Experiencing pain and sores after dentures. Is that normal?

March 15, 2020

After we place dentures and our clients head home, we’ll sometimes get a call saying some are experiencing sore spots. As you get accustomed to your new dentures and try your hand with dental adhesives, just remember that it takes time. As it stands,there is going to be a healing period when you have to wait for your mouth to recover and heal, before the soreness goes away.


If you’re experiencing sore spots under your dentures, it could be the result of a number of things.


First, it could be because your dentures are too big or large for your gums. This problem can be remedied by tweaking the over-extended areas and then precisely and delicately polishing the border of your dentures.


Second, you might experience sore spots because your dentures aren’t fitting properly against your gums. This puts pressure on them. The pressure, when correct,should be distributed evenly under the denture base.  This situation can be fixed by adjusting and re-fitting the gum-side of the denture, usually with a hard, acrylic material.


Third, if you aren’t cleaning your dentures properly it might create sore spots. This is because bacteria or fungi gets trapped and accumulates, resulting in the gums being inflamed and sore.


Finally, if you’re experiencing sores in a localized spot, it’s often related to an imprecise or inaccurate “bite”. This forces your dentures to shift and it puts uneven and unequal pressure on the gums.


The good news?All of these potential challenges can be rectified by us. Give us a shout and make an appointment to stop on by.


Extractions need time to heal

Obviously if you’re having teeth extracted, your mouth and gums will be irritated and you’ll experience swelling and potentially some initial discomfort.  This will go away once you’ve given yourself some time to heal and your dentures are adjusted. You may require soft relines following extractions or perhaps have your “bite” altered, to readjust and even out the pressure but this should only be needed during this time of transition.


People often ask what the timeline is after extractions. All we can say is it varies per person but typically takes no less than 6 months and can take up to 10 months,depending on your body’s ability to heal. If you’re thinking of using a dental adhesive you should wait until the extracted areas have healed; typically seven to ten days. Once your gum tissue has grown over the extraction site it will be much more comfortable for you to use a dental adhesive.


Also, it’s a good idea to remove your dentures at night. Your gum tissue and mouth need  rest and recover from wearing dentures throughout the day. Your mouth and your gums weren’t meant to be covered 24-hours a day by dentures. They need the time to rest. And when you sleep without dentures your gum tissue will be healthier. Just a friendly reminder. When dentures are out of your mouth they should be stored in water. You don’t want them drying out.


If you’re experiencing any issues or just have questions about the process, timelines and potential remedies, we always encourage you to reach out. We suggest you visit us regularly so we can make adjustments to your dentures as you navigate your way through the normal healing process.

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