Getting used to dentures

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So I am 6 days in, got my upper teeth extracted and an immediate denture put in place. Apart from living almost entirely off KFC potato and gravy, things are slowly coming along, wish I was able to eat food again.

Saw my dentist a couple of days ago, and we filed down a couple of areas causing some sores, but I have noticed that every morning putting my denture in is complete agony, I almost don't want to take it out, because it hurts so much to put in the mornings.  Is this normal? Is it just the sores from the denture rubbing and does it go away.

Thankfully I haven't had a big problem with gagging, but my jaw feels constantly sore, i guess it's to be expected, and will my tounge get used to it.  My tounge at the moment seems to like to float to the right side of the mouth and rest between my bottom teeth and upper denture... does it get better.

Don't know if I explained myself well, but if anyone could advise me on things, it would be great.
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Rinse with salt water ..5X a day....takes at least 2-3 weeks. Use secure adhesive. But give yourself time heal...lots of rinses.
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I used a lot of orajel the first few weeks. Tastes terrible but I put on my gums, waited a few minutes until numb, then put teeth in. It does get better. I ate without my teeth for first two months. You would be suprised what you can eat with no teeth. Hang in there, just takes time.
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Had a sundae just before... which was absolutely amazing.  Thanks for the tips will definitely give them a try.
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We know that six days can seem like an eternity when you just get your new dentures. As you have heard, it will get better, so hang in there! With a little practice eating with dentures, and with patience, you should be able to enjoy almost any food you like.

Here are some tips to help you with your beginning weeks:
  • Don't panic if you feel that food has "lost its flavor." Right now, your mind is receiving strong signals from your mouth about your dentures, which overpower the messages from your taste buds. After you get accustomed to dentures, your mind will find a better balance and your sense of taste will improve.
  • As you adjust to new dentures, you might have trouble sensing hot foods and drinks. This is common. But be careful; you don't want to burn your mouth.
  • Start with soft foods. Some good examples are eggs, fish, chopped meat, cooked vegetables, and puddings. 
  • As you gain more experience and confidence with dentures, try eating chewier foods, such as steak or celery.
  • Ease back into eating the foods you love with small quantities cut into smaller pieces.
We hope these help, but please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions. Thanks!
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Please check on all the posts from or about comfort lining. I get the feeling she is using this site inappropriately.
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Annie,
In my opinion, what Jenn is doing is trying to help all of the people that have been upset about not having Comfort Grip.

For all of the posts that are in this forum talking about, complaining about, and working towards getting CG back on the market (a product that has ABSOLUTELY nothing to do with Fixodent) I would think that everyone would be happy to see that there is someone that listened and is doing something about it!

We all discuss adhesives on here and what our favorites are (mine is Secure) and where the best place to buy it is. How is this any different?

Please trust me that I'm not trying to be snotty about this! But let's be honest - if she is shut down for what she is doing then don't you think that everyone pushing for CG to come back should also be shut down?
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The difference between what you are saying and what she is doing is she is selling a product not discussing it. All of her posts are about her product to get interest and people to buy it. I've directly asked what the ingredients are and has it been tested for toxicity. Her vague response is it is all natural and checked by the FDA. She claims to have made it all over the summer. Since when does the FDA move that quickly? They don't. Her website isn't secure and is very vague on information. This puts huge red flags up for me. I do not want to see people get ripped off or, if a product exists, endanger their health over something that has not been properly tested. The person who claimed to have received a sample had their account set up about the same time as the post and that is the only thing they have posted. All of this is very concerning to me. If this is a safe product, great. If not, this needs to stop.
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I have to agree with you Annie Huff Hamilton.  It just seems odd that everyone is asking for a similar product and suddenly this new product appears and is not in the stores yet.  I too want to know and view proof that this is FDA approved and the list of ingredients. Is this made in a clean lab and will this become available in stores? 
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Thank you, those are my concerns as well.
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She is working on her website to make it secure and to get it into stores.

Her statement regarding the ingredients was that the ingredients are all non-toxic and that each ingredient is FDA approved. I read, and re-read it because I share the same concerns.

I requested and received my sample when she first said that she would send them. I have not tried it yet as I still have a soft reline in and am due for a hard reline, hopefully this week.

