How do I stop gagging while wearing my partials?

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I am a 35 year old female and I just got upper and lower partials. My problem is I have been gagging and I have to take my upper partial. Will it get any better and is there any one with any tips to help me with the gagging. Thanks
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Hi Chrissy. I just got full upper dentures 2 weeks ago and I have been struggling with the gagging issue as well. I just can not seem to get used to having this huge plastic piece thrusting up against my rear palate. My dentist has not been sympathetic either. He said to me yesterday that I would basically just have to deal with it because "that's what dentures are." I tried to share my complaints about how this immediate denture was to wide for my mouth and makes my face and cheek area look like I have rolls of cotton stuck up under my there between my denture and my cheek. I told him that I feel it should be more straight up and down and not bulging out on the outer back side parts of my denture. He said that I would just have to learn to deal with it. My fake teeth are not pretty either. They look poorly made and each tooth and gum area looks different shape and size (hard to explain). I had been told that getting rid of my broken and severely infected old teeth and getting dentures would make me smile again. The too big gums make it hard to smile and cause cheek and upper lip pain and the gums are so grayish instead of pink that anyone can tell they are dentures and not real teeth. I am definitely not happy and feel depressed because my dentist refuses to send them back and have them remade.
As far as the gagging part, I can only say that I am having to drink a lot of liquids. I have been waking up very nauseated every morning and gagged when I woke up. I decided to try taking Mylanta to help ease some nausea to see if that would help. I will have to get back to you on that one. Like you, I hope to find resolution to the gagging problem.
Sorry I could'nt be more help.

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Hi everyone  i have had the same problem with my dentist. I had a complete upper and what they called a partial lower. they were taking the 4 front bottom teeth.  They never showed me anything despite my tearful request.  left to make the life changing, face changing decision  all sight unseen with no guarantees of fit or bite unless it was done all at once. guarantee the fit they said. said i needed all the teeth in the back bottom. wouldn't work without them. I trusted them that this is what was absolutely needed. They wouldn't do it otherwise.  Right???  Having never seen exactly what it was that i was getting until they were ripping my teeth out to put what I was lead to believe was needed in.  I too was completely overwhelmed with the amount of hardware that in my mouth.  nothing could have prepared me for this.  They have since removed the far back teeth top and bottom. but by doing so removed the teeth they said I needed for this partial lower.  A deceiving word.  it is by no means "partial".  its this huge. leaving no room for even my tongue, had to leave it curled up.  My mouth completely amputated. Eating, talking, drinking, kissing, never to be the same.  My dentist said pretty much the same thing. Doesn't seem to care that my life will never ever be the same. Depression getting the best of me.  But what do they care. 
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I have the same problem with the top dentures. I'm gagging every time I put them in.what am I to do about this
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I went back to the dentist 2 days ago and he removed and redid the soft liner on mine and it made a HUGE difference. No more gagging as I'm putting them in. Still have it a bit when saying certain words - I think my tongue just has to get used to them now. Even though I've been putting them in water when I take them out, my soft liner somehow got dry and hard. Now they fit a LOT better and I think that fitting issue was triggering my gag reflex too much.
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I have the same problem!  Can sympathise with you all, was thinking a glass of wine or a Sunday dinner will never taste the same!  :(   It seems to be the way dentists are going on National Health, no treatment, pull teeth out if any trouble and give the people dentures!

I'm wondering if there is an alternative denture you can get if you cant stop gagging?   Anyway, thought to myself won't need anything except the teeth to help me loose weight! lol 
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You can get them permanently attached which I am thinking about doing down the road as implants, just so I don't have to mess with them so much. It does get better eventually, but the implanted version doesn't have the plate across your palate which I think I would like to be rid of and I think the "gum" part of the teeth is thinner which I would also enjoy more. The implants are an extra cost of course and major surgery which scares me, so I'm going back and forth on the idea.

It's been about 3 months since I had mine done and I can pretty much wear my teeth all day now without problem. Do need to get a few more adjustments I think and my bottoms seem to be "too big" now - I think my gums have changed and they will need to redo the soft liner so they sit better. And I still have some days where I just cannot deal with them and take them out for a while. The gagging has gotten a lot better - as long as I don't mess with them or think about them too much lol
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I've had mine a week and they drive me crazy. I gag constantly with my upper full set and my bottom partial doesn't fit so I can't wear it at all since the swelling has gone down. I haven't talked to my dentist yet but I am going to demand adjustment send back redo whatever the hell they have to do because for 6500 $ between surgery and having teeth made I need to at least be able to wear the damn things long enough to go to the grocery store or something. Right now I don't want to leave my house because I don't want to wear my teeth
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Your $6500 should include free adjustments for a certain period - mine is for the first year, so don't be afraid to go back to the dentist as much as you need until they fit right. It's been almost 3 months for mine and I still have days when I keep gagging, though it is happening less.

