My dentures have bothered me since I got them this February. I am almost sure that I am allergic to acrylic. My dentist keeps making excuses or coming up with reasons that the dentures are bothering me, and I am getting sick about this. When I first got the dentures, my mouth burned within five minutes of wearing them. My dentist explained that my gums were still healing and that there wouldn’t be any problems in a month or two. The problems didn’t go away. When I returned to the dentist, he told me that my gums were irritated because I must not be wearing the dentures enough. I was wearing them every day for at least 8 to 10 hours. How much is enough? I want to switch to dental implants, but I am not sure I can afford them, if my insurance will help me with the cost because of the allergy, or if I need to consider new dentures from another dentist. What are my options? Thanks. Geoff from MA
We understand your disappointment with uncomfortable and irritating new dentures.
Are Your New Dentures Causing an Allergic Reaction?
It is possible to have an allergy or sensitivity to dental acrylic. Sometimes, nickel in the metal base or an ingredient in the denture adhesive is causing the problem.
If you’re using an adhesive, try going without it. At this point, the dentures should fit so well that they don’t need adhesives. If your denture is loose, ask your dentist to adjust or reline it.
Does your denture contain metal that may be causing a reaction? You may consult with an allergist to determine whether you have metal sensitivities. Ask the allergist to send the report to your dentist. New dentures from your dentist or a second-opinion dentist might improve the situation.
Dental implants can stabilize your denture, but you must speak with a dentist about using materials that do not trigger a reaction. If you have dental insurance, contact the company to ask about plan benefits for dental implants. An implant dentist can explain your options for affordable implant dentures.