Finally able to eat a hamburger without pain or extreme difficulty.

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Well it's been 5 weeks since I got full dentures.I had my 7th adjustment to date so far today and the dental asst. put fixodent on my upper and lower and sent me on my way.My husband persuaded me to try to eat some of his whataburger because I was whining about how it smelled so good and it'd been so long since I had meat.Boy was it good,happy day.Haha.The only thing is getting used to the odd pressure on the gums from the chewing.I had no pain at all.Now I'm planning to go to one of my favorite restaurants next weekend since I can finally eat with the dentures without a lot of pain or hassle.I couldn't even eat bread without some kind of liquid until recently so it's a really big deal...:)The fixodent helped a whole lot in keeping the dentures stable enough to eat with without causing more sores too easily or soon.
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Congratulations. I know exactly what you mean. I considered myself to have arrived when I could eat a subway sub. I never had pain, only discomfort when trying to bite or chew. When I finished that sub with no pain or discomfort, it was indeed a great day.

On a related note, prior to having my 10 remaining top teeth removed, eating was truly painful. I was at the point that I could barely chew. I do not regret my choice to go with dentures, even with the couple of weeks of eating mush until my gums healed, then gradually working in harder foods. Those weeks were a small price to pay.
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Perhaps you need to start using an Adhesive, like FIXODENT powder or paste...Chewing needs to be re-learned with dentures... Chew your food equally on both sides of your mouth, that way the denture doesn't shift... IF this continues, consult your dentist again.. You may even need a ''Soft Reline'' since your gums are shrinking by the hour...Good Luck Melissa, YOU will get thru all of this...
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Thank you, i do have a soft liner, it got a little better, it took weeks for them to get my teeth to meet, instead of 1 tooth on top and bottom meeting, and gaps in the rest. I do use a adhesive, I try to chew food and end up spitting it out, because I can't chew it good enough without the top or bottom popping off, and I try to put a tiny piece on each side, my dentist never even told me what to do with a soft liner, so the 1st one, I was soaking them like the regular ones, then found out I wasn't supposed too, I'm so fed up with trying to chew anything! Half the time,I just cry because I can't eat anything, but still cook for my 4 kids and fiance...then i get so mad, I wish I could Sue my ex for knocking my teeth loose, that I had to get these things!!
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Melissa, sounds like when your dentures were ''molded'' in the beginning, they weren't done properly to fit your BITE... INSIST they give you another set..even if you have to file a complaint with the Better Business Bureau.... We pay a lot for their service & they need to earn their $$$..  Also, SOFT RELINES may need to be done WEEKLY... I had several soft relines within the first 6 weeks so they'd fit without leaving sores on my gums,. There are various products you can purchase to help.. I used to use Cushion Grip but now it's no longer made...Luckily, I have my ''permanent'' dentures instead of the ''Temporary'' ones I got right after the extractions on day one!  You can google ''soft denture reline products'' & see what comes up, however always read the reviews of others that have used that product...Perhaps one of these products will work for you... Good Luck Melissa, keep updating on your progress... BUT, be insistant on getting a new set that FITS your Mouth!!
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Thank you, I'll try anything right about now! Ya I had sores, but they did a liner, but also cut the top down,
So it wouldnt rub on my gum,talk about bugs bunny , so the top literally was behind my top lip and they hung down or I'd try to talk and they'd slip down and fall out, then they did another soft liner to add more to the top again! It's just been a mess, as soon as I'd talk, they fall, I couldnt close my lips together, and they said, try that for now!I had to keep my finger in my mouth to hold them up! But it was the Friday before xmas, and they were closed while i was still there. Then forget closing my mouth, because they hit. It took alot just to get to this point! I can eat about 5 penned noodles and it takes forever
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I'm glad to hear Fixodent has been helping.  Eventually you'll come to the point where you don't even realize you're wearing dentures.  Would you mind sending an email to me at smhc.im@pg.com?  I'd like to send you something.  Thanks!
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Elizabeth- I ordered my last two tubes on eBay apparently right before they were discontinued. I still have almost a full tube left.
Comfort Lining - Thank you so much for your post. I'm excited to try your product.
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Mark, I think you misunderstood something I have nothing to do with comfort lining it is someone else's product not mine. I would love to have tried the cushion grip just so I would know what all the hype is about. Look at the post above you can see it's from the company offering to send you a sample not me.
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Understood. I watched their video and it looks similar to cushion grip.
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Today I was able to eat potato chips,that was surprising.I was told by several people I know that it gets better and they are right.The waiting and doing without is the hardest part.I will say though,nothing really tastes the same as it used to,I think it has to do with the top plate.If I take the dentures out and decide to eat ice cream it seems to taste better than it does when the teeth are in.
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I think the best part for me, was losing some extra ''pounds''... I've had to learn to eat smaller bites and ''slower'' too... I've lost about 15 lbs, so that was a bonus.. and so true, the food does taste better without your dentures in ...
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yayyyyyyyy i think ill loose some too
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What is this about getting permanent dentures in 6 months? I thought the dentures I got were going to be my permanent ones.
I am starting my 5th week of dentures, and it is so uncomfortable to eat. No pain, just moving teeth. I use Fixodent, tried Poligrip(doesn't hold) but the bottoms still come loose. I have to apply twice a day on the bottoms.
I guess my second question is, should I be going in for another fitting, even though there is no pain?
I am so tired of being hungry. Sad part is, I'm not losing weight though.
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Bobbi, ... yes, the dentures you're wearing now are ''Temporary'', while your gums are healing... In about 6-7 months, your dentist will be doing more impressions for your Permanent dentures.. The ''impression'' will be for a ''wax denture first... They start out with the ''wax'' impression, with teeth in it for the first ''fitting'', then the second fitting is for ''bite'' and other adjustments to your mouth,.. This is when the dentures will really form a ''suction'' on the roof of your mouth.. Finally you'll have a nice fit in your mouth and they'll feel secure too... I've had my permanent denture for about a month, and there will need to be another adjustment... but it's almost over!.