Last night I decided to not take mine out at all and try to sleep with them - was able to no problem and today I am honestly forgetting I'm wearing them. I do need to get the bottoms refitted I think as there is a gap between them and my gums - your gums keep changing shape for years my dentist told me. But I'm going to try to keep them in 24/7 and just take them out to clean them or if they get loose and I need to reattach. Have to say not a single gagging episode today :)
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you guys having problems with your new dentures and a gag reflex ,the roof of your dentures may be too thick I may need readjusted , they may go too far back across the palate of your mouth . now for the gag reflex. sucking on Halls cough drop with eucalyptus or Strong menthol will help a lot with it
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I just got a partial upper today.  I was gagging the minute he put it in.  My dentist took it right back into the lab and trimmed it down in the back and now no gagging.  See if yours can be adjusted that way.
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Mine are better too ! It's been since June ! I'm still not eating like I should but doing so much better! As soon as she shaved down the back to a slant ! Keep the faith !!! It gets better ! I just hate the left over adhesive after I take them out ! I gag yukkk ! Anyone else have that problem ?
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Cathy, , I too have that problem with the Adhesive when you take the denture out I can't stand it. Besides I still have pain on the right side of my mouth, it seems every time I get an adjustment for one thing within a day or two somewhere else In my mouth is Hurting. I so wish I did not need adhesive like many other people I've spoken with I have a top denture still have my own bottom teeth which I am grateful for that. I'm hoping after I get my hard reline within the next six weeks that should be, that maybe I will be able to either use less adhesive or none that would be my prayer.
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That doesn't sound right or even nice. My dentist told me that I would expect major changes,, and some I would get used to. Others they would makes changes on the dentures so that they would fit. I've only on day 4 with mine. But, for the the money we spend, I think the y can try to make them fit better. Isn't that the point? I can't afford permanent dentures for a long while, so will have to make due with the immediate. Also, I was told to wear mine 24 hours until they heal. That way they will heal to fit my dentures better. I don't see that with others on line. My guy had trouble with his dentist, he never went back. My dentist was nice. Maybe you could have another dentist take a look at yous. Feel better.
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My gagging was due to the fact that the denture didn't fit!!!  Turns out I am needing what they call a custom fit.  The unfortunate thing is that I've had to go over a week without a denture!!  But I know in the end it will be worth it.  And there's an up side - I have lost 5 pounds because there's not much you can eat without teeth!!!
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Karen you could've had them trim the pps (the back) that's what causes gagging. Everyone needs a "custom fit" as not one mouth is the same, however if it's an immediate a simple thing like that can help the gagging stop. If it's a full upper. Hope things feel better for you soon.
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Wow- I too have gagging problems with new partials (upper one causes gagging). I have not worn them since the day I got them and still owe on them and really do not want to go back and probably won't after reading all these horrible experiences people have had. I will pay them off and just use my metal partials that just get irritating at the end of the day and I have take out every time I eat. after reading all your stories I don't feel so bad.
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I too have had the gagging issue my father in law told me to shave down the back of the pallet area so that is not so thick it help tremendously I no longer gag but I slept with them in and woke up this morning throwing up so I would recommend not sleeping with them in
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I had mine fitted yesterday, they are rubbing on my stitched gums and I'm gagging constantly, ihave also been told basically get used to it as the dentist couldn't take any more of the pallet. I feel drained, can't eat and stomach aching from wretching.
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Louise, I don't know if i am right with this...ive had mine a year now..had all kinds of trouble, but I eventually got better....and I stopped listening to the dentist and staff almost from the start. They told me the same thing to get used to them and hang in there. I ran fevers and used as much ice as I could. Used the prescription strength mouthwash they told me to use and swished myself silly with saltwater. What worked..I took them out and healed for few days..maybe weeks..I would put them in now and then...because I knew my mouth had to get used to them, but not for long. Some people go through a terrible time but seem to heal quicker. Everyone is different and I have come to find that the general rule from dentist is keep them in. Well, I felt myself getting worse and knew I had to rest and EAT. As time went on I could wear them more often, but for me, mine were too big and bottoms did Not fit. Still don't. It's my jaw. 2 weeks ago they realigned them. These will never fit...ill have to go have more done or specialist. So the end result had nothing to do with taking mine out and leaving out until I felt better. Don't worry..yours WILL fit and you won't be sick...but as much as I don't like to say do not take medical advice..i suggest to give yourself some rest. Take them out..salt water rinse and ice..if needed..eat some yogurt, jello...eggs..for protien...whatever...wrenching until you hurt...see? I'm not professional but, rest up. It is a big procedure. I re9when I had my own teeth and had work done, they told me to take it easy... still follow their advice, but. l feel for you. Going against their advice was smartest thing I did. Just after time wear them longer. One more thing... in few weeks they will be able to fit them better. By relineing them. That helps. But, you'll get other advice on here...some might work better for you. I did wear mine the first 24 hours for bleeding to stop
..then. I went with what I said above. Take care..I
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new to these dentures about 4 weeks now, how long does it take for the bony ridges to settle down, i feel like they messed up my gums, theyre so sore and sharp. I now have small pieces bones coming thru gums. UGH  Almost wish would just left bad teeth alone. I also wanted smile and feel comfortable, but so far i feel uncomfortable, in pain 24/7, gagging. Any suggestions.  Thanks Bobbie
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For the gagging, have your dentist file down the upper plate a little.  Completely solved my issue.  I was gagging ALL THE TIME, such a simple fix.  The back ones might also be a little too long and the dentist can fix them as well.  

I would suggest useing Sea-Bond strips for now.  Super duper easy to use, although I don't think they hold that well for a glue, but the provide a really comfortable layer of cusion between your denture and your gums.  

