If you’re a first-time denture wearer, it’s normal to feel some denture pain during your adjustment period. After all, your gums aren’t used to bearing the force of chewing, so it takes them a little while to grow accustomed to your dentures. This is true of even great-fitting neuromuscular dentures, which do a better job of distributing forces, resulting in less discomfort and a shorter adjustment period.
As with any common problem like this one, there are many home remedies that people have invented to try to help them cope. These are mostly harmless, and you can try them if you like.
Warm salt water has long been recommended as a rinse for sore teeth and gums, and it seems to have a modest effect on denture pain for some people.
Aniseed is a common ingredient in many herbal remedies, including this old one for denture pain. Take two teaspoons of crushed aniseed and 1 tablespoon of peppermint leaves. Add two cups of boiling water and steep for 8 hours, then strain. If you want, you can add 1 teaspoon of myrrh tincture (because everybody just has this lying around) for a preservative, but it’s not necessary if you store the mixture in the refrigerator and use it daily.
Use twice a day, rinsing your mouth with 2 tablespoons each time. Shake before using.
Aniseed doesn’t have much proven pain relief properties, and in this rinse the peppermint’s proven pain relief properties are likely responsible for the results.
Olive oil has some proven beneficial properties, primarily as an anti-inflammatory. It can also help supply vitamin K, which can reduce gum bleeding that may accompany your denture adjustment period. In addition, the olive oil remedy has been tried and praised by many first-time denture wearers.
In this rinse, you just take a swish of olive oil in your mouth, move it around, then spit it out. Repeat rinses for 5-10 minutes. Some people also recommend applying olive oil directly to the gums after you’ve removed your dentures for the night.
Cloves are an ancient pain relief remedy that is supported by a small amount of scientific evidence. This is also easy: just moisten ground cloves with olive oil and dab on your sores. If you like cloves, this has the benefit of also smelling and tasting great.
Your denture adjustment period should be short, especially if you’re not a first-time denture wearer. If denture pain persists, you should talk to your dentist about the problem. If they can’t or won’t help you, you should find another denture dentist.
If you are looking for a denture dentist in Philadelphia that’s dedicated to ensuring you get the best-fitting dentures possible, please call 610-272-0828 for an appointment at Dental Excellence of Blue Bell.
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