I just got my dentures yestereday. I need help.

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Hello, everyone.  I am brand new here.  I just got full upper/lower dentures yesterday and I need some help.

I like how they look.  My natural teeth had gotten so bad, I didn't like my smile.  I am also speaking relatively well.

That said, I HATE everything else.  Last night's attempt at dinner was a disaster.  I can't control the food in my mouth.  It goes everywhere in my mouth.  I feel so crowded.  I also feel like I am chewing with someone else's mouth since my palate and gums are covered.  I can't feel anything.

All in all, I HATE this.

Today,, I was afraid to eat.

Can you please give me some hope that this gets better?  Will I ever enjoy food again?

I'm REALLY depressed here.

Thanks you!!!
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HI Mark.

This forum isn't well used. I've come to the conclusion that we don't hear much about dentures because few people get them anymore, and for good reason.

You are still in shock from the surgery. I don't know why they tend to minimize it. It's a big deal to get our teeth removed. Take good care of yourself. Try to take B and C vitamins to help with the stress, but not on an empty stomach. If you are taking meds, which also probably shouldn't be taken on an empty stomach maybe take them with the meds? If you have any rescue remedy, that might be of assistance. And arnica montana would be good to take for the bruising, which may not be showing yet. 

What were the reasons you did the denture thing? Did your dentist or denturist talk to you first and tell you what to expect? Did they tell you anything?
Some people who come to this forum say it gets better.
 Most got some sort of briefing I think. I didn't get briefed and am entirely appalled by the whole thing myself.
The immediate dentures are bigger than the perms, I think, so that might improve it for you some when you get the perms. Right now you need to love yourself. 
Watch a comedy on television maybe to cheer yourself up?


I've tried to eat with the fakes, but I find it horrifying and end up crying for hours on end after trying. I can't feel a thing or taste or anything, and the lower flips up all the time so it's pretty much impossible to eat with them anyway. And crap gets stuck in them. 
I take them out to eat. I don't eat enough and I'm wasting away.
I was suckered into getting dentures by my dentist, who didn't brief me at all about what it would be like, what to expect, that I could get these bony ridges or that he intended to carve my bones. No informed consent. I am far from pleased. I should have asked a bunch of questions but I stupidly trusted the man would tell me what I needed to know. I was so wrong.
It's been two and a half months for me. I have lost way too much weight and am not sure I'm going to survive. Ha, a whole new meaning to the light-hearted expression, 'It slays me.'
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I feel pretty much the same way. We need some one to teach us how to eat. I, too have lost weight. In my case I needed to loose weight. That has been an upside.
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Dont feel bad I had my teeth extracted 5 months ago and have had no teeth to wear the temporary denture gives me pounding headaches and I dont know if I will ever be able to wear the upper denture ugghhh
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It's very easy for people to say Just take better care of your teeth...Not helping...Sometimes it unpreventable as in my case. . I had an immediate denture 8 years ago. It's a traumatic thing to go through . My 85 year old Mom got her yesterday and shes looks great but it's going to take time. I wish everyone luck.
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Mark, you just had your extractions, you are going to need time to heal up.  A lot of people eat a soft food diet for a couple weeks and then gradually start exploring what they can eat.  You have to almost learn to eat again with dentures at first.  There are probably tips on this website if you noodle around some. Small bites of anything right now and for a bit of time let it be something soft.  The protein shakes are helpful too, for healing.  I know I had mine done the 29th ~ I have eaten soft foods since, but strangely enough I can manage pepperidge farm goldfish, go figure.  My boss did tell me too ~ order a cheeseburger at McDonalds, no onion (has to be special order so it's cooked right on the spot, any change to the order will make that possible) it's hot off the grill or microwave I guess, but I steams in the wrapper and was so nice to eat.  I don't like McDonalds but it did feel nice to finally feel like I was eating something. He also ate Wendy's Chili.  When he has his done, he left as soon as he could drive for a job so he had to eat what he could on the road. 

You really just need to take it easy, do your saltwater rinses, stay ahead of the pain, rest and allow yourself to recover.  It is unrealistic to expect to be eating like you were prior to this happening especially when you just got them.  You'll get there I have no doubt, but a little bit of patience is going to have to get you there.

My procedure has gone very smooth.  I had an adjustment the day after, I didn't ask for it he just did it, I was in this Tuesday and didn't need them to do anything, they were checking stitches and healing.  Food is coming along, healing is taking place, things are going well.  I was very sure to take my pills, and I am not a pill person, but I took Ibuprofin and tylenol, every two hours at first (alternating the doses) and then was gradually eased to every 3 hours for the rotation.  I made sure I salt water rinsed frequently, drank plenty of water (I drink it all the time) and I followed the instructions that I was given.  I can't really think of anything else helpful, but to rest and take care of yourself. And just know you will adjust it will get better, but you are going to wear them and get used to them, and communicate with your dentist so they eventually fit as they should.

This is a nice forum, hopefully other people will see this and offer helpful suggestions.

How are you making out today?
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Thank you both for your insights.

I should have explained about my situation more.  But when I typed my initial post, I was very upset and despondent.

I had my extractions done 3 months ago.  First the uppers on March 10, then the lowers on April 4.  I am SO GLAD I waited.  Living with no teeth was rough, but I can't imagine dealing with what I'm going through now plus the pain, swelling and bleeding associated with recent surgery.  To all of you who had immediate dentures done, I don't know how you did it.

So, I am beyond the pain and most of the hard healing.

My dentist has been very thorough.  We had 6 appointments (taking 2 separate impressions, measuring the bite, trying in a wax replica, making adjustments to the wax replica and I finally got the complete dentures yesterday (Thursday).

My attempt at dinner last night was a disaster.  I had a meal that I had eaten without teeth.  It went very poorly.  Tonight's dinner went better, but I still hate this.

I've read so much online that gives me many different stories and varying experiences.  Some say they love their dentures and can eat anything they want with no problems.  Others say they've had them for a year and still can't adjust.

Some say they've worked back up to eating burgers and steak.  Others say they'll probably never have a steak again.  I'm scared.  If I can't ever eat steak or a cheeseburger or pizza again, I don't know how I'll handle that.

I love good food.  I love eating with my family.  We are a tight group that still eats dinner together and talk.  This has been a terribly emotional 24+ hours for me.  But I'm terrified.  I'm terrified that my "life is over" and that I'll never be able to enjoy good food again.

I really didn't have a choice about my natural teeth, I had very bad teeth that were decaying and crumbling away.  They were terribly painful and I was steadily losing function.  But, I miss my teeth, as bad as they were.  At least I could eat a steak, a burger, a pizza.

I need to know that I didn't just make the biggest mistake of my life that I'll regret forever.  I need to know there is hope.  I need to hear there is something to look forward to.  I need to know that this is not the end and that my life is not over.  I can smile again without embarrassment.  But I need to know that, someday, I'll have something to smile about.

As you can see, I'm really a wreck here, lol.

Thank you again
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Hey I hope you adjust well!!! And can soon eat a cheeseburger!!!
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Hi, how are you doing now?? I keep hoping my denture life gets better with time. Going on 1 year. I hate it. Biggest mistake of my adult life.
My gums are so squishy, that feeling is horrible. Food and drink gets between my denture and gum.
I hope you are better.
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Hey, Mark. I'm right there with you, hoping for hope.
 You are not alone, and I'm discovering that our reactions are not extremely unusual.
I am now seeing a therapist to try to help me survive. I've just about stopped eating. (Not a recommended response, but one I have when I'm in distress.)
I take the 'things' out to eat. (The 'D' word messes with me, so I call them 'things,' as well as other words that don't nurture joy) I can not handle how it feels, or rather doesn't feel. So can't eat much. This odyssey has been and remains a total mind/heart/spirit **ck for me. 


As for smiling...
....I love my garden. It saves me every day. (The owner is trying to get me to move though, because he can rent the place for way more money now that I've turned the back yard from a dirt covered icky spot to an oasis. ) I've planted a lot of tomatoes, and they are growing fairly well. Maybe somehow, I can find my inspiration again, even as the dormant seeds in the soil are sprouting where I water around the tomatoes. Purslane, lamb's quarters, euphorbia, echium and a bit of variegated sedum are showing themselves. 
My therapist (I've never seen one before but as I said......) suggested I hold fast to what brings me joy. Seems a plausible suggestion. If I survive the summer, I'm going to get another service dog. My sweet canine friend passed a few years ago.
I love dogs. 
I also love walking, and I haven't been doing it much since he crossed. Maybe I'll try to walk more. 
Make a list of what brings you joy, perhaps, and dance with some of your good stuff?
Great you have a tight family. I usually enjoy my solitude, but of late, I'm feeling alone, as opposed to all one. 
If it's messing with you as much as it is me, and you have the wherewithal, perhaps a therapist? Do you meditate, do yoga, sing, dance? 
Are you keeping a journal about it? I'm finding it helpful to write about it. I'm trying to wrap my head around how I let myself get here. Part of me is trying to survive.

Did your dentist tell you about the not tasting the food and not feeling anything?
My situation is different than yours, it seems, as it sounds as if you were provided with some information.  My dentist didn't say a word about the bony ridges, either. I'm getting these painful bony ridges forming now. I had an idea that at least with these things I wouldn't have pain in my mouth anymore. Ha ha, I guess my dentist fooled me, didn't he?
Tra la la, ain't it a kick? 

