Does anyone else think their dentures are to big?

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I had 23 teeth extracted Thursday and now my denture makes me look like I belong on a Simpsons show anyone else have this problem?
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Mine were big and all red right after my extractions.  Still feels bulky and I have been on the boards now ever since I made the decision to do this (I found out I have a Grandbaby on the way and couldn't have shame smiling when I have waited my whole adult life to be even just a smidge like the Grandma I had to my Grandchild).

I have read time and time again about  a lot of people thinking theirs were made wrong, they are too big, teeth too big, etc.  It's very common, especially right out of the starting gate. It's a very common concern.  There are some that are made poorly and people do get them, but I think really everyone wants to think that initially when it's really just their mouth, face, muscles adjusting to everything that just happened to them. 

I also watched a lot of youtube videos.  A lady named Beach Chick posted my favorite set of them and there is also a younger gal named Kalinjax who a lot of people enjoy. 

It may be useful to look things up on youtube, if you don't object to going there, there is an abundance of videos for people exactly where we are.  Some even post from the dental chair after their extractions and put a video up every single say as they heal. Very helpful as far as getting a picture of what you may also experience yourself.

They are going to feel big and like they don't belong in there, because they really don't at first and you have to retrain your muscle memory.  Aesthetically I would imagine anything can be fixed, but you are the only one who can retrain your muscles and that's only done by wearing them.

Others will post and I would think a fair amount of them thought their were big too, but eventually end up very pleased.  Hang in there.  Things will work out.
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I honestly thought I wrote this comment! Even to the part of the grandchild! It's so cool how much we sound alike!
Today I get my permanent teeth and I'm so excited! 2 months ago my grandson was born.... Now I can finally post pictures of us both together! He looks adorable without teeth, I do not!
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What a cutie!!!!  I wish they allowed for a bigger picture, going full blown geriatric here with the dentures and now the poor eyes, but even though the picture is small I can see he is just so squeezable!!! 

My permas are a ways off, but when I heard we had a little one on the way I just couldn't even imagine not having my teeth fixed.  When they told me I was so excited & then I instantly thought "I have to get these teeth fixed!"  Right as I was just told the news I had been waiting almost my whole life for I had to shift from that to the mess I had going on in my mouth.  That was the breaking point for me.  And I know a lot of folks aren't happy with going through this, but I am.  Even with these temps, just having teeth back in my head, being able to smile, not constantly worried about keeping those teeth I had removed "under cover" while trying to live life ~ I am so glad all of that is behind me. 

I will be anxious to hear how you feel about your permas, I was reading up on how they can be an adjustment as well. I guess the perma teeth are like shark teeth; super sharp and then getting them fitting correctly and all that jazz, so I'll be super anxious to hear how you feel about them and what you went through.  I hope they look and feel perfect right out of the gate. 

Good Luck today & when you get a chance let us know how it went!  And congrats on the Grandbaby, he's beautiful.
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I agree with Zippity, but if they are falling out of your mouth while you are swelled then they probably ARE too big. I know mine are and they were falling out from two hours after extractions (I am on day 10 post extractions upper denture only). However, know that your gums will shrink and fairly fast at that and the teeth will sit up higher and more inside your mouth versus horse teeth look in case you are having that problem. You may not feel swelled but you are but that will come down over the next week or so, so try not to make any snap judgments but DO go for adjustments if you feel you need them. I had some substantial shrinkage of the gums just in the last 24 hours where now my teeth are sitting in my mouth where they should rather than looking buck toothed and horse-faced. They still don't fit, are too loose and I have a pretty thick layer of Coe Soft on them put there by the denturist. Also, if your dentures are temporaries they may in fact be bulkier and bigger than say permanents because at least in my case my temporaries are the cheapest set they sell and I won't get the pricier, better permanents until some time later (I have no idea when that is but others have said 8 months to a year, no clue). Goodluck! Rest, take your motrin and meds, drink plenty of water too.
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Congrats! I called to see if I could get in and they are to busy and won't be able to for another month! It is literally depressing to have dentures that won't fit and to go around toothless. I'm trying to stay positive for my kids ( I have 4 ) but I'm on the verge of losing my job because I don't want to be seen in public I work in a office. I also haven't been able to eat anything for 2 days besides applesauce and pudding. I think i have fallen into depression but trying to stay strong for my kids.
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Go and wait at the dentist office to be seen.
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That is unacceptable. Not eating leads to death. Call them back and tell them you have to be seen NOW.
I agree with Irma. Go in and make sure you are taken care of. Sounds like these people are major a##wipes if they think it's acceptable to leave you in that condition. Start keeping a log of everything that is said each time you go in. If you have a smart phone, turn it to record and put it in your pocket before you go into the appointment. Just hit the bathroom and turn it on in there, but I guess you could be playing with it in the waiting room anyway. 
I want to yell at those people for saying you have to wait a month. 
Now if I can just find a way to advocate for myself....
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A month is what I would consider unacceptable, under your set of circumstances.  Please call them back and explain your situation: you can't wear them and you are about to lose you job.  You need an appointment. 

