How long until my upper lip stops looking like a monkey's mouth?

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I had 8 teeth extracted three days ago and got an immediate upper denture. My face isn't really swollen or anything, but my upper lip makes it look like I was punched in the mouth, or as I refer to it "monkey mouth!" Did they make my dentures wrong, or will this go down as my gums and bone shrink? Also, the top front part of the denture curves in toward my gums, which leaves it cutting into my gum and a gap between my real gum and the denture, is that normal as well? My dentist is not too friendly, and when I went for adjustments on day two, I felt like I was rushed out of there!My biggest concerns right now are the monkey mouth and it cutting into my gums. I can't even chew because the denture cuts into my gums, and being hungry doesn't help my comfort level at all either! Should I pressure my dentist into fixing them or will it correct itself with time? PLEASE HELP I WILL GREATLY APPRECIATE IT!!
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I'm sorry to hear you're going through this,Tracey.I'm Karen, the Fixodent Community Manager, andI urge you to discuss your concerns with your dentist.While some pain is normal, your denture should not be cutting into your gums. This must be miserable, so don't wait it out until your next appointment.Schedule an appointment as soon as you can get in. Your dentist can evaluate the fit of your denture and make the necessary adjustments to alleviate this.Your dentist should alsobe able to shave the border of your denture to improve the look.
Has anyone else experienced any of these issues? Pleaselet us know!
^Karen
(from Karen @ Fixodent)
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I too have a Monkey mouth fit. It is horrible.

Rolland
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I've been in tears all day. I'm a young woman with bad teeth genetiics I had them all pulled today. My dentures make me look like a monkey. Thank you for this post. I feel better knowing tomorrow my dentist can fix the issues
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I too have "monkey mouth". I had my  teeth removed two weeks ago and both my lips are protruding. I don't even go out. Also I can't wear the bottom denture because there is a bone or something sticking out. They told me to brush it and it will go away.
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I have monkey mouth also
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I tried hard to make it look better
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Does it ever go down this is not swelling this is the top denture please help
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This was right after
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I have the same problem with a monkey mouth and irs cutting my mouth on top ,,,,i need help please ,im not happy with my dentist,,,could you help me
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I hate my look ,with the top denture i have a monkey mouth ,,,,i need help
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*** THIS WORKS.. EASY..
Hello Karen @Fixodent and Everyone suffering the hardness just above the upper lip, starting the day after surgery using immediate dentures.
The thickness of denture is rigid, not pliable and the material doesn't emit any moisture/saliva. Its too dry for natural movement.
The skin on the inside above your lip has more natural movement when it's moist..allowing you room to purse and move your lip easier..I soaked a Q-tip with mineral oil and swabbed my inner lip and also my new teeth.
Problem solved. :)
Here a photo..smile
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*** THIS WORKS.. EASY..
Hello Karen @Fixodent and Everyone suffering the hardness just above the upper lip, starting the day after surgery using immediate dentures.
The thickness of denture is rigid, not pliable and the material doesn't emit any moisture/saliva. Its too dry for natural movement.
The skin on the inside above your lip has more natural movement when it's moist..allowing you room to purse and move your lip easier..I soaked a Q-tip with mineral oil and swabbed my inner lip and also my new teeth.
Problem solved. :)
Here a photo..smile
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Oh jeez.I just realized the 2nd last pic was my old real teeth..lol
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You look wonderful.
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I'm day 5 and I have the monkey mouth as well. My dentist wasn't too concerned. And my bottom partial teeth are slated causing a gap on the other side and my jaw hurts in that area. I can barely eat or drink.If my upper teeth are secure the pallet gaps and vice versa. My upper teeth slips a lot. I work in the beauty industry and go back to work in 5 days.Im freeking out.I already don't want to be seen in public. This has been a nightmare. I wish I could disappear.
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I'm going through the same thing. I'm a customer service manager, and I look and feel horrible. Everyone says it's not normal but my dentist is telling me it is. Worse I paid out of pocket for these and surely not satisfied. I smiled more when I had less teeth.
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I am almost 2 months out and they told me to get rid of the "monkey mouth" I would have to have surgery to shave down the bone??? Has anyone been told this???