I've noticed I need to try to keep my thoughts on a short leash, lest I nurture my experience of trauma. I will try instead to nurture the possibility of feeling happy again. Continuing with this incarnation depends on me finding a way of this maze.
I really hate that I look 20 years older than I did 2 months ago; really adds to the feeling of 'overness.' (Dammit, Janet.)
 
It sucks big time that there is a different option for the affluent--implants. I'd like to see all of us have that option. It's all just too much of a cattle call, and everyone is not the same.  I find myself wondering if this is a eugenics program. But, as you'll see reading the bits and pieces in this forum, some seem happy. 
I wonder if any dental insurance covers implants? Mine certainly doesn't. Seems to be the way things go here, with humans. If you have bucks, you can get anything. If you don't have bucks, well, them's the hazards. Then there's the horribly sad situation for those of a certain demographic -- about which there are protests going on around the country. 

Well, it doesn't particularly make me smile, but I just discovered a project I must attend to tomorrow. I get to play 'Find the Smell' in my refrigerator. Just opened the door and was assailed by the stench of something revolting. Mmmmmm. 

Oh...laughter.....even a fake laugh promotes endorphin production and more blood flowing to the brain. 
Ha ha ha ha ha ha.
(I will try to remember to fake laugh while finding the revoltingness in my fridge tomorrow.)
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Wow!!! Profound!!! Hope you are doing well!!!
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Thank you, Sandy.

We can draw strength from each other.  I read something on a dentist's site last night, talking about our situation.  It said, "Your greatest enemy is YOURSELF and your best friend is TIME."

I'm trying.  I'm trying to find a way to be positive.  I'm searching for hope.  I need to hear from those who are happy and I need to hear how they got there.

I don't have the mouth pain and discomfort that you do.  But, that can be fixed by dentists/oral surgeons.  You should not be in pain.  If you have to, find another dentist that will help you.

I have to run now, but I will post again.  Let's keep talking.  Me, you, and others here, we will get through this together.  We all need to know that we're not alone.

We aren't.  We have each other.
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Interesting, Mark, about the greatest enemy being oneself. I'm more in the camp presently of thinking my dentist is my greatest enemy. 
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If that's the case, Sandy, you need to find a new dentist.  Look for reviews online.  Ask friends, family or co-workers for recommendations.  Find someone who will help you.
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I think in the grand scheme of things just as an amputee cannot expect to win their first typing contest, a denture wearer has to expect the same challenges with adjusting/food.

You may be ahead of the curve ball as far as having your denture placed after some healing has taken place but please consider there are completely foreign objects in you mouth that have to find their place, seat themselves (this happens through the adjustments made as your mouth changes, and those changes occur greatly in the first 6 moths to 1 year, and then continue throughout our life.  The body changes, with dentures or without. Mark it is going to take time, but you will enjoy food again.

Also think about this if you can.  Have you every taken a drink of something, expecting it to be something else and the taste is "shocking" you can't place the taste because your mind thinks you are drinking something so it has already formed the taste, but you mouth detected something else.  All signals misfire.  A lot of people assume because they have a denture in their mouth food will never be the same, but there are a lot of factors that determine you ability to taste and a majority have nothing to do with your tongue.  Age at 45 taste within the human body decreases, by the age of 50 the increase is even more noticeable.   Our eyes and nose are a major contributing factor in taste as well.  All is not lost in your ability to enjoy a meal, but many factors besides the dentures themselves play part in that.

Be sure to work with your dentist.  Those adjustments are key and yes you are ahead of the healing process because you did wait for a denture to be placed, but you will still experience an abundance of change and as those changes happen - the majority of them in the first year and possibly a bit longer, attention to detail will be key and adjustments could be plentiful.  Patience is key - that's the one common denominator in all of this.  Additionally a positive attitude goes such a long way.  Don't defeat yourself right out of the starting gate mentally,  that's such a huge obstacle to overcome.  This is going to work out for you.  It will, you just have to have the patience to allow what needs to happen to happen. 
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At least the dentist at affordable dentures was honest! He told me (beforehand) that people think wearing dentures is like putting on a pair of shoes... but it's more like a wooden leg!  Hey, you've gotta have a sense of humor to get through this!

We've all (I guess) had that "WHAT-HAVE-I-DONE?" moment.  Mine was after I'd worn the teeth for about a day, and they felt good, stayed in place, could talk pretty good, etc. I smiled and laughed a lot, showing off the new teeth, and was SO impressed that they guessed so good as to what my gums were going to do after extractions... then I tried eating "real food". Yep, thought I was ready after ONE day...  SUPRISE! My wife had a new set made the same day I got my extractions, and we went by to get an adjustment for her. Then she suggested we stop by the dinner bell restaurant  for the buffet. I got some mashed potatoes and gravy and stuff like that, but I also got a piece of fish and thought I was going to BITE off a small piece... BIG SURPRISE! And then I remembered my church was having their Christmas dinner in 2 more days...and I wasn't going to be able to eat much at all.  I think that was the closest I came to crying! LOL

I can eat almost anythingIt DOES get better!  now that I could before without any special preparation, and I learned you can eat anything if you cut it small enough! My wife fixed a pork chop dinner for my birthday about a week after my extractions. I had to cut it into tiny pieces, and just kinda wallow it around and swallow, but I "ate" it. I learned that you could crumble sausage very finely and fill gravy full of it and pour over biscuits to get a little meat in the diet. I also ate sloppy joes, hamburger helper and a lot of stuff where chewing was "optional". I remember what an accomplishment it was the first steak I ate! Its amazing what we take for granted.


Hang in there...It DOES get better! 
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Good to hear you had an honest denturist. I am thoroughly appalled at the deception I've experienced and I continue to read about.
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Hey there!!! I know about the mashed potatoes!!!!
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I agree that it does take TIME and PATIENCE. I  had all but six bottom  teeth pulled three days ago and yesterday my top temporary teeth fell down after I sneezed. In my panic I call the dentist and asked if that was anywhere near "normal" and was assured that yes it is.  I have to keep reminding myself that I had all of my top teeth pulled and most of my bottoms.  That in itself in not a walk in the park....it is a major procedure and will take many weeks to heal.  Fortunately the body will recover and I am hoping like hell that it will adjust and conform to the foreign appliance in my mouth.   Like all of you, i truly wasn't prepared for what to expect and although I have a very good dentist who gave me the spiel on biting and chewing and the trauma of  what to expect, unless you go through it yourself, you just don't know.  My mother in law had ALL of her teeth extracted when she was 19-20 years old.  Crazy when I think about that, but she has been very supportive and said it will get better.  I have to believe her.  I , like most of you, probably expect things to happen more quickly.  I love food also and can't wait to eat a plate of hard shell tacos.  My dentist says I will get to the point of eating an apple and I'm inclined to believe him.  I will have faith that it gets better.  It helps to keep yourself in check with real expectations. Slow and steady progress is after all progress.   Not too much can prepare you for the process and all of a sudden you find yourself in deep with no turning back, unless of course you are a candidate for implants, but I was not.  I don't have enough bone to support implants and my teeth and gums have declined over the past ten years , so that I knew this day was coming.  I have advanced gum disease, numerous tooth pain and about half of my teeth were loose.
 We are all here for our own very personal reasons.  I am glad I found this forum....it helps.   Many people are forced into lifestyle changes for one reason or another, some by choice, some not.  I have a son who serves in the US Army Infantry.  He has a buddy who was on a routine patrol  and a short time later had only one leg after it was blown off. Crazy.  His recovery is expected to go well, but he will have adjustments, therapy and lifestyle changes his whole life.  
I guess my point is that we all have obstacles to overcome.  Yes, I get full of despair and self pity because I want to eat like before, but I am trying to maintain being realistic throughout the recovery and healing process.   Good nutrition, salt water rinses, pain regimens and good communication with my dentist are all part of that process.  And I'm glad I found this site for fellow support.   Keep positive everyone and try to remember one  a time.  Good luck to all!
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Thank you all SO MUCH for sharing your experiences with me.  I can't tell you what it has meant to me.  When I wrote my original post, I was in the depths of despair.

I got my dentures Thursday.  My dentist and I set a followup appointment for yesterday (Saturday) to adjust for sore spots and talk about how things were going.  He asked me to use powder adhesive until I saw him Saturday, while definitely confirming that it would not hold nearly as well as paste.  He wanted to do this so that the cushioning properties of the paste wouldn't mask any sore spots.

Dinner Thursday night was a complete disaster.  In my experience, the powder adhesive is useless.  I had a nice soft meal that I had eaten in my months without any teeth.  I figured if I could eat it without teeth, I sure could handle it with teeth.  Well, my lower dentures popped out twice when I was eating mashed potatoes.  I was so discouraged, depressed, disappointed.  If I couldn't eat mashed potatoes, I was screwed.

Friday, I was so upset that I barely ate all day.  At dinner time, I decided to try the paste.  I had to know what I was dealing with.  Dinner went a lot better.  Not perfect, but better. 

I had my appointment and we took care of some minor fitting adjustments.  They seemed to go a long way and worked very well.

Using the paste (Fixodent Original for now) I've had 2 very encouraging days in a row.  Last night, I went out to dinner with a friend.  We went to Red Lobster.  I ate lobster and shrimp with no problems at all.  And we all know how chewy those are.

Today at lunch, I went out for lunch.  I had soup, a large meatball in Italian sauce and dinner bread.  The dinner bread was pretty crunchy.  I was able to eat that with no problems at all.  I even took bites off the bread, biting then ripping the bread as if I had natural teeth.