If you are able, get the nutritional drinks.  Those drinks will keep your body supplied with everything you need and also promote healing. Nutrition is so important right now both mentally and for the healing process. 

Try and get a product called Benzodent, It may not be available locally, but it is available on Amazon and possibly through drugstore site online as well. A local chain grocer carries it here for me.  So you may be able to pick some up the next time you are out.

You have just had this done a few days ago, the fit won't be perfect yet- that does take work through adjustments. So try not to let that get too deep into your head.  We looked completely similar to the picture you posted in the other thread, you may have actually had a little less protruding lip than what I had initially. 

Now I am not saying you don't have a completely faulty denture, because bad molds happen. But anything that has happened with your dentures is able to be fixed, either by adjusting the ones you have or remaking them. 

Don't give up, because things will be able to be righted, you just need to keep pushing a bit to accomplish that,

Call the dentist back & explain everything, they should be able to work you in. 

Is there someone you can call at work and speak to about the fact that you just had this done and you are doing everything you can possibly do to return to the office as quickly as possible?  Your dentist should be able to provide you with a work slip.  You mentioned in the other thread you just had this done Thursday, so to this point you are well within a permissible time off, you may just need a slip to turn into your employer.  The dentist should provide one if you ask.
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Great comment.
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Zip, your comment gives me a glimmer of hope. 
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I called back and they said they were double booked! They only have one dentist! I know it takes time to get used to and understand that, but all I want is the front adjusted back so I can be able to talk. I have been drinking protein shakes and stuff to keep my nutrients up. I also called my work and they are working with me for now. I know a few people the love the immediate dentures and don't have this problem with them being to big or having an over bite that bad. I'm thinking I did get a faulty denture and if they would make the adjustments or new ones I would be fine
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Whoo whoo! I think my prayers have been answered I get in to aw the dentist in a couple of hours! Prayers they will be able to fix them
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very glad to hear and fingers crossed all goes well!
Let us know when you get back :)
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I went and the dentist wasn't so nice but his assistant was very helpful, the took a lot of the top down and made it less bubbly?!!. I have a very sore spot on my left side that is preventing me to wear them, she said it was a blood clot?! I never hear of that, I always though blood clots were bad?
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Good in your gums. Don't get a dry socket. No swishing!!!
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Sore here as well outer side of left and right nostril, but underneath the lips on the gum. 

Sounds like you made progress today.

Each extraction, site as it heals forms a clot, the clot is a protective "bubble" from the outer gum to the bone, if the clot detaches, comes out that's what they refer to as dry socket.  I believe that may be the clot they are referencing because your extraction sites are so new/fresh.  I don't actually know that though, but that's what I would think.

When you are at the dentist and they say something to you if you do not understand; ask them for clarity.  You really need to understand what is going on so you can aide/assist, be proactive in your healing process. 

