Miserable 5 days after new dentures

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I am a 30 yr old mother of 3 and just had all my remaining teeth pulled (top and bottom) with immediant dentures. Its been 5 days and I am miserable!! Its not really the pain, the only thing that hurts is 2 little spots on the bottom were it is rubbing.What bothers me is the fact that I talk funny and I cant eat. Also I am young and embarrassed, I feel like everyone I see knows when only a few people actually know. Its humiliating! I keep hearing over and over that it will get better but i am miserable while waiting. Also any suggestions on any type of cushions or anything to help with rubbing? And when can i start using adhesives? I feel like it would help if the stayed firmly in place.
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Hi Stephanie..... The ''swelling'' will subside each day... and YES, it does get better!!  Be patient, this is the normal process that many of us have lived thru.... The ''white patches'' could be where your dentures are rubbing on your gums...The Dentist will be able to make ''adjustments'' as needed... You WILL be able to get your dentures back in once the swelling subsides a little bit more.. Keep your mouth CLEAN, especially now... rinsing, antibiotics & gargling after each meal will help too....You don't want any infections ...The 'stitches'' usually dissolve within a week or so... If there's any stitches left NEXT WEEK, your dentist will remove them, along with any ''bone chips'' that may be working their way out too... You'll be seeing your dentist every week for the first 4-6 weeks...If he does any adjustments & your sore spots still hurt, get back to your dentist ASAP, even if you saw the dentist ''YESTERDAY''!!  ... You should NOT be uncomfortable during this process... After your stitches are out, you should be able to use an ''adhesive'' on your dentures if necessary!

Good Luck Stephanie, we're here to help you thru this process... and you'll have a BEAUTIFUL smile too!!   
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I had 18 extractions done on Friday June 19th, so I am 10 days into my immediate dentures. I was not very happy with the looks if them when I first saw them in my mouth. Teeth are too short and gums to large. Even the front teeth are a little crooked. But, they are temporary. How long did you guys wait for the permanents?  I kept them in for 5 days!!! Only taking them out to rinse with warm salt water. I could barely eat graham crackers with milk when taking my pain meds. I finally took them out to sleep on the the 5th night and discovered I could eat much better without the bottoms in. It felt great, but I had so many sores with my bottom plate I've been back to the dentist 3 times since the extractions and she has adjusted them each time. She finally said to leave them out if I can and let the sores heal. Well, they are getting better and I try and put the bottom plate in for short periods of time. It just hurts to bad! I go back this Wednesday and she will have to make more adjustments. I feel I'm losing time in getting use to the bottom plate. The upper plate is sore in one spot, but manageable, she will adjust that also. I just started using a little Fixodent on the uppers a couple of days ago (just two little dots). I get so impatient....I just want to get used to them so I can get on with my life. What has been your experience with waiting for positive results with your new dentures?
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Hi Christine ..... This is a ''process'' that many of us have endured ...It WILL get better as your gums heal... As far as ''permanent'' dentures goes, it will be about 6-8 months before you're ready for them... The temporaries are just that, Temporary... Glad that you've been back to see your Dentist too... During this time, you should be ''comfortable'' with them, but continue to see your dentist, who will do ''soft relines'' as your gums heal & shrink...  IF you can eat without the lower denture while the sores are healing, do so... Continue ''rinsing'', if you can, after every meal.. You don't want to get an infection... Food does get under the dentures...  Remove your dentures at night, which will also help to heal your gums ... IF you need ''Fixodent'' to secure your dentures when you eat or go out, do so... Fixodent also has a ''POWDER'' too, which in my opinion, leaves very little residue in your mouth & is easier to remove than the ''paste''... IMHO, it doesn't last as long as the Paste does, but it will do.. 

Good Luck Christine .... Be patient, eventually you'll be in the permanent dentures...which should NOT have crooked teeth, but align up with the 
lowers & uppers.... The permanent dentures are thinner & form fitting to YOUR mouth...  Keep updating too, we're here to help you... :)  
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My husband is only one day 2 but it all feels so wrong. I'm so worried about him.

