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Are Your Dentures Making it Hard to Eat?

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I have dentures and the lower one floats around. It makes it very difficult to eat. What can I do to be able to eat comfortably again?

The hardest dental appliance to get used to is the complete denture that replaces lower teeth. When it does not have anything holding it in, it is fighting the tongue, muscles of the cheeks and chin, and lack of surface area to create suction. There are several ways you can solve this concern. 

The first option would be to have the lower denture relined or even remade. Over time the tissue where your teeth were shrinks. If you do either of these options the lower denture will adapt better, making it fit better. This is your most cost effective option, but the denture will still float if you do not have enough bone height to support it. You will have to repeat this depending on how fast your bone and tissue are shrinking.

The second option would be to place two to six implants that a denture or a fixed bridge-type prosthetic would snap onto or screw into. This option does cost more, but it allows for more chewing force and comfort, and you don’t have to worry about your denture slipping out. This option takes planning and should never be done in a “cookie-cutter” approach, in which all patients of a practice get the
same treatment.

If you are considering implants, the sooner you start treatment the more options you will have and the easier it will be. The choices of treatment should be what is best for you concerning cost, conserving bone and your personal expectations.

About the author

Stacey Sparkman Hall, D.D.S.

Dr. Stacey Hall brings her unique outlook on dental care and her personable optimism to the Williamsburg Center for Dental Health. With nine years of solid dental expertise as a dentist in Williamsburg, she decided in early 2011 to branch out and open her own local practice. After completing her undergraduate degree from Virginia Tech in 1998, Dr. Hall graduated from VCU’s MCV School of Dentistry in 2002, receiving her D.D.S. She is a member of the Academy of General Dentistry, the American Dental Association, and was awarded member fellowship to the International Congress of Oral Implantology in 2008. She leads the elite Tidewater Dawson Study Club and is a scholar with the interntaionally renowned Dawson Academy. As a Dawson ambassador, Dr. Hall also assists in the training of students in the Dawson Academy. Stacey and her husband Michael have been blessed with three beautiful girls, Lanie, Gracie and Abbie. She is a loyal Virginia Tech Football fan, and enjoys Bible study and missions work.

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