Lower Dentures Don't Fit Well and Are Painful

First let me point out that I have been wearing full dentures for 43 years without any real problems. The dentures that I have been wearing for the past 22 years (yes, the same dentures). I just had a new set of full dentures made at a VA clinic. After going through the entire procedure (9 visits) the problem is as follows.

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The dentures look really good. After some adjustments the upper dentures work good and are causing no problems. The real problem is the new lower dentures. They are at least of 1 inch longer in the rear. I cannot eat or drink anything with these lower dentures in. I have had them readjusted by the dentist several times. They cause pain in the rear of my mouth and continually make feel like I am gagging.

I have explained this several times to my dentist and the same answer is always provided. It takes time to adjust, keep wearing them no matter what. Deal with the pain and in time they will fit without any pain. I feel like I am putting on a size 18 shoe when I only require a size 11. I know my dentist is tried of me complaining about the lower dentures not working. I have considered trying to trim the length of the lower dentures since the dentist won't do it. I know I should not try to do this, but it seems the only way I am going to be able to wear these new lower dentures. Any suggestions on what can be done or how to trim the dentures myself? Thanks for any advise that can be provided.

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By James P.

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December 7, 20130 found this helpful
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I have an upper plate. I kept telling the dentist the palate was too thick and I couldn't speak or sing without a very noticeable lisp - he flat ignored me. After two years of trying to get him to do something (he's a pretty good dentist otherwise) I finally found a new dentist. The new one listened - I can now speak and sing again, what a relief!

You may need to do the same thing. You write the VA did your current set and I seem to recall from my time in the US that you can request a different VA dentist. Go through the ombudsman if needed because your current dentist is not listening to you - he's trying to get you to squeeze your size 18 into a size 11 (excellent analogy!) and that's just wrong!

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And thank-you for your service to the people of the US!

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December 7, 20130 found this helpful

I don't have a yes you should or no you shouldn't answer. However, have you measured them to your old set of dentures assuming you still have them. If so, and they are indeed longer, take your old set to the dentist for comparison and don't take no for an answer. Show them the difference and insist they fix them. And, I would quit being so nice and tolerant. If you have been wearing dentures for many years as you say, I would think that you wouldn't need a prolonged adjustment period as they are suggesting.

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December 7, 20130 found this helpful

Go to another dentist.

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December 7, 20131 found this helpful

Your dentist sounds arrogant or incompetent (or both). If they wont make a proper denture for you, you need to go elsewhere and it seems like you have fiddled around with this guy long enough.

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December 9, 20131 found this helpful

First find another Dr. If that doesn't work, get some sand paper or emery board and file off just a tiny bit.

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Then try for a day. Maybe file off a tad more. Then try for a while. This has worked for me. I have worn dentures 45 years and need to replace them about every 20 years.

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November 11, 20140 found this helpful

U can use sand paper to scrub the inches off the back so there not to long.

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December 24, 20140 found this helpful

Hi, I just recently got all of my teeth pulled & received top & bottom dentures. This is my second pair. The first ones I received were getting too big due to my gums shrinking. I had immediate dentures put in.

Well, I know you shouldn't do this but, I do have a dentist that I feel, discriminates against me as a medicade patient. So, I went out & bought a drimel file. You are supposed to use it on drywall, sanding, buffing, cutting, ect. Well I took my dentures out & started filing down the outside of the denture. It is way too big for my mouth. It works great. I made sure I buffed the denture out after. I'm telling you, it does work amazing.

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My dentist obviously doesn't have time to fix my problem so I will fix it myself. I really can't find another dentist because, I'm very limited due to the insurance that I have (medicade). Hope this works. Have a great day.

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March 6, 20150 found this helpful

James P, may I ask what part of VA and what practice?

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March 6, 20151 found this helpful

I had all mine removed in 2014 top and bottoms. I had temps put in as soon as they pulled everything with no pain or anything at all. I was eating steak the next day, things were going great for a while but for some off reason dentist decided to remake bottoms. They were horrid, made another bottom. Nope wrong again.