Now I don't know what they told you as far as wearing them, but try and follow your instructions even is there is a bit of discomfort/ it hurts.  I say this not to be sadistic, but because you have been checked today and they have made the adjustments they needed to make based on what they observed. As it stands, that denture should be in your mouth for the hours a day they have told you.  The denture being in is the only way to train your muscles to hold them in place & you do need to train your muscles to accomplish this. I was instructed to wear mine if I wanted to adjust to them.  People who do not wear them/ who fight the process have such a difficult time learning to live with them and achieving a proper/comfortable fit. 

My neighbor fought it right from the start, his dentures have taken residence permanently in a cup, I don't even know if he is keeping them moist.  He cannot wear his teeth.  He went through everything he went through and gave up when they weren't prefect at the start and now he doesn't wear his teeth and can't eat with them. He drives truck so he doesn't deal with the public and I am sure that made it easier for him to move them into the cup.  It really is a shame, he's such a nice guy, but he is stubborn and his stubbornness has really kiboshed everything he was out to achieve when he started this.  

I do hope you won't give up on this, your teeth were just extracted, they worked you into the schedule today, made adjustments that provided relief. You'll likely need a few more as you continue to heal.  If you wear them as instructed, keep up with your rinsing and post extraction instruction you will go from feeling like you are behind the 8 ball to feeling like you are about to sink it.  There is only so much a dental office is capable of doing for us, we have responsibilities too,  If we don't do what we are supposed to do there is no way we can expect/ hold them to the perfection we wanted/expected and have paid for.

When do you go back?  Did they speak to you about Benzodent at all?  Benzodent or orajel may help considerably with the discomfort.  I have also relied heavily on the orajel mouth sore rinse (the alcohol free to protect the extraction sites).  I do my salt water rinses 8 ounces with 1 tsp of salt in the warm water.  Don't swish just move your head around to get the water throughout.  Once the 8 ounces of salt water is gone I then use 10 ml of the medicated mouth sore rinse for 1 minute.  I went a bit overkill going for 10 times a day, but today he told me 5 at this point is enough.  It's really aided in the healing process. 

Hopefully others will see this and offer advice as well, but I think the common denominator in folks who have adjusted to their dentures will be that they followed instruction and wore them, even with a bit of discomfort while they were healing. 
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He did not tell me about benzodent or any mouth wash, I read it on a previous post I believe it was something you told someone else and I got me some today, and oh lala did it feel good to have a decent taste in my mouth lol! The small things :) I go back in the 28th for an adjustment. Thank you for the info on the blood clot they didn't give me any info on it i guess they assumed that I would already know! I do feel a lot better about this now, I'm not so much down in the dumps anymore, I'm hoping for a beautiful smile and hope I can get it before August 31st my daughter turns 2 and I want to be a smiling mom! Thank you so much for your wisdom!
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Praying no dry sockets for you girl!!!!
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I am to! :)
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Do you have any helpful tips so I can wear my dentures comfortably? the blood clot hurts brings tears to my eyes!  I have tried to put gauze in it to maybe cushion it and it doesn't help I tried the seal bond ( I love the mint taste) that didn't cushion it enough. I don't want them to just sit on the counter and not be able to wear them or end up like your neighbor at 30 years old! I have been trying to wear them everyhour but I just cannot bare the pain! Your wisdom is needed! lol
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My spots the last couple days have been sore.  My stitches on the left ripped a bit I think from vibration of the denture from talking and eating so the last couple days have been the worst of it for me.  Initially though and I don't know if I will be able to express this properly so that it makes sense but I will try...  when that denture is going in especially when you are seating it in the front it's like it has to go over about an inch wide patch of swollen area located under the nose ~  but once it gets into its "spot" it eases a bit.  That inch between the directly under the nose and then my stitch part were painy.  My eye teeth fought with everything they had inside of themselves to stay with me.

