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Dentures Ask The Dentist Richard Winter Question:
Bone shaved after teeth pulled: The dentist required he shave my bones when he pulled my teeth. There is a ledge that protrudes toward my cheeks on both sides of the lower.

Is this the normal gum/bone status of people with full dentures? The ledge hurts like heck to force the lowers over, but keeps them down... not very tightly, but they've never risen above the ledge.

Is this the common bottom after bone shaving or should the ledges have been shaved too? I would have preferred to not get bone shaved but he wouldn't pull without agreement of shaving. ... Visitor from WI

If you have bone shaving or alveloplasty, you shouldn't have sharp ledges of bone -- these should be smoothed. Pain resulting from placing or removing the dentures means that you need a denture adjustment.

If your dentist uses a soft liner under your dentures, these ledges can be used to hold the denture in for some people. Ask you dentist to make your dentures comfortable.

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Richard Winter, DDS MAGD
Winter Dental Associates
Hampton Dental Associates
5323 W. Hampton Avenue
Milwaukee Wisconsin WI 53218
(414) 464-9021

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