In the meantime, you can go to CVS Pharmacy and get ''CUSHION GRIP''...it's like a ''soft relign'', which will adhere to your dentures...it's cushioney and quite comfortable...and will stop the ''shifting of teeth'' when you eat..and since you haven't said you had a ''soft relign'' yet, this will allow you to eat more comfortably too while your gums are shrinking and healing,, You may need to use some ''Fixodent'' too, but it will be so much better when you eat..

I ordered ''Cushion Grip'' from Amazon.com.. it's cheaper and I order 4 tubes...which lasted me about 4 1/2 months ...There are videos on YouTube as well from other users too, that's how I learned about it.. My gums were healing so fast at first, my dentist was doing a soft relign about every other week for the first month or so... Watch this video, I think you'll find it very informative too.. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=764OxN...

Good Luck to you... it will get better!!
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Oooops, I guess I should say that your ''Permanent Denture'' will be made out of acrylic, not wax... It will fit differently than your Temporary too, and your gums will also change again to the new denture..
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If you Cannot afford a new set of permanent or "post-healing" dentures some exceptions can be made, different reline materials can be used in-order to fill in the voids that were created by the shrinkage of your soft-tissue/gums, this can be a much more affordable option for people that need some more time to save funds for the permanent dentures. A great reline material your dentist can use is GC Coe-soft extremely comfortable in-office procedure. Talk to your dentist.
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Dee- I went in to the Dentist to inquire and was told that "yes" these are my permanents, but that after 3 months I get a soft reline, and after 6 months they do an impression and I get a hard reline.
Also I have found a Fixodent powder that seems to work on keeping my dentures in place. It's less messy than paste. At least when you take them out.
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Well, that's GREAT Bobbi .... I had several ''soft religns'' shortly after I got my temporary dentures...since my gums were constantly changing... Those ''soft religns'' lasted me 2-3 days, then they were lose again.. I was not aware they make your Permanent plate immediately, so that's a REAL COST SAVER too... I've spent over $7,000.00 for the complete process... but then again, I live in CA...