With all the rinses I just kept trying different ways to see what allowed me to get that upper in there as pain-free as possible. Now I am no pill head.  Before this procedure my Tylenol bottle I believe had a date of like 2009 on it.  But I got the extra strength tylenol as well as the ibuprofen.  I am off the tylenol but I am still using a bit of Ibu.  29th June through 6th July I alternated each one of those every 2 hours.  Dose of tylenol followed 2 hours later by dose of ibu.  That really helped.  6th onward though I have set the tylenol aside but still use the advil if I am feeling tender.

The rinses I cannot speak highly enough about what I feel like they did for me as far as healing up that raw meat & when I say raw meat- it really was.  Rinse warm salt water as many times a day as you can.  I was doing it about 10 times.  That warm salt water is very soothing on the gums and helps with the healing so it's a double bonus. Protein for healing I depended on those shakes, at least one a day, but there were days when I felt my energy was bottomed out so I had 2.  Everything you can do to keep the healing rolling is for the greater good. 

As far as getting that denture in and out, I personally like to Ibuprofen to keep that sweeling tollerable - (again that first week I was on both rotating doses, but you need to make sure you system can handle that, I was permitted to take both meds like that).  But I would do my tablet soak, scrub the denture, rinse with the warm salt water, finish with the medicated orajel - if you don't have the medicated orajel rinse once you finish with the saltwater then its time to place the upper.  I put cool water in my upper and and then put it in.  I feel just a wee bit of cool water in there allowed it to go over the painy area and seat and then that water in the front moved towards the back as the back settled into place.  Try that and see if it helps.  Also I try not to jerk anything around in there with my hands, especially when it was so raw.  So once I got it in I gingerly made any adjustment necessary to find a comfortable place for it to rest.  In all honestly especially for you, yours isn't in its final resting spot - it's in there as it can be based on what you have going on inside of you mouth.  It will only get better from the point you start wearing it. After what my guy did today I finally feel as if I am getting to the point where it is seating as it should and it's not quite there yet because of the front area.  I am a few days ahead of you in that respect. At this point just try and get it in there as it should be, but know neither you or I will be able to have a properly seated denture this early in.

Now yesterday it may have been the day before I actually took the Benzodent and rubbed my upper in that front area with it before I seated it.  When I did that I didn't feel a thing either.  SO I would save that "trick" for if using the cool water to get it seated doesn't help you.  Hopefully the cool water does and you can save the Benzo for a "bad day".

I honestly wasn't trying to scare you when I mentioned the neighbor and I feel horrible if I have done so.  I just wanted you to know what is going on in the house beside me, and it is all because he thought his denture wasn't made correctly/ didn't fit/ was made so poorly he can't eat.  With you being such a young woman and a Mom I know how important it will be for you to conquer this and life with teeth in your mouth.  It's important to your children as well.  I am an older woman, Mom of 3 and I know what it's like not to have a perfect smile at family or school functions and the like as my teeth really started to degenerate the last couple of years.  Just even conversing when you have bad teeth - it does a job on a person mentally.  In all honestly I think if we fail at adjusting to this process, basically a last resort it's going to do an even bigger number on us, so I am just as determined as I can be not to fail at this.  I am not ready to face the world with gums just yet.  We could be in two completely different places with this, but that's where my head is at with it.

Try the cool water.  Ibuprofen if you can, if it's safe for you.  Hopefully that helps.  If not try the Benzodent rubbing it directly on the denture in your painful areas.  I just always like to have a little something I can save as a trick for if the pain gets really bad so I have used the water trick.  I promise you if you get that in your mouth, it will get easier, the first days of constant wear are the worst, I am actually to the point where I prefer it in to out.  You'll get there with it to, you just have to get over the first hurdle and set your mind to the fact you have to have it in your mouth.

Keep me posted please :)

Edit to add:  Hydrate with water as often as possible.  I am drinking it until my upper floats, super important for healing / overall health.  We have a thing here in the family...  someone grabbing their glass of water usually hollers out "Hydrate" and reminds everyone to get some water into them. I have been drinking even more than usual. 
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I found willow extract helpful. I can't take ibuprofen, or naproxen (alleve) or aspirin or any NSAIDs. 
Oh, and red tea (rooiboos tea) was helpful.
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Drinking the red tea. I used black tea on my sores. I'd hold strong tea in my mouth for a few minutes. 
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I tried to do the cold water and it didn't help, where do I get the benzodent at? I had to go into work today with no teeth I'm hoping tommorow will be better
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Benzodent you could/may be able to find at a local pharmacy.  I am able to pick it up in one of our local grocery stores.  Most people do have to order it online through Amazon, but I would think any of the bog box stores online as well as the pharmacies offer it. 

