Small wounds in the mouth, such as lacerations and ulcerations, can be extremely annoying. You may have accidentally bitten your tongue or the lining of your cheek, brushed a little too vigorously or even had an unfortunate encounter with a sharp-edged piece of food. Whatever the reason, small breaches in your gingival tissues shouldn't be a regular problem, and they should generally be able to heal themselves. However, someone who has just received a new set of complete dentures may experience regular ulcerations in the soft tissues of their mouth. Is this normal?
Like A New Pair of Shoes
Complete dentures may be slightly uncomfortable at first. There's the alien sensation of having something resting on your upper and lower palates, which you'll quickly get used to. But complete dentures can be like a new pair of shoes. They'll pinch slightly, but the tissues they rest against will quickly acclimate to this light friction, and any discomfort should fade away. Your new dentures shouldn't be causing enough friction to ulcerate the soft tissues in your mouth.
Looking for Signs of Excessive Pressure
The problem should be reported to the dentist or denturist who oversaw your dentures. The dentist will need to properly assess your dentures and how they make contact with your palate. They'll remove your dentures and apply a pressure indicating paste to the denture base plate. They'll then apply a special marker spray before reinserting your dentures. This paste and spray then create a harmless chemical reaction, so when your dentures are removed again, points of excessive pressure are highlighted in your mouth, having become small coloured spots (which can be easily rinsed away).
Modifying Your Dentures
These points of excessive pressure can suggest that your denture base plate doesn't precisely match the specific contours of your mouth. This can be easily corrected. Using a small bur, the sections of the base plate causing excessive pressure will be smoothed down. Only a tiny amount of the base plate's acrylic resin will be removed, and the end results may be invisible to the naked eye. Your palate will note the difference, and once any points of excessive pressure have been smoothed, your ulcerations shouldn't return. Remember that the contours of your mouth will naturally change over the years, so periodic relining of the denture base plate will become necessary. In the future, if any ulcerations or general discomfort should bother you, this can be a sign that it's time to reline.
Excessive pressure caused by the fit of your dentures is a fairly common complaint, but please don't think it's simply an unfortunate side effect of wearing dentures. Have recurring ulcerations professionally assessed since correcting the issue is very simple to do. Keep these tips in mind when looking to get complete dentures from a local dental clinic.