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I'm a Denture Clinic Coordinator and if you have any denture related questions I will do my best to help. :)
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I need help, new top denture I think its to big when its in my mouth the front of it hits up into my nostrils, and my top lips sticks, and I keep getting sores from the denture rubbing up and down on my gums, I use a  an adhesive but it still rubs and I am getting headaches when there in, I have gone for six  adjustments already and have another appointment next Tuesday, what can you do to help me
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Ask for a refund and go somewhere else
You have done everything they asked you to do and have gone back many times
That is enough torture
Write them a  letter and  ask for a refund of your  money.  if the do not do it sue them in small claims court
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Hi Eleanora Scully, How new is the denture and was it placed as an immediate? So far from what you mentioned about it hitting your nostrils it sounds like your flange is too high. Technically it should be about 22 mm from the top of the acrylic to the incisal edge (the end of your 2 front teeth). Hope this makes sense? Let me know. Where is it rubbing on your gums? Where in the mouth? Oh and do you also have a labial freenum?
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I'm informed by the Mexican Gardener (my wife) the flowers are Salvia.
She does make a mean batch of Salsa!  :-)
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OMG I love them! They are so pretty. Nice looking landscape job. Do you get lupins where you live? They grow like weeds up here and are usually by the highway to protect the sides of the highways up north here in cottage country. We've had so much rain this yr that I haven't seen them blooming. :/ They are so similar to those but your flowers sound much yummier. :) Me gusta la salsa. :)
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Yes the Dentist told my hubby to get a mouth guard from his Lab. We can't legally make them in Denture Clinics. I didn't get one from the Dentist. We got it at Walmart. I used to work in a Lab and I know what it takes to make a night guard and I'm not paying no Dentist like $400 for one! :)
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We have a lot of shade.  In our one sunny spot I need some low ground cover.  
I'm currently experimenting with this:
Delosperma Fire Spinner®  Fire Spinner Ice Plant
has vibrant tri-colored flowers of orange, red and lavender that are unique in the world of perennial flowers. Outstandingly colorful. An evergreen groundcover, this ice plant blooms in late spring. A 2011 Plant Select winner. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric).
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Those are puurrdy ones as well!
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They made them wrong! You paid good money and I think you should ask them to make another  before a warranty runs out! If it is an immediate denture than i can understand it is hard to make a denture for a mouth with no teeth...... while it has teeth! But it should not give you "monkey lip"! specially after 6 adjustments! If it is a replacement they just need to re-do it. my opinion. I am going through it right now.
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Can anyone tell me how long you are supposed to wait after the 24-hour period that they advise you to keep it in to reduce swelling and when you are expected to be able to put it back in I was never told that and I find that to be negligence on the part of my dentist and all of his aides I'm very angry and I'm in a lot of pain not to mention a lot of tranquilizers
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I really need somebody's help who has gone through this before please help me please I am without any information at all and I'm relying upon people who have gone through this to give me guidance since my dentist and his assistants don't seem to be forthcoming in this regard
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Hi Diane I had all uppers extracted and immediate upper about 3 months ago. I too was worried about bottom teeth hurting upper gums during sleep. But so far I had no problems. I think without teeth up there its harder to close mouth fully so for me they've never touched. Hopefully will b same for u. Now as for the 24 hr wait. I waited til my next day post extraction check up and dentist took my denture out the first time. He then told me to wear it all day but take it out while sleeping every night. I'm so sorry u haven't received the care u so rightly deserve. I've heard good and bad stories about the way ppl r treated by dentists and staff. It is so messed when ppl r treated unfairly. Ur dentist or SUM1 at his office should have better prepared u
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Hi Diane, I'm sorry to hear that you're not being treated well. You should have a post-op appt and adjustments at no extra cost. Here are some Denture Care tips that we hand out at our Clinic. Sorry had to edit our company header on here and I could only copy and paste on here. I hope this helps.  You should give them a call and ask for pot-op treatment.

Getting Used to your New Dentures

Learning to wear new dentures is like learning to ride a bicycle, practice is necessary.  With new dentures there is an adjustment period where your usual mouth functions may need to be relearned. Here are a few tips to make it easier for you to adapt and get the best out of your new dentures.