When you are out and about just start making a quick pass through the "denture departments" you may stumble into it.  But if you want it/need it pdq and aren't able to get to all of your places order it online.  In the meantime you could use Orajel or any gum numbing product.  I just liked the way the Benzodent only needed such a tiny amount and it adhered to the denture.  If you couldn't get that kind of result with orajel or whatever product you have to pick up awaiting the benzo it might be best just to apply those types of products directly to the gum ~ avoid the extraction site though, I am not sure but as a precaution I have not applied any product to the sites directly, just the gums above. 

Here in the next couple of days if you can just get that denture in there, things should be more manageable for you.  With you not wearing it as much I am guessing the first couple times will be painful, but that should pass as you start to wear it. 

Glad you were able to return to the office.  And just keep on trying - Goal/Priority One is getting the denture in, things won't start getting easier until you do.  

There could be youtube videos where people discuss problems wearing the denture initially and they discuss how they resolved it.  Have you looked for those? 

I really wish the water trick would have worked. Don't give up though you'll eventually get it in and start getting used to it. 
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I couldn't find benzodent anywhere and we checked three pharmacies as well as Walmart and and Dollar Gen, ended up buying some orajel made for denture users. Same with Secure, haven't seen that in stores either so I guess Amazon it is.
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Try Vitacost for Secure.
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Well I went to terrific dentist who makes right ther. Have you talked with them at the dentist office. Good luck.
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My GP gave me some lidocaine gel a few years ago so I can use that for ow but then what???
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Too bad we can't still get cocaine. It had great efficacy in dentistry.  Many pain meds are derivatives.  Lewis Caroll who wrote Alice In Wonderland used it. He was also a mathematician. Coca cola originally contained cocaine...It really was a pause that refreshed.
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Ok, I was going to check out Walmart when I got off of work ! Thanks for the heads up!
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I Tried to put numbing gel on it and I think I broke open the blood clot cause it started bleeding
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Hello everyone I'm on my second day with full upper and partial bottom. I just have a question, when I took my teeth out to do my salt water rinses, I noticed lots of blood clots at my sockets. How long will they be there?
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Hi Marilyn, aside of having to get extractions it's great that you got a full upper and partial for your lower. Try and hold on to your natural lower teeth as long as you can. Full lower dentures can be brutal! It's mother nature or science whatever you want to call it but a full lower doesn't work for most people. Always rocking and flipping and flopping. We don't do extractions. Legally we can't do anything below the gum line. We do strictly dentures. Anytime we have someone getting immediates from us we have them come in 24 hrs after extractions and the Denturist is the 1st one to take them out, in case of increase of swelling and you can't get them back in. After 24 hrs we advise to take them out every night and let the blood circulate and give your gums a rest. I'm not sure what's going on but we haven't heard our patients complain unless it was a tough surgery and we tell them to keep them in longer. I notice on here though a lot of people mentioning long periods of bleeding. So hard to know when this is explained on here. OH we also make sure the patient inserts and takes it out on their own with no issues. Sometimes we give a "little" lesson to new denture wearers. You should follow instructions of your dentist/oral surgeon. My opinion is gargle with salt water like crazy! Try to wear them as much as you can so your gums can get accustomed to them but if you feel pain it's not the end of the world to take them out for a few hrs here and there and give your gums a break. Hope this helps. Let me know if you have any other questions. :)
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My extraction sites on the left did bleed/seep right up to a coupl days ago.  My stitches loosened and got tugged around a bit with the denture plate.  I used Black Tea and hope the tannic assist would halt it and it seemed to work.  I do not know how effective that is once you have started heal, it may only be a technique immediately following an extraction, but I did it regardless.

