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Denture causes upper lip to stick out: I've had alot of issues with keeping my dentures in. But my main concern is my upper lip sticks out as if I put something in between the gums and my lip.

I kind of look like a duck. I hate it and I'm very insecure over it. I had a small overbite and the dentist made it just the same except it doesn't look right. Sometimes I push my lower jaw out just so I don't look like a duck.

I can't really eat with them in either. My bottom denture pops out when I chew and I have adhesive in. I had no bottom molars as they broke over time so there's no bumps as if you had your teeth pulled. Is there anything that can be done? ...Visitor from Utah

Answer:
Unfortunately, dentures do nothing for an earlier condition of overbite. It is likely the upper boney ridge, where teeth are normally anchored, does not align well with the lower boney ridge, which is partly the reason your lower denture pops out when eating.

Dentures are made with fairly thick acrylic material and since you have a small overbite, the acrylic will push the lip out beyond where it should be. If you didn't have the overbite condition.... you wouldn't be experiencing this.

A great solution would be to consult with a Prosthodontist. These specialists have the know how for getting the results you want. A strategic use of implants and a custom upper denture may offer the opportunity you haven't been able to find.

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