I just got my new upper partial denture a few days ago and have a couple questions

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I just got my first upper partial. Metal plate type. It fits really well the bite feels natural and hey its great to chew food again. I dealt with the speech issues the couple days and Im speaking normally again. 

My problem is and I know this might sound a little gross but is there anything that can be used to keep the saliva out from under the pallet and the roof of my mouth as well as between the teeth and gums? 

I only have clasps in the back when I bite down on something hard like a chewy granola bar or piece of meet my clasps tend to slip then go back in place when I chew on my rear teeth. Its not a bad slip doesnt really even rake or anything I just notice it. I was just wondering if using some glue would help with this as well as the saliva problem.

If I were to try the glue how bothersome is it to remove from the plate and the roof of my mouth.

My dentist recommended just cleaning them with a little dish liquid and warm water and Ive just been soaking them in tap water. Do I need a soak or other special cleaner now or is that something to just try in time?

As I said they fit very well Im not getting any food up under them unless its like the really fine slimy stuff and can usually rinse with water with out removing. Ive only had them for 3 or 4 days but My gums had been healed for years so Im no having any gum rubbing or tenderness problem. 

Any replies will be greatly appreciated and thank you in advance.
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That extra saliva will subside in a few days. That is just your mouth reacting to something"foreign" in your mouth. Dish detergent seems very harsh. There are multiple brands of denture cleaners, tabs, some work in 3 minutes, some longer. In a pinch I will use half water and half mouthwash.
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Wondering what you mean by clasps. Do have any real teeth this is attached to? Adhesive is yucky sometimes. I absolutely need it and use coconut oil to clean my mouth. I previously posted how I use that.
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I am new here ,about coconut oil to clean mouth?? Thanks to all on this site for help.
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Hi Jean, I was wondering the same thing about Joe's question. I had partials and then my Dentist said I had to have my remaining seven top teeth removed but my bottoms were just fine. My partial also is metal with a few teeth but from what I understand dentures are not so I don't know if he is talking about a partial or a denture. Joe if you were talking about a partial you can just pop in and pop it back in in a minute or 30 seconds even. Since I have not even gotten my impression yet I have no clue what it's going to be like with a full denture on top.
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Yes my partial has 5 teeth on it. My partial is metal and has the metal claps that grip to my rear teeth only. When I bite down on something hard with the front teeth my partial seems to move slightly in the back then when I chew with my rear teeth it goes back in place. Maybe its just be getting used to it. I just got it this past tuesday or weds. As I said above its comfortable and sit well in my mouth with the exception of the very fine particles that get under it so I usually have to rinse it off after I eat each time. Maybe Ill get used to it as time goes by. I thought that possible a little glue or some type of sealant would help things somewhat and wanted an opinion before trying.
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I have to get a partial in about 4 weeks,4 front teeth and 1 on each side ,I am scared crazy,I get panic attacks and anxiety and dont know if I can handle,The only thing the dentist said was this was a temp partial,which I did not know,the permenate one is 6-8 weeks which would cost another 2300.00 DUH,they did not tell me this,I feel like I am being suckled into more money,Already paid 1500.00,the question to you is did you get a temp or did you get a perm one right away and how did you get used to it,I feel like I am going crazy
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We're sorry to hear what you are going through. It's normal for some people to have temporary dentures before getting their permanent dentures. Some people get their permanent dentures immediately. It depends on your individual circumstances and the dentist. Hang in there! ~Rosie
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@Cathy Jackson, I had my teeth pulled on and off over a couple years along with alot of dental repair. I didnt get a temporary at all since I could still bite stuff off and I was able to work food around on my teeth and gums to chew it. My metal plate partial with 5 teeth on it was around 850 but that doesnt include the dental work I had done. My plate has fit really good from day 1 I did go have them adjusted just a couple days ago and now it really feels great. I adjusted to mine really quickly. I know its stressful for some people to go to the dentist have you considered letting your dentist put you to sleep? They say it works great for those that have high anxiety problems.
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I had 12 extractions yesterday with immediate dentures. I would have loved to be put out for it, but my dentist would not do it. They said their office doesn't do that. 
That being said, I have a wonderful dentist. Aside of the expected pain (as I'm waiting for the next dose of meds to kick in), I am not having any problems. My bottom denture has come up a couple of times, but that was user-error and I'm learning how to keep them in place. My top denture fits so well that I'm just a bit worried about the dentist removing them this afternoon - the suction is so good that I'm kind of worried about clots being pulled out! I have a great dentist though - one I can trust.
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Im 5 months with upper and partial Bottom. Still have temporary Ones but in 2 weeks I get my permanent ones . Did you have temporary Dentures at first and how long till u get your permanent ones
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I have a Upper Partial. I had Tooth Bonding to close a Space on each side.my Partial is hard to remove.. what can I use to make it easier to remove?
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I had the same problem with my new upper Partial.  I found that if I used medical exam Nitrile gloves (no powders or latex) I could get a better handle on the clasps and pull fairly gently to get the thing off my anchor teeth.  

