i had my extractions and immediate dentures put in today. i expected pain and bleeding. Now i cannot talk without gagging. What can i do?

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Everyone was answering your pre-extraction anxiety post from 2 days ago. 

Here is one answer from Alicia:

Glad to hear from you! 

You will want to have the dentist fix them tomorrow! You will want to keep eating soft foods, ice packs as ordered, set your alarms to wake up to take pain meds, and try to go to bed early.

Thanks for the update and please us updated and ask all the questions that you have!
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Thank you Ken!
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I have been taking Tylenol with codeine that my dentist prescribed. It helped with pain but not as much as l wanted. So I took an ibuprofen an hour. Ago and it has helped mucho!!!
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My oral surgeon had me on a schedule of taking T3's every 4 hours and 400mg of ibuprofen every 4 hours, just get your so that you are taking something every 2 hours. Between that and the ice, my pain level was quite tolerable. Perhaps it would work for you as well.
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I finally figured that out Alicia. I took my scrip which was T3 like yours. Then in two hours I took an ibuprofen. The combination of those has really helped with pain. How long did you keep that up?
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About 2 1/2 - 3 days, then stick with the ibuprofen for a couple days! Try to remember to at least take it with milk or something in your stomach.

Good Luck today and PLEASE keep in touch! Alicia
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Talking was very challenging for me at first. I found that drinking water helped me get used to normal mouth movements again. I had water with me everywhere I went for the first three weeks. Event now I generally drink about a liter of water every time I eat, especially when I am out in public. I'm not sure if drinking the water will help with the gagging reflex or not. One issue I had in the first couple weeks is that sometimes it was hard to swallow, and the water also helped with that. If that's the only time you are having this issue, it may be something to try. It also helps get all that extra saliva out of your mouth. Good luck and stay ahead of the pain.
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Gina, I did try the water and it seemed like it got everything working as far as swallowing. But the gag thing is still happening. The dentist cut back the upper a bit and the gagging is a tad bit better. But it's not to my liking yet. I hope this improves over the weekend. I go back to work next week
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It didn't occur to me before, but part of your "gag reflex" might be if the pain meds had you a little nauseous already? Be sure to take the medicine with some kind of food.  Milkshakes, frosties, oatmeal, soups, eggs, pasta and that sort of thing were my diet for the first couple of weeks. Eat stuff where chewing is optional. Don't rush it. Give your gums time to heal before trying to add more solid food, and do it slowly.

I got my uppers pulled in the morning then they went to lunch, and sent me to get prescriptions filled and told me to get a milkshake, take a pain pill and take 3 of the prednizone (steroid to help with swelling) and come back at 2 pm to do the lowers and get my immediate dentures. I'm the only one I've seen post anything about the steroids, so I don't know if you have that. I was told to take 6 the first day, 5 the second, 4,3,2,1.... It must have helped, 'cause I had little swelling and only one small bruise between my lip and chin.

My dentist at affordable dentures told me that people think wearing dentures is like wearing a new pair of shoes, but its more like a wooden leg at first. They are a foreign object in your mouth and it will take time to learn how to tame them. At least he was honest. lol

I'm at 7 weeks now, with a soft lining and a little glue, I can eat almost anything.

Keep us informed. We are here to help
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Hi Alicia
Thank for all your help. I went back to the dentist today and she cut back a liitle of the top denture. It helped my gag reflex a tiny bit. Now I can say one sentence before I gag! That isn't good because my husband is hard of hearing so I routinely have to repeat myself. This is frustrating. I am feeling a bit depressed. I know I have to be pAtient with myself and it isn't easy.
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Have you tried putting a small amount of powder adhesive on just the palate? That may help. Just be careful to not get it in your sockets.

I promise that it really does get better!
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No I haven't tried that but I will tomorrow. Right now I am calling it a day and am going to bed. Enough trauma for two days! Thank you very much for your advice.
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Alicia may be onto something here... I've noticed sometimes when I talk I can feel the palate vibrate against my palate. A little powder adhesive might help fill in between them.
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For a short period of time when I first started using the powder I applied it on just the plate of my upper. What I did is I took a piece of paper towel, rolled it up and then packed it in where the dentures would meet with the extraction sites and then ran under dripping water, put the powder on, shook the excess off, and then pulled the paper towel off. Good to go.
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Hi Ken. My stomach is a bit upset because of the meds so that probably doesn't help my gag reflex. My upper denture feels like a brick in my mouth. The dentist cut it back a bit today and it helped a tiny amount. It's just that when I try to talk, I start to gag and then it gets worse and it's hard to stop. I hope this gets better. I am a bit depressed. I hope it improves this weekend because I go back to work next week and don't anyone to know I feel like a big mess
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Joanne, you certainly are in good hands here. As you can see from the replies, our members have wonderful advice and can help you so much through this difficult time. Don't be depressed! You are getting through the worst parts and hopefully this will all be a distant memory. 

Gagging usually results from the dentures being over extended into sensitive areas around the back sides of the tongue or throat (for the lower denture), or too far onto the soft tissue on the roof of your mouth (for the upper denture). Work with your dentist to have the dentures shortened near these areas until the dentures are comfortable. Keep in mind that some people are severe gaggers, and that the use of dental implants (titanium screws placed into the jaw bones) may be the only solution for making the dentures small enough (or replacing them with fixed bridges) to resolve the gagging.

If [your] dentist is unable to help adjust the dentures, you should seek the care of a prosthodontist, a dentist with three years of additional training beyond dental school in the care and maintenance of dentures, including the use of dental implants. To find a prosthodontist near you, visit www.gotoapro.org.