Is it normal not to be able to eat when you have upper and lower dentures for five days

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Melanie Baker

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U should b able to eat sum things. Soft foods. Mashed taters soups my husband browned ground beef and chopped really fine and mixed it with mashed taters for me. Any kind of soft food u should b able to eat. I know the first few days to week I only ate things I could swallow almost without chewing. Ice cream too. Lol. I only got upper denture so I'm sure its slightly different with both but just take it slow and try eating soft things. Good luck and hope it gets better for u. I'm about 4 weeks with denture and am eating quite well. Still probs with few things but doing better daily.
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yes soft food only
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I have had my permanents for 4 months now and still can't eat without the bottom popping out sooooooo most times I eat with them out.   
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Did you try SECURE they also make strips.  BTW I use SECURE and sometimes I get so annoyed with the bottom that I just take them out.  Period.
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Yes I have tried eating with both of them but end up taking the bottom dentures out I use poligrip for my dentures and I don't have any problem with food getting underneath just super uncomfortable eating with both the upper and lower
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Does anyone have a first week & second week menu for one is about to become toothless?
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I'm only on week one- so here's what I've been doing:

Breakfast - Ensure
Snack- Organic Greens Mix (It's like an all veggie powder that you mix with water and it turns into a juice and supposadly has 8 servings of veggies- got it at walmart and I have to say it tastes soooooo good.  Wasn't expecting it would, but there you go.)
Lunch- Painkillers, Ensure, and a whipped yogurt.
Dinner- *Not all of these at once, but for different days* Speghetti O's, Ramen Noodles, canned chicken noodle soup, mashed potatoes, mac and cheese.

I won't lie, I'm very hungry, but focusing more on vitamins and nutrition than the amount and quality of food for this week.  I can't chew so everything needs to be mushy for now.  I imagine the next few weeks will mirror this one pretty closely.  I plan to try a little fish this weekend and some canned veggies.   Also making green chili this weekend and hoping if the pork is shredded enought I'll be able to enjoy it too. We will see.  
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Thank u so very much Marcia Johnson! Finally. Sure, everyone says, "soft foods", but that did not help with ideas, etc. I feel blessed right now bcuz only this am, was O able to capitalize on a cancellation, which allowed me, molds, same day temps, follow ups, liners, n adjustments, until I can accept the finished set of full dentures!!! Yea!!! Yes I will b saving my pennies n nickes to ultimately achieve implants. Can u say, NO DENTAL INSURANCE, ugh!!.

So, may 8th, 26 extraction surgery by oral surgeon (pd 4 by medical ins. Due to multiple RX fighting & bad health issues).

So heres to God & fingers crossed, I will send positive updates with u all!! Thank you ALL!!
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Marcia and Jana: I know others have had a harder time than I have had, and others have had an easier one. I have a full upper but only a lower partial, so my situation is a little different than yours. Each of us, myself included, has to understand the uniqueness of our situations, and offer the best advice we can. I'm 6 weeks in from the final extractions, and I know beyond anything else that the one thing we do have in common is that each of us is addressing a critical health issue and that we can use all the encouragement we can get.

Someone pointed out once that most dentists - or the customer reps for that matter - have never gone through what each of us is either going through now or will go through soon. That makes our experiences especially valuable, even if everything we share doesn't apply to all of us. For example, I've got good suction on the upper palate, and I don't need any adhesives. But as my gums recede, that may not be the case a month or two from now. Also, I may yet lose my remaining bottom teeth, and getting used to a full bottom denture is a whole new challenge. So I'm paying very close attention to the discussion from Melanie and others about various adhesives, and to people like you.