Tonight, my brother had a cookout.  I ATE A CHEESEBURGER!!  Meat, cheese, ketchup, mustard and mayo.  I had a few potato chips and a hot dog.  I think my newly found confidence caused me to be a little careless and reckless with the hotdog.  When I was almost done, some food got under my lowers and they popped loose.  Maybe it was because I opened my mouth too wide?  Maybe I got too careless with the food positioning in my mouth?  I don't know.  I'll have to try it again under more ideal circumstances and see what I did wrong.

I still feel like I've got 2 hunks of plastic in my mouth.  I still feel like my mouth is alien to me.  But, things seem to be progressing.

Thank you all SO MUCH again for your encouragement!!
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Wow! I am so happy for you, that's serious progress!  It really is.  You are eating really well for all of this happening on Thursday and yes I know you didn't have incisions, but still eating like that with what amount to two hockey pucks in your mouth ~ that's a complete High Five!

I read something tonight about learning how to eat with a bottom denture, I wasn't sure if you would be back posting, I now wish I would have copied and pasted it in here.  If you look online there should be some helpful tips for that,  You have to relearn the process and it's almost reverse from how a person learns to do it with the teeth they were born with.  I will try and find it again though and post it.  It won't be tonight, because I still have to shower yet, but I will try and find the piece tomorrow, it seemed to me like it would be very helpful for someone with a bottom.  I do believe it was from a dental office as well, don't hold me to that. 

No way I could do lobster or shrimp here tonight.  And I did have a cheeseburger the other night, but one from McDonalds, special ordered so it steamed in the wrapper, my boss gave me that hint ~ it tasted heavenly and I don't care for McDonalds. 

Anyways I am really glad to hear you have had so much progress.  It will only get better.  Just keep your head in the game and the "pucks" in your mouth :)

I can't wait to post following my first cookout, really looking forward to that :) 
You've encouraged me, so thanks for that!
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Thank you.  I'd live to see what you read about the lowers.

I plan to be around for a while on this forum.  You all have already done so much for me.  I want to be able to "give back".

I read so many stories of people who get dentures and they are happy, healthy and thriving.  They say that dentures gave them their smile and life back and they can eat anything they want.  I've also read the opposite.  People who have had their dentures for 6 months or a year and still can't adjust.

I asked my dentist about it yesterday.  In his opinion, what makes the difference.

He said, "Determination".  First get healed and the fit perfected.  Then, it's just a matter of determination.  If you are DETERMINED to be happy, healthy and thriving, you WILL!  We may have to find alternate ways to eat the foods we love (instead of taking a big bite out of an apple, core it, slice it and enjoy it), but we should be able to eat most foods.
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Some folks use a combo of paste and cream/ adhesive ~ they call it super glue it may help you to try that.  Let me look on the other site real quick and see if I can get the "recipe" for it.  I may be able to find it if not I will ask but have to wait for a response.

Found it, the lady who posted this is a doll, her advice to me was spot on and although I don't know her, I am forever in her debt.  She is a real help to people.

She calls it "crazy glue"

I call this paste and powder combo "crazy glue".

First put in the paste (I use Poligrip). I squeeze a bit in and then kind of smooth it around with my finger. After that I lightly spray with water and then sprinkle on Fixodent or Wernets powder (spread that by sort of shaking the denture lightly - kind of like flouring a cake pan). Then, lightly spray with water again and place in your mouth. 


She then posted this update:

I thought I would add another little tidbit of information ....

Another combination that works for me is to use Poligrip Strips in my lower and then sprinkle a bit of Fixodent powder over them. It really keeps my lower in place and keeps all the food particles out. I've had that lasting me all day - three meals and a snack - and it is still in snug at the end of the day! 

Poligrip strips seem to work well on their own, too, and they are highly portable since they come in little individual packets. The strips help fill in those areas that may be a bit open from shrinkage, at least until the next reline.

REMINDER: Just remember that you do NOT want to use paste adhesives until your extraction sites are healed! Until then stick with just powder or wafers!


Might be something there for you to try if you don't object.  I know a lot of people sing the praises of that combo & I will be trying it when I shrink up. 


Good Luck!

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How long like a month until one can use paste adhesive?
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I've heard that you should not use paste adhesive until your gums are well healed.  Paste can produce a very strong seal (that's why they work so well) and that can tear your blood clots open or even pull them out entirely and cause your gums to bleed.  That can lead to all kinds of problems (dry sockets, infections, etc.)  I'd say ask your dentist/surgeon about it, just to be safe.
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I had 26 teeth extracted on July 20th and immediate dentures placed same day. So far I hate my life and wish I had never done it. With that being said I cannot change what I have done so now just have to figure out how to go on. Everything you have gone through I also am experiencing. I went back for a checkup on sore spots and my dentist used adhesive on my dentures and told me to remove them that night and sleep without them. Would have been nice if she would have told me how to remove them with no pain. When I removed them half my stiches came out and the bleeding started, I cried most of the night. So far not a good experience at all. I am even past the point of being hungry, headaches and nauseous every day. I really hope it does get better soon. I know it has only been 11 days but seems longer, so much longer.
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Oh, Doreene, it will get better really.  My teeth were so bad that anything was better.  I have the best denturist and dentist.  My extractions were simple and not that painful as my teeth were so bad. I did not enjoy having to wear the teeth immediately but it worked. I did not take them out at night for two days.  I don't know why she used an adhesive and then had to take them out? It is sort of a given that would hurt your gums, etc. There is a product called Glyoxide that helps heal mouth sores.  Try to find that.  My denturits was a realist with me.  You only get 20% better than real teeth with dentures.  For me that was 90% better than I had with my teeth as I couldn't eat anything with my teeth.  I'm doing so much better but will admit there are days I"m just tired of them (on year 2).  I have partials on the lowers.  Hang in there.  
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I'm so sorry you're having such a hard time, Doreene.  But, it DOES get better.  I had all my teeth pulled, then went 3 months without teeth to let them heal some before I had the dentures made, so I'm farther along in healing than those that had immediates made.

You are going through a lot of stuff at once right now.  Not only are you having to get used to dentures, but you also have all of the pain, swelling, bleeding, etc. associated with recent extractions.  But, I'm telling you it does get better.

As you heal, you'll be able to do more and more.  My problem was that I expected too much too soon.  With your immediates, you will probably be very limited in what you can eat for the first few weeks.  Your gums will still be very sore and tender for a while.  And, to eat anything beyond soft stuff like pasta, rice, hamburger helper and the like where chewing is kind of optional, you need to put a decent bite force on it.  That will be hard to do with painful gums.

Give it time.  Let your mouth heal and work with your dentist to get rid of sore spots and get the best fit possible.  See my post below.  I got my dentures (full upper and full lower) on July 7.  And, this past Friday night, that's 3 weeks and 1 day later, I went to Outback steakhouse and ate a whole steak.  If I can, you will be able to also.

If you are determined to overcome this and live a full, happy, healthy life eating the foods you love and enjoying your bright new smile, then you will.  The only way you will truly fail is if you give up.  Don't give up!!

We're here for you!
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Your guys sounds like mine to a T & I really have confidence in my guy.  Which I never thought I would have confidence in a dentist, but I liked what he told me initially and I have felt like this is progressing the way it should since I have had my extractions.

Everyone in the office told me patience and attitude is the key to all of this and quite honestly I am 47 years old, I am not ready to face the world without my teeth and I need them to do their thing when we are out, etc.  I can't have them holding me back, so I am just trying to do what he says, keep a good head about this and I have faith it's going to work.  I also see firsthand what happened to my neighbor who gave up right as soon as he got his.  He won't wear them and it's such a shame.

Anyways I will look and see if I can find tomorrow what I read tonight.  I work tomorrow and have my appointment so I may be evening eastern time before I have a chance to search for it, but I will try and find it.

Everyone helps everyone,  that's what I like about this forum.  It's a nice place to be for something like this.  
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How do you eat steak? My favorite meal is a steak and chicken quesadilla from Chipotle and I tried eating one yesterday. The chicken went okay but the steak...Could not do it and they are already cut into tiny bite size chunks inside the quesadilla. I tried Fixodent powder which I put in an hour before the meal because I knew with steak I would need adhesive. FAIL. First bite of steak (which these teeth could not chew anyway so I was chewing a while) they came loose. I ended up saving the meal and trying again today for lunch only using Seabond strips this time. Nope, again first bite of steak and out the uppers come. I love steak too but the whole thing was awful not to mention painful. I was however able to eat the chips and salsa which was awesome. Why don't adhesives work for one meal? I am yet to get through any small meal with my dentures without physically holding my uppers in my mouth with my fingers holding the front teeth. I obviously can't do this out in public. Very frustrated and starving!
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I'm only on day 3 with my dentures.  I haven't tried steak yet, but it's one of my dream foods.  I love it!  If I can eat steak and pizza along with other things, I will be fine.  First of all, are you healed up from extractions?  If not, you may need to heal and have a re-line first.

What adhesives have you tried?  Again, I'm only on day 3, but so far, I've found that pastes/creams hold better than powders.  I haven't tried Zipity's "recipie" above that combines paste and powder.

Possibly try to experiment with that?

For sure, I'd recommend talking to your dentist.  They shouldn't be that loose, especially the upper.  It sounds like you need some help with the fit.  From what I've heard so far, proper fit is essential.  No adhesive in the world will compensate for poor fit.