Other pinching might be happening too, and when you go to the dentist, they'll be able to see the sore spots and file down what they need to.  Take care of most of the discomfort right away.  Good luck, Bobbie!
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I have had my upper dentures for a year now. Had them cut down. Have done everything. I still gag. I don't wear them unless I go out. I'm afraid when I go out cause after a certain time I start to gag. I cant eat out. Its aweful. Worse thing I ever did. There beautiful but what good is it if I can't go any where without being afraid I'm going to have to take them out in public
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The Human Body is amazing and VERY adaptable.   You're just going to have to make it learn to do new things.  Here are a few tips to help:
http://www.wikihow.com/Suppress-the-Gag-Reflex
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Gagging is because upper Denture is too long. I bought a heavy duty nail file and kept filing until I stop gagging. It works. To get use to your denture chew freedent gum.
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I will try that I've had mines for a couple of months now and I still gag even taking them out make me gag and the polygrip is awful the sea bond is better but nothing seems to make the lower one's stay in how can I keep them from moving
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I am the same I have lost all my teeth through epilepsy & I just keep gagging all the time my dentist is great but as he says u either get on with dentures or u don’t there is no in between it does annoy me he says if I was teen I could get implants as u r considered vanity but as an adult u r not I won’t go out as I have to spit them out I am looking to see if I can get a spray that numbs my mouth maybe then I could wear them
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I have a full set. I was gagging so bad. I couldn't talk,,and the bite didn't match. These are my temporary ones, I go back in a year for the permanent set. I had to file down the roof plate, file the inside of the bottoms, and one of the teeth that looked like a fang. I don't mind using adhesive, but I wasn't about to deal with the gagging. So far they seem to work and I can actually talk. Has anyone else tweaked their dentures on their own?
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When you filed your dentures down to keep from gagging, what did you use?
I have gone to dentist about filing them down because of the gagging, all he says is give it some time.
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I have a nail drill,,so I used that and very carefully filed down the roof plate. I made sure it was even, then I checked it every 10 minutes until it didn't gag me. But in my case I lost 90% of my suction, so I have to use adhesive.
I'll send a picture shortly
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Thank you for the information. My dentist told me could file it back but I would lose some of my suction. It's been 2 weeks and already losing suction so what is the difference, except no more gagging.
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That's true,,but would you rather gag ?
I work in retail, I have to wear my teeth. But I just got mine and I'm STILL talking like Mike Tyson
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I also noticed that the thinner the roof plate, the easier it is to deal with.
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Amy Bonney, I still had, and hate it. I talk pretty well with the top plate just hate the gagging. It's been 2 weeks and the bruising to my face is just now going away. I looked like I had been beat up. Black eye swollen face, brusing all the way down entire face.
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I have upper and lower partials as well. And I gave so much. the one thing that helps me if I have to wear them is if I put a mint in my mouth too. It's all mental. my mouth can handle a mint and then it doesn't notice my partials. if I do this for a while then eventually I get used to it again and I forget about it I only gag in the beginning and sometimes I have to take them out and put them back in for about an hour before I get used to him but the mint seems to shorten the process
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Thank you, I will have to try that. I only have the upper plate right now. I will definitely try the mints. Thank you, again.
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Hi, I just got both my uppers and lowers 2 days ago. Now if you knew me, you would know it took many years just to go to the dentist as I am afraid of everything.. including the gagging, or I was. But I said to myself, dang it, I need to do this, I have a smile and I want to use it. So for the last 2 days after gagging alot the first day, I have had a talk with my tongue and convinced it and myself, we can do this.  Introduce your tongue to your upper plate, teach it to ignore the strange feeling that makes it gag... it is already starting to work on me and I am not going to give up. Even ate a couple of Ritz Veggie crackers and since I could, I know after the sores heal I will be able to teach myself to eat again quite easily. I have made up my mind to do it! :)
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all I know is that if I have not eaten I better not put the partials in ...Cuz I start gagging right away
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Pull them out and have a healthy meal!  I think after reading alot of posts that those "immediate dentures" right after pulling can hinder eating without them for sure! I mastered gumming and while I am teaching myself to re eat , I still take them out and gum some energy. Why are folks starving themselves?!?!  Kelly have you had the upper back trimmed a little? I did. You do have to train your tongue as well. 
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I have had dentures for just over 6 years now. Full top plate with a partial on the bottom for 4 of those. Every now and then i do gag. Its just gonna happen from time to time. It will get better but if it is bothering you so bad you cant eat or feel as if you wont be able to get use to it then MAKE your dentist fix them!! If he wont then go somewhere else and tell them whats going in and that he will not listen to what is best for you. I just got new full upper and lower plates this year. About 5/6 weeks ago. It is VERY different and i havent worn a bottom plate in 2 years after getting the rest of my teeth pulled so yes i have been gaging more so now. I have to go back and have then trim the back of my top plate and the back inside of my bottom. But i do agree with the "mint" and or another hard candy with very strong flavor that you like. It WILL help train your tongue (not over night of course, but with time it does work wonders!) I wish everyone the best with their new smiles!
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Been reading so many posts. I had no idea what I was going to be up against. Just started the process, and will probably have my first Temporaries in a couple of months. Now I'm scared to death. But I'm glad so many people are showing me how to work with it. Good luck and good food to All. I'm going to stuff my face silly for a few more weeks while I can, LOL
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Cheryl, I had no idea what I was in for when I got my upper plate.I'm kinda glad I didn't know, because I don't know if I would have gone through with the whole process. It is 3 1/2 weeks for me, it is getting better. Glad I did it due to looks, need to get some bonding material, since they are getting loose due to swelling going down. I was told by a friend to go with "sea bond" instead of polygrip. Good luck, it is a proce, and it just takes baby steps.
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Thanks for responding. I don't mind difficult. Just impossible. And I really think implants are totally out of my price range. I heard there's a bonding product called secure which seems to be superior to anything else I've read about in these forums. You might want to try that one. There's just been so many bad comments from people that have had them for a long time that I've been discouraged . But yours is one of the better ones. I hope you have a lot of luck, and I will be checking back. I'm probably about 2 months from even my temporary yet.
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Cheryl, I will check into the bonding agent you mentioned, also I will keep you in my prayers that things go well for you.
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Same for you. I live near New York University dental school, so I'm going to call them about implants tomorrow. But I think that's going to be way out of my budget even from a dental school. So it's nice to know that people do live with the actual dentures. And at least since I'm older than most of the people here, I won't have to be worrying about my flirting smile anymore, LOL. I hope yours goes well
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Thank you. I am 64 and only one of my friends that have upper dentures. Not happy about them but just have to deal with the hand that was delt us. The dentist wants to extract the lower ones but I'm not ready for that if at all. These have broke me, I'm retired and on SS. Just one day at a time. Good luck withthe implants.
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Wish they would have told me all the pros and cons before removing all of my teeth
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Thinking about putting off buying a home so I can get implants
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Get your  home!!! You will get used to the dentures. Read old posts here and new. I am a 63 year old baby! But.. I finally got the nerve to get all my old bad teeth and the rest pulled and get dentures. I am not ready to go out to eat yet, but heck I pull them out to eat until I am used to them. It's getting better. Just remember what the folks on here say, keep going in for alignments and don't stop until you are comfy. They will cut the back where the gagging is and if too much yes you will need some bonding but.. you will eventually need it anyway! Implants scare me, and I bet if I did some research I could find that they have their own set of problems. Keep reading before you give up your dream! 
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I'm almost 62, and implants are so far out of my price range it's not funny. I can save and pay off these dentures, and hope by the time they wear out Medicare will cover the rest. I fortunately work in a very small office with wonderful people who know the problems I'm going to be facing so if I have to not smile for a while so I could talk or eat no one's going to stare at me. I'm only 2/3 through the extraction process and had no idea what I was getting myself into until I started reading these forums. Forewarned is forearmed, LOL.

Anytime I get discouraged I will come back here and read what very good company I'm in. I also have close family members whose health problems remind me what a real health problem could be at my age and I should be thankful bad teeth are the worst of it
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I'm almost 62, and implants are so far out of my price range it's not funny. I can save and pay off these dentures, and hope by the time they wear out Medicare will cover the rest. I fortunately work in a very small office with wonderful people who know the problems I'm going to be facing so if I have to not smile for a while so I could talk or eat no one's going to stare at me. I'm only 2/3 through the extraction process and had no idea what I was getting myself into until I started reading these forums. Forewarned is forearmed, LOL.

Anytime I get discouraged I will come back here and read what very good company I'm in. I also have close family members whose health problems remind me what a real health problem could be at my age and I should be thankful bad teeth are the worst of it
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Hello I am having trouble to doing head in cannot wear them at all Maggie
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Go to a different dentist
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I maybe one of the lucky one’s but I’ve had dentures since I was 24 I’m 78. I think I was born with bad teet. I had them pulled, put my dentures in and wore them had a couple of issues and it was delt with If they were too sore to eat don’t eat see dentist. I have had to have them relined and, replaced a few times. Never have I had to use paste I eat anything I want any where I want. Some times I back off all days aren’t the same. The hardest thing to do is to take the first bite from an apple or corn tough ribs or meat are a bit of a pain but..... At this late date I need another set as I am loosing bone every day. I see myself needing a whole new jaw top and bottom. Your teeth impressions are the ones your denture was made for and if you take them out to eat guess what, your gums change then what?Think about what you are really doing. It ‘aint’ rocket Science.
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It's funny that you just posted here two days ago Bobby.  Tonight during my walk I was thinking that getting dentures at a younger age would possibly make them easier to deal with.  I'm only a week into mine and everyday has been a painful learning experience. I'm 52. It's harder to teach an old dog new tricks. It's not rocket science but it is a learning experience.  I've been to my dentist twice for a few adjustments that have helped considerably. Tomorrow I need some more done to the bottom denture. It hurts too much. 

