Discomfort and Retention Problems With New Dentures

At Smile Denture and Implant Clinic we sometimes hear from new patients about denture discomfort. Contrary to a common belief, denture discomfort can happen for both new and old dentures. The underlying reason, however, is very different for the two cases. Here are the two possible scenarios as root causes of discomfort and some of our best recommendations.

What causes discomfort with the existing dentures?

Existing dentures will eventually wear out. Wear and tear on your dentures will likely become obvious when you have discomfort while eating or speaking. In ordinary circumstances, where dentures are well fitting and worn correctly, natural suction should be enough to hold them firm. However, with time jaw may shrink slightly and cause denture to be loose and ill-fitting. In fact, the main reason why dentures need to be changed or replaced is that the mouth has changed.

What causes discomfort with a new denture?

Surprisingly, new dentures can also be a source of discomfort. The good news is that most of the time the discomfort is temporary and goes away as you get accustomed to your new prosthesis. New dentures can cause discomfort as your gums are getting used to them initially. Also, depending on your gum health you may feel more discomfort initially due to pressure. However, in some cases, new dentures may be the underlying cause of discomfort for a prolonged period of time. When this is the case, often, the issue is with an improper fit of your new denture. This can be easily remedied by a timely visit to your denturist. This is why it is important to monitor your new denture level of comfort in the first few weeks. If you notice that the initial discomfort persists, it may be wise to set up an appointment with your denturist. They can easily adjust your denture to ensure a better fit and reduce discomfort.

What can I do to ensure my dentures stay comfortable?

It is also important to always properly clean and maintain your dentures. Dentures are a teeth replacement.  However, they are to be treated as natural teeth in terms of hygiene. Improper cleaning of your dentures or any existing teeth may lead to gum disease which in turn may increase discomfort for denture wearers. What is more, gum disease may lead to an existing tooth loss which may result in a need for a new denture. If you are unsure you can always pay a visit to your denturist to for a checkup. An annual appointment can help ensure your dentures are working optimally and fitting right.

If you have any concerns about the fit of your new or old denture, give us a call at 613.262.6332. We are happy to help ease any discomfort and create a pain-free smile! You can also contact us here.