Can't get my immediate dentures back in

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I had my remaining 9 teeth and an implant removed 7 days ago. When the canines were removed, my dentist had to shave the bone above. I was not told to leave the immediate dentures in for 24 hours (at least that I can remember and my husband didn't remember my dentist telling me to leave them in)....I was gagging from the thick saliva and blood mixture and couldn't swallow or even rinse so I took them out after about 5 or 6 hours. I tried to put them back in the next morning but the pain was excruciating.
I went back to the dentist on the 5th day to have sutures removed. They filed down the inner part of the denture but it still wouldn't go in. They said to give it another week.
I have been using ice packs, rinsing three times a day and taking pain killers as needed. I have high blood pressure and I am taking meds that prevent me from taking anti-inflammation drugs. 
I am healing nicely, except where the bones were shaved. I just can't get the dentures to pop over this area due to the pain and shape of the denture. I have tried everything.
I go back in 3 days before Christmas for a soft reline and I am worried that I still won't be able to get them back in.
Has anyone else gone through this? 
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Mickie A Ruff

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Margaret

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When I had mine done I was told to leave in for 24 hours because of what happened to you, that the swelling due to taking them out would make them hard to get back in.

I guess what I'm saying is don't be too worried at this point because apparently what happened is not out of the ordinary. The Dr had told me that the worst would be just having to wait for the dentures to go back in.

Hopefully someone else can address the timeline for the swelling to go down and what can help speed that up.
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I did - though not with bone shaving.  My pre-molar next to my canine had huge bone spurs and the denture wouldn't go back in over my gums for about a week.  Salt-water rinses are your best friend right now.  I also massaged my gums with tea tree oil, but as several have pointed out here - don't swallow tea tree oil.  Just massage your gums with a tiny drop.  I also massaged my gums with some Manuka honey.  The bony area is still the most tender spot of my gums even three months out, but it I could put my denture in within a week, and began eating hamburgers by month 2.

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Thank you, that makes me feel better. I had a partial for years and had no problem talking with them. With the immediate dentures I also didn't have a problem talking with them for the little time they were in. The swelling is going down but I know it will take some more time...I just hope I can get them back in by Christmas! I will have to try the tea tree oil!
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Hi Mickey
We need to know how everything worked out for you
This is a learning and teaching blog so we need your input
Hoping everything went well
Barbara
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Angela Colón

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I was told to wait 24 hrs to remove mine. I wore mine all the time for first week. Salt water rinses are key
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Thanks for your comment. I am at the end of day 4 of 8 extractions and an immediate upper denture. I was worried because I haven't been able to remove them so far due to swelling but feel better after reading your comment. Did everything work out for you? Any tips are greatly appreciated.
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I'm at the end of day 7 and I find some numbing agent (oragel...etc) on my gums before trying to insert my dentures in the morning really helps. Once they're in they feel fine it's the initial part of getting them over the "hump"of my gums to be the hard part. I hope this helps
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It’s been 2 days since I got my immediate dentures. I took them out after 24 hours. Now, I can’t get them back in. I took my pain meds and am icing my mouth. If I get them back in, I’m not taking them out for at least a week!
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Hi I know this is 10months old but I am going through the exact same things. I'm 48hrs out from full mouth (19 teeth) extractions and immediate dentures. I took mine out for the first time 30hrs later. Did the warm salt water rinse. The bottoms went back in no problem but the tops are extremely painful in the back. What helped in the end for you. It's a holiday weekend so no dentist for me until Tuesday.
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Barbara G

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To Jazzi D,
Tuesday you will go back to your dentist and he will make some adjustments and you will try again
Good luck
Barbara
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Jazzi D

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Thank you for your reply! I actually dont have an appt Tuesday but I'm going to go in and see if they can do my adjustment for me. So 10months out how is everything? I'm a bit discouraged not being able to get these things back in. I'm hoping things get better. Lol.
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I am now finishing up Day 2 of 15 extractions and immediate full upper and lower dentures. I had local anesthesia for the extractions. My family dentist happens to specialize in dentures and has a denture lab in his office building - Dentures Daily Boston in Dorchester inside Columbia Family Dental at Boston Massachusetts USA.


I took my dentures out after 24-hours (as directed by my dentist) to clean the dentures and to rinse my mouth with salt water. Then, like you, they did not seem to “want to go back in”. So.......

I set the upper in my mouth, then I set the lower in my mouth - not back in place but just in my mouth. I then gently closed my jaws together a little bit, then put the tip of my tongue behind my front uppers and tilted my head up and swallowed strongly several times. Once I felt them to be seated correctly, I kept my tongue behind my upper front teeth for an extra 15-seconds. This method worked great to seat both upper and lower dentures at the same time. It hurt for the few swallows needed, but it was tolerable. I followed this with drinking sips of cold water. In 10-minutes the discomfort was completely gone and the dentures were perfectly seated.


Today, my Day 2, apparently the swelling had increased a bit; but, I used the method above to get my dentures seated again and it worked great.


As I mentioned, I had local anesthesia for my 15 extractions and immediate full upper and lower dentures were put in right away. I use Advil 600 mg every 4-6 hours only to keep down the amount of swelling. I have experienced zero pain since the extractions. I drink a lot of cold water which also helps keep swelling to a minimum.


Oh, for taking my dentures out I take a sip of warm saltwater and sort of ‘smush’ it into the back of my upper denture. This breaks the suction so I dont have to tug on the denture to remove it. It also loosens the lower denture. I do not use any adhesives.


Hope these tips will be beneficial to others.
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Omg... this method worked great for me... I had trouble getting my top dentures back in today and started to freak out... but I did what you did and got them back in with no issues.. just a little discomfort after they finally went back in place.. but at least I got them back in...

Ty for the advice
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