When it’s time to get dentures, you can expect some changes to come along as you get used to your new smile. Your mouth will begin sore because your gums are still getting used to the dentures, but that pain will begin to subside after a few weeks. Luckily, there are several dental remedies available to help ease the discomfort and pain while your mouth adjusts. The following is a list of pain relievers that can help make this adjustment a whole lot smoother:
Topical gel or cream. One of the quickest way to relieve gum pain is to apply a topical gel or cream. Millions of teething babies can’t be wrong.
Salt water rinse. For the easiest way to reduce inflamed gums pain, remove the dentures, mix ½ to 1 tsp. of salt with a glass of warm water and rinse for about 30 seconds.
Aloe vera. If you find your gums feel a bit irritated, rub some aloe vera on the area to soothe them.
Massage. A quick, gentle massage to your gums will also help when in a pinch.
Over-the-counter pain relievers. Everyone has some type of headache relief available. If you find your gums are beginning to give you headaches, try taking some ibuprofen.
Denture adhesive. Loose dentures will begin to move and disturb other areas of your teeth. Try using a denture adhesive to help them stay in place.
Taking your dentures out at night will help relieve some pain your gums are experiencing as you are adjusting to wearing your dentures all day long. If you find that your dentures may be ill-fitting, contact your dentist as soon as possible.
If you would like more information about dentures, call Dr. Herd in Rancho Santa Margarita, CA at 949-858-5147 or visit www.gregherddds.com.
Dr. Herd proudly serves Rancho Santa Margarita and all surrounding areas.