Half the battle is setting proper expectations I now realize. I am going into my 6th week (sorry, earlier post I counted wrong, it was 4 weeks then) and there are moments when I actually feel like they are my own. Those moments are getting longer and longer.
Be very patient with yourself and take your meds on time. Don't let the pain start up for at least the 1st 4 weeks. I never take medication for anything, just vitamins, but found with this it is a must! That is partly why I couldn't count the weeks properly because of the meds. I asked to get switched from hydrocodone about 2.5 weeks after the surgery to protect my brain and the dentist wrote a script for 800 mg of Ibuprofen to take every 4-6 hours which focuses more on the inflammation. Around week 5 I asked if I could do Aleeve every 12 hours instead which I really do more like 8-12 but it has helped me to get my head clear while still controlling the inflammation. I felt throbbing a few times at night with that but got through it.
See my post "6 weeks and counting...there's hope" for food ideas. I found eating the right soft and nutritious foods helps tremendously with your energy and mental state too. It was annoying at first, how little I could eat. But I finally resigned my self to taking tiny little bits of food like 1 macaroni on each side of my mouth at a time. Lots and lots of vegetable soup guys! Now I am up to 4-6 at a time plus small amounts of salmon or scallops! I even had tiny little bits of very tender filet mignon yesterday!
Also, drinks lots of water, plus sparking water real cold helps a lot. The little bubbles, soothe the swelling in an amazing way, especially after trying to eat.
I was going to the dentist literally every other day the 1st 2 weeks for adjustments. Really do that because your mouth is changing EVERY day as the healing progresses. It will prevent sores and help the fit happen a lot better for you.
I don't look my age at all and the dentists as well as the surgeon were telling me before surgery that I could expect to back to work in a few days...nope, that didn't happen! They failed to read my date of birth and were looking at me instead. I am twice as old as they thought and finally after 3 weeks, admitted its more like 6-8 weeks. Once I adjusted my expectations and resigned to be patient, I began to feel a lot better!
It also helped when my dentist said think of this like multiple amputations you have had. That resonated because my mom had her leg amputated below the knee and I supported her through the fittings for the prosthesis and the shrinking. But once all of that stabilize she did great! This is the same thing. So I really hope the best for you and that you decide this is a process where you will emerge in victory!
Any idea what I can do?
If you have sore spots, contact your dentist and have the dentures adjusted. You can probably expect to go back a number of times for minor adjustments. I've only been 3 times and should go again, except that we're out of town for the next over a month due to a family emergency. I'll make do with Fixodent adhesive.
I didn't begin using adhesives for about 2 weeks, if I recall correctly. The gums need time to heal. Once you start using the adhesive, things begin to improve noticeably.
As for talking, initially I had a nasty lisp. If I try to speak at my normal, pre-denture rate, I still find myself lisping. I've had to learn to slow down and form my words. Mostly it's working fine and I'm convinced that, in time, I'll be speaking at my normal rate again. Remember, your mouth isn't the same anymore and it takes time to adjust.
I'm 31 and had a full mouth of extractions done Friday ( it's now Tuesday ). Had immediate top and bottom dentures straight in and my god it couldn't even close my mouth over the top.
Was in so much pain I went to the dentist as an emergency yesterday to find my mouth is infected and been advised to leave out the bottom and only wear the top intermittently till it goes.
My whole mouth is throbbing and I haven't eaten anything in 5 days. I have 4 kids and my parents kindly took them for me till tonight and I burst into tears as soon as they mentioned that I talk funny now.
Been so miserable and bursting into tears a lot.
BUT though I'm still in a lot of pain I did put the top in for a while today and it didn't seem as big, slight progress?
Terrified of dry socket though and couple of my "clots" have come out. Been doing the salt water, gently does it, rinse too.
Hoping for relief soon and a good night sleep. Really hope everyone sees an improvement too.
45 year old male, I finally took the plunge and just had the remaining 7 teeth removed from upper arch, thankfully my lower teeth are okay. The extraction process and fit of denture went very well, about and hour long, including the local shots, extractions, and stitches.
