Is denture induced hyperplasia painful?

Answered by Douglas Hiatt

From personal experience, I can tell you that denture-induced hyperplasia can be quite uncomfortable and even painful at times. When I developed this condition, I noticed that certain areas of my oral mucosa became swollen and enlarged. These areas were directly in contact with my dentures, which caused irritation and inflammation.

The discomfort I felt varied depending on whether the affected areas were ulcerated or not. When the hyperplastic tissue was smooth and intact, it was more of a constant dull ache. However, when the tissue became ulcerated, the pain intensified, especially when eating or speaking.

It is important to note that the level of pain can differ from person to person. Some individuals may experience minimal discomfort, while others may find it unbearable. This could be due to variations in the severity of the hyperplasia or individual pain thresholds.

In terms of gender differences, it is often mentioned that females are more likely to develop denture-induced hyperplasia. However, I believe this could be attributed to the fact that women tend to seek dental care more frequently and are therefore more likely to report and seek treatment for this condition. It is possible that males may also experience this condition but are less likely to seek professional help.

To alleviate the pain and discomfort associated with denture-induced hyperplasia, it is crucial to address the underlying cause. Seeking assistance from a dentist or prosthodontist is essential in properly fitting and adjusting the dentures to reduce irritation and pressure on the affected areas. In some cases, denture adjustments or replacements may be necessary to ensure a better fit and alleviate the pain.

Denture-induced hyperplasia can indeed be painful, especially when the affected areas become ulcerated. The level of discomfort may vary from person to person, and it is important to seek professional help to address the underlying cause and alleviate the pain.