Well, that's good about the ''Fixodent'' Powder too... Nothing is more frustrating than when your teeth continually move while you're eating...Good Luck to you in this ''process''.... it's tedious, that's for sure! I use the ''Fixodent'' paste, but now, only a few very small dots..so the paste that used to stick to the roof of my mouth is virtually gone now....I think my next appt. may be for a ''hard relign'' too, for my final fitting, next Tuesday! What I noticed the most with my permanent dentures is the ''thickness'' that was created just under my nose, now it's just ''smooth''... So much easier to blow my nose too!! LOL
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I guess I should have said I use the powder for my uppers, less mess when I take them out. Paste for the lowers. I got some Cushion Grip yesterday, and it seems to help. Still have to glue them in though, but they fit better.

And I live in CA also, have Concordia Ins. They paid for everything but the sedation. Which was only $160.
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Great Bobbi ... I think you'll like the ''Cushion Grip'' too, you can only put so much powder or paste on your dentures, as your gums shrink...It sure helped me when I had ''sore spots'' on my gums, upper or my lower partial...I still used Fixodent too, it gave me the ''secure feeling' I needed...I used 5 tubes of Cushion Grip before I got my Permanent denture, 6 mos. later! ... It's GREAT that you've got good Dental Insurance too...I was NOT sedated at all.. and felt really relaxed for 3 hours during my extractions and bone grafts, plus stitches in the CHAIR... I use ''Magnetic'' products (since 1998), so I didn't suffer from swelling or pain either..and no one could tell one bit that I'd undergone this extensive surgery... Well, GOOD LUCK to you Bobbi ... You're on your way to a beautiful smile!! You'll be eating STEAK before long!!
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Oh, I live in ''Littlerock, CA'' ... near Palmdale!
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Congratulations! I know how you feel, that you can eat a hamburger and not have to worry. I was so happy and excited when I first bit into a hamburger off the grill and Fixodent held my upper denture plate strong and secure!
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3 days after my surgery (28 teeth extracted), and I feel "ok". The shifting of the bottom denture is barely tolerable, but I like food, so I am finding ways to eat. I seem to be holding the bottom denture in place the best I can with my tongue, while trying to chew. I realize that it is a slow journey to getting to eat a hamburger, but I'm drooling just thinking of one. In the meantime, my wife's meatloaf was awesome today! I see my dentist in 3 more days to adjust the dentures.
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Mark .... you're AMAZING me!! You've got this ''all figured out'', so until you get your ''permanent'' dentures, you're doing GREAT!! Yep, I found Cushion Grip was a ''lifesaver'' for me too...However, once you get the permanent plates, it doesn't stick to the ''acrylic'', like it does the temporary plates... The ''Permanent'' plate so much thinner and ''form fitting'' to your mouth.. The best thing I noticed was the ''Thick Plate' between my nose and mouth & on the back molar areas ..Food doesn't seem to get lodged above my back teeth anymore ...The permanent plate wasn't as thick and formed right to my ''healed'' gums & contoured perfectly from my teeth to my nose.. Sure made it a lot easier to blow my nose too!!! You're doing all the ''Right Stuff'' Mark ... You'll be in those permanent plates in no time...and your gums will ''adjust'' again with the new plates ... might be a couple sore spots at first, so keep the ''Fixodent'' handy if you need it... I still use a very very small ''spot'' of Fixodent when I go out for dinners, for my ''own security'' ... I think the ''trick'' to having your dentures ''sit well'' when eating is to chew food on ''both sides'' of your mouth...seems to work better that way too... GOOD LUCK MARK!!! Keep the 'updates coming''!!!!!
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Dee, It has been a long journey, and you have helped a lot. So here is my situation: I went in to get a soft reline, and my dentist told me I need a hard reline. I thought they do the hard reline after 6 months, but he said after 6 weeks. He stated that now that the gums are healed, and the sore spots are gone, that it's ready for a hard reline. Well, the sore spots are not gone. My gums seem to be healed, but the bottom denture just doesn't fit right. I think I need a complete new bottom denture. When I take it out and hold it up next to my mouth, it is way too wide of a horse shoe shape, and the front part is way too narrow to fit my gum line. I had the dental technician try to adjust them 5 times in that one visit to get the denture away from the sore spots, but finally gave up. Well, I went home and got my dremel tool out, found a grinding bit shaped as a cylinder, and carefully started my own "adjustment". It is starting to fit better, but I still think a complete remake of the lower is necessary for a proper fit.
Is it six weeks or six months before the hard reline or rebase?
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Mark ... When I first got my ''temporary'' dentures.. I got ''soft relines'' all the way from early April till the end of May... then I didn't see my dentist until mid September for ''Impressions'' for my PERMANENT denture...I also got a 'lower partial'' at the same time I got my teeth pulled in April... The teeth on the lower Partial were NOT the same color as the upper denture, so I complained a LOT about that, so finally my dentist made me a new ''partial''... at no cost either! So, it took from April till September for my gums to heal enough for the PERMANENT denture impressions to begin... Then, it was another process, since the ''Impressions'' are done in WAX, it took a couple of weeks to come back from the lab for my ''fitting'', then another 10 days went by and ''bite'' impressions were done..then another 2 weeks before the final fitting & wearing my Permanent dentures home... (The WAX Impression comes back with ''teeth'' in it, and it's conformed like a ''glove'' to your Mouth.. and it's THINNER too!.)The ''upper denture'' and ''lower partial'' teeth match up perfectly with each other, in other words, the teeth are in perfect alignment and you'll see the teeth lines match up when you bite down.. I still had some ''sore spots'' with my permanent dentures too, because your gums will readjust to the permanent denture too, in 3-7 days...So after 2 visits in October, I no longer have any sore spots...and did a ''cleaning'' on my remaining bottom teeth... Now, I'll see my dentist every 6 months... My Dentist told me that a ''HARD RELINE'' usually isn't done for a couple of years after you get your permanent ones... I'm sure each Dentist has their own ''style'', but I'd hardly think your gums are fully healed yet Mark... If I can count right, you're about 10 weeks or so into Dentures, right?

