Denture sores are an all too common occurrence happening at some time or another with most denture wearers. Here are discussed some, but not all, of the more prevalent types and their treatment.
When first getting a denture, pressure spots should be identified by the provider and eliminated. The denture should be comfortable at the time of delivery. If not, it is unusual that it will get better by itself by wearing the denture. Most often the sore will get worse. Self-treatment by applying “numbing” agents, such as Anbesol will relieve pain temporarily, but the denture will continue to irritate the tissue making healing prolonged. The denture needs to be adjusted professionally or problems will continue.
Dentures that have broken and been repaired with drugstore repair kits often can be a source of irritation if the broken pieces are not properly aligned. A dental lab technician should be found by your dentist to perform a professional repair.
Normal wear on the biting surfaces of the denture teeth or over zealous cleaning of the denture base can also cause dentures to become ill fitting.
The most common source of denture discomfort is related to the effects of natural aging of the supporting tissue of the ridge (gums) which resorbs in time making the denture loose. Some medical problems such as diabetes, osteoporosis, or a mineral deficient diet will accelerate this resorption. A thorough oral exam with x-rays by a dentist will provide information about the health of the tissue supporting the denture.