Then remade both top and bottom perfect but developed a bad sore area. Went in for adjustment on the bottom. Yes, it was great there was a nub. Had to go back have the same side smoothed out a little and back again to open that side up. The girl did and dentist came in took them looked at my sore area and took them away tried to tell him the girl already took care of me. Nope he cut away too much off it, and I said no way.

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So he did a little reline waited about an hour gave back went home and had to go back the next week to file down a side that was so sharp. The regular dentist had a new bottom made I remember it was so freezing cold outside that day frigid cold and when he was putting the wax stuff on my bottom ridge. I remember he said that the stuff wasn't warming enough.

To make a long story cut short, went back the next afternoon to pick up my new bottom. I was just praying and thinking yes these will be perfect. Heck no, it was like putting a huge boat in a row boats slip. I was gagging and gagging never had before been doing this 8 months now. They were like a 1/4 too wide all the way around front and back they trimmed down some and put some powder in them handed back pryed the pm in my small mouth and placed them I opened my mouth went to speak my tongue hits it on the side and they popped up. That's not normal.

They the dental lab lady said I was over thinking it I had to get use to them how can you get use to something that is way too big for you? I refused to take them and told them to smooth down what I came in with and left the tech lady who I like a lot. She said if I can wear them to just wait until I need to come back for reline.

I haven't had since December we are March now of 2015 I definitely need a reline but I have an appt. Monday but am so afraid to go in on a Monday cause they are so busy and it seems every time I go on a weekday they are wrong like the lab is in a hurry cause they have so many people. My regular dentist will not be there this upcoming Friday due to personal reasons I hope I can make it through until the 20th of March powder is holding tops in but I hav redo several times a day. I guess it's paste time. Bottoms stay with powder but it hurts so bad because of the cut away part the other guy did is not right and still have sores.

I have learned to run them under warm water put in powder then run under warm water again add a tad more powder have hot water in cup and put some in my mouth and spit it out as I am placing bottoms in and it acts as a cushion and feel pretty good for a short time. Left side is a little on long side and that's where my problem is.

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November 14, 20150 found this helpful

What kind of powder are you talking about? I just had 24 teeth pulled and they put dentures right in the top and bottom and said the dentures would act as a band-aid and some other stuff. He said to keep them in for 3-4 days without taking them out. I have had to take them out due to so much pain and I suffer from chronic pain so my plain tolerance is very high. I have so many blisters and swollen gums with pieces of tooth/bone in about 4 of them. My worst ones are the bottoms too. I have blisters all over the bottom. I can't eat drink take my medicine or nothing. Please any suggestions or help you can give me would be great especially since he didn't send me home with any post care instructions at all. Just old me to keep them in 4 days 24 hours a day. I haven't had any food in 2 days as the blisters hurt too ba. I have to throw my medications down towards the back of my throat and try to drink some water to get them down and I suffer from several medications so I take 14 pills a day.

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November 14, 20150 found this helpful

What kind of powder are you talking about? I just had 24 teeth pulled and they put dentures right in the top and bottom and said the dentures would act as a band-aid and some other stuff. He said to keep them in for 3-4 days without taking them out. I have had to take them out due to so much pain and I suffer from chronic pain so my plain tolerance is very high. I have so many blisters and swollen gums with pieces of tooth/bone in about 4 of them. My worst ones are the bottoms too. I have blisters all over the bottom. I can't eat drink take my medicine or nothing. Please any suggestions or help you can give me would be great especially since he didn't send me home with any post care instructions at all. Just old me to keep them in 4 days 24 hours a day. I haven't had any food in 2 days as the blisters hurt too ba. I have to throw my medications down towards the back of my throat and try to drink some water to get them down and I suffer from several medications so I take 14 pills a day.

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Anonymous
February 18, 20160 found this helpful

hi if you are gagging the top denture goes to far back in the roof of your mouth cheers

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Anonymous
July 29, 20160 found this helpful

I took a drimmel tool to mine it helped a lot but be careful not to over do it.

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