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Posted on 4/20/2019 by Dr. Michael Allard
|There are any things that people with dentures complain about. Many of the complaints about dentures are because of the way they fit. There are plenty of reasons dentures do not fit properly. If they were not made well or if they break, they may not fit properly. Remaking the dentures can solve this problem.
There are other reasons that dentures may not fit that require different solutions. There are times when it is best to think about oral surgery to improve the fit of the dentures. The question people ask is when this is the right fix for their dentures.
Why Denture Fit is ImportantDentures replace lost or damaged teeth. They rest on the bone and skin where the teeth were. This bony ridge is not designed to support or manage the pressure that the dentures create. The pressure from the dentures can cause the bone to break down and change its shape. When this happens, the dentures don't fit.
Ill-fitting dentures can cause pain and can cause a person to struggle with eating, talking and other things. Over time, if nothing is done, the issues caused by dentures that do not fit will get worse.
Oral Surgery SolutionThe first steps that people take when their dentures don't fit is to use more adhesive. They may also opt for a denture relining to help restore the fit. These are temporary solutions. The changing shape of the bone will continue and that is where surgery comes in.
A bone graft is a procedure that helps replace and build more bone. It provides a better surface for the dentures and helps restore the fit that a person needs with their dentures. This will help manage the pressure and the loss of bone from the dentures. A second surgical option is dental implants. These can take the place of dentures and function more like the natural teeth.
Surgery always carries risks. It is important to understand what the risks are for any oral surgery and how they will benefit you before making any decision. For many people, the problems of ill-fitting dentures is correctable through oral surgery.
For more information about this or any other oral health issue, contact the professionals at our office.