I just want to say to those of you with dentists that aren't sympathetic or are telling you to deal with it or seem to be non-communitive. Get a new dentist. You don't have to put up with that. You pay them.  For the past 20 years I went to the dentist office from hell.  It's kind of why I have dentures.  I hated going so much I just didn't. I really let my teeth go because of an awful dentist.  Wouldn't you know I'd find the most awesome dentist ever once I have no teeth?  So I'm just saying you have the right to ask questions, get answers until you are satisfied with how you feel and look.  Don't put up with anyone treating you bad when your in need of treatment from them.  
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Add me to the list of unhappy people with new dentures. I have the same feelings as you. I look like I am auditioning for The Godfather with rolls of cotton in my upper lip. Also, swallowing is horrendous. Well, I need to lose a few pounds so this will definitely contriute to it. I hate the way my new face looks!! Hate, hate, hate it!!! I did not like the looks of my old teeth, but wish every minute that I had those back instead of this alien in my mouth that both is uncomfortable and hideous looking. I, too, wanted to transform my look--but that wish was to make an improvement--not make it worse. Right now I feel this is the worst decision (and an EXPENSIVE ONE at that) that I have made in my grown up years.
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I cried for three hours when I seen my face with and without my dentures in . Its been four weeks and I've had them in and out since I'm sore , no adjustments yet and its real hard to go out in public . . I'm so depressed too
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You really need to go for the adjustments often. My dentist told me to come in whenever they were sore and I did - pretty much once a week for the first 2 months. 
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I was also a bit apprehensive about how my face would look without dentures after I take them out for the night. But really, I don't look as bad as I thought I would. Of course, I  thinks what helps is that I'm an older person (65) and have a small mouth. Cathy, make an appointment and see your dentist asap. Hang in there.

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I got a full set of dentures 4 days ago. My top ones have me gagging constantly. I can't get the bottom ones in. I am so depressed and have spent the last two days crying. This is horrible.
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Melissa - have you been back for an adjustment? They can trim the lowers so you can get them in and from what I understand they can trim the plate on the uppers to reduce the gag reflex. I didn't have an issue with that but I did have an issue swallowing some times and found that if I sipped water every couple of minutes it helped with that. I'm wondering if that will help with the gag reflex?
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I looked at the back of the top ones and I think they can be trimmed. I think I'm going to call them tomorrow because I have to go back to work on Wednesday, and I will need teeth for that. I am scheduled for an appointment next week, but there's no way I can wait that long. I haven't eaten anything but ice cream for a few days, so I'm also weak. I thought I would bounce back very quickly, and I've been disappointed. Thanks for the advice. You've been very helpful.
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It's a major process both physically and enotionally. Definitely call and get in to see them. I was tired out for about 2 weeks after mine. I was also in for adjustments twice in my first week. Ensure might be an idea for you. I supplemented my diet with those for a couple weeks. Best of luck!
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As far as nutrition goes, smoothies are a great way to get your nutrients. Dole Shakers are really good - you buy them in the freezer section and add your own juice. Another thing to do if you are making your own, is to add some fresh spinach. It looks icky but you shouldn't be able to taste it.
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@MelissaAustin...Same here! I see your post was 2 months ago. How are things now? I get had 19 extraction and full upper and bottoms on Tuesday. I can't weat the bottoms at all! The tops are driving me crazy and I can't stop crying. The way I see it at this point...my life as I never it is over. I have already lost 9 pounds and I am starving. Yes I have tried to eat soup, jello, baked tilapia, mac&cheese, pudding, yogurt, etc. But I can't figure out how to swallow with this thing in the top of my mouth. It just won't slid to the back and go down. And liquids seem to go under the plate and then taste awful. I can't talk plain now. I am just miserable. Wishing I had all my rotten broken teeth back. Can someone help make me feel better about this decision I have made???
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it really should get better! 2weeks and 2 days, and I feel 100 percent better than a week ago. You will be going back for adjustments about every other day soon, then it gets better!!!
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It's been a year since I started with the extractions and I still don't have a pair of dentures that I can wear.  I'm getting used to going without any thing,  The gagging hasn't gotten any better.  I can keep them in for about 20 minutes and then it's barfsville.  I wish I had the old teeth back too.  I've been hearing good things about going to Cancoun, Mexico to a dental clinic down there for implants that everyone has raved about.  They are about 30% the cost of having it done in the US and I was impressed with their care - better than the group I'm currently going to.  I'd like to be able to eat something besides mac and cheese.  I thought I was too old to cry about things but this has brought tears to my eyes with each visit back to the dentist.  And I've been going with a national chain.
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Sorry your having so much problem with your dentures. About the gagging problem your having. Does you plate go back really far in your mouth where the gag reflex is triggered? If so maybe your dentist could change the design of your plate. Another problem Ive heard of is people being really nervous about wearing them causing themselves to gag. Try to relax and put them in for short times through out the day with no adhesive so they are easy to get out when you need to take them out. Dont worry you cant swallow them. they say practice makes perfect lol. Meaning the more you put them in and take them out you should start to adjust to them and become more comfortable with them. Hope things get better for you.
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Hey Nana the back of the denture is called the PPS (Post Palatal Seal) it helps with your suction but that can get trimmed a little. If you haven't already go for an adjustment and have them trim that. Just remember there is a limit on how much they can trim away because then you will lose all suction. Hope this helps.
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@ Debbie Hudson...I'm doing much better! I still haven't graduated to a steak yet, but I am eating chicken and soft vegetables. It took me a month before I was able to eat anything that wasn't blended. I have sores on my gums but they've gotten better, so eating is easier. I had the upper denture trimmed a little after my post but the dentist couldn't trim it too much because she said that's what helps with the Suction to hold it in. Whatever she did helped, and I think I'm just getting used to it. It will get better! The first few weeks were brutal for me. As your mouth heals, you'll feel better.
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Thank you for replying ! I hope you are right. Right now I am miserable. I have to go back to work for the first time tomorrow and I am terrified. And for my Easter dinner today, I had cream of chicken soup and peaches... I just feel so weak. I pray I get though this. I just really think they gave me the wrong dentures...lol
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Hi l also had some upper dentures fitted and some on my lower , i can't stand them they make me gag , i can't talk properly , i have lost every confidence in my appearance , I'm at a low ebb & feel that these are not going to work like this , i have been told that if they have the roof part cut down they would not say in ! so now what do i do ? I'm lost and wish to god i had implants but yet another rip off at £2000 each i feel its unfair  . 
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Aemon you can go for an adjustment and get the back trimmed. Dentures are made to have a little room to work with. Yes you can only trim so far until you lose suction but you may have not reached that point yet. Call them and tell them you want an appt right away. Hope this helps. Good luck.
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My dentist did agood job it's just the gagging and soreness when trying to eat they uncomfortable feels like a bone is still in my gums
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Cassandra, bone is still in your gums. They should have made the bone fit into the denture. I have 2 big bones from extractions poking out.. but they got those with the impressions. If they didn't , make them do it again!!!
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I have had my upper dentures for 5 years and had them reclined once and I still can"t get used to wearing them they make me gag.
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They have to thin out the back. Yes you will probably have to wear an adhesive but you won't gag. I had mine brought down just enough not to have to use adhesive yet and can feel them but training tongue. I just got them last week. My problem is the dang bottoms and bones rubbing.
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Thank you for the information. I only have the upper plate, right now. It's been 3 weeks for me.
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Kathy Lee

