Why Do I Get Sore Gums from Dentures?

Why Do I Get Sore Gums from Dentures?

While it’s normal to experience some pain and discomfort after getting new dentures, prolonged denture pain and irritation shouldn’t be normal. Many people have waited to adjust only for that time to never come while others attempt a refit, try to resolve the issue using dental adhesive or simply resign themselves to the mild pain.

However, having permanently sore gums from dentures isn’t normal, and it is possible to have dentures that feel comfortable. There are a variety of reasons why you might get sore gums from dentures, which we explore below.

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Denture Pain from a Poor Fit

Your dentures should fit snugly, but comfortably on top of your gums. This is essential for balancing the force of chewing across your gums. Ill-fitting dentures can pinch your gums by being too tight or slide around in your mouth when too loose. This can cause sore spots on your gums as the force of chewing is uneven and focused onto certain areas.

Poor fitting dentures can cause swelling, meaning you have sore gums whenever the dentures touch them. These pressure points aren’t just painful, but can lead to bone loss and gum shrinkage. See your dentist to determine whether this is an issue. This can be adjusted by refitting the gum side of the dentures with a hard-acrylic material.

Improper Cleaning

Sore spots can also be related to improper oral hygiene and denture cleaning practice. Dentures can get food and drink under them, creating conditions where bacteria and fungi can accumulate and cause inflammation of the gums. By properly cleaning your dentures and maintaining good oral hygiene overall, you can often resolve this problem.

Clean your dentures in the morning and before bed. You may also rinse them in cold water after meals. Remember to also brush remaining natural teeth and areas of the mouth normally covered by dentures. It’s also important to take dentures out at night. Leaving them out overnight gives your mouth a chance to rest and recover. It also helps to prevent fungal infections.

Some dentures or denture linings are particularly prone to promoting infections. If the material is very porous, it’s more likely to be colonised by bacteria. In these cases, you may need to replace your dentures.

Inaccurate Bite

Sore gums can also be related to an inaccurate bite. This can cause the dentures to shift and put unequal pressure on your gums, creating localised sore spots. When your dentures don’t support your bite, it can also cause pain in other areas such as your jaws and ears. It can even cause headaches. If you suspect this may be an issue, talk to your dentist about getting neuromuscular dentures fitted to your bite.


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