Just got dentures, worried

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I'm 30 yrs old, my teeth have been in such bad condition that I made the decision to get a denture I just got upper immediate dentures yesterday. My remaining upper teeth were all pulled, a total of 8. I was very worried and still am a little bit. I was told to sleep with them in the first night and then I could take it out to clean. The dentist gave me fixodent,a brush,cleaner but didn't really give me detailed instructions. It's been less than 24 hours, I'm really nervous to take them out. I'm really sore and swollen still. I don't know if it's ok for me to wait to take them out if I'm not ready to.
I'm having difficulty even taking a drink of something, it's very frustrating and I want to cry.
The denture feels and looks big in my mouth. like beaver teeth. I can barely close my mouth. Is this normal? I'm feeling really self conscious and I'm nervous to go back to work, I don't want to be seen like this.
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I was prescribed ibuprofen 800 mg
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Keisha

First things first

Take the ibuprofen 800 mg now

See if  you can rinse and take the teeth out and then keep rinsing

About the picture, you are very young and very good looking and they are both good things so enjoy that

The picture is too dark to see the teeth but show the the dentist tomorrow and tell him it does not feel good and does not look good and you want him to fix it

You are at the beginning of this dental  journey so make sure the doctor knows just because you are young does not mean  your  denture   should not be perfect

Let us know

Barbara
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I want to show what my teeth currently look like. To me they look a little crooked? And the right side feels like it's a little lower than the left
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When I try to close my mouth