Keep us posted.  We'll all get through this!
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I will be having front extractions and part of two wisdom teeth that's left, with full immediate dentures next month. I don't know whether I should be worried. Plus I think the bottom front teeth they made too small because they are only 1/2 inch in size. Is this normal?
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Are you sure you don't have any other options than dentures, Joy? Have you seen a biologic/holistic dentist?
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I'm not quite sure I understand your situation, but I would also make sure that this treatment plan is your only option.  Get a second opinion, if necessary.  Save as many of your natural teeth as you can.
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Today is Day 4 of dentures. Technically, I got them on Thursday, so this would be Day 5.  But, Thursday was such a disaster for many reasons that I'm not counting it.

For lunch today, I had a sandwich.  Bologna and cheese with mayo on white bread.  There was a minor issue with the bread sticking to my dentures, but it wasn't too bad.  Tolerable.  I also tried a piece of hard salami and it went fine.

It might seem boring to some, but this was the first time I've had lunch meat or a sandwich in 4 months.  I love sandwiches.  This is part of "eating the foods that we love" for me.

Even if the particular food doesn't appeal to you, my goal is to share my victories eating food that may be considered "challenging" for denture wearers in the hopes that it brings you encouragement - encouragement that you too will eat the foods you love again!

For dinner, I'm going to be trying Polish Kielbasa with cooked green bell peppers and white onions.  I'll report back, if you want to hear it.
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Hey Mark, my name is Marilyn. I would love to hear how dinner went. Today is my first day with 22 teeth being pulled, Full upper and partial bottom. I totally smiled when you mentioned bologna. I love fried bologna sandwiches. I'm hungry right now, but can't really chew, things are a little sore. I'm happy I did this.
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I love bologna! Seriously, which I know it might make folks cringe but Fried or Bologna and Hellmann's Mayo ~ Yum!

Foodie too,  in this family it's really rare we find a place to go out to eat where the food tastes better than what we are able to cook here, apart from Chinese. Sometimes I think I would like to learn to cook it, but I also like that we can only have it if we go out for it.

Yep keep us posted on the food victories.  I personally am shooting to go out for Chinese to our favorite spot & cobbed corn before it gets tough at the close of the season. I am not too far off Chinese, but cobbed corn may be a challenge. 

Marilyn,  Best of luck to you!  Mine were done the 29th so I am not too too far ahead of you.  Tylenol and Ibuprofen alternating every 2 hours (some folks go 3) round the clock kept the pain at bay for me, I set my phone timer so I didn't miss a dose through the night.  I also slept in the recliner, head elevated.  Started my rinses after the first 24 hours.  Those pills though and I am no pill taker - keeping on the schedule really saved my bacon.  I will wish you a speedy recovery. 

Mark, I can't find that link yet, I have looked, but haven't stumbled back on it.  Just wanted to let you know.
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Sounds great, can't wait to hear how it goes! I'm the same way, trying new foods that I like to see what works and what doesn't (and also experimenting with adhesives for the same reason). Hope it goes well, haven't tried a sandwich yet mainly because I heard that bread sticks to denture, but I have tried toast and that went well so after hearing about your sucess I may be brave and try a sandwich tomorrow :)
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God I haven't had a fried bologna sandwich in ages, now I want one too! hehe
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The bread can stick.  It stuck with me a little today. But, it was very manageable.  It may take some experimentation, but you'll figure out a way. Make sure you have a drink handy to help wash it down, if needed.
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Dinner was WONDERFUL!!  Polish Kielbasa with cooked green bell peppers and onions with mashed potatoes on the site.  The vegetables were thoroughly cooked and very soft. I had no trouble at all eating them - no issues whatsoever.

Again, I had my extractions done in March and April and lived for 3 months with no teeth.  So, I may be farther along on the healing curve.  People who have immediate dentures will probably be very limited for the first couple of weeks until your gums heal and the swelling goes down.  Then, you'll need some adjustments made and maybe a soft reline.

Proper fit is essential.  Work with your dentist to get that perfect fit.  Then, when you can wear your dentures and chew without pain, you'll be good to go and free to start trying things.

My biggest problem at the start was that I expected too much too soon.  Be patient, be determined and practice.  If the first bite doesn't go well, you'll adapt.  Just keep at it.

As I have these small victories, I can see a happy future for the first time in a long time.

We'll get there!

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I had 9 upper teeth extracted and a immediate denture put in two weeks ago today.  I agree that keeping a positive attitude is so very important.  I had a serious talk with myself before I had this done and told myself that I would not let this serious life changing event keep me down.  My dentist was also very transparent about how difficult this was going to be so really no surprises there.
This past weekend I went to visit friends for the entire weekend and decided not to let them know what I did.  I basically made myself eat the same things as them which included chips, sandwiches, chicken, lasagna and so much more.  I came home thinking I must have gained 5 pounds.   My husband said there is no way anyone knew but I imagine they have noticed what a slow eater I was...haha.  
Tonight I am going to try to tackle a full salad and will let you know how it goes.  I just can't live the rest of my life without being able to eat the things I love.
Hang in there and keep trying.  I am convinced things will just get easier.
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I'm glad your dentist didn't deceive you like mine deceived me. 
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I had a bag of Lays that has been temping me for about a week, I opened them and they are surprisingly easy to eat.  Dying for a salad; haven't made one yet.  My first salad will be made when my garden comes in and it's well on it's getting there.  I ate an egg salad sandwich probably day 2, possibly 3, I had had a hankering for egg salad and had saved making it until I had my extractions.  Had to dance delicately, but ate it and it tasted so good.  Have not had a lunch-meat sandwich yet only because I hate to ask my butcher or grocer deli to slice a couple pieces, I don't have my boys under roof anymore (*sobs* I don't like an empty nest!), so it goes to waste.  I think I could eat one though. Tonight was sloppy joe.  I thawed burger, and needed to cook it up and before I knew it, it was sloppy joe.  It was eaten easily with a few chips.

How cool you did so well on your weekend visit,  that's an accomplishment. 
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It is funny that we are so happy when we eat something challenging.  It is like we are learning to eat all over again and honestly with as much work that goes into every bite I am learning to really appreciate all the food I eat :).
Yeah I don't like the empty nest thing either but I do have a few dogs that are more than happy to eat any left-over lunch meat though.
Sloppy joe sounds so good I may have to put it on tomorrows menu!
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Hi, Jackie. I'm so glad your weekend trip went so well.  It's awesome that you're eating so well!  I had another good day today.  Funny you should mention egg salad, I had an egg salad sandwich today too along with a ham salad sandwich.  I know, 2 sandwiches.  But I haven't had sandwiches for the last 4 months, so this is awesome for me.

Dinner was leftovers from Friday, fish and mac and cheese.

I'm really encouraged with how well I'm handling foods these past few days.  My gums are a bit tender after I eat a meal, but my dentist says they'll "toughen up" soon and that soreness will go away.  This is a general tenderness, not sore spots.

I am friends on Facebook with a woman that I went to elementary school and high school with.  She is a dentist.  If I lived closer to her, I'd be her patient.  But, alas, it's not feasible.  She told me "enough with the soft foods and go for the good stuff - steak, apples, chocolate, etc.  She says try it all!

It's good to hear her insights since they're coming from both a friend and a dentist.

Determination!  I am determined to enjoy food again! I am determined to live a full, happy and healthy life! I'm 44 years old.  I'm not ready for my life to be over yet.  Determination!

Of course, moderate that with whatever your mouth can handle if you are still healing. But, let's go for it!
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Please tell me when is it safe take my dentures out at night
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From what I've read, I've heard to keep them in for the first 24 hours.  After that, you can treat them like a regular denture, removing them and cleaning them every night and sleeping without them.

But, I did not have immediate dentures done.  I had my extractions done, then waited 3 months to get my dentures made.  So, can anyone with immediates verify?  I don't want to give bad advice.

When in doubt, ask your dentist/surgeon.
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I'm on day three, when can I have a drink and when can I smoke my electronic cigarette? I want to be careful I don't want dry socket
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Any sucking motion through straw or cigarette can dislodge the clot.  I have been told all systems go on day 3, but I had dry socket once and that will be the first and last time I even have it ~ it was the worst pain I have ever experienced in my life.  I used extreme, excessive caution as it related to smoking and using a straw.

Use caution with the smoking.

I also asked about drinking as mine were done right before the 4th and sometimes we mix up a really nice sangria.  I was told from my guy if I am not on prescription meds I can drink. My only restriction as far as drinking went was coffee.  We didn't have a gathering on the 4th, the kids went to the fair and it rained so we were in the living room in winter pj's under blankets watching Chopped - Bar B Que competition when we should have been grilling, and heading for the fireworks. 

Now these were instructions that applied to me, yours may be different.
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What do you mean all systems go on day 3? I only used my electronic cigarette one time, I'm afraid of dry socket. How long should I wait before I start again?
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I was told by my dentist to quit smoking obviously, but if I could not do that absolutely wait until day 3 for a cigarette or to use a straw or to rinse with vigor/swishing around inside my mouth.

He is the second dentist to tell me once you have gotten to day 3 dry socket is not a concern.  I myself doubled that and waited 6 days for the cigarettes and just last night used my Tervis Cup in the pool with a straw.