Its been about 48 hours since the process has been completed, and I'm having a very difficult time with the denture. I'm finding that when I have them in, I'm constantly salivating, and have an uncontrollable gag reflex. This experience is making me rethink my decision about this process, however since all of my upper teeth are now gone, somehow I have to come to terms with it.
The palate on the denture seems way to long which is causing me to gag. I was at my dentists office today and he said he trimmed it down a little, which didn't seem to help. I will be going back in 6 days to have the stitches removed, would this be another good time to mention that I'm still having a horrible gag reflex? I really don't understand why the upper arch is shaped the way it is. I know its a suction fit, however I would gladly use Fixodent and have the upper palate trimmed as much as possible to avoid the gagging, and being able to taste the limited food I can consume.
Thanks for reaching out! As much as it sounds like a broken record, we would really ask you to continue working with your dentist to address this issue and if you feel this office is not addressing your issues, it doesn't hurt to get a second opinion.
All the best!
I think you'll do OK, it's just the eating part that you'd love to ''enjoy'' ... Salads will take you a little while to learn to eat them easily... I can eat Cabbage, like Cole Slaw or Cabbage Salad,... it's just iceberg lettuce that get's stuck to the roof of my denture that bugs me the most... Chewing ''hard'' stuff like 'STEAKS'' will take some time to chew ... just cut them into smaller bites and you'll be able to eat as much as you like.... I tried ''Tortilla'' chips after about a month... just didn't eat as many as I'd like tho...they'd get under my temporary dentures...even a piece of ''ground pepper'' would get underneath... But, once I started using ''Cushion Grip'' that pretty much made eating so much nicer... When you're eating, you should try to keep food on BOTH sides of your mouth, to''balance'' the dentures to keep them from ''rocking'' ...You'll learn more tips as you go along too...
Now that I've had my permanent dentures, there are times when I'm HOME that I just take them out, to get the full ''flavor'' of my foods ... and my gums have ''toughened up'' enough that I can chew too...I do miss the flavor when I'm wearing my dentures... The Permanent dentures are more ''form fitting'' and you may not need any adhesive any longer... that groove in the roof of your mouth is what gives the dentures ''Suction''... I still use adhesive when I go out to eat, just for my own security...
Hey, I see you've got ''paragraphs'' too... good for you!! Just accepted your request on FB too... Very pretty SMILE you have too... ''Dee''
Thanks, Dee. I'll have to go to CVS this Saturday when I'm off again from work about the Cushion Grip. My profile pic on FB is 2 years old and really to the untrained eye could anyone tell that I was having major problems? Most of my molars were missing and a couple of teeth on the other side that's not showing were missing. You should see the final X ray before the rest of my teeth were removed. Yikes. The club picture with one of my daughters is the most recent with my temporary dentures.
My current dentist who made or dispensed the dentures is nice. He really wants to do "all on four" implant with my dentures. He's not happy because it's just not possible because it's way too expensive. My mom's "mouth just about hit the floor" when I told her how much it would be to do that. She was trying to get me to look into that. It has to be a conventional denture. Who has that kind of money? I guess performers and athletes. Maybe if our house was paid off. That won't be for several years yet.
I just had 9 teeth on the top and 8 teeth on the bottom pulled and immediate dentures put in this past Friday (6/19/15). I had a few teeth have to be cut out and a lot of stitching done.
I go back to the dentist tomorrow to see how things are going and make any adjustments, etc. But my face and mouth have been so swollen and sore that the ice packs and medications aren't helping.
I didn't take my dentures out for the first 24 hours per my dentist's instructions. Yesterday when I took them out and cleaned them and rinsed my mouth with warm salt water I was able to get them back in. But today when I took them out to clean them and rinse my mouth I couldn't get them back in because of the swelling.
I've been doing ice packs for 15 minutes every hour but my face and mouth are still really swollen. I'm miserable!! I'm only 31 and I have 2 kids and I'm seriously thinking that this was a bad idea.
Please tell me this gets better and that the fact that I can't get my dentures back in won't affect anything?
Also, I have a horrible taste/drainage comimg from the sockets and i have a few white patches throughout my gums, is that normal? I'm on a antibiotic to help keep infection away.
Any insight, tips, ideas, etc would be greatly appreciated!!