What’s Causing My Denture and Gum Pain?
Dentures can replace most or all of the teeth in your mouth. But new denture wearers should know that they may experience some initial pain and discomfort as their gums and jawbones become used to the prosthesis. In addition, if you’ve worn dentures for some time, the cause of your pain may be poor-fitting or loose dentures.
Your bone tissue will shift, change, and shrink over time, as a result of having no natural teeth to stimulate the jawbone. This is a normal process; however, it can create some issues with your dentures.
At Texas Denture Clinic and Implant Center in Fort Worth, TX, Dr. Clark Damon and Dr. Kari Blankenship provide a variety of solutions to address trouble with dentures and gum pain, while increasing your comfort and overall oral health.
How to Reduce Gum Pain
Dentures should always fit snugly against your gums, without any movement. This proper placement ensures a comfortable fit. If gum discomfort and irritation occur, here are a few ways to resolve the pain:
- Oral Hygiene: Clean your dentures and gums thoroughly at least twice a day and use a mouth rinse after meals. It is important to clean the roof of your mouth and any areas typically covered by your dentures. Each evening, soak your dentures in a dentist-recommended solution to loosen food particles and debris. Your oral cleaning routine can rid your mouth of harmful bacteria and help deter denture pain caused by yeast (thrush) or bacteria inside your mouth. Regular denture cleanings are vital to removing tartar and plaque.
- Denture Use: If you spend more time out of your dentures than in them, you may discover that they no longer fit over your gums. Dentures should be removed and placed in a dentist-preferred soaking solution each evening and worn throughout each day. Removing your dentures each night can minimize gum soreness by allowing the saliva in your mouth to naturally cleanse the soft tissues of your mouth.
- Allergies: If your pain feels like a burning sensation along with gum discomfort, mouth sores, or swelling, then there is a possibility you’re allergic to your dental cleanser or adhesive. Give us a call to discuss alternative products to try.
- Food and Drinks: Remaining cautious of food and drinks can also help you avoid gum pain. Try to refrain from eating seeded bread or foods that are hard and difficult to chew. Problems chewing these foods may destabilize your prosthesis and cause sensitive areas to develop below the dentures. We recommend that you always maintain a moist mouth by drinking plenty of water throughout the day and night. Moisture encourages a healthy flow of saliva, which lubricates your mouth and reduces denture friction against gums and bone.
- Wearing Cracked, Broken, or Poor-fitting Dentures: Wearing broken dentures can lead to cuts in the gum tissue, which may become infected. Large cracks in a denture will eventually cause breaks. Dentures that no longer fit properly promote rapid bone loss and can easily damage your jawbone. Please contact us right away if your denture needs repair.
Treatment Options for Gum Pain
Gum pain from your dentures is a signal that something is not right. While severe pain of any sort should be shared with us immediately, home-care techniques may ease mild pain until you are able to meet with one of our doctors. Here are a few helpful tips:
- Wipe your gums gently with a warm, moist washcloth to sooth tenderness and remove bacteria.
- A warm compress can soothe gum inflammation and reduce pain.
- Scrub your dentures before soaking them and again before you put them back in your mouth.
- Maintain excellent oral hygiene habits, even when experiencing irritation and discomfort.
- Switch to soft foods and smaller bites, until the concern is corrected.
- Use over-the-counter pain relievers such as Orajel Denture Pain Relief Gel or ibuprofen.
- Herbal remedies such as aloe vera gel, turmeric, and curcumin contain antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties to help reduce gum swelling. Black tea resists bad bacteria. Salt inhibits bacteria and reduces mouth and gum sores, swelling, and pain. Crushed cloves with a mix of olive oil, applied to sore gums, can also provide relief.
Overall, your dentures will provide many benefits that outweigh infrequent gum pain and discomfort. If the above suggestions do not eliminate your pain or if it is severe, please contact us online right away or call us at 817-662-7351.