When you’re first fitted for new dentures, it’s normal to experience minor irritation, which should fade as your mouth becomes accustomed to them. The period of pain varies. If you’ve previously worn dentures and now have a new set it may take longer. Similarly, if you had some natural teeth present that were removed at the time of the new dentures, the areas where the extractions were performed may be painful or uncomfortable for a few weeks after the removal of the teeth. Regular visits to your denturist to adjust the dentures as you go through the normal healing process are recommended.
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. This is likely the result of your dentures rubbing against your gums or not fitting properly, and we recommend you Call Us to Make an Appointment so we can offer solutions.
Here are a few things you can try to help relieve your denture pain if needed:
Remove your dentures, add between ½ to 1 teaspoon of salt to a glass of warm water, and rinse your mouth for 15 to 30 seconds to help reduce inflammation.
Remove Your Dentures Overnight
Take your dentures out while you sleep to give your gums a chance to relax from the pressure of wearing dentures all day.
Use A Denture Adhesive
Try using an adhesive like Super Poligrip® to help your dentures stay in place. Loose or slipping dentures can be a cause of sore gums. You can also ask your denturist about inserting a denture liner, which acts as a cushion between your dentures and your gums.
If you have any pain or discomfort, or have any questions, call and make an appointment right away at any of our locations.
We also recommend having a full evaluation with your denturist once a year.