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I agree! Feel same way!
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I put a jolly rancher miniature hard candy in my mouth and sucked on it. After one day, no more issue with gagging.
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sounds like you have an unethical dentist. or just a bad one. he's pushing you to do more work to gain off you. go somewhere else for a second opinion right away! you shouldn't be having such horrible problems!
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When I first got my dentures I had lots of problems. I was afraid to eat as my mouth was full of plastic. I was unable to speak clearly. With time this all went away. GIVE YOURSELF TIME. wear them for short periods of time and slowly increase. YOu'll get used to them over time!
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I had the same problem and since I had mine dentures made at the densitry school, I had some of the top notch doctors looking at my problem. They found that the top was too thick against the palete and once they thinned it down, the problem went away. I do find that now with the seasons changing, my sinuses are pressured with the full plate which has the same effect.
I hope this helps
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I wi) ask my dentist tomorrow. I wish my top fit like the bottom
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It seems we got dentures at same time. I have complete uppers and lowers. Gagging was and sometimes still is a big issue. The first thing that really helped is the dentist trimmed the back of upper denture and this helped alot. As strange as this may seem i found sucking on sour candy helped and i also used lemon juice, I felt like to much saliva was abig issue as well.Grapefruit juice became my best friend as well. Keeping upper extremely secure seems to be a big key as well.When it starts to loosen i get that feeling again. My biggest issue is i can't get the gel out of my mouth and this leads to gagging, I have not found a answer for that yet that works well. Good luck i hope this helps.
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I got my trimed back because of my gaging. It worked but 2 week after I'm gaging more than before. I have to take my uppers out to stop gaging.
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I also have the same problem with gagging and found that when I stopped using the gel adhesive and switched to the powder adhesive it has made a huge difference.  I hated that horrible taste and not being able to get the gel adhesive off the roof of my mouth.  
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so ive had my dentures for  like maybe almost month i continue gagging all the time with the top  ones today went to the dentists and she gave me  throat spray told me to spray everytime i wear them i havent tried it yet she shaved some of my palett down but on my way home i was trying to get my mind off it but it didnt work so i was gagging before i got home i had to take the top out its really repulsive to me becuz i thought when i got it shaved down i wouldnt gag as much but i was wrong so i really feel u guyz it sucks i dont know if the spray really works for gaging if u guys know if it will or not no any suggestions wat i can try for the  gagging i would appreciate it thank you.
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I have to say that I feel the exact same way about my new upper denture. I let my dentist talk me into takng out all of my top troubed teeth and getting a top denture because my health would improve as well as having a great smile. Well, guess what??? I am hating the dentures, they make me
GAG so bad that i have to keep taking them out. So how am I suppose to get used to them??
I keep trying to tell my dentist about the problems I'm having and he won't listen and tells me to get used to it that he cant cut the back or saw down the top of the palete because it will break...Yeah rite !!! Also, they don't look right. They r too wide and fat !!! They r also different shapes of teeth and go sideways. It's crazy. This sucks and I'm going for another opinion very soon..
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My male dentist told me the same thing. I tried wearing my upper plate, couldn't stoo gagging. I tried everything, kept going back to get it shaved down, to the point he said they won't stay in my mouth even with adhesive. So now I am 44yrs old have a disgusting smile, because my dentist talked me into letting him pull all my so called "bad" teeth on top. I think it was because I was overweight and he felt he was doing me a favor by pulling my teeth, it was limiting my diet, so I could lose weight.
Because now I have developed hard calcifications where some of the teeth were tht he yanked really hard.
I actually came out of anesthesia halfway through this traumatic ordeal. Now my smile isn't pretty anymore, I hate smiling anymore, and because of the statutes of limitations has long since passed, I can't sue the dentist tht did this to me.
In a pit of Despair
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For what it is worth, I have had a full upper and a lower partial, which hooks onto the only two teeth in my mouth that were salvageable after lots of chemotherapy, put in less than a week ago. I have kept a glass of milk or soft drink beside me which I sip on throughout the day. This has been my practice throughout the chemotherapy and helps with gagging, nausea etc. While I was told not to drink carbonated drinks for a few weeks, my pain from the surgery, and other possible side effects has been greatly reduced. Learning to chew and to talk clearly are my biggest hurtle at this point. Getting a good sealant and using a good mouthwash has been a tremendous help also. The taste of the dentures and adhesive the dentist gave me were enough to gag me. Warm salty water between meals also helped reduce some of the excess saliva. Plus the old fashion trick of getting my mind off the dentures and onto something else helps too.
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I got upper plate a week ago. I feel like it is too long in the back. I also have a sore on my left side of the gum. I go to the dentist tomorrow for follow up, hoping he will file the plate back some. Late afternoon is when I start to feel like gagging. I want to take it out but was told not to because it won't fit in if left out too long. Hate them. Retired and feel like I wasted my savings. Don't know what to do. The day had teeth extracted and plate put in they wanted to schedule an appointment for the bottom ones to be extracted and new bottom plates. Told them no. Don't know that I will in the future, just want the top ones fixed and be able to eat something other than soft foods.
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It’s going to improve. I am 3 weeks out of upper and lower ! No anesthesia or gas. 24 teeth 2 days. I have PTSD and am allergic to pain meds. Fibro, CFIDS etc. I am putting this pain in the gallstone removal category x 10. Almost as bad as childbirth. Your dentist should be doing weekly alignments up to 6 months. I’m still gagging but they are slowly crafting them. I don’t know what the future holds but good luck everyone. ~Sam
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Just got my uppers this afternoon amd I am in total shock. I think my dentist does good work and he is a super nice guy, but when I told him I couldn't stand the feeling of all that stuff in my mouth and that they made me drool a lot and gag all the time he pretty much said what most of your dentist say..."you will get used to it:"

Personnaly I am having the most difficulty swallowing, anything even tiny sips of liquid. Is just that when I try to swallow with this alien object against the roof of my throat my natural swallowing mechanism doesn't want to work and I choke and gag. My dentist is afraid to trim them off so they done go back so far becaue than he thinks Ill not have anough suction. I cant imagine ever getting past this point.
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I'm so sorry to hear that, Brian. I know the gagging must be extremely unpleasant. It will take some time for you to get used to this new object in your mouth, but the gagging should subside. If it doesn't get any better after a few days, I would definitely suggest mentioning this to your dentist again so you can possibly have your uppers trimmed.

