Tips for treating Denture discomfort.
It is entirely normal to experience gum pain or discomfort in the first few weeks of wearing new dentures. It is possible to experience pain with your current dentures as your gums and bone structure shift over time. This is what makes your dentures rub against your gums or not fit properly.
Seeing remote red areas on the skin below your dentures or the formation of white yeast patches are enough to tell you there is something wrong with your dentures.
Here are a few things you can try to help relieve your denture pain and live more comfortably.
Remove Dentures Overnight
Take your dentures out while you sleep. Give your gums a chance to relax from wearing dentures all day. It can seem like a pain to remove your dentures every night and keep to proper denture cleaning and hygiene. Your pain will subside and extend the longevity of your dentures.
Aim to clean your dentures every night with a dental cleanser. It is also essential to clean the roof of your mouth, your gums, and all areas covered by your dentures to prevent pain caused by yeast or bacteria.
Do not forget to immerse your dentures in water at night before going to bed. This will make it easier to clean in the morning.
Home remedies that can be applied to your gums include ground cloves soaked in olive oil, sage, black tea, and turmeric. But the two most popular ingredients for denture users are salt and Aloe Vera gel.
Salt inhibits bacteria, reduces mouth sores, gum swelling, and pain. Remove your dentures, add a teaspoon of salt to a glass of warm water, and rinse your mouth to help reduce inflammation and bacteria growth.
Smooth Aloe Vera gel onto your dentures to alleviate gum irritation. It will have a soothing effect. Use it when necessary, but avoid eating for an hour after applying the gel.
Massage Your Gums
Massage your gums to encourage blood circulation and reduce swelling. If your gums swell, put the dentures aside and let your gums heal before putting them in again. You can also place a warm compress to your cheek to keep swelling down in your gums.
Take an over-the-counter pain reliever, like ibuprofen. Consult your physician if you have any medications that prohibit you from doing this, and they can help you find an alternative.
You can also use a topical gel that is made specifically for oral pain from your local pharmacy or see if your dentist has any samples.
If your pain persists:
Make sure you are not allergic to your dentures. Denture adhesives and cleansers can cause allergies, and some people are even allergic to the denture material itself or the acrylic applied in the dentures. Allergies can lead to a burning or itching sensation inside the mouth. If you think you may be allergic to any materials in the dentures or the denture cleaning materials, consult your dentist or prosthetist to find an alternative.
Eat within your comfort zone. Stick to a diet that will help you adjust to your dentures, such as soft foods like pudding and soup. Try maintaining a moist mouth, as saliva will help reduce denture friction and prevent gum irritation. Make sure to stay away from seeded bread and hard foods that can destabilize the dentures.
Dentures can be painful sometimes, but should mostly only be that way during the adjustment phase. Once you are used to dentures, they offer more benefits than disadvantages. Make sure you stick to denture care and a hygiene routine, and always consult your dentist if your gums overgrow on your dentures, or if the pain persists.