I am on day 6 after having 16 teeth extracted and full upper and lower dentures placed. .

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I am on day 6 after having 16 teeth extracted and full upper and lower dentures placed. I have been back to Affordable Dentures twice already because of the pain and sores. I am very worried about losing weight. I had a botched gall bladder surgery last July and spent 37 days in the hospital and nursing care. I lost so much weight and was on a feeding tube for over 4 months. I was down to 99 pounds and have had trouble sustaining my weight, but was staying at about 118 to 120. I am so fearful of losing weight, my health cannot afford it. I drink Boost High Calorie drinks and I make high calorie milk shakes, but have been unable to chew any food without pain. I do rinse with salt water several times a day. WHEN will this all begin to feel better? It is so depressing.
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Patti Howard Greene

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Hang in thrre it will get bettet.iam eight weeks out and can't chew food yet they say we have to build up our jaw.keep up on ur drinks.I still have sore spots and see the denist each week. Ialso have bone spurs.I rinse with salt water five times a day.
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Cathy how are u doing now ? Hope things are better
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Cathy Shallow

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Thanks, Patti.  It's a little bit better, they adjusted the uppers yesterday and I can keep them in quite a bit longer.  The lowers are still a struggle.  I just put them in when it's time to eat.  I go back on the 27th for what they call a "soft liner" for the lowers, whatever that means.
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Cathy try to get the nutrition in you.. Wal-Mart has a Ninja Chopper for $19.98 well worry it to soften up you food so you can eat meat and vegs. I still drink one Ensure a day for muscle and bone strength. You can get weak quickly. Without implants lowers are challenging. I can not get them but you can look into them for the future.
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Cathy Shallow

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Good thought, Jeanne, but implants are out of the question on a Social Security income.  I have been blessed with a loving sister and brother who saw me through my medical nightmare last year and offered to pay for my extractions and full dentures at a cost of $3400.  I couldn't possibly ask for further generosity.  Thank you for your thoughtful reply.
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I understand. I can't get them either. How wonderful to have loving support from family. I know that was huge for you. I use SECURE tape on bottom. Holds for a while and sometimes two meals if I don't eat anything too chewy. I am resigned that my eating habits have to be different from now on. Have given up candy, brownies, cookies, sandwiches, steak. Maybe this is actually a good thing. I suck on fiber tablets, and eat oatmeal for fiber. I am happy that the nightmare of losing teeth is over, now to just adapt. Some things normally eaten by biting down, I cut with knife and fork and eat small pieces at a time. Baby steps, you will be there soon and finding what works for you. The soft liner should be helpful.
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Dental s jools do implants cheeper I will find out Tuesday what that will cost me.I can't eat anything notjing holds my lower plate even if I talk to much they come loose.
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That's rough, Patti.  I do hope you can get those implants soon.  My sweetie also has dentures and has for many years.  He went out and bought a kit for self-relining.  Wow, tried it yesterday on my lower denture and it really made a difference.  I had the same problem as you, they wouldn't stay in and I couldn't talk with them, let alone eat.  That re-line really helped.
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I'm on day 6, had 17 teeth extracted. I'm having pieces of bone poke through, my stitches are still in, cannot put my dentures in because of sore spots, I'm absolutely miserable!!!! Please tell me this gets better!!??
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Aryana, that sounds horrible. I feel for you. Have you been back to the dentist since you had the extractions?
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Y does it take a year for your denturist
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Patti Howard Greene

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I will pray for u cathy keep ur chin up.it will get better.
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Thank you, Patti.  Much appreciated.
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Everyone progresses at different speeds regarding healing and being able to 'chew' solid foods, so be patient. Keep in mind that you don't have to have solid foods in order to gain or maintain your weight. I suggest you keep up with your supplements.

Start out with soft/pureed foods: applesauce, puddings, oatmeal, mashed potatoes, and baby food et cetra. Gradually move up to semi-soft foods that you can chew but will easily dissolve in your mouth if you find you are not yet ready or able to chew such as light toast, soft cookies, or a  baked potato. 

Healing and chewing is not a contest. I am just a few days past 4 weeks with a full upper and a lower partial (9 upper extractions and 2 lower) and I am able to chew and eat most anything so far. I've had ham 'n swiss sandwiches, pizza, chicken wings, hot dogs, lobster, and shrimp to name a few. I didn't have any major pain after my 3rd day but, I did have some minor discomfort, and I only went in for one adjustment to have a rough spot buffed out of my upper and the wire on my partial realigned.

Because my gums are shrinking, I occasionally find my dentures to be a little loose at times, but I have been able to overcome that by using Fixodent with Scope. Overall, I suppose I am doing better than a lot of people but, everyone will eventually adapt and become comfortable with their dentures.

