In June I got new dentures and since I’ve had them I keep biting my tongue. I have bitten my tongue more in the past 2 months than I have in my lifetime. Of course I have told me dentist about this and he keeps checking the dentures every time I complain, but no results. He keeps asking me about medication, my diet, and a lot of other ridiculous questions that have nothing to do the reason I am biting my tongue. This wasn’t a problem before I got the dentures, and I have worn dentures before. The problem has to be with the denture teeth. What should I tell my dentist to do with the dentures? Thanks. Autumn
Autumn – Without examining your dentures and your bite (the way your denture teeth fit together) we can’t advise about what should be done. But when you receive new dentures and continually bite your tongue or cheek, it’s probably related to the position of your denture teeth.
The position of the posterior (back) teeth – If top and bottom posterior teeth are not correctly set, it can leave little room for your tongue. The close proximity of your teeth and tongue will cause you to repeatedly bite your tongue or your cheek. Teeth that are incorrectly set need to be repositioned.
Incorrect impressions – If the impressions of your mouth are not made correctly, your dentures won’t be made correctly either. When new dentures are made, ask to try in a wax model to ensure the fit well.
You may benefit by getting a second opinion from a dentist who is skilled in providing cosmetic dentures. He or she can examine your dentures and bite to determine what adjustments need to be made to ensure your dentures are comfortable, and that they are not the cause of your tongue biting.
This post is sponsored by the San Jose dentists of Hillsdale Dental Care.