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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  • kathryn cheek

    kathryn cheek 12 - July - 2015, at 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!)

  • debbie green

    debbie green 28 - May - 2015, at 00:59 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

  • Dr.Ritz

    Dr.Ritz 21 - April - 2013, at 20:44 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.

  • v tufnell

    v tufnell 21 - April - 2013, at 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.

  • misty valentine

    misty valentine 08 - April - 2013, at 23:08 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?

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