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Dentures & Discomfort: Solutions for Denture Sores and Irritation

February 16, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — drparker @ 7:54 pm
Older woman holding her cheek due to denture sores

Dentures provide a valuable solution for patients with missing teeth, restoring their ability to eat, speak, and smile confidently. However, wearing dentures can sometimes lead to discomfort, including soreness and irritation. This can manifest as abrasive sores or ulcers on the sensitive parts of your mouth. But what should you do once they start to appear?

Continue reading to learn more about denture sores, how to find relief, and how to prevent them from popping up!

What are Denture Sores?

Denture sores, also known as denture ulcers, are areas of tissue irritation or inflammation that develop on soft oral tissues. This is often due to prolonged contact between the denture and your gums, however they can occur in multiple areas. Some other common spots include the palate, tongue, and inner cheeks.

The sores can pop up for multiple reasons like ill-fitting dentures, poor denture hygiene, and excessive pressure on specific areas of the mouth.

Tips For Relief from Denture Sores

If you’re suffering from denture-related sores, here are some ways you can find relief:

Give Your Gums a Break: If you’re experiencing soreness, remove your dentures for a few hours each day to allow your gums to rest and heal.

Rinse with Salt Water: Gently rinse your mouth with warm salt water to help soothe and cleanse irritated tissues.

Apply Topical Relief: Over-the-counter gels or creams specifically designed for oral pain relief can provide temporary relief from denture discomfort.

Tips for Preventing Denture Sores

Relief is great, but if you want to prevent denture sores in the first place, you can follow these tips:

Maintain Good Denture Hygiene: Clean your dentures daily with a denture brush and colorless hand soap to remove plaque and debris. This will reduce the number of gritty particles that can contribute to irritation and soreness.

Ensure Proper Denture Fit: Ill-fitting dentures are a common cause of denture-related soreness. Visit your dentist regularly for adjustments or relining to ensure that your dentures fit comfortably and securely.

Avoid Tough or Hard Foods: Certain foods, especially those that require excessive chewing or force, can increase the risk of denture ulcers. If you want to eat something like a steak, be sure to cut it into smaller pieces that are more manageable.

By following these dentist-approved methods for success, you can finally give yourself peace from denture sores. With these sensitive abrasions gone, you’ll enjoy greater comfort in your dentures while performing daily activities. Smile again, relief is here!

About the Practice

Dentures are a sensitive subject for many patients, especially those who suffer from denture-related soreness. Dr. Charles A. Parker has the knowledge and technology to help you find comfort. He earned his dental doctorate from the University of Texas Health Science Center and has continued to pursue training through multiple professional organizations. Call (903) 935-6351 to schedule a denture consultation at Marshall Denture Clinic, or visit the website to discover other services.

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