feeling that your dentures are rocking. At this point you should make an appointment to have your dentures adjusted. The objective is to provide as even a surface as possible for the pressure that is put on your bone when you chew.

Dentures should not cause you pain or cause you to develop sores on your gums. If you have pain when you bite or chew you have a problem that needs to be evaluated. If you develop sores on your gums your dentures need to be adjusted. Sores on your gums are caused by the slippage that results from ill-fitting dentures.

Your dentures were fitted to the shape of your jaw at the time you received them. As time goes on you lose bone, because the action of chewing with natural teeth, it was maintaining the bone density, much like aerobic exercise maintains bone density.

When you lose bone density, your dentures no longer hit the spots they should when you chew. A simple readjustment can usually solve this problem.

Please contact our office if you have any questions about your oral health.

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