Hang in there!
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I have had my upper denture for 6 years now....u would think I would be used to it..not at all..I still gag and throw up every morning when I put them back in...my dentist told me not to wear them to bed... need to let ur mouth rest and have air...I don't know what to do...I just live it....but then thinking of the implants...
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i have the same problem and was told i would just have to live with it also 
i sure would love to find someone that would fix the peoblem instead of blowing mr off
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If you go to bright now dental they will fix the problem immediately. My dentist it's awesome and has been so good with taking care of my dentures and me I have had full top and bottom dentures for two months now, I'm still getting used to them and I still gag quite a bit, especially after I eat. You have to learn how to eat all over again and eat slow, that's what I was told and I'm working in it. They've trimmed both sets down a few times now. They're very comfortable the biggest problem is getting the adhesive out of your mouth, that makes me gag as well. My teeth look real and I am constantly smiling. My life has been way better now that I have my dentures, just still getting used to them. I hope this helps. Also always keep water with you
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You give hope to a newbie thank you. You have a beautiful smile.
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Mark Bump

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Thank you
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Ive got to try to do the impesstions but gagging is really back do you have and advice for me please as this is a big problem of mine and its my last chance of hope thanks for your time
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Have them trimmed ... it helps really .... I'm still sore but the gagung has less ended since they have been trimmed back ... good luck . Don't give up
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I also find I gag more if my mouth gets dry so have been keeping hard candy in my purse and make sure I always have something to sip on. 

Also figured out that if the back of the top plate gets loose, it causes me to gag more so I sometimes have to redo the powder adhesive mid day depending on what I have eaten that day. As long as they are tight and I keep my mouth moist, I don't have nearly as much gagging problems as I did.
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I just had upper dentures put in about 2 weeks ago. The gagging was a big issue for me at first, but I have been back to the dentist twice and they were adjusted and each time it has been a bit better. My dentist told me to come back as often as necessary to get adjustments because the dentures should never hurt. As for the eating, I am slowly eating pasta like foods now instead of soup. And, to help with the gagging, I practiced breathing through my nose and reminding myself that I could still breathe no matter how the dentures made me feel. And, practice talking out loud has helped also. I still sound a bit like my four year old, but not too bad anymore. I go back to the dentist in a few weeks to have them re-aligned after my mouth heals because he had to pull 6 teeth in order to put the dentures in.
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I just got upper dentures yesterday afternoon after having the last 6 teeth pulled. I am finding it difficult to get past the part that rests on my palate. It feels like it's too far away from the roof of my mouth and gagging is not fun. I have a very high gag reflex anyway so this is really going to be hard. I hope chewing gets better too. It's weird to have this many teeth in my upper mouth after only having 6 for many years. I need to lose weight anyways so this just might be how it's going to be done.
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Make sure you use fixadent and the powder ... it helps with the spacing
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Got mine yesterday,top, and i cant stand them in my mouth more than a couple of minutes without gagging violently.at my wits end.guess ill lose some weight.lol.really worried after getting 10 teeth pulled , im gonna be unable to wear them.
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Today is the morning after having all upper teeth pulled.  The dentist attempted to put the denture in, but I immediately started gagging - hard!  He then trimmed the denture a little and tried again.  Same reaction.  I have tried several times today to put them in.  Can't even get them in place before I start gagging!  I'm not sorry I had this done and I know it will take time to get used to the denture.  Just wish I didn't have this strong gag reflex!  Anyone have any ideas so that I can at least get the denture in my mouth?
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My gag reflex is super sensitive too. My dentist told me to try and wear them if only for 5 minutes and take them out. Try to increase time as tolerated. That was today's appointment. I am not happy .
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I just got mine and same problem gagging but I found out laying down helps I was told sleep in them for 2 weeks and gagging should go away
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I just got mines Tuesday there very pretty and neat but I can't deal with that damn gagging I have to take them out every time I talk it's like I'm about to throw up.i hate that or isn't because I'm pregnant or the denture give me and advice my dentist told me I'll just have to deal with until I go back again.
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I know how u feel.same here
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Hi everyone just googled how to stop gagging from my upper dentures. I found you all. I had all my top teeth extracted on the 17th of March. I am a teacher and this was spring break for me so I got my appointment on the last firday and school scheduled off and had the surgery so I would have that extra weekend time for healing. I went to a good dentist and used my insurance and got some really nice temp dentures made before my extractions and when I woke up they were in my mouth. They told me to leave them in my mouth for 2 days before taking them out to clean. Honestly they put me out via IV sedation and I when I woke up I don't even remember going home and never was in any real pain which is odd becasue before that with a single extraction I was in missery and figured I would want to die when I woke up this way. However teeth in or teeth out I havent had any real pain. My biggest problem has been big and small pieces of bone and tooth remnates coming to the surface and feeling like needles poking me in the brain. The gagging almost caused me to vomit in my classroom. I was having a bad day with it then one of my students projectile vomited on his desk and i had to run out of my classroom because I threw up and out flew the teeth I was mortified and quickly grabbed them up and ran to the bath room. Thank god no one saw that. I had them held in that day with the Sea Bond cushion pads. These work well for me for about half a day and then the pad starts scooching out and hits my gag reflex I have become the queen of bending over popping my teeth out realigning my cushion grip and popping them back in and resuming teaching with no one knowing. The pink glue works great but lord that junk is hard to get out of your mouth i had to actually use a pencil the other day to peel it off the roof of my mouth. I am that teacher you guys that comes home with her teeth on her leg after I get out of the parking lot they are coming out of my mouth....lol...im about as country as you can get but this is stretching it even for me. My teeth look nice but feel way to big like my bottom teeth can't line up with them its almost like if I still had my own teeth i could have put these in front of them and not have any isssue they just seem way fuller but the dentist said that is because they are temps regardless I read the fine print on my contract with them when i go back after about 5 months when my mouth has completly healed I will have my perminate dentures made. The fine print says it usually takes two visits to make your perminate and could take up to 100 visits depending on wheather you find the correct fit for your mouth. They will make a brand new cast for my mouth then they will make a wax set of the teeth i choose and they will let me try them on and see if i like it bla bla bla and only when I am 100% satisfied will they produce the final denture so basically the wax set is like a trial run for the real thing anyone taht gets a set of 400.00 dentures your getting what you paid for. My templs alone were 1000.00 and my perminate will be 3000 so you know they should be really nice, I have ehlers danlos syndrome which is crazy where collegan makes your body strong it makes mine extremly stretchy and flexable all my bones snap out of their joints for no reason what so ever so my jaw was dislocating about 50 times a a day and they suggested dentures so that i can set my jaw easier when it pops out. My talking seems pretty nmbch normal ut the rest I feel like there is an allien in my mouth about to take over and its winning becasue my brain is so concentrate.
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Warm salt water will help remove the gooey mess of the denture adhesive. Try it and see how it goes.
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Same problem except the whole first week and a half I was fine even wore them to bed but this morning I woke up gaging and now ever time I put them in I gag I don't know what to do
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OH I am so confused. This is day 6 for me since extractions were done and I got upper dentures. I have had very little problem with gagging up to this point, however today I was driving and suddenly started gagging and couldn't stop. I had to hurry up and get home so I could take them out. I would think if gagging was going to be a problem it should have happened the first few days. Any help greatly appreciated!
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Carry water and sour Candy's it helps with gagging
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Having the same issue as you guys, but have to say it is surprisingly better today. I have a great dentist who told me to come in any time for adjustments and they are slowly improving. All but 3 teeth on the bottom were pulled June 3 so it's been 9 days.

