What to Do When Your Dentures Feel Too Big

When you first get your dentures, your mouth may be a little uncomfortable and you may notice some minor speech differences. The best thing to do is to be patient and let the dentures gradually get used to you. This will make the process go faster.

If you do have trouble speaking with your dentures, it may be because they are too large. This can make you have slurred speech and lisping. It can also make it harder for you to chew. Try chewing on both sides of your mouth, and chewing slowly.

One of the most common problems experienced by denture wearers is a slow and steady change in the way they fit and work. These changes occur due to the gradual loss of bone in the jaw, a natural consequence of tooth loss. As the mandible contracts, becoming smaller both in height and width, the supporting gum crest also contracts. Because dentures rest on that ridge of the gum and are customized to fit your shape and size, dentures loosen as this occurs and, for many patients, end up feeling too big for the mouth.

The first steps experts take to fix a larger prosthesis are to re-wrap it. But, if the dental prosthesis is too large, the only viable solution is to replace it. Another way to repair dentures that are too large includes adding more dental implants as support. Another reason why a dental prosthesis may appear too large after treatment is the anatomy of the mouth.

Natural teeth rest beneath gum tissue. However, dentures rest on the gums. They should suck up to the top gum line and float above the bottom gum line. Over time, the muscles in the mouth and tongue will hold the lower dental prosthesis in place.

Having dentures that are too large can have a number of negative effects. One of these is the fact that they can affect your speech. Other problems include resorption of the ridges in the premolar region, retained roots or bony tori, and xerostomia.

Retained Roots or Bony Tori

Frequently, an excessive enlargement of the bony structures of the jaws can interfere with the design of removable partial dentures. This may be a result of local stresses or genetic influences. Surgical intervention may be required to enhance the functionality of a removable partial denture.

The mandibular tori is a bony growth on the lower jaw. Usually on the tongue side of the jaw, it can cause a great deal of discomfort. In addition, tori can interfere with the placement of a denture.

The mandibular torus is a benign condition and is not indicative of a serious disease. However, it can cause discomfort when consuming certain foods.

Although the torus may seem like a good place to place a denture, removing it can lead to a number of problems. These include infections, bone breakdown, and food impaction. The best way to avoid these problems is to see your dentist as soon as possible.

Resorption of Ridges in Premolar Region

Depending on the quality of bone surrounding an extraction cavity, residual ridges may take several forms. The vertical distance between residual ridges and opposing teeth may vary significantly. This may influence implant placement.

The width of residual ridges may vary from four to six millimeters. A narrow ridge may require a narrower design root form implant. This may result in increased crestal stress.

In addition, large discrepancies in buccolingual position may lead to larger occlusal loads. This may lead to pain and/or uneven bites.

There is much research examining effectiveness of different materials including various grafting materials and methods of implant placement. The best material for an implant may depend on patient's bone anatomy.


Xerostomia is common condition among elderly people caused by medications, poor diet or aging. It's characterized by dry mouth and difficulty in normal oral functions like maintaining dentures in mouth or eating dry foods with burning sensation in throat or sore gums.

Resorption of Creases at Corner of Mouth

Having a denture means losing stimulation your jawbone gets from natural teeth so tops of lips aren't only thing getting workout - lining of mouth needs TLC too! Having denture also requires planning to get it fit right - not only true for lower but upper dentures too - need enough good saliva flush out bad stuff & right type oral medication for particular needs.

Long-term Speech Issues

Getting new set of dentures major concern for many people & one biggest concerns effects on speech - when first get them might be little uncomfortable & notice minor speech differences - best thing do be patient & let them gradually get used - if do have trouble speaking with them might be because they're too large - can make have slurred speech & lisping & harder chew - try chewing both sides & slowly.

What Are Your Options?

What are your options if this has happened to you? One of complaints people often have regarding their dentures is that they feel too big. This can make them feel very uncomfortable as they pile up in mouth causing irritation & potentially making you nauseous.

Eugene Daczewitz
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