Day 6 and filled with questions!

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I'm on day 6 with my dentures and I absolutely love it!! I have a few questions!
1- sleeping with them in. Do I do it? I take them out twice a day for 5-10 minutes to clean them but they go right back in. I hate the feeling of not having them. Than again, I also have been reading online it's not good to sleep with them in. I'm not sure if this early I should take them out at night. If I should how do I store them? Can I soak them overnight with the cleaning tablets?
2- they are loose! I go back to the dentist next Tuesday and I hope they can adjust them. When I talk I feel like they might fall out. Can I do anything for the time being or is it too early?
Thank you all!
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Are they uppers or lowers ? If uppers you can put a little dab of adhesive on themiddle of the palate making sure it doesnt go near the gum part . Lowers you will have to wait . Yes you can leave them in to sleep just clean them before bed and when you get up. I sleep with mine out and have them in water til morning then give them a soak while i shower and before bed i brush them with denture toothpaste .
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Uppers!
That's exactly what I do since I sleep with them i
Forgot to ask- when can I actually eat real food! I've been living off of protein shakes and jello! I'm too scared to try to actually bite into food!
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Different for everyone i tried at around day 3 to eat spahetti bog with mash potato wnded up taking my teeth out so i could just swallow instead. Usually its around day 10 that u can eat more. Chicken is good to eat now if you cut in swallow sizes lol.
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Antonia: I remove my dentures at night and soak them in StainAway as my dentist advised me to do. This seems to be intuitively the right thing to do. I know some never take them out except to clean them, but my mouth feels cleaner and more refreshed if I take them out. As far as adhesives are concerned, I would not use any until the extraction sites are completely healed. If it's an issue, a small amount in the center of the upper denture that can't touch the wounds would probably be OK.

That first week or so I felt the same way you do: my teeth might fall out if I wasn't very careful. As a matter of fact they did once when I was playing tennis and yelled out. I learned later to either not yell when I hit the ball or apply an adhesive before I played. Getting used to these devices is a learning process that will go on for a long time, but the rewards are more than worth it. Most of us are extremely satisfied with our decision to stop the pain and the embarrassment of having bad teeth, and are enjoying our new smiles. You will, too. Good luck. Joseph
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When did you feel your speaking began to improve? I'm getting full immediate lowers on Tuesday and go back to work in 2 weeks.
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Madison: You should be OK. I had to hit the ground running because I had classes to teach the next week. I slowed down my speech, kept plenty of water handy to deal with the excess saliva that I produced and practiced reading aloud to myself for a few days. Again, dentures are foreign objects and we have to take the time to adapt to them. My recollection is that I was more or less back to normal within 2 weeks. You should be just fine by the time you have to go back to work.

I won't get my permanent dentures until next March, but the temporaries already feel like they are a part of me. I do use adhesive when I go out to dinner, but that's about it. I lecture to 75-100 college students 3 days a week, and I have never used adhesives for class. That should give you at least an idea of what you might expect. I may be lucky, but I think it's quite likely you'll have a similar experience. Good luck to you next week, and be patient with yourself. Joseph
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Thanks for the positive comment. I have a partial already so getting the remaining 9 taken out. How many did you have taken out? Was it uppers or lowers? Sorry for the questions
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Madison: I had a 6-tooth upper partial and had the remaining 8 teeth removed and replaced with a full denture. I had several lower teeth removed as well and I now have a lower partial. I'm working to save the remaining bottom teeth because I know full lower dentures are much more challenging to get used to.

The good news about having worn that 6-tooth partial for years is that the healing process was much easier than it otherwise might have been. The immediate denture also fit better from the start since the gums had long since healed where the earlier extractions had taken place. So there is some good news for you. If you have an experience similar to mine you'll find that the immediate denture will fit better than it would if you had all the teeth extracted at the same time.

Still, you're getting a full lower denture, and that will no doubt be more challenging than getting a full upper denture. But you should be OK. Joseph