He had 11 teeth extracted (top) and an immediate denture put in. He was still bleeding at his dental visit today. We believe it has finally stopped but we can't even know for sure because the denture was not removable. His swelling is so bad and continuing to get worse. He's got swelling on one side all the way up to his forehead and the other side had reached and blackened the other eye by the time he went to bed tonight. The dentist sent him away with dentures way too snugly in place and told him to return tomorrow. He advised my husband to take a percocet and an 800mg ibuprofen before tomorrow's visit, stating he was going to have to "yank" the denture out. Well, the swelling is up and over the denture now (wasn't that bad at today's dental appointment) and that just doesn't seem like the best idea.

My husband is just so miserable and is expected to return to one of his jobs tomorrow. How can he when he can't open and close his mouth?! And once the denture is out, they won't be able to get it back in until this severe swelling goes down. There's no way it'll get back in there. He says there isn't much actual pain but the pressure is unbearable. The percocets make him sick to his stomach and 2 800mg ibuprofens didn't help he said.

I don't even know what I'm looking to get here. Advice, comfort, just to vent? I don't know. I'm just so worried. I'm off all summer and we need his incomes to survive the summer. I've seen some replies saying people missed WEEKS of work.
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My Experience wasn't as bad. I didn't have bruising, but I did have swelling. They say to use ice in the first 24 hrs. That time is up for him. I am 4 weeks in and it does get better. I have upper and lower immediate dentures. Waiting for a soft reline, as the uppers have loosened and won't stay in without Fixodent. Eating is so important. I have a little food processor (Like a gadget to chop onions and celery) I put everything in there and eat it. No chewing....just taste and swallow.
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I'm still adjusting to my teeth also ... I didn't have a bad time at first then dry socket set in . I had to take the partials out and heal more . My job is now missing me and thank God my husband works . But things do get better . Just had my soft liner put in and now I'm trying to chrew and just get back to being me . Good luck to your hubby . Tell him yes it gets better ...
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Cathy, glad to hear you are able to start getting back to you! As someone who has personally experienced dry socket x4, I have a hard time even reading about it. It was horrible! 

As you and others have mentioned, it is sometimes hard to see the light at the end of the pain tunnel, but it will get better. ~Rosie
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Cathy, How long did you have to wait for your soft reline. I went to my dentist at four weeks and she would not do it yet. I really need it!


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Christine, did everything go ok with the soft reline? 
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I just had 6 teeth extracted today and so far only discomfort I have is slight pain. I have no gagging at all what so ever. I am suppose to have like milkshakes, applesauce , jello, pudding for couple of days and then go into  mashed potatoes and soup. I am not suppose to take out the dentures until wed and rinse clean and put back in. I had partial on the top and now full denture on top and I have partials on the bottom. Here is my email if anyone would like to contact me and maybe give me more advice or see how we can help each other.  Rmvz0312@yahoo.com
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This might be a stupid question, but I vape...if the dentures are in, doesn't that protect you from dry socket if you vape, smoke, drink from a straw, etc?
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That's a good question, I want to go back to my vape, but waiting to heal. Smoking is what im doing, not that its a good idea but I need something. Been careful not sucking hard, just a little puff here and there.
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Also my buttom ones are not coming out, I can move them but they seem to be stuck on my bottom eye teeth. And they hurt, sore there and on my bottom inside lip area, cant stand the pain can anyone help, I would be for ever greatful.
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Well I went in friday and got my bottom dentures out, I can not tell you what a relief it was to have them off. When I first went in they tried to take them out and I was in way to much pain, from where they was giving me the most pain
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They had to dumb me up for them to get them off, and now I can't get them back in they did a softreline but being still a little sswollen I cant get them back on and with it still being sore, so going to try again in the morning, I just hope that they will go on, if not I'll just have to wait tell friday to get a new set made, the bottoms are not set correctly anyhow. So they are making me new ones. Hope I dont have to pay for their mistake its costing me alot of money as it is. Top ones aer doing ok, but still adjusting to them, and my jaw hurts to. Hope that gets better in time to. This is by far a an pleasant process. But time will heal I guess.
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Just had 13 upper extractions with an immediate denture put in 4 days ago.  The pain the first 24 hours was pretty bad...and I have a high pain tolerance.  Now I have pain, but not where the teeth were extracted...just where the denture is rubbing,  I aso have a good bit of trouble with the thickness of the denture, as well as the fact that the back part of the upper goes back too far and causes a lisp...my tongue feels "crowded".  My last issue is that I grind my teeth at night and wake up with pain from that, but I am not willing to spend time with my denture out...just long enough for cleaning and mouth rinses with salt water, beyond that they will be in 24/7...I just cannot deal with the "no teeth thing".  Kudos to those who can, but it is not for me...