Discomfort

     When sleeping you should wear the dentures for the first night, this will help your gums and tissue get accustomed to them. After this, leave them out at night – the gums will remain healthier. When you remove your dentures always store them in cold water, if they dry out they may change their shape or warp.

 ·         Your dentures will probably cause sore spots during the first few days. If these spots are so uncomfortable that you are unable to wear the dentures, remove them and massage the painful area with your finger. A teaspoon of salt and a cup of warm water may help relieve pain. Let the gums rest and then replace the denture. Try to persist for three hours or so before your next appointment. This will help us to locate sore spots. If you fail to wear the denture, no sore will be visible and precise adjustments will be very difficult.

 ·         The lower denture always feels much looser than the upper. Try to hold it down when you eat by spreading your tongue out at the back.

 Chewing

·         Avoid pain by starting with easy but nutritious food to eat (eggs, fish, mashed potatoes, soft bread, oranges, apple sauce, cottage cheese, etc).

 ·         Try not to bite with the front teeth as this may cause the back end of the denture to move off the gums. Biting with the side teeth will give better stability.

 ·         Try to chew with food on both sides of your mouth at the same time. If food is bilaterally placed, the denture will be less likely to tip.

 ·         Holding the top denture up with the tongue while chewing requires talent but this habit can be very useful.

 ·         When eating take small mouthfuls of food at first and cut the food into small pieces so that you don’t bite with your front teeth. Wait until you are used to your dentures to use the front teeth.

 Saliva

·         With the stimulus of new dentures your mouth may have more or less saliva for a few days. Be patient and the flow will return to normal.

 Speech

·         If speech does not sound right to you don’t worry about it, give it some time and normal body adaptation will resolve your concerns. This will correct itself within several weeks. Practice reading aloud. Do not focus undue attention on the process.

 Cleaning

·         To remove food debris and bacterial plaque from your denture, brush thoroughly with a stiff denture brush. Use either liquid soap and cold water, or a commercially available denture cleaning agent. Wash your denture over a sink of water or a cloth. If they are dropped on a hard surface, the acrylic portion may fracture and any metal may bend.

 ·         Take the dentures out for the night. This will allow the gums to rest, and promote blood flow. If this causes the jaw joints to hurt, re-insert the dentures and use your best judgment for comfortable sleep.

 ·         Never use toothpaste, baking soda or bleach to clean your dentures. Dish soap, hand soap or denture cream is the best cleaner to use on your dentures. Brush your dentures at least twice a day.

 Recall

·         Post delivery follow-up usually requires one visit. More are available as needed. After the first year, annual recall visits are useful to monitor changes in the shape of the ridges, wear of the teeth and general oral health.

·         If there are problems with pain, chewing, or with wear or breakage of the base or teeth, please make an appointment with the office at your earliest opportunity.

 REMEMBER: GETTING USED TO WEARING NEW DENTURES TAKES TIME – KEEP PRACTICING

 