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It took me about a week or so before I could totally close my mouth around my dentures without having to try so hard. It looks like your still swollen, also mine appeared crooked for a bit too. The first week is the worst as far as swelling and pain. The following few weeks will be more learning to talk and eat/chew. It's such a frustrating process but it gets better. Let us know how you're doing.
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OK I looked at my denture is definitely crooked. Its a little too far over to the right.I wonder if that's what's causing the discomfort I'm having on the right side now
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It definitely could be. Mine were a bit cockeyed but it was from the swelling. My dentist smoothed out a small amount in the front middle and then on my left side just to relieve it. Once the swelling went down it was fine.
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Good to know. I'll point it out to my dentist
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Mine was a little wonky too.
 I had to have adjustments a couple times a week as the swelling was going down. I was getting sore spots. Did you take them out? how did that go?
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I haven't tried taking them out yet. I just woke up from a nap, my right side hurts more than before. I took ibuprofen. I feel very weak and tired.. I know I should try to eat something but I feel like I can't even move
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Hello Keesha, I'm sorry that you're in so much pain. I Remy those days that I just didn't want to deal with the pain of them any longer. It's the worst when you first wake up and your mouth is so swollen. Try going and getting some ice pops and sucking on those to relieve some of the swelling on your gums. Even a cold glass of ice water or just something really cold. Don't try to take the denture out yet while your so swollen, you might have trouble getting it back in. At night and waking up in the morning will be the worst of the swelling. It does get better, everyone of us here on this forum has gone through the same journey, maybe just a different path but same journey. Try chicken soup or chicken broth, you need something to put in your stomach. Mash potatoes, banana and I know this sounds strange but get yourself some ensure protein drinks to get your vitamins. Even baby food if you can stomach that.
Feel free to message me if you need help, we're all here to help and support. Keep your head up! It does get better! ☺️
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Also Benzodent helps. I posted a link somewhere on this forum awhile back with a link to purchase it. It's a gum numbing cream. Your dentist should have given you some. Usually they carry it.
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Lots of fluids. especially since you aren't able to eat. also with Ibuprofen you want something in your belly. Like someone said above use the salt water rinse to help you get the dentures out. mine hurt in the front because the stitches. Pain gets better as swelling goes down. it is a process. I shed a few hundred tears. I cried when I first saw myself with no teeth. But now I love to smile. I slept almost sitting up for a few nights as well. Be easy on yourself. 
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Thank you Todd. I'll try to eat some soup. I wasn't given benzodent, i'll have to look into it
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I was going to try to suck on a popsicle, but I can barely open my mouth at all
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Hi Keesha . I'm sorry that you are in a bad spot right now. Try cutting the popsicle in little pieces and eat it like that with a small spoon. I hope you feel better soon, just hang in there.
It will get better
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Hi Keesha, just wanted to weigh in a little here. There's nothing wrong with good advice and all that info that has been given you should help a little. But, I will say from my own personal experience, that nothing really did much good than just bearing through the hell. I've had full dentures for almost three months and while they are getting better, they are still a huge pain in the ass. The bulkiness of it all does receded as your mouth gets used to the dentures. I've had several adjustments and have used several brands of oral pain relief gels and several types of analgesics and really nothing did anything all that amazing. I've read horror stories on here and I've read stories from people who haven't had any problems whatsoever. I can say that in my case, the dentist didn't properly prepare me for the ordeal that I was about to face. They did do free adjustments but the relief from those was only temporary. You have to find what's best for you - not to discount the helpful hints and advice that many have offered on this forum, don't misunderstand me. I use polygrip super on the top dentures for extra secureness, they suction up really well but I like the extra secure feeling of a gel on top. I use Seabond liner adhesives on the bottom and those help secure and cushion the hard plastic against my gums. But, at the end of the day what it boils down to is just toughening up the inside of my mouth. Week by week getting it tougher and tougher inside. I've bitten my own tongue more times than I can count, the insides of my lips have been rubbed raw...but little by little it gets better. It's a slow going process (at least for me). I have chewed a few things, including meat, with varying success. I have found that lettuce and bread stick to the plates really bad. But three months in I can chomp without pain shooting through my entire head and really the only thing that has gotten me this far is toughing it out. I don't want to discourage you but that's been the case for me. All products aside, it's just been a matter of dealing with the pain and discomfort until I can't take it anymore and I rip the bastards out. But, cosmetically they are now starting to look like a normal set of teeth and give me the appearance of a normal face. Functionally, it's just going to be a long time. Don't do away with any advice, but at the end of the day I think each person handles it differently. That's been my experience anyway. I have used advice I have read on here and some has helped, some hasn't. So it's a trial and error thing - emphasis unfortunately on the error. But, you aren't the only one going through hell...for whatever that's worth. Good luck!
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Thanks Joel,this does make me feel better. I've read so many stories and watched YouTube videos of people who had more teeth pulled and didn't seem to have as much trouble and its kinda discouraging..wondering why I seem to be having such a hard experience. My dentist really didn't prepare me enough for what would come. If I didn't find this site I'd have no clue what to do. I knew the process would be hard, I just didn't expect it to be this bad for me. I might just bear it till tomorrow and have my dentist take it out for me instead..the anxiety and panic I'm having of taking it out myself & not being able to get it back in,is too much. I'll see how it goes today..
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Joel Rook
Hi Joel
Good post.  Keep them coming
Keep us updated on your progress
Barbara
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Keesha
Tomorrow  will be much better
Let us know  how it goes
Barbara
