One of the least pleasant aspects of denture wear for many people is denture pain, especially denture sores that just won’t go away. They can make it painful just to wear your dentures, let alone chew or speak with them.
To get relief from denture sores, it’s important to understand what’s causing them, and, if it’s your dentures, get dentures that will offer relief.
Denture sores can develop for many potential reasons, including:
In addition, there are other potential causes of sores in your mouth that may or may not be related to dentures, such as infections and oral cancer. It’s important to talk to your dentist about any kind of persistent sore in your mouth before attempting treatment.
The most common cause of denture sores is poor denture fit. When dentures don’t fit too tightly, they will pinch and rub against your gums. When they fit too loosely, your dentures can move back and forth, hitting up against your gums. Dentures can also have a rocking motion, which can not only cause denture sores, it can lead to broken dentures.
Many denture sores are caused by dentures that aren’t fitted to your bite. In fact, most denture dentists aren’t trained in neuromuscular dentistry, the science of understanding your bite system as a whole and ensuring that all aspects of it work together harmoniously. When dentures don’t fit your jaw properly, they contribute to bruxism and jaw dysfunction.
Denture allergies are unusual. The reason PMMA (polymethylmethacrylate) is used for dentures is that it’s a very biocompatible material. But some people do get an allergic response to it, and it is a possibility that should be considered. Other denture materials are available for people who are allergic to it.
When you have persistent mouth sores, you have to consider possibilities other than your dentures, including infections like gum disease and Candida infections (thrush). Your dentist will examine your sores and may test them to determine if they are cancerous.
If your dentures are responsible for your sores, it’s probably related to poor denture fit. Get the fit of your dentures evaluated and, if necessary, get them relined or get a new set.
If you are having problems with your bite, consider getting neuromuscular dentures, which are designed to be fitted not just to your gums, but to your whole bite. This will help balance your bite and reduce or eliminate bite-related problems.
Consider implant dentures, which take much of the force of biting and chewing off your gums and put it back on your bones, where it’s supposed to be.
If you’re not taking your dentures out at night, start. This gives your gums a chance to rest, and can reduce the risk of denture-related infections. If it’s just a problem with adjusting to your dentures and you don’t believe there’re any serious issues related to your dentures or oral health, consider home remedies for denture sores.
If you are looking for replacement dentures in Philadelphia that can help reduce your denture sores, please call (610) 272-0828 for an appointment at Dental Excellence of Blue Bell.
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