Although they are sturdy, your dentures aren't going to last you forever. In general, most dentists recommend getting dentures relined every 3 to 4 years. After getting the dentures relined, it may take some time for you to get used to them again. It's not uncommon for patients to experience mouth pain and sores in the meantime. The following 3 tips can help you adjust to your new dentures more quickly to avoid mouth pain or discomfort.

Remove Dentures Every Night to Allow Your Gums to Rest

The mouth pain and sores will only worsen with time if you continue to use the dentures without giving your gums any rest. While it's important for your facial muscles to adjust to the dentures, you don't want to overdo it. Remove the dentures at night to give your gums ample time to rest and recover. This will expedite the healing time of the sores and will keep discomfort and mouth pain at relatively low levels. If you're removing the dentures overnight, make sure to keep your dentures in a denture solution to prevent them from drying out. The denture solution will also possess anti-bacterial properties to disinfect the dentures.

Chew Food from Each Side

If the dentures have yet to have time to stabilize in your mouth, they may cause your gums to feel sore. Start off by eating soft foods and work your way back to regular foods. You want to take small bites whenever possible to put less of a strain on your mouth, and you should try to chew foods from each side of your mouth. This will help stabilize the dentures.

Use Dental Adhesives to Prevent Slipping

An improper fit can also result in mouth pain and sores. If your facial muscles have yet to adjust to the dentures, the dentures will easily slip around, which can result in increased discomfort. Use dental adhesives to prevent slipping. See whether this improves your situation or not. Generally speaking, it will, as ill-fitting dentures can damage the jaw and cause rapid bone loss. This is why you might feel that the dentures are uncomfortable. 


If your dentures are constantly causing you mouth pain and discomfort with no end in sight, schedule an appointment with your dentist to see whether additional measures need to be taken. Your dentures might need to be readjusted or redesigned in order to achieve a better fit.