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Options When Your New Dentures Hurt

Posted on 6/3/2024 by Dallas Prosthodontics
Photo of dentures by Dallas Prosthodontics in Dallas, TXGetting new dentures is an exciting prospect. They offer the promise of restored function and a beautiful smile. However, sometimes new dentures can cause discomfort or even pain. If you're experiencing this, don't worry! There are several options available to help you adjust and find relief.

First, understand why your dentures might hurt.

•  Improper fit: This is the most common cause of denture pain. Your dentures should fit snugly against your gums and palate without any rocking or movement. If they're loose or ill-fitting, they can rub against your gums and cause irritation.
•  Sore spots: As you get used to your new dentures, you may develop sore spots in areas where they press against your gums. This is normal and usually resolves within a few weeks.
•  Underlying issues: In some cases, pain can be caused by underlying oral health problems, such as infections, ill-fitting crowns, or bone loss.

Now, let's explore your options for finding relief:

See your dentist: This is the most important step. Your dentist can examine your dentures and identify the cause of the pain. They may need to make adjustments to the dentures, prescribe medication for sore spots, or address any underlying oral health issues.

Use a soft liner: Soft liners are a temporary solution that can provide cushioning and comfort while your gums adjust to the new dentures.

Over-the-counter pain relievers: Medications like ibuprofen or acetaminophen can help to relieve pain and inflammation.

Warm salt water rinses: Rinsing your mouth with warm salt water can help to clean your dentures and soothe irritated gums.

Avoid hard foods: Stick to soft foods until your mouth has had time to adjust to the new dentures.

Be patient: It takes time to adjust to new dentures. Most people experience some discomfort in the first few weeks. If the pain is severe or doesn't improve after a few weeks, see your dentist again.

Here are some additional tips for oral care with new dentures:

•  Brush your dentures regularly: Use a soft-bristled brush and denture cleaner to remove food particles and plaque.
•  Soak your dentures overnight: This will help to keep them clean and prevent them from warping.
•  See your dentist for regular check-ups: This is important to ensure your dentures are fitting properly and to monitor your oral health.

By following these tips and working closely with your dentist, you can overcome the challenges of adjusting to new dentures and enjoy the benefits of a restored smile and improved oral function.

Remember, don't hesitate to reach out to your prosthodontist if you have any concerns or questions about your new dentures. They are there to help you achieve a comfortable and confident smile.

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