I have a question to those with more experience with a partial upper denture.  How many hours a day should the partial be worn in order to keep my remaining natural teeth aligned?  I have not learned to eat with my partial upper in place; I can't taste anything and much of the soft food  gets in the clasps and under the plate across the roof of my mouth.  

Any suggestions?
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Hi Anna,

I just finished eating a hamburger and fries, knowing when I was done, I would need to take my toothpick and dig out and around those blasted clasps.  Aside from the fact that I hate the clasps, I also hate having to glue the partial onto my gums because it fits so poorly.

There didn't seem to be any answers to this as I came to realize this uncomfortable and rather ugly truth about my partial - but then I began reading (here) about something called a flexible partial and someone who makes them.  I'm not trying to advertise for the gentleman, but I did decide to try his product, which is cheaper than the "immediate" that I'm wearing now.

The flexible partial has a flexible pink clasp that goes above your tooth/teeth around the gums, and it's so transparent, it's practically invisible.  I have no molars or premolars, and all this partial is going to have to hang on to is the gums above my eye teeth.  I'm praying I won't have to dig food out from under it, and that it will fit so snugly, I won't have food in the channel, either.

Ultimately, I'm praying strongly that I don't have to use adhesive - but I'm not sure how possible that even is.  I just sent my wax try-in back to the gentleman and hope to have my finished flexible partial within a couple of weeks.  There is no palate covering at all with this, and I'm going to enjoy being able to feel food on the roof of my mouth.

I'll keep you updated as to how it comes out.

Schelly
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Hi Schelly, 
Thanks for all the information you provided.  Not having a plate across the roof of my mouth would be a wonder.  Unfortunately, I just paid $2500 for the upper and lower removable partial dentures -- I am stuck with the metal clasps and the metal plate across the roof of my mouth.  It all fits quite well, but at my age, my gum tissue and my palate are very sensitive.   I can eat better without the upper partial denture device, since I still have molars, only 2 on one side and 1 on the other.  

I only wear the partials about 4 hours a day at this time because I can't speak well nor swallow easily with a metal "bridge" across the roof of my mouth.  However,  I suppose I will be able to wear the device long enough most days to keep my remaining natural teeth in place.  

I would like to know the outcome of your replacement dentures.  

Anna
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Hey Anna,

My immediate partial has a big bulky acrylic palate covering and it was a real trick trying to learn to talk around it.  My co-workers still look at me kind of funny when I have a hard time speaking.  Also, for some reason it seems pockets of saliva get caught somewhere in the acrylic blob in my mouth and come shooting out at THE most inappropriate times!  So embarrassing. 

The very best way to adjust to your partial is to wear it and wear it and wear it.  I read for an hour a day to learn to speak around the foreign object in my mouth.  And yes, I do think at any age your tissue will develop a tolerance for the partial - with routine practice.