Soooo, I guess you're going to need to DEMAND your dentist FIT YOUR LOWER DENTURE to your gums....Afterall, I know I've paid $7,600.00 and I want it done RIGHT.. You've been very ''creative and learned a lot'', especially how to live with your new Dentures... However, I know I would really have my panties in a bunch if they couldn't make my dentures FIT right! I think it's too early for a hard reline, since your in ''temporary dentures'' .. However, one girl in a post above said she had all her teeth pulled, dentures put in immediately, and her dentist told her those are her PERMANENT dentures...Perhaps you might have to ask the Dentist if these are your PERMANENT dentures... But, I'd definitely demand that your lowers are ''fixed'', and let them know how UNHAPPY you are with the fit... It's a lot of ''time and money'' that we've invested in our new smiles... Keep me posted Mark ... Here' my e-mail address too... dreilman1@yahoo.com if you'd like to keep in touch too... GOOD LUCK..
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Oh, one more thing, when they put that white powder on your denture to see where the sore spots are, sometimes that still doesn't show ''where'' it hurts, so my dentist used a ''marker'' on my gums which transfers to the denture where it hits the sore spots, and she adjusts from that marker spot...Only my ''Dentist'' does this, not a technician tho... The only time I saw anyone other than my dentist was when the ''Hygenist'' cleaned my lower teeth in November....
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Awwww poor love.. Have you considered implants to clip the lowers onto.. I've just had this Feb 2019.extractions plus full upper and lower denture. 3 implants on the bottom to clip my lower dentures onto.. They don't move at all.. This week is my first week with them clipped on..im still trying new foods so far so good though I have sore spots at moment I'm still extremely happy with the outcome and they look beautiful.. Can't wait to try all my favourite foods not sure about meat /steak as yet but hopefully in time ..i haven't eaten properly for years and this last year soft food only.. I totally understand how it feels to go hungry.. Wish you best of luck hope one day soon you'll be comfortable and eating normally again ...
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That girl was me Dee. I haven't been commenting, but I have been reading all the posts. It's been about a month and a 1/2 since my soft reline. The lowers seem to be working all right, but the uppers seem to be more gappy. I find myself swallowing way to much because I feel like I get too much saliva under the palette. My brother in law(who's had dentures for years) told me to put paste along the back to seal better. I've tried that and going without glue(really hate taking them out with it on them). Neither way is helping. But if I don't use Fixodent, eating can be a chore. Surprised I haven't lost weight.
I'm thinking about calling the dentist and seeing what she recommends.
Also, I'm still having pieces of bone coming through. Not big, but weird.
Due for the hard reline next month I think.
Wanted to thank you Dee for being a sounding board for a lot of us, and giving us your insight. You really do help with the transition.

