What happens if your dentures don’t fit right?

DenturesPatients who have full denture will require time to get adjusted to their new dental prosthetic. It can take some getting used to for when patients have had a full cosmetic denture created and placed. However, we see patients come into our practice months after using their denture, concerned that it doesn’t fit right. Drs. Zach Korwin and Gary Toubman of Cedar Mountain Dental in Newington, CT can provide solutions for patients who are unhappy with the fit and function of their full dentures.

What might cause a denture to fit incorrectly?

  • In rare cases, the denture mold may not be correct and can cause ill-fitted dentures to result. These dentures are often remade to ensure they work best when initially placed.
  • Bone of the jaw may shrink after the loss or extraction of natural teeth to prepare for the placement of dentures. This is known as dental resorption, and these changes to the jaw bone shape and size will impact the fit of a denture.
  • The bite may have changed over time, which can impact the fit of a denture over the boney ridge.
  • Patients may be wearing their denture at night, which can cause shrinkage to the ridge caused by clenching of the teeth while resting. It is best for patients to take their full dentures out at night and soak them.
  • Patients are not soaking their dentures and keeping them moist at night, which can impact the fit of the restoration over the gums.

What can be done to fix a denture?

Minor adjustments can be made to dentures to help them fit better. Additionally, patients who are unhappy with the fit and experience loosening or poor function over time may want to ask about the benefits of an implant-retained denture. These are not only more stable, but can maintain natural bone of the smile that is often lost with denture wearing.

Request an appointment at Cedar Mountain Dental today

Drs. Zach Korwin and Gary Toubman of Newington, CT are available to help new and existing patients with their dental needs in their state-of-the-art practice. The office is located at 112 Market Square and can be reached by phone at (860) 667-2600.