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Do extra denture teeth cause bite problems?

11/24/2008

Question:

I was born without permanent eye teeth and as a result have had only 12 teeth, top & bottom since my baby teeth fell out. (Braces were used to fill the gaps.) I have had my upper teeth extracted and replaced with a denture. When they made the upper denture it is made "normal", with the eye teeth in place. I feel like the bite is off and was wondering if having 14 teeth on top and only 12 on bottom could be part of the problem. Is this normal to have a denture with more teeth than I originally started with?

Answer:

Sure, but that doesn't necessarily make the bite off. You should go have the bite checked by a dentist. Also, remember that a denture is not like having teeth again, it "chews" very differently - something that you will have to learn again.

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Response by:

Julie A Holloway, DDS, MS, FACP Julie A Holloway, DDS, MS, FACP
Associate Professor of Restorative and Prosthetic Dentistry
College of Dentistry
The Ohio State University