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Sue them in small claims court and go somewhere elase
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Deb the reason may be that the adjustments weren't done correctly...
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No, there are many reasons why. Maybe her gums are shrinking quickly. Maybe the person adjusting them is reluctant to remove "too" much as you can't add acrylic to a denture unless it's repaired. Also, not sure who is working on her denture. I've had people come in with dentures made else where and not happy. In fact, I have someone coming in on Monday that went to another place and had a Reline which she says is ruined and a horrible job was done and when she went for an adjustment they trimmed most of her teeth and now they are flat. You don't trim the incisal or buccal edges of teeth. You are paying for those teeth, If someone trims them to the point that they are flat you have to smash your food and not chew them. However, We also have had once in a while one of our patients that we made the denture for come in several times for an adjustment. No mouth is the same and I just don't want Eleanora to panic and would like her to stay positive...
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We also had a referral from a Denture Clinic that had a patient they couldn't help anymore. She had services at their clinic and went after the service at least 15 times for adjustments. We agreed to help her. We made her a set and she came for approx 8 adjustments and she's a happy camper now. :)
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Was not trying to panic her.... and yes.... when you shave a little off here..... it does make it set a little different over there! Since you are in this profession and from your story here...... you and I both know too many people "accept" an ill fitting denture or a denture that does not aesthetically look well with your face. So my opinion was if you are constantly having issues....... see about getting it re-made! We all know it really does not cost the amount of money we spend..... on the actual plastic for the denture. (I worked for a dental laboratory so I really dont want to go on about the price either.... I know what it costs! And it does not cost $2400 but that is another issue.)
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I am here to help people......with my opinion over my 7 month long personal investigation because I wear them. I am not here to argue with anyone.
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Deb, you are misunderstanding what I said. As I'm not here to argue either. I'm on here to try and give tips and hope people can be positive. I didn't mean you are going to make her panic. I didn't want her to panic according to her post and how she's feeling. I've recently read a few of your posts and you are very knowledgeable and I'm not a person by nature to judge anyone especially who I don't know. Have a nice afternoon. :)
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I agree, the correct adjustments should fix the problem. My dentist did a great job at fitting mine, I had to go back a few times and the first couple weeks especially your gums are changing constantly. The first few weeks I felt like the area around my upperlip and base of my nose stuck out more than normal, but that actually went away so I think it was due to swelling. I also found that for the first few weeks I didn't have the freedom of movement in my jaw that I was used to. That also went away. Between a good adjustment and time things should get better.
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I'm having 18 teeth pulled and immediate temporary dentures put in right away.  I'm doing this at Affordable Dentures, in Fort Collins, CO, which is over 200 miles from where I live.  Do you think it's a good idea to go to this kind of place or would a hometown dentist be better??
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Thanks to all of you for your input!  I really appreciate the feedback and I would love to find a dentist, closer to home, but I can save over a couple of thousand dollars, if I go to Fort Collins, which would buy me a lot of gas and pay for motels too.  They do include the relines and even have a 1 year warranty on the permanent dentures, which is a money saver also.  My biggest fear is not being close for the adjustments.....really confused and hope I'm doing the right thing!  The dentists here are way too expensive, so I can travel 80 miles west and pay over 2000.00 more, to have this done, or travel 150 miles east and still be paying at least 2000.00 more....so, no matter what, I'll have to travel a ways to have this done! 

Shannon, did you get yours done at Affordable Dentures in Fort Collins?
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I got mine done at Affordable Dentures in Collingswood, NJ about 30 miles from where I live. A friend of mine had hers done there and she had to drive almost 100 miles from where she lives to get there. She has had hers for a few years now & loves her denture. I'm only 3 weeks having mine in & I love mine. It is worth the money & the drive, in my opinion.
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Be sure to keep a very thorough record of ALL expenses & mileage, mileage is a big one, receipts for all meals, oil changes, etc. I would check with a tax person or someone in the world of accounting. I think that all of this is able to be deducted
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Really?  Thanks for that info and I will check on that :)  I appreciate you telling me about this because I would have never even thought about it.
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I found out about it when I had to travel to Cleveland Clinic from Mid-Michigan about 3 times a month. Lodging and meals can often a deduction as well. PLEASE do yourself a favor and contact a financial
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Fort Collins is one of my very favorite places in the world.  Beautiful, very unique town with pianos on the streets, people singing and dancing.  An Amazing place ~ can't wait to go back~ Magical Atmosphere! Bojo's Pizza is absolutely wonderful and I don't even like Mexican Food but the smothered burrito, with the white sauce, at Cafe Mexicali (Bojo's was closed when we pulled into town and I can't eat at McDonalds)...

That smothered burrito will make you take back things you never stole!  It's a life-changer!

With that all the way from Pennsylvania you can see I am very Pro Fort Collins, but I think 200 miles to travel for the dentist is too far.  Call around locally, see who has an in house lab to see if you have any options.  It wouldn't hurt to check.

