Dentures are one of the most widely prescribed of all dental devices--especially for aging and elderly patients. Yet many first time denture wearers fail to understand that these life-changing devices can lead to a number of potential problems, with gum sores being one of the most common. If you would like to increase your knowledge of this common condition, read on. This article will introduce you to the treatment options available for gum sores caused by dentures.


Gum sores are known in the dental world by the somewhat more formal title of traumatic ulcers. Traumatic ulcers most commonly occur in those areas where a denture directly contacts the gums. They are usually considered a sign of poor fit or damage, both of which will lead to a denture that does not sit snugly against the gums. As the denture moves back and forth, it causes irritation to the gum tissue.

Irritation and gum sores may also occur should food particles become stuck between denture and gums. Finally, it is important to note that gum sores may occur in new denture patients even if there is nothing wrong with the dentures themselves. In this case, the problem is simply that the wearer is not well versed enough in how to properly affix the denture in place.


You should always be sure to mention gum sores to your dentist, who can help to determine whether the problem has to do with the fit of the dentures. In any case, there are several thing you can do to reduce the discomfort associated with your gum sores. Eating and drinking cold foods will help to reduce dull aches. You may also benefit from the use of a topical cream containing the pain reliever benzocaine. Regardless of what you to do minimize your discomfort, be sure to practice thorough oral hygiene; allowing bacteria to proliferate inside your mouth will only make the problem worse.

Bigger Issues

It is important to realize that certain patients are more likely to develop gum sores than others. A natural predisposition has been found in those who suffer from such issues as:

  • diabetes mellitus
  • xerostomia, or dry mouth
  • nutritional deficiencies

Likewise, it is important to realize that changes to the shape of your gums and jaw may be at the root of chronic gum sores. This can be the case even if your dentures appear to be in good shape. You see, those who no longer have their permanent teeth undergo much more rapid changes to the profile of their jaw. For this reason, it is important to have the shape of your mouth evaluated every few years, as there will be a good chance that it is time for a new set of dentures.

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