My implant dentures are too big and messed up my bite. My dentist tried to adjust my bite four times, but it’s not working. The denture doesn’t fit well. Now, my mouth is burning and irritated, and I have hives on my inner lips and gums. Could I be having an allergic reaction, too? Thanks. Miriam from New Orleans
It is possible to have an allergic reaction to your acrylic denture base. Titanium allergies are rare, but it is possible to react to dental implants. You would need testing to confirm whether you are allergic to denture materials. However, stressful dental visits are sometimes associated with burning mouth syndrome.
Your denture has disrupted your bite. A dentist must correct it to prevent symptoms of jaw muscle spasms, headaches, and other symptoms of TMJ disorder. We recommend consulting a dentist with advanced training in occlusion and bite. The dentist can ensure upper and lower denture teeth meet correctly when you close your mouth or chew.
Find a dentist with training from at least one of these dental education centers:
- Spear Education in Arizona
- The Dawson Academy in Florida
- The L.D. Pankey Institute in Florida
- The Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies in Nevada
A disrupted bite can cause ongoing stress, leading to hives and oral irritation. Speak to the second-opinion dentist about your symptoms. The dentist will examine your mouth and denture and review your X-rays to determine whether the position of your denture, implants, or both are causing bite problems. Other factors can cause discomfort, and the dentist can identify them.
Schedule consultations with two dentists to discuss and compare their evaluations and treatment recommendations.