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The clinic i went to didn't give me any information about caring for the softliner in my immediate denture. Do i leave it in water overnight or not. Conflicting info. Dont keep your dentures in overnight, dont let your dentures dry out,,dont soak the softliner in water. ..what is accurate information? Thx
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How is it going ?
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Hey Leslie,  The 1st day you get the soft liner you should keep the denture in your mouth over night. The liner is still soft so you want to give it a chance to harden a bit. After the 1st night it's always important to take your dentures out over night and yes have them soak in water. This allows you to maintain the gums you have left for as long as you can. It lets your gums breathe...almost like taking your socks off. Sorry for the example. Just in case you don't know you also shouldn't clean your dentures with toothpaste. It has an abrasive in it that can ruin them through time. Liquid hand soap or dish soap works great and just a good rinse. One more tip...through some time your soft liner may feel hard, you can run your denture under luke warm water before placing in your mouth to help soften it a bit. I hope I answered everything on your post and this helps. :)
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Also, if I may add, technically you shouldn't be removing your soft liner that the dentist puts in. It becomes part of your teeth/palate so when they make new ones they will fit.

Also, I even have my spare pair soaking in water that I change every few days. Since when I got my permanent teeth they told me to keep my temps just in case. But was told to never let them dry out
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No!!!!! Never try and remove the soft liner. lol. It should be removed from a professional only. Through time it will wear out as it's a "temporary".
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Yes very true. Dentures love water as they are in your mouth all day with saliva. :)
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Hi everyone, I still can't eat with my uppers in. I can't seem to overcome the foreign feel of the teeth. :(
When they touch my real lowers the feeling is awful.
Maybe one day I'll adjust
Nancy
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Fortunately I adjusted to the feeling quite well and often forget they are in. The thing that is uncomfortable to me is the adhesive. That feels gross. The new liner has helped with suction and i talk fine with them but eating is still a challenge. I just make sure i split a bite of food to both sides at the same time. It helps keep them from rocking at all. I sure hope you are able to adjust soon. Its just toughing it out until you get used to the sensation.
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Thanks, I know I'm being very difficult about these dentures. I didn't have any idea it would be so hard to get used to them. They're all I have so I better get used to them soon! Thanks again
Nancy
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In your opinion should I get all 22 teeth extracted at once? Both upper and lower?
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Shay I got 26 removed. It's gonna take a while and depending on finances u can be put to sleep. I on the other hand just got a whole bunch of shots. The shots hurt more in my opinion. Especially when they put the shot in the middle part of ur gums. But I made it through like a champ.
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Good luck to u
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no Lizzy, I can't afford to be put to sleep. I will take a Valium before I go. lol
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Lizzy - you did it because you're a lunatic ;-) lol
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Shay, I only had 18 done and they put me into a twilight. I have always had a huge fear of the dentist!

Good luck and keep us posted please!
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Alicia I'm new to the whole thing. I go for my first consultation on April 12th. I have already been to affordable dentures but the dentist was rough with me when counting my teeth. I can't imagine him pulling them. I have an appt. with Aspen dental. It may be a little more expensive but that's ok. I'm really scared about the whole thing.
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Shay, please know that I was only giving Lizzy a hard time. We had taken out a loan for my whole thing, that's the only way I could afford the twilight or I would have been taking a valium and demanding nitrous oxide!

I know that I've read on here of several people getting (I think) Aspen to match Affordable when it comes to extractions, plus Aspen (and Affordable ) have coupons online! Definitely worth printing those off! Maybe you could save enough that you could afford to pay to be knocked out, if only partly. I remember a little pressure and him saying they came out easy, but nothing else.