Now I don't know if the day 3 thing is correct, but I was told that in by two non affiliated dentists.  Yours may advise something different.
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Thanks so much for your support. You know it's seems odd to me that not all dentist's give out the same information.
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I smoke tool.  I had my uppers and lowers extracted 3 weeks apart.  Each time, I was told not to smoke for the first 3 days (72 hours).  I can't do that.  I did smoke, but I made sure to take VERY light drags on the cigarette.  I didn't have any problems.
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You are so very lucky that you didn't get that dry socket they talk about. I'm addicted to my electronic cigarette. Quit smoking two years ago. I'm always smoking the electronic cigarette. I'm going to ease into it.Thanks everyone.
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My oral surgeon told me to smoke with my denture in (upper teeth extracted only and upper denture) because it won't cause any suction on my extractions area. I did. I smoked just as soon as I could, meaning the same day and ever since but only wearing my denture and no dry socket.
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Hey now that is great advice, thanks. Chewing, when will I be able to chew? I'm so hungry.
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Don't eat, just smoke lol Joking..I am almost 2 weeks post extractions/immediate and it still hurts to chew. I'm doing it, but my jaw is tired after and there is some pain involved but like you I was starving and the pudding and yogurt and soups only sustain you for so long before you want something solid. By day seven I was attempting to eats solid foods with some success and also some failures.
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That was so funny! You have me rolling on the ground laughing. Don't eat just smoke, I love it. Thanks on the chewing tip. I'm going to take it easy and take it as it comes. It was great talking to you.
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Zipity We Canadians made Lays just for you! Yummy! I love chips! I'm a chip hog-big bag to myself in one sitting. Warning!! Salads are usually hard to get used to. Start trying salads with out the lettuce. My lettuce was wilting too quickly for the 2 of us as home so I stopped buying it. I've been obsessed with putting avocado in all my salads now. Mark I hate to tell you this but you still basically got an Immediate denture. Just because you didn't get it inserted the day of extractions you will still need a Reline down the road most likely at 6 mths like immediates. Keep that in mind and check if you paid for that. Healing takes about 6 mths.  Sloppy Joe's???!!!! Mmmmmm
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Marilyn and Jenny Bee you are too funny! I only had my 3 wisdoms (4th one didn't grow in) yrs ago and I smoked at the time. I went home lied with blankies on my carpet and smoked very carefully and not much and found brandy in my cabinet and drank away. Don't remember much of my extraction night...I'm human but I don't recommend it. ;)
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I have had mine both top and bottom for over a year now I will give you my story in a nutshell. I had 27 teeth pulled and immediate dentures put in I had the temporaries for 6 months and during that six months I used the time to adjust to they way life was going to be now. I didn't eat solid food for probably 6 weeks when I finally started I found it challenging at the time I was using Seabond because I was still healing that certainly didn't help. 

You for sure need to use a glue it helps make them feel so much more secure I started using glue when I got my permanent dentures and I was immediately able to bit into things where I wasn't able to before. It does in fact take time and frankly practice don't get frustrated and accept that you did for yourself what you needed to do at 40 years old I didn't expect to be in a full set of dentures but the universe had other plans for me.

Today I am very happy I laugh, smile and most importantly I eat what I want you'll get there you just have to be patient. I wish you the best of luck.
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Great story! Glad to hear you're happier now and have adjusted. Do you wear glue on the full upper all the time or just when eating a "good hefty" meal?
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I use glue daily on the upper and of course the lower which goes without saying lol. I like the security the glue gives me I never worry about them slipping or god forbid popping out when I am in a social environment. 
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Ok that's great. Just a tip. When you go for your adjustment/check up we talked about previously ask him to check your fit. You shouldn't really need glue on a full upper unless steak, corn etc. Should be a great fit. May have had some more receding in your gums. Not sure how much there but a Reline is just over $200 for a full upper. :)
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Really enjoyed reading your story and it sure does give us all hope of having a great quality of life going forward.  I too was told only to use seabond on my new extractions (2 weeks now) and although I do feel that it does the job I am anxious to get my first re-line in a few days.
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Thank you, Jason.  I'm so glad to hear your story.  I tried using powder adhesive on my uppers today with paste on the lowers.  It went ok.  I felt some movement when I was eating lunch, but that was with a salami sandwich.  I'll definitely use paste next time I try that.  I ate the sandwich, but paste would have made it easier for a good hard bite.

I have another dentist appointment tomorrow for a 2nd adjustment (sore spots, etc.) My dentist built at least 3 followup appointments into the treatment plan and price.
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You are just what I needed to hear today. I am going in for an adjustment tomorrow. I keep getting sore. When I do eat it hurts. And afterward I have to take my dentures out clean them and reapply powder and paste. Keeping up hope that 6 months will make a difference.
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What's with the powder everyone is talking about?  I just use fixodent in the tube. when I first had my dentures I used nothing they stayed pretty well without anything.  I have full uppers and partial lowers.  Then for heavy chewing I was noticing a little slipping and decided for adherence to try the adhesives but really mine were staying well prior to that.  I now use the adhesive every day for the cushioning factor and staying power.  Never heard of a powder or why use both?  If you get too much gunk in there you will have a fit problem I would think.  
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Fixodent, and other brands, also make adhesives in a powder form.  You put it on the inside of your dentures and spread it around.  Then wet it. 

My experience with powder adhesive has been terrible.  I say, stick with the paste/cream in the tubes.

Zipity posted a "recipie" for those who might need some extra strength in the hold by using a combination of cream and powder.  But, I've never tried it.
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Fixodent has a powder - it's a rare find on our local shelves, but unlike the Benzodent pretty much there is a spot for it on all the shelves it just apparently sells quickly. 

You sprinkle it on the denture and dust it like you do a cake pan:  A spritz of water then a dusting of the powder, from what I have seen on the youtube videos. 

Some folks who need exceptional staying power use both, together ~ I know a lady on another board calls it "crazy glue" and I can only imagine.  I have never used the powder and the tiniest of touches with the gunk (I have a real tiny travel size of fixodent free) the tiniest of dabs cements my upper in and it doesn't want to let it go.

Have actually read a lot of people prefer the powder over the tube because it comes out cleaner. I didn't understand that until I used the fixodent free, it does remain on both the gums and the plate when you remove it.  Going to try the cold water method next time I use it as some have said its easier to remove if you get it ice cold.  I guess when you use the powder you don't have to fight getting what remains off, I am not even really sure if there is anything left in the mouth when you use the powder.  Someone here will probably be able to say what is left behind when you remove the denture after using it.

I linked it as it is displayed on amazon.  I wasn't expecting the packaging as it looked when I found it in the store.  Just a little blue & brown box.  Looks like what you used to see if you went to camp and had to do a load of laundry at their facility - how they sold the little boxes of detergent. 

https://www.amazon.com/Fixodent-Powder-Extra-Hold-2-7/dp/B001V9SR72/ref=sr_1_4_a_it?ie=UTF8&qid=...
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Well I know salad is a go.  We went out tonight for dinner - to hot/humid to cook and my daughter had a hankering for potato soup and that's the soup on Wednesday's here locally at a place she likes.  They had a salad bar I tried the lettuce, cukes and red onion.  Did not go full tilt because I have said the first good salad will be from my garden, but lettuce really wasn't the problem I expected it to be.  It was no problem.  They don't shred theirs it's cut in smaller squares ( 1 inch) so that may be key to salad eating, I have no idea that's the first lettuce I have had with the denture & I have an upper only so I am sure that plays a big part.  The cukes had their skin so that took a bit of concentration, but in all honestly it's different but I have to say different in a way I didn't expect.  With my teeth in the condition they were in, in the end, I had to be careful/mindful they could break, would ache etc.  Tonight I didn't have to worry about that the teeth- my only concern was gum pain, It is a really nice feeling to know I can eat and not have to worry about cracking a tooth.  I also had broccoli salad with raisins, I thought for certain it would be a no go, but it went fine.  The bigger chunks of broccoli I needed to cut, but the smaller ones I was able to chew, the raisins were fine too.

I had a shredded beef sandwich, it was  easy peasy and they even served it on a toasted Italian bread.  When it came to the table and I saw it was thick & toasted I cringed a bit, but it wasn't a problem. 

Sneezed about 5 times when we were in the vehicle to leave and good news the teeth didn't break the window, I never felt like I had to worry about them coming out once I got 2 sneezes out.  First one coming on I was scared though. 

Dinner out was a success.  I am absolutely positive I could go for Chinese, but I do want to be healed better, gums are still fairly sore.

And I do want to say I wasn't pushing myself or making myself uncomfortable, grabbed some salad fixings just to assess the challenge, but I ordered what I was hungry for when I looked at the menu & it just worked out. 

I also noticed now that I am healing some and this denture is sitting better way less food finds it's way underneath.  Had some cottage cheese tonight and none got under.  When I tried it a couple days after my extractions it was messy. 

So building confidence, I have no doubt these are not going to hold me back as far as eating what I like & I was nervous about that - but the way its going relatively quickly out of the gate, when I am healed up everything should be better than it was with my God given teeth during their final years.