This is not an 'overnight' journey. It takes time and tolerance. I still have about 5 months before going in for my final realignment  and fitting. Until then, I am sure I will have a few hurdles to jump.

Don't get discouraged and don't try to rush things. A positive attitude brings positive results!

Fyllis

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Yes Fyllis I agree iI'm on day 4 with uppers and I find soreness is there especially on the backs had them adjusted and they are better but after having them out at nite now it's very painful to put them in. Patience is a key I am eating soups eggplant chicken thighs oatmeal and eggs so I am doing great .....I love the way they look and I am determined
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Good attitude!
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Fyllis, what a great post! When you stated that "healing and chewing is not a contest", it brought a smile to my face. Everyone is at different stages and pain levels, but one of the things you can have control over is your positive attitude. Awesome!
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Thanks for this. I am 4 days in and in love with myself again
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Cathy Shallow

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Thank you, Fyllis.  You are so right.  Patience, patience, patience.   But I want it NOW!  hahahaha. 
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I know the feeling! I am an "instant gratification" person. I don't want to wait! LOL


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Cathy Shallow

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New question:  I am having a miserable weekend, so much pain.  I have been mostly unable to wear either the upper or lower dentures.  It is a relief to have them out.  Am I doing myself any damage by keeping them out?  It just hurts so much!
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There are different views on this...

I leave mine in the majority of the time unless I am soaking them for a few hours.

The way MY dentist explained it to me was: 'The denture will give your gum a foundation that it can form to. During the first several weeks, your gums are going to swell, shrink, and change shape. If you leave them out too long, you might find they won't go back in very well because your gums changed in dimension. If you wait 6 months to get your dentures, your gums are healed and in the shape/form that they will remain. So, a later denture will be made to fit your already healed gums'.

At 5 weeks out, I can tell that my gums are taking the shape of my denture. It is healing with a rounded, curved, and smooth shape and the pockets are starting to fill in evenly.

I don't think leaving them out for a few hours would do any harm but, you would be better off posing this question to your dentist. You might need to go in for an adjustment to have some rough spots buffered off where they are rubbing.

In the mean time, rinse, rinse, and rinse with very warm salt water 4-5 (minimum) times a day to promote healing. You also might want to get Orajel mouth wash and rinse with that (I held it in my mouth for about 2 minutes so it had time to work) to help with the pain?

I hope this helped.

Fyllis

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Having a partial in lower or implants makes a huge difference in chewing and in staying secure.. keep any lower teeth as long as possible.
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I just got my full upper denture and a partial yesterday.  So far I have very little pain but they feel really swollen which I suppose is normal.  I am going back today to have them checked and taken out for the first time.  I'm assuming that I will be more sore after all of this.  My question is, can I rinse with the salt water with the dentures in.
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My denist also gave me lidocaine plus I used Colgate peroxyl mouth sore rinse.the warner the salt water the better.
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Gosh, i wish I had some lidocaine. If i could numb my gums, I could eat!! I'm so hungry, so cranky, such a B***h to my people... I hate this! Day 1,2 & 3 were great! Barely any pain, then the sore spots. UGH!!!!
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I don't know if you are going through your dentist or through a denture place. I am going through Affordable Dentures and purchased the new denture wearers package - allowing me as many soft relines and visits to the office for problems

You may need to contact your dentist.
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Thank you both for the good advice.  On Monday, I plan to return for another adjustment, my third one.  I bought some numbing stuff you brush on and the uppers are holding and feeling much better.  The lower denture is impossible.
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I use sea bond on the top it don't work for the bottom for me.I use poligrip for my bottom plus the generic Fixodent and the generic works better than the regular.I am going great after my last adjustment no sore spots after eight weeks. Praise the lord.four more months for a reline.
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Patti, that is excellent news!   Yay!
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My dentist told me to leave my dentures out every night.  He says that your mouth needs access to oxygen to heal properly and so that sores do not get worse over time.
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Thank you, Bart.  Except for the day of the extractions, I have never kept them in while I sleep.  My current concern is that I can't seem to wear them during the day, either.  Hopefully, they can help me out tomorrow.  It actually does seem that the sores are healing better when I DON'T wear the dentures.
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Mine are becoming comfortable during the day now.  My dentist said not to sleep in them even when the sores heal because "It's like going to bed with your shoes and socks on."  Your mouth needs oxygen to be healthy.  He said if I sleep in them, I'm likely to get fungal infections and other types of infections.

I didn't have immediate dentures.  Mine were placed 3 months after the extractions.  In the case of immediate dentures, you may have to sleep in them for a while.
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Ah, I see.  Well, I'll learn more tomorrow.  Thanks so much, Bart.