I haven't don't this yet, but my dentist told me after extractions if I show up 15 times that first week needing adjustments or with questions, they will see me.  So I know when they said that, I will be in there a few times. They also confirmed an immediate appointment the day following my extractions and placement of temps (or permas).  So you have a 4 hour trip most likely with traffic each way and if you need seem the following day that's a hotel involved.  The time (8 hr/ round trip) the gas, possible hotel stays involved, wear and tear on vehicle.  Not to mention when a person is in pain an extended car trip is just an awful experience.  With that drive, Extraction day, for sure you would need a driver, so they have to drive, eat, etc. Costs with that even if it is a loved one who you don't compensate, there is still expense & also the chance something last minute comes up and they can't transport you. Just being in pain if you happen to be one who has an initially more painful start to this journey, you not only have the pain but have to jump through such hoops to get yourself to the help you need.

I would really look around and see who you have locally, that could turn into a viable option.  I know in town our Aspen Dental has everyone's endorsement.  I was given the name of my people, and I talked to them, consulted & I didn't even bother consulting with Aspen Dental.  My folks I know without a doubt are the ones I am meant to be with.  You may have just that type of hidden gem closer to you than you realize.  It's worth looking into.

Don't get discouraged ~ however it works out, it will but you aren't locked into anything yet so you have a bit of time to weigh all options, that's a nice position to be in. 

Keep us posted, please.
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I'm planning on going down the day before and I won't be coming home until the day after I have the teeth pulled and the immediate dentures put in.  I thought that way, if I had any problems, I would be able to go and see them, that next morning.  I have a good friend who is going to travel with me and drive us home the next day, so that is taken care of :)  No matter what I do, I'll have to travel to have this done, as it is terribly expensive to do any dental service around here.  And, I can save over a couple of thousand dollars, by traveling to Fort Collins, but my biggest concern is.....I'm wondering if Affordable Dentures is a good place to go??  I've done research on them, but can't find any on the one their, because they are new and only been open a couple of months now.
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From everything I have read about them (and they are mentioned very frequently) ~ it's just like almost everything out there ~ folks have both good and bad experiences.

I did read tonight about a lady who had even farther of a distance than you are going to have and she got through it, was happy to see that.

Nice to have a good friend taking you ~ he or she can keep an eye on you while you are still off a bubble. 

I would definitely get all your supplies together prior to going ~ a little goody bag.  There are all kinds of tips on that go into detail about the basics.  Because you will travel farther than most, add to your list a cooler with cool water, keep some at car temp too ~  both may have their advantages.  Maybe some yogurt or the nutritional drinks, the applesauce little travel containers as well.  You'll be able to rinse with the water.  Pack a wider mouthed, solid in color (not clear) container in case you need to spit a bit too.  If it's solid in color, it won't spook you or your friend because whatever goes into it won't be visible. At the hotel ice and then fill your cooler so you can ice while you get driven home.  Ice on / Ice off for the length of drive you have will give you a better head start than most probably get with it.  Towel to wrap the ice packs. A pillow I think would be a comfort item too.  (Now the icing bit obviously only comes into play based on what your dentist tells you, but I think most say icing is key). 

Not sure if you will get pain meds prescribed.  I know in our state I can't get the prescription in advance.  So that may be something to consider, making sure if you are given prescriptions you are able to fill them, but be mindful to get something in your belly so you don't get sick on them for the drive.  I am also looking into alternating the OTC's;  have read several times the OTC rotation actually works better than prescription pain pills for a lot of people.  But the downside is  I think you have to take so many more otc's and I don't like pills at all.  But you may want to look into that too as the OTC's may be easier on your body especially if you have a long drive.

I would maybe before everything happens, get a few numbers of someone local for once you are home, just in case something comes up and you need to see someone quicker than you re able to get back to Fort Collins.  Also talk to them prior, without a fuzzy head specifically about the distance, and have a plan of some sorts. 

Be mindful when traveling about drinking with straws, I had dry socket one time, I would have liked to have died, no exaggeration. I know one thing for dead, damn certain, I will not have a straw in my mouth until I am healed.  Avoid straws, don't take a chance there, it just isn't worth it.

That's really all I can think of now.  Hopefully other folks will offer some help for the travels.  Probably not much anyone can say about the facility because it is new.  Try and have faith.  Anything can be fixed. 

When are you going?  
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Thank You so much for all the good advice and tips on things I will need to have with me!!  I never go anywhere without a cooler, with water in it and I had planned on getting some Premier Protein shakes, yogurt and applesauce.  I hadn't thought about the ice pack for the trip home, so I'll make sure to get that covered as well.  I'll have my pillow along too and I sure do hope they will give me a prescription to get some pain pills.  The only thing I can take if they don't, is Tylenol and I'm thinking that won't be enough to relieve the pain.

