Light Bleeding With New Dentures: Is It Normal?

Posted on

A new set of dentures will be a revelation, life-changing, transformative or whatever enthusiastic description you care to use. In any event, your daily life will be significantly improved from the moment your new dentures are in place. Your dentures will take a bit of getting used to, but most of this adjustment is completely natural and doesn't require any major effort on your part. However, there's one curious change that new dentures may cause in isolated cases. Now that you're wearing your new dentures, why are your gums bleeding?

Too Tight

It's not a case of one size fits all when it comes to dentures. Both the prosthetic teeth and the acrylic denture base that holds them were made just for you, and the base was configured to tightly fit the contours of your mouth. Sometimes it might be that your dentures fit too tightly. Some minor adjustments are commonplace with new dentures, since any issues may not be evident until you've had a chance to try out your dentures. When the denture plate is excessively tight, your gingival tissues may be experiencing friction which has resulted in irritation and light bleeding. It's not a case of starting over, and adjustments can be made to your denture plate to ensure the optimal, most comfortable fit.

Sharp Edges

Any concerns about the edges of the dentures may also not be evident until you've had a chance to try them out. Although the denture plate is designed to have curved edges, it might be that they're not curved enough. When any part of the denture place is causing friction to your buccal mucosa (the lining of your cheek), some irritation and light bleeding might be experienced. Again, a minor adjustment will be needed to smooth out the problematic edge of the denture plate.

Other Causes

Light bleeding might not be directly caused by the dentures. Even people with a full set of natural teeth can encounter some bleeding after brushing. This is often due to gingivitis, which is an early form of periodontal disease, caused by bacterial inflammation of your gingival tissues. When your dentures fit perfectly and are not irritating your gums, other causes for bleeding must be explored. Even when you don't have any remaining natural teeth, you can still develop gum disease. When there are no apparent issues with your dentures, gum disease might be the culprit, and this will require dental treatment.

Light bleeding is not a normal occurrence when you receive dentures, so you must have your dentures inspected and adjusted as needed. Contact a local dentist to learn about denture care.