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I’m Tired of a Hard Denture in the Roof of My Mouth

I have worn dentures for seven years, and I am ready to remove the palate from my denture. I hate the hard palate of the denture against the roof of my mouth. It feels like a mouth full of plastic. My dentist reminds me that it is better to have dentures than no teeth at all. I just feel that if I must wear dentures, maybe there is a way to make them more comfortable. My dentist is not helpful, which leads to the question, why is he still my dentist? Long story. But I would like to know if dentures exist with a soft palate. Thank you. Paul M. from Chicago

Paul,

The palate of a complete denture is firm to ensure it fits well and remains stable when you chew. When “soft” refers to a denture, it means relining (reshaping) the denture with soft materials.

Facts about a soft denture reline:

  • As the shape of your ridge shrinks or changes shape due to missing teeth, a reline helps your denture fit more snugly
  • It resurfaces the upper portion of the denture that touches the root of your mouth and gums
  • It prevents the denture from rubbing on your gums and making them sore

A palateless denture

Diagram of implant denture - All on 4
Implant denture

Dental implants support a palateless denture. Implant dentures can relieve the discomfort of a hard denture palate. A hybrid denture does not have a palate that covers the roof of your mouth. Instead, dental implants support the arch of denture teeth.

  • Placing dental implants for a denture – An implant dentist or oral surgeon can place two to six implants in your jawbone to support your denture, but more implants will increase stability.
  • Improving denture comfort – Although implant dentures cost more than complete removable dentures, they restore your chewing efficiency and feel more like your own teeth.
  • Preserving jawbone – Also, dental implants stimulate your jawbone and help prevent facial collapse.

You can schedule an appointment with an implant dentist to discuss your options.

Dr. Heng Lim, an Owasso, Oklahoma dentist, sponsors this post.