Can you institute a disciplined routine of putting it in at the same time each day and committing to wearing it 5 minutes more each day?  Or maybe start slower and increase by 5 minutes each week?

Keeping you in prayer!
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Thank you very much, Schelly.  I was trying to have the upper and lower partials in my mouth 4 hrs in the morning and 2 hours in the afternoon, since I do not eat with them in my mouth.  I do wear a front lower partial all day for obvious reasons.  I will try adding a few minutes each day to wearing the upper partial with the darn metal bridge across the roof of my mouth.  

Good luck with your saliva!  (smile)

Anna
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Hi Anna,

I've been thinking about you so much - I've just learned that a friend of mine has a partial with a metal bridge, also.  He said he had to "break it in" as well, but eventually he did acclimate to it.  Now he seldom even notices that he's wearing it, and he doesn't use any kind of adhesives or powders, either.

Just a bitty glimmer of hope to brighten your day!


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Hi Schelly,
I have been assured that some day I will be accustomed to the upper partial.  I have only had it a few days now.  I am using it as much as possible in order to keep my remaining teeth in their original places, avoiding their slipping around into the spaces of the teeth that were removed.  That is the main purpose of the upper partial.  I don't need it for cosmetic reasons because the molars that were removed are back behind my visible teeth.  The upper partial is not necessary for chewing my food or for speaking or smiling.  In fact, I can chew, speak and smile without the upper partial.

I wear the lower front teeth partial at all times  to keep my natural teeth in order and to chew and smile without a metal bridge.  I am still wondering how many hours I need to have the upper partial in place only to keep my natural teeth from moving around into the open spaces.  

Thanks for the comments!  Enjoy your holidays.
Anna 
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Thanks for the input. I plan on getting some cleaner and or something to soak them in over night just havent had a chance to go to the store since I got them. My dentist had a neutral opinion about using anything. Ill give myself more time to get used to them. Today eating was much better for me I guess Ill soon be ready for steak since I conquered salad with raw veggies today lol. 
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Joe It is important for you to use adhesive. The wear and tear on your own teeth will damage them. Take care of them cause they are helping you to eat and chew better.
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Thank you for the advice. my concern was the clasps doing damage to my existing teeth. Even though they are tight and I have a really good fitting partial damaging my remaining teeth was my concern. I think I will be ok now lol.
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Joe, my partial did ruin one of my natural teeth and that is part of the reason that my dentist insisted that I have my remaining top teeth removed and my gums healing which is happening now and then getting impression for a denture.
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Hi Joe. I was told a drop or two of liquid dish soap would work wonders for cleaning. I have a very reputable dentist so I wouldn't hesitate to use it if needed. I have full dentures, still working on talking again. I soak my dentures all night with one denture tablet. I found them reasonably priced at Walmart.

I just started using an adhesive and it's not horrible. The trick is to get good adhesion using as little adhesive as possible.i use a denture brush under warm running water to clean them. I was told no tooth paste ever as its too harsh on dentures. They're softer than natural teeth so will scratch easier. I use a separate very soft tooth paste to clean the adhesive off my gums. Hope this is helpful

Peg
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Peg, I had talking issues as well especially with t, s, z, and th sounds. I literally just sat down the first time I had mind and learned how to talk with them my finding where I needed to place my tongue to get the right sound. I can see where a full partial would be more difficult to get used to and to re learn with though. 
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Yes my dentist is very reputable in my area as well. I clean mine before I put them in the same way you do. Couple drops of dish liquid and a soft tooth brush then rinse them well. I did go to Wal Mart today and I got some tablets and a small tube of adhesive. I put just a really small drop on the back of the pallet where i was having the problem and then a small drop where my gums meet each of the teeth. Great results and made things even more comfortable. I dont have the saliva or food particle issues at all now and I dont feel the clasps sliding on my teeth at all now. Other than a slight irritation in one place of my gum which I will have adjusted monday and my dentist and I had suspected the possibility this could happen. No big deal it was sort of expected I guess. 

