How to Improve Denture Fit

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Denture Fit: What you don’t know can hurt you

Dentures look simple, but making dentures that fit well is complicated. A great fit requires your denture match your mouth precisely. Precision depends on dentist experience, technique & technology. Getting good denture fit also depends on your ability to tell your dentist about how your denture fits, feels & functions during the design phase.

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Keep reading to learn the keys to getting a great fit. We’ll also show you how to know if the “dentures near me” dentist you’re looking at is good at what he does.

Getting the Best Fit

What Is A Great Fit?

A great fit means comfort. The plate must have good suction and not create sores. A great fit depends on creating a prototype with maximal coverage that is built on a very accurate model of the mouth. A great fit will make a denture work even in most patients with a sensitive gag reflex. A great fit can also minimize the appearance of “denture face.” This requires a dentist with experience, technical expertise and high quality modeling materials.

Dr Bec-dentist in San Antonio
Dr. Bec works in San Antonio, TX and is  specialized in Cosmetic and General Dentistry.

A Great Fit Requires Great Communication

A great fit also requires clear communication from the patient. You need to tell the dentist what you see and feel, what you like and what you don’t like. Some things can be altered and others cannot, but you never know when what you’re feeling may be the key to helping the dentist get you a better fit.

Remember that your dentist CANNOT feel what you are feeling. He makes changes and adjustments based on what he sees and based on experience with other patients. You must teach him about you. Do not expect him to read your mind. Dentists are expert clinicians, not mind readers.

What Does My Dentist Need to Hear From Me to get the best results?

  • When your new teeth are and are not comfortable.
  • When you are frustrated or disappointed.
  • What is working well and what is not as you try out the prototype.
  • If it pinches or creates pain or pressure.
  • What your smile looked like when you loved it (and what you loved) Remember that what people love in a smile can be subjective.
  • What you hated about your smile. Especially for an upper denture – this matters a ton!

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A Great Fit Is a TWO Step Process

Many people expect their denture to fit perfectly from day one.

It may fit WELL on day one, but NEVER perfectly.



Perfecting denture fits is a TWO step process that is only half way done on day one.

Step 1: Precisely Fit Your Mouth’s Shape

In step one, the dentist designs the new teeth and acrylic base to FIT the SHAPE of the mouth and jaws. For an upper denture, this means getting an exact fit on the upper palate. We can’t leave any gaps between the denture and the gums because they cause sores and instability. If there are gaps, we have to spot them and fill the gap. For bottom teeth, this means matching the space around the jaw. This process “creates” the denture and ends with denture delivery.

Denture fit test

how we match Mouth Fit

We test and perfect the fit of the denture to mouth using multiple prototypes. This process insures that the size, shape and orientation of the denture fit your mouth like a glove. This process also perfects the look of the denture insuring that the teeth match the right size, shape and color.

Pro-tip: You can tell that this is a prototype denture because it’s missing the pink color on the gums. In our digital process, we focus on teeth and fit before adding the pink.

Step 2: Precisely Fit Your Mouth’s Movement

Next, the teeth must be adjusted to match mouth MOVEMENT. After you wear them home and come back with feedback, we make tiny modifications to the way the teeth come together, the pressure points and the places that the dentures meet your muscles. Some people only need one adjustment. However, people with sensitive musculature, irregular occlusion, or TMJ issues may require MANY adjustments. These small adjustments make the difference between a poor fit and a GREAT one!

Pro Tip: If your dentist skips this step and just hands you your teeth and lets you go, expect an ill fitting denture. Whenever you replace missing teeth, you are working with a finely tuned muscle system that has to be carefully matched for denture movement AFTER the denture is delivered.

Keys for a great fit: upper dentures, bottom dentures & full dentures

snap on dentures before and after
Traditional Denture
Missing all teeth

Upper Dentures Fit

Each type of denture has its own key points. An upper denture needs to be designed very carefully to look and feel as natural as possible. If it’s too tall, you’ll knock it out of place frequently. While if gums are too long, you’ll look like a horse. Furthermore, if it extends too far back on the palate, you’ll feel like gagging even if you don’t have a sensitive gag reflex. Furthermore, a well-fitted palate is key to upper teeth stability. For a denture wearer, good upper denture design is key for a great wearing experience and to increase the chances of not needing denture adhesive.

