First full day using adhesives - Seeing the light at the end of the tunnel

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The first two weeks of my dentures (No adhesive) were mostly focused on recovery and trying to get the basics down.  They were slippery and foreign, but I didnt have a whole lot of abnormal problems.  It was depressing at times, but I had hope that it would turn around.

At the beginning of week 3, I started using Secure on the roof of my mouth only.  My gums were still a little banged up, so the doc wanted to wait a bit.  Even with the little bit on the upper palate, there was a huge difference in quality of life.  I started talking better, I could open my mouth wider, and I could expand my food selection.  The two weeks I spent in that particular phase were a lot better than the first, but there were still some questions.

Yesterday was the first day I was able to use adhesives on my whole denture and I'm finally pretty confident that life is going to be just fine.  Its a HUGE difference when everything is in there and stable.  I ate a couple of thin sliced pork chops with some steamed cauliflower for dinner last night and it was amazing.  I was able to chew/mash everything into manageable portions, not choke to death and not worry about my lower flying out or my upper falling in.  It was, quite honestly, the best meal I've had in a long time.  There are still some things I dont particular care for (bite pressure is weak, not able to "tear" food with my molars, taste buds still havent adjusted all the way) but compared to the previous month, its heaven.

I can finally relax a little bit and quit worrying about my culinary future.  If I'm doing this at 30 days with immediates that need a reline and my first attempt at adhesives, its all downhill from here.  I'm sure there will be setbacks and challenges, but its going to get a little easier every day.

i know some of you are struggling right now.  It WILL get better.  Patience and proper expectations go a long way!
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Thank you for sharing this, TJ. I spent countless hours researching, reading and watching YouTube videos before I started the denture journey and honestly, they scared the snot out of me! I convinced myself that it was going to be a painful and excruciatingly slow process learning to adjust. That fear prevented me from starting the process for several years.
I wish there had been more positive experiences available to read about. Maybe I would have started this sooner and more of my teeth could have been saved.
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I was in the same boat for years and started the process several times, but backed out every time.  This site and my wife were what finally pushed me over the edge to get them taken care of and, like a lot of us, I wish I had done it sooner.  

Not everyone has a positive outcome and thats a sad fact of life.  Bad dentists, bad dentures and complications happen.  Its easy to focus on the negative aspects, especially if you've got a dental phobia.

I think the most important aspect, at least for me, was not dwelling on the downside for long.  Its not all sunshine and puppy dogs but getting past the stuff that made me cry was a lot easier when I focused on the stuff that was going to make me grin.

Like eating a burger or a pizza or a donut without utensils :)
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TJ, I love your attitude, you light up the boards with your posts.
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Yea him and Ted always make me laugh reading their posts lol
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When I realized I don't have a single picture of me smiling in the last 20 years, I knew any pain or embarrassment of having dentures at 43, had to better than how I had been living for so long. Seriously, I cried through my entire first appointment not because of any pain (they were just doing X-rays and an exam) but because I was so mortified that strangers were seeing the inside of my mouth.

My mouth was in an atrocious state. Perhaps that's part of the reason why I've been so fortunate thus far. I didn't have many full teeth left to pull, most were just root tips. I've been eating with practically no teeth for years, so my gums are not as sensitive as those of someone who started the process much sooner than I did. Your gums will toughen up. It takes time but it will happen. Don't lose hope.

I'm only on day 4 with dentures so I'm still learning to eat, speak and smile with teeth. Smiling has been the biggest challenge so far, but I'll get it eventually and until I do, I'm still grateful for the awkward crooked smile I can manage right now...and the thought of utensil free pizza, of course. :)
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I've been smiling with a closed mouth for so long that I have no idea how to do it with teeth LOL.  You'll get there!

Speaking was tough until I sat in front of the TV by myself and repeated it for hours on end.
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I'm a big reader so reading out loud helped me a lot to learn how to speak with dentures.
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In 'N Out Burger Update Requested TJ?
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Unfortunately, my In-N-Out mission has been repeatedly delayed by little things every time I try to get out there.  That being said, I did eat burgers last night at home without utensils.   Two 1/4lb patties cooked on the flat top with smoked gouda cheese melted over the top and a couple of pickle slices smooshed between a potato bun.  It was almost a religious experience, if not for the slightly tough burgers (frozen and thawed burger meat).  I didnt have any real issues with it, other than the pickle slices.  For some reason, I couldnt bite through the darn things.  Definitely a good warm up for the main even, coming (hopefully) soon.

I noticed last week that even though the Secure was holding all day (through coffee, lunch, snacks, etc) it was getting a little weak by dinner time and something was coming loose, more often than not.  Yesterday, I used it as normal in the morning and added a layer of Fixodent Extra Hold powder over the top like some folks have been discussing.  16 hours later, even after the burger, I had to fight a little bit to get the upper out.  The lower was still there, but didnt take much to come out.  I'm testing that method again today (obnoxious grilled cheese for dinner tonight - take a normal grilled cheese sammich and throw a couple of mozzarella sticks in the middle) to see if its repeatable.  If its the same, I think I'm going that route - at least until I get the first reline.
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Good job!  You're coming along nicely.
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TJ - let me know how you make out using powder & Secure I haven't tried them together. Is that what you do? Using Secure mine become loss by end of afternoon (upper only) & I hate to use glue again. Thanks!!
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I've actually settled on Secure only for the upper and Secure/Powder in the lower.  For some reason, if I powdered them both I seemed to be losing my lower before the end of the day.  Working really well for me the past few days - just finished actual crunchy tacos for the first time in several years and they're still stuck tight.
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T.J!!!! Tacos!!!!! Yess!!!!!
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Nothing fancy, just one of those box kits with the seasoning and the crunchy and soft tacos all in one. I was a little hesitant at first, but a few minutes in the oven and the shells got nice and brittle. Bit of an issue with the shredded lettuce getting under my upper, but a definite success. :)
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I was too happy first time I ate tacos after denture!!! Doesn't matter if fancy or not! So glad ur conquering food!!
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TH and everyone I still read everything and I'm almost eating normal but I have been scared to use adhesive and have not tried at all. So chewing the teeth are moving a lot. So I have made this problem to my advantage and now dieting lol but eating healthy and went from 350 now at 320 and eating healthy. I know I'm sharing a lot but my new teeth have made me more confident . And TJ in in the same boat bite pressure is still iffy ... guess the more we try it will get better.
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All of my bottom teeth were loose from periodontal
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Thank you