All my problems are solved thank goodness.
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It would be good to give it a few more days and see how it feels. Your mouth is going to have to get used to having them there, even if they do fit well. If it's still causing problems after a few weeks you could try using a glue, or something else. I hope everything works out for you, I'm getting my first dentures soon as well! http://www.ottawadentureclinics.net/partial_dentures.html
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I used the same cleaning regime that you do, so I don't think that is a problem. You just need to keep trying them for a few more days I would imagine. It is going to take some time before you really get accustomed to them. http://www.swissdenture.com/conventional.html 
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I am suppose to get a upper partial, and i have a phobic of dentures. Is there any way they can be done without being taken out? Bcause i dont think i will be able to put them back n. Also am insecure about them shifting or accidentally coming out. What can i do?
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Unfortunately having a partial does require taking them out and putting them back in on a daily basis for cleaning, brushing your teeth, adhesive if used, rinsing food out etc. I always take them out at bed time and out them back in of the morning after brushing and cleaning, also I take them out after I eat just to rinse the food out that may get under the plate. I have a metal plate with clasps so I usually dont use adhesive on the occasion I will use just a little. Sorry to hear you have a phobia I hope you are able to use the partial with out many problems. No they arent going to fall out and no your not going to swallow them. Really all you can do is tell yourself you can do this take a deep breath and do what needs to be done. If its a really serious phobia maybe you should seek out counselling to help you with your problem. Good luck.
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Joe has some great advice. It's completely natural to have some fears about the unknown, and trust me, you are not alone. Often, with partials there isn't even a need for denture adhesive, so I wouldn't worry about slippage. If there is, usually an adjustment from your dentist should do the trick. 

For the first two weeks, your mouth will be adjusting to the new partial. Over the 2nd and 3rd week, your mouth is still adjusting and this is the best time to start using a denture adhesive to improve the fit and feel, if necessary. If there is metal in your partial, be sure to check with your dentist before using certain cleansers or adhesive. Don't worry! The more you wear your dentures, the more quickly you will adjust.. 

We hope you stop back and let us know how it is going. :)
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Hello Mechelle, 

I commonly see many patients who have all sorts of dental phobias. Rosie and Joe above are giving you very wise words. You do not have anything to fear :)

I might advise you to see a Prosthodontist for your dental work. Prosthodontists are specialists in dental implants and dentures. They would be able to best explain all of your options to you and work with you at a slower pace--which would seem to fit your needs. 

If you prefer a non-removable restoration, you might want to ask about a permanent bridge or dental implants. These are non-removable options that you will never have to worry about taking out. 

I hope this helps!

Dr. Ivan 



 
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Im getting 14 teeth removed tommorow, 9 extractions and 5 surgical, all local, no getting put to sleep, ive never even had more then a few fillings my entire life. i do not know how it is going to be trying to eat with fake upper and lower back teeth, and the upper is going to have to front teeth on it. do these things feel strange in your mouth? will i still be able to sing like i did with my real teeth? the dentist is giving me the temps the day of surgery, and permenant ones in 6 months. do they actually think you can wear these the day of surgery?? i mean isnt my mouth going to hurt for a while after getting half my teeth removed in one sitting? and how do you cope with this when your flipping out with anxiety and they wont even put you to sleep?? im very anxious, very afraid of needles, very worried of what my life is going to be like adjusting to fake teeth like this...
i know one day if my jawbone allows, i will one by one begin getting permenant implants put in, or atleast denture implants! i heard the dent. implants are almost like regular implants because they snap in and dont slip or slide on accident. i see many people with full dentures struggle to talk or laugh out loud because they are afriad they will go flying out. and i dont laugh because i know that could be me soon. im glad i found a page where i can be open about this. bad teeth are so embarassing :( im sure you all know what i mean. trying to cover a laugh, a smile with your hand, catching people stare at your teeth. its bad :*(
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Evan -- It's been three and a half weeks since I had my last 15 extractions and full upper and lower immediate dentures installed (I had my molars extracted in October, right side first, then left side a week later). I have had a dental phobia my whole life and for the final extractions I had nitrous oxide (I think that's the term) which helps you relax. It seemed to help a lot. My dentist and the assistants where I go are all wonderful.