And thank you Canada for Lays! 
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wooowhooo!  That is really great to hear.  
I too am finding that everyday I conquer something else new.  Today I conquered holding a whistle in my teeth without loosing the suction in my upper denture.  I know that seems like a crazy thing to get hung up on but I train dogs and it was oh so important that my teeth did not pop out every time I put the whistle in my teeth (never thought that was going to be my biggest challenge haha).  Hoping my re-line will make it much easier but I am adjusting better everyday.
Keep going girl....you got this!
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Awesome!!! High-Five!  I'm so glad to hear your dinner out went well.  I'm gaining more confidence as the days go on.  I successfully had a hard salami sandwich for lunch today.
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Speaking of holding a whistle, I may have to resort to that because I can't whistle yet.  Working on it every day but I am guessing because of the bulk and soreness on the left I am whistle-less.  Tonight watering the garden I had the bullet out there with me (for music) and I sang a bit and then a couple parts in some songs I like to whistle but it was like a silent picture from me on the whistling.  That may be a gift to those within an earshot as I don't whistle elegantly, but I do love to. 

What kind of dogs do you train and what do you train for?  My Dad is a dog whisperer and did amazing things with ours growing up.  I have a rescue now who I would like to train for agility just here at home to build his confidence up some.  He's a hell of a jumper and smart as whip. Too old for competitive agility, but there is just something about him that has me thinking he would really dig it.  I think he would get a lot from it and it would be a good side activity for my daughter as well.  Had him up in the garden tonight and taught him  in relatively short order how to jump the orange line I have up for the beans.  He didn't notice it when he went barreling through first pass ~ but called him back and it wasn't but about 5 minutes and he looked like a profession rope jumper.  Behind the garden we have a huge corn field, not ours, but he thinks it is and he was zigging in and out of the corn too so I told my daughter we're going to piece together a little training field for him just to see what he does with it.

We are complete critter folks here.
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That is so cool that you were able to whistle with your mouth!  Keep working on it .... I have no doubt you will figure it out.  I have never been able to whistle with just my mouth and was hoping that I may be able to after dentures but alas no luck. 

In the past I trained and trialed border collies and used a shepherds whistle back then but now I have a little gundog that I trial in field events and I use a spaniel whistle for her.  It seems no matter what kind of dog event I do I am stuck using a whistle to communicate with my dog as it is considered bad form to speak to your dog when out competing.  I do tend to shout once in awhile at my dog with the whistle in my mouth so that is a added complication.  I cannot use my hands to hold the whistle since I am doing other things with my hands so I really have no choice but to hold them in my teeth. If I hold them in my front teeth it seems to break the suction on my denture so I am getting into the habit of holding the whistle about half way to my back teeth and that seems to work much better.   I am adjusting pretty well and now that I have my soft reline I feel things will get even easier for me.

That is so cool that your dog used the corn stalks for agility polls!  I got a picture in my mind with your story and it made me smile.  Critter folks are awesome!  :)
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Haha! Give thanks for Lays! I'm so happy to hear about this turn out. Stay as positive as you can. I always mention that when it comes to lettuce it should be small cut. I'm so happy for you! :) Atta girl! Keep going!
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What I gather from all of you is patience, determination and a positive attitude to get through this.
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Amen!  Thank you, Canada for Lays!
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I'm steadily building my confidence.  In 3 weeks, I have the ultimate denture test.  A cruise!  I leave for a 7-day cruise to Bermuda on August 7.  If you have never been on a cruise ship before, there is constant (and REALLY GOOD) food!

As I try these things, even salami, I'm also gaining more and more confidence that the dentures will not hold me back.
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That is awesome Mark, enjoy yourself and we will all be routing for you! Dentures will not hold any of us back
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You should be in fine shape by the time the ship sails. 
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What a difference a week makes.  I got my dentures a week ago today.  It's amazing the difference in my outlook from then and now.

I had another appointment with my dentist today to adjust for sore spots.

I want to thank you all again for seeing me through this week.  Your insights and encouragement have been invaluable.  I can't even begin to express what it has meant to me.  We all need to know that we're not alone.  Thank you for all for being there and seeing me this far on the journey.
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I love the fact that this forum allows the opportunity for us to be able to discuss what we are experiencing with folks in the same boat. 

So glad to hear things are righting for you. 

I have nothing good to report in the food department tonight, I ate a pb sandwich.  Got working in the yard and didn't feel like stopping to shower up and cook.   So I slapped that together and kept on keeping on :)
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I haven't been eating many new things lately either.  I've had several sandwiches and I've been clearing the leftovers from the fridge.
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Great to hear that you are both doing so well.  I would also like to thank everyone for there support and encouragement.  You all are awesome!
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Milestone day at the feedbag!

Now we have the world's best Chinese in town and we have another really good place, that if we didn't have Mr. Lee's everyone would think place number 2 is the best.  I went to place number 2 as it was buffet, closer and I wouldn't be bummed if I couldn't eat some of the stuff.  I couldn't disrespect Mr. Lee by not eating all the goods, he puts his complete and total heart into his food so I felt the second place was the best place to test drive the teeth.

Hot and Sour Soup - check
Egg Roll- check
Sticky Rice - check - and happy to note the rice no sticky to the teeth or underneath!
 *cheers wildly*
Green Beans- check (they were fresh and sturdy)
Couple bites of the General - check
Couple bites of Beef and Broccoli - check (chewed the beef thoroughly, no issues)

Anything that looked like a challenge I took a bite of - provided I liked the composition of it.  There was nothing though that even slightly gave me a scare or reason to pause.  My daught never one time asked if I was in pain.  I bit right into that egg roll front teeth.  Which I know you should go off to the side a bit, but I wanted to see what happened when I bit front teeth and maybe had something resist a bit.  Denture never even budged with bites from the front or right side.  One piece of the General Tso's was crispier than I cared for but I managed. 

When I bit that egg roll everything worked I could have cheered.  I knew at that moment, there isn't a doubt in my mind I will be eating cobbed corn as soon as it comes in.  That was my big worry, the corn.  I know, I know it can be cut off the cob, but that's not how I want it, unless I making some with bacon drippings and chili powder (and that's super yummy for for anyone who has not tried it ~ but you know bacon drippings so ... it's not an every day thing, but a treat).  Back to the star of the show the cobbed corn - I've got it all day, because tonight I didn't have wafers, adhesive or anything, I haven't needed it- so it was just me and the teeth.  I did wonder prior to going out the door if I should powder, wafer glue or something I don't even know all the things they loaded me up with to try because of the meal, but as I hadn't used any of that stuff I thought it may make things more difficult than what it would be without, so I decided against it realizing I would just take very small portions of things and if I couldn't eat it, there would be minimal waste.

It should be noted my left side is still a bit tender, but even with that I alternated bites and chewing.  The right side bites felt no different, strike that they did feel different, they felt even better than my real teeth felt at the end. Yes better, and I'll stand behind that statement all day long. The left side bites, when things shifted a bit in there & a couple bites were tender because they rubbed a spot I am trying to heal up, but I never had to stop chewing, no winces or anything.  Left side felt like I had a denture, right side not at all.  It was pretty cool to realize down the road here before too awfully long I will most likely eat with these and won't even think about having dentures.  It will just be eating and enjoying food and no worries of cracked teeth, toothaches, giving  my poor teeth their privacy and not exposing them at the table during conversation or heaven forbid laughing during a meal without a free hand to protect their identity. 

Not too shabby for Day 16

I am going to end up looking like Veruca Salt when she blows up in the Chocolate Factory if I don't watch myself.  :)
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Wow, Zipity. You are seemingly zipping along. 
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That's great Zipity! I am day 15 and no where near that good with food. I had to reline my denture myself today with Reline-It. I quickly found out that my denture is way, way, way too big for my mouth once I scraped off all the hard white stuff that the denture place relined my non-fitting, poorly made denture with. It hardly resembles my mouth at all so now I am back to wondering if it was even made for me. That being said, after one or two screw ups and 3 different reline kits I was able to get my denture to fit better than Affordable dentures did with their soft reline. It works, for now anyways and feels pretty comfortable. The problem with relining is that one reline application was not nearly enough and the denture still fell out of my mouth. To get it to work for me I had to use 2 applications which I poured into my denture and then put in my mouth for the required time. That's how big my denture is that it took 2 not the standard 1 lol I really don't see how this denture is going to make it until I get my permanent set. How long do I have to wait, anyone know? I want them to make my permanent set just as soon as they can. I have heard of people waiting a year but I really can't wait that long. The bite is off too, still. There is no way I can eat like you do Zippity. I am eating though but it in no way feels natural or normal.
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You are doing amazing and I am so happy for you!  
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I definitely have an advantage because I still do have a snug fit with no need for any type of adhesive product. I think once this left side settles completely that's when they will come into play. I also only have an upper plate, if I had had both it would be a whole different ballgame. 

Everyone I am talking to that either has a denture or knows someone who does is telling me to wait as long as possible to get the permas.  The longer a person waits if they have that option the better the suction will be and the denture will also be less bulky.  So I think as long as you can get that to work Jenny because it is temporary try to hold off on the perma, you'll have the perma for years, so the inconvenience now I think is worth having perfection with the perma.

Have you tried calling/ visiting Affordable Dentures and showing them exactly what problems you are having? If it is that big, if you think you may have gotten someone elses they should be able to know that & that would be on them to correct it.  I wouldn't let them off the hook and settle if you are able to avoid that.