I was hoping to get cushion grip that I have read about but it is hundreds of dollars on amazon and not available for less than that.  Any suggestions on a good replacement?
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My situation is very like yours I too had 13 upper teeth removed 5 weeks ago and I too am a 'grinder'. So I leave my denture in all night and to be honest it's helped me loads. My grinding has almost stopped and I'm just about chewing softer meats. Just keep doing salt rinses as often as you can as it really helps heal you up. There are moments now during the day that I forget I have them! I had a soft reline last week which helped a little as my gums are still shrinking daily, but even with the reline I still use adhesives every day which lasts all day. I use secure - it's the only one that works for me and I've tried them all. Go back to your dentist and tell him where it's rubbing, and ask him to shave a little off the back. This helps with talking issues. I had sores and they're painful, so don't put up with them as they get worse. You could even try Oragel it numbs the area you apply it, but only for a couple of hours. Just realise you don't have to suffer from sores, get them sorted and it will be easier. Hope I've helped, let me know how you get on.
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Have your dentist soft line your plates. It will help a great deal, They will still rub some when you start eating because they shift and slam back down. The soft lining does help with some of it.
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G'day all,
I had all my teeth out in one hit all 30 of them, in the chair was home straight after (2 weeks ago).
I opted to wait for dentures (3 months wait) so I didn't have the whole wanting to throw the dentures at the wall, and a refit once the swelling and shrinking was done. I must admit eating was difficult to start with, and the fact I will be eating soup for 2 months minimum is a little frustrating... I want to eat a steak, :-(

Having waited for dentures, will I still have as many frustrating days as if I got them in straight away? or will it be an easier transition seeing that I'm not bleeding and am 100% healed.
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Good morning Gregg,


My short answer is yes.


If you had received immediate dentures you would be able to eat many things other than soup.


As frustrating as my teeth can be, I am very pleased to have them! I have been able to eat many things. With the adhesive that works for you, you may have even been able to eat a very tender steak. It's all about cutting into small pieces and chewing on both sides at the same time.

Healed or not, you will still have all the frustrations of learning to wear them, keep them in, eating with them, etc. I only had bleeding the first day and pain (bad enough to need medication) for the first 3-4 days. I've been fortunate, in that I didn't have the facial swelling/bruising or anything like that. My gums have only shrunk - no swelling and shrinking.


Good luck and keep us posted please!
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"My short answer is..."?
Alicia,
I didn't know you had a short answer! LMBO
I've noticed as you said, most of your comments are like an "Alicia book" and a few are like novels. I'm not complaining. I love reading your comments. They have always been helpful and informative. Since you are a little ahead of me, I can see what to expect, or in some cases (like your first reline) what I can hope not to expect.

How are things going with the new reline. I haven't heard much about your adventures, or misadventures lately. Last I heard you were loving the teeth.
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Here's my short answer to you Ken: :-P

And, if you noticed, my 'short answer' turned into a novella LOL

I just can't help it, can you imagine what my family goes through listening to me. :)
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Alicia,
Lol I guess I deserved that. Konda like my family goes through with me
Well, my wife anyway, and I'm the quiet one from my side of the family! My broyher had neck surgery, and they slit his throat from ear to ear. He woke up talking his head off!

If you do a search on youtube for denture adventure, you will find our famous Lizzy.
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I REALLY hope you are receiving my email books lol

