Denture Talk: How Should Dentures Fit In Your Mouth?

How Should Dentures Fit In Your Mouth

Have you recently replaced missing teeth with dentures? If so, you’re probably still getting used to the feeling of having dentures in your mouth. Although dentures will take some getting used to in the beginning, you should become more comfortable over time.

If you’re still feeling pain or discomfort after a few weeks, you may be dealing with ill-fitting dentures that need to be adjusted. Billings Dental Clinic is here to help you determine if your dentures are properly fitted to your mouth and understand how they should fit.

Do My Dentures Fit Correctly?

Properly fitted dentures will remain in place throughout the day while you eat, talk, and laugh — often without the need for denture adhesive to keep them in place. Full mouth dentures should suction smoothly to your top gum line and sit directly above your bottom gum line without moving about. Similarly, partial dentures should remain aligned with your natural teeth with minimal movement. Over time, you may notice that the fit doesn’t seem as comfortable as it once did.

If you’re having difficulty going about your daily routine with dentures, you may be experiencing ill-fitting dentures. Whether your dentures are too big or too small, you’ll need to schedule an appointment with your dentist to get them properly adjusted to your smile.

Here are some warning signs that your dentures need to be adjusted:

You Are Constantly Gagging

If your dentures are too large for your mouth, you may find yourself gagging because of how far back the baseplate extends beyond your hard palate. As you gag, the dentures will likely come loose, which can result in more gagging. To resolve this, your dentist will adjust the dentures by trimming the end of the baseplate, so it doesn’t extend so far back in your mouth. By shortening the dentures, they will no longer prompt you to gag.

You Feel Pain & Discomfort

Pain in your mouth can be excruciating. It impacts the way you talk, the foods you eat, and the liquids you drink. With ill-fitting dentures, you’re more likely to experience sore spots along your gum line where too much pressure is being applied. When dentures are correctly fitted, the pressure is applied evenly across your gum line, preventing any one area from becoming uncomfortable. Your dentist can help you determine the adjustments needed to disperse the pressure across the entire surface, relieving the pain and sore spots.

You Experience Slippage

Dentures are supposed to stay in place when you talk, eat, drink, or laugh. However, you may notice that over time your dentures begin to slip out of place. When this happens, it’s important to consult a dentist to see if your gums and underlying bone structure have changed since you first got your dentures. If so, you’ll need them to be refitted to fit the current structure of your mouth. While waiting for your dentist appointment, you can prevent denture slippage by using denture adhesives.

What to Do If Your Dentures Don’t Fit Properly

If you’re experiencing an issue with your dentures, don’t wait to schedule an appointment with your dentist. Ignoring pain and discomfort, dental slippage, or gagging can leave you feeling frustrated, but the solution might be a quick fix! Never try to alter your dentures on your own — doing so can cause more harm than good.

The team at Billings Dental Clinic can help you understand why your dentures aren’t fitting properly and offer a solution to help improve the comfort of your dentures. Don’t wait; schedule a dentures consultation with our team today.

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