A big part of the problem with temporary dentures/ perma denture themselves is the office is easily able to say, there will be bulk, they won't be like real teeth, etc. so the patient especially one who is just going through this at the start takes that advice onboard and accepts what they tell them, not holding them to the task of dialing everything in to get the best fit possible at whatever healing stage they are at.  But even with that a person who gets a temp or jumps right into a perma needs to have one that fits. Now its unrealistic to expect perfection initially, but  manageable is a reasonable expectation.  And if yours doesn't fit , which clearly needing 2 reline kits that you are having to do yourself, demonstrates it does not fit they need to do something.  You should not be having to do that, you have paid them for they expertise in providing you with something reasonable/ usable, even at this stage with a temporary. They should be doing everything they can, they are the professionals, to get you a denture that functions, without you having to be all Dexter's Laboratory at home.  To get them to provide that, you may have to be persistent.  Not angry and demanding- it doesn't have to be like that, but you will probably have to hold their feet to the fire to get them to work with you a bit. Minimally I would point out this latest adventure you had, with needing 2 reline kits, out to them, stating point blank it is unacceptable and adjustments need made. They need to do something about, but likely won't if you don't get on them. 

If you can get functionality out of the temp you have, it will allow you to heal and shrink and your end result with having the perma made will be that much better.  I am not after perfection at this point. With a temp as far as aesthetics go that stuff can wait until perma time.  My guy explained to me the temp is all about getting through the healing process so that the perma is perfect.  SO my alignment is slightly off. When left side heals it could be spot on, it may not be with this plate.  It will be perfect with the perma.   Color, teeth style, all that jazz can wait.  But I am very proactive in making sure when I am in there adjustments are made that allow me to get through the week with a denture I can learn to function with. So please call Affordable Denture and tell them you need an appointment because your temp is not one that is functioning and you need it to be. 

Good Luck and please don't lose faith, a little persistence on your end, some work on theirs and they will get you sorted.   Keep us posted.

 
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Thank you for all of what you said. Yes, I need a new set and furthermore I know they know it too. When I was in there last the assistant I had was the main guy who made the denture. I know he was swamped the day I intitally got the denture and he listened to my complaints and then I saw him looking at his watch. I know he was thinking to himself, "Do I have enough time to make her as new set because I really screwed her upper up?" I know he was thinking this...Yet what he instead decided to do was to file down the crooked teeth on the side where the teeth were not aligned inside the denture properly and of which I pointed out to him. It did fix my bite on that side, in so far as I was able to now bite down without hitting the outer side of the teeth. At the time I was fitted for them after seeing my oral surgeon for extractions he had given me long lasting novacaine so half my face was still numb so I sort of disregarded the bite which felt like I was hitting plastic and couldn't properly close my mouth because I at the time my face felt like foreign skin on some mannequin LOL Anyway he did fix that, but that's not to say that I can chew on that side because I really can't. They know they screwed this plate up, I'm 99% sure they know it which is why they have to put so much reline material into my denture and why I also had to when I relined it myself. That in itself makes for an extremely bulky and uncomfortable fit. Even now while soft from the reline it's bulky and heavy and I feel like I should be suited up in football garb and ready to sack a quarterback or something with my mouth guard firmly in place ;) I'm irritable enough to do it too! hehe I have an extremely small mouth on the inside and the relines don't help in that it makes the denture sit down lower where I look like I'm all teeth and gums, beause honestly these teeth are small but the gums are huge so that is what you see when I smile, kinda like Mr. Ed :P I'm taking it in stride and yes I need to go back there but it's quite a drive that involves massive bridges and tunnels which makes me nervous so hubby has to take time from work in order to take me and he's busy at work lately so it hasn't happened yet.
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At least you know that they know something needs done ~ that's the battle right there.  I'll keep my fingers crossed for you that you are able to get back in there and get something worked out. 

If you could reach out to Josie on here between now and then she may be able to give you some tidbits on the specifics you need to look out for and valid points to discuss with Affordable Dentures.  Obviously she hasn't seen you or your mouth, but I would think she knows the main areas of concern and how they would need best expressed so that you are accommodated and make the most out of the limited trips you are able to get there.  You need to get the most out of each of your appointments, she may be able to help you with that.  It sure wouldn't hurt to ask.

As far as mannequin face - my nose being numb was one of the oddest things I have ever experienced.  It was so creepy.  Kind of glad my bleeding was plentiful when I came home, because that kept me away from the mirror and things settled in before I really studied mine.  Getting some ideas for my permas.  My biggest complaint is that it feels like an abundance of material immediately behind my front teeth.  I wish there could be a less pronounced slope there; end of the slope feels bulky.  Not sure if that will be possible.  Looking at the teeth they look fine the front ones, but feeling them from inside with my tongue, I just wish there was less roofing material and I could feel more of the teeth themselves.  Too bulky there for my liking, but that may be how it is.  
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Hey Zip, the part you were talking about the middle part the pallet the part that has to stick to the top of your mouth the roof of your mouth on me constantly burns whether I use adhesive or not. I hate the burning feeling, I even asked my dentist Is it possible that I'm allergic to the acrylic since I am allergic to so many medications and he said no I should be fine I just have to get used to it. I can never imagine
myself getting used to this burning feeling. Never.
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I also have a rather large bump just behind my front teeth that I am constantly tongueing. It's softer now that I did my own reline but it is annoying and was a concern to me before my denture got loose again and sore spots took over then I sort of forgot about it and concentrated on relining them properly and while that huge hump is still there and still annoying it isn't as pronounced as it was mainly because for right now at least my dentures are fitting snugly.
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Hi Jennybee, I bought something at Walmart called reline it I think that's what it's called I don't have it right in front of me. I have not even opened it yet because I've never done anything like that before myself and have really no clue what to do or how to do it or if I screw up will my dentist tell me to go somewhere else because he's upset that I didn't just come back to him for my problem. Could you or anyone else reading this post tell me the proper way of doing it and if it's something that's OK to do after you have already had a hard reline?
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Hi, sure! Yes that is same thing I just recently used. There are videos on YouTube of people doing it and they are very good. I just followed the directions to the letter, watched some videos of people using the kit on YT and then went to work on it. It turned out better than the dentists reline and for $5 can't beat that. I will say that I don't know about hard reline because I am new to dentures, but I did have a soft reline in mine from the denture place that did not fit anymore so I peeled it out (carefully) and then cleaned and dried the denture off, put the powder and liquid packets in the freezer for 3 mins per the instructions and then mixed it, waited until it thickened some and this will happen fast, really fast in my case, and then scooped/poured it into the denture wait a 1 minute or less for it to firm up then put it into my mouth and bite down. It's advised that if you have both a top and bottom denture to wear the other part of it, so if you are doing your top denture then be sure to wear your lower when relining the top because if you don't you might not get your bite lined up right so that is important. I then held it there for the required 6 minutes biting down and then took it out and rinsed it and peeled away the excess. The stuff works great but it also tastes really BAD and it there was some amount of burning/tingling going on when I bit down on the mold just to warn you. It stopped burning after 20 seconds apparently this is normal. It smells like nail polish remover. It is advised to soak it afterwards in water and baking soda which I did BUT it wasn't enough and the thing still has a slight odor so what I did was to instead of soaking my denture overnight in a glass of water I went ahead and put it inside a ziplock baggie full of baking soda. When I got up this morning the smell/taste was much lessened so that does work. I can barely sense the awful odor now and I can't taste it but boy was it awful!! Only tips I can give is to follow directions exactly, make sure you are pouring the liquid/paste into the denture on a flat surface otherwise it won't be even throughout the denture and you will end up with more material on the front for example than the back and won't have the best fit you could. I messed up the first time i did this and poured it when it was still too runny and some of it came off the back of my denture so I had to pick it our and start over but it is really easy and a nice way to save some money or time in the car if your dentist is far away like mine. It fits way better than it ever did though because mine was so loose and not fitted properly to my mouth to begin with I had to use 2 applications versus 1. I have a very soft, cushiony mouth but I maybe could have done 1 and 3/4ths versus a full 2 because my denture does feel a little too full though any less and it would be too loose. Lots of people swear by this and say it lasts months, but I'm pretty sure that as I am new to dentures I am going to be many more of these relines since my gums are shrinking fairly quickly. Good luck and definitely watch some of the vids on You Tube.
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There should be videos on youtube where people show how they mix it up and apply.  I could search and link if you wanted me to.  I don't know how comfortable you are clicking links or searching youtube.

Also found this & maybe something helpful in the article. 
http://thechart.blogs.cnn.com/2010/08/19/how-can-i-relieve-the-burning-in-my-mouth/comment-page-1/

I would say most likely yours is a result of the denture but you could luck a=out and it could be nutrient deficiency because you may not have been eating as you normally do or it could maybe be possibly oral candidiasis which is thrush, I guess when we first get a denture the upper is the perfect breeding ground for it. 

Also read an article that some folks are simply allergic to the die in their denture and get clear ones made. 

I would look into that if at all possible.  Because it could be something that is absolutely correctable. 

