Day 3 AND ALL IS WELL.

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Today is Day 3 since my 22 extractions and new dentures were put in. After a rough first 24 hours, i can say that I feel pretty good today! i am still taking pain meds regularly even though the pain isn't too intense. When I woke up today I decided not to feel sorry for myself anymore and to get my life back to normal ( if there is such a thing as normal!!) I am beginning not to gag as much when I talk and the swelling around my mouth Is subsiding. I rinse my mouth gently every few hours and this helps to get rid of excess saliva and a little blood still left. Most of all I like being able to smile again. I haven't started eating anything substantial yet. But I am enjoying soups and jello parfaits and scrambled eggs. So those of you who are considering dentures, please take it one day at a time. It is so worth it to be able to smile again. My doctor told me my health should also improve. I am looking forward to Spring and summer now. Thank you to Ken and Alicia and Gina who helped me when I had questions during this process. This website is so invaluable! What a blessing it has been to me. I will still be around here in the future because my journey has just begun. At least I am at peace now
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AliciaP

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Joanne, I'm so glad to hear that you are doing and feeling better! You certainly sound better!

You are now beginning your new normal. It does get better, I promise!

There is a great deal of helpful information on this website! And if you have any problems that you can't find the answer to, never be afraid to ask!
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Sounds like you've got this under control. Glad to hear it. As long as you don't try to rush things, you should do fine. I expected to be eating solid food in a couple of days. Didn't happen in a couple of weeks. Low point for me was when I realized I couldn't eat solid food and our church had a Christmas dinner planned for the Sunday after my extractions. LOL Luckily someone brought a crock pot of pepper steak.
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Ken, how long did it take for you to tolerate solid food? My husband and I went out for a quick Valentine's dinner before it starts snowing here. While he was feasting on a delicious burger, I had an order of mashed potatoes! I will take it slow, but I sure am looking forward to a good meal out!
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Glad to hear things are going well for you! As for solid food, as with everything else related to adjustment to wearing dentures, it depends on your situation. I haven't had the best luck with solid food and I'm nearly 2 months in. Others on here have much better luck. Take it slow and don't get discouraged. Stay in touch.
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Joanne,
I ate a few things I shouldn't have too early. My wife fixed pork chops for my birthday dinner 5 days after my extractions. I cut it into 1/4" chunks and pretty much swallowed them whole. It was about 3 weeks before I could chew, but I "ate" oatmeal, biscuits with a lot of gravy (sausage finely crumbled in it), eggs, hamburger helper, soups and chili
Just take it slow and you will do fine.
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I just got my permanent teeth a week ago and it's like starting over - not quite as bad, but it's definitely a learning process!

I can do easy stuff, like what Ken just mentioned, without gluing my teeth in, but we had Chinese food last night and I just used a little powder, but I wish I would have used Secure. Lesson learned.
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So as close together as you got the remakes on the temps and the perms they don't fit the same?
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I think the fit is the same, based on going out to dinner with my father-in-law and hubby last Saturday and only using a little paste then. But keep in mind that because of the screw up, I think that they gave me a regular set of the level that I had planned on purchasing.
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How do they determine when you get the permanent ones? How different are they from the first set? My pain is starting to subside quite a bit. However when I talk I feel like I have mouth full of plastic and it is hard to talk clearly. Does that improve with time? The plastic right behind my top teeth feels like it is a foot thick. Is this normal? And when does all this saliva start to slow down? Maybe I am just impatient! But I have to go back to work Tuesday and want to be able to speak normally enough so that not everyone wonders what's different.
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You will most likely get your permanent dentures anywhere between us and 12 months. I just got mine a week ago and they are drastically different! I no longer feel like I have plastic in my mouth, I feel like I have a beautiful set of teeth in there!!

As for the saliva, I only had that problem for a couple days.

Hope this helps!
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Joanne, you sound a lot worse in your head than you actually do, trust me! I was paranoid about how awful I sounded, but I followed the suggestion of someone on DANS and recorded myself talking and I was surprised how normal I sounded! 

As far as the work thing, I didn't tell anyone I was getting dentures...I told some coworkers I was having jaw surgery tho...
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I didn't tell anyone either except for a few family members. But I still feel like everyone who looks at me know that something is different! There is no going back now ...only forward, a day at a time.
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Honestly, I've only had 1 person comment on it in a month..and only because she's a teeth freak. She told me my teeth looked straighter. I had to laugh because I only had 3 full upper teeth left..the rest were broken. That really shocked me that she never noticed exactly how bad my teeth were...
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You know I have noticed that too. We think people are examining us under a microscope but the thing is most people aren't because they are wrapped up in other things. We can be very self conscious and critical of ourselves and most people dont even notice!
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I'm 55 and I don't really care what they think. They knew I had bad teeth. Now they know I don't.
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That was supposed to say "between 6 and 12 months "
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Joanne, you seem to be doing remarkably well! Congrats! The issues you describe are normal. Your mouth is adjusting to the new dentures; you will likely experience increased salivation and a fuller mouth feeling. 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. Please stop back and let us know how you are doing!