Some folks fold a square piece of gauze and bite on it, not terribly hard just enough to apply some pressure and get it stopped.  I have been told by day 3 dry socket is not a concern, now I don't know if what I have been told is fact, but I have been told that by two dentists. 

If you are concerned, or cannot get it to stop in a reasonable amount of time, if there is considerable bleeding, seek medical attention.  It's always best to be safe, even if it's overkill.

Marilyn,  I believe they kind of absorb into the healing, as the sites close you will see less and less of them.  There is a brilliant lady on this forum named Josie.  If she doesn't pop in here you can post directly to her, starting a new thread and she will answer when she sees it.  She woks in a denture lab in Canada and she is very helpful and knows so much stuff.  Mine are just kind of dropping down in as the gums fill in.  Finally getting to where I don't cringe when I look in there.
Best of luck to you~ I hope everything goes smooth as you heal up.
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I left my dentures in last night, due to it being the first day. Do I leave them in again? I have a mess going ON in my mouth, you know this healing process is under way. When is it safe to take them out all night?
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My instructions said not to remove until he removed them the following day at the appointment, once cleared I was permitted to remove at night.  I did not remove any longer than to take care of my extraction sites & clean the denture. I had my extractions done the 29th June and this weekend was the first time I removed them for a night.  Now I removed them many, many times a day to do my rinses, brush, check things etc. but I just wore mine round the clock to get used to them and so my gums would not swell and prevent me from being able to get them back in. 

(I couldn't open the thread you started, must be some type of a glitch, not something you did but something behind the scenes here).

You know the soundest/safest advice is to say follow what your dentist told you.  I threw caution to the wind though and just went with what felt right for me at the time. I do not regret the choice and I didn't make it lightly. I belong to another denture forum as well and did some reading there, had some discussion with those folks and also read different things online as well as watched a lot of the videos new denture wearers post. There are a lot of opinions on the matter, all the dentists have their own routine instructions and they all seem to differ.  So I educated myself as best that I could and adjusted my instructions accordingly. 

