At Smile on the Square we believe good communication with our patients is very important, this helps in achieving excellent results, this helps in identifying any problems and provide solutions where possible.
This may mean that we can identify the problem and correct it with alterations, however in some cases the problems are too severe and this may result in the necessity for a complete remake.
Many patients are advised, that ‘they’ are the problem and not their dentures. However, this is only true in a very small percentage of cases, whereas dentures can commonly be made with many problems.
Common problems include:
- Mal-occlusion: The dentures chewing teeth have to fit together correctly to form balanced occlusion which means that both sides of the dentures connect equally when closing the teeth together. If this doesn’t happen dentures feel to be loose as they cockle into position, and can cause severe pain and a feeling that there is no room to chew food.
- Loose fit: Dentures drop or move, due to age, a poor impression from the off set, or from shrinkage from a tooth extraction socket site which has been left unaltered. This causes embarrassment, pain and often speech problems.
- Poor tooth positioning: If the denture teeth are set incorrectly. They are too far forward, this causes instability and the dentures drop or push out the lips. This is also true if the back teeth are set too far into the cheek areas, which can cause biting of the cheeks or denture breakage, whereas, teeth too far into the tongue or palate may cause tongue biting, over crowding or speech problems.
- Under extension: The palate or flanges are too shallow which causes air to undermine the denture, there fore, it drops or has excessive movement. Under extension can also cause a gagging sensation.
- Over extension- Causing the denture to make the gums sore and/or lift when eating.
- Aesthetics “All teeth”: The general look of the mouth is too much, be that the teeth are too big or too long, or the height/size of the teeth has been increased excessively.
- Aesthetics “No Teeth”: Opposite of the above , not enough has been done, be that through poor communication, or not enough technical experience to ensure that the full smile restoration is achieved.
If you identify with any of these problems, then please come for a free consultation to see how we help you.