I am having a hard time with my implant overdentures. They are secure, but my lips look bulky. Does this mean the dentist put them in at the wrong spot?
There are some guidelines as to where dentures should be placed. If you were talking about removable dentures, they would need to be placed directly over the ridge of your jawbone. Any further or back, they would tip when you’re chewing. There isn’t really much give there.
With implant supported dentures, which you have, that is not an issue. The dental implants you have anchored the dentures to your jawbone. This gives some leeway. You still want them near the ridge, but can now factor in other considerations.
For quality implant overdentures, your dentist should have done a wax try-in of the dentures. This should allow him or her to evaluate the appearance, check that your speech isn’t affected, vertical dimension, how full your lips look, and your bite. Not until all of this is satisfactory should the permanent dentures be made. It doesn’t sound like your dentist did this.
If Your Implant Overdentures Don’t Fit Properly
There can be a fairly simple fix for this. Generally, the dentures are attached with screws. Your dentist can remove the denture teeth and re-set them. Some dentists may not even charge for this to be done because of how simple it is to have the front teeth drilled out and re-positioned.
Even if your dentist does charge for the fix, it should be minimal.
I hope this helps.
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