If you have dentures and have felt pain in your gums recently while wearing them, then you might have some questions about why this is happening and if there is any reason you should be worried. It may help you feel better to know that you are not alone in your concerns, as there is to be some mild discomfort associated with dentures initially.
Why Your Mouth Hurts
Generally, there are one of two reasons that your dentures could feel uncomfortable. The first is due to initial wear as your mouth gets used to the feel of the dental plates.
There could be some slight chafing, which is quite common in those new to dentures, and it is good to know that it does fade away fairly quickly over time. The other primary reason would be from the natural atrophy of your gums and jaw if you are edentulous. This could cause the dental plates to lose their original fit as they may shift position and need to be resized.
How to Alleviate the Pain
The easiest solution to discomfort when wearing your dentures is to simply take an over-the-counter anti-inflammatory such as ibuprofen. This usually handles the pain quite nicely. Other ways to ease the problem would be to make sure you take out the denture at night, as this can give your mouth some relief from wearing the plates all day, and you may consider gently rubbing your gums to soothe the pressure.
Please do not hesitate to ask about denture liners during your next visit, which can help protect sensitive gums. At that time, we can also discuss resizing your plates if necessary. There is no reason you should have to live with denture discomfort, so give us a call to find out ways we can help you overcome this unpleasant, but easily remedied, issue.