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Crowns, Bridges, Dentures, Implants

Dentures to Improve Bite

05/26/2004

Question:

I have had temporomandibular joint disorder symptoms after having root canals in three teeth on my upper right. I have a broken tooth on my upper left. My Prosthodontist says my bite is going a little toward my left. My periodontist says I need gum surgery. I have decided not o go that route. I have decided on upper dentures. Can my prosthodontist actually improve my bite with dentures. Any help will be appreciated

Answer:

Dentures are not nearly as efficient for chewing food as your natural teeth, and they should not be considered a cure-all. In addition, there is no guarantee that a denture will improve your bite, but it is certainly possible that they may improve your bite.

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Response by:

Nancy L Clelland, DMD, MSD Nancy L Clelland, DMD, MSD
Professor of Restorative & Prosthetic Dentistry
College of Dentistry
The Ohio State University