I'm looking for advice on eating.

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I'm looking for advice on eating. I had all my teeth pulled and immediate dentures put in on top and bottom 9 days ago. I haven't been terribly sore but I haven't been able to eat anything with the teeth in. I did drink some chicken broth and I tried some mashed potatoes but I couldn't seem to get them where I needed them to be able to swallow correctly. It was the worst thing ever. I don't know how to do this, I had one minor adjustment where they cut the edges down some but they seem so big and I hate that I can't feel the roof of my mouth. Does anyone know how to begin to learn to eat again?
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I'm on day 4 of having full extractions with immediate dentures on both to and bottom as well. Sounds like we're having the same problem. I feel like i can't fully swallow and the only way I've been able to "eat" my pudding is by looking like a baby bird with my head all the way back. This allows it to slide off the spoon and land towards the back so I can swallow it. Otherwise, I feel like it gets stuck right behind the top teeth or where the piece stops on the roof of my mouth. I've come to the conclusion that my top/front gum is too big. (I don't know if that description makes sense) I plan on going in tomorrow morning (Monday) and ask if there is any way of making that smaller. I feel that it would help with my speech too. Maybe we can keep each other updated with learning how to eat.
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I may have to try your baby bird method, my mashed potatoes kind of spread out and went everywhere and I couldn't get them all back together to swallow. I finally washed them down with water. I can eat quite a bit of soft foods without the teeth in. Talking is a lot of work although my dad says he can understand me better with the dentures than he could before. It's exhausting trying to get my mouth to do what I want.
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I'm not ready to try anything without my dentures in. Especially eating. But I wonder if that's because It still tastes so much like blood from all the extractions. (Or I'm just really a baby when It comes to this stuff) It is exhausting. I hate that I feel like I can't talk. But reading a lot of other posts in here, I am starting to calm down a little bit. However, as I sit here watching football, I now know how I'm going to explain to my dentist tomorrow how i feel. Lol Like I'm wearing a mouth guard. Watching some of the guys mouths, we're doing the same things! (Humor does help me even though it hurts to smile let alone laugh) I do find that as long as i talk slow I can be fairly clear. I'm also very sensitive to all of it. And my 8 year old loves to talk and talk about everything and anything. That's when i really start feeling bad about it all and wish i hadn't done it. I'll keep updating if i figure anything out.
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I have found that you have to use your tongue a lot to aid yourself with the eating process.. don't give up, it will eventually work
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Hi ladies. I lost my top teeth one at a time so didnt take too long to get used to a full plate. But i do renember the struggle to eat in the begubibg. Honestly it gets better.
Tinorrow i get my bitton set with four natural teeth. And have been tokd that bottom takes lobger to get used tioo. I will keeo you posted on how i go.
Hang ib there take it day by dsy
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Rachel
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I had hoped to go back to work today, instead I went in for an adjustment. I woke up and felt gaggy all day due to my bottoms feeling like they were really cutting into the side of my tongue. He did fix that a little bit but said there wasn't much they could do with my top piece and how my tongue seems too big for it. I also ate something besides pudding and jello. I did manage to get some scrambled eggs down. Unfortunately not by chewing, but by just swallowing small pieces. But at least there was some nutrition. ☺ And not quite the baby bird feeding as much anymore. Which is nice cause I really didn't want to do that at work!!