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You hit the nail on the head with your post Joel!
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Thanks Barbara, will do
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Hello. So I didn't sleep well last night. I woke up with some pain,took ibuprofen & placed an ice pack. It took a while for me to fall back asleep. I just woke up & I still feel sore all the way on the back right side and now my jaw hurts on that side. It hurts when I try to open my mouth wide. My top lip and area around it is still swollen. Denture feels slightly lower. When I try to suction it, it hurts my front gums. I'm at a point I don't know what's best for me to do..the pain sucks but I think I can bear it till tomorrow. thinking about taking it out & not being able to get it back in scares me so much I almost start to panic. I'm supposed to go back to work tonight too but Im gonna wait ..
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The left side on my denture got pushed up far, I can feel the front piece going almost all the way up to my nose. The right side is still the same. Its very uncomfortable.. I tried to see if I can loosen it rinsing my mouth and it hasn't worked..
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Hey Keesha, I'm so sorry that you're in so much pain! I totally understand and went through the same as you. Not to be negative but, you're most likely going to have to take a few more days off of work, depending on what you do. Especially if you work in customer service. I had to take off almost two full weeks before I went back, but I also had several dry sockets too. The wobbly feeling you're getting is from your gums shrinking quicker in different areas of your mouth. The areas that are going to take longer than other areas depend on how hard it was to extract the tooth in that area of your mouth. Like, if the tooth was a molar it would take longer to heal then just a tooth in the front. Since molars have more roots then the front teeth. I don't know the exact dental terminology, so I hope you're understanding what I'm saying.
It's basically like this, say you uprooted a tree that has been in the ground for 10 years it's going to be tougher to pull up those roots then if you're trying to pull up a tree that's been in the ground for 2 years same goes for your teeth. Same concept anyways.. Try getting your hands on some Benzodent here's the link. https://www.onestopdentureshop.com/BE...
or try a ice pack and Holding it on the side where your swelling is more so than not. Definitely take your motrin it does help take down swelling and remember night time and waking will always be the worst time for swelling. I would stay away from any mouth wash containing alcohol as well. This is what I was told from my dentist, that the alcohol based mouth wash can make matters worse while healing. I hope that you feel better soon! Keep with it! You will feel better promise!
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Hi Todd thanks for the advice. I work overnight at a factory, but the job I do I'm sitting down the whole time and I don't have to do much talking unless necessary. Hopefully I won't experience too much pain while I'm there. I'm still taking my medication and using an ice pack when I need it,it helps. Luckily I already had some mouthwash without alcohol so I started swishing that around today
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That's not to bad, if you're not having to talk to much. Still take it easy on yourself and feel free to message me if you have any questions. Get to feeling better soon!
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Hello. I have my dentist appointment later this afternoon. The last few hours haven't been great. I kept waking up from my sleep in pain,eventually fell back asleep,woke up a couple hours ago & took medication. I had an anxiety attack..I'm still trying to calm myself. I've been panicking and crying.. I'm having a worse time dealing with this than I thought I would
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HI Keesha
You have been thru a lot and this Has been a big trauma
I hope you  have some support system to help you at home,
Today you will be getting some help from your dentist and it should be a better day  for you
Let us know how your dentist has helped you
Good luck
Barbara
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Update. I just got home from the dentist. They filled down the pallet to help with the gagging and and some of the areas of the denture. I have sort spots along the front of my gums so they gave me something to put on them. I was told to leave them out as much as I can so the sores can heal. The denture is a lot looser now though it was falling out of my mouth, which kinda concerns me. They put something on it to help it stick though and I have some polygrip they gave me. It felt very strange to have then out for the first time.. My tongue kept wanting to swipe my guns.
I go back next week to have my stitches out. I gotta go back to work tonight, I'll be getting very little sleep if any..hopefully tonight with my denture goes well
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Good to hear that things are going better! May be careful with the polygrip and do not get it close to your stitches. I had got dry sockets that way with the adhesive build up in my sockets. Wasn't fun! Plus the dentist had to remove the adhesive from my sockets because it had pulled out the stitches and he had to scrape that sticky paste out. Gross! I ended up wearing a temp thermal liner while they were healing and still wear it here and there to help with suction.
Good lucj with everything and keep us updated.
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Thanks! Good to know. I think my dentist put a little too much on mine, I could feel a little gooping from the back. I think the denture is rubbing against one of the sore spots, its hurting a little..I'm getting ready to leave for work so hopefully it doesn't give me much trouble
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Does anyone have any tips for putting the denture back in with sore spots or do I just gotta bear the pain? Since I was told to leave them out as much as possible so the sores can heal, I'm gonna start to leave them out when I go to bed. But I'm worried about not getting them back in before I go to work
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Hi Keesha
Everything you are going through is part of the process. If the dentist adjusted the dentures in the correct spots then there should be limited or no pain putting them in. If there is then more adjustments will be needed. What you could use is a topical anesthetic like anbesol. Just put a drop on the sore spot and it will numb the area at least long enough to get the denture in. Hope this helps. Sounds like everything is coming along so dont get discouraged
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My dentist would make adjustments where my sore spots were and i could put them back in without pain. I went in 2-3 times a week for first 4 weeks after. 
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I was able to take my denture out and put it back in without a problem. But the edges at the ends of both sides feel kinda sharp and are poking me. I don't think I'll be able to make it to the dentist till my schedule appt next week, does anyone have any suggestions on how to help that? I can leave them out at home but I need them in at work
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I would get a nail buffer and buff the sharp edges.
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Keesha
Do what Tod recommends

