Some people who wear dentures experience denture pain, which may surprise them. The abrasion of dentures against gums typically causes painful gum irritation in people with poorly fitting dentures. Dentures can cause gum pain for many reasons. However, improper fitting is the primary factor.
If you are experiencing denture pain, here are some recommendations to help ease your pain:
- Remove your dentures to allow your gums to rest and inflammation to go down
- Use denture cushions, creams, or adhesives to buffer the denture from rubbing against your gums
- Consider denture relining
- Consider full denture implants
How Can I Prevent Sore Gums From Dentures?
They say prevention is better than a cure, and the same applies to sore gums. There are some measures you can take to prevent denture sores, like:
- Remove your dentures overnight.
- Clean your dentures daily. Remove any food particles so they won’t irritate your gums, not to mention regular cleaning can also help remove tartar from dentures.
- Eat soft foods. If you have new dentures, you can ease into them by starting with soft foods.
- Avoid sticky food. Although you can eat anything with dentures once you’re used to them, you can avoid sore gums or even ease any irritation by avoiding sticky food. If you’re new to dentures, you can see the best foods to eat for new denture wearers.
- Use denture adhesive. A denture adhesive can help prevent gum pain as it prevents food particles from getting between the gums and dentures. It also keeps the denture in place to stop it from moving and irritating your gums, providing your denture is fitted correctly.
- Avoid triggers like hot, spicy, acidic or salty beverages. Food and drink that’s too hot or spicy can irritate denture sores more.
What is Denture Relining?
You may need to reline your dentures if they have shifted from their correct position. In addition to improving the fit of your dentures, dentures relines help them last longer. A denture relining replaces the lining on your full or partial dentures so that they fit properly in your mouth. If you have dentures, you may have to get them relined on a regular basis to keep up with the changes occurring with your bone, tissue, and overall mouth structure.
What Are the Advantages of Denture Implants?
Dental implants are small screws designed to replace the root of a tooth and restore the physical appearance and the chewing function of patients with partial or full tooth loss.
Dental implants are intended for use in either the upper and/or the lower jaw to support prosthetic devices, such as artificial teeth. By integrating with the jaw, they enable restorations that range from replacement of one single tooth to an entire arch of bridgework, or as stabilising elements for over-denture applications.
Most dental implants are manufactured from titanium, which is both biocompatible ( suitable to bond with human tissue) and strong.
What Dental Implants do:
- Ideal replacement for one or more teeth
- Alternative to removable partial dentures
- Stabilise uncomfortable complete dentures
Another benefit of choosing to get denture implants is that your palate will not be covered, and you will enjoy the natural flavour of food again.
For those who are interested in a permanent fix to sore dentures, denture implants may be the best solution.
What we provide:
A Comprehensive Service with assessment planning and delivery of the most appropriate implant or alternative solution for your particular needs, combined with on-going preventative care and maintenance programs. All clinicians have specialist training.
We provide integrated services ranging from single tooth replacements to multiple and complex full arch tooth restorations and denture stabilisation, using a variety of different materials and techniques. All members of the team are involved from the beginning of treatment in selecting predictable treatment options and delivering durable outcomes for our patients.
At the Clinic surgical procedures are completed under local anesthesia, with or without intravenous sedation. More complex procedures can be completed under general anaesthetic at UPMC Beacon hospital if necessary.
Want to Learn More?
Dentures are a great way to restore your smile and bring back your speaking and chewing capabilities; however, they are not without their flaws. If you notice pain with your dentures, you should seek help from a dentist as soon as possible.
Dentures are meant to enhance your quality of life, not lower it. If you have recently gotten dentures but are finding them uncomfortable due to a poor fit, don’t hesitate to speak to our team of dental professionals at the Beacon Dental Clinic.
When you come into our dental office for denture pain, we will examine your mouth and provide you with options to rectify the problem. We offer denture relining to help patients with denture pain.
If you are interested in getting a more permanent dental restoration, such as denture implants, our team at the Beacon Dental Clinic would be happy to discuss the procedure with you. No matter the case, your comfort and wellbeing are of the utmost importance to us – so if you are experiencing denture pain, don’t hesitate to contact us and book a consultation today.