Dentures for the 1st time

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I had my top teeth pulled about 3 months ago. I just got dentures, I'm not sure what to look for. It dosn't feel right and look good so far. Can someone tell what to expect?
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La Tanya Forney

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Kath

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Great questions. Pretty much the same place. Will keep checking back for answers. Good luck.
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tess stevens

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I've had my top dentures for about 2 1/2 weeks. Mine look great, but they feel big in my mouth. I'm just not getting used to them. It's driving me crazy with something on the roof of my mouth. I think about them every waking hour, and my tongue just won't leave them alone. lol 

2 days ago, I had a temporary reline and now they feel even bigger. Everyone says you get used to them, and I hope that they're right and that it happens soon.

Unlike some people I think I've been pretty lucky as far as them fitting. No problems at all with that. Even from day one I could eat. I was really hoping to lose a little weight, but no such luck. I still can't bite, so I have to cut up even a sandwich. If I go out to eat, then it's pasta or something I can cut up.

I think you're only a few days out and it will get better
Cheers
Tess
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Kasey De Anda

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My dentist to me first night to wear them so tonight im sleeping with out them I got my dentist mon see how everything going im not really gagging at all
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Arun Singh

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Hi Tess, I have exactly the same feeling. Yesterday I had my first ever upper and lower ones fitted. I told the guy fitting me to look at a picture of my real teeth, because I felt these were outrageously large and unnatural looking as well as feeling. Then I played a video of a horse 'neighing' on my cell phone and synched my smile to it. He literally burst out laughing and called a couple coworkers in to tell me I was downright funny. They had a good laugh too and told me I ought to consider comedy as a side hustle, lol! I said that with these new chompers I'd be the brunt of the joke(s), haha! They promised to work with me going forward as long as I provide the entertainment, lol! You know what ? I told them they're on, if they spring for the beer and wings with some of the cost of my dentures. Bottom line. I'm gonna hang in there and see how long it takes to adjust, I guess. Cheers!
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Donna King

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I got temporary dentures on top same day they were pulled I can't get use to them please help, donna
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Misty Stewart

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I'm in the same boat. temp top dentures after pulling three weeks ago and I gag all the time. they feel like they take up all extra space in my mouth, cant chew but really soft food. gums hurt all the time. cant hardly talk. I hate these things. will it get better? ever? I sure hope it does with my permanent ones I get. not sure when that will be. I go on the 30th to do my bottoms. hope they are easier.
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Rowing in the same boat. Two months now and they don't fit correctly, and hurt.

I've been taking them out when I eat, and only eating yogurt, pudding, oatmeal, instant mashed potatoes,and drinking Ensure. 

Glad to know I'm not alone, however I wish none of us were going thru any of this. 

~Kim
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It takes about 1yr for gums to heal and they will shrink a lot right after extractions but most of the shrinking and healing is complete approx 6 mths after eday. The best time to get dentures is 6 mths after 3day, unfortunately no one can really wait that long. They may feel big as time goes and you can get a reline done when you're at your 6 mth mark post- extractions. There may be a lot of adjustments you need but don't panic it happens to most people. You have this new foreign object in your mouth and have a lot of practicing to do. Eating, talking etc. Things will improve with time and patience. Hope this helps a bit.
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Thanks Josie. My Denturist did say up to 10 months before all the shrinking etc. At that time he'll do the permanent reline.
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Josie

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That's great! The longer the better. :)
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I have an upper denture and I hate the way they look.  They don't fit right.  My teeth look too short, my upper lip is caved in and looks like I don't have my teeth in and they look CHEAP. They rock inside my mouth and no adhesive really helps.
My extractions were almost a year ago.  I'm ready for my hard reline (I didn't get a temp plate like some people, the dentist didn't give me the choice) and the hard reline will cost $600, I'm still saving up for that.  Dentures were $3000 and each soft reline is $300.  I think I'm being ripped off but no other dentist will work on dentures that aren't theirs.
I'm at my wit's end...
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It shouldn't cost that much for a Reline unless you're doing an upper and a lower. Unfortunately Relines do not change the look or length of the teeth them self if that makes sense. It changes the fit of the denture.
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300 bucks for a soft reline? Ypu can do your own for $5.00 from the denture section of wal mart. Its called "reline-it".
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I had same day dentures placed 2 days ago. My total cost was $1500, that includes all relines for 6 months and final denture. I had a partial denture for 20 yrs , so the the roof of my mouth was semi used to having something there. I hope you are doing better, they definitely charged you too much.
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I was wrong about the cost.  The denture cost $1500 or so.  The rest of the $3000 was for the extractions.  My hard reline went well. I was misquoted the cost of the single plate reline so it only cost about $400 but that still seems overpriced. They look more natural now.  I still wish my upper lip looked a little fuller though.
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Arun Singh

