48 hours post full upper extractions eating

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I'm coming up to 48 hours post extractions. I have had very little to eat in that time. Swallowing is extremely painful as any pressure to the pallet is unbearable. My husband bought me a case of meal replacement drinks. I'd love to be able to just remove the denture, gulp it down, rinse and put the denture straight back in until the next meal.

Is this advisable? What has everyone else done? My dentist didn't talk to me about this except to say I would be on a liquid diet for several days. I'm sooooo hungry lol
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Have you had your denture out yet? If not, you should call the dentist. If you have then I don't see how it would matter. One thing to try is smoothies-nothing with seeds - Dole Shakers are really good. You mix with whatever juice you want and it's nice and cold on your throat.
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I have had the denture out a few times. I just wasn't sure if it was OK to drink without it in. I couldn't stand the taste and smell in my mouth anymore. Even the cats hate me LOL So far I've had two Ensure's but they are OK but they really leave an unholy mess in my mouth.
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Time for salt water rinse then.

My dentist had told me to buy an ultra or extra soft toothbrush to GENTLY clear anything out of the holes and as they heal you still use the brush to brush your gums. I always brush after I take out and before I put in my teeth.

I can't stand the taste of Ensure so it's been a lot of pudding, potatoes, and smoothies.
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Alicia, yes. I have been doing salt rinses so many times a day. I really hate the feeling of left over stuff in my mouth. And I swear, the dentures themselves have a nasty taste to them! I'm hoping that will diminish over time.

I'm not really wild about the taste of Ensure either, but I would never be able to get anything thicker down my throat right now. Every little pressure to the top of my mouth send me into a maelstrom of pain. I never realized how impossible it is to swallow without touching the roof of your mouth. The things we take for granted.

I can't imagine touching the injury sites with anything yet. My nerves are very close to the surface. I'm pretty sure that would be a very painful experience which is why I'm forever rinsing. 

The biggest thing I'm looking forward to right now is some of my husbands homemade soup. All puree'd up and looking fancy in a cup! LOL  He makes the best soup and he's such a mother. 
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Hi Heather, I can testify that the Special K protein drinks are very tasty.  I like the strawberry ones, but they also make chocolate and vanilla.  I can't stand the taste of the ensure.  Good Luck, with your new smile.  It takes a little while.  I had 27 extractions 2 weeks ago with immediate dentures.  After a week or so they will do the soft reline and that makes all the difference in the world.  I can keep them in for about 5 to 7 hours now.  I still have sore spots and I can't wait to get them out, but it gets a little better everyday.  I also think that by now it won't hurt to drink or eat soft stuff without your dentures.  I ate scrambled eggs and pudding and stuff like that without them on day 3.  Dentures are definitely not for sissies but it is doable.
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any idea why the roof of your mouth hurt so bad? i show this post was 2 weeks ago so i hope all is well now...but how did you swallow your pain meds? i hope mine isnt that bad...if you cant get down pain meds hell your screwed....but i dont think anything would stop me from taking my meds seeing as that is the only thing that will help relieve it...
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Taking the pain meds was a real challenge. I basically tossed them as far back into my mouth as I could and learned how to swallow without touching the roof of my mouth. I choked a few times doing that lol
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Heather, did your Dr. give you anything for pain?? It helps to get use to them with pain meds for a few days. When I came home that night after they pulled 17 teeth at once, I was having steaks on the grill with the works for a welcome home meal. I took my med and put my meal in a blender! Worked like a champ! The next day I did something my mom told me and that was to drink a few drinks ( I used the meds ) and eat a whole jar of planter peanuts!!! It worked and I started talking to myself in the mirror to get used to talking with the teeth. I am 58 and had then since I was 25. I am on my 2nd pair, I wore the other one out! Hope some of this helps but it is best to start eating as soon as you can WITH them in. You will have ups and downs but it IS worth it!

Everyone looks shocked when I say they are false. I laugh and say they ARE mine, I just paid for them differently!!!
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Diana, thanks for the levity! But how did you ever eat a jar of Planter Peanuts? LOL
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I won't lie, it was not easy. I did do some crying ( some h@@@, it hurt bad ). Between the med and knowing that for the first time in my life, I had beautiful teeth, it had to be done fast. I was a single mom of 2 and working plus going to school full time and knew I could not set to wait for them to work right. My mom had hers since she was 28 and I figured, if it worked for her there had to be something to it!

There is nothing easy in this life and you just need to figure out how much it means to you.

Remember your gums were protected by your teeth and now almost your whole mouth is. You have to learn a new way to do the things you took for granted before. If I and others made it to the other side you newbies can to!! It is WELL worth it!

P. S. STAY away from bread and lettuce for a while.
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My Dr gave me T3's but really, for me those don't work well and upset my tummy too much. I've been on a regular diet of Ibuprofen. It works the best. Today is day 3 and aside from the allergic reaction I'm having I'd say my mouth feels right about how it should. I'm afraid to try anything non liquid yet. My husband wants to make me mashed potatoes LOL My weakness.  I've lost almost 8 pounds in the last week.
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Mashed potatoes sound so good I'm starving, I'm on day 3 too, and so far have only had soup and custard (not together) I'm hoping in another few days to get through some mash. Weetabix really milky is good too, although it makes a right mess under my plate. Hope you get your allergy sorted soon.
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Sue, you sound like you're doing really well! That's great! 

My dentist called and said that the lab will have a hypoallergenic sample ready for me early next week. In the meantime, I use the one I have as much as possible. Not all hypoallergenic materials are hypoallergenic for everyone so trying a sample is the most cost effective approach. Failing that, they said they have another dentist/lab they work with in the States who uses different materials. I really hope I don't have to go that route. It sounds cost prohibitive.

Weetabix would make an unholy mess! LOL I'm having difficulty dealing with the slimy mess that Ensure leaves behind. I'm really looking forward to a pain free swallowing experience. You don't realize how much pressure your tongue puts on the pallet until you can't do it anymore. I could swallow standing on my head now I think.
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I'm not doing that well as they're getting looser now and really uncomfortable but my dentist said not to leave them out for any length of time in case my gums swell and I can't get them back in! So mouth really sore tonight, and still swollen. If anyone tells me I'm not tough I'll take my teeth out at em! Lol glad you're getting it sorted, and keep your chin up. What don't kill us makes us stronger