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How to Care for Denture Sores

Posted on 8/20/2016 by Dr. Justin Lai
A pair of dentures inside of a glass jar.When you lose your teeth or have them extracted, dentures are an excellent way to maintain a normal lifestyle. These removable false teeth function just as your natural teeth would. With a proper fit, your gums can comfortably support the bridges.

Sometimes, however, they can rub your gums the wrong way, leaving uncomfortable sores. Even though they are painful, these sores can be easily taken care of.

Remove Dentures at Night

Give your gums a break. Removing your dentures at night will take the pressure off and allows your gum tissue to heal.

Clean Dentures and Mouth

When you remove your dentures, give them a thorough brushing. Then let them soak in a disinfecting solution to kill any bacteria that might be hiding in microscopic crevices that could otherwise be transferred back into your mouth and get into sores.

Clean your mouth well also. Brush your gums with a soft toothbrush, and be sure to also clean your cheeks, tongue and the roof of your mouth. If you only have partial dentures, floss between your natural teeth. This removes left over food particles that bacteria can feed off of, keeping them out of sore areas and preventing infection.

Check The Fit
Your jaw naturally changes over time when you wear dentures. Therefore, your dentures may no longer fit properly, which can cause sores. Have the fit checked.

Tissue Conditioners

Sores make it uncomfortable to wear even properly fitting dentures. Tissue conditioners provide a soft cushion between your gums and dentures, allowing time to heal.

Salt Water Wash

Rinse your mouth with a salt water solution. Salt helps to reduce inflammation and manage pain.

Home Remedies
There are several home remedies to help with pain and inflammation. These include such things as a mixture of cloves and olive oil, black tea bags and turmeric. Any of these can be applied directly to the gums and then rinsed off with water.

See Your Dentist

If the pain from sores becomes unbearable and no other remedies are proving effective, or if your sores have become infected, make an appointment with your dentist.

Wearing dentures should help you be able to live life normally. When they cause sores, it becomes difficult to do this. Fortunately, there are many options available to help you treat these sores and get back to your life.

Please contact us if you have any questions about dentures.

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