Can Ill-Fitting Dentures Impact Your Health?

Can Ill-Fitting Dentures Impact Your Health?

Ill-fitting dentures are more than just uncomfortable, they can actually be dangerous. When you get your dentures from the denturist they will discuss the fit of the denture with you and will properly align your bite. If for any reason the dentures are not comfortable, ensure you tell your denturist at this time so that the fit can be corrected. Even if your dentures fit perfectly when you first get them, they will likely change over time. This can be due to a loss of jawbone density, weight fluctuations, damage to the dentures, and more. Regardless of why they stop fitting, you should go for a denture adjustment once they feel uncomfortable. Don’t ignore when your dentures don’t fit; the longer you wait, the more pain you will be in and the more susceptible you will be to these conditions.

Denture Fit And General Health

Damage In The Mouth
When your dentures don’t fit properly, they can cause mild wounds to develop in the mouth. These can include blisters or sores from areas where the dentures rub or they can be cuts or scrapes. Any damage to the mouth will cause inflammation and potentially bleeding. While these issues are themselves painful, they can lead to more serious issues. Cuts or areas that are rubbed raw are more susceptible to infection. If your ill-fitting dentures are causing the formation of sores or small cuts and you experience a fever, see a doctor right away. Inflamed gums over a prolonged period have also been related to an increased risk of developing oral cancer.

Chewing Difficulty
When dentures do not properly fit, chewing becomes difficult and painful. This tends to discourage people from thoroughly chewing their food or avoiding foods that are too difficult to eat altogether. This can lead to poor nutrition as people avoid eating hard or crunchy foods such as fresh fruit. Often, when a person is avoiding chewing, they will eat more processed foods that are easier on their gums and this can cause nutrition-related health problems.

When pain develops in the jaw, the surrounding muscles may also be impacted and cause headaches. Dentures that don’t fit right can cause the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) to become painful and inflamed. This joint connects the jaw to the skull and facilitates the opening and closing of the mouth. Because the TMJ is so close to the ear, when it is inflamed it can result in earaches as well as headaches.

Misaligned Bite
When you have a misaligned bite, it can change the way muscles are used in the face and can result in TMJ pain or pain of the jaw. If this pain progresses, a person can be diagnosed with temporomandibular disorder (TMD) which affects the jaw muscles, the TMJ, and the nerves associated with chronic facial pain. TMD makes it difficult and painful to open the mouth, limiting a person’s ability to eat, speak, or take care of their oral health. A misaligned bite can also cause excess stress on some areas of the mouth and make blisters and sores more severe.

Complete Denture Services In Calgary

If your dentures are not fitting well, visit Future Smiles Denture Clinic in Calgary for a reline. When you get your dentures from Future Smiles Denture Clinic, the first year of adjustments and repairs is FREE so that your dentures fit comfortably and naturally. To speak with the team at Future Smiles Denture Clinic in Calgary, you can visit the SW Calgary Denture clinic on Macleod or the NE Calgary location in Coral Springs. To book a free consultation with our Calgary Denturist, call 1-403-475-0016 or fill out the online contact form.


Q: Is it only complete dentures that need adjustments?
A: While complete dentures may require more frequent adjustments than partial dentures due to the faster loss of jawbone density, many forms of dentures other than denture implants will need adjustments or potentially rebasing. 

Q: I’m looking for affordable denture solutions. What options do I have?
A: At Future Smiles Dentures Clinic, we know that Calgarians are looking for low-cost, stress-free denture payment plans. This is why we offer affordable denture solutions, including direct billing and financing.

Q: How many times can dentures be relined?
A: The answer to this question varies on the state of the denture in question. Typically a complete denture will last around 10 years, and it should be relined once every two years if a soft reline is done or once every five years if a hard reline is carried out. That means you can get your full denture soft relined about five times and hard relined about two times.

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Vlad Dumbrava

Vlad Dumbrava has been active in the field of denture therapy since 2008. Upon receiving his denturist degree in 2011 from George Brown College in Toronto, Ontario, he continued his education in Medical Sciences at Western University.

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