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Dentures Ask The Prosthodontist Christopher McFarland Question:
Teeth hitting each other: I'm 55 and have had dentures for over 30 years.

I had a new set (upper and lowers) made about two months ago. The bottom teeth rub against the back side of the top teeth.

I've gone back for adjustments three times and they said there is nothing wrong with them and to get used to it. I was thinking about grinding the inside of the lowers (the part that touches the gum) so they would not be so tight at the inside of the lower jaw.

The bottom plate would move back and the teeth would not rub the top teeth. Any thoughts? I will not return to this company but will pursue other actions against them for their poor service ... Visitor from GA

Answer:
Poor fitting dentures are a big problem, especially when you have worn them for so long.

As you lose the vertical height to your lower jaw bone, the denture is no longer stabilized and can move side to side when you close against it.

One solution is to change the type of teeth used in the denture product so that when you close your mouth, the denture is pushed down and sideways.

The use of mini implants or traditional implants would be another option to provide stability to the lower denture.

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

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