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Signs Dentures Aren’t Working for You

Signs Dentures Aren’t Working for You

Dentures are a well known solution for those who’ve lost some or all of their natural teeth, but they’re not a one-size-fits-all fix. 

Several factors can affect how well your dentures work for you, from their fit and looks to your comfort and lifestyle. Plus, dentures that don’t fit right can mess with your oral health. So it’s important to know when they might not suit you.

If you suspect your dentures aren’t doing their job, schedule a denture checkup at Dental Art of South Bay in Torrance, California. Dr. Dana Samet specializes in dentures and dental implants, so she’s highly qualified to diagnose and treat complications related to ill-fitting dentures.

Here, she explains the benefits and drawbacks of dentures, how to spot signs that you need an adjustment, and when to consider denture alternatives. 

Why dentures might not be your best bet

Dentures try to mimic the function and look of natural teeth, and for many people, they work perfectly. But dentures can vary greatly in how well they fit your unique mouth structure, meet your lifestyle needs, and match your personal preferences.

Fit and appearance are two big issues here. Dentures that don’t sit right are uncomfortable (even painful and harmful), and those that don’t blend with your natural look can make you feel self-conscious and knock your confidence.

Dentures also affect your day-to-day life. They need regular cleaning and upkeep, which many find bothersome. They can also limit what types of food you can comfortably eat, seriously interfering with the joy of eating.

More importantly, dentures that don’t fit well can harm your oral health. They can cause sores and infections, lead to bone loss in your jaw, and even worsen oral health problems.

5 signs your dentures might not be fitting right

If your dentures feel great, stay put, and look natural — you’re all set. But if any of the following situations sound familiar, it’s time to come in for a denture checkup.

1. Slipping

2. Discomfort or pain

3. Sores and infections

4. Trouble speaking and eating

Dentures that fit right should let you speak and eat as usual. If you’re having trouble pronouncing certain words or eating certain foods, it’s likely a fit issue.

5. Changes in facial appearance

Dentures help keep your face in shape, so if your looks change, it could mean your dentures aren’t fitting as they should.

What to do about dentures that don’t work

If you’re dealing with any of these issues, don’t ignore them. Dr. Samet can adjust or repair your dentures or suggest other options if needed. After all, dentures should make your life better, not harder.

All-on-4 dentures, also known as implant-supported dentures, are a revolutionary approach to tooth replacement. Unlike traditional dentures, which sit on your gums, All-on-4 dentures anchor into your jawbone using four surgically placed dental implants. 

The superiority of All-on-4 dentures

There are several reasons why All-on-4 dentures might be a better choice than traditional dentures:


Because All-on-4 dentures are anchored to your jawbone with dental implants, they provide superior stability. This means no slipping or shifting, so you can speak, eat, and laugh without worry.


Traditional dentures can cause discomfort due to poor fit or friction against the gums. In contrast, All-on-4 dentures feel and function more like natural teeth, providing a comfortable fit.

Bone health

Traditional dentures don’t stimulate your jawbone, which can lead to bone loss over time. Because All-on-4 dentures are anchored in your jaw, they provide the stimulation needed to maintain healthy bone density.


With proper care, All-on-4 dentures can last a lifetime, unlike traditional dentures that may need to be replaced every few years.


All-on-4 dentures are fixed in place, so you don’t remove them for cleaning — no more nighttime soaking.

Learn more about All-on-4 dentures and whether you’re a good candidate by calling Dental Art of South Bay today.

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