Posted on 12/13/2017 by Dr. Shiotsu
Missing teeth need to be replaced. One of the most common options used to do so is dentures. Dentures are prosthetic teeth that are set into a gum colored base that are supported by your gums, and the bone underneath.
Dentures are removable, and should be taken out, and left out, every night for a thorough cleaning. While they are made from a mold of your mouth to ensure fit and comfort, they may be painful at first.
Healing from Teeth ExtractionsIn some cases, you need to have teeth extracted before your dentures can be placed. You may get your dentures before the wounds of those extractions have healed.
Having a hard object resting directly on these spots can be the source of some discomfort. Gum conditioners, temporary liners, can be placed in your dentures to provide a bit of cushion and help to ease pain while your gums heal.
It's an Adjustment
As well as dentures are made in recent years, they are still foreign objects that are placed in your mouth. Wearing dentures takes some time to get used to.
As you navigate learning to eat and speak again, your dentures may slip out of place, and may cause them to rub against your gums. This can result in sore spots. Rinsing your mouth out with a salt water solution can help to ease the pain of sores, and help to prevent infection.
Improper Fitting DenturesIt may be possible that, even though your dentures were made from a mold of your mouth that they don't fit just right. You may not make this realization right away at the dentist's office.
Ill-fitting dentures will naturally be uncomfortable, and can cause pain long after your gums have healed from extraction. Your dentures may need to undergo several adjustments to make sure they fit just right.
Some pain when you first get dentures is natural, and to be expected. If the pain is unbearable, however, your dentures continually slip out of place, or the pain lasts more than a few weeks, it could be a sign that something is wrong.
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