Denture sores can be caused by wearing ill-fitting dentures, getting food under your dentures, and wearing your dentures for long periods of time without removing and cleaning them. If these sores get infected, it can lead to a number of different issues and dangers. Here are a few of the issues that can come from infected denture sores.
Pain Any infection can cause pain. If your gums become sensitive and swollen due to infection, it's going to hurt every time you bite down and press your dentures against them. In fact, simply putting your dentures in can hurt if your gums are infected enough. The swelling caused by infection can make your dentures sit incorrectly on your gums, even if they were a perfect fit before. This can cause further irritation and bleeding.
Infected sores can also bleed, leading to blood pooling up under your dentures. Bleeding also provides a new entry point for bacteria to get into your body, causing the infection to grow and become more severe. This danger is even more likely if you don't take out and clean your dentures regularly and brush your gums. If you don't keep your dentures clean, bacteria can begin to grow and multiple on them.
Other Infections Once you get bacteria into your gums, it's possible it can spread to other parts of the body. This can lead to a number of different infections and issues, some of which can even be life-threatening. You may find that pain or other issues in one part of the body actually stem from an infection in your mouth.
This is why it's very important that you call and schedule a visit if you notice that the area around a sore has become inflamed or is bleeding. An infected denture sore needs to be treated as soon as possible to avoid further infection.