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  • I have had dentures about 17 years. I am 47 years old. The last few weeks when I eat and food touches a part of my lower gum I get a pain down my jaw. I have no sores and it only happens when eating if the food touches this certain spot on my lower gum. It is on the left side. The only other thing is sometimes it feels like there is a piece of hair on my jaw on the outside once in a while but when I wipe my chin there is never nothing there. What would cause this? ... Visitor from Youngstown     (answer)

  • Lower Plate: I just got a full set of dentures less than a week ago. I was told my gums would be a little sore until they harden up a little. My upper plate is fitting pretty good but my lower plate is causing my quite a bit of pain. The fit is perfect but I can see a blister on my gum and I have sores where the plate was too long at first. It feels like they are cutting into the back of my gums as well. How much pain is acceptable and when do I need to say enough is enough? ... Visitor from IL     (answer)

  • I had to get top dentures about 2 years ago. They didn't have any suction whatsoever, even with dental adhesives they would still fall down/out etc. I had gone back to this dentist several times for adjustments(?) but they still never fit but with all the adjustments he'd made, my upper teeth didn't even show. They've always hurt and given me sores and alot of misery. Finally this dentist said he'd do them over. Still they didn't show and I tried to give the dentist my picture to show him the problem and he said he didn't need to see it. He sent the denture back to the lab and instructed them to lengthen the front 6 teeth, this was done 3 times. The dentist told me that because of the size increase, I would now have quite an overbite. The dentist then informed me he was done and I didn't need to come back in again. I couldn't believe he just left it at that. This overbite I now have is horrible. This dentist took all the impressions etc. himself, that is why it's hard to understand how he could just leave me with such a mess, come on a big overbite to lengthen teeth? Is that normal procedure? What I don't understand is why couldn't he make the impression or whatever else he did, to make a "copy" of "MY" teeth. The denture still would not get any suction and it still constantly made me gag. You cannot imagine what daily life had become. Most of the time I don't wear the denture due to it not staying in, the pain and blisters it causes, and in turn the inability to eat "regular" food. Could you please advise me. I do not wish to "suffer" like this any longer, not to mention I very rarely leave the house because of this mess. Thank you, hope you can help. ... Visitor from NV     (answer)

  • Painful Unusable Immediate Denture: I had an immediate denture and it hurts so bad I can not even put it in my mouth. This was 8 days ago and it hurts so bad to try to insert them that I some times cry. An immediate denture was made so I would not have to go without any teeth. Well, like I said, I can not even put them in. Do you think this will get better? Should I call the dentist or just wait and see if the pain goes away....I am so disappointed with these teeth. They are so uncomfortable. If anyone is reading this....try to keep you natural teeth. ... Visitor from VA     (answer)

  • I have worn dentures for 45 years. I am 82 years old. I recently had new dentures made but am experiencing problems in getting them to fit. My old dentures fit very well. The old upper denture protruding slightly over the lower. The new dentures are even. I have pain with the new dentures. I tried the new upper denture with the old lower denture and the upper protruded over the lower. I did not have any pain with this combination. My dentist says there is no problem with the bite of the new dentures. Is there any way dentures can be made with a slight overbite? ... Visitor from TN     (answer)

  • I am a very positive woman and have accepted the consequences involved with wearing dentures. However, after five months of which I have needed to use fixodent adhesive to keep my bottoms in place, there is STILL so much gum discomfort and soreness. I remove them at night, rinse my gums with warm, salt water, clean and keep the dentures looking good. But there never seems to be "comfort" in wearing them, because the gums always feel sore and sometimes even painful. Please let me know if there is something I can do to "harden" my gums; perhaps "cure" them so that I may enjoy wearing my dentures. ... Visitor from CA     (answer)

  • I live in Trinidad and Tobago in the Caribbean. I went to the dentist for a normal check up. I had asked about dentures so they said to take impressions to make them. When the dentist was about to take out the moulds / impressions she said she needs to use oxygen to blow in to my mouth so that the impressions would come out easier. So she took the hose and as she passed the oxygen over my gums etc I got a pain as if something had shot from my mouth to my ears. Immediately the region from my ears to jaw became swollen. She called other dentists who work there to inspect but they could not diagnose the problem. Can you tell me what might have caused this. ... Visitor from Trinidad     (answer)

  • I am 47 years old and unfortunatly I have had dentures since I was 24. I am experiencing what I believe to be TMJ. Ringing in my ears, head and neck pain, headaches. Sometimes it becomes so unbearable. My gums have worn down and I need new dentures. Is there a surgery to replace the cartlidge in my gums, surgery to relieve the pressure and ringing in my ears, and get new dentures to fit properly? ... Visitor from MI     (answer)

  • I am considering dentures, I have a number of problems due to a chrushed jaw when I was a child. I loose tooth after tooth. First root canal, then pull them. Most have never had a cavity. Now, I am 45 and have had cavities and in the last 9 months I have lost 3 teeth and about to loose my fourth. And have one starting to hurt now. I am so depressed about this. My dentist says that I have good bone and should not get dentures. I am so tired of the pain. I have lost a lot of weight, that I didn't have to lose anyway. I have nine teeth left on top and nine left on the bottom. I have a flipper on the top. It doesn't even allow me to eat. And this is what my dentist made for me. I want to get dentures and I want the Genevea kind, they are like swiss dentures. I wanted to know if there are any swiss denture people in Calfornia, (central)? And what do you think about someone in my shape? ...Mary in CA     (answer)

  • A few days ago I had 6 teeth removed (upper) and a received a new denture. My regular dentist is not licensed to give anesthesia, so I went to another dentist to be put to sleep. I went immediately to my regular dentist for an adjustment. The next day, I experienced more discomfort and visited my regular dentist. As we were trying to remove the denture, I experienced pain. He left the denture in and recommended that I remove it later and rinse with salt water. Now, the denture is out and I cannot get it back in. My regular dentist will not be in the office for several days. What what should I do? ...Carol in MD     (answer)

  • I would like to know the procedure for tooth removal and dentures. I am 51 years old and have very bad teeth and am tired of the pain. ...Becky in ID     (answer)

  • I am 50 years old and have worn an upper denture for over 30 years. I have gone thru periods of a great deal of denture pain and going to a series of dentists to get the correct fit. I suspect some of the problems were due to material sensitivity. The last 10 years were relatively pain free until last spring when I went for a sore spot. When the dentist adjusted my denture it was like rocking the boat. I ended up going back many times for adjustments over two months. I finally said we need to do a reline. The Dentist way overbuilt the denture on the sides when he did the reline. I have beern going back for adjustments for six weeks on the average twice a week. I finally went to a new dentist to start a new denture. I suspect some of my problems with the reline are due to sensitivity to the material as my mouth feels dry and tends to feel numb and burning and is hypersensitive to any rough spots on the denture. I have multiple chemical sensitivity. Another problem I have had with dentures is my tongue has not been able to tolerate the shape of the palate area. I asked my dentist if he could duplicate the shape of the palate in my old dentures and he said no. Can this be done? Also, my old denture has porcelain teeth. I seem to have been hypersensitive to some of the plastics used in the teeth in the past. My dentist says he would never use porcelain teeth. I visited an oral surgeon today who said that no matter what a dentist does I won't be able to wear a new denture because I am so sensitive. I refuse to accept this. I have TMJ and a whiplash injury. Also, I have a reflex twitch in my upper jaw muscles. The oral surgeon says he would not recommend implants. He says I am in pretty good shape as far as the amount of ridge left. Any advice is appreciated as this problem is greatly affecting my life. ... Visitor from MA     (answer)

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