Having a healthy, appealing, and functional set of teeth is possible with dentures, but this improvement in your smile may also cause your gums to be red, swollen, and sore. By answering these 3 questions, your dentist can protect your gums from further discomfort while wearing dentures.
Eating the Wrong Foods?
Unfortunately, eating certain foods with a denture set can cause discomfort in your mouth and gums. To protect your gums from irritation, use both sides of your mouth to chew. This will prevent the dentures from moving. Also, avoid sticky foods or foods that are difficult to chew. Lastly, take small bites when eating to ensure you do not “bite off more than you can chew.” Adjusting to a partial or complete denture set will require some time.
Cleaning and Storing them Properly?
Denture discomfort may also stem from improper cleaning and storage. Without proper cleaning and storage, bacteria may grow, leading to harmful infections. In many cases, these infections lead to gum disease and decay of your natural teeth.
To prevent denture discomfort and possible infections, soak your dentures in a specialized solution every night. When you are not wearing them, store in a denture case. Be sure to wash out this case periodically, as well, to rid the interior of bacteria. Lastly, brush your teeth and gums twice a day and floss daily to rid your mouth from plaque and bacteria.
Do They Fit Correctly?
Your mouth grows and changes over time, which may require a denture adjustment. In most cases, this is a simple fix that involves modifying the appliance to ensure a more comfortable, aligned fit.
An outdated denture set may also affect your gums, causing swelling, redness, and discomfort. This will require a completely new custom denture or a denture reline. During this process, the denture base is refitted to your mouth and gums.
Completing your smile with a denture is a great option. However, if you are experiencing gum discomfort, consult our team at Richardson Dentistry to ensure a healthy, appealing, and comfortable smile.