My Denture Still Irritates the Roof of My Mouth

I got a new denture last October, but it still hurts the roof of my mouth. My dentist says it takes some people longer to adjust, but the discomfort hasn’t improved. Can I get a soft palate in the denture because the hard one rubs the roof of my mouth? It’s so sore. I only wear my new denture if I must leave home and have social interactions. Thank you. Anita


Removable complete dentures often have a hard surface that stays in place from suction between the denture and the roof of your mouth (palate). While this design adds stability during chewing, it can cause irritation or discomfort. However, a denture with a softer palate material wouldn’t withstand the constant pressure of chewing.

How Can You Get Relief from an Uncomfortable Denture in the Roof of Your Mouth?

If your removable denture is causing pain on the roof of your mouth, an implant denture offers a comfortable alternative. These dentures are designed without a palate, eliminating that source of irritation.

What Is a Palateless Denture?

Implant-supported dentures are palateless dentures. This approach utilizes four or more dental implants to support a full arch of replacement teeth.

An implant dentist or oral surgeon strategically places four to six implants in your jawbone. These implants then anchor a custom-made denture that securely clicks into place.

Implant-supported dentures effectively restore your chewing ability, allowing you to enjoy a wider variety of foods. Additionally, a palateless denture improves your taste perception. You can speak, eat, and live with confidence, free from the discomfort of a traditional denture.

Another advantage of implant-supported dentures is their positive impact on your jawbone health. The implants stimulate the jawbone, preventing bone resorption and facial sagging that can occur with traditional dentures and jawbone shrinkage.

Consider scheduling consultations with a cosmetic dentist who partners with an oral surgeon or periodontist for dental implants. Discussing your specific needs and preferences will help you decide how to restore your smile.