Just  buffing it smooth

Barbara

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Just wanted to give an update. I'm off for the weekend,thank goodness. Wearing my denture at work last night was uncomfortable. The right side that has the sharp edge was poking and rubbing against my gums,it was annoying but I beared it. Can't wait till my appointment on Tuesday so they can fix that & hopefully will have less pain. I took it out an hour ago after i ate,it was starting to hurt my gums again. I'm having slight anxiety and paranoia over if my denture will ever fit my mouth right. I tend to over think & be paranoid, so of course my mind just goes to the worst things that can happen ..I hope I'll get over this feeling. Anyway it feels much better with it out..I will say its weird to me when i leave it out..trying to talk is hard. My boyfriend will be home soon & I'm kinda embarrassed for him to see me without the denture..other than that I'm doing ok I guess,I started eating mashed potatoes which has been nice! Stitches are still in,which I can feel when I have my teeth out and its weird! From what I've read most peoples stitches just fall out? But I have to go back to my dentist to have them removed. Idk if they had to be done differently or something, I didn't ask..
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Another thing: once the swelling of my gums fully goes down will the front part of the denture fit better against my gums? having the "monkey mouth" thing is annoying and its only been a week.. I feel like it makes the space between my top lip & nose stick out so far. When I drink water I can feel it go between the front part of the denture and my gums. Is that normal? Once again my anxiety & paranoia are kicking in & I'm afraid that part of the denture won't adjust right
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Hi Keesha
Everything you are feeling is normal with an immediate denture. Because of the extractions the bone and tissue will shrink and will continue to shrink for approximately 6 months. Unfortunately the denture doesn't shrink with it and you will end up with a space between the denture and the gums. The dentist will put a temporary liner in to fill the space and after about six months you can get a permanent reline. Probably an added cost for the permanent reline but ask your dentist if that was included in the price.
I'm not sure how thick your denture is but mention thinning out the front to your dentist and that will allow your lip to drop a little.
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Thanks for the info Dave.
Oh I bought some benzodent and put it on my denture this morning to see of it'll help with my soreness.
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Hi Keesha

Dave's suggestion to ask your  dentist to thin out the denture sounds  like a  good idea
Also ask  the dentist  to check your bite
Barbara
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OK I'll ask about it. It just sticks out a bit right where my top lip is.
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When I take my denture out before bed, my mouth starts getting super dry.. Has anyone else had this issue? I'm thinking maybe it's the medication or something..not sure
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Could be the meds. My guess is that you had excessive saliva when the denture first went in because the denture is covering a salivary gland and the gland is trying to wash away whatever is blocking it. That may have settled down by now. If you are having dry mouth you could try a product called biotene. Or suck on a lemon candy see if that helps
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Dentures create extra saliva in your mouth, so when you remove them you're not producing as much saliva this is causing the dry mouth. Try using dry mouth rinses such as biotene. I believe it's sold in some retail stores and I've seen it on www.onestopdentureshop.com for a few bucks.
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So I haven't really had any problems with my jaw since E-day, until last last at work my jaw started hurting really bad. And it's still hurting and feeling a tiny bit swollen along the bottom. I'm guessing that's normal?
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Oh and thanks for the biotene suggestion! I'll see if I can find it at the store
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Is the pain like a sharp piercing pain? Or dull ache? I'm hoping that it's not the dry socket. When I had dry socket the pain was so unbelievable. It was as bad as a infected tooth. That's mainly what it is is the socket gets infected from either food or adhesive dislodging the blood clot that's formed. Man it hurts like hell!
If you do get that mouth rinse make sure not to swish to hard. I believe that it's free of alcohol which is good, especially for someone that just had extractions. I'm glad that I could help. :)
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It's more of a dull ache, feels very sore. I go to the dentist tomorrow so I'll tell them about it
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That doesn't sound good, especially if the pain has subsided at one point and now it's increased. Definitely might need antibiotics if you're getting a infection. I would maybe rinse with warm salt water, but try not to swish on that side, just let the warm water sit on that sore area. I will keep my fingers crossed for you that it's not infected.
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I was given antibiotics and I've been taking them so I don't know. Hopefully it's not something bad
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Hmmm. Now I'm wondering what it is. I'm sure it's nothing, most likely just your gums trying to toughen up to the dentures. Keep me informed.
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Yeah I'm hoping it's just from my denture needing adjusting. I'll update after my dentist appt
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I wanted to update on my dentist appt the other day.

Had adjustments made on spots that were hurting and they did a soft reline, so it feels better now and it stays in place without adhesive. My lip isn't sticking out as much now, except for a tad on the left. However the front right still feels like it's dropped down a bit. When I said something about it before they told me it was prbly just from swelling..I hope that's all it is.