I also have never tried Cushion Grip so I have nothing to compare it to.

Please remember that I'm not trying to be the bad guy here, but I've read so many posts about bringing back CG and about the different things that people are using (i.e. Halloween stuff to TEMPORARILY keep fake teeth/fangs in). There have been people excited that one person was going to try to make it, people suggesting that someone go on Shark Tank, and so many 'please bring CG back' postings that my eyes are crossed. I say let's encourage Jenn and be grateful that someone is trying to do something!

Ok I will get off my soap box now.
Thank you for reading MY OPINION!
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I think you are totally missing my point. I don't want to see people become sick or scammed. Looking at all the evidence puts up red flags. If she was in the testing phase and wanting people to put in an opinion, that is one thing. All of her posts have been buy this it is safe and natural. Anything you purchase for consumption or use on or in your body lists the ingredients. This does not. That is very concerning to me. At the very least, she is opening herself to lawsuits for allergies etc. At the worst, she gets someone deathly ill. If it proves by proper trial that it is a safe product, great. It doesn't appear that this has happened. Trying on yourself doesn't count as proper trial.

Encouraging the exchange of ideas and safe practices are one thing. This is not that. Think about it, what a great place to get people to buy a product that is not properly tested or isn't what it claims to be. A site where we list are problems about dentures. If this product is what she claims it is, she will actually prove that it has been approved and what the ingredients are. I would not and will not purchase a product like this.
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Annie, I sort of think that we are both thinking and feeling the same way about this. It would seem that we are both strong willed people.

I would NEVER want anything to happen to anyone on this forum or anywhere else. I feel comfortable in saying that Jenn feels the same way. She may be worried that if she gives out the ingredients then someone else will make it before she can get her full patent. I really don't know.

I just figured it was a good thing for those that have been upset about not having CG

No hard feelings here, hope you feel the same
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I am so terrified!! My real teeth the dentist says aren't bad. Not ready for dentures yet. But so much money to repair. And upper and lower partials ! So. I'm thinking of opting to get full dentures instead.....but I'm so scared. And honestly, embarrassed. I'm 59.
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Nanette, you are not alone. The best way to calm your fears is to find out as much information about your choices as possible. Whether you're considering dentures or recently got them, there's a lot of information you'll need to get from your dentist. Here's a list of questions to help make sure you get the answers you need. Questions to ask before getting dentures

  • Are there different types of dentures? If so, what kinds are there? How do I know what kind I need?
  • Are there any advantages if I keep some of my teeth?
  • What will dentures feel like?
  • Will I be able to eat and drink the same foods and beverages I enjoy now?
  • Will foods and drinks taste differently?
  • Are there any foods I should avoid to prevent damaging my dentures?
  • Will I look different with dentures?
  • Will dentures hurt?
  • Will dentures affect my speech?
  • How long should I wear my dentures each day?
  • Are dentures easily breakable?
  • How much do dentures cost?
Once you have the answers, you can more easily make a choice that is right for you! ~Rosie
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For some reason I am just now seeing your post Nanette!

I was in your shoes about 10 years ago (around 35 years old). I had made up my mind to get teeth pulled and was working with a same day denture place but couldn't afford to do it all at once. We started with the molars, we got 6 of them out and the place closed down with no notice.

The next time I had an abscess I started going to my hubby's dentist and he kept telling me that my teeth could be saved and he refused to pull any of them. He talked me into having root canal after root canal. The plan was to work on one quadrant at a time. The problem was that we were constantly "putting out fires" and never seemed like we were making any progress. We finally reached a point (after about $20,000 invested) that I HAD to have a couple teeth pulled. At that point he told me (not discussed) that we were going to pull all teeth at once and put implants in 1 or 2 teeth at a time. At $3,000 per tooth I knew for a fact that was not going to happen! So I didn't go to a dentist until my teeth were literally just falling out of my head. By this past May I was interviewing new dentists.

On August 4 I had what was left of my teeth pulled and immediate dentures put in. FOR ME it was not just the best decision-it was the ONLY decision.

I had minor pain, minimal swelling and absolutely no regrets whatsoever!

If you have any questions, feel free to ask!