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Hey Snake Charmer. A friend had his work done in Mexico for obvious cost reasons. He tells me that our local dentists won't work with their dentures/implants/partials etc. because their insurance providers and policies don't recognize 'cross border' dentistry. That can be the case regardless of whether it's Mexico or Canada or elsewhere. Is that the case with your dentures? If not what's the deal? You may want to consider a different professional since it sounds expensive by any reasonable standards. Again, that being said , consider that better quality does warrant a higher price. Regardless, the point is guaranteed satisfaction. Something you say you're not getting here. Explore your options. Good Luck and Cheers!
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Hang in there.  It gets better.  I had my teeth pulled and lived for 3 months without teeth while they healed.  I HATED the dentures when I first got them.  Please read my other posts on this site.  There is a full thread that chronicles my journey from absolute despair to confidence and optimism.

You will get used to them in time.  The most important thing is good fit.  Work with your dentist on that one.  Are these your permanents?  Or are they temporary?  I got permanents right away since I had 3 months of healing done before I got them.  We then had several appointments to make adjustments and take care of sore spots.

If you have temps, the goal of them is to give you something functional to use while you heal.  So, you may not have the best fit or look with them.  If they are permanents, then work even more with your dentist to get the best fit possible.  If your extractions are healed, then you should never be in any pain.  If you are, the dentures need an adjustment.

After you get a great fit, the most important thing is your mental and emotional outlook.  It will get better.  You will eat your favorite foods again and like your smile.  Embrace your dentures.  And, wear them.  You'll never get used to them if you don't wear them.

Also, this forum has really helped me.  These are great people.  Don't be shy about sharing your experiences and asking for help, support and advice.  We've all been there.

As for me, I've had my dentures since the beginning of July.  They are not my natural teeth and will never be like my natural teeth.  But, my smile looks great for the first time in my life.  I eat just about anything I want (steak, burgers, corn-on-the-cob, pizza, seafood, Mexican, Chinese, you name it).  The only thing that gives me a really hard time are the very hard and chewy candies like licorice or Starburst fruit chews.

You can do it!  To quote another denture wearer, "Your greatest enemy is yourself and your best friend is time."
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Arun Singh

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Good post Mark, I feel encouraged although I can't seem to muster the patience, lol!
Cheers man!
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So I just had 14 teeth pulled and a denture put in 2 days ago. I had this denture made almost five years ago so needless to say they don't fit. I had so much shrinkage before I even had the teeth extracted. I have a huge overbite among other issues. Idk if it's ever going to get better for me.
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Hi J.t. Just to let you know if you get immediate dentures made to insert the day you get extractions it doesn't matter when they are made. They will get loose as your gums are healing and shrinking. You should get a soft reline to help the fit as your gums are healing to help it fit snug. It's a temporary lining. Your patience will definitely be tested. Try so hard to stay positive. Adhesive may help. Keep your head up. You will get through the journey. Hope this helps.
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Hi, it's my first time having a denture and it's my day one. I really hate it so far. What I don't like the most is that I can't say the "S" word. What should I do. Please advise.
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Hi my name shonda I'm suppose to pick up my dentures for the first time this week i got all my teeth extracted oct 20 2017 no temps its now jan 12 2018 i been walking around all this time with no teeth so im hella happy its almost over but wht should i look 4 and wht should i make sure i ask my dentist 2 do 2 make sure they look nice and fit right thk you