Another idea, and I'm NOT GIVING MEDICAL ADVICE, would be to have a conversation with the doctor that prescribed your valium. Depending on a lot of things, the doctor may give you permission to take a higher dose just that one time, or even give you something different in the same class of meds, again for just the one time. ***PLEASE DO NOT DO THIS WITHOUT THE EXPRESS PERMISSION OF YOUR OWN PHYSICIAN! I AM NOT NOW, NOR HAVE I EVER BEEN, IN THE MEDICAL FIELD.***

just a thought.
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I'm with you Lizzy! Once you get past the shots its no big deal. I had 27 pulled with just a BUNCH of shots.
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And you're a lunatic too Ken! :-)
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I'm indeed a lunatic!!! Really didn't take that long because I only had 5 teeth and the rest were all root tip. The 5 teeth came out easier than the root tips. They gave me no valum. Boo. But it's been 3 months. Wow. Good luck shay. U can do This.
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Shay I know ur kidding. It's all about laughs and helping each other out.
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thanks for the tips :) So how long does it take until you can go back to work after having both upper and lower teeth pulled?
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thanks for the tips :) So how long does it take until you can go back to work after having both upper and lower teeth pulled?
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Hi Shay, you may also have an option for two appts of extractions. 1st one being your posteriors and let them heal and then your anteriors and the denture inserted right away if you're doing the immediate procedure. I've heard some dentists do this as well to give the patient a break and not all in one sitting and sometimes it has to do with age, health, and if on meds etc. Hope you choose the best option that works for you.
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Hi Shay, you may also have an option for two appts of extractions. 1st one being your posteriors and let them heal and then your anteriors and the denture inserted right away if you're doing the immediate procedure. I've heard some dentists do this as well to give the patient a break and not all in one sitting and sometimes it has to do with age, health, and if on meds etc. Hope you choose the best option that works for you.
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Thanks for your reply Josie. :)    I have 11 teeth upper and 11 teeth lower. they are soft and i can't eat most foods. I wanted to get it all over with at once so I can get on to healing. I'm 45 and I have 2 kids. One is 12 and one is 9. sorry i'm dumb it seems because I don't know what posterior or anterior means.
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Noooo it's okay you're not dumb. Sorry I'm so used to the habit of using those terms at work. Oh and sorry I didn't get back to you sooner as I can only recommend so much as I work in a Clinic and I don't wear dentures and I wasn't sure if you were posting for me. Okay sooooooo Anteriors are your 4 front teeth on the top and bottom= 8 teeth. Posteriors (back teeth) are the rest of them top and bottom.
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Shay many people get them all extracted in one appt. It's really up to you. I think that's probably the same reason most people do that. Get it over with. When you have your consultation your dentist or oral surgeon will recommend what the best option is for you. You're a young guy so they will probably do the extractions in one appt. :)
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I'm a lady hehehehehe I know I know Shay is a boy's name. it's actually my nick name. My real name is Cheryl. once I get my dentures I will smile for the camera. lol
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Josie, In your opinion how long does it usually take to sit through extractions? I'm just curious.
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I still have to get my extractions and procedures... feeling a bit anxious!!!!  Any pointers please????
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I just had upper teeth pulled yesterday. My dental clinic said to leave in for 48 hours and remove. I am so glad I had 7 teeth pulled and have no pain and didn't use pain meds. My question is how should I try to remove upper denture without loosening the clots and end up with a dry socket..? I had a great denture guy they fit so nice and tight. If you can I need suggestions asap. I need to take them out tmrw morning and do a first rinse. Etc. thanks, juli
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Rinse gently with salt water, rock them to loosen, take out and rinse again. If they are still tight don't force them, just work hem loose. Once you break the seal they should come out pretty easily.
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I'm so sorry that I didn't see all these messages. Shay I Believe you've already got extractions. Irma how can I help you? Juli it's always best to have them remove the denture first in case you can't get it back in but in this case take your thumbs to the back and index fingers in the front and try and rock it. Before you do that plug your nose and close your mouth and blow. That will help break suction for your upper. Hope this helps. Oh and plenty of salt water rinses.
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I actually removed the first liner myself 2 days after I got it. It peeled right out. It was so awful !!! So thick it and low, it was the first time i gagged with the denture. There wasn't room for my tongue! The teeth were cutting into my bottom lip. I have buffed and adjusted it a bit myself and it made it much more comfortable. I went to school for cosmetology and have done nails for years working with acrylics. I buff it to a beautiful shine and im good to go. Its amazing just how little needs taken off to relieve pressure. I did a far better job adjusting it than that assistant who did the awful liner. She left spots sharp and rough. She has no business working with dentures. I wore it all day yesterday no problems. Thanks for the info. Definitely in water at night!
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I'm surprised an assistant is allowed to do adjustments. Where I go only the Dr's can do the actual adjustments.
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Where I WAS going, the assistants would come in and out the little bib on me (which didn't due much during my extractions, at least it was a red tank top, but never did get those stains out), and the dentist would come in and look in my mouth, but the assistants always did the adjustments.

