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Common Problems Experienced By New Denture Wearers

by Brett Clark

When you get your first set of dentures you should expect it to take some time for your new dentures to feel comfortable. There will be an adjustment period and this can be difficult for some people, particularly if you are still coming to terms with losing your teeth. It may be tempting to stop wearing your dentures if you find them uncomfortable or you feel self-conscious during the adjustment period, but there are usually solutions to the problems that commonly crop up and wearing dentures will restore your smile and provide support to your jaw bone and surrounding facial muscles. Read on to learn about a few common problems experienced by denture wearers and how those problems can be tackled.

Gum Soreness

A denture base is typically made of acrylic and fits over your gums. The pressure of the form-fitting base against your gums can cause some initial pain and irritation or the development of sores. Your gum tissue is delicate, but initial discomfort will settle down in time. If small ulcerations develop, or you're particularly bothered by the initial discomfort, you can try a saltwater rinse or some over-the-counter pain medication. If the problem persists, your dentist may suggest a soft denture reline, which involves adding a soft rubber lining to the underside of the denture base until your gums adjust.

Slipping Dentures

Dentures can be prone to slipping when you first start wearing them, as the muscles in your mouth aren't used to them being there. To help resolve the problem, wear them consistently and be prepared to put up with some initial slipping when eating and speaking. You can also use denture adhesives to hold your dentures in place, but it's best to speak to your dentist about the right adhesive for you. If denture slipping persists, your dentist may need to adjust the fit by relining them.

Bacterial Infection

There can be a learning curve when it comes to oral hygiene and dentures. When your gums or dentures are not properly cleaned, bacteria can build up and inflammation of the soft tissues of your mouth can develop. Additionally, if you have any sores on your gums, bacteria can lead to an infection that can cause gum disease. Your dentist will explain how to keep your dentures and your mouth clean, and you should get in touch with them if you are unsure about the cleaning process at any point.

Common problems experienced by new denture wearers tend to be short-lived and easy to tackle when they are addressed early. So, if you have any concerns about your dentures or your oral health, don't delay speaking with your dentist.