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Remedies for Pain from Wearing Dentures

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I had all of my teeth pulled and had almost 2 months of healing time before the fitting process for my dentures. I have my dentures now after several fittings, but my top plate is so painful I can't bear to put them in. I have 2 raw spots on both sides and there's a gap between the roof of my mouth and the dentures so I can't talk. Please can anyone tell me of any relief I can get for this pain?

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By Renee NayNay H.

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May 17, 20130 found this helpful
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You need to go back to the dentist and he/she needs to give you a proper fit. Obviously they did not do a good initial job and they need to be responsible for correcting these issues.

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February 1, 2020

A year ago I cracked my upper alveolar ridge in numerous places and on Jan. 4th this year, I had all my teeth pulled, except my 2 lower eye teeth. I can wear my lower denture with no issues; however, I can not keep my upper denture in for more than 5 mins at a time.

My denturist says it has nothing to do with my cracked alveolar ridge and that I need to keep them in at all times. I spent a lot of money for both temporary & permanent and am very upset that I can not get rid of the gagging. I am to the point of throwing my temporary dentures in the garbage. I am so sorry that I had them pulled. Any suggestions please.

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February 2, 20200 found this helpful
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If this is the case you may need to visit a specialist for this issue to seek some help. There has to be a reason you feel like gagging when they are in. It could be there are touching a place in the roof of your mouth that makes you feel this way. I would find a specialist and make an appointment.

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February 2, 20200 found this helpful
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I would contact another dental provider and get a second opinion. It sounds like you have a lot going on here and I would hope that a second professional can give you solutions.

Do be aware that many will want you to consider implants vs. dentures. Implants work for some people but they are very expensive.

When trying to find another provider, look for one that will work with you with the denture (if that is the way you want to continue) vs. someone who will try to sell you the implants.

Implants are big business...so steer clear of places that have that in their offerings if that is not the route you want to go.

It could be something as small as an adjustment, tips to train your mouth on how to hold the denture, or even a new adhesive option may help.

Sending prayers to you for solutions.

Post back with an update.

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April 16, 2012

It has been one week since they pulled all my teeth and fitted me with dentures. I am in so much pain I can't stand it. So I took the bottoms out. My top ones are fitting OK and there's only a little pain, but those bottoms, wow. I can't take it. I heard that you're not supposed to take them out. Why? I go back to the dentist tomorrow. I'm going to see if they can make them fit better, or is it too late? Did I mess it up by taking them out?

By B. Carter

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April 17, 20120 found this helpful
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Call your dentist. It often takes a couple adjustments before they are comfortable. Sometimes there may be a rough spot in the lining that is causing pain. I recently had my lower denture relined, and when I got them back there was one place that was very rough and caused pain whenever I bit down. I went back and they sanded the roughness out, and they are now more comfortable than they have ever been. I didn't even have to make an appointment. I just dropped by the office and they worked me in. Only took about 5 minutes.
Harlean from Arkansas

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April 17, 20120 found this helpful
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It takes about two weeks for your gum tissue to toughen up from being rubbed on constantly. Use some Oragel to numb the area until you get used to it. It will go away, I promise.

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October 26, 2017

Yesterday I got my permanent upper denture and no longer need Polygrip. Today the gum sides were sore and it hurt when I took a bite into my sandwich.

Will this eventually go away or should I go back to the dentist? I do have an appt in 2 weeks just for a check up.

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October 27, 20170 found this helpful
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You were used to the temporary dentures and the Polygrip. However, permanent dentures are different and will take a little time to get use to them. Here are a few things you can try for soreness.

  1. You can buy some Orojel and apply this to your sore gums. It can help in relieving the soreness and pain in your gums.
  2. Also you can try to wash your mouth out with some warm salt water a few times a day.
  3. Depending on how fast your heal you can experience soreness in your gum anywhere from 2 to 10 months.
  4. If you are in a lot of pain call the dentist.
  5. See if you can make an appointment before the 2 weeks.
  6. The dentist can adjust your dentures and add a soft layer to the inside of the dentures to help your gums heal faster.
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January 31, 2014

2 days ago I had my bottom teeth extracted and the surgeon immediately put the lower dentures in. It's the 3rd day now and I have ulcers everywhere in the lower part of my month. I haven't taken the dentures out like I was told, but the sores are getting worse. The dentures are way too large. Any suggestions?