Now when I was there for my soft relines/hard relines/final teeth, the dentist always did the squirting of the goop and removing from my mouth, but up until my finals the assistants always did the drilling, etc., with the dentist watching over their shoulders.

I have to say what a huge difference the perms are! I still need to take the after pics and then I'll post.
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When I went for my reline I believe it was an assistant. At my place they have regular assistants and then there's some that only deal with dentures. So that one girl does mine which the doctor will b there to review.
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Interesting. The assistants where I go are very knowledgeable and have been able to answer all my questions, but it's been my Dr that has done all t h e adjustments.
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This girl didn't even pay attention to where I told her it was hurting, she just said oh this side, and went to doing that sides edge right in front of me. When the dentist did it i showed him where the sore spots were with my little diagram and he put this little purple stuff on a swab in my mouth, put the denture in took it out and took it to the lab and then brought it back. This girl just didn't care about anything but lunch because it was 1230 and as soon as she got me out the door she locked it behind me. When i get my permanent denture i won't be going back to Aspen. When i went to the office to get a proper one put in my appointment was at 10:30 and when I finally got taken back it was 1230 and that was only because I complained 2xs. If i hadn't complained i still would have been sitting who knows how much longer. That is completely unacceptable. Im not seeing the dentist or anyone else for a lengthy process. If i made them wait for that long and they paid me in advance the dentist wouldn't tolerate it, why should I.
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Leave a bad review on yell.com or google review or any site u can find. The only way to get them to behave is to hit them where they notice .. $$$$ 's
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They send me an email "tell us how we did" an the option of Yelp...this must have been automated, but i went there and left details of everything. I did leave that the immediate denture looks nice, but its the lack of professionalism/skill of the assistant and poor office management with scheduling that caused the problems. I had seen another bad review before I went there, but it was that or affordable and I knew a girl who had gone there and they really messed her over and wouldn't fix it. The problem is big corporations that franchise out and then don't make sure that these owners are up to snuff. Its all about money anymore and not customer service in any business. So sad.
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Yep, I've noticed dentists are getting more and more like used car salesmen. It's question of how much they can get any individual to pay - the price appears to be flexible if you're prepared to push your luck.  This should not be how things work when it comes to health services, but I've noticed it more  over the last 5 yrs or so.. even with something like having a varicose vein removed, there was this flexibility with the pricing depending on how much they thought they could get out of you.   jeez haven't come across that since I was arguing over the price of a dress in a Jerusalem flea market in 1971 ..  
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That's great Leslie! Good job. That's unfortunate that you experienced that. The law here is that only the licensed Denturist can tend to the patient...for example I can assist him with the "hands on work" in the lab but not in the Op with the patient in the chair. There are different types of material used for liners as well and yes I have heard there are ones that can fall out or just tear it out yourself. You're right it's amazing how 1mm in the mouth is like a mile and the smallest adjustment can work wonders!
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I have questions please????  Thank you.
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So, ask your questions! We can't answer what you don't ask.
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U know Leslie I get my nails done a lot and I also have filed on my top denture. I filed on the palate and it made a huge difference. I made it a little thinner and I have great suction without the adhesives. I wear secure adhesive so I can eat and what not. But yea I don't recommended anyone start filing away unless u know what ur doing. These are my temps so I don't wanna ruin them because I won't get my permanents for another 3 months or so
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Hi Gina2, I got your second email and clicked on the view reply and it's not bringing me there so maybe that is on one of the accounts that Tanya, one of the moderators said she disabled for me. When I went to my profile it tells me profile information and then that's it all I can do was show what my profile says but I can go to the bottom and then it's just blank so I don't know if is different if you're on a computer versus the phone I have only been using my phone for this stuff. But I want to say thank you for trying to help me I do appreciate it .
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What can I possibly do about the constant gagging I had my teeth pulled 10months ago but the first 5months I couldn't wear them due 2 damage on my lower jaw. I try 2 wear them every day as long as I can but I can't stop gagging.
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Josie works for a Denture facility, she can help you with advice. Thankfully I didn't struggle with this issue.
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Hey Carol, I sent you a response on this thread. This forum can get confusing but I hope you notice it below. I'll do my best to help.Hang in there. You're not alone and sooo many great people on here that can help you. :)
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Sorry. Answering from my cell right now and not the greatest. I'll try and get back to you later from my computer. Gagging usually occurs from the PPS (Post Palatal Seal) it's the back of your denture closest to your throat from left to right of your gums. Have you had any adjustments done there?btw you shouldn't be having that issue at this point. I'll do my best to guide you with suggestions.
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I have gone in numerous times I always complain he says it's bc I need 2 get use 2 them even if u look at them one side of denture is longer then other and they really don't stay in he said it's bc it's not my final pair I have 2 go back in in may and pay more money 4 a final lining and I can't use the fixodent bc of the gagging
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How is it going?
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Hi Irma what can I help you with?
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Carol you might have to have the denture shortened and tapered in the back on the upper, it's like a peace of taffy to far in your mouth you can gag on it
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I had to have my lower ones shortened it helped a lot