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I was just told this when I went in for my first fitting I told the dentist I don't like the way my upper dentures round out under my noise I asked him to have them thind he replied that a lot of woman pay to have that look I again told,him I did not like it that it looks funny he said its because my gums are thick I asked him to please have them thinned out in that eara especially he never said anything about my gums and promise id have a beautiful smile once we where done untill I said I wasn't happy and did not like the way it gives me a monkey face and being my first fitting he should be able to have them fixed before I get my final ones on top of that I have waited 6 months to let my gums heal and get all my bone spurs out and swelling to go down because that's how they do it where I live so he said so I exspect them to be done right he said if I came to all the appointmens they would be done right. We will see and IV decided not to let him pressure me into Takeing them untill they are right my insurance won't do them again from what I'm told for 5 years so I have to make sure their right and I would think my dentist would want that as well but I have a horrible feeling I'm in for a fight at least thats the impression I got the other day .Makes me so mad they say trust me lets get these teeth pulled and you will have to wait to heal and then you will have to come to 4 appointment s witch takes time but trust me you will have a beautiful smile it will be so worth it so you wait and go to ever appointment and Waite 6 months telling your self its going to be worth all the pain and bone spurs and not being able to eat and people looking at you because you have no teeth nothing but a black hole . Then to go to the first fitting to look really funny and say something to your dentist about it thinking he will have it fixed because their definitely not right and you trusted him like he said for him to try to say people pay good money to have that look .what the hell he must think I'm stupid or that he can bully me into Takeing them like that and out of tge begging from pulling all my teeth to all the other appointmens he never once said my gums healed thicker so the only thing that could be done is to have surgery to thin out my bones he actually said I'd lost a lot of my gum bone when he first seen me and when he pulled my teeth . I am so frustrated and upset I guess I'll know what I'm in for in a couple weeks when my permanent ones come back
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Hi Jaqqueline ,
I am just another denture wearer that was agrivated for you when I read your story. I understand why you are upset, you should be! You will have to be strong and be forcful with this dentist or change dentist. Its a shame that people are like that and we put our trust in the professionals and some just don’t deserve it. How dare he. Ide like to know
How you are doing now. I have my own set of issues different than yours but upsetting also. This is hard and some make it worse when they should be helping. I hate that this site has no spellcheck and the password requirements were annoying LOL. But I really wanted to answer you I saw that no one else did. Be strong and don’t take crap Jacqueline !
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I have monkey mouth to..and doctors just look at me when I mention it. It's been 6 weeks and my top lip swells so much I cant talk where anyone can understand me.
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My dentist told me "you'll get used to them". I decided to go to an expert. A denturist. These were immediate dentures that were shredding my tongue to the point where it hurt to eat anything even with the denture out. Not only did he repair the sharp parts of the palate, he showed me an option option for a permanent denture that has next to no palate. I'm only missing 2 teeth. See a denturist and keep shopping around until you find someone you like!
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I was told what Pam was told, would need to have major surgery to correct the problem. Neither my family nor I are happy about my protruding upper lip. Sitting at day 10 with my immediate dentures and know big that I have to be patient for a while. He tried shaving off some which only alleviated the problem a little. So my question is will I need to go to different dentist to get a different type of denture that helps my appearance look better?
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I been gone threw all this myself, it wasn't tile I found Russell Klein who made a correct set dentures for me and I'm little over 1 year with no problem, but before that none of the desist lab denture makers could get it right all the dentures I bought look identical witch I found out later were all being Mas produced from the same lab. So if your going to go to another dentist make sure it's far from ware your dealing with now
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Thank you for your reply. I was thinking that I would need another dentist as well. Thank you.
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Yes I got my last week and have the monkey mouth also. I'm going tomorrow and hopeful he shaves down.
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I agree with Karen but I am inclined to be a little more forceful on the topic.
You must see your dentist immediately to get your denture adjusted so that it does not cut into your lip. Do not accept delay on this topic. If your dentist is not friendly and kindly disposed toward frequent adjustments to your denture as you heal and become accustomed to your denture, you must find another dentist. Absent an adjustment, you will not get relief from the pain and you may develop an ulcer rather than "just" a sore.
It sounds to me like your dentist used too much soft liner in your denture and, as a result, you are experiencing "monkey mouth". This, too, can be fixed. Also, there should not be any gap between your gum and your denture -- not good for the fit -- not good for the comfort -- and not good for eating and drinking between both solids and liquids will find their way into the gap.
Although adjusting to a denture requires time, patience and practice, your current issues are beyond that realm. Please get help and let us know how you do. In the meantime, try a milkshake -- it tastes good and is filling (at least temporarily).
Good luck.
