When your dentures hurt, it can be distracting and reduce the quality of everyday life, particularly for the elderly.
Nobody wants to live in pain, and the reality is that dentures should not cause any discomfort. Ideally, they should restore all the normal functions you are used to with your natural teeth, allowing you to talk and eat comfortably. If you are experiencing any pain or discomfort, here are some possible causes, as well as solutions.
Poor Oral Hygiene
While there are always plenty of normal bacteria present in our mouths, a buildup of bacteria under and above the dentures can create a problem. Visible sores may develop, and often, denture wearers are susceptible to thrush. Thrush, or denture stomatitis, can be treated using tablets or lozenges, and is not an infection that can be passed on to others. Any overgrowth of bacteria or yeast can cause inflammation and soreness, and can affect the fit of your dentures.
Solution: Diligent care of both your dentures and your mouth are important to prevent issues with bacteria. Be sure to thoroughly brush all surfaces of your dentures each day, including the part that touches your gums. Soaking your dentures in a denture-cleaning solution is also helpful in keeping them clean and disinfecting them, keeping germs at bay.
If your dentures hurt, a likely cause is that they no longer fit. There is certainly an adjustment period with new dentures, as your mouth shifts slightly. Some slight pain is normal at the beginning while the mouth is adjusting, but if it doesn’t subside, it’s important to get to the source of the pain.
Solution: Especially if you are getting used to new dentures, get in to see your denture specialist to make adjustments to the fit. This is a completely normal and expected part of the process, and your dentist can determine what needs to be done to make your dentures comfortable again, such as realignment.
Eating the Wrong Foods
Be mindful about the types of foods you choose to eat, particularly when you are first adjusting to dentures. It’s always recommended that you start out with soft foods that are easy to chew, such as eggs, cooked vegetables, pudding, or soup. Keep in mind that you are learning a new skill, and your mouth is adjusting. You will be able to return to your normal foods in time. Biting into hard foods like apples or corn on the cob can cause your dentures to shift and destabilize. Chewing tougher foods or big chunks can also put undue pressure on your dentures and gums, leading to sore spots beneath the dentures.
Solution: Steer clear of foods that aren’t denture-friendly, and be sure to drink plenty of fluids to prompt healthy saliva flow. Give yourself patience as you adjust to wearing dentures, and remember you don’t have to eat only soft foods forever.
Mark’s Dentures Can Help
If your dentures hurt, Mark’s Dentures can help relieve your pain and solve any issues that may be causing it. Our office in Holladay, Utah serves patients from Evanston to Magna. Give us a call at 801-277-3601 or contact us online for a consultation today!