My Dentures Are Bothering Me: What Are My Options?

There's an old saying that goes: when your mouth or your feet hurt, your whole body hurts. Most people know that this is true—a toothache, mouth irritation or something like an uncomfortable denture can wreak havoc on your entire well being. The good thing is, there is usually a solution to these problems. So what do you do when you have uncomfortable dentures that are bothering your mouth?

New Dentures

If you just have started wearing dentures, discomfort is common. According to MyDentureCare.com, it is normal to experience gum pain or discomfort at first. Here are some home remedies you can try:

  • Topical Gel or Cream  An oral pain relief topical gel can bring some comfort as you get used to your new dentures.
  • Salt – Remove your dentures and do a good salt water rinse by mixing ½ to 1 teaspoon of salt in a glass of warm water and gently swishing in your mouth for about 30 seconds to help reduce inflammation.
  • Aloe Vera Gel – Smooth this over the inflamed or irritated area for some relief once or twice a day.
  • Gum Massage – Massage helps circulation and helps reduce swelling, irritation and discomfort.
  • Pain Relief Meds – As you get used to your dentures, you can take an OTC pain reliever to help with the inflammation and pain.

Current Dentures

Your gums and bone structure change over time which can result in shifting and some pain with dentures, even if you have been wearing them for a while. Make sure you are taking your dentures out while you sleep to let your gums relax and recover from the daily wear.


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Often, though, a bigger fix is needed. Dentures can be uncomfortable simply because how they sit on the gums, and they can cause problems with eating and speaking. They also do not last as long as some other options, like dental implants.

Dental Implants

Many people are now turning to dental implants instead of dentures. Dental implants have these advantages:

  • They last a lifetime. No need to be refitted or have them replaced like dentures.
  • The structure of your mouth stays intact. Because dental implants act as natural teeth with an attachment to the jawbone, your teeth, mouth and jaw will not shift and cause problems later. Also, your appearance will not change as it can with dentures.
  • They are comfortable. Dental implants do not rub or grind against your gums or other teeth.
  • They act like natural teeth. Because they are implanted in your mouth, you won’t have embarrassing moments of dentures slipping while you are eating, speaking or laughing.
  • They require no extra care. Once they are healed, you can take care of your implants as you do your natural teeth—no taking them out at night or using adhesives.

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Speak to your dentist about the option of dental implants. You may be ready to make the change from dentures to implants. You can also call us at Watkin Dental Associates for more information.