The straws won't be a problem either, as I'm not supposed to use them anyway.  I had gastric bypass surgery a few years ago, and that's one of the items on the "Do not use" list :)  I had a dry socket way back when....years ago, when I had all of my wisdom teeth pulled and you are right, never want another one of them!!

I'm leaving on Monday the 30th of May and have to be at Affordable Dentures the next morning at 8am.  They told me to plan on being their most of the day.  Then on the next day, June 1st, my appointment is at 1pm and that's when they are pulling all of my teeth and putting in the temporary dentures.  I'm praying that it will all work out and I'm doing the right thing! 

I've been missing several teeth for a while now and I'm so ready to have teeth again and be able to smile and feel more confident.  Right now, I don't even feel like it's worth putting a face on or even going anywhere, as I just don't want anyone to see how my teeth look right now. 

Maybe the people who work at Affordable Dentures, will have a great holiday weekend and be all fresh and ready to start the week off right :)  I sure do hope so!!  I'm going to get started on my list, of all the things I need to buy before I go.  Problem is, there is so many different brands of things to choose from....how do you know what is the right thing to buy?  I've already looked on the Walmart.com sight and WOW, so many things to choose from! 
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As far as adhesives go, I bought one of everything. I've tried them all until I found the one that worked for me. Everybody's mouth shape is different, so what might work for one person might not work for someone else. It's all trial & error in the beginning. I personally like Fixadent with Scope. It leaves a tingling fresh feeling on the roof of your mouth. Making my mouth feel fresh & clean all day. But again, I tried them all before finding the one I like.
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Thanks Shannon!  Hope you have a great weekend :)
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Thank you, I hope you enjoy your weekend as well
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Please help me I just had 5 teeth removed from my upper jaw I was given no guidance on what I should and should not do except for a pat a pamphlet on how to care for my new dentures in the past when I've had a tooth removed I receive pages of instructions on what to do and what to expect in this case I received absolutely nothing other than to tell me not to remove the Denture for 24 hours nothing about what I should do or expect after removing the Denture after the 24 hour. I find this complete negligence on my doctor's part and the part of the AIDS in his office I'm still in extreme pain and was never even advised that if I was in pain to make an immediate appointment I cannot understand what they were planning to do with me after the teeth were removed only what I should do to protect and clean the teeth I find this negligence of the highest order and want to sanction them in some way for their absolute neglect of the patient over the product
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Just seeing this now. How are you doing Diane?
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Sounds like you have things covered and you don't have too long to wait so that's great.
Before you pull out of town, if you are concerned about anything go back to AD, they may even schedule you back in the following day before you hit the road just because of the distance involved. 

All those products, I nearly lost my head when I looked at everything.  No idea where to start on them.  I do believe it will be trial and error, that's what I am planning for at least.  I know one product that tops my list as a must have: Benzodent Dental Pain Relieving Cream.  Have read so many posts with people mentioning it. I am also looking into the Alcohol Free Orajel Antiseptic Rinse, it's another product highly recommended.  Those two I am set on.  The rest of the stuff I have no earthly idea. 

Have also heard you can easily make a gel ice pack by mixing 2:1 Water:Rubbing Alcohol.  I think I am going to try it in Ziploc ~ just so I have some flexibility. 

Heard the Kanka soft brush gel was nice so will probably pick up that and all of the Orajel Rubs.

As for powders, creams and goops, brushes, containers, even cleaning procedures (keeping them soaked all that jazz)  ~ I just have no idea.  Seems like a lot of people gravitate towards the powder.  I read last night someone for the first time in 10 years feels they can face the public with their dentures, they finally tried the powder. I do believe the woman was basically a shut in prior because of poor fit. 

Think a bit of healing has to take place before we powder, cream stick them up there like the guy hanging by his hardhat from a jobsite beam (remember those crazy glue commercials)  I do believe the Benzodent / Orajel can be used almost right out of the gate. I am going to really pay attention the advice they give me post op & have a bit of everything in the arsenal from what I have read online to be ready.  

