Posted on 3/10/2018 by Dr. Hallas
|Dentures an extremely common option to replace missing teeth. They are created from a mold of your mouth, which allows them to fit your gums and be comfortable. However, dentures have often been associated with pain.
Pain is your body's way of telling you something isn't right, and this goes for dentures too. There are ways to prevent denture pain, keeping your gums happy and healthy.
Give Your Gums a Break
Dentures are removable. And they should be removed every night. Even though they are custom fit to your mouth, dentures rest on your gums, and the bony ridge underneath.
If left too long, your gums and bone can grow weary of supporting the false teeth. To prevent pain, remove your dentures at night and sleep without them. This allows oxygen to flow to your gums, bringing nutrients along with it, healing the tissue while you sleep.
Don't Chew on Hard FoodEating foods that are too hard can add extra stress to your gums and jawbone. Doing this frequently can cause the dentures to rub on your gums, causing sores. Instead, try to avoid eating anything too hard. You should also avoid gnawing on fingernails or pens.
Tissue ConditionersGetting dentures for the first time can be uncomfortable, especially if you have had teeth removed before getting them. Dentures can also cause pain if they are loose, or your jaw has changed shape.
Tissue conditioners are a temporary solution that provides a cushion between your gums and the hard surface of the dentures, giving you some comfort and preventing pain.
Get the Fit Checked
Dentures may only last you 5 to 7 years. This is because without teeth in your jaw, the bone begins to deteriorate and change shape. Suddenly, your once comfortable dentures are slipping out of place or feel "off."
When this happens, it's time to visit your dentist and be fit for a new set. Until your new set is ready, denture adhesive can help to hold loose dentures in place, preventing them from slipping and becoming uncomfortable.
Denture pain is not normal. If you are experiencing discomfort, contact your dentist to have your dentures, and your mouth, examined.