What to do if your dentures hurt

New dentures can take around two to four weeks to settle properly. It’s not unusual to experience some tenderness or discomfort at first. Here’s a guide on how to prevent prolonged discomfort, and why you may experience it.

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It is perfectly normal for your gums to feel sore at first as you are adjusting to your dentures, however, if they continue to cause you problems, you may want to speak to your dentist. Minor adjustments can make a massive difference in how your dentures fit and feel.
Poorly fitting dentures can also allow food to become trapped between the dentures and your gums, causing your gums to become irritated when eating or speaking. If you're experiencing persistent discomfort, speak to your dentist.

Five tips for preventing discomfort

Tip 1 - Try chewing food slowly. This will help gums to fully recover if your dentures are new.

Tip 2 - Regularly rinse your mouth with salt water to soothe your gums after prolonged denture wear. Add half a teaspoon of salt to at least half a cup of warm water.

Tip 3 - Consider using a denture adhesive to help seal out any food particles from getting under your dentures and causing irritation.

Tip 4 - Clean your dentures daily to help remove bacteria and make your mouth feel fresh.

Tip 5 - Be sure to take regular trips to see your dentist, so they can check up on your dentures and the rest of your mouth and sort out any problems. Your dentist will be able to give you advice on how to adjust to wearing your new dentures during the transitional period, and ensuring they fit as comfortably as possible.


To help prevent damage and to keep your dentures in the best shape, it’s important to take care of them just like you would your natural teeth. Having a thorough, daily cleaning routine will help ensure they are kept in the best possible condition and you can keep smiling.

It is best to consult your dentist if you are suffering from prolonged discomfort. They will be able to check your dentures and make sure they are the right fit if they are starting to feel uncomfortable.