Speech and chewing problems after dental implants

| March 27, 2014 | 2 Comments

by Ruth

I have speech and chewing problems after dental implants:

I had 4 implants put in to hold lower dentures in place. Two months after they were completed I started having facial pain which eventually started getting worse – it has affected my chewing and control of my tongue which has affected my speech. I don’t have facial pain now but my face gets distorted when trying to talk.It is very flustering.

I had them checked by 2 different dentists and they said they see no problem with them. I have had 2 different sets of teeth made but it did not change anything.

Do implants affect the muscles in any way? I had this done 4 years ago. They were placed 2 on each side,at that time I still had my 4 front lower teeth but had them pulled thinking they were the problem.

Do you think the implants are the problem and should I have them removed?
I hope I have provided you with enough information. Thank you for any info you can give me

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  1. sandydig says:

    Facial Pain and Numbness
    by: Sharon B., RDH

    Hi Ruth,

    At first instinct I would think that the trouble with biting, chewing and talking would be due to an inadequate fit of your implant dentures, or that you just fully had not become accustomed to them yet, which takes quite a good amount of time. After reading further into your post I don’t think that is it at all.

    What it does definitely sound like is a neuromuscular condition, such as Bells Palsy. Palsy can cause sporadic distortion of muscular control in the face, which can last weeks or months, making it difficult to smile, talk or eat. Please do some research on Bells Palsy or other palsy and discuss your symptoms with your primary care physician.

  2. sandydig says:

    Speech problem after implant
    by: Anonymous

    I broke the upper tooth closest to the large front one on my right. I had an implant done and the dentist placed a crown on the implant. He said he couldn’t make it the same length as the rest of my teeth because the implant was too big so it is a little shorter then my other teeth. Since then I have had problems speaking or sounding out the “S”
    I also have four missing molars on the bottom with a bridge I have had for years and never had any speech problems with that. I am assuming the top implant is causing my first problem but now my bridge doesn’t fit right and I can’t use it. I now bite my lip when sleeping and my cheeks get very sore. I have a bite splint which doesn’t help and my dentist doesn’t seem to care. I am considering having two lower implants with a snap on bridge at a cost of $10,000. If that doesn’t help I don’t know what I will do. It is very frustrating trying to speak or eat without biting my cheeks or lips.

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