4 Weeks and a Few Bumps in the Road

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It has been four weeks since my extractions and receiving my immediate upper denture. I didn't know what to expect but I was hoping to be in a better place by now. I am fortunate in that I never experienced any dreadful pain. I've even been able to eat a variety of foods.

I realize that these are temporaries, and that my gums are changing, but every day is something different. Two days ago, it was cutting into my palate terribly. Yesterday, it felt good all day. Today there hasn't been much discomfort, it just feels like it doesn't fit quite right--like I'm trying to put a sqare peg in a round hole. Nothing major it just feels off. I also can't eat unless I use some kind of adhesive.

While I have been able to eat a variety of foods, things take me by surprise. I tried to bite into a Pepperidge Farm Milano cookie today and couldn't. I felt like the whole thing was going to come out. I feel like I am never going to bite into and sandwich again...

And, there is how it looks. People tell me I am imagining it but I feel like it has changed the shape of my face. The denture is thick in front and I feel like it makes my top lip jut out.  It has also changed my smile. 

Not to metion that I still haven't gotten used to the hunk of plastic. There is not a second that I don't know it is there.

I have an appointment with my dentist next weeks and will address some of this.

Just feeling so down and frustrated. Thank you for letting me vent.
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Nancy E Colson

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lisa j Llewellyn

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Hi, it will happen..I promise.
Venting, I believe, is necessary. I've had the same issues, it's been 7 weeks for me and it is getting better..not great but definitely better. Hang in there and keep us posted on your progress. Keep going back for adjustments, it helps.
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Thanks Lisa.
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I went through all of this ,it was something different everyday and you get to the point you want to scream ! all you can do is keep going back to your dentist and have the hot spots shaved down and get a soft reline when its time but this is a long process, everyone is different but for me I can't stand the glue and a friend told me about seabond and its like cushion and helps with all the hot spots and you don't have to deal with that nasty glue .good luck I promise everything will get better .
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Thanks Gina.
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I’m 5 weeks post extraction and immediate dentures and absolutely everything you described is exactly what I’ve been going through too! It actually made me feel better reading your post because I feel that what I’m experiencing is “normal”. One problem for me is that I cannot have the soft realign, I’ve tried twice and I gag constantly, it has all been quite frustrating!
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Try seabond it saved my life ! its like a cushion for all the hot spots and no aggravating glue .
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Nancy E Colson

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I went back twice during the first week. They had become so loose, they were falling out. Now it will be 4 weeks between appointments--too long. I should really be back there this week but can't get an appointment. I'll just have to tough it out till next week. We will get through this.
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Today is a better day. I tried the SECURE again, this time following the instructions on the tube. Debnture is in and feels secure (no pun intended). The Milano cookie that was impossible yesterday is no problem today with the SECURE.
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Will have to try the Secure.  But not until after my appointment on Sunday.  Today I tried to eat a soft piece of fish for lunch, both top and bottom popped loose.  Luckily, I was alone in my office and just took them out, rinsed them off and put them to the side while I finished eating.  But, I want badly to be able to eat with my teeth in. 
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Nancy E Colson

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The Secure is lasting me all day. I'm finally figuring out that you have to get it just right. Too little and it doesn't hold. Too much and the denture doesn't fit. Yesterday was better than today but I still managed to eat whatever I wanted. Oddly, I feel more comfortable with the denture in than out. I can't begin to figure out how to eat without it.

My big concern with the Secure was difficulty removing the denture and adhesive. It hasn't been a problem. They come out easily at the end of the day and the Clean It wipes remove left over adhesive from my mouth. No problem cleaning the denture.
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I find Secure the best adhesive ever.  I use it for my uppers, and I have absolutely no trouble eating now. In fact, I have just finished eating a chewy mint lolly :-)
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How do you apply. Do you do the strips as shown on the box or coat the whole denture?
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I place some on a Q tip, then spread it evenly over the whole plate. Where I feel it needs it more, I will add a little extra. Once spread, I tend to leave it for about 30 seconds to dry and then I firmly use both hands to push and place my plate into my mouth.  Golden rule for me, I won't eat or drink anything for at least 30 minutes, so it is really secure in my mouth.  When removing it at night, I also use the wet wipes, and then use a babys soft toothbrush and toothpaste, to remove any excess glue from my gums and top of palate.  Then gently brush my plate with another soft toothbrush, to be soaked overnight in a denture solution.  (You don't need the secure solution if you are cleaning your plate properly).  The adhesive can mean a little extra time, but at the end of the day, when you know that your dentures are going to stay secure all day and night, and you can eat normally, it's well worth it! :-)