Very sorry your are experiencing that with your upper.
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Zip and Jenny, thank you for all that information, Jenny B I do not have a bottom denture I still have my natural teeth on the bottom only, thank the Lord. I don't know if once you have a hard reline if it's OK to use that kind of stuff I am sure Josie would know maybe even Ken. As soon as I have a minute I will check out that link also I will try to search YouTube I'm not used to doing that at all. I did mention to my dentist that it may be a possibility that I'm allergic to the acrylic since I am allergic to so very many medications. But he said no I'm not and that I just have to get used to it it's a foreign object that I'm not used to wearing and so it's going to feel different. However I have never had the roof of my mouth burning so much as it is now. It was doing it before but it didn't feel so intense. Again thank you so much for responding to my question.
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If it is sensitive right now and hurting then you maybe don't want to do the reline yourself because it WILL burn. It doesn't last long (at least for me it didn't) but it did burn when I did it and not just a little like the instructions make you think. My eyes watered it burned so much but after 20 or 30 seconds it stopped, sort of. I wouldn't do it myself though if the roof of my mouth was already inflamed. The roof if my mouth is fine though after the reline, I didn't have any lasting inflammation or anything, but that is me and I am not bothered by acrylic at all (except the taste which I reiterate is strong using the Reline-It kit).
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Elizabeth, that burning does not sound right. It sounds like a reaction to the substance in your denture.
I suggest getting the name of the specific acrylic used in your denture and teeth (they are different usually) and do your own research. Go to the site of the company that makes whatever the substances are, read the ingredients, check the MSDS. 
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Jenny, do you know what is in the reline kit that causes burning?
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Zipity, I'm so happy for you!  You're doing so well!  Keep it up!

It's so encouraging to see everyone making progress as I'm making progress of my own!  We'll all be smiling and eating the foods we love very soon!

Determination, patience and practice.

Jenny and Elizabeth, you should have dentures that fit you.  You paid good money for them.  Don't accept anything less than the best possible fit.

I'm friends on Facebook with a woman I went to high school with who is a dentist now. If I lived closer, I'd be her patient.  As she said, you should never be in any pain (assuming you are healed from extractions).  She said that if you are in pain, your dentures need adjusted.  Your dentures should never fly out.  If they do, they need adjusted.

From everything I've experienced and read so far, fit is essential.  There is nothing worse than poorly fitting dentures and no product out there that can compensate for poor fit.

Do not except anything less.
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Zipity, I'm so happy for you!  You're doing so well!  Keep it up!

It's so encouraging to see everyone making progress as I'm making progress of my own!  We'll all be smiling and eating the foods we love very soon!

Determination, patience and practice.

Jenny and Elizabeth, you should have dentures that fit you.  You paid good money for them.  Don't accept anything less than the best possible fit.

I'm friends on Facebook with a woman I went to high school with who is a dentist now. If I lived closer, I'd be her patient.  As she said, you should never be in any pain (assuming you are healed from extractions).  She said that if you are in pain, your dentures need adjusted.  Your dentures should never fly out.  If they do, they need adjusted.

From everything I've experienced and read so far, fit is essential.  There is nothing worse than poorly fitting dentures and no product out there that can compensate for poor fit.

Do not except anything less.
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Hi, Mark. I am a newbie. In fact, today I am at the 1 week mark with full upper. I have enjoyed your posts very much. Yours and Zipitys. You seemed so desperate, at the beginning. I was too. You seem to be doing so much better. It has been such a rough week. I hope to be where you are in a month. Keep updating. You are helping others. Zipity, too.
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Hi, Donna!  And,welcome!

It's my pleasure.  This group helped me so much.  I'm so glad I can give back.

Yes, it will get better!  Even if we went into dentures knowing that there would be an adjustment period, we likely didn't know what it would really be like.  How could we?  We've never gone through this before.

Patience and persistence are key.  If you had immediate dentures done (got teeth extracted and dentures made the same day), be patient and allow yourself to heal.  You will probably be very limited in what you can eat for at least the first few weeks.  But, as your mouth heals and you get your dentures adjusted to get the best fit possible, you'll gradually expand your horizons.

(Keep in mind that I lived without teeth for 3 months between extractions and having dentures made.  So, I started farther along in healing that those that did immediate dentures.)

I got my full uppers and lowers on July 7.  Since then, I went on a 7-day cruise to Bermuda.  Today, I went out to lunch with co-workers.  We went to Longhorn Steakhouse.  I had a flat-iron steak and ate it with no problems.

I'm not even 2 months into my denture life, but I can eat almost anything I want.  The only foods I've tried that give me real problems are some candies.  Twizzlers (licorice) are REALLY tough to chew.  It COULD be done, but it may take me a half an hour to chew one string.  The other one I have a hard time with is Starburst fruit chews. I COULD chew it, but it just took too much biting force.  I was afraid that I'd break my dentures.

Other than that, the only limitations you have are the ones you place on yourself.  As healing allows, try more and more of your favorite foods.  You'll develop new chewing patterns and ways to eat the foods you love.  Take smaller bites and get used to controlling the food in your mouth with your cheeks, lips and tongue.

I post my food victories because, if I can do it, then so can you!  You'll get there!  And you'll have a beautiful smile when you do!
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Hi Mark, I have a few things in common with you. I have my own bottom teeth but I had my seven remaining top teeth extracted last October 30 and went without top teeth for three months until January 25. I always needed to use some type of adhesive I also went for many many adjustments. Then after I got my hard reline after six months from my extraction day I didn't need any adhesive at least not for a while until I had a start going for adjustments again. So now I've had my top denture for seven months and I can't stand it still. I can eat most foods but the thing hurts. No matter how many adjustments I get it still hurts and not only that but now I need adhesive again which I hate so I'm not doing so good as you I'm very happy though that you are so happy with your new dentures. The other thing I have in common with you was I went to Bermuda but it was many years ago 27 years ago to be exact. I have not been on this board too much lately. If I have something to offer somebody I would but I have to tell people that after this many months I still can't stand it is not very encouraging in my Opinion but then I've seen other posts where it's only two or three months and the person is doing fine he can eat anything and loves their new look. I wish you the very best with this new experience and hope you can get your adjustments to the point that your denture actually feels comfortable and you're not thinking about it every single second that it's in your mouth.
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Hi, Elizabeth.
I use adhesive (Fixodent Original) daily.  My lowers would never stay put without it.

I have a friend on Facebook - a woman I went to high school with.  She is a dentist now.  If I lived closer to her, I would be her patient.  But, I live too far away for that to be practical.  She has repeatedly told me that (after healing from surgeries), I should never be in pain.  If I am, then the dentures don't fit right.  Either they need adjustments, relines or replaced.  I'm not a dentist, so I have no idea why your dentures are hurting you.  The only thing I can think of is that your tissues or bone has changed in the past months enough that you need a refit.  I'd suggest you keep working with your dentist.  You should not be in pain.  If your dentist can't or won't help you, then look around for another dentist.  (I'm near Cleveland, Ohio.  If you happen to be from around that area, I could recommend mine or my high school friend.)

Don't be afraid to share your struggles.  I started this thread in the depths of despair desperate for some hope.  The people on this forum helped me so much with their words of hope and encouragement.  All of our situations are different, but we are on similar journeys.

Hang in there and don't give up!
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Elizabeth Thompson

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Hi Mark, thank you for the encouragement. I am so tired of going back to the dentist for adjustments I even wish I knew how to do it myself like I've seen some people post. My problem is I'm afraid I would screw up my denture because I would file the wrong spot or something. What I don't understand is my dentist asks me where it hurts I tell him he marks the inside of my mouth, then he puts my denture back in so that the ink he used on my gum will transfer to the denture. Then he goes in the back and I hear Him drilling with something and then he comes back puts my denture back in and asks me if it feels better? Then sometimes I tell him a little sometimes I tell him no and he redoes it, one time after him redoing the spot four times I told him I think it feels better now but it's really hard to tell because you don't get to hang out in the office for an hour to see if the pain is going to come back which in my case it always does on my ride home.. For those reasons I have been very discouraged. I am so happy I still have my bottom teeth. I'm to the point where I'm putting my denture in when I'm going out and I'm taking it out when I get home. Take care of yourself and God bless.
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Elizabeth Thompson

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I forgot to mention I live in New Jersey. Also I cannot use fixodent I got sick when I tried it, I normally use secure.
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Sue Mitchell

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Every night when you take out your dentures rinse your mouth with warm salt water that is the best healing you can do.  It heals fast.  Also if you actually have sores, try glyoxide and rinse with that and hold it in your mouth swishing around near the sore spot.  I used it before putting in dentures when I had sore spots.  good luck
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Elizabeth Thompson

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Hi Sue, It will be a year next month October 30 that I had my extractions. According to my dentist my gums shouldn't still be changing so that I really shouldn't need to be rinsing with salt water which I didn't do all the time in the beginning. I have used Benzodent, glyoxide, Cora Caine, and orabase, and I still have the pain. It feels like my denture is digging into the top of my gums plus the little part in the middle of your two front teeth that thing hurts too it didn't used to but it hurts now. So maybe my dentist is wrong in my gums are changing and that's the problem. I will be waiting a while and then going back for another adjustment and see what he has to say. I hope all is going well for you with this process.
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Sue Mitchell

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It sounds like a bad fit to me.  Did you have more than just teeth extractions, some bone problems? Maybe you're right and your gums are still adjusting.  I just had some fillings in two of my remaining lower teeth and my bridge is feeling a bit tight so I may have to have the fillings filed a bit, we'll see. It seems any little thing throws stuff off.  The fit is good but the smallest inflammation makes a difference.
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Josie

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Hi Sue, when you say bridge do you mean your partial denture? Is it a cast frame or all acrylic?
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Sue Mitchell

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Yes, it's a partial on the bottom - I still have some teeth and there are teeth and a metal frame connecting the bridge together.  
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If the clasps some people call them anchors are supporting the teeth that had the fillings they can adjust them so it won't feel too tight anymore. Good luck on your next appt.
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Josie

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Your fillings won't need to be modified just the clasps do.
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Josie

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Do you mean like a fixed bridge (crowns)?