By the way, my real teeth are gone, but I still have a sweet tooth! LOL! And no, I don't indulge it as much as I want to. That is not the reason for not losing weight.

Mark, I would get back to your dentist if I were you. That's what they get paid for!
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I tried putting cushion grip on my soft reline, and it won't stick. I ended up taking back the new one I purchased because I felt I had wasted my money on it.
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Wow, that's amazing... I used it all the time on my ''soft reline''.... Maybe your denture material is different.. I know ''Cushion Grip'' does NOT adhere to my permanent dentures, which I think are ''acrylic''..
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When I first got my dentures from the surgeon, the liner was pink in color. They said it was a soft liner, but it felt pretty hard to me. I just got my first soft reline by the dentist and it is white in color, and softer (just a little harder than 3 day old cushion grip). I have no idea what a soft or hard reline is suppose to be like. I have an appointment on Monday with the dentist to do what he is calling a hard reline. He said they mold under the dentures and then send them to a lab to do the hard reline. He said I can pick them up the next morning. I don't know what to expect, but I will insist that he first check the fit of my bottom denture before we go any farther.
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Hi Mark.... Here's an article about soft & hard relines ...http://www.intelligentdental.com/2011... I've heard that with the ''hard reline'' they will keep your denture and send that to the lab for that process... I've always had the ''soft relines'' done, and the putty is ''white'' and dries white too, ... it's softer and can be easily ''trimmed'' if necessary... I'd like to hear what you have to say after the ''hard reline'' is done on Monday...I hope you're not ''denture-less'' for a day.. Here's another article about the types of dentures too...http://www.ehow.com/list_6925645_diff... I've been calling my 'final' dentures Permanent... but they are removable, like yours... I'll have to retrain myself on that..and call them ''Standard'' it seems... However, with my new ''upper'' denture (final), it's not thick like the temporary was (to allow for swelling after extractrions), it's very streamline and a lot thinner too.. After my final fitting, the lab had to shorten the roof'' area and ''roll'' it slightly at the back (barely noticeable too!) .. Trimming my denture was soooo different than the temporary denture I first started with... The 'shortening & rolling'' at the back of my denture stopped the 'gag reflex'' too...

Well, DEFINITELY make sure your lower dentures fit just as well as the uppers, ... painless is preferred!! If you still have ''sore spots'', perhaps it's too early to do a hard reline, since it's sent to a Lab.. A 'hard reline'' has never been suggested by my Dentist at all .... Guess they all have their own ''ways'' too.., Keep me posted, I'm curious about how you're going to feel afterwards... Good Luck...
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I got my dentures back today after the hard reline. I could not be happier. The bottom denture now fits and there is no pain at all when eating. I can't thank you all enough for your support and suggestions. Now, I'm going to get back to eating. :-)
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I have had dentures for about 5 1/2 months and I can’t bite into anything still it hurts my dentist said you don’t bite with the front teeth bite with the sides and back of your teeth I just can’t get the hang of it any one have any tips. I get hard reline after Christmas
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