By karenmnabp1

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February 1, 20141 found this helpful
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Return to the dentist immediately. If anything, the dentures should feel very tight. The sores are from the loose fitting dentures rubbing when you talk or eat. They should fit very snugly.

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February 3, 2014

I have a partial denture and as the day goes on my tongue and upper palate get a burning sensation and my tongue gets very sore. I've had tests to see if I'm allergic to the acrylic, but these proved to be negative. Please help, it's so uncomfortable.

By Julie

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February 4, 20140 found this helpful
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I wonder if it could be the denture adhesive, if you use any. Ask your dentist or denturist.

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September 14, 2009

I had all my teeth pulled and dentures put in a little over a week ago. I have been able to take out my top plate and put it in with no problem. I finally got my bottom plate out last night and now I can't get either of them back in. It hurts way too bad! Any suggestions on making it a little less painful for getting them back in?

By michelle from Duncan, OK

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September 14, 20090 found this helpful
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Try using some of the teething products for teething babies as this will slightly numb the affected area hopefully making it bearable to put your upper and lower plates in. My mother used to also use clove oil on a small gauze pad and gently wipe her gums with it as it has a numbing effect on the gums, doesn't taste all that great but it does work. Just be cautious if your gum's are not completely healed as it could sting with the clove oil, but you should be just fine using the teething aid for babies. I hope this will help and get you on your way with the least amount of pain. Also try putting your plates in the freezer. Make sure they are completely dry and put them in for about 5 - 10 minutes then put your plates in as the cold will reduce swelling and also felt a cool relief as well. You have my sympathies for mouth pain as it is horrible!

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I've had dentures for a month. I'm miserable; how can I possibly get used to them? After a car accident I broke my teeth and suffered major pain. I thought this long road was over.

I find it miserable and awkward to eat. I have only had them for a month. I had my remaining teeth removed almost six months ago. My dentist told me my bone still needed to shrink way more than it had.

My insurance didn't cover the bone scrape and I couldn't hide out any more. Now the top plate hurts going over my gums. Taking them off is a pure agony. Putting them on hurts, but not as bad while having them on is painful. The dentist did say I had to let my bone shrink so I'm afraid if I adjust them too much then they will be too loose. I already went back and it isn't as bad, but still it takes me like 5 minutes to get the top ones out.

I don't use the paste up top. But the back top flops forward. Also, the dentist said that I could tell them (the lab) what I like and do not like about them. The teeth are much longer than my natural teeth were, these are way bigger. So it looks like I went from tiny to long Julia Roberts teeth. They are beautiful, but my top lip can't wrap around my top teeth. My kids think they look odd. Now I told my dentist this before the final ones were made and he said no that's how they should be. Now the more I don't like it, he said I had my chance to change it.

Eating hurts and all the food gets stuck. There comes a time where I have to eat and I can't; it hurts and is very unenjoyable. I can't wait to return home to remove them. I can't stand the way they feel on the roof of my mouth. How do I get use to them? I know some people who never take them out, can eat anything, and never have an issue. How can I feel better? Please help me. I'm in misery. Will it get better? I can talk better with them. I look better with healthy teeth, but it looks like I have something in my mouth. When or what can I do to live my life happy with these teeth? My kids should see their mom with beautiful teeth. So at a young age I've been in pain, with infections, etc. for years. I can't afford implants. I thought this pain was over. Please any advice will do.

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January 23, 2014

I just had my bottom dentures relined about 6 hours ago and my gums are so sore I can't put them in my mouth. What can I do ?

By Catherine


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January 31, 20140 found this helpful
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I just sent in a hint about this very thing. I've had my top denture for years and never had much problem. My bottom teeth started losing bone due to osteoporosis, I could wiggle my teeth. The bottoms were the worse, you use your jaw for everything. My dentist is a doll, told me if they hurt to put them in their cup (no water) and set in freezer for a while. Keep repeating until you get past that painful part. The cold felt so good, and helped with swelling. Hope this helps!