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Your dentist shouldn't be telling you to "get used to it" you can have it adjusted and have some acrylic removed in that back. They can only take a way to a certain point that you don't lose your suction. Tell him to do it! You paid for them and he has to make you feel comfortable.
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I'm sorry to hear that Carol. Things are different from the states and canada I noticed from this forum. We typically don't offer 2 sets so maybe they're just telling you that's what you have to deal with for now. Typically, you should never need to use adhesive on an upper so let's say your permanent one. You should be able to go for adjustments. And the adjustments will help in the mean time while you wait for your permanent. Hopefully you've had a soft liner at this point to hepf with the fit " TEMPORARILY" until you get your permanent. Hope this helps. If not don't hesitate to ask....:)
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It's not like a new denture it's suppose 2 be a permanent liner I do have the soft liner in now I just wish I could do something about the constant gagging
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Yes and what I mean is what I posted above. Sometimes even after your sodtliner you will need an adjustment. Chances are you may need several. Hang in there. Call for an adjustment and ask them to remove some of the pps. The backbparr.t. Let me know if I answered your question as best that I can. Sorry strull on my phone. Hard to see.
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Josie, as I've told you before I have had to use adhesive on my top dentures since tthe day I got it and it's not getting any better.
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Hi Elizabeth my last post was for Carol on here whom I've been having a discussion with. Hope there's no confusion.
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Hey Carol, how are things going? Have you had the adjustments to get rid of the gagging?
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So this is what they gave me after. Appointment was at 1145 they changed it to 130 due to being behind schedule. Get there at 130 and they say leave them here come back at 430. Ugh. I love this place but the receptionist is just rude and no sympathy. I told her I've been without bottom denture for almost a week and u keep doing this to me. It's not my fault ur behind schedule and I can't keep coming in when u like.
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The new pic looks good.
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Hey Lizzy I'm at work now and was able to expand your pic. I showed my boss as well.  It's the same denture. What we noticed though is they didn't complete the job. You don't have a labial freenum like you used to and I see bumps of acrylic all along the bottom of the denture. That's supposed to be trimmed, pumiced and then polished. Key steps in any process.
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Thanks. They said to wait a week then if I have problems to call so I'm definitely gonna take ur advice and tell them. Thanks
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The first (and only - so far) set I made is smoother than that!
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Teeth are crooked and some are long and some r short. Didn't fit right so they kept doing adjustments and I said maybe another reline would help because they feel very ugly and she's like ur gonna feel like that and I'm like I had no problems before. Bite was off and they feel ok but they don't fit snug like they used to.
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That sounds crazy! Did they give you a different denture? Lol I'm not sure what they did there but for your repair all they needed to do was repair that area.
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It seems like they made me a new one or added more acrylic. I can't tell but u can c a difference
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I see the long line is no longer there but that's all I can really notice based on the pic.
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Hey Josie! Ive decided to do a bridge for my 3 incisors using bith canines and the remaining incisor as abutments. Think I'm gonna like that
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That's great! You will definitely have more stability. :)
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Josie, I was wondering how I know if my dentures were really made right? On my uppers the palate comes down way towards the teeth. Not much back of the teeth are showing. So due to this I feel I will never be able to talk right. It's been 2 1/2 weeks since I had 21 teeth extracted and got my immediates. I've been in twice plus the day after check up for adjustments. I've told them the problem I have with that. I just feel they aren't made right and they aren't going to tell me if they are. I still can't eat. Got to use a straw. Tried to eat some applesauce with a spoon but they both like come loose and I can't do it. I'm getting so frustrated. I need to get a job but can't go for interviews when I can't talk. I'm getting really depressed. I just feel something isn't right with them. Also besides sore spots ive also have been having pain in my gums. It almost feels like a tooth ache. When I yawn or move my mouth a certain way I have pain. Also it hurts at times in the back roof of my mouth like the palate is digging in. I have an appointment tomorrow. I guess I got to be firmer and that with them. I just wish I knew for sure if they are suppose to be like this as they tell me. Just wish I had something to compare too. I am suppose to have comfilytes immediate dentures and then in 6 months get the permanent comfilytes. I wonder if I really got comfilytes or did I get cheap immediate. If they are made wrong do they make you another set of you just got to deal with these until I get my permanent ones in October. I'm hungry! I want to be able to eat and TALK! At this point I feel I will never eat or talk normal again. So depressed. I just want to cry. I'm regretting what I've dond
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Hi Marcia, sorry for the late response. It's been crazy at the office. It's hard to tell when you're not here in person and can't see the denture. When you get immediates usually the don't seem to be your denture as your gums will be receding quite a bit for the 1st 6 mths.  I've heard that before that they don't leave much in the back area of the teeth. Usually that makes it difficult to chew. If you're having that problem ask them to adjust and trim some of the pink acrylic so it can improve your chewing. It's common when any one gets immediates to go for adjustments often. Don't give up. You're normal and not crazy.  Your gums will be shrinking really fast and then slower at the final stage. If you can buy some adhesive that will help keep the dentures in place. I'm not sure about the products for dentures in the USA. I work in a Clinic in ON, Canada so for the comfilytes maybe someone on this forum can help you. If the palate is digging in it may be too deep. Ask them to adjust you PPS (Post Palatal Seal). Once you've healed in 6 mths things will get better. Hang in there! How did your appt go? Hope this helps.