Read up on Thieves Oil ~ with you having the gastric bypass, that may be something for you to look into as it would keep things out of your digestive tract.  I don't know anything about essential oils, have zero experience with them, Thieves Oil is an essential oil and they do say it helps with mouth sore pain and promotes healing.  So I am looking into it a bit more. 

You may want to ask them when they have you start the salt rinses, if its almost immediate you'll probably want to take some with you.  Would love it is a salt rimmed glass of Bloody Mary was considered the salt rinse but I don't think I will get lucky enough to see that on my post op instruction. 


It's all going to work out and you are doing the right thing; try not to second guess yourself.  I know I have reminded myself a few times ~ even if it's a complete and total train-wreck, at some point down the line it will be better than what I have now.  I have had intense / sever mouth pain. And when you get passed an episode like that you worry about the next one coming.  Now I am not happy I am losing my teeth, but if nothing else day 1 when it's all over with, there will be pain, but it'll be different, my mouth will adjust and it won't ever been like it has been for decades.  For me that's enough.  The cosmetic stuff will sort itself. 

Keep us posted every step of the way :)
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Can I drink coffee with dentures I'm scared if I do I might stained them or break them ??
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Hey Byron, yes you can drink coffee. Be careful not to burn yourself if you have a denture with a covered palate as your mouth is covered. In addition to cleaning them daily you should soak them a few days a week to keep them fresh and oh so clean. :)
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I had the same question prior to my surgery.   She's exactly right - be careful with the temperature and you'll be fine.  I do find coffee darkens up the front teeth of mine pretty quick - I usually just hit them with a piece of gauze when I'm done and they're fine until I get them into the overnight soak.
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Yes u can drink coffee. I do every day. They won't break and u can clean them with the efferdent tabs or whatever kind u have. I would b LOST without my coffee lol
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Hi Susi
No wearing dentures will have no impact on becoming a Dental H
It might even be as asset
Babara
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My new smile is worth all aggrivating things from this week. Day 5 and I'm already smiling without covering my mouth. I even went out with friends for a bit yesterday! The only thing people noticed was that I have mild, black eyes. I'm not a patient person by any means, but overall I'm glad I've had this done. Now I'm just looking forward to my permanent denture & eating again!
Good luck!!
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I am curious about when I can drink with a straw? My dentist told me not to as I was leaving the office but I'm not sure why or when I can use a straw again. Also I have been trying to figure out how to start the process of relearning how to eat, any advice is welcome! Thanks in advance!
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I am having a problem after my first adjustment, they felt fine when I left the office but by the time I got back to work they were loose and rocking if I chewed anything, I understand I cannot use adhesive or anything with a soft reline but they are falling out and my next appointment is after the Xmas, what should I do? 
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Joanna I have soft reline and I've used adhesives with them daily. I use the poligrip powder most or secure when I'm going out for the day. I've never had any problems with adhesives and my reline. My dentist told me I could. So many dentists say so many different things tho I've learned from reading posts on this site.
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Joanna

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my dentist said no adhesive and that I could only wash them with water
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Melanie Baker

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It's crazy how different dentists say different things. Mine told me I could use adhesives and could soak them in denture cleaner once or twice a week. Lol. There's always such a big difference in instructions by dentists. Lol
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Mine said the same as you. In fact he said to soak nightly. He said any adhesive that I like is fine. Maybe it depends on what kind of reline material they use. I know it was next to impossible to get a spot off the outside pink part that they missed when trimming them.
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Diane O'Kelley

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Hi! I am a month post 22 extractions with full upper and lowers. My immediates are also my permanents as they will be converted for implants in a few months. I had my first reline yesterday. My dentist said I can soak overnight and use any adhesive that I want, just not for the few couple days. I see others on here saying not to do either. He doesn't want me to wear them overnight, but that's how they stay the most comfortable, so I use the 3 minute soak and glue them back in. Is it possible with some soft reline materials to continue as usual? The bottoms are much more comfortable, but still move too much while eating. I don't want to damage the reline. As many as needed are included, so it doesn't cost me, but that process was NASTY, so I would prefer to keep it in tact as long as possible. Thank you in advance for your time and help!
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Josie