Have to admit, I haven't been wearing them much this last week as I dreaded the idea of putting them in. Earlier this week, my dentist did a lot of adjusting and they feel better, though I do need to use an adhesive now to hold in the upper (I just couldn't deal with the pain of trying to get them in otherwise). He told me to use powder which I have had little problems with. I felt my gums were just too sore to deal with them (especially one spot where one of my teeth didn't want to come out), so have had them out more than in.

My biggest problem is I've always had a strong gag reflex. When the novacaine wore off the first day I had the teeth pulled and the dentures put in, I couldn't stop gagging and threw up several times. Finally got over that but had to take them out after 24 hours (dentist said under no circumstances take them out during those first 24 hours so I tuffed it out - mainly by pain pills and sleeping most of the day lol). Today putting in the upper plate I had the same issue and gagged a lot. I cannot quite figure out what is triggering the gag reflex, but about an hour later, they feel tons better! No gagging.

Still cannot talk worth a hoot and haven't been able to eat with them in yet (though I am getting good at eating without teeth! lol), but I am hoping to try that more today. I do think some adjustments still need to be made - my dentist said it can take several months of tweaking to get them perfect so just hang in there. 

It's hard...but I'm trying. And they do look TONS better than my old teeth!
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Went to the dentist again 3 days ago for an adjustment as I still had 3 painful spots. He found the "soft" liner was all hard and keeping my dentures from seating properly. He redid it and it made a HUGE difference! I am now wearing them every day just about all day (been taking them out around 8 pm each night) and can eat with them! yeah! 

The gag reflex has also been diminished a LOT! I didn't realize how much they were rocking before, but now that they fit right and don't do that, I am having very little gagging issues. 

My best advice for those of you still having issues is keep going back to your dentist for adjustments until they fit correctly. I do have to use powder on the top plate but find it holds all day with no problem. My dentist told me in the beginning I might feel like I was joined at the hip with him for the first few months, but that was okay and come back any time I had an issue. 

I am still having problems talking but a lot of it I think is due to the fact the dentures "correct" my bite when I was used to sliding my lower jaw back so my lower teeth were a good deal behind my upper ones - always thought that was more comfortable for me. Now that the dentures keep my jaw where it is supposed to be, I am adjusting to that (feels like my lower jaw is stuck out like popeye!) as well as the teeth so double issue on talking :)

I finally see the light at the end of the tunnel of all this though and no longer regret doing it. So give yourselves some time and find a better dentist if you need to - one that takes the time to get it all right for you.
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In 2 sittings a month apart, I had 19 teeth pulled.  After the second extractions they handed me the dentures with no instructions other than not to put them in until I healed - about a week.  Well - first try in - back to the dentist because of the pain.  They relined them and the fit was so good with the tops that I couldn't get them out.  Neither could they.  Took two techs and I ended up with a cut gum,  They fit now and I can get them out but the gagging is horrible.  I can manage about 10-15 minutes and they're back out.  This has been going on for 2 weeks and they keep telling me they can't trim the back because they wouldn't stay in.  Hello - with the gagging I'm having they aren't staying in either.  Will try some of the suggestions here - they sound better than any thing the dentist has offered.  This is the worst experience I have dealt with.  I'm beginning to like the way I look without them.  LOL  Also glad I like Mac and cheese because I've been living on it for 2 months now.  That and the use of a new electric meat grinder.  Please keep giving hints.  I can use all you have out there.  It takes a lot to make me cry but these are doing it.


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I know how you feel about liking the way you look without them - the first week or so I was thinking the same thing...maybe I just don't NEED teeth. lol

But it does get better - just be patient and go back to the dentist a LOT the first few months. If your dentist won't help, find a new one that will. Getting the adjustments made until you are happy with the fit and feel really is the key I think. 
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I think that part of the problem with the upper dentures is when it is too far  back . I think that the upper should not go further back than the hump. When it goes too far back it might make you gag. I just started with my upper and U definitely want to have it trimmed back.
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Just received upper denture today and when I eat I have a hard time swallowing food. Feels like I want to gag. Is this normal.
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I have a partial upper denture and the dentist trimmed the back straight away because I told him I already gag easily. There seems to be a gap between my palate and the plastic palate.
Unlike the other people on here, I am likely to put on weight rather than lose it because I am fine with eating; but the second I stop eating I start to gag and out they come because I want to keep my food down!
My dentist gave me a 6 month appointment and told me not to come back before then unless they hurt. They don't hurt, but I can feel the pressure on my gums even when I'm not wearing them. I want to look good in my granddaughter's wedding photos but all I am doing at the moment is wearing them when I eat. Please help.
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If your dentist told you not to come back unless they hurt, you may need a new dentist!

I don't know anything about partials, but I do know that your dentist had lousy bedside manner! They are being paid, they should want you to feel comfortable with the product they provided.

If it were me, I'd call and make an appointment. If they refuse to see you or don't help you find a new dentist ASAP!

