One of the worst feelings in the world is when your dentures just don’t fit properly. Whether they are loose, hurt you when you are chewing your food, or just causing a constant soreness to your gum tissue, there are solutions to these problems. In this article we will discuss the issue of dentures not fitting properly and we will discuss steps you can take to fix the problem(s) that you are facing with your dentures.
Problem #1 -- My Dentures Are Too Loose, How Can I Fix This Problem?
If your dentures are too loose that means either the denture was not correctly made in the first place or you do not have enough bone structure to support a well-fitting traditional denture.
If the denture is too loose due to a poorly made denture, these are some steps you can take to address the problem:
- Getting a soft reline from your dentist: A liner material is placed on the inside portion of your denture. The denture is placed in your mouth by your dentist, and you will bite down in place for five minutes. After this time, your denture is removed and the liner material has slightly hardened. Excess liner material is removed by your dentist and your denture is cleansed clean afterwards.
- Getting a hard reline from your dentist: A hard reline is similar to a soft reline except that the reline material that is used is different. There will be some times that your dentist will want his or her lab technician to hard reline the denture. If this is the case, they will want to send your dentures to their laboratory, which means that you may be without teeth for a short period of time (usually one week).
- Getting a new denture made: If the fabrication of your denture was extremely poor, your dentist may choose to make you a new denture from scratch. You will more than likely hold onto your current denture until he or she can fully fabricate your custom made denture.
If your denture is too loose due to a lack of gum and bone support on your jaws then the best solution would be to get dental implants. A dental implant overdenture used two to six dental implants to allow your denture to snap into those implants helping you with esthetics and function. Because the implants snap in, you will not have to worry about loose dentures coming out of your mouth in public.
Problem #2 -- My Dentures Hurt Me When I’m Chewing My Food, How Can I Fix This Problem?
When dentures are hurting you when you are chewing, you have a biting problem with your denture. Usually this means that one part of your denture is applying too much force to your tissues than the other parts of the denture. Usually this pain is noticed on one side. The solution to this problem is for your dentist to fix your occlusion or your bite. He or she will do this by using colored paper (called articulating paper) to see what high spots you have on your denture teeth on the side of that is hurting. Then they will use a drill to modify those areas so that your biting forces are evenly distributed on both sides of your mouth. This procedure is called a denture adjustment and it takes place all the time.
Problem #3 -- My Dentures Are Hurting My Gum Tissue, How Can I Fix This Problem?
When your dentures are hurting your gum tissue, there are usually two culprits to the problem. Your bite is not even or the extensions of the dentures (known as flanges) are poking into your gum tissue. We already covered adjustments to your bite earlier in the article. If the flanges of the dentures are the cause of the problem then your dentist will need to modify and reduce those areas with a dental drill. The area(s) are continually modified and smoothed until complete relief and comfort with your dentures is achieved. This adjustment may take a few appointments as your jaw tissue continues to get used to your newly modified dentures.
Our team at Best Dental hopes these tips gave you a better understanding of how to make your dentures fit better. We always want our patients and those across the country have a solid foundation of knowledge when it comes to their oral health. If you find yourself needing a denture adjustment, or if you have any questions, feel free to give our office a call today.