Denture Causing Tooth Pain?

Discussion in 'Dental Archive' started by Siegfried, Mar 29, 2006.

  1. Siegfried

    Siegfried Guest

    About a month ago I received a lower partial denture that clasps to the
    left 2nd premolar, left 2nd molar, and right 1st premolar. All other
    teeth have been extracted. The denture feels more or less tight &
    secure but I'm noticing intermittent discomfort/pain in the remaining
    teeth at the contact points mainly when chewing, inserting or removing
    the denture. My dentist examined these teeth and could find no caries
    or trauma. The clasps do not seem to be too tight and in fact he said
    that he could tighten up on them a good bit.

    I'm just curious what could be causing this pain? Is the denture
    misaligned or the clasps not properly seated? If I remove the denture,
    the pain disappears. Apart from being an annoyance, I want to be sure
    I'm not damaging the remaining teeth in any way. Any information that
    can be provided would be much appreciated.
     
    Siegfried, Mar 29, 2006
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  2. Siegfried

    Siegfried Guest

    Thanks for your reply Steve. This was a concern of mine as well since
    my teeth were never very strong to begin with. I returned to my dentist
    today and he determined that one of the flat metal stops on the denture
    that rests on top of the left 2nd molar was partially contacting an old
    amalgam filling, thereby inducing a galvanic current. I suspected
    something like this since the sensation was similar to biting on a
    piece of aluminum but not as intense. He removed some of the metal from
    the stop and coated it and the filling with a sealer to insulate it. If
    this fails, he's going to remove the old filling and replace it with a
    non-metallic one. We'll see how the sealer works out for now. So far it
    has helped considerably.
     
    Siegfried, Mar 29, 2006
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