My denture still hurts the roof of my mouth even though my dentist has relined it several times. Although my dentist thinks I need to give it more time, isn’t six months enough time? Is there a type of upper denture that is soft at the top of your mouth? It rubs so bad that I feel like my mouth is raw. – Thank you. Timothy from Austin
Thank you for your question. A complete removable denture has a hard surface over the roof of your mouth. The texture adds firmness to the denture’s framework and helps it remain firm when you chew. Over time, a denture with a soft palate would not withstand the forces of chewing and stay firm. Thank you. Timothy from Austin
A Solution for a Denture That Hurts the Roof of Your Mouth
If a removable denture hurts the roof of your mouth, an alternative is an implant-supported, or hybrid, denture. An implant denture is palateless.
All-on-4 – a palateless, fixed denture
One example of an implant-supported denture is All-on-4. The All-on-4 technique uses four dental implants to support a complete arch of teeth.
An implant dentist or oral surgeon can place four to six implants toward the front of your jawbone and attach denture teeth to the implants. All-on-4 implants will restore your chewing efficiency. And because implant dentures do not have a palate, they enhance your ability to enjoy and date food. You can speak, eat, and live with a comfortable denture that does not hurt the roof of your mouth. Implants also stimulate the jawbone and prevent premature facial sagging.
Look for two implant dentists with advanced training and schedule consultations with them to discuss your options for a palateless fixed denture.
Dr. Siny Thomas, a Sugar Land, Texas dentist, sponsors this post.