• It is natural for new dentures to feel too large. It may take several months for you to get used to your dentures.
  • If you find new dentures inconvenient, try using an adhesive. If that does not help, you can have your dentures relined.
  • If dentures are still uncomfortable with an adhesive or after relining, you may need new dentures.
  • Use Authority Dental to find a denture dentist nearby, or sign up for a dental discount plan and save up to 60% on all dental procedures, including dentures.

Do your dentures seem too big for you? Here’s everything you need to know.

How to fix dentures that are too big?

If you feel that your dentures do not fit, you can use one of the following solutions.

Try denture adhesive

A denture adhesive is a product used to hold dentures in their proper position. It is available in the form of a paste, pad or powder.

Denture adhesive can be helpful for patients who are not quite sure if they are experiencing discomfort because the denture fitting process is not yet complete, or if the problem is loose or ill-fitting dentures. 

Get dentures relined

Denture relining involves reshaping the area between the denture and the gums to prevent irritation, lumps, and other injuries resulting from excessive pressure on the soft tissues.

Ask your dentist if a reline is an appropriate solution for your denture. A reline may be useful if you have been wearing the same dentures for a long time and they no longer fit properly in your mouth due to the loss of bone tissue. Your bones and tissues will constantly change and shrink over time. Over time you may notice the denture not fitting as well.

denture reline

Add dental implants for better support

Dental implant can be an option for increased denture retention and support. 

There are several ways implants can be utilized to restore a person’s smile. Dentists may  offer dental implants as a permanent solution for lost teeth. High-quality implants with a full fixed dental restoration not only look and feel like natural teeth, but also function similarly.

If several implants and a fixed non-removable restoration is not an option for you, you may choose to discuss with your dentist the option of 2 - 4 implants that can be used to help snap your removable denture into place. This may allow for a better fit on your removable denture. 

Consider new dentures

New dentures are usually an option for patients who have been using their previous ones for several years. Even the best dental labs nearby may not be able to adjust your dentures better to your face.

Over time, the materials can significantly wear down. In addition, the volume of the jawbone decreases with age. This leads to loose-fitting dentures over time.

If a reline was attempted and the dentures still do not feel correct, you can discuss a new set of dentures with your dental provider. 


Why do my dentures feel too big for my mouth?

Even high-quality dentures often feel too large during the first few weeks or months. They do not match the natural anatomy of your mouth and require an adjustment period. Even the dentures you have worn for years can gradually become too big. This is usually the result of a reduced bone volume.

Can denture teeth be shortened?

Dentists can shorten denture teeth. Do not do it on your own. Only your dentist can ensure there are no problems with your bite.


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