Denture Pain


If you've ever worn dentures, you're fully aware of the pain they can cause. This is especially true during the early stages, because your gum tissue is still in shock from tooth extraction. During this time, it is important to be careful of what you eat, as excessive chewing and tougher foods can put added pressure on the delicate tissue of the gums and cause denture pain.
Denture pain is usually associated with raw, red tissues or yeast infections in the mouth. It may also be due to an improperly fitting denture or a denture that is not worn properly on a regular basis.

Causes Denture Pain

Most denture pain is caused by bacteria being present in the mouth, on the denture, and against the roof of the mouth under where the denture is worn. When bacteria are not removed effectively and the denture is worn for an extended amount of time, redness or yeast infections can develop.

Another cause of denture pain is not wearing the denture all day and removing it each night. Allowing your mouth to become accustomed to a new denture takes time. If the denture does not fit properly it may cause sores due to rubbing.  

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Signs And Symptoms

Denture pain is fairly straightforward, with specific symptoms associated with the condition. You may experience:
  • Isolated red areas on the skin under your denture
  • White patches of yeast on the skin under your denture
  • Raw, red tissue
  • Gums that appear to grow over your denture

How To Prevent Denture Pain

Properly cared for dentures should not cause pain or irritation when you wear them. The two common aspects that frequently cause denture pain can easily be prevented. 

Proper Hygiene Of Dentures And Mouth

Cleaning your dentures every night as well as the roof of your mouth and any areas covered by your dentures help prevent denture pain from infections such as yeast, thrush or other irritations caused by bacteria. Dentures should be soaked overnight in water, a denture cleaner, or solution to loosen debris so that it can be brushed away in the morning.

A clean denture as well as mouth with a healthy oral flora will prevent infections such as those associated with yeast. Be sure to use a 100% pure botanical toothpaste and mouthwash that will kill harmful bacteria and promote a healthy, balanced environment inside of your mouth. Click here to learn more.

Proper Wear Of Your Dentures Irregular wear of your dentures such as not taking them out at night or not wearing them throughout the day can either lead to your mouth becoming irritated or not accustomed to the appliances. This can cause gum tissue to be irritated.

Proper denture wear that supports a healthy mouth will include wearing the appliance all day and removing it each night for soaking and oral hygiene. Here are some more things to know about preventing gum disease.



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Typical denture pain relief involves professional treatments, home remedies, or a combination of the two, depending on what is causing your denture pain. Professional Treatment Traditional treatment for denture pain usually includes one of the following options:
  • New denture
    • If the dentures are causing pain in your mouth due to them being worn out or not fitting properly, you may need to have new dentures made.
  • Denture re-lining
    • Ill-fitting dentures that do not fit properly may need to be professionally re-lined in order to conform to your oral anatomy and prevent wear. Price is determined on lab fees.
  • Denture adjustment
    • Performed in the dental office, typically free of charge. The denture is ground down in areas that may be rubbing too hard against your gum tissues

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Home Remedies clean-dentures
  • Appropriate wear times Dentures should never be worn overnight as this can cause oral tissues to become infected. Not wearing the denture regularly throughout the day may also cause irritation due to your mouth not becoming accustomed to the denture properly.
  • Cleaning your denture thoroughly If you have buildup of bacteria on your denture it means that bacteria are being placed directly in your mouth against your delicate tissues. Soak your denture each night in a denture cleaner or a water-based anti-microbial rinse, then brush your denture thoroughly in the morning to remove all loosened bacteria deposits. Use a separate brush for your dentures than you do for any remaining teeth.
  • Cleaning your mouth thoroughly Poor oral hygiene and heavy amounts of plaque or food debris in your mouth can cause fungal infections to develop under your denture. This causes the tissues to become red and raw. Not only should you clean your teeth and gums, but clean the roof of your mouth thoroughly and use an anti-bacteria mouth rinse such as one containing an essential oil to restore the mouth’s proper natural flora.(1) The best way to achieve this is to use a 100% pure botanical toothpaste/mouthwash combination along with a simple daily oral hygiene program. Click here to learn more.

If you're experiencing pain from new dentures, there are a few options at your disposal. Anti-inflammatory pain relievers can be of some help, but often take more time to provide relief than you'd like. Among the best solutions that you can use topically to help soothe oral pain is peppermint oil. It has a cooling effect, and because it is an oil it will quickly absorb into the tissues. It has also been known to help your mouth produce more saliva, which because it is full of oxygen, will help eliminate bacteria that can cause or worsen swelling, inflammation, and pain in the gums from ill-fitting dentures. Be careful in choosing products to clean your dentures because some of them contain ingredients that can increase bacteria growth, which in turn will increase the chances or irritation and pain while wearing dentures.

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Your Questions About Denture Pain Answered 

How can I get rid of denture pain? Most denture pain can be alleviated by keeping your dentures clean, thoroughly cleaning your mouth every day - including your gum tissue - as well as making sure your dentures fit properly. Extended wear is unhealthy for your gum tissue. Taking your dentures out at night to clean them and soak overnight allows your mouth a chance to rest.

What causes my dentures to hurt? Most dentures hurt when you wear them for an extended amount of time without taking them out at night. Failing to clean them every day and not keeping your tissues healthy can easily cause irritation and infection.

There is buildup on my dentures. Does this make them hurt when I wear them? Plaque and tartar on your dentures can increase your risk for developing oral infections. This makes your oral tissues and skin red and irritated. You should take your dentures out every night to clean them and allow them to soak in a solution that loosens the debris, brushing them thoroughly before placing them back in your mouth in the morning.

My gums and roof of my mouth are red and raw under my dentures. Why is this? This is due to lack of oxygen and increased bacteria in the area due to excessive denture wear or inadequate cleaning. Remember to keep your mouth and gums clean and free of harmful bacteria with this 100% pure botanical toothpaste and mouthwash. Click Here to try your FREE bottle today.  


  1. Ninomiva K, Maruyama N, Inoune S, Ishibashi H, Takizawa T, Oshima H, Abe S,; The Essential Oil Of Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree Oil) And Its Main Component, Terpinin-4-ol protect mice from experimental oral candidiasis.; Biol Pharm Bull. 2012:35(6):861-5.

Article Written By Sharon Boyd



Sharon has been a Registered Dental Hygienist since 2001. She also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Relations and Business. In 2011, she began implementing her dental knowledge into freelance writing services that aided dentists, product designers, continuing education providers and web marketing firms for their online and distribution purposes. She has since bridged her services into the medical and cosmetic surgery fields.

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Article Reviewed By Dr. Lara Coseo

Lara T. Coseo, DDS, is a 2004 graduate of Baylor College of Dentistry.  She has 13 years of experience practicing general dentistry.  She currently serves as a part-time faculty instructor at Texas A&M College of Dentistry and writes dental website content and blog material. Website / LinkedIn 



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