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84 yrs old, wears full dentures, pain in left gums and left side of tongue. Reasons ?

This query is for my Mom; she is 84 and wears full dentures . She is suffering from pain in her left gums & and now it has gone to the left side of ther tongue . We now blend her food and she eats like a thick soup to keep her strenght. But when anything touches that area, her mouth quivers in pain. She had bad fitting dentures for a while but had new dentures made six months ago. The dentist who made her full dentures says that her gums are thinning and this is causing the pain. What about now, it has radiated to her tongue. And the pain comes & goes even when she is sleeping.
Asked On : Wed, 24 Oct 2012
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sometimes what happens is that the bone of the lower jaws resorbs to such a level as the mental foramen which is the passage way for nerves comes to lie on the top. usually it lies in the middle of the height of the bone.
in such cases the lower denture comes to lie on the foramen and thus causes impingement over the nerve causing intense pain.
ask your dentist for an opg xray which could help him ascertain the bone level.
if the problem comes out to be what i have described your dentist has to make sure to relieve that area while making her denture
Answered: Thu, 25 Oct 2012
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