I certainly hope you know that I was just giving you grief! I count you as one of my friends from hete!
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AliciaP, so glad it all worked out in the end. You and Ken are cracking me up! :)
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I know you are miserable. I had my entire top teeth removed, immediate dentures(paid out of pocket) put in and drove from the oral surgeon to the dentists office that day to trim the back so I wasn't gagging and could swallow. The pain was bad but it did feel better having the denture in to cover and protect the healing process, in fact, I think the denture conformed to my mouth not the other way around. I went back two more times for adjustments and was happy for over 9 years. However, Had cracking and breaking down of plate over the years and so I had to have the upper dentures completely re-made, new...disaster! Since I have only 6 front bottom teeth that are ready to fall out, the Dentist did not line up my bottom teeth to the upper dentures and I can't talk, eat, smile nothing. I have a square "bite" in the front, underneath, not round,in fact  I need a "shelving" for my gums on top, with the teeth made on the outside of plate and down, not directly under the gum line and they are way too wide on the left and some of the teeth are bigger/smaller than the others. I'm so irritable and frustrated and can't get the dentist to re-do the resin plate. I refuse to have the bottom teeth removed until the uppers are just right, allowing me to speak without an impediment, i,e lisping and spitting. I paid over $1300 for these, it's been over 4 months and I'm really upset. Do I beg this dentist to take the time to make the resin plate right or just give up and become isolated? At this point, my bottom teeth are useless and embarrassing, but should be used for proper alignment making the upper denture comfortable. Does this make sense? Also, the plate does not even touch the roof of my mouth, I have an extremely high palate. I don't want to live like this
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It's been 3 days for me and I must say I'm exactly feeling the way u are. I feel like I have bucked teeth and that the upper part of my roof is too thick. The bottom feels normal but maybe it's because I'm not used to having any teeth. I'm 32 and jus got my dentures. I think it'll get better for the both of us.
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For what it's worth, you look great with your dentures!

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I have been reading some comments and getting encouraged as well as discouraged. I had all my top teeth pulled and now have full top dentures. I know it has only been 5 hours since I have had them, but i just want to cry. I CAN"T EAT ANYTHING. I tried a grilled cheese with no crust.... Nope! I tried scrambled eggs, they went under the palate of the dentures at the roof of my mouth. They feel thick, my speech is off, I feel like I am gagging.... I go back to work on Monday, today is Wednesday will this feeling go away and will I be able to speak without it being REAL noticible before I go back to work on Monday???? SOMEONE PLEASE HELP
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Hi Aiesha, If you go to the home page on here you can start your own thread/post and people will be able to give you some imput and help you. This thread is about 3 yrs old so pple may not check it. Your patience is going to be tested many times. Soft foods, liquids, smoothies, a lot of salt water rinses- I mean A LOT! and try and stay positive. Can you go in for an adjustment before Monday? They can trim the back a bit to help prevent the gagging. A lot of practice will help as well. As I mentioned if you start a thread you will have many that can help you.
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I had my bottoms pulled 3 days ago. Here is some suggestions iv found...mac and cheese, ramen, apple sauce, pudding, bananas crushed up, also Chocolate that kinda melts when you slobber. Instant potatoes, also try chicken noodle soup. Hope this helps
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The experience is usually different for everyone. What is common, is that it will get better!
When you first start wearing dentures, you may find pronouncing certain words may require practice, but reading out loud and repeating troublesome words helps. If you notice your dentures "click" while you're talking, speak slower. 

Your new dentures may feel awkward for a few weeks until you get used to them. The dentures may also feel loose while the muscles of your cheek and tongue learn to keep them in place. This feeling will fade as your mouth becomes accustomed to your new dentures. However, during this time, you may want to consider using a small amount of denture adhesive to help keep your dentures in place. 

