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It has been two weeks today since I got dentures. They are so big that I need adhesives to keep them in. Can I safely use them now? What is best ?
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joanne

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Josie

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You should be able to use adhesive. Have you gone for post insertion/check up since you had the dentures inserted? If these are immediate dentures please be patient...it is very common for the dentures to be big, bulky and possibly flopping all over the place. When a denture is made to be placed immediately it's an educated decision with impressions on how to make the denture. You get swelling of course and that will heal and your gums will recede. It can take up to one year for gums to heal but usually at the 6 mth mark your gums should have done most of the healing. If you can get a Tissue Conditoner put in for the time being : It's a soft lining that will help with the fit and feel like a cushion while your gums are still healing that should help. At your 6mth mark you should consider getting a Reline if this is your upper. You will have an new impression taken with your denture and leave the denture where you got it for most of the day. They will pour your impression into a stone model and now they have a replica of you mouth at it's current state. They will be able to grind away where needed and fill new acrylic where it's loose and when you go back later that day your denture should fit and feel new. Hope this helps a bit. I'm a Clinic Coordinator at a Denture Clinic in Ontario, Canada. I think methods are different in the United States but I hope these are some tips you can use. You may find your speech may be off as well. Practice talking out loud!!! lol count numbers 60-79 as most people find their speech changes with the letter "S". :)
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joanne

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Thank you so much! This is really a struggle... My uppers make my mouth look like it is swollen still and my speech is a challenge. I feel Like everyone notices my struggle to talk and I am very self conscious. I have been back for a checkup and have a realign next week. I still am eating soft foods too. Ihave used adhesives sparingly. The thought of wearing these temporaries for six more months is depressing. I try to resign myself to this adjustment period and I admit maybe I am impatient. I appreciate you taking the time to answer! What kind if adhesive is best? Can I use sea-bond now?
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Josie

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Yes, when you have a surgery like this it really tests your patience. Did you pay for another denture or using the one you have? At my clinic we don't really believe in making people pay for 2 dentures. We fabricate a great quality one in the beginning and Reline it at the 6mth mark and it fits and feels like new and so nice and snug to the gumline. We have never had a complaint. Honestly...we have people that like different types of adhesives. Sorry I can't help too much on that but maybe you can try a couple?
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joanne, please know that you are not alone. If you have just completed the first two weeks, your mouth should still be adjusting to them. You will likely experience increased salivation. You might also experience sore spots in your mouth from the dentures. Rinsing your mouth with warm salt water might help. If soreness persists, return to your dentist for an adjustment. Expect a longer denture adjustment and healing time if you recently had teeth extracted or are a full-plate wearer.

After the second full week, you will be learning to 
talk and eat all over again, and the good news is that salivation and sore spots have lessened. This is the best time to start using a denture adhesive to improve the fit and feel of your dentures.  Using Fixodent as your adhesive will improve your confidence while eating and immediately improve the fit of your dentures.

At any point, if you're 
continuing to experience discomfort, please see your dentist, who can check the fit of your dentures. Expect a longer denture adjustment and healing time if you recently had teeth extracted or are a full-plate wearer. Hang in there! 
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