Before they did the reline,my bite was checked and everything..after I left I noticed my bite felt kinda off a bit. On the right side. Like it feels shorter on the right side. If I lightly close my mouth to have my teeth touch,the left side touches my bottom & the right almost barely touches. If I move my jaw kinda forward & then close my mouth, both sides feel like they're touching ok.

I talked to my coworker who also has dentures & she said the same thing.happened to hers after a soft reline and she ended up filing her teeth down herself.

I do have a tooth in the back bottom right that halfway chipped off,I used the have a cap on it but it came out & I haven't got it fixed yet. So idk if that contributes to my.bite being off too.


Has anyone else had this happen? I'm worried how it will affect chewing and if the dentist can do anything
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Morning Kesha
sounds like the bite needs to be adjusted some more. They just get you to tap tap tap on some special paper and it shows where your hitting harder then other spots and they adjust. Easy fix but you need to get there.
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I had some discomfort after immediate dentures & have gone bk several times but dentist ask me Where i felt discomfort & marked it with some type of dye then had me put my dentures in & take them out so she can file them down. But I still have discomfort not 2 mention my dentures must have adhesive 2 avoid coning out when talking or anything else. Does this sound like it has same results
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Should I go back super soon to have my bite checked & fixed? I'm planning on making an appt either this week or next I think. I don't know how much my uneven bite will affect me, I'm not really chewing yet. I've had some muffins,something that would be easy to try.
I noticed when I smile with my mouth open,my smile is a bit uneven & you can see more teeth on the left side than the right. The thing is,I can't even remember if my.smile was always kinda crooked..before denture I always covered my mouth when smiling or didn't open smile at all.
It seems like the longer I have my denture in,my jaw starts to hurt. I assume its just my mouth & jaw trying to adjust?
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I would. If your bite is off this can cause issues. Did you ever find out what was causing you so much pain? I know that you said that you were going to the dentist
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They said I was probably have that pain because of my bite. Since I got the reline my.jaw hasn't been hurting like it was. My jaw still occasionally hurts but not that bad. I'll schedule another appointment as soon as I can
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I'm glad that the reline has relieved some pain. Some of them are like shock absorbers and it's nice for joint pain.
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I haven't read anyone else having this issue, but I noticed the gap on my denture that's supposed to be for where my philtrum is doesn't line up right with it. like that gap is further over to the right of where the philtrum is. I'm concerned if that can be fixed.
Also the issue I'm having with my bite being off..when I was putting the denture in today I rotated it a bit to the left & my bite suddenly lined up a bit better and the tooth in the front that was touching my bottom lip when I closed my mouth..no longer did that. When i rotated it like that, the pallets went over more to one side though..so idk I'm worried the denture was made crooked or something.
My dentist has to call me back today so we can schedule for me to come in..
If the issues I'm having aren't fixed, I don't know what to do..I can't afford to start over
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Philtrum! Someone else knows what a Philtrum is!
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Keesha 
It sounds like he is obligated to fix it
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After extractions its unwise to apply adhesives if you still have stitches and swelling. The swelling actually increases when confined in the appliance all day. I would recommend you NOT apply adhesives and just keep the denture in your mouth over your healing gums until the stitches are out THEN sty applying adhesives and be careful what you eat...you have about 3 months of major gum changes ahead of you.
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My issue now after adjustments to new first-time uppers is one side pops up when I eat. I use plenty of Polygrip which is good for breakfast and sometimes lunch. But eating dinner is a problem. With the one-side pop up. Do I really have to reapply the grip before dinner? Seems like that isn't right to me ... I've never heard anyone mention this kind of thing. Your thoughts?
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When you open your mouth does the denture drop? If this is what your experiencing then possibly the flange on the denture is too long on that side. When the muscles are activated it pushes the denture down. Ask your dentist to check that and shorten the flange.
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Hi Dave
What helpful information
You are a great resource
Barbara
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Thanks Barbara. I try. Lol
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I'm actually having the same problem with my upper. When I bite or chew on the left side,the right side moves and drops down. But I think the flange is longer on the left side and not the right. Even with adhesive, it doesn't stay put for long. I have a dentist appoiantment next week so I'll see what they say
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Kesha yours sounds more like a bite issue.if your not contacting evenly on both side then the side that is touching second will drop. Easy adjustment. Ask your dentist to check the bite.
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Ohh Ok. I had my bite adjusted once, it was better but it has still been feeling uneven. Thanks Dave!
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Np. i remember when you got your dentures. Most of the time it takes a couple bite adj. As the denture settles into the palate it changes the bite slightly. Easy adjustments. for the dentist to do
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Hello wanted to give an update. Yesterday I had a bottom tooth pulled(very painful) and had my upper dentute adjusted. I told them my bite felt uneven & how it drops down when I chew on the left side. They checked my bite and said it actually was pretty even. But they did shave down a tiny bit on a couple teeth on the left and put a new liner in..and just filed some edges so they werent as rough. Both sides seem to be touching evenly now. But I noticed the teeth look off center now..my front teeth aren't lining up with the center on my nose, its shifted just slightly to the right. I'm hoping this is just because I still have swelling on the right side where my bottom tooth was pulled! I wouldn't think the adjustment they did would suddenly cause it to look off center like that? Hopefully it'll look centered again when the swelling goes down
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Its been 5 days since I had my bottom tooth pulled & the swelling has gone down. my post from the other day I mentioned my denture looking off centered- and well it still does, so I'm certain its not from the swelling I had. While the adjustment they did fixed how my bite feels, it somehow made the denture crooked I guess. The center of my 2 front too is so far over to the right..it doesnt look right. I'm gonna call the dentist the week & see about going back in. I'm just so frustrated & upset, this whole time its like I'm having problem after problem. Every time I go in for adjustment I end up having something else wrong ..I just don't understand. I hate looking at myself with the denture in,all I can see is the way its changed my face..even my lips look different when I smile & it puts me on the verge of tears. I thought getting this done would would make me feel better about my smile but im more insecure than I was before. I dont know what to do..I can't afford to get a new one. At least not right now. I wanna ask about implants, but I know those cost a lot of money. I'm going on a trip in a couple months with friends & I just want to feel good about my smile..but i feel so hopeless.
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Hi Keesha
You are moving  along
Just keep telling the dentist the teeth are
off center and see if he will make the adjustment
Proceed like he is obligated to do this for you and see if he will do it

