Denture Pain - What does it mean?
It’s completely normal to experience gum pain or discomfort in the first few weeks of wearing new dentures. It’s even possible to experience some pain with your current dentures as your gums and bone structure change over time. Some common reasons for Denture pain are:
Pressure sores can be caused from ill-fitting dentures. Pressure sores will develop in places on your gums where the dentures put more pressure on certain areas of your gums. Pressure from the dentures should be distributed evenly across your gums. If a pressure sore does develop, it is a good indicator as to where your dentures need to be adjusted.
When you first get dentures, they can feel foreign. But once you acclimate, they should not cause gum irritation. Watch for any raw spots, inflammation, or bleeding. You can combat these symptoms by maintaining a regular oral hygiene routine, including brushing your gums and palate with a soft-bristled toothbrush twice a day.
While dentures do not cause oral sores, they can exacerbate some oral conditions. Canker sores and raw patches of tissue may stem from fissures in your dentures’ surface. You may develop oral infections like candidiasis (or thrush) while using dentures.
Thrush typically manifests as white patches on the gums and tongue, this can be extremely painful.
Talk to your denturist if you notice any sores, soft tissue irritation, or discolouration. He or she may recommend changing your oral hygiene or denture care routines after performing any needed adjustments or repairs.
It is important to contact your Denturist if you are experiencing any Denture pain. Here are a few things you can try to help relieve your denture pain and live more comfortably:
Wash With Salt Water
Salt is one of the most natural and effective remedies for oral pain. Take your dentures out and mix a teaspoon of salt into a glass of warm water. Swish the salt mix in your mouth for up to 30 seconds to help soothe inflammation.
Sleep Without Dentures
If your dentures are causing sores, give your mouth a break while you sleep. Remove your dentures before going to bed — your gums will appreciate the chance to relax from any pressure.
Take Over-the-Counter Pain Relievers
Over-the-counter pain relievers, like ibuprofen, can help to ease your pain while also reducing any inflammation in your mouth.
Keep Your Mouth Clean
Your oral hygiene is one of the most effective ways to reduce canker sores and avoid any inflammation or infection. Brush your dentures regularly and soak them in a denture cleaner that can kill bacteria before it builds.
If the irritation persists don't hesitate to call our office.