Ouch! My Dentures Are Hurting My Mouth.

Ouch! My Dentures Are Hurting My Mouth.

Complete dentures are a transformative tooth replacement solution for people who have lost all of their natural teeth. They can restore your smile, improve your ability to eat and speak comfortably, and boost your self-confidence. But sometimes your complete dentures can cause discomfort, pain, and irritation in the mouth making wearing them unbearable and negatively impacting your quality of life. Ignoring the pain and discomfort, even for a short time, may lead to serious oral health concerns that could require more extensive treatment. Let’s talk about some of the reasons your dentures may be hurting your mouth and what you can do to alleviate the pain and feel good about your smile again.

Complete Dentures: Causes Of Discomfort And Solutions

Here are some of the more common causes of denture discomfort and steps you can take to relieve the irritation.

  1. Poor Fit
    One of the most common reasons your dentures may be hurting your mouth is that they don't fit properly. Ill-fitting dentures can cause pressure points, friction, and sore spots in your mouth. This can lead to inflammation, redness, and even open sores. If your dentures are causing discomfort, it's important to have them checked by your denturist to ensure that they fit correctly. They may need to be adjusted or relined to improve their fit and reduce the pressure on your gums.
  2. Gum Irritation
    Wearing dentures can irritate the gums, particularly if you're not used to wearing them. This can cause soreness, redness, and inflammation in the mouth. Over time, your gums should become more accustomed to the dentures, and the irritation will lessen. But if the irritation persists, you may need to see your denturist for further evaluation. They may recommend a medicated mouthwash or topical cream to reduce the inflammation and relieve the pain. For more information, read How To Take Care Of Your Gums If You Are A Denture Wearer.
  3. Infection
    Dentures can sometimes cause infection in the mouth, particularly if they're not cleaned properly. Bacteria and fungus can accumulate on the surface of the dentures, causing inflammation and infection in the surrounding soft tissues. This can lead to pain, swelling, and discharge from the affected area. If you suspect that you have an infection, it's important to see your dentist or denturist right away. You may need antibiotics or antifungal medications to treat the infection and prevent it from spreading.
  4. Allergic Reaction
    Although rare, some people may develop an allergic reaction to the materials used in their dentures, particularly if they have sensitive skin. This can cause itching, swelling, and redness in the mouth, as well as other symptoms such as hives and difficulty breathing. If you suspect that you have an allergic reaction to your dentures, stop wearing them immediately and see your denturist for further evaluation. They may recommend alternative materials for your dentures or other treatments to alleviate your symptoms.
  5. Bone Resorption
    Wearing dentures can cause bone resorption, which is the process by which the jawbone deteriorates over time due to the absence of teeth. This can cause your dentures to fit poorly and can lead to pain and discomfort in the mouth. If you have bone resorption, your dentist or denturist may recommend bone grafting or other procedures to rebuild the jawbone and improve the fit of your dentures.

Don’t Just Deal With Denture Discomfort. Visit Future Smiles For Relief.

If your complete dentures are causing discomfort or irritation, it's important to identify the cause of the pain and take steps to address it. Poor fit, gum irritation, infection, allergic reactions, and bone resorption are some of the most common reasons dentures cause discomfort. Working with your denturist to find a solution that will help you to wear your dentures comfortably and without pain. Often it is simply a matter of adjusting your dentures with a denture reline. Remember, dentures are an investment in your oral health and well-being, so it's worth taking the time to ensure that they fit properly and feel comfortable.

If you want to explore your options for dentures, speak to a Calgary denturist at Future Smiles Denture Clinic. We will discuss your goals for tooth replacement and determine which type of dentures are ideal for your lifestyle and budget so you can get the best dentures for your needs. To speak with the team at Future Smiles Denture Clinic in Calgary, you can visit the SW Calgary Denture clinic on Macleod or the NE Calgary location in Coral Springs. To book a free consultation with our Calgary Denturist, call 1-403-475-0016 or fill out the online contact form.


Q: Can I adjust my dentures myself?
A: If your dentures aren’t fitting as well as they used to, DON’T attempt to adjust or fix them yourself. Doing so could result in:

  • Broken/damaged dentures
  • Worse fit
  • Higher costs associated with denture replacements
  • If your dentures are feeling loose or uncomfortable, ALWAYS seek the help of a qualified professional to avoid any permanent damage.

Q: Will I need to get teeth pulled for dentures?
A: This varies depending on whether you are getting a full, or partial set, the shape of your mouth, the health of your gums, and the state of existing teeth remaining. Your Calgary denturist will be able to confirm whether or not you need teeth pulled after a thorough examination of your mouth.

Q: How much does a consultation cost?
A: Future Smiles Denture Clinic offers free consultations with our Calgary Denturist!

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Vlad Dumbrava

Vlad Dumbrava has been active in the field of denture therapy since 2008. Upon receiving his denturist degree in 2011 from George Brown College in Toronto, Ontario, he continued his education in Medical Sciences at Western University.

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