It will be hard, but it will be over before you know it. My recovery process has been very good. I took two aleve a day for about 1 week after the extractions, but none since then. I was also given a 7 day prescription for Amoxicillin.

Are they having you come back for a 24 hour checkup? That's what the did for me. I left them in overnight and went back the next morning, the Dr. removed them checked my gums, made some adjustments and put them back in.

The first week was tough, but the key is if you are having issues, reach out to your dentist asap and let them know. I have been able to call my dentist and get an appointment within a couple hours each time and I think that has been very helpful for me.

When you remove your partials to clean them, rinse your mouth with warm salt water, but be gentle with it for the first 10 days to make sure you don't rinse out the clots. No adhesives for 14 days.

Note: I'm not an expert, so am just repeating the instructions I was given by my dentist, and they seem to have worked well.

Best of luck!
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Everything Gina said is really great advice. I really cant tell you much about how the immediate denture experience since I didnt have any. 

For me getting teeth pulled was stressful but after being numbed for tooth repair on a weekly basis I learned its best to just breath slow take a deep breath when they begin numbing and let it out slow. It will help relax you. My dentist was is really gentle when it comes to extractions she works the tooth out of socket rather than the forceful twist and pull that a lot of dentists use. I didnt even need pain meds for my extractions other than advil. Rinse your sockets with warm salt water a few times a day but dont swish just fill your mouth and tilt your head around.. I would usually use about a cup of water to a tablespoon of salt I think. The warm saltwater does wonders for the healing process.

How are they going to feel? Honestly they will feel really strange for a while. Dont stress over them falling out or whatever its not going to happen. At worst they will pop loose when your chewing something really hard. Start off with easy to chew foods like soups and pastas then once you get the feel for your dentures and your gums heal move into chicken its tender and is easy to chew. Save the steaks and other meats for later.

Speech. Yes this is an issue I solved all of my problems with in a week really easily. Mostly the first night. Find the sounds you have trouble with and start talking to yourself pronouncing every word you can think of with those sounds. I know it sounds silly but it helps. 

Other problems I had. Adjustments If they feel like they are rocking around when you chew or like they are getting really loose contact your dentist for an adjustment. 
Saliva, when you first get your dentures you will realize just how much saliva you really can produce lol. Dont worry its gets better within the week.

Clean your partials daily. And you may need to remove them and rinse your mouth out after meals. 

I think you will be fine once the extractions are over with and your healed up. Just remember immediate dentures dont always fit the greatest and you will have to tolerate them til your gums are healed. I think the permanent implants with the clips are a great idea Ive considered those myself if I ever lose the molars that hold mine in place. 

Good luck and everyone here will support you with any issues or concerns you may have. I think I speak for everyone here when I say that. 
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Great comment! 
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In addition to Joe's great advice, I would like to offer up a couple things that may help with the extra saliva in your mouth that usually is an issue during the first two weeks of having new dentures in your mouth.

Your mouth is adjusting to the new dentures and you will likely experience increased salivation. You might also experience sore spots in your mouth from the dentures. Rinsing your mouth with warm salt water might help. If soreness persists, return to your dentist for an adjustment.

Expect a longer denture adjustment and healing time if you recently had teeth extracted or are a full-plate wearer. Luckily, the saliva flow and sore spots should no longer be an issue after the first two weeks. There is a light at the end of the denture wearing tunnel!