Burning mouth syndrome makes your mouth feel like it is very hot. This can happen for a variety of reasons. If you've recently started to have this problem and you wear dentures, then you may be wondering if there is a link between the burning sensation and your teeth.
When might your full dentures be the cause of this burning feeling and what can you do about it?
When Might Dentures Give You a Burning Sensation?
While burning mouth syndrome can be caused by medical conditions, medications or nutritional problems, dentures are sometimes responsible for this sensation.
For example, your mouth may feel like it is burning if you have the following denture problems:
Denture fit: If your teeth are too loose or too tight, then you may suffer from oral problems. Your dentures may rub on certain areas of your mouth or put too much pressure on your gums. This rubbing or excessive pressure can hurt and damage your oral tissues. This sometimes results in a burning sensation in your mouth.
Denture irritation: While most people tolerate dentures without a problem, a few may suffer from minor allergies to the materials used to make their teeth. For example, some people get irritated mouths from the synthetic resins used to manufacture dentures. This can make your mouth feel like it is burning.
Oral thrush: Some people are more prone to getting oral thrush when they start to wear dentures. This condition can be caused by rubbing dentures or by bacteria that isn't cleaned off the teeth and gums correctly. One of the common symptoms of oral thrush is a burning sensation in your mouth.
If you think that your dentures might be giving you the burning feeling, make an appointment to see your dentist.
How Can Your Dentist Help With Burning Mouth?
Your dentist will ask you a few questions about your medical history and any medications you take generally to establish if the problem is medical rather than dental. They will then look at your dentures, their fit and the inside of your mouth.
If your dentist feels that your dentures are behind your burning mouth problems, then they will discuss possible solutions with you. This may involve adjusting your denture fit or talking to you about hypoallergenic alternatives. If thrush is the problem, your dentist can tell you how to get rid of the infection and prevent it from happening again.
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