Don’t let the idea of pain prevent you from getting dentures.
Dental care has evolved so much in recent years that fewer people now need dentures. But those who have experienced tooth loss have found dentures to be great options for replacing missing teeth and restoring their smile. However, deciding to get dentures isn’t often easy, as there is a misconception that getting dentures is painful.
It’s not unusual to experience some tenderness or discomfort initially, but getting dentures generally doesn’t involve pain. Plus, dentures can help preserve your facial structure and keep your jawbone strong. Don’t let the prospect of discomfort stop you from getting dentures. In the long run, dentures will be better for your oral health.
But does it hurt?
Once the dentures are placed, your gums will likely feel sore. That’s normal! This slight irritation will disappear as your gums become accustomed to this new appliance in your mouth. Depending on how many teeth were extracted and whether you need implants to anchor the dentures, healing could take several days to weeks.
If you’ve had teeth removed to make room for the dentures, you may experience some pain as your gums heal. Those who’ve worn dentures previously and who are getting fitted with a new set may feel more discomfort. Again, any minor pain is temporary and shouldn’t interfere with your daily life.
How to make getting dentures less painful
Many people who get fitted with dentures find the experience beneficial. The American Dental Association notes that around 36 million Americans do not have any teeth, and 90 percent of that population wears dentures. Having dentures allows you to speak and chew properly. Dentures also prevent your facial muscles from sagging. But most of all, dentures can give you back your self-esteem because you can feel proud about your smile.
As mentioned earlier, there will be a period of adjustment as you get used to your dentures. In the days following getting dentures, you can reduce any discomfort with these easy-to-follow tips:
Chew carefully. Chew your food carefully and slowly to give your gums time to heal. Better yet, switch to soft foods and avoid sticky, hard-to-chew foods for a few days.
Take pain relievers. Over-the-counter pain medications or anti-inflammatories can help reduce the pain. You can also try a topical cream or gel recommended by your dentist.
Rinse with salt water. After wearing your dentures for an extended period, rinse your gums with salt water. Add half a teaspoon of salt to a half cup of warm water and swish in your mouth.
Apply a denture adhesive. A denture adhesive ensures your dentures fit snugly along the gum line, so there isn’t any irritation. The adhesive can also prevent food particles from getting under your dentures and irritating your gums.
Take care of your dentures. Clean your dentures daily with toothpaste specially made for dentures. It’s also recommended you don’t sleep with dentures. Your gums need time to rest from the pressure of wearing dentures all day. Instead, soak your dentures in water and a denture solution to keep them fresh and clean.
After you get dentures, you’ll visit your dentist regularly to check how you adapt to the appliance. If your dentures continue to cause pain, your dentist may need to adjust the dentures for a more comfortable fit.
Get your dentures at Espire Dental
Schedule an appointment at Espire’s Fort Collins location today! Our highly trained dentists can ensure your dentures fit comfortably from day one. Don’t live near our Fort Collins, CO, office? Find one of our other locations near you.
2117 Custer Drive
Fort Collins, CO 80525