Josie
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I just posted a few question in my post Problems with Upper Denture, would you mind looking at it and telling me your opinions
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Hey Janice, not sure if I answered your questions on the correct post? :)
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Yep. I did find it and answer your questions. lol :)
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Hey guys. How have u all been. It's been a while since I've posted. Having a problem. I'm 5 months in and my lower left side hurts so bad. Like if I have a toothache. Went to the dentist and took X-rays and nothing is there. She did some adjustments and all seemed fine but it has come back. Like I can't eat and when I press on it, it hurts. Feels like a real bad toothache. I don't know what else to do. I'm going June 6 to get my peanents but I want to get this fixed.
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lizzy I wished I could help you with your problem. but, I love your videos. are you going to make anymore?
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Hey Lizzy, nice to hear from you again. If your dentist didn't find anything with xrays it may be another sore. That's what it looks like to me but I can show my boss tomorrow for his advice. :)
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lizzy I lost your youtube name. can you re-post it?
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Josie

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I wonder???? Hmmmm. Lizzy we saw a patient one day that actually had bone growing??!!! It was pretty crazy as it's very common for bone density to recede not grow.
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She said it may be due to needing an adjustment and I bit on that paper to figure out my bite and they did adjustments but once I got home it started again.
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Yea Cheryl. It's under Lynndsey ann Chavera. My daughters name. I will b making videos soon. Thanks
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Hey Lizzy, I showed the pic to my boss. He said your uppers look good! You have alot of bone on the lower which is good. It's so hard to tell by the pic. Quality of the pic not great. If you're talking about the inside of your gum where you're pointing that looks red it's a sore in our opinion. Hope this helps. :) Sometimes you should sit there for a little bit and concentrate after they did an adjustment to see if you feel discomfort because you may need more adjusting in that spot.
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Thanks for the tip about adjusting Josie. I go for an adjustment tomorrow and I will sit and see if it doesn't hurt still. Thanks :)
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How is it going?