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A bad fit is the cause of denture discomfort. A denture has a tissue surface that contacts with the oral tissues. There are different types of denture according to the needs of the patient. Generally, dentures are divided into the fixed type (e.g. jacket crowns and bridges) that are cemented permanently into a reduced abuttment tooth, and th4e removable type (e.g. removable partial denture and the complete denture).
The removable type are likely to cause denture discomfort. After a tooth has been extracted, the bony ridge lacks the stimulation of the tooth, thus causing it to shrink over the years. The plastic denture remains the same, and it will move sideways, forward, and moves around, rubbing on the tissue surface that caused irritation.
It could also be that the impression taken by your dentist wasn't so accurate, causing the denture to fit badly.
The following are some important means to ease denture discomfort:
It is important to know that food particles stuck on tissue surface of your denture adds up to the discomfort. Clean your dentures at least twice a day using toothbrush with toothpaste. You can even use soap to clean your dentures. Today, there are new dental product lines which are solely for denture cleansing. Ask your dentist about it.
Stimulating your gums keep it healthy and can reduce the rate of bone resorption. Even without the teeth, brushing your gums with a soft brisstle toothbrush is a healthy habit. Massaging your gums using your index finger and thumb stimulates the tissues and increase blood circulation on the area.
Most people encounter an uncomfortable adjustment period with dentures. You may develop sores in some areas of the gums during this adjustment period. Try this: dilute a pinch of salt inot a small glass of lukewarm water and use it as rinse every 6 hours. The lukewarm water with salt increases blood circulation and hastens sore healing. It can also help toughen gum tissue.
A common complaint to denture disconfort is the uncomfortable adjustment to eating and talking. At first, it feels awkward to talk and the food tastes flat. It will take some time before you can get used to it. Remember, practice makes everything perfect.
Your gums also needs to rest and breath. Remove your denture during sleep. This is the only time when you are not reacting to the world around you, so why be ashamed? Take your dentures out and place them in a glass of water to keep it clean. 
Don't try to adjusr your dentures yourself. You might break some important parts of your dnture, or you might alter its fit against your gums.
If your denture doesn't fit well, don't worry too much. There's a clinical procedure called "relining" which is to make the tissue surface of your denture adopts well to your tissues. You might be able to manage some minor denture discomfort, but you have to see your dentist if:
-you have a soreness that doesn't improve within a week
-there's an area in your gums that is bleeding or filled with pus
-there's an overgrowth of tissue in some areas of your gums
-you have a white sore for more than a week