Getting used to wearing dentures for the first time? Congratulations on achieving the custom smile you're after! However, keep in mind that your transition to dentures might not be seamless.
Even if your dentures are a perfect match and you maintain excellent oral health, you might experience a little bit of discomfort when you're first adjusting. You may even deal with mouth sores caused by irritation to your gums. These sores aren't necessarily a cause for concern, but they can certainly be uncomfortable. Learn more about easy at-home strategies for handling mouth sores below.
Is It Normal to Get Sores From Dentures?
A little bit of gum pain and general mouth discomfort is typical during your first few weeks of wearing new dentures. Even if you've had dentures for a while, you might occasionally experience some pain due to your mouth structure changing over time. Pain is usually caused by dentures rubbing against your gums or the sides of your mouth. It's a normal experience and not typically a concern. However, give your dentist a call immediately if you spot any of the following signs:
Your canker sores...
- Are growing unusually large or are extremely painful.
- Haven't healed after two weeks.
- Look infected.
- Are accompanied by a fever.
Can Dentures Cause Canker Sores?
Canker sores typically come in the form of small ulcers that appear inside your mouth. They normally present as a red spot with a white or yellow center and cause pain when touched. If your dentures don't fit perfectly, or if your mouth is still adjusting to them, canker sores may pop up in areas where the dentures rub against tissue. If you notice any canker sore signs, take measures to mitigate the discomfort yourself and consider asking for an adjustment from your dentist if the problem persists.
How Long Do Denture Sores Take to Heal?
Denture sores usually heal on their own in about a week to 10 days and may heal even faster with extra care. If the sores and pain last longer than two weeks, schedule an appointment with your dentist to make sure you're recovering properly.
How Do I Get Rid of Sores From Dentures?
Fortunately, there are plenty of simple ways to ease the pain and care for your denture-related sores. The following tips can alleviate any discomfort and help your mouth to heal while you adjust to wearing dentures.
Apply Pain Relief Gel
Topical gels and creams can offer pain relief when you need it most. These can be applied externally onto any sore areas on your gums or around your mouth. You can also apply aloe vera gel right into your dentures a few times a day to reduce irritation.
Wash With Salt Water
Salt is one of the most natural and effective remedies for oral pain. Take your dentures out and mix a teaspoon of salt into a glass of warm water. Swish the salt mix in your mouth for up to 30 seconds to help soothe inflammation.
Sleep Without Dentures
If your dentures are causing sores, give your mouth a break while you sleep. Remove your dentures before going to bed — your gums will appreciate the chance to relax from any pressure.
Take Over-the-Counter Pain Relievers
Over-the-counter pain relievers, like ibuprofen, can help to ease your pain while also reducing any inflammation in your mouth.
Keep Your Mouth Clean
Your oral hygiene is one of the most effective ways to reduce canker sores and avoid any inflammation or infection. Brush your dentures regularly and soak them in a denture cleaner that can kill bacteria before it builds.
How FreshDent Can Help
If you're experiencing pain and canker sores, it's crucial to keep your teeth and dentures as clean as possible. Having a denture cleaner with you to quickly apply after you eat or drink can make a huge difference.
FreshDent is currently the only wearable denture and partial cleaner that you can keep with you on the go. Designed to fit in your pocket, this handy cleaner equips you to keep your dentures fresh and hygienic all day long.
FreshDent comes with a mild mint flavor to keep your breath fresh. The gentle formula ensures that you won't experience any irritation for sensitive teeth and gum sores. You'll be able to maintain a clean oral environment that ensures your dentures stay in pristine condition even with daily use.
Order your FreshDent from EverSmile online today, or contact our team with any questions!