Wearing dentures shouldn't be uncomfortable. Yes, it can take some time to get used to a foreign object in your mouth, but you should never have sore spots in your mouth, they shouldn't cause you to gag, and eating and speaking clearly shouldn't be issues. If you are experiencing any of these issues, it is important to find out what is causing the issue and rectify it.
If you have sore spots on your gums while wearing or after you remove your dentures, they probably need to be adjusted. In some cases, the shape of your mouth may have changed slightly or the dentures weren't made to the specific fit of your mouth. Either cause of the ill-fitting denture requires a trip to your dentist to have the dentures adjusted to fit properly.
If the dentures are very loose, your dentist may apply a denture liner to the plate. There are two types of liners that the dentist may use – temporary and semi-permanent.
A temporary liner is used if your gums are swollen. When the swelling goes down, you will return to the dentist to have permanent adjustments made.
The semi-permanent liner is used to buy some time until your denture can be adjusted for a proper fit. This can be done at home by using a kit from your local drug store. Simply mix powder and water to create a paste that is applied to the denture. Push the denture in place and let the paste harden. This is not meant to be a forever fix, but just to keep your gums from being injured until you can get to the dentist for permanent repairs.
Difficulty Eating and Speaking
If the denture fits well but you still have difficulties eating and speaking, you could solve this issue with a few drops of denture paste. The paste will help to seal the denture to the roof of your mouth and your gums.
Paste will help keep food from getting underneath your plate and make eating much easier and more comfortable. The paste will also help to keep the plate from coming loose as you hold conversations. This can reduce the amount of speech interference that you experience.
It is best to talk with a dentist, like Tony Parsley, DMD, if you are experiencing discomfort or difficulties with your dentures. He or she will be able to quickly identify and resolve the issue to make wearing your dentures as comfortable and easy as possible.