Only you can decide what is right for you!

Please let me know how you come out, either way!
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I just got my dentures last week. full upper and bottom. I was without teeth for a little over a year. Im very thankful to be able to chew again instead of gumming and swallowing. Ive had a hard time learning to talk again with them in and also have the same same pain putting them in in the mornings. I think its getting better.

I also have a question for you. Did they give you a overbite. They made my top teeth stick out past my bottom. I never had an overbite and now I do. They said they had to so the front teeth wouldnt hit and dislodge. But my teeth never hit when I had real ones and I also didnt have an overbite.
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My front teeth don't sit on each other, but I don't think I would call it an over bite. That's how my teeth always were, but by the time the dental place saw me I didn't have enough for them to know that. I think it is just normal.
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MIne stick out past the bottom about enough I can stick a straw through the difference. Is that the same with you. Also its not like a big overbite and I know some people have a natural overbite and everybodies teeth just Barely stick out past the bottom but to me its an overbite because Im not used to it and never had the much of a clearance and they told me it had to be like that
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No, mine look and feel very natural!

After you hear from others, if they are all saying similar things then I would go back and press the issue.

I'm assuming, based on the fact that you have been without teeth for over a year, that these are your only dentures. Would that be a correct assumption?

If nothing else I guess I would be asking why they HAVE to be that way. You are the one paying for them, you should have a say in how they look unless there actually is a good reason. Heck, I don't know much about final dentures as I'm still in my first immediates. My soft reline is thicker than the actual dentures. I am due for a new hard reline next week.

Please keep me posted!
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I havent had a reline and my dentures are kinda thick but they fit well to my gums, with little pain in a couple spots that can be fixed, im just not happy with the look.

Yes this is my first pair and at first I thought maybe its just me but after wearing them for a week I know its not. Also and I didnt know if it was the standard for some reason. Thats why I been search and trying to ask people about theirs.

I will and Thanks for your responses.
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oh I got one more question. I know im askin alot. But they also shorted me a back molar. I only have a six teeth from center to back and everybody else has 7. What about you.
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I'm sorry for taking so long to respond! I have numerous health issues and had a rough night.

Never apologize for asking questions! That's what we are all here for. We have to talk to others that totally get it.

I never even thought about counting my teeth in my dentures, I guess because I had been without molars for so many years (about 10, I can't remember. It's probably in my thread called 13 weeks & counting). You are right, they did short you on your back molars. I have 7 teeth in each quadrant of my teeth.

If it were me, I would go back to the dentist and discuss these issues. If they aren't willing to help then you may need to go to a different dentist!

Ask more questions if you have them! Someone on here will have the answer!

Keep in touch!
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Well I am two weeks in, the hardest thing is not yet being able to eat pizza. Have been able to eat some pasta but will start to use an adhesive tomorrow and hopefully start eating some tougher food... hopefully pizza soon.  I'm using Steradent I hope it works well, but if anyone has ideas about products that maybe similar or better I'm keen to hear.  Ice cream is great though. 
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I have never heard of Steradent. As a beginner adhesive I highly recommend Fixodent powder or food seal.

Once your gums are well healed, I recommend Secure-paste on tops and strips on bottom. You can try the paste on the bottoms, but I have a really small lower denture so the company recommended the strips.

I guess you can buy it stores in some places but I order it from Amazon or directly from their website.

Good luck!
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I'm in NZ so it may go by another name where you are... or maybe not get sold.

Not too bad, if the ulcer at the top of the gums were a little smaller it would make eating a lot easier, supposed to last up to 12 hours, I think mine was about 18, though I'm little scared about trying to take it out, it seemed to lose most of it's gripiness to the sides and the back, but the front seems likes it's stuck, feels a bit tight at times, might look into what you recommend, maybe it's tight as my gums aren't quite healed enough for something that strong.
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I'll be Googling Steradent and see if it is at all similar to anything we have in the USA. If the Steradent is that strong, you may want to hold off using that for awhile too. Your gums may be too sensitive for something that strong. I wouldn't recommend the Secure until your gums have no openings or tender spots!

I really do like Secure! It lets me eat things I haven't eaten in years.

Let's keep in touch!