36 hrs after 13 extractions and immediate upper denture

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I had 13 extractions and an immediate upper denture put in on Friday 9/18 at 2pm and it is now Sunday 9/20 at about 3:30am. I know it's early but I have to leave for work a little after 5am and I am kinda sore. I thought I was doing really good on not having any pain and minimal swelling, but now I have some pretty sore spots. They are still pretty snug though, not loose at all. I am also getting more swelling under my cheekbones all the way across on both cheeks. Is this normal and when does the swelling normally hit it's peak? I wish I would have taken more days off work, but there was no way, we just didn't have the coverage. I know I can get through work OK as far a the soreness, the swelling is a little embarrassing. Can anybody tell me what to expect over the next weeks? I was also wondering if anyone can give me some ideas on what to eat? I have ensures and they aren't the best but I hate even real milkshakes so it kinda sucks. I tried mashed potatoes, but they kept getting under the plate and I was worried about them getting into the incisions. Any tips, tricks, or advise would be greatly appreciated!!! Thank you!!!!
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Hi Alicia,

From what I've read the swelling will peak between 2 - 4 days. I'm not really sure. I didn't have any visible swelling but I couldn't breathe through my nose for 3 days.

I am on day 5 and I'm still only eating Ensure. I'm fearful of rushing the eating and as a result delay my recovery. So, although the Ensure makes an unholy mess in my mouth, I am sticking with it for a few more days.  

I found that the first 3 days were the worst. The last 2 days my mouth has felt noticeably better in the morning. Starting this morning I put my denture in to feel for tender spots that are caused by the denture rubbing and I gently sand that down with a very fine grit sandpaper. I went for a couple of adjustments and that is all my dentist did except she used a dremel so I figure I'm OK to do slight paper adjustments myself.

I'm still not able to swallow comfortably yet as the pressure the tongue places on the plate is quite painful still. That in itself really limits my intake. It's the best weight loss program ever! lol
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I was so hungry today I tried mashed potatoes again and it went okay. I just rinsed with warm salt water really well after I was done. I don't have any pain on my palate but I am getting like a kake sore or something on my tongue where I keep playing with the front teeth. It looks like and enflamed taste bud or something. My dentist told me to leave them in until he checks everything and gives me the ok. I see my dentist on Tuesday and I can't wait because I have a spot that is getting a little sore in the back
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Try eating soup. The milk shakes,got old after the third one.. I couldn't even chew the chicken meat in the chicken and noodle soup but was able to squiah the noodles on the roof of the denture.
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Thank you. I will defiantly be trying the soup because your right, the milkshakes get old fast
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Mind that sore on your tongue. It might be the beginning of thrush. Ask your dentist if you can rinse with Peroxide or he can prescribe an prescription strength mouthwash.
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That's weird I wrote a reply to this yesterday but it's not there. Oh well. So the sore bump on my tongue is gone alreacy. Once I figured out hat it was from playing with my teeth I stopped when I realized I was doing it and it went away pretty quickly. Before the extractions my dentist did mention giving me a chlorhexadine rinse because he said that I will develop a bad taste in my mouth and it will smell bad from having basically open wounds that are covered with the denture, so I think I will get that when I see him tomorrow. Luckily it hasn't been too bad yet. I do get the bad taste in my mouth, but rinsing with warm salt water is helping a lot. Overall I am doing really well. A lot better than I had anticipated. Everyone, including the dentist, thought I would freak out when I first saw them and hate them and think I looked weird and ugly until I got used to them, he even gave me valium and told my husband it would probably happen and that it was normal and to give me the valium so i could sleep. But I didn't . From the time I got home I was showing off my smile to everyone (with blood seepage and all lol) and was thrilled with how they looked.
How are you doing with your recovery? Is all going well with you?
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Chlorhexidine rinse is good. I have been using it once a day since day 3. I am far from wanting to show off my new smile though. In fact I can't even physically smile yet as it just simply hurts too much to try.

Good to hear that your sore was easily corrected. I think I probably have thrush now and a number of gum sores where the denture rubs. I will have to ask my dentist about it when I see her today or tomorrow. I saw some oral rinse specifically for denture related sores at the drug store the other day. I didn't get any as I didn't have sores yet. Why did I think I wouldn't get any at all? LOL I think I'll be going by there later today. I do a dry fit every morning and soft sanding before I glue them in for the day and that helps but every day is different.

I would say my recovery is pretty normal. Thank goodness! I'm having more difficulty with the allergic reaction to the denture itself. 
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Swelling is not uncommon after surgery, it starts just after the surgery and peaks on the third day. It takes 3-5 days to resolve. I didn’t have any visible swelling as my dentist Dr. Ken Wolch in Toronto gave me some tips to minimize them( http://www.centenarydental.com/dentures/ ). He asked me to use ice packs on the side of the face where surgery was performed and sleep with the head in an elevated position. Try eating soft foods and liquids for a few days as it will be comfortable.

As your dentures are placed immediately after teeth extraction, they are only temporary in their fit, and it must be adjusted by your dentist. Do not forget to rinse your dentures gently with warm salt water after meals. Get well soon!! 

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I am now 2weeks/1 day after extractions. I had minor swelling all over and a little extra on my left jawbone I also developed a bruise there that still is not completely gone. I'm not biting anything yet and only chew very soft things. I too, go after them with a nail grinder, one of those cheap ones from the dollar store (it doesn't have high rpm's). I use the grinder bit first, then a more fine nail sanding sponge, and finally the buffer head to make them smooth. Only once, it was a spot on the inside. There was the tiniest ridge that was making a sore on the side of the gum. Other than that...I wouldn't sand the inside because the gums are shrinking.

It is going to take time. I'm saying that as much for myself as for anyone else. I get down in the dumps because I can't eat things like pizza, but I know pizza will be there when I can eat it again. I am choosing to make it positive, for myself and the people that have to put up with me. I remind myself that I am healthier now, with a beautiful smile. I'm eating much healthier, that's for sure. I have fruit smoothies anytime of the day. My son made me pureed cauliflower (which is delicious). I make fresh applesauce with a sweeter apple (not so much added sugar). I just bought some buttercup squash to make and freeze. I could kill for a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, though. I wanted Belvita bars real bad. I smashed them up and poured some milk on them. It was great!

Rinse after you eat, even when you drink. Warm salt water, even cooled salt water. I carry a bottle of salt water with me when I leave the house for any length of time. Also, a little cooler with a pudding cup, yogurt cup, a nutrition drink and a bottle of chocolate milk. When you're hungry, there's not much available in the fast food market...mashed potatoes and gravy from KFC and refried beans and cheese from Taco Bell, and ice cream/milkshakes.
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Hi here are a few tips you can follow : 

1)  Take  painkillers as prescribed on a regular basis 
2) Do not smoke or drink alcohol 
3) Try to eat  soft  food like  soup, pudding, yoghurt 
For more  information, you can visit:  https://grandviewdentalclinic.com