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I have had these for over 5 years and they still do not fit right. They are painful in the upper right, like they are poking into my palate. I keep having them adjusted, but that only lasts a couple days then it hurts to wear them again. What can I do? The dentist has run out of options!

By JCH from Lincoln, NB

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July 13, 20130 found this helpful
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Did you have your teeth removed 5 years ago and these are your first dentures/partial? Sometimes a tiny bone chip is missed or breaks loose during or after surgery. The denture rubs against it and it causes pain. Ask your dentist if this could be the problem. I'd check with another dentist for a second opinion. He could find something that was missed.

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April 20, 2013

I just had 26 teeth pulled on Wednesday and wore the dentures the first night and then took them out the second night. Now there seems to be little pieces of bone coming out of the extraction sites and it hurts too touch even with my tongue and I can't get my dentures in. What can I do?

By sr

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April 22, 20130 found this helpful
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This happened to me when I had the same procedure. If you have talked with your dentist and have been assured this is normal (because it is and happens when you have a large number of teeth extracted at the same time), the best thing to I found to do was to apply a denture medication (Oral-base, oral-gel, etc) and wait it out.

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March 24, 2016

I have had my top set of dentures for 7 years. At the beginning of February I had to go back and get a replacement for the top and had all the bottom pulled and got a denture for that as well (first time).

I am having a problem where the back right bottom jaw bone protrudes out on the inside and outside of the jaw and the rest of my gums/jaw bone on the bottom is really thin/tiny. The bottom denture does not reflect this difference! I do not know why.

It was this way when I got my wax bite done, and also my test fit. I didn't have any problems until the day I went to pick them up. I couldn't even get the bottoms in. It was literally like trying to push an AA battery into a AAA battery spot. I was in tears and coming up off of the seat! He took it away and came back and it had Fixodent on it now and I guess he shaved it down some? Either way I was able to jimmy it on there with the worst pain in my life. He told me if it got really sore then I should come back and have them adjusted. But, this is my question.

Say I go in and have them adjusted for this issue, and for the sore white ulcer spots as well (that are popping up all over my bottom gums!), then when my gums are completely healed and no longer swollen at all, aren't my dentures going to be too loose?

I do not have the means to replace them again right away and insurance only pays for them once I think every five years. That is a long time to go without proper fitting dentures when I have been told over and over that the bottoms are going to float and be horrible no matter what I do! Why would I want to help them along?

And, I also think I might be allergic to the Fixodent. Anyone else ever deal with this? Or know what it does if you are? All I know is my bottom where I use it at is raw, red, inflamed, sore, and in some spots I actually have little blisters. Does anyone know if this sounds like a reaction to the glue?
if so, what else can I use? Is there anything out there that maybe would not cause that? Or am I just screwed?

Thanks and sorry for such a long post, just been suffering horribly through this. :(

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March 24, 20160 found this helpful

It definitely sounds like an allergic reaction. Try a different brand and see if it goes away. Or you may have to leave them out and eat soup and oatmeal and such for a while just for long enough for the swelling to go down.
Hopefully if the swelling goes down you can then get the right fit.

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May 10, 2014

I had what was left of my teeth pulled almost two months ago and I finally got my dentures yesterday. They fit great and I have no problems wearing them. They don't hurt to wear, but taking the top plate out or putting it in, there's a very raw spot on my gums that just kills me. I'm okay wearing my dentures, but how do I take them in or out without so much pain?

By Val M.

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May 24, 20140 found this helpful
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I got my top dentures last Sept. and I had to keep going back to the dentist to adjust them. It is now May and he has them just about right. Pain going back all the time but that's what you paid all that money for. My dentist doesn't mind. He wants to make them right.

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January 27, 2014

A week ago I got all my top teeth pulled. I have pain when I put my dentures in and when taking them out. I have sores or blusters on my top gums that really hurt. I can't stand the pain. Will soft liners help with the pain? They are not sealing good. If they don't stay in that good are they? What can I do with these problems?

By AB from AR

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January 29, 20140 found this helpful
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Get some numbing gel for gums and use it enough to get your dentures in. Use a little Fixodent or something to hold them in place so they wont move around. Take some Motrin if it hurts and eventually your gums will toughen up and they will not hurt you anymore. It may take a couple of weeks. Good Luck

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