How can I stop dentures from hurting?

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Having new dentures or dental implants fitted can help keep you confident when smiling, laughing and eating. When you’ve just had your dentures fitted, it’s not unusual to experience some discomfort at first, as new dentures can take around two to four weeks to settle properly into your gums.

What can cause pain?

It is perfectly normal for your gums to feel sore at first as you are adjusting to your dentures, however, if they continue to cause you problems, you may want to speak to your dentist.
If your dentures do not feel like they fit as well as they should, they may need to be replaced as poorly fitting dentures can lead to sores in the mouth or infections. Minor adjustments can make a massive difference in how your dentures fit and feel.
Loose-fitting dentures can also cause discomfort when eating and speaking as food can become trapped under your denture and cause your gums to be irritated.

How can this be prevented?

Your dentist should be able to give you some methods that you can try to help soothe any gum discomfort, and get you feeling like you again.
To help prevent your mouth feeling sore when you are eating, try chewing food slowly as this will help gums to fully recover if your dentures are new. You may also want to consider using a denture fixative to help seal out any food particles from getting under your dentures and causing the irritation.

Your dentist will be able to give you advice on how to adjust to wearing your new dentures during the transitional period, and ensuring they fit as comfortably as possible.
To soothe your gums after prolonged denture wear, you may want to try using salt-water. Adding half a teaspoon of salt to at least half a cup of warm water will help heal and soothe any sores in your mouth.
Cleaning your dentures daily will help to remove bacteria, so your denture can continue to feel fresh. It’s important to take regular trips to see your dentist, so they can check up on your dentures and the rest of your mouth and any problems can be sorted.

Cleaning your dentures

To help prevent damage and to keep your dentures in the best shape, it’s important to take care of them just like you would your natural teeth. Having a thorough, daily cleaning routine will help ensure they are kept in the best possible condition and you can keep smiling.
It may be best to consult with your dentist, if you are suffering from prolonged discomfort. They will be able to check your dentures and make sure they are the right fit if they are starting to feel uncomfortable.

Adapted from , accessed July 2020