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I just got my dentures this morning and I seem to be gagging on the
upper plate. Has anyone else had that problem?
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I'm Karen, the Fixodent Community Manager. I know how unpleasant gagging is. It could be that this isyourbody'sreaction to the new feeling of dentures in your mouth. You may be able to reduce your gag reflex by gradually building up the amount of time you wear your dentures each day. Keep in mind that it's very important to follow your dentist's instructions regarding when you can remove immediate dentures. Since you just received your dentures today, please don't remove them until you speak with your dentist.
An upper denture which is too long can also cause gagging. In this instance, your dentist should be able to trim or adjust your upper denture to alleviate this.Members of the message board,please let us know if you experienced gagging when your dentures were firstplaced. We'd love to hear from you!
Best of luck to you. Post again to let us know how you're doing.
^Karen
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On my third week and my wonderful dentist has been aligning mine . Gagging is very limited now . My dentist has followed my progress and has always reassured me that this does take 8 weeks and he has been right on point... I have been doing exercises with my mouth with the vowels and that has helped tremendously. This site is wonderful . Just went back last nite to my dentist advised of some spots that were a little sore and he aligned my upper plate and it's very comfortable.
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Gagging and excess saliva are the two most common reactions to a new upper denture. In most cases, both diminish and disappear within a few days. If you can (and I understand that you might not be able to do it right now), try sipping water (or, better yet, a milk shake) and sucking on a small piece of candy. You should alert your dentist to the problem you are having and set up an appointment for a few days from now. That way, if the gagging continues, your dentist can shorten your denture. However, since the length of an upper denture contributes to the suction of an upper denture which contributes to the fit and comfort of an upper denture, it is advisable to wait and see whether the gagging goes away rather than shortening an upper denture right away.
Hang in there -- it will get better.
Also, let us know how you do.
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My first day too... It is definitely gonna take some getting used to. I too am having the "gag" reflex, seen dentist today, he says I am healing really good.. Cant wait for everything to become second nature and for my "permanent" set.
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I got my dentures on 3/28/15 and I experienced gagging. What I did was to breath in through the mouth and out through the nose. This helped me. I also increased the time gradually for wearing the uppers. It's a natural reflex for the body as previously stated. Now, I am on almost my third day and the gagging still happens, but not as frequently.
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I am at five weeks at I still gag on occasion.  The first day, I didn't make it out of the chair before I had to yank them out (seriously) I was about to be sick.  I had my salivary glads go into overdrive for about a week or so and then it mellowed out.  I'd watch how you are placing them and see if you are playing with them in your mouth.  If you are and move them back too far, you will gag.  I would contact your dentist if this doesn't improve.  I drank a ton of water and made sure to not lean back to far.  I hope this gets better for you. 
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I am at day 11 and gagging is there but not as frequent had my teeth out on the 23 I am doing really good and this site is wonderful for ideas on how to adjust to dentures
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I remember half way through my first appointment with my Prosthodontist he told me he'd been checking my gag reflex without telling me and that I'd have no problems, which I haven't. I also remember my surgeon telling me he'd recently had one patient who couldn't keep his top denture in for the gagging. His dentist hadn't checked him before having his denture made.
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i suffered for the gagging too..so i told my dentist and he shortened it for me in the back because they were too long..so he trimmed that away for me, and it made a big difference! i no longer have the gagging reflex anymore, so maybe you may want to do that..
i now can wear my dentures for over 8 hours, had them for about 4 weeks, still look forward to taking them out at night..eating is sometimes difficult because i had stitches in my gums, but the fixodent adds a cushoning feeling in there making it easier to chew, mostly soft food..