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Dentures

Problems & Solutions

Below we've provided a list of problems that are sometimes encountered by people who wear dentures and the common causes and solutions. If you are suffering from any of these problems, or especially from a problem not listed here, ask your dentist.

Common Denture Problems

Common Causes

Possible Solutions

Denture slipping and moving

The gums and bone do not support the denture due to shrinkage of jawbone and surrounding gum tissue.

Reline, rebase or replacement, depending on your dentist’s recommendations.

Trouble speaking and unwanted sounds, such as clicking, whistling or smacking.

a) Denture is not in proper position or does not stay in proper position

b) Denture moves causing cheek and tongue to struggle to form words and control the denture

Reline, rebase or replacement, depending on your dentist’s recommendations.

Difficulty chewing certain foods

Some foods may never be “easy to chew” with dentures, but lack of adequate chewing could be related to the alignment of your upper and lower denture(s), or your denture with natural teeth, this effects the “balance” of the denture on the tissues and muscles of the mouth. In combination with shrinkage of tissue, poor alignment creates improper denture function.

Only your dentist can determine the best solution(s).

Lack of suction or adhesion

a) Bone and mouth tissue shrinks and the original fit/contact of denture is lost

b) Dry mouth (Xerostomia), most often caused by certain medications. Without proper saliva, denture fit is not ideal due to the missing “seal” that moisture provides between denture base and tissue.

Discuss with your dentist.

Wrinkles above / around lips or at corners of mouth

Denture has moved back in the mouth and no longer supports the lips. This may be due to bone loss and/or loss of skin elasticity (stretchiness) and moisture loss.

See your dentist to help determine the root cause.

Sore spots in the mouth

a) Pressure and/or rubbing is occurring in one specific area, usually a result of chewing (see Difficulty chewing certain foods).

b) Clenching of teeth or bruxism (grinding the teeth)

c) Other causes may be hard foods (like small seeds) getting under the denture

d) Denture teeth that need adjustment

Your dentist can help resolve the problem.

Soreness at corners of mouth

a) Loss of vertical support for the denture (bone loss) can cause the mouth to “over-close.” This can change the way the lips seal together and cause saliva to pool at the corners of the mouth. The excess moisture in this area may cause the skin to become irritated and may increase the risk of a candida (fungus) infection.

b) The soreness may also be the result of a vitamin deficiency.

Seek advice from your dentist.