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Dry tongue and dentures



I had 4 teeth extracted in early Dec. and now wear a partial denture. Ever since wearing the denture I have been experiencing a very dry tongue which is sore and cracked. I can`t prevent my tongue from touching the denture plate almost constantly. I am now experiencing trouble speaking due to the dry tongue. The rest of my mouth seems to be moist and okay. Do you have any suggestions?


Be patient and drink a lots of water; the sensation will go away eventually. If not, start thinking about replacing the partial for implants or a fixed bridge.

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Alfredo  Hernandez, DDS, MS Alfredo Hernandez, DDS, MS
Assistant Professor of Comprehensive Care
School of Dental Medicine
Case Western Reserve University