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Question:
My dentures don't fit: I recently had 3 teeth pulled and a top denture made.

I had this all done about a month ago. I've already had to have my dentures relined 4 or 5 times. They are once again too big.

I end up using a gel adhesive. But after getting them relined about 3-4 days later they don't fit.

Is there a special way to remove them? Could it just be that the denture was made wrong? .... Visitor from CT

Answer:
It is impossible to know exactly what is going on without seeing the situation but in general:

Each time a denture is relined, all the previous materials must be removed for the refitting or just what you talk about happens: "they are too big" and will not fit.

After the bone has healed completely and tissue has shrunk down probably a new denture will need to be made for the best final fit.

Also, if you have enough bone, you should consider some implants that are connected together for strength to make this denture really comfortable. The implants will help support the bone and keep the denture from pounding against your tissue and causing more bone to be lost.

The other thing to consider is when you bite together, do the teeth fit. If the bite is not correct, this can also lead to lots of moving around and general looseness.

In general terms the dentures must: fit the tissue in your mouth, be the correct size and shape, and lastly the bite be correct. Then and only then should implants be considered. The denture must be as good as it can be before anything else.

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