Denture Discomfort: What to Do When Your Dentures Begin to Irritate Your Mouth

There is a brief adjustment period when you receive a set of dentures. This is kind of logical, and it's just a case of getting used to the physical sensation of having them in your mouth, particularly when you talk and eat. But this period of adjustment quickly comes to an end, and your dentures become comfortable and familiar. And yet, there can be circumstances which mean that your dentures are no longer as comfortable as you have become accustomed to. What are some of the key reasons why your dentures might begin to irritate the interior of your mouth?

Minor Damage

Carefully take your dentures out and examine them under adequate lighting, paying careful attention to the portion of the dentures which corresponds to the irritated spot inside your mouth. It might be that you inadvertently knocked your dentures, causing a small chip. Sharp edges could have been exposed, which would explain the irritation. Such a minor issue is easy enough to have repaired, and it's not as though the dentures will need to be replaced unless the chip is more serious than first thought.

Relining the Base

How long have you had your dentures? Though it's a minuscule change, the shape of the inside of your mouth does in fact change with aging, and this can cause dentures that were once a perfect fit to lose suction. As they slip, however minutely it might be, this friction can result in irritation and discomfort. In this instance, it might be necessary to have the dentures relined. This is a simple process and involves having an additional layer of acrylic resin applied to the denture base, resulting in that perfect fit once again.

Periodontal Problems

You should also consider the possibility that you might have a dental issue unrelated to your dentures, although it's something that could easily be aggravated by them. It might be a small wound or laceration, or even a small mouth ulcer. If it's a minor issue that would heal of its own accord, then any irritation will subside. And yet if this is not the case, then it's important to schedule a dental appointment so that any periodontal problems can be identified and treated so that your dentures no longer cause discomfort inside your mouth.

Your dentures should fit comfortably, and for the most part, they will. Discomfort shouldn't be a part of wearing dentures, so it's important to have the issue rectified if they should ever begin to irritate you.