With that I still say a person should follow the instructions they were given, even though I didn't actually do that myself. 
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I thank you so much for getting back to me. I don't feel comfortable to take them out so soon. My dentist told me to take them out, but I need to get through this and help my gums heal. Does keeping my dentures in prevent them from healing?
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I waited a few days before I slept with them out so while it is good to take them out when you sleep for blood circulation and to prevent bone loss, I think it's okay to leave them in sometimes :) I couldn't sleep with them out for the first few days because the teeth removed roots went high into my sinus and when I laid down I had the feeling of getting water (saliva) up my nose. Sleep with head elevated and leave them in for a few days if you feel more comfortable. I did and now 12 days post extractions I am able to sleep with denture out perfectly fine but I wasn't for almost the first week.
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Thanks so much for your help. I take them out for cleaning, salt water rinses and im going to put them back in, i appreciate your advice.
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I alternated with gentle salt water rinses (gently moving my head back and forth and dribbling it out) and black tea held in my mouth for a little while and similarly dribbled out. For the sores I put a black tea bag on the sore for a while.
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It's sounds like it's different for everyone. I took mine out at night as soon as I could. I think maybe the second or third night. I felt like I couldn't breathe with them in. 
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Very kind Zipity. Thanks! :)
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Oh and yes it is good to take them out to help maintain the bone you have left. Forgot to mention that. Thanks for bringing that up JennyBee. :) We always try to see the patient 24hrs after extractions unless the dentist is extracting on a Friday which we're not crazy about as we are closed on weekends but we schedule them on the Monday. I've heard some of the dentists that use us will call the patient but not sure if they see them for post-extraction. You guys brought up such a great point that I never thought of asking our patient. I'm going to ask any new immediates that come our way from now on and encourage them to have a follow up appt for extractions. I guess I should also say to all of you wherever you get your dentures made ASK them for a post insertion appt 24 hrs after and a lesson on putting them in and out if you don't know how to. We do. We try our best to help through this 6 mth process. Uh oh I think a baby dove just fell into my yard! Or a pigeon. Those love bird thingys! WHat are they called? Ahhhh going to go check the lil guy out. :)
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OMG it just flew away startled from me and it scared me more that I think I just p**d a little in my shorts. :/ phew.
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*giggle*
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Josie, taking them out helps maintain the bone? Will you expand on that, or suggest some search terms for me to research it, please?
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It just helps what bone you have left when you take a break- not wearing them to sleep. Ummm for example an elastic band around your wrist. Take it off and release the pressure where it was on your wrist. Or like a pair of socks that are snug around your legs. Take them off to allow your feet to "breathe"...
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Well, Jodie, that's good news to me. I have them out most of the time, so that's good, yes, for my bone that is left?
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My fake teeth make my lip stick out farther than my teeth did. I think I look like a squirrel. I don't really care for it. I'd rather look like a badger, or maybe myself, but I guess that's no longer an option. Sigh.
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Sandy that should reduce in time. It can be trimmed out a bit while you go through the healing process.
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It's been two and a half months. More healing to go? I think the twits took it upon themselves to change my face the way they thought it would look good. I was surprised to hear the dentist performed alveoplasty on me without informing me. He frikkin carved my bones. I guess nothing about him should surprise me now. Sigh. I'm such an idiot.
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I am only 11 days in with a full top denture. I now have such a bad overbite. My bottom teeth hit above the teeth part and onto the denture when I bite. I will never be able to bite with these things. The worst part is my smile. Its not mine anymore. I am bucktoothed. My dentist says that is the way they make them and I need to adjust my bite by pushing my bottom jaw forward. Ive tried but its impossible. He says that part cannot be adjusted.
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Donna, I had the same thing, though I called it the "horse face" look. You can go in and they use this sort of ink paper and have you bite down on it then they pull it out and are able to see where your bottom teeth are hitting your top teeth of the denture and from there they can adjust the bite. In my case the denture itself was horribly made and rather than make me a whole new one he decided to save time and just make a deeper ridge down the middle of the teeth with some tool or another. It fixed the bite on the one side though I still need to have the other drilled down the middle to make it even as one side sits higher. So far as the buck teeth aspect, I had that too but now after 2 months it is completely gone because my gums have receded back quite a bit and yours will too. When i first got my top denture only the pallette part of the denture that fit on roof of mouth only went back half way, now two months later it is way far to the back of my mouth so much so I gag on the thing almost every morning. I need it filed back now. Good luck and hang in there.
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Yes JennyBee ask them to trim the PPS and you should be fine. :)
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How long have you had them? I have gone for two adjustments. It takes about 6 months for them to shrink.
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It will be 2 weeks on friday. My dentist told me that I could not use full adhesive til then. He is letting me use one drop in the back because they would fall right out without it. With the one drop they kinda stay in but wobble very bad. Forget eating. I tried mashed potatoes but more got under my denture than in my stomach. I am going to do the trial and error too. That is what everything has been so far. Thanks.
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I had that problem to and went back to the dentist to get it adjusted and now I still can't wear them do to a sore on my left side of my mouth. Tomorrow marks a week since I've had it done and I've only worn them 2 and that was after surgery and day after!!
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Use glyoxide. Easy and effective.
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Agree! Glyoxide is a great product for sore mouths -- that and warm salt water rinses
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This is getting sad, I've lost almost 10 pounds and weigh 100 now! I hate not being able to eat I look so sick :(. Can't wait to be able to wear my dentures and maybe eat a cheeseburger!
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So many things you can eat. Pudding ice cream chocolate. Be good to your self.
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Shannon87 can you go for regular adjustments or do you live far? Guys yes I work in a Denture Clinic and no I don't have dentures and can only go by stories of our patients and I'm sure with that and education only, the dentists do the same. I keep telling people on here. It's a 6 mth process and might drive a lot of you crazy! PLEASE PLEASE TRY A LITTLE HARDER TO STAY POSITIVE! I'M SENDING YOU ALL POSITIVE VIBES! :)
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Six months, eh? Funny my dentist didn't say a damn thing about that. I'm positive I'm disgusted with the aspect of the industry that is deceptive to the point of endangering peoples' lives. 
Denturists, at least your clinic, and the denturist I spoke to, seem to be more honorable and honest.
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They didn't tell you 6 mths???!!!! It can actually take up to 1 yr. I wish I was able to get that brochure for you that we spoke about in the past. I'll see if I can look into that on Monday. I'm also wondering if you are able to email the association yourself and maybe they will email it to you? I'll keep you pasted on that. If I don't let you know on Monday just remind me. :)
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Ugggh *posted! Stupid phone!
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What's the association name? I could try. 
Yea, no, as I said, no briefing at all. Dude is charming. Been going to him for 14 years, never imagined he'd be so negligent. I'm swearing off charming. Give me the straight scoop. 
Today I was thinking he was doing an experiment on the power of his charm. Pretty effective on this idiot, who is fairly intelligent in a few other areas, that I was induced to trust to the point of allowing a life-altering procedure without officially signing up for it. I'm a bit concerned that he's doing this to others. 
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We got it either from the association of the college, can't remember right now as I'm not at work. Try Denturist Association of Ontario or College of Denturists of Ontario. Didn't you go on one of them and said you couldn't find much info?
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More positive vibes. Be good to your self.
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I have went in for adjustments and its better but I cannot wear them due to a big blood clot it hurts it so much to put the denture over. I have tried the cold water trick, numbing it, and even putting gaze in it. The only thing my dentist said was it was fine that I didn't wear them and it should heal in a month and if it does before then to come back if I need adjustments. My dentist never really showed me how to put them in or take them out. He wasn't very polite needless to say, I like the assistant better she was more than helpful and very nice to me. I am not that old, I'm not even 30! So I have no idea of what is going on inside my mouth or what is to be expected. When I went in there they said they needed to be pulled and I would need dentures. So that's what i did. I honestly wish i would have seen someone else to see if i could save some of my teeth! I am trying to stay positive and mostly for my kids but it is hard, very hard! I know it will take time and patience ( a thing that i lack) but it is very frustrating to spend 1700 on something that i cant use!
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Shannon, you are still in shock from the surgery. It's a big deal. I don't know why they downplay this major trauma to our bodies and our lives. Even I, depressed, angry, and concerned about my survival, can tell you that it will get better than it is now. You are young, and will most likely heal fast and recover well. Mitosis is stronger at your age than mine. 