Denture fit
Upper denture

Bottom Dentures Fit

Bottom ones are tricky because they create minimal natural suction. A great fit requires finding a good balance point between the tongue and the cheeks as well as the teeth and the tongue. In addition, the plate needs to extend backwards behind the last tooth up the curve of the jaw. When it doesn’t extend far enough, it causes instability. Not extending far enough is the most common fit mistake made by inexperienced dentists and techs.

For most patients, jaw bone shape and height make it impossible stabilize lower dentures without implants. The majority of patients get good stability from a two implant supported denture, while others require four.

Check out this blog to find out if digital dentures fit better!

Bottom Dentures
Full Dentures

Full Dentures Fit

A full set presents its own issues. The teeth need to be placed so that they come together at a point close to where the natural teeth come together. If the jaw sits in a place that is more or less open than it wants to be, it creates movement in the dentures, as well as jaw problems and chewing issues. Also, denture teeth don’t come together like natural teeth. If the denture is designed with “normal teeth” occlusion, it creates stability issues. If you notice your denture moving a lot or losing suction when you chew, it may not have proper occlusion.

Curious how we make a great Fitting denture?

Want to know how we make great fitting dentures and what what our patients say about their experience?

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Creating a well-fitting denture Video

Optimizing Function

Not surprisingly, denture function depends on the fit. If it doesn’t fit well, you won’t be able to chew or talk well. Even if it fits well when you’re not moving, it will malfunction as soon as you begin using it if it hasn’t been fitted to your mouth movement.

Getting Beautifully Natural Looking Dentures

Natural looking false teeth must be well designed, made from good materials and not cause obvious movements when you speak or eat. The best looking ones are custom designed to fit your mouth and face, aligning the teeth naturally in the smile, choosing a natural tooth shade, shape and size. Especially for an upper denture, a good esthetic design is essential for your smile.


Is the “Denture Dentist Near me” a good one?

It’s easy to find a dentist with Facebook or Google. The HARD part is figuring out if that “denture dentist near me” knows what he’s doing or not. Hearing what real patients have to say about their experience is one way to find out what kind of dentist he is.

Keep reading to learn the 6 questions that tell you if the dentist is a good denture dentist or not.

6 questions to Find out how that “denture dentist near me” ranks

1. Do they see children?

If a dentist sees children, they are focused on family dentistry: cleanings, fillings and crowns, braces and whitening. Dentists who see children have a great skill set, but they are not going to be specialized in missing teeth or dentures.

2. How many pages on the website are dedicated to denture-related services and missing teeth?

If they only casually mention dentures, then they only casually do them. If they created web pages dedicated to the topic and missing teeth, then it probably matters to them.

3. Is their primary selling point how cheap their dentures are?

If they pride themselves on doing cheap work, take that at face value. They make cheap dentures not great ones. Good dental materials cost a lot – you get what you pay for.

4. Have they completed continuing education on dentures, missing teeth & removable prosthetics?

In dental school, dentists don’t learn to make great dentures. Dental school only teaches the basics. Dentist learn to make great dentures with the help of training after dental school and years of experience. For example, not only has Dr. Bec completed many specialized courses and also teaches on the topic of digital dentures. This is one major reason that any “denture dentist near me” may offer the service without being good at it.

5. Do they accept HMO insurance?

Any dentist who accepts HMO insurance pays his bills by seeing a high volume of patients and by offering the least expensive quality and trying to upsell add-ons to that base quality. You will not receive individualized attention or treatment in a clinic like this. You should also not expect high quality dentures. These clinics do their best to serve their patients with limited treatment possibilities and with the quality that HMO insurance allows. If you are looking for quality service or products, avoid these clinics.

6. Have they been recognized by key dental associations dedicated to dentures, missing teeth or adult dentistry?

Any dentist who has developed expertise in an area will be recognized by his mentors and peers for his efforts. Dr. Bec has been awarded fellowships in the Academy of General Dentistry, which focuses on expertise in advanced adult dentistry, in the International College of Oral Implantologists, which focuses on advanced dental implant techniques, and in the International Academy of Dental Facial Esthetics which focuses on advanced reconstructive cosmetic dentistry and missing teeth replacement. He has lectured on digital dentures at the national Digital Denture Symposium and is on the editorial board of the International Journal of 3D Printing in Dentistry. If the “dentures near me” dentist you are looking at doesn’t have any professional recognitions, he probably does not have a high level of expertise.