Rachel Harris - Good luck tomorrow!
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Glad to hear that you are getting some nutrition, that's important. I have been drinking cup of soups at work but I have been taking the teeth out to eat at home. Also, I left for work today and got half way to the car before I realized that I had forgotten my teeth ha ha.
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Hahaha, oh my gosh! I think I would have a mental breakdown in that situation. So far, I've made it my routine to be up before anyone else ( well, as a mom, always have been) so that my youngest doesn't see me. I know I'll have a time when that doesn't happen but my emotions are just too raw about it still. I wish I could drink soup, but I hate soup...with a passion. Won't go near it. I plan on having yogurt for lunch today at work. I did pick up some ensure last night. Hoping they taste ok so i can take those add well. My husband has challenged me to find something good in this process every day. So I found another "bright side" last night. Figure instead of gaining weight this holiday season, I'll be able to loose it!
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It's all baby steps literally eating like a baby. It took me a good 6 months to eat somewhat like I ate before. I did lose quite a bit of weight which was not a horrible thing. Mostly ate soft foods for first few months & plenty of ice cream!! You will learn in time how to chew but I do eat mostly softer foods than I did before. Vegetables, pastas, baked potatoes & hamburgers with no rolls. Good luck it does get a little better over time.
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I don't have my denture yet so I don't have personal experience to offer but I have been told that the immediate denture is always thicker and more cumbersome than the permanent denture because they have to make it extra big to accommodate the swelling then add a liner to make it fit your mouth so it just gets thicker and thicker. Especially the upper.
As far as foods to eat ensure shakes are very good if you like the taste which can be tweaked with flavored syrups, etc.
I knew I wasn't getting enough protein so I have added a shake called Core Power that has 26 grams of protein I recommend that to anyone it's a very thin shake, easy to swallow, feels like drinking skim milk. I've started adding it to my ensure shakes because frankly I like the ensure vanilla flavor better.
I was craving Fried Chicken so my husband bought me some and rather than trying to cut it or blend it, which makes a mush ( yuck) , I got out my kitchen scissors and pulled pieces of breast meat out and cut across the grain so that basically I had little teeny tiny shreds of chicken and I did the same thing with the crispy or parts of the chicken choosing just the ones that were very crispy and crushing them with the scissors and spoons so they were more like a crumble or breading. I was actually able to enjoy the meal, rolling spoonfuls around with my tongue and it tasted like I was eating fried chicken! To be honest it was certainly cut up as much or more than my old teeth were able to do so my stomach isn't objecting at all.
After that I did pretty much the same thing with some pasta and scrambled eggs and so far so good although the eggs were a disappointment.
My biggest problem is I have two holes going to my sinuses that I can't allow any food into and the plugs the surgeon put in keep falling out, so I have to be very careful not to roll anything up over the gum and into the hole and here's a big infection site.. I'm hoping to get my upper denture soon to hold the plugs in place until they can heal enough and avoid having to have more surgery.

Hope this helps at least a little and that you get used to your dentures as soon as possible. I would say try to tolerate the thick ones and if you can afford it, get permanent ones that are thinner as soon as possible or at least discuss it with your dentist.
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Love your idea with the scissors.  I made my meals into mush.  They still tasted fine, and I was already grossed out by what my mouth looked like, so I had less worries about how the food looked going in.  :-D

Hope your gums heal quickly and those sinuses stay plugged properly.

Schelly
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Hi ladies. Well i had a disastrous. Time at the dentust the i jections didnt work and i ended up having two remived and had to go back the followibg week thursday just gone.
I hate these teeth! I can eat, they dont hurt but i can feel then all the time. Wheb i yawn its awful just takibg it hour by hour determibed to get to. 11 hours of wearing. Today. My second full day. But i cant wear them overnight its stopoubg me sleepubg.
Hope all are doing better now
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Ugggh!  The first few days are horrible.  My worst were days 3 - 7.  On day 7 I got my first soft reline, and everything got better from there on.

Stay the course, Rachel - it's horrible right now, no doubt.  But it will get better, truly.  Hang in there!
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rachel - im same as Schelly - had my 1st reline ( mine was a hard reline ) 7 days after extractions to my immediate denture that i hardly wore at all for the week - to allow the gum best chance of healing with air and saliva. 
the denture was sore to wear, cutting into my gum but after the hard arcylic reline - its felt a different denture - doenst hurt my still sensitive gum at all - but i cant chew / eat with it yet - im guessing about another 3-4 weeks before the gum is able to take the pressure of my biting with the denture and not hurt. 

time certainly does heal with this kind of thing and if you can get good sleeps it definitely helps speed things along. - i took the week off work to allow healing without me having to wear the temp/immediate denture and i think thats really helped the gum to heal quicker than if id had to wear it for a week. 
as others have said, hang on in there!.
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Im in the uk natuinal heakth patient so the denture the they have given me is my permanent one. I have got to get used to it. Today i wore them 9. Hours tomorrow. I am aiming for 10 just taking it day by dsy at moment.
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Hi Dawn. It will take a while to get back to normal eating. After you heal and you can use some Fixodent, you will slowly get use to eating again. I went through it and was so disgusted, but it got better. I hope yours does also.
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I did a video on food you can eat without teeth that might be of interest you.

For me the first 3 weeks with stitches really did not allow for much else...once the stitches came out and I could use adhesives it opened up much more food options.
Zeldshttps://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9fGqpF3bN_h8Jy5rb6hNuw?view_as=subscriber
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Hi Zelda. I remember the first 4 weeks of trying to figure out what to eat. I got really good at soft foods. I think one of the main things is to get your protein. The blender is a lifesaver during that time.