I don't have any gums left from wearing dentures and I just broke the bottom plate before Christmas. So I didn't eat Christmas, but had to the next day. It's been 9 days and my gum is so sore on one side. I'm just wondering if any one knows how long it will take to heal. I can't afford to see a dentist. Thank you.
By Sharon from Knox, TN
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You poor thing! First, swish with a solution of very warm salt water, but not too salty; the warmth will increase circulation and promote healing. Use a nice heating pad on your cheek/jaw. Aloe vera juice (food grade) though drying is also "natures bandaid" and will assist in healing--just swish and spit. In general, increase your vitamin C intake, for healthy gums; you may be deficient, which may have caused your condition. Eat nourishing liquids with olive oil and soups for sustenance, as well as juices and you will not feel deprived; add pieces of bread in your soup. Good luck and feel better soon.
I have had the same dentures for 35 years. When the bottom gum gets sore or gets a small cut from something I ate, I use a small amount of a product called Benzodent on that area of the plate.
Benzodent is AMAZING STUFF...tastes a little like pasty cloves but you won't care...is ESPECIALLY helpful in the weeks after extractions. Apply it directly to the denture itself to avoid it sliding right off. It is THE best, longest lasting pain reliever I've found (& does provide some degree of "suction" to keep your teeth in place...at least until you eat when it can wash away somewhat!). HIGHLY recommended. (If you order from Amazon....go for the 3-tube deal though...ounce for ounce is cheaper & chances are you'll need a few anyway. I like to keep in different rooms/my purse so you can grab it if you need it. And I've noticed that so far...the tubes last a LONG time. I have one I've been using well over a year & still have to add a dab from time to time on a sore spot.)
I see others have given remedies for the pain, but you also said you had broken your bottom plate. They sell products at most pharmacies that you can use to repair your plates.
I think the healing process will depend on how much you baby the area. I have never had any problem like that, I can also eat just as well with just my top plate in as with both of them. However, I can also eat real well without either of them. That might be because for many years I had no teeth in some areas and either broken off teeth and/or roots, so basically I didn't have teeth for 10-20 years. The only things I can't eat are raw veggies like celery, carrots, radishes, corn on the cob, etc. However I know people that have both sets of dentures that have trouble with those things too. I can eat popcorn.
When I have mouth sores, I like to rinse with hydrogen peroxide several times a day. (I had some mouth surgery as a child, and learned to do that then.) It has very little flavor, and if you don't mind it foaming a bit, it always heals mine faster than any other rinses I have tried (salt water, chloraseptic, etc.) I sure hope you heal fast, that can't be fun!
You poor thing! I'm a denture wearer, and I've had to go through a lot of oral surgery over the years, so I have a lot of personal experience in the area of oral pain. :( Salt water is soothing and healing, so rinse with it. Also, if you're on a low-sodium diet, make sure you don't swallow the salt solution. Eat soft foods for a while, but make sure you include foods like oatmeal; pudding, ice cream, etc., can be constipating.
Finally, if your dentures fit well, they won't hurt your gums in the first place. What I do is use the kits that let you apply a nice, soft lining to refit your dentures. Denturite was a good one, but sadly, Sea-Bond has stopped making it. Walter Drake carries a similar product, so try their catalog or web site to find it.
Despite what your dentist may tell you, I find it's better than having dentures professionally relined, because the new lining is soft. I've worn dentures since 1997, and have had no problems since using Denturite and similar products.
Feel better soon!
I have had this problem for weeks and weeks. I use Bonjela and salt water mouth rinses.
Thanks to every one that answered my post. I've been holding salt water on the side that's sore,about 5 times yesterday and it hurt real bad at first. It didn't hurt much this morning so I hope that means its starting to heal, it's still sore though.
For immediate relief of pain, use Orajel, or similar mouth antiseptic/pain reliever, rinse with hot h20/hydrogen peroxide for healing. If you are brave & there is a particular spot that seems rough or sticks out, you can make adjustments by filing it with an emery board.
I have had the same dentures for 35 years. When the bottom gum gets sore or gets a small cut from something I ate, I use a small amount of a product called Benzodent on that area of the plate. It looks like a denture adhesive , and helps hold the plate in place while numbing it at the same time. May have to use it for several days depending on how bad the area is.
I just want to add to all the good advice. At " Affordable Dentures " in Lenoir City, they can make a lower Denture for you for about $240. It's not very far west of Knoxville, TN Maybe you could save up some money.
A friend of mine works at a nursing home and was telling me that for any sores in the mouth, especially those from dentures, they use 1 tsp of Benadryl, and 1 tsp of a liquid antacid. Mix together and rinse around just like you do with mouthwash. Do this 2 -3 times a day and the wounds should heal in about 2-3 days. This tip came from an older retired dentist and does work very well.
I got something under my bottom dentures once & it was quite sore as I wasn't aware of it (duh?) 'til I took them out. What I used was over the counter orajel or other ointments/gels used for especially this denture pain or check for baby teething gels for this painful circumstance. Also, if you mix warm water & a half tsp to 1 tsp salt together then gargle with it a few times a day, it will help to heal. the salt helps to heal. Ask at a drugstore about these if you can't find them. Good luck, I know what you mean.
One more note I forgot to mention in previous post, dentists will accept time payments. I would check into that. Call around to different dentists 'til you find one, preferably one that is recommended to you by a friend or acquaintance if you can.
There's nothing like mouth pain! Ouch! Hope you are feeling better soon! Just getting over a canker sore myself, haven't had one in 40 years+. I went to my local health food store, but I'm sure you could call and be helped over the phone too. Several things were recommended to me, many listed in the posts above. Also, I bought an Orajel mouth rinse, which really helped.
The one I use that heals gum sores is rinsing with like listerine-I use the one dollar bottle from .99 only or $tree. Takes a few days but, it's always worked for me. I do have major denture issues too.
Nothing beats swishing in your mouth with a little bit of salt water. If the pain continues you may need to see a dentist, but often it's just your gums adjusting to your dentures.
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Some canker sores caused by denture rubbing will not heal if the denture continues rubbing the sore. No dentist told me this. I had a sore for seven weeks until I kept the dentures out of my mouth when eating and most of the time.
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