Dr. Bec being awarded a fellowship in the prestigious Academy of General Dentistry

With additional fellowships in Implantology & Facial Esthetics, he is a internationally recognized expert & lecturer in the field of digital dentures.

Dr. Bec AGD

Our Patient Reviews

  • Sylvia Rios
    Sylvia Rios

    Great word

  • Judy Howitt
    Judy Howitt

    My husband and I have been coming here for 25 years. We drive 20 miles to get here and there are many dentists we could use that are much closer, but we choose Dr. Bec.

  • Krystle Dimas
    Krystle Dimas

  • Always a great job with Dr. Bec! His staff is very helpful and friendly. Great work on my crowns, tooth implant and cleanings!

  • Mario Hernandez
    Mario Hernandez

    I’ve been here a lot of times and they treated me with kindness. And they work with your schedule too.

  • Debbie Vasquez
    Debbie Vasquez

    This is a great place, if your looking definitely choose them. The staff is always helpful and everyone is so nice. Best place to have your dental work done 😁

  • Christina Lopez
    Christina Lopez

    Love Doctor Bec’s office and his whole staff! I had a cleaning yesterday which usually freaks me out, but his team was patient and understanding. I’m very happy with the level of service provided. Definitely recommend!

  • Michael Perez
    Michael Perez

    Just had two crowns removed, two cavities treated, and two temporary crowns installed. The next day I had the temporary crowns removed and permanent crowns installed. All materials and equipment used were first class, the work was minimally uncomfortable and most importantly the final product is as near perfect as humanly possible. Same results for his implants and cavity resolution. Dr. Bec is highly skilled, compassionate and his staff is likewise. I recommend Dr. Bec to anyone who values their teeth.

  • Anna Schertz
    Anna Schertz

    Excellent dentist and staff. Dr Bec and his staff have made me more comfortable having dental work performed. I really like and respect him and his staff for never pushing me to do any unnecessary procedures. Thank you Dr Bec and your amazing staff

  • Irma Tobias
    Irma Tobias

    I had a wonderful experience with my teeth cleaning today. Carina did a fabulous job. If I could give Dr Bec and staff 10 stars, I certainly would.

  • linda rose
    linda rose

    My cleaning was wonderful. As always.

  • Recomiendo esta oficina del Dr. Bec, muy profesional...igual que todo su equipo!!!!

  • Manu Bizau
    Manu Bizau

    I’ve been a patient of this dental practice since 2013 and I’ve never been disappointed! Every single time I come in I’m being welcomed by Yvonne and Stephanie with a big friendly smile. They call me by name and make the experience personal. I was generally afraid of dental appointments but Dr Bec, assistants Desire and Gill, Otilia(executive) and the entire team made the visits feel enjoyable, they made me feel part of the family and I would always leave the office with a smile. I can’t thank them enough for the care and support they offer during each visit. I greatly recommend this dental office, and specifically Dr Bec for the amazing work he does. I smile bigger and brighter because of the work he does! I recently finished my Invisalign treatment and the results are amazing. I’ve gotten many compliments on my new smile. Thank you so much for all you do! Maria Bizau

  • Amazing team. Going into their office I was very nervous because I knew how much work and how complicated my case was. But I can’t say enough good things about everyone. Very professional, friendly and knowledgeable. Thank you everyone I am very happy and grateful for you all

  • Blake Erwin
    Blake Erwin

    Great work and some of the friendliest staff!

  • My experience at Precision Dentistry was very rewarding. I found Dr. BEC to be professional in his practice, with a dedication to finding a solution for whatever dental care needed. My decision in choosing a dental option was made quite easy with no pressure whatsoever. I am now enjoying the freedom to eat a variety of foods I had limited too before.Thanks to Dr. Bec for helping me regain my smile and looking forward to a more meaningful happy life along with my granddaughters and family. And to his wonderful staff, I also thank you. Your attentive caring ways in reaching out to the patients is heart felt and appreciated. 💕

  • Bruce Cauley
    Bruce Cauley

    Great dentist and excellent cleaning

  • Paula Bond
    Paula Bond

    The whole staff is friendly and professional. Dr Beck is honest and profoundly skilled!

  • Enrico Paoletti
    Enrico Paoletti

    This practice was professional and did a very good job with my dentures and I would highly recommend them to anyone.

  • Andrew James
    Andrew James

    Excellent whitening experience! Very happy with results.

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