Five days post-extraction. New dentures hurting

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I had my teeth removed in three stages over three weeks. The final extractions, done five days ago, were for the front upper teeth.

I got immediate dentures. I have four pressure spots - two on the full upper denture and two on the lower partial. One spot is significantly painful. I am aware from feeling around that my gums are a bit "bony" in all four of those places. None of the pressure spots are where my last extractions were done.

I left my lowers out most of yesterday and all of last night, but kept my uppers in when I slept because I didn't want to risk clenching my jaw with natural teeth below the still-healing upper extraction site. I'm trying to rest my gums during the day, but even though my dentures hurt, I'm actually more uncomfortable NOT wearing them.

My appointment for my first adjustment is not for another four days. I do have some gum gel, but it's not helping. Does anyone have any other suggestions? It's making it really hard to eat. I can sip on soups and eat pureed food, but I'm already underweight and can't afford to lose more. I'm also over the constant pain.
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Hi there,  I think you need to make an appointment to see your dentist sooner.  4 days is too long to wait when you are so sore.  Usually the gum gel can help with some sore spots but it sounds as if you need major adjustments made to your dentures to stop the rubbing and pain.  Unfortunately the longer you can leave your dentures in the more you will get used to them, except to rest your gums overnight. Make sure you do very regular warm salt water washes to help with your gum healing as well.  Don't forget to take regular pain meds, anything that will help.
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Hi. Thanks, however my denture prosthesist is in the city centre and it's a bit of a trip for me. I already have a commitment not far from there in four days' time, so I was the one who made the appointment, not the other way around. I really don't want to make two long trips if I can avoid it.

I am doing salty rinses, but not bothering with pain meds. Paracetamol makes me feel very queasy and I know aspirin, which I can take, is a big no-no right now...

I am just going to have to wait it out until the appointment. The gum gel helps in the two lower spots, but actually stings in the upper ones.

I noticed during my first rough fitting a couple of weeks ago that I had pain in those spots and two days later I noticed my gums looked a bit inflamed there. The dentures are definitely more comfortable than the roughs, but they do need more adjustment.
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Oh, you'll just have to persevere then when you see your dentist.  I really feel for you.  As soon as you see them and the adjustments are made, you'll feel a lot better.  All the best
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I've had both in for a few hours this time around. My lower isn't hurting at all now. When I first put it in, it was. I discovered I could quickly flick it up a bit with my tongue to ease the pressure. I'll still get the lab to look at it when I go in...