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Having to deal with painful dentures in Houston, Texas can really be frustrating and make you regret your decision to get a tooth replacement appliance in the first place. The fact is that traditional dentures do sometimes require a lot of time and patience to be successful.  The following are some reasons why your denture may be painful, and how to deal with it.

Your Denture Is New

Getting a new denture, whether you’ve worn one in the past or not, is like getting a new pair of shoes.  Your gums need to get accustomed to the acrylic. To begin with, your denture may have a couple of spots that rub too hard and cause a blister on your gum tissue.  If you notice this taking place, then you should come to see our Houston dentist right away.  The denture won’t wear down, and your tissue won’t get used to it, the condition will only get worse.  Our dentist can mark the spot and remove just enough of the denture acrylic so that the particular area doesn’t bother you anymore. 

You Have A Dry Mouth

Saliva serves as a lubricant for your mouth.  Without it, the oral environment becomes like a desert, which makes it hard for you to wear dentures. With dry mouth, it causes a lot of friction that can result in painful ulcers.

To fix denture issues caused by having a dry mouth you’ll need to address the problem from its origin, meaning, getting your dry mouth under control. There are a lot of causes of dry mouth so finding true culprit can be difficult.  Our Houston dentist will help you determine the cause, some of which can include things like your age, alcohol consumption, or taking certain medications.

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To battle dry mouth, you can use a variety of products that contain xylitol. Most can be found over-the-counter and include specially formulated mouthwash, toothpaste, chewing gum, lozenges, and mouth sprays. For serious conditions, our dentist may suggest a prescription-strength saliva replacement formula.

Your Gums Have Shrunk

When you get teeth removed, your jaw bone and gum tissue begin to shrink.  If it’s been a while since you’ve had your denture placed, then your gums have likely grown shallow and the appliance doesn’t fit as well as it used too.  A loose denture that constantly moves around your soft tissue causes sores to form.

When you first notice the discomfort, using a denture adhesive to reinforce your appliance may be all that you need.  After more time passes, adhesives won’t work well enough and you’ll need a denture reline. A denture reline is a procedure in which we place soft acrylic on the inside of the appliance and hold the denture in your mouth until the material hardens. Doing so forms a new inside layer to your denture so that it fits snug against your gums.

Getting Help with Loose Dentures

If you have problems with your denture, don’t suffer alone. Call Dr. Bastani of North Houston Dentistry for assistance.  We are always glad to help!