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reception@opaldental.co.nz
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Dentures may make your mouth sore every now and then. It’s essential to understand the reasons for discomfort, and that’s why we’ve written this post.

We’ll also take a look at how to heal mouth sores from dentures to relieve any pain or irritation you may feel. Plus, you can follow our tips on denture care too.

New dentures

If you’ve just had new dentures fitted, it’s normal for your gums to feel a little sore at first. And if you’ve had teeth extracted, it will take some time for your mouth to heal. Your gums will need to get used to the changes in your mouth.

Any irritation should settle down within a few weeks. In the meantime, you can take these steps to relieve sores and discomfort:

  • Rinse your mouth out with warm, salty water twice a day.
  • Use over-the-counter pain relief medication.
  • Use a topical local anaesthetic if prescribed by your dentist.

Poorly fitting dentures

If your dentures don’t fit your mouth properly, they can rub against the gums, making them sore.

This can happen even if your dentures were comfortable before. Wear and tear, poor care and changes to your mouth can result in your dentures no longer being a good fit.

You should see your dentist if you think your dentures aren’t fitting properly so they can make adjustments. They can also look for damage, and in this case, they may recommend that you get new dentures.

Denture stomatitis (thrush)

Denture stomatitis, also known as thrush, is a condition caused by a type of yeast called candida. It occurs naturally in the body and isn’t usually a problem. But if it grows too much, it can cause this condition.

Symptoms of denture stomatitis include:

  • White or red patches in the mouth
  • A sore red patch underneath your denture
  • Soreness in the mouth
  • Discomfort when swallowing

You are at higher risk of denture stomatitis if you:

  • Wear your dentures for long periods — for example, at night
  • Don’t clean your dentures and mouth properly
  • Eat lots of sugary food
  • Smoke

If you have denture stomatitis, your dentist can give you medication to help clear it up. They can also advise on oral hygiene practices and denture care.

Caring for your dentures

Look after your dentures, and you’ll reduce the risk of a sore mouth or developing conditions like denture stomatitis. Follow our tips:

  • It’s important to keep your mouth denture-free for some of the time. The simplest way to do this is to remove them overnight.
  • Clean your dentures every day. Use a special denture brush and cleaner to remove any food particles. Soak them overnight in a denture soaking solution (take care to follow the instructions) or water.
  • Don’t forget to clean the inside of your mouth too. Brush your gums, tongue and roof of mouth with a toothbrush daily.
  • Visit your dentist regularly for check-ups. They will be able to spot any problems with your dentures or your oral health and recommend any treatment needed.
  • See your dentist in between your regular appointments if you have discomfort or sores in your mouth or problems with your dentures.

Want to know more about dentures?

If you have any questions or concerns about the dentures you already have or getting new ones, schedule an appointment with the team at Opal Dental.

We’re your local dentist for Te Atatu, and we’re here to help you with any aspect of your dental care. Reach out to us today.

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