Does Your Dentures Cause Mouth Pain

Dentures are removable devices, which are employed to replace your missing teeth. Wearing dentures can cause pain.  The painful feeling that you get because of a foreign object in your mouth. When you start wearing dentures, they can cause ache for a small time until your mouth adjusts according to them. Pain due to dentures frequently returns periodically because they become loose and start rubbing on your gums, which can cause sore spots.

The main thing is that some pain will occur due to wearing dentures, while fixed pain indicates that something is wrong. That is why you should visit your dentist at least two times in a year to get it properly checked.

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Factors Leading To Denture Pain

Denture pain requires to be treated immediately and cannot be ignored. There are many factors that can lead to denture pain. Some of these factors are:

1.    Denture pain can occur when teeth become fractured due to an injury or accident. Chipped off or broken teeth can be sensitive.

2.    Denture pain is sometimes caused due to sensitive teeth. Sensitivity can take place because of the intake of cold and hot items.

3.    Painful dentures can also occur because of sinus, ear infection and even heart diseases.

4.    Gum diseases or Gingivitis can also affect teeth and hence cause pain.

5.    Sometime the treatment that is given to a patient as the part of his/her dental care can also cause painful dentures. Such uneasiness should be immediately informed to the dentist.

Prevention from Denture Pain

Taking proper care of teeth can prevent denture pain. Here are few steps for appropriate dental care:

1.    Eat only soft foods, which need little chewing when you start wearing dentures. Allow some time to adjust your dentures according to your tender and sore gums time.

2.    Rinse your mouth after each meal, if it can be possible. And do not eat foods much that are rich in starch, carbohydrate, and sugar. Denture pain and bad dentures can be easily avoided by proper and good oral hygiene.

3.    Always maintain your dentures clean and bacteria free. Bacteria can affect the healing process of gums negatively. To keep them clean, remove your dentures two times in a day and cleanse them with a toothbrush. Rinse them properly before placing them back. Use mild soap and warm water for cleaning.

4.    Gargle with salt-water 2 or 3 times a day can give you relieve from denture pain.

5.    Be sure to take away your dentures for minimum 6 hours every day. It will give some rest to your mouth. If you are feeling pain on your gums because of these dentures, then avoid wearing them at least for some days until you get relieved.

6.    You should visit your dentist regularly to get your dentures repaired. It will prevent your dentures from causing pain. Dentures should be checked at least once a year, realigned after every 2 to 3 years and replaced after every 5 to 6 years


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Posted By : kathryn cheek on 12-Jul-2015 11:09 AM
My partner had a new lower denture fixed last week. He has been in constant pain since and says its as bad as having an abccess. The pain is getting work and Ibuprofen and Paracetamol at the highest dosage is barely making a difference. Surely its not meant to be this painful. I advised him to take the denture out, and eventually he has. However he is still in pain.(though not so bad!)

Posted By : debbie green on 28-May-2015 12:59 AM
my husband just had his upper teeth pulled and a temporary denture put in 10 days ago he has already been back to the dentist for adjustment his gums stay cold and hurt so bad he has to drink hot liquid or put heating pad on his face. do you know what could cause this and anything he could get to help ease the pain he cant wear his upper denture its too painful and he also says he cant swallow or breath good with them in. thanks in advance

Posted By : Dr. Rtiz on 21-Apr-2013 08:44 PM
Hi Tufnell, for the sore spots you have to find out the cause. If the denture is irritating in that area then you have to get the same adjusted accordingly. Till then you can do warm saline rinses and apply some oragel / anesthetic gel on the spot. This will take care of pain and give relief.

Posted By : v tufnell on 21-Apr-2013 12:45 PM
HI there i have had my dentures for about 45 yrs i have hade new ones every few years the ones i have now have a soft lining on the bottem set. i hav have had these a couple or years they have been looked at a few times and where the sore spot is it has been filed down but i always have one sore spot what can i use to stop the pain. is there some thing i can rub on. thank you.