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Hi, your dentist should be able to shave some off your denture to stop it from cutting inot your gum. And, dont let him make you feel rushed. He is there to help you. He took your money easy enough didnt he? I found the first 7 to 10 days were the absolute worst. After that seems started to feel better bit by bit. I am heading into week 7. I too have a gap between my denture and gum, and mine is getting smaller. You will find your gums change every night. You wake up in the morning and things have changed. If something hurts go and have your dentist make an adjustment so it stops hurting. Because the pain wont go away without an adjustment It will only get worse.! Patience and persistance will get you thru. Everyday gets better. Take care.

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Just had mad put in yesterday and i to feel like i look like i have a monkey mouth. hope you had your dentist fix the problem.Hope all is better
Thanks for letting me know i'm not the only one feeling this way.
(from hockey mom)
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Two years I have monkey mouth. Swollen lips, burning mouth, blisters , sores. Not a dam person will help me I wish I was dead
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dont go to Mexico
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I did it here and still look like a monkey 9 months later. I know people who had it done in Mexico and look awesome a feel great. Stupid statement.
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stupid to go to Mexico..people die!!
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Wow... Um, I've known dozens of people who go. Many here have their regular dentist there, but ok...
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stop stalking me I am just giving my advice!
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Stalking you??? She just replied back to you. I'm think that the term stalking here is far from the right word lol
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"far from the right word" Do you mean "correct" word ? Learn proper English before you reply to a post that his 4 months old! Dummy!
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Lol but you should check your spelling also this u meant "is"4 months old
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obviously a typo you monkey mouthed Mexican! You people need to stop stalking me
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thats right chim chim
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Inappropriate and psychotic behavior!
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Inappropriate and psychotic behavior!
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Mind your beeswax grandma and why did you post that rude comment  twice? Do you know how to use the computer thing? hahaha
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Wow !!! I googled a ? About how or what I should do if my dentist refuses to properly fit my nee dentures and I read these DUMB IGNORANT NONSENSE RACIST COMMENTS TOWARDS PPL TALKING ABOUT FUCKING DENTURES!!! IF U WANT TO BE IGNORANT AND MAKE DUMB RACIST COMMENTS OUT OF A DENTAL CONVERSATION YOU MUST BE SOME KIND OF A PIECE OF SHIT WOW!!!
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Julie rickard does being racist make ur life better??
Is that what empowers you to carry on with ur everyday life??? I JUST WANT TO SAY IM SORRY FOR THE HURT U MAY HAVE IN LIFE BUT BEING IGNORANT WONT MAKE IT BETTER
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being called racist means nothing today..thanks to people like you who throw that word around. So ...go to hell and get a clue on the caps lock button you dope
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Actually you are the racist since my comment was referring to monkey mouth. You immediately thought monkey = black person. You are the RACIST!!!
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My dentist says I have a short top lip but tells me how lucky I am to have such beautiful lips. Yeah, I know women pay to have full lips like mine. I would rather not have teeth that look and feel so big! He believes that the bottom teeth are naturally supposed to stick out , lean forward. I have been working with them since I had all my teeth removed in December 2014! Not happy with the look and miserable with the pain!
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Hello my name is RJ and I had my 23 teeth pulled over a week and a half period then they told me to let my gums heel then once 4months was up I went in to have them looked at then waited again another 2months then finally had my impressions and all that stuff done and on my last appoinment that I had when they were still adjusting them at least I thought we were still adjusting them I noticed that my face looked different I guess the definition is monkey mouth I wasn`t happy with the way I looked but they went ahead and made the final denture and said come back in a couple days for any adjustments sore spots n stuff and I signed this piece of paper and afterwards I got to thinking that what was that paper all about because I hadn`t agreed on my dentures being good and happy with them to go ahead and make the final denture but they did and now I have been to the dentist 4 different times I have had 1 soft reline that never held went back had a hard reline on the bottom denture and it came back worse it didn`t grab at all nothing felt like it was way to big for my gums so she did a nother soft reline in the bottom denture and I said I needed my top denture relined also because it was starting to fall off easily I have always had to put adhesive on my dentures and I am currently dealing with the soft relines they did for the top and bottom and the top denture is holding a little better at this point in time but I can feel that it`s getting looser by the day and as for the bottoms they fall off again very easily and I have to put adhesive on my bottom and the top if I want to eat something but even if I do put adhesive on my bottom denture it still comes off while eating!! I still eat soft stuff like I did when I was heeling my gums I can`t eat anything solid properly without having issue`s every time I talk to the dentist office they justify everything that I tell them I am tired of being like this I should of went to a denturist but I didn`t know the difference at the time they should of saved a couple teeth on the bottom so my denture could have been secured but that was never mentioned to me that I could do as an option the dentist that pulled my teeth never did an impression they just pulled them all and said come back once they are heeled he ended up leaving to advance his schooling and the new dentist that arrived while I was heeling was fresh out of school without pics of my teeth or nothing so it`s been a huge issue since my question is if I were to tell them I want new dentures done that I am not happy with these will they be covered or do I have to pay for another pair of dentures I am so pissed off I should of done some research before I jumped into this but I didn`t realize what I was getting myself into I want to go to a actual denturist to see what they think of my dentures but I don`t want to loose my warranty please can anybody let me know what I can do, ask for a new pair or fix these ones or what ever other option I could have to deal with these hunks of junk!! 
