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Why doesn’t my denture fit after having dental work done?

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Some patients complain that their denture no longer fits appropriately after dental treatment. This is a timely reminder that any adjustments made to your mouth by your dentist will affect your dentures.

If you intend to have substantial dental work done, it is preferable to do so before having your denture created. This is because obtaining an optimal; final fit is significantly easier. Impressions of your mouth acquired to fabricate your denture will more accurately resemble the final mouth topography. If you already have a denture, continue reading.

The possible scenarios

You may have lost some of your remaining teeth, and your partial denture no longer fits properly. Your denture’s clasp probably used the now-missing tooth as a point of attachment. It’s also possible that you’ve had a filling that altered the shape of your mouth enough to throw off the fit of your partial denture.

Suppose you need a crown manufactured for a tooth close to the one your partial denture will cover.

So, now what?

The fit of your partial denture will be affected by any changes in the topography of your mouth.

A little planning ahead of time will help you avoid pricey difficulties

Issues like these are readily addressed if you are forewarned. However, communication and information are essential. You should try to complete any major dental work before getting a new denture made. But what if you already have a denture and require extensive dental work?

When you visit your dentist about planned dental work, they will provide you with a complete treatment plan. Making an appointment with your prosthetist at this stage might save you money and the inconvenience of living with a denture that no longer fits properly.

By sharing your treatment plan with the prosthetist, they will be able to examine the potential impact of the dental work on your denture. He can advise you on how to minimize the detrimental influence that dental work may have on the fit of your dentures.

This may require taking impressions of your mouth while wearing your existing chrome or flexible denture.

Sending your denture to the crown and bridge lab while the crown is being made allows them to reach a higher level of accuracy in how well it fits. Of course, as any denture wearer will tell you, “fit” is connected with “comfort and confidence.”

First, shut the proverbial gate

This may require taking impressions of your mouth while wearing your existing chrome or flexible denture. Sending your denture to the crown and bridge lab while the crown is being made allows them to reach a higher level of accuracy in how well it fits. Of course, as any denture wearer will tell you, “fit” is connected with “comfort and confidence.”

Dental work that can change the way your denture fits

  • Extraction of teeth
  • Fillings
  • Implants for crowns or bridges

If the clasp on a partial denture is attached to a tooth that needs to be pulled, the clasp may need to be removed or moved. If you get fillings without thinking about how they will affect your dentures, they might not fit right. Crown, bridge, and implant work alter the topography of the mouth and, in the latter’s case, the jaw. All of these factors have distinct effects on your dentures.

New crown work and your partial denture

Sending a denture and crown preparation to a crown and bridge laboratory will allow the technician to create the crown to fit around the denture. As many as two weeks could pass without your denture. This option is preferable since it saves money and eliminates the need for follow-up dental procedures to guarantee a comfortable fit between the crown and denture.

Emergency dental work and your partial denture

Imagine this: you’re in the dentist’s chair, and you’ve been told you require emergency dental work. There is no time for treatment plans; therefore, you must decide immediately. You should make a brief call to your prosthetist to get some advice on how much work might affect your denture. Even though your dentist told you that your denture wouldn’t get stuck, you feel embarrassed to do it.

Remember that your mouth and pocket are both affected.

To save excessive expense and trouble, you have the right to an opinion from the specialist who made and understood your denture best. Your dentist may only sometimes be entirely aware of the consequences for your denture. Taking this action also allows the two oral health practitioners to collaborate on the optimal outcome for you.

Bottom Line

When it comes to your denture, a little forethought will save you money and aggravation; follow these steps;

  • Before acquiring a new denture, ensure that any major dental work has been completed.
  • Before having dental work done, take your dental treatment plan to your prosthetist.
  • Calling your prosthetist from the dentist’s chair before committing to emergency dental work may save you money.
  • If you already have a partial denture, you should talk to your prosthetist before getting any dental work done. There may be less expensive methods of achieving a well-fitting denture without the negative implications of attempting to rectify problems after the fact.
  • Inquire with your oral health practitioner about how the intended dental work will affect your denture.
  • Learn about your rights as a patient. If the dentist adjusts your denture, it becomes their duty if it breaks or no longer fits properly. This possibility can be avoided by receiving advice from your prosthetist on preparing before work is performed.
  • If the denture is tampered with by someone other than the person who made it, the patient has no recourse against the maker and must face the cost of replacement or repairs if it breaks.

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