These are stories that grow in the telling, and they are immensely valuable. I hope that you find the comfort and support you need during what we all concede is a difficult time, and that you are able to get rid of any regret about what will probably turn out to be one of the best decisions you have ever made. My best wishes go to each of you. Joseph
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yogurt, cottage cheese, tuna, soup.  I had a hard time with noodles as they seemed to just dangle in my throat causing me to gag and choke.  Mashed taters, mac-n-cheese, humus, eggs, ravioli.  Ensure. Ground beef (chili)
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I am 17 days in from a full extraction (19 remaining teeth extracted) and immediate dentures. This has been a very tough road so far, but I will say it gets easier day by day! I never thought I would make it this far, I feared getting the extractions and having dentures worse than I did having my children(all 5 c-cections!) but I have gone through it and come out great on the other side! Yes every day will be a challenge..you'll have trouble talking, eating, heck I had trouble blowing my nose the first few days. But you get through it a little at a time. Remember you are getting yourself on a healthier road, getting rid of infections, constant pain..you will have a beautiful smile again! You can do this! I read on one of the messages on this site it is almost like an amputation, the dentist is removing something that is grown into your mouth, you were born with them, and then you will have this foreign object inserted into your mouth to adjust to. It is a huge change, you will have to change how you do some things in life, BUT just as everyone has said you will learn to do things day by day, you will learn what works best for you and you will be just fine!

As far as eating "soft foods", protein shakes, smoothies, scrambled eggs, mashed potatoes, mac n cheese, spagettios, yogurt, pudding, cottage cheese, ice cream, ravaoli, any pasta noodles( spaghetti, pasta roni, ramen noodles)..I do recommended cutting them up to very small pieces for the first week or so. It is easier to swallow that way.
I just last night, after finally using polident powder on my dentures, had a thin slice of cheese pizza! It was fabulous! I broke pieces off and chewed them very slowly. So you will get there also. Just take it day by day and don't rush things.
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Oh man I've been wanting pizza so bad but been worried about trying it! I make jokes about having sum1 else's teeth in my mouth and they have a mind of their own most days. Lol. But all kidding aside I am so glad i found this site. Each and every person here has been amazing. It always helps to have ppl going thru same thing to talk to. Times I've felt like crying cuz not sure about sum thing and sum1 here has been thru it and has great advice. I went thru the stage of wondering if i did the right thing but not having constant pain and infections is well worth any discomfort. And then being able to look ppl in the eye and genuinely smile is awesome feeling too. I feel so much better physically and emotionally. Thank u everyone on here. I'm so grateful. And each day does get better and better.
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Haha! I always say... Whoever's teeth these are please tell them to work correctly today! I am so glad to have found this site and you all, you've been such a huge help to me! To be able to talk to others going through the same thing is just wonderful!
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3 days into full extractions and new top and bottom dentures and at the moment, haven't had much pain. I know this will be a long road, but I'm already feeling more confidence in my smile. I as a lot of you have commented, am working on my speech. It's to early for me to use the denture adhesive yet, but it's only a few weeks away. Feeling blessed that I don't have that day to day tooth aches. I hope all is having a. Blessed day and god bless.
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looking good :D
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Yogurt mashed potatoes can chicken breast canned tuna with mayo applesauce chicken broth any of the soups that don't have like any kind of meat or anything in it eggs and skin tomatoes can't chew through the skin so but the meat of the tomatoes really good
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And if you want to do stuff that that's interesting in a blender you can do that too get some of your veggies and stuff in there basically anything mushy
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Jana: Good luck on 5/8. Most of the difficulty I had post extraction were due to 2 things, which are fairly predictable. The 1st is pain caused by the new denture rubbing against your gums causing leukoplakia. That produces white patches on your gums. It's not serious but it hurts a lot. For the 1st 10 days I dreaded putting my denture in. But your dentist can help you a lot. Do not be reluctant to get their help.

The 2nd problem is tiny bone fragments that gradually emerge. When they do, they cause hot spots on your gums. The dentist can help there, too. But I've gotten pretty good at taking care of them myself.

One thing that really helped me was gently brushing my gums. I don"t remember how many days post extraction I started to do that, but the sooner the better. I'm thinking it was 8-10 days after the extractions. Take it easy, and you will be amazed how good it feels.

Second, use salt water rinses at least 4 times a day. One tsp salt to a cup of water warmed in a microwave for 30 seconds is all it takes. And try not to get impatient or down. The 1st few days can be tough, but each day is better than the one before it.

