Gaye Clancy, RDH
Dr. Brandon Nicholson, D.D.S.
Your best bet is to see an expert dentist right away, possibly to rinse with chlorohexidine solution, but it is a prescription! You might want to ask the dentist to do tissue conditioning treatment!
Best of luck.
Your sore gums may be caused by a variety of problems and to receive the correct care you should visit a dentist who makes dentures. The most frequent cause for soreness is ill-fitting dentures. As we age, our jaw bones remodel, and dentures which at one time fit correctly can often need adjustments or replacement. The average denture lasts five years. If the dentures were never comfortable, then either there are pressure spots that press harder and need to be relieved or the teeth are not in harmony. This harmony is called “occlusion“ and can be difficult to refine but ever so important. This is where a more knowledgeable dentist can be valuable.
I hope this helps and good luck.
There is a fairly new product out there the help the edentulous patient; it is the all on 4 implant retained denture. This is put in and not removable by the patient. The denture is attached to the 4 implants and does not press on the delicate lining of the mouth. The denture does not move around. Most patients are very happy with this treatment. The downside, it is costly. Even if you have dental insurance, it will cover only $2,000 out of approximately $22,000 per arch. The expectation is that the implants will last forever, the denture has a metal framework with a lifetime guarantee.....but the plastic teeth on the denture will need to be reset periodically. Most of the cost is upfront. It really is a quality of life issue. This treatment is so much better than the traditional denture .
In answer to your sore gums.....try to wear the denture as little as possible....hardly a great answer, but a common problem, with no great inexpensive solution.
I hope this helps with your problem.