Today marks 14 days since I had my remaining 24 teeth extracted. 23 of the 24 teeth broke or cracked while being removed, so a 2 hour procedure ended up taking twice that long. Even with this complication, things have been going pretty well. Sutures are dissolving, gums are still sore, but healing, and most of the swelling and discoloration in my jaw is gone.
Chewing is challenging, but honestly, I didn't expect to be doing ANY chewing at this point. Speaking is not an issue and the dentures seem to fit well without using any adhesives except when attempting to chew some harder foods. I am scheduled for a reline in another week at +21 days and am looking forward to seeing if that helps. To date I've only needed one adjustment at about day 5 to fix a few pressure points.
My biggest complaint seems to be some ulcers on the bottom/side of my tongue and it seems like my tongue gets thicker as the day goes on. By the end of the day, I am happy to give my gums a break and remove my dentures. Salt Water and Orajel Antiseptic Rinse help somewhat. Watching my diet to avoid OJ, Tomato foods, etc. It almost seems as if the PH in my mouth has somehow become more acidic. Is this a unique issue? I haven't seen any other similar issues discussed online.
Here's the response I got to my post (He was correct! I ate my first burger and fries at T +29 days)
14 days is still rough; about a month after full-mouth extractions I was comfortably eating hamburgers and fries. I didn't notice any PH issues, but I assume that will go away. You get used to it all after a few months. These days my diet and speech are completely normal with full upper and lower plates, and no adhesive.
I noticed a nice turning point at about the 21 day mark when things really started feeling more "normal."
Be patient and continue to do the warm salt water rinses. Keep up with those 5-6 times a day, particularly after eating or drinking anything other than water. They really do help sooth the mouth and toughen the gums.
It takes some time, but you will get the hang of the chewing thing!
They also did the alveoloplasty (gum contouring) that day and leveraged off my lower jaw for a few of the extractions so I was pretty black and blue and swollen. She said I was one of her toughest cases and that I had really long roots. Glad I did NOT know all that going in!!! Still it was not that bad even with just lidocaine/Novocain.
I can also eat meatballs subs from subway with no teeth at all. The trick is to get extra sauce and use a knife and fork. cut it into peices that are smaller then bites.. way smaller. It takes longer to eat it.. but at least you get filled up.
Another edible is CANNED corned beef hash. Heat this up in a skillet for about 15 minutes over semi high heat. Do not add oils or butter. Then, fry 2 eggs over easy. On your plate, put the corned beef hash, then lay the eggs over the top. NOW break the egg yolks over the hash and mix it up. The yolks help keep the has together so when you swallow it stays together. This is so soft you really dont even have to mush it against the roof of your mouth at all.