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There's a product called SECURE, adhesive, I have full uppers and lowers, I assure you that SECURE will NOT fail you on the uppers, and especially the lowers....it's amazing, nothing worked for me, nothing, but this adhesive is water proof and works totally different, and once you use it you'll never use anything else. Your slipping issues will end. It last literally all day.
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Where did you buy this?I just got uppers and they told me to use powder fixodent which seems to wear off fast. I had 12 teeth pulled and don't like how loose it gets.
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I ordered mine from Amazon, but when I eat, my teeth come loose. Nothing works. Not even sea bond strips.
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RJM, I feel so bad for all you have been through. I realize this was posted 5 months ago and was curious if you ever got your issue’s fixed.? I also am experiencing pain from the dentures cutting into my gums on top of the whole “ monkey mouth” look. It’s depressing yet I’m only 2 in half weeks into it. Hope you got your issues resolved.
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No I haven`t Linda she tried to fix them but they are still not sitting proper like when I bite down they aren`t lined up they sit to the left and right of each other and the top sits way forward, I bite my top lip all the time and the bottoms like everybody else`s don`t sit still and have eat Fixodent powder and paste all the time, I am going to have to go to another place and redo this whole process but I don1t have the $ for this stuff so I will have to save and get them done once I have the $ and this time I will be getting them done by a proper Denturist not a rookie dentist I wish they would of recommended that I go to a denturist but I guess when there is $ involved they will pounce on that opportunity not thinking how much this effects a person`s life I don`t go out like I use to and will stay away from pics as much as possible, the life of a person that can`t afford implants or expensive denture`s, 40 yrs old and have plastic teeth doesn`t help the confidence and until I have these properly fixed I will be single and eating like a 80 yr old.
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I have not. I am slated to get my first hard alignment next week and I'm afraid I'll look worse. Its been 3 months now and I'm miserable. Honestly feel I look like a freak . I look HORRIBLE without them. I also talk for a living and it was ok at first but now it seems no matter what adhesive I use the uppers slip and I can barely speak coherently. I lisp so badly you can not understand me. I might lose my job if this doesn't get better....
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hey, I so sympathize with you all. Im 42 just got my first upper denture. it has been a nightmare the first dentist made me a temporary that looked like my 4 year olds teeth and cut me up like razor blades just kept telling me you will get used to it I told him I didn't like them and wanted a new denture and they said no only adjustments you cant adjust ugly. So I went to dentist number 2 who agreed it was a terrible denture so she started making me a new one now this one is 2k out of pocket mind you cause my insurance paid the first dentist and now the teeth are beautiful but I couldn't get the front to stop cutting and making sores so she kept adjusting until yesterday when she cut out the front of my denture to the teeth said its called a Hollywood denture. it felt better but now im so insecure I wont smile scared people can see the top. I cried all night. Im 42 and feel 100 my confidence is shot I always  had a pretty smile and its been taken. I want to go out of state somewhere bigger and see a denturist but now money is low guess I just will never laugh or smile again without covering my mouth. :( 

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I'm 1 week out from full mouth extractions (28 teeth pulled) and placement of both top and lower immediate dentures. I HATE them. Now that all the swelling is completely gone, I have this EXTREMELY OBVIOUS "monkey mouth" actually, for me, its more like horse mouth
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Tomorrow makes one week since my extractions and immediates placed. I have Monkey Mouth. It's annoying and I look funny. I hope my permanents don't do this. I do plan on purchasing "ultra thins" from Russell Kline sometime after I get my permanents. I can't deal with bulkiness in my mouth. My mouth is tiny(had to use a child's impression tray) and I can't stand this stuff in my mouth. Not only the Monkey Mouth, but the lisp has me sounding like Herbert from Family Guy.
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The final size of your gums will not come for months. It took about 8 months to reach the gym size I have today, 7 years later. I personally had major issues with my lower plate. Today i just wear an upper plate and very few people know it.
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Its amazing.