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I'm sorry I didn't get back sooner to all of you. I hope you all are doing well and smiling.
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Any ideas on how to cure monkey mouth without bone surgery? I am freaking out that I will look like this forever and I cry every day.... Going in for my first hardline adjustment in a month and terrified it is just going to be worse... Also, lower dentures are causing a hard lump behind my front teeth that hurts and bleeds occasionally. The dentist says there is nothing that can be done... I Have a hard time with that answer...
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Lower is a partial
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Josie

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If it has a skinny flat like metal bar from left to right on the front under your front back teeth that's called a lingual bar. That's probably what is causing the pain and he probably can't adjust that. There is an option of a different design that's called a Lingual apron-It's metal that kind of rests behind your teeth so you have more support. The Lingual bar if that's what you have can eventually cause an imprint in your skin. Grrrrr. Don't panic. Can you explain what you have on the upper and what kind of partial lower it is. Thanks.
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My upper is a full plate. My lower is partial with the bar behind my teeth at the bottom right by my lower palate. There's always a bubble there now. It hurts.
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Josie

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I'm not sure what exact teeth you have on your lower but a Lingual Apron casting is much better than a Lingual Bar. Try and give yourself a rest a few hours a day and gargle with salt water as much as you can for maybe a week. Did you have any teeth extracted on the lower? You should ask the Dentist why they didn't cast a Lingual Apron for you. I really hope the sore goes away.
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Oh and Pam, You should be able to get adjustments on your new teeth while you're healing. The smart thing to do is NOT get too much trimmed off the upper so soon. A hairline or 1mm is like a mile in the mouth and you don't want to get too much taken away. I'm sure that "monkey mouth" look will be gone in no time.
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To Pam Cooper
Hi Pam 
well anyone would have a hard time with that answer

I guess you need to consult with another dentist unless you first want to go back to your own original  dentist and tell him that is not an acceptable answer and you want him to consult with a prosdodontist  on your case and see what the prosdodontist   tells him.  You should meet with both dentists if possible an see what falls out from that discussion.

If he does not  agree I guess you have to consult with a dentist, and  hopefully one that does not charge for the consultation

Let us know what you do next because  this is very important for you and the rest of us need to learn how to handle a situation like this

I wonder whether an over denture secured by snap on implants would correct this problem??

Let us know Please
Good Luck
Barbara
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My insurance won't cover that and I can't afford more than I've spent on these things!!!
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To Pam Cooper:
You said:
"Any ideas on how to cure monkey mouth without bone surgery? I am freaking out that I will look like this forever and I cry every day.... Going in for my first hardline adjustment in a month and terrified it is just going to be worse... Also, lower dentures are causing a hard lump behind my front teeth that hurts and bleeds occasionally. The dentist says there is nothing that can be done... I Have a hard time with that answer..."

If this happened to me I would call him and go in now and ask for an adjustment again telling the dentist this is all unacceptable/
If he does not and can not correct the problem I would send him a "Demand Letter"  (look it up on the internet) ask for a refund  saying  other wise you will proceed to sue him

Most dentists respond to a Demand Letter and and try to settle
Good luck no matter what you do
Barbara
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Hey Pam! I responded to your question above. Man I'm sorry to hear that you're crying every day. It's obviously not easy because we aren't talking in person but I'll do my best to give you some tips based on what you tell me....hoping that it can improve the fit/function and get you smiling. Hang in there girl!
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My dentures close before my lips do and its driving me insane. I'm 9 days out. Will this change soon or were these made wrong?
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Hi Barbara,Thank you so much for your reply and information. i will get into this.What about me wearing Dentures, do you think this will be a problem in that specific profession? i don't think so, but you never know...
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Hi Josie,Thank you!
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Josie

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Susi you'd be amazed how many people wear them and you'd never know! I don't think it would be an issue. It's nobody's business but yours. I know a Dental Assist. that wears a Partial Upper and I don't think the patients that go into her work know. ;)
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susi

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Hi Josie,Thank you for your encouragement!
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susi

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Hi Barbara, Thank you also for your replies and the encouragement !