Don't ever forget that you're doing something that's going to improve your health, and you're going to come through this experience as a stronger, healthier person. You have the support of everyone on this chat, and let us know how you're progressing. All the best to you. Joseph
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It's so easy to forget that, Joseph. Thanks for the reminder. There have been many times I've told myself if I could go back I wouldn't have done this. Even my cruddy teeth were better than this... But ultimately it's just not true.
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I have had the thought of why did I do this, I want to go back to my crappy teeth, they were so much better. But truth of it all, that is not true! I love my new smile, it is beautiful! I love knowing I will not have another tooth ache, an infection, a trip to the ER because the infection got so bad, I need iv meds now. Nope this is 100% better than all that crap!
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We r all in this together!!!!
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Thank you all so very much, Mary , Melanie & Joseph. OMG, I almost felt like I was praying to you!! Lol. Well, it may not be a prayer, but I praise you for your info, support & encouragement. I feel blessed. Thank you.
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No problem Jana. That's what we're here for, to help each other! The people on this site are just wonderful. Lots of great advice, always here to listen and even get some laughs along the way. We all need those right now with what we're going through!
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Jana: There is something I've been debating bringing up, but since you still have the extractions ahead of you, I decided to do it. The worst night I experienced had nothing to do with the pain. I never took anything other than Advil, but I was taking about 12 a day. No opioids at all, but it still screwed my system up but good.

I was absolutely miserable, and that was exactly one week after the last extractions. I gave up the painkillers immediately. I haven't had one since. Senexon helped me get through it, and I have been fine since. Dietary changes - soft foods and maybe a lack of protein - probably contributed to it as well.

I still take 2 Senexon a couple of times a week just be safe, at least until I get back to a regular diet. My mouth still hurts some if I have to bite hard, and my diet remains somewhat restricted. I have not seen this especially difficult issue discussed anywhere else, and I could be the only one affected in this way. I somehow suspect not.

I just wanted to give you a heads up. I hope you don't mind, and I hope all goes well for you. Joseph
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Thank you all so very much, Mary , Melanie & Joseph. OMG, I almost felt like I was praying to you!! Lol. Well, it may not be a prayer, but I praise you for your info, support & encouragement. I feel blessed.
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Thank you Spanky as well.
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Marcia what is the name of the stuff u got at Walmart?  Hope it gets easier for you.
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Glad I stumble upon this. I had 14 teeth removed 10 days ago. Have been struggling with simple eating simple things I ate fine with almost no teeth before. I had a adjustment today and feeling better. Last two days teeth sat in a bowl it hurt so bad. I've been tearing up Mac and cheese with the small shells and jello and pudding. Rice and burritos as well. Hot dogs are ok if cut up small enough to swallow like a pill. My problem is dentures keep moving around like they are possessed and tops keep making me want to throw up. Have appointment this Friday hopefully I can start using adhesive.
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Welcome josh! This site is awesome and every1 is so nice and helpful. I'm about month and half in and this place has been life saver! It helps talking to ppl who know and understand what ur going thru firsthand. Idk if ur dentist has told u to not use adhesive at all right now but from day 1 my dentist told me i could use little on top area where no stitches. Then after stitches removed he said i could start everywhere. Learning to eat again takes patience that's for sure. Hope u get to use adhesive soon. And any questions u have sum1 here will know the answer!
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Hi Josh & Welcome! This site is great, everyone here is very nice and easy to talk to. There is lots of useful information here and don't ever be afraid to ask questions, as we're all going through the same thing, at different times But you can be sure whatever is going on with you someone has gone through it and can offer their advice! I am 20 days in from extraction and immediate dentures! Its a learning process that's for sure! But like I said everyone here is very nice and always offers great advice!
My advice, take it slow and one day at a time! Don't rush eating, it will take time to get back to eating like you were before or even better. Cut everything you eat into very small pieces, chew with your back teeth and on both sides at the same time. Just be patient.
Once your stitches come out, you should be able to use adhesvie and it will help with the bottoms flipping around. The tops also if you don't have good suction. My top dentures make me gag when I take them out every time, no matter what I do. Once they're in, I don't have a problem though.
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Hey Josh WELCOME TO DENTURE LAND.  Only eat soft food.  When u heal u will need to ty different products.  I think you are not there yet.  Ice cream, milk shakes, pudding etc.  Relax u will be ok.  What u r feeling is very normal.