(If you knew me, you would be impressed at how censored my language is on this forum.)
I'm in the same boat as you, Shannon.
(I feel like my dentist screwed me, and I didn't get a happy ending.....which means he is a lousy screw...ha ha. )
 I trusted my dentist would tell me what I needed to know.
Not.
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Sandy, I know this post is 2 months old. I am a newbie. Almost 2 weeks. I was just curious how you are now. I know you were having a very hard time. I am too. I used my dentist too. I guess that I want to hear that you feel so much better, 2 months later.
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I hear ya girl. You must have a lot of patience though just naturally being a mother. A maternal thing. I'm sorry to hear you haven't got much guidance about them. Yes dentists have their own way of doing things but honestly I think when xrays get involved that doesn't really change things. Then again I don't work in the dental office. We do hear sometimes people will go for another opinion but not often because it costs. I think you should talk to the assistant and ask for help. In case you don't you should watch yourself in the mirror putting them in/out. I try to do my best on here to help but I hate hearing these bad experiences especially because I'm so far away. Keep them out. Give your gums a rest. Honestly from what my boss says sometimes it's better to have a full denture on the upper to have suction. Partial upper may fall down as the clasps get loose in time, most times can be adjusted and it's opposite for the lower. Partials are better for the lower so the clasps can hold on to something...And you call them for adjustments as much as you need! You paid for treatment and that's what this is.
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