If you have just received dentures, you will have some pain at first while getting used to wearing them. However, that pain should not continue as you become acclimated to wearing the prostheses. If you do have any type of denture pain, contact us for an examination. Your dentures may need to be relined or you may need a slight adjustment. The following information will help you cope with any discomfort in the meantime.
How to Minimize Denture-associated Pain
Besides poorly fitting dentures, denture pain may result from food that gets stuck in the gums and has not been removed. Therefore, make sure you clean your dentures and gums thoroughly to alleviate any type of discomfort. Use a water flosser to support your denture and gum care. Also, make sure you check with us before you proceed with an at-home remedy. In some instances, we may recommend that you use a topical anesthetic containing benzocaine to relieve denture pain. It also helps to rinse your mouth with a salt-and-lukewarm water rinse. The salt and water will draw out the bad bacteria and reduce inflammation. You can gain further relief by using an over-the-counter pain reliever, such a Tylenol or aspirin.
Why You Should Remove and Soak Your Dentures
You should always soak your dentures overnight and keep them moist. Using a commercial cleanser will remove 99% of germ-causing bacteria and will lead to a better denture fit. Also, when you take out your dentures overnight to soak, you give your gums a needed rest. Dentures add a lot of pressure to the gingival tissue - pressure that can lead to mouth sores and pain. In addition, the types of foods you eat can decrease or increase the pain your experience. Eating soft foods, especially if you have new dentures, will help you get accustomed to wearing your new teeth. You can also ease any gum irritation by avoiding sticky foods. In addition, using a denture adhesive prevents gum pain, as it keeps the denture in place and prevents it from moving and causing irritation.
Are your dentures causing you any pain or discomfort? If so, give us a call today. We can set up an appointment that will conveniently accommodate your schedule.
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