Good luck!
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I've had dentures for a few years and I still get that gagging sensation. I use Sea Bond for mine and it's helped me a little more. I can't take the paste. I also like the hard candy. It helps but I'm still not use to mine. Not sure I ever will be. I know your pain.
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Has anyone considered asking their dentist if they could take a little off of their plate to shorten it somewhat so that it didnt trigger your gag reflex? My partial is a metal plate but the top of it doesnt go towards the back of my mouth that much and only up on my gums for my rear molars and ive never gagged with my partial. My thoughts on this is that since our gag reflex is triggered in the back of our mouth near the throat maybe if the pressure is relieved back there the gag reflex wont be triggered. I would definitely speak with your dentists about this issue. 
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I just had surgery today, extraction of al, upper teeth and most lowers. I am still shaking 12 hours later. My new pretty dentures scare me. I was also told to wear them non stop for the next 48 hours. Thank God post op very little pain in my mouth and no swelling yet. I, however can't wear these dentures . I have been in tears all day and would rather just have my old teeth back. Yea, it's only been a few hours but the experience of getting them ... Gagging and bomittimg several times is a deal breaker for me . She did shave some of the pallet back but not enough for me . I tried to speak and gagged, took a sip of water and vomitted. I go back in two days post op and frankly suction or not these things must be shaved more. I am terrified and can't stop crying. Mind you I was awake during the three hour surgery and was a trooper . My gag reflex Iid hyper active and yea, maybe I'll get used to them ..... But frankly I am ok with less suction and more comfort ... Otherwise I have a 3000.00 paperweight . I talked to a few friends and they said it gets better or they don't even wear them. I was able to tolerate them if my mouth was open and I didn't move....... Unaccetable.
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@ Tina...I was exactly like you! I cried for the first 48 hours afterwards. I still have days I wish I had my old broken teeth back, but when I look in the mirror at my smile...I know why I did this. I had 19 total on top and bottom pulled at one time on 3/22/16 and immediate top and bottoms. Within one minute of having the bottoms in...they had to come out. And I still can't wear the bottoms due to bone issues at happened during my extractions (long story-and I am not happy about this at all!).The gagging will get better. I had extreme gagging the first couple of days, but they worked and worked on them until I could "tolerate" them. I think my worst problem now is eating. Since I don't have any teeth on bottom, I am struggling to eat many of the things I used to enjoy. I finally ate a small hamburger this weekend, but I looked like an idiot trying to eat it. I had to cut it into tiny-tiny bites and it took me 20 minutes to eat it. I now have to break the pointy/crunchy ends off of my french fries and just eat the middles...but I'm doing it. I think that eventually even with no bottoms...I will adjust. And you will too. I was one of the biggest skeptics on here (and still am in some ways) but it is getting easier day by day. The soft reline will be your new best friend along with salt water rinses, orajel for mouth sores and eventually polident with scope :) Good luck and keep us updated! Sorry it took so long for anyone to reply. 
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I had a full mouth extraction in January. I cried for a few days after also. It WILL get better. I had the gagging problem also. I had my upper trimmed slightly and it helped. I have a bad gag reflex and I think I'm used to it by this point. I didn't eat any solid food for the first month, which was a real pain in the ass. Now I can eat most anything. Like Debbie said, salt water and orajel, and I would add patience to that list as well.
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Hey folks. Just a reminder...when making immediates they are doing their best with what they've got as you still have your natural teeth. When it comes to the PPS area it's always better when fabricating the denture to have a little more then less. If they don't make the denture with enough in that area it has to be remade or "repaired" and acrylic added. When you add acrylic it's not exactly the same material that was used when made. So that's why it's best to play safe and cover the full palate. 1mm is like a mile in the mouth so I'm sure they will be able to trim some material away so you can stop gagging. Hang in there and hope the adjustment appts go well! :)
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No matter what i do or try i still gag with my upper denture i spend so much time going back to my dentist i feel like i work there now and all they ever said to me you will get use to it so im just asking does anyone have any ideas because im at the point where im ready to live without them
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I had 15 teeth pulled  on January 29, 2018 and now I have full temporary upper and partial on bottom. I was worried about gagging but it was not an issue at first. However, now when I cough it makes me gag. One problem is I feel what feel like metal in my gums. Some are like a stitch and some feel like one end sticking out my gums. The stitches were supposed to just disappear with time. They have my gum sticking out toward my cheek and are real sore. Another problem when I take my upper dentures out there will be a string of mucus stretching from my mouth to the dentures. I am thinking it is sinus drainage but why doesn't it go down my throat instead of in my mouth. Each years since I got older my allergies have started and gotten worse each year. If I drink more water it should help. Has anyone had this problem?
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My sinus drip comes out in the morning ... I try to get it out , it's probably better than swallowing , it's so chunky ... anyway best way I can describe it without grossing people out! I got my dentures yesterday and gagging was the first thing I noticed. The tech shaved them down twice and like others here, he said if he did it anymore I would have to wear "glue" . LOL I know what he meant but they fit just great, they look good too ... but this gagging has to stop. I hope sores heal like they say they will. I will tell you this though, I cannot eat, I tried mashed potato's yesterday and I managed however they would stick on the top ones and i would have to push it back with my tongue. We see people everyday who manage to eat with full dentures, sure hope one of them is me! For now, I will eat small bites and keep them in.. but ONE meal a day I will gum it! We need our nourishment!
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My dentist hasn't filed my down, they say they can take "it off but can't put it back on" also I won't have as good of a deal. I have tried baked potatoes and baked sweet potatoes, applesauce, pudding cups etc. The sores will get better. Haven't eaten anything really solid as of yet. Still gagging, mostly in morning. Take the top plate out until sinuses are done draining then back they go.
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Only issue with the tops is gagging and one little pinch in front. The lowers hurt so much I am doing a few salt water treatments today before they go back in! I don't know why your dentist won't file them a little, the tech who made them did it twice before he said they would be loose and I would need something to hold them. I know I need to put those lowers back in if i want the sore areas to callous if that is indeed what they do. So will be sitting and suffering and go in tomorrow... they are closed today. What a pain but worth the smile in the long run which helps me to try and train my tongue to get used to the top. Eating will be a who other story. 
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I'm glad that I am not alone on the gagging issue. I had just the upper done about 6 months ago.
I had immediate dentures done.

The constant saliva and gagging(only when I eat). It feels like their is way too much material in the pallet area. When I bite down on food it seems to have very little room between the bottom teeth and the pallet area. If you use adhesive and are just talking then their is no issue with gagging.

Only reason I got the uppers done is because the center front tooth came out. It was one with a post that had been done twice. Since I have degenerate bone loss the dentist told me I am not a candidate for a bone graft or implants.

I have not gone back for the reline yet but will soon and I will make sure that the issue of gagging and saliva is addressed.

I had mine done here-
http://www.washingtondentalclinics.com/index.php/our-brochure

They do good work and are far cheaper than US prices plus you are treated like Royalty. They even did a deep cleaning on my lower teeth for free. The relining is free and if they have to make another denture it was only $125.00 six months ago but I think it went up. They also are very cosmetically pleasing.
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