Good luck
Barbara
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I had my extractions carried on 9th July, over four weeks ago, and my dentist didn't offer immediate dentures. He said it would be better for my gums to heal, As a former dental nurse (in the UK. I now live in France), my boss always did the same.  I remember him saying that immediate dentures were always a problem and, in his experience, it put people off them completely,  I saw the dentist two weeks after the extractions and he said I still need some healing time, and gave me an appointment for the first impressions on 4th September. That will be two months after the extractions when, hopefully, my gums have healed enough.  I wonder if I will have an easier time of it than people who had immediate dentures?  At first, I was cross that he didn't offer immediates but reading some of the posts on here, I am thinking that perhaps I will be better off having had to wait.  I have had partials in the past and have always got used to them fairly quickly so I am hoping that I will get used to full dentures quickly, too, or is that merely wishful thinking?!

I didn't have any pain from the day after the extractions but I have found it a real annoyance not having any teeth for the last four weeks - I am managing to eat most foods (as long as I eat on my own!) but sheer vanity has stopped me going out and I wear a lightweight face mask when we have any visitors that I can't put off visitng.  I am really hoping that I will soon be eating and smiling more normally. 

I must say that it's great having this forum. It makes me feel less alone on this journey to full dentures!
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Hi  Kathy P

I have no idea which approch is  more correct.  It does sound as though waiting might be Less painful. Perhaps there is no exact answer.  It does also sound like your way might lo be less expensive? 

Bottom dentures  are harder to fit and to wear and I hope you have good luck with them.  Keep us posted because we need your input

Good luck 

Barbara 

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Thanks for the good luck wishes, Barbara. I suppose I will find out soon enough!  I am paying €1600 for the dentures, and the  insurance and the state between them will refund about €600 so it's not too expensive, at least not when compared to the costs in the US. . It would have been a lot cheaper in the UK under the NHS, when the most you pay is under £250 for a complete set of dentures, but here in France it's reasonable.  Immediate dentures would have had to be replaced, probably, so I have saved that cost.  I have had a partial lower but with anchors to existing teeth so a full lower is going to be more of a challenge, I think!

I will post updates as and when I have more to add.

