Denture pain may be caused by poorly fitting dentures, unusual distribution of forces in your mouth, or the structure of your bone under your gums. Unfortunately, many people go through life suffering with denture pain because their dentures weren’t made with careful attention to their mouths’ physiology using neuromuscular principles. Many high-volume “denture mills” do a great job of keeping costs down, but patients soon find out that they’re paying in other ways: usually in pain.
For relief from denture pain or other denture-related problems, we recommend a consultation with Dr. Ken Siegel. Please call 610-272-0828 or email Dental Excellence of Blue Bell in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to schedule an appointment.
Denture Pain Caused by Poorly Fitting Dentures
If your dentures don’t fit well, it can result in pain. Poorly fitting dentures sit loose in your mouth and can shift out of place, which can lead to irritation of your gum tissues. They put pressure on places that shouldn’t have pressure on them, and distribute forces in your mouth unevenly, which means that some places experience more pressure than others, causing irritation.
Poorly fitting dentures may also be too tight in places, irritating the sides of your gums without any contribution from chewing forces.
Denture Pain Caused by Changes in Bite Force
Your body learned how to chew with your teeth. It may have had to adjust to tooth wear and tooth loss, but that’s nothing compared to the changes in your bite that come when you put in a denture. As you try learn to bite effectively with your denture, your body often comes up with unusual solutions, which can lead to excessive force being placed on some areas in your gums.
Denture Pain Caused by Bone Structure
The bone under your gums has a structure called the alveolar ridge, which contains the sockets where your teeth used to be. Sometimes the shape of the sockets and the ridge create sharp, bony points that poke up into your gums. When your denture presses down on the gums, these sharp points irritate your gums.
How Neuromuscular Dentures Correct Denture Pain
Although there are many explanations for individual denture pain, they all boil down to one effective problem: dentures are not your natural teeth. Your natural teeth were supported in your jawbone, not by your gums.
Neuromuscular dentures can reduce or eliminate denture pain because they are designed to better replicate the function of your natural teeth, giving balanced forces as well as a better fit. They are also supported in part by your muscles, which reduces pressure on your gums.
To learn more about how neuromuscular dentures can improve the look, fit, and comfort of your dentures, please contact Dental Excellence of Blue Bell in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania today for an appointment.