Posted By : misty valentine on 08-Apr-2013 11:08 PM
Ok I recently had an upper full extraction and repaired all botttom. I now have a temporary removable uppper denture. The question I have is my right side has nearly healed but my left upper jaw bone moves and isnt healing well at all. It truly feels like the left upper jawbone is broken not fully connected to the rest of my jaw. Is this possible? I have had at least 20 small bones come out of both sides daily around 3 to 5 bones. My left side makes eating so hard even soft foods causes pain from the denture. and they have been adjusted etc I think its because of repetitive bone loss causing sores in my gums as well as my jaw possibly being broken. What do u think?

Posted By : Dr.Ritz on 22-Oct-2012 12:56 AM

Hi JIM,If the denture has caused sores,you need to get the denture adjusted.The denture should NOT be worn at night, EVER!!!Your tissues need to rest and recover.They were not made to support a denture. 1.Get the aloe vera gel available at the health store, make sure no additives, just plain aloe vera gel. Place it in your denture in the morning (a small dab in the area of irritation), replace 2 to 3 times daily. 2.You must get your denture adjusted.If you do not,this will just to continue to happen. Treat the cause,not the symptom! 3.If you denture is 2 years old,it may need to be replaced.The tissues under the denture can change significantly in 2 yrs and this may be a problem.The Dentist may suggest a "reline" which a very easy procedure and can be done at the chairside or sent to a dental lab. I think you would be happiest with a reline procedure if you are happy with the aesthetics (looks) of your current denture. A reline normally is inexpensive.Hope that helps.Let me know if you have any other doubt regarding your denture.Keep us updated.Good luck!


Posted By : jim on 21-Oct-2012 06:34 PM
i have full dentures,,, they are not 2 yrs old, i feel like i have small blisters when i wear them. when i take them out at night it feels better in am but then same all over again in day. cannt see but i feel them. what is the problem?

Posted By : Dr Ritz on 24-Jan-2012 02:11 AM
Rudy, Tooth extraction can leave bony edges which is sharp and prominent at rim of socket. Over these sharp bony edges, gums can heal but if pressure is applied on it, then gum tissue can be injured. These bony prominences heal on its own or alveoloplasty procedure is required for them in which the bony overgrowths are smoothened or are removed. Dentures will cause no pain after these bony overgrowths have healed properly. You can massage gently over the area and can do warm saline rinses. If it is hurting you bad, then you can get alveoloplasty procedure done.

Posted By : Rudy Reyes on 23-Jan-2012 06:47 PM
I had my teeth extracted. My dentures are very painful due to bony growths on my healing gums. What are these growths and how can I get them removed or treated so I can wear my new dentures without pain.

Posted By : Dr Ritz on 05-Jan-2012 02:16 AM
P.Othouse, Constant pain after getting removable partial dentures can be there if the fit of the denture is not correct. If the partial denture is too tight or bite with denture is not correct, then it can lead to pain and soreness. Some other infected tooth in the jaw can also lead to pain. You can visit your dentist for evaluation. If the fit of the denture is not correct, then replacement of denture may also be required. If bite of the denture is not correct, then your dentist can correct it.

Posted By : P. Othouse on 04-Jan-2012 05:34 PM
I have a removable upper denture. The one I am wearing is the second one the dentist made for me after trying to reline the other one. I do have minor bone loss on right side of mouth but not enough to cause this daily, almost constant pain.

Posted By : Dr Carl on 29-Dec-2011 12:53 AM
P.Othouse, You have not mentioned that whether you have fixed or removable dentures. Pain can be because of problem of abutments. Decay, bone loss, gum infection in abutments can lead to pain. If you are wearing same bridge or crowns from a long time, then pain can be because of infection in the prosthesis. Bridges, crowns need to be changed from time to time.

Posted By : P. Othouse on 28-Dec-2011 07:33 PM
After 40 yrs of having great fitting dentures I now have daily pain and cannot seem to find an answer except possible drymouth? Any suggestions?

Posted By : Dr. Ritz on 04-Aug-2011 07:10 PM
Yes some patients are allergic to acrylic but it is quite rare. If they are alergic to acrlic they develop ulcers in the mouth. In such patients the acrylic partials are not recommended. These patients have to either go for implants or fixed dental bridges

Posted By : mary hehir on 04-Aug-2011 04:30 AM
Have you come across patients who are allergic to acrylic partial dentures ?

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