Symptoms of Denture Allergies
Posted on 8/9/2021 by Dr. David Wanserski
|Although rare, it is possible to be allergic to certain components of your dentures or to products you use with your dentures, such as adhesives or cleansers. Most dentures contain a combination of nickel or another metal, acrylic in the base of the denture, and dye to match the color of your natural gums. Whether you are allergic to one of these ingredients, a denture cleanser, or a denture adhesive, the following symptoms could indicate an allergic reaction.
Itching and Redness
A denture allergy could cause you to develop itching, rashes, and redness on your lips or gums. Allergic reactions vary from person to person, so you should not automatically assume that you are allergic to your dentures if you experience mild irritation. After all, dentures can irritate your gums if you are just getting used to a new pair, or if your dentures do not fit properly. A rash or other irritation could also occur if you are not cleaning your dentures thoroughly at night.
Hives or Sores
Hives or sores on your gums, lips, or inner cheeks could also indicate an allergic reaction to a component of your dentures. However, gum sores are relatively common among denture wearers, so again, sores do not necessarily mean that you have an allergy. Typically, sores result from dentures that fit poorly, so you might just need to see us for a readjustment or relining.
Nausea, Vomiting, and Other Symptoms
Allergies to denture cleansers can sometimes cause serious symptoms including nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, breathing problems, and even seizures. However, these symptoms would usually only occur if you gargled with the denture cleanser or ingested it, both of which you are not supposed to do. You should seek emergency medical care if you have any of these symptoms. If your dentures are causing you to develop sores, itching, a rash, or other irritation, call our office to see how we can help.