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My friend has a lower denture that curls up on both ends at the back of her mouth.  Her dentist has shortened it and straightened it repeatedly but after a while the ends curl up again.  She showed it to me and there is 3/4" or so on each end that is severely curled up!!  Could it be there is some problem with the pink material that the denture is made of?  Of course it is very uncomfortable and even painful for her.  

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Dear Diane,

I have never heard of anything like this.  It may be that the denture edges were made way too long, and appear to curl up at the junction of the inner lip and gum.  I have no idea why the edges would continue to curl up after the dentist adjusts them away.  Unless....

There are some denture liners that are made to intentionally move for several days to adapt to the changes in the gum tissues.  These are usually used to line dentures that are placed immediately after the teeth are removed.  The shifting of the material is supposed to compensate for the changes that the gum tissues go through during healing.  These liners are supposed to provide comfort during healing.

I'm afraid that's all I can tell you about your friend's strange situation without actually seeing the denture.


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I am a Family, Implant and Cosmetic dentist. I will answer questions on any aspect of dentistry and matters relating to the smile, gums, jaws and lower face. Member American Dental Association, Florida Dental Association, Broward County Dental Association, and Atlantic Coast District Dental Association. I have served as District Council Member of Alpha Omega, as well as serving for one term as its President. I am also a member of The Vedder Honors Society, Broward Dental Research Clinic, and Mount Sinai Hospital Guild. I have served as a Volunteer for Project Dental Health and The Tri-County Dental Health Council.


Having attained over 30 years of clinical experience in private practice in Michigan, in 2001 I was re-certified by taking and passing the Florida State Dental Board Examination. After moving to Florida, I spent nearly 10 years re-honing my skills while working as an Associate Dentist for several large dental groups. In September, 2004, I was appointed Adjunct Clinical Professor at Nova University's College of Dental Medicine. I am certified in placement of Mini Dental Implants, and I am Director of The Florida Implant Center ( On March 1, 2010, at the age of 62, I began all over again by buying a dental practice near my home in the Fort Lauderdale area. As sole owner and Chief Dental Officer of the new Nob Hill Dental Center (, I can now carefully provide dental care to patients who care, all within a caring, joyful environment. Over my career lifetime, I have provided thousands of diagnoses, fillings, crowns, bridges, root canals, periodontal treatments, TMJ therapies, partials, dentures and extractions, and dozens of implants for my patients. The only aspect of dentistry with which I have very little experience is orthodontics.

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