Kathy
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hi  Kathy
Yes Lower dentures are really a poblem.
If you had them anchored with 2 implants how much would that cost in France? and would you get any refund on that???Barbara
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I have no idea. I will ask him when I next see him. It will depend on how much viable bone I still have left. I don't know about refunds on implants but I don't see why it wouldn't be covered.

Kathy
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Hi kathy
Waiting will give the dentist a better impression therefore a better fitting denture initially. The bone will continue to shrink over a 6 month period so you will most likely need a reline after that. The great thing about waiting is the critical try in appointment that is eliminated with immediates will now happen. This is the appointment that you can see the denture in the wax up stage and make any changes you want(tooth colour, tooth position etc). That whole appointment is missed with immediates because the natural teeth are in the way so you basically get what you get. And Barbara is correct about the lower. If you can afford implants then get them. You will be much happier. 2 are ok but 3 would be better. Like a tripod.
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Thanks, Dave.  I know that waiting is the best way because it allows time for healing.  I was a dental nurse for some years back in the UK and my boss didn't do immediate dentures because he said they were generally more trouble than they were worth.  I am looking forward to the try-in stage - I'm beginning to forget what I look like with teeth, and it's only been four weeks since the extractions!  As I say, I will ask about implants on my next appointment.

Kathy
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I got immediates (upper) about 3 months ago & about Kathys boss saying "they are more trouble then they're worth" I totally agree for both Dentist & patient due 2 the fact of patient experiencing many changes & needing 2 go in 4 adjustmemts many times during. 6 month healing period and the dentist needing 2 find time 2 see pt (no charge 4 office visit) are the biggest in my opinion. Anyways with my personal experience I was back about 5 times within 1st two weeks & they DID mention I should try 2 wear them as much as possible & reminded me that my gums are still swollen so I might be finding myself NEEDING 2 use the adhesive once my gums start shrinking. Well I found the 1st month very difficult 2 eat anything hard meats & salads & now 1/2 way 2 final healing stage I cannot wear my denture without adhesive. The denture are so loose that even when I place the adhesive on roof & both sides near the back It will come loose once I bite anything with my front teeth or visa versa not 2 mention my denture look as if my bite is very crooked.
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Hi  Angie Mendoza
I think you should go to oyour dentist and tell him something is very rong here
Tell him you paid a lot of money and these dentures are completly unwearable
Tell him you are not a dentist but you know   that this is not acceptable and you want it fixed or you want a refund
See what he is willing to do at this stage
You should put him on alert that you expect to be comfortable.  You have done everything he told you to do and there is  problem that you want him to solve

Read different comments on new dentures on this site and see what others have done in this situation
Good luck
Barbara
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HI, Angie Mendoza.
I totally agree with Barbara and think you should go back.  I think dentists that provide immediate dentures as routine should be prepared for a lot of visits from their patients. They know that there is a lot of movement in the gums after extractions but, when you have paid for dentures, you expect to be able to wear them with increasing comfort, not to end up resenting them and feeling angry about how much they have cost.  When I was working as a dental nurse and, because we didn't provide immediate dentures, i can only recall patients coming back in for the odd minor adjustment - we called that 'easing' and the patient could book an appointment for that. It generally meant a little bit of sanding down, nothing major.   As Barbara says, you have done everything he told you to do; it's now up to him to put it right.  Also, if your bite is crooked, that needs to be put right, too, because otherwise it will never feel right. Good luck.
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hello Barbara. Thank u 4 ur concern & especially ur advice. My dentist is a female (she looks fairly young) and Don't get me wrong She is pretty good at the work she does however recently she's been acting different than usual. Ex. When I went in with a TOOTHACHE from a cracked tooth, I was expecting an extraction 4 sure. Then they suggest taking full xrays (just 2 see what i got going on) But I must say I waa at a loss 4 words when she said "So r u ready 2 just extract ALL UR TEETH & do full upper & lower denture?" I forgot 2 mention ahe had just done SEVERAL extractions over past couple yrs leaving me very few. 9 on top & 8 on bottom. And if that wasn't enough 1 of the teeth are extracted was a
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Hi  Angie Mendoza
Of course we dondn't know why it was neccesary to extract.  You can ask your dentist but now it is all after the fact!!!

You have to go forward now.  You need the best possible result going forward. 

Let your dentist know you are very concerned about the procedure and the fact that the dentures are uncomfortable.  
See what she does about it.
Barbara
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