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Dentures Ask The Dentist Christopher McFarland Question:
Upper denture teeth don't show: Why is it that only my natural lower teeth show when I talk or smile?

Also I am unable to chew any food, soft or hard that requires any chewing. It feels like the the teeth in the upper denture are hitting sideways when I chew. ... Visitor from GA

Your question is a good one and one that I have heard many times as a prosthodontist, a dentist specializing in reconstruction of lost or damaged teeth.

The position of the teeth on the upper denture dictate if they are seen when you smile.

It's possible that the teeth are a little too short or they were set back in too far when they were made. However, it is natural for many people to show more lower tooth as they age.

The problem with chewing can be due to a number of factors including how many lower teeth are present for you to chew against or if the position of the denture teeth is such that when force is applied, it causes a tipping action and a "sideways" feeling like you describe

Christopher McFarland, DMD
Atlanta Prosthodontist - Periodontist
2530 Lawrenceville Highway
Decatur - Duluth - Atlanta, GA
(770) 492-0256

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