You also may find your dentures occasionally slip when you laugh, cough or smile. To fix this problem just reposition your dentures by gently biting down and swallowing. This is another instance where a small amount of denture adhesive may come in handy. It will help keep your dentures in place and make it easier to speak clearly and avoid any embarrassing denture slips. However, if you continue to experience issues with your dentures, be sure to consult your dentist or prosthodontist. The sooner the better. Hang in there!
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I just had my teeth pulled and have an immediate denture for the top I see alot of people have said on here to wear it so your mouth shapes to the denture my oral surgeon didn't even out mine in when I left its been since Thursday and I have tried putting it in many times and it hurts so bad it brings instant teara to my eyes so I haven't wore it but I have to go back to work Monday and I can't go without out ughhh not to mention I feel like iit's way to big for my mouth!!! I'm so scared and worried!!!
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Hmm. I don't understand why they didn't put it in. Part of the purpose of an immediate denture is to act as a bandaid for the first 24 hours. When mine were put in they did initial adjustments to make sure they fit correctly and then at my 24 hour follow up they did more adjustments. I would call them today if they are open and try to get in to get them adjusted and inserted. If you aren't already take some pain meds. I use Aleve but Motrin or Advil would work too. Also salt water rinsed but be gentle with it for the first week.
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Ashley McGlone, ditto on what Gina2 said. I hope you  had this taken care of right away. Dentures is NOT a time for no pain, no gain!
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So I've had my top dentures for 10 years. They are doing great. Just got my bottom teeth pulled 3 days ago with the bottom plate going immediately in. Maybe this is crazy but today, the 3rd day had been the worst. I'm miserable. And hurting more then I have been. And I made the mistake and looked. Oh my god. My gums are all white, and stitched. My quistion is, when can you start using fixadent because I'm having a heck of a time eating. And is this normal for the 3rd day to be so bad? Yesterday, I did good. Even ate a banana. Today I can't stand to eat anything at all. :( I don't go back for 3 weeks to do a realign. Have a feeling it's gonna have to be sooner though.
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Mine were pulled towards the from so my dentist put the adhesive toward the back and they were fine even having to take them out and I lost 27 lbs that i didn't need to lose i tried every glue ther was and ended up loving the denture cream called staydent i get it through my insurance for free but they sell it on ebay its been the only one that lets me eat without it coming off  thank God because the others you get at the stores can end up expensive for the month it is even easier to get the glue off your gums when you take it out the fixodent ends up hurting my gums trying to get it all off 
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I'm 25 and had to get all my top teeth extracted. I had all my teeth except for the front 3 pulled about 6 months ago. I got the remaining front 3 pulled Monday morning and the denture placed Monday afternoon. It was the best feeling ever! I have the smile I had 2 years ago before pregnancy deteriated them. The first day was great... Perfect fit, could eat small bites of food but now, 3 days later in having terrible jaw and cheekbone pain. It's almost unbearable. I can barely talk. Is this because the back part is too high or is this because my jaw is having to readjust? I have to drive almost 2 hours to affordable dentures to get refits and such so I'm trying not to waste a trip. Any info would be great. Thanks!
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Poor you do you take it out at night? I can't or i get face and bone pain the dentist told me to sleep with it i'm used to it now and i have no pain whats so ever 
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I'm on day 5 of a full extraction with immediate upper and lower. Seem to be healing well, top fits fine (using poligrip since that's what the dentist put on it when he inserted it after the procedure) but the bottom seems looser than it should be. It lifts constantly yet doesn't seem to be laying flat along the back teeth which may be due to swelling? I know there's a lot of adjusting going on but I'm not seeing my denturist for another six weeks for the reline. Is this normal and does anyone have suggestions. Also I've been taking it out to eat but leaving the top in because even pudding is a challenge with the bottom. I can be patient if that's all it's gonna take but I'm curious if once the swelling is down on the bottom if it'll fit closer or if I should use adhesive or strips or something until my appt.
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I would  wait on adhesive until your gums are a bit more healed.  I waited two and half weeks before I started using them.  You don't want the glue in the healing sockets because it can cause infection or dry socket.  Where the top has the palate part you can glue to, the bottom is all gums. Those bottom teeth are pesky.  I had a heck of a time with mine until I started using glue.  My advise is just to deal with it for another week or so, and then start using glue.  Truth is, the bottoms just don't work as well period as the upper ones do.
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Thanks Marcia. The day of my extraction the dentist actually used poligrip on the top before I left the office, so that's why I've been using it on the top while being super careful to not get it close to the extraction sites. Well I took out the bottom again for a few minutes to eat yesterday and then waited to eat again upon removing them for the night. I'm thinking I'll look into strips or powder down the road because the adhesive residue on the roof of my mouth at night is gross. I rinse over and over with the salt water to loosen it and then a toothbrush but right now I'm afraid to brush too much.
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Microfiber Cloths.  Simple, easy, reusable after washing.  You can also use paper towels or for on the go they make Denture Wipes.   Easiest way to remove Secure Denture Adhesivie and THAT stuff can be tough to remove.  If it wasn't, it wouldn't hold well.  
(After you are healed like Marcia said)
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I'm 50 years old and got top dentures done. I have had no real issues. Nitro is wonderful I laughed as they took my back teeth. I think think it through when they took my back teeth. I should have eaten a large last meal. Lol I miss crunching a good taco. It get old eating soft foods. Before I went in to get the rest pulled I went and had pancakes. I am on my third day with dentures and I have to say I'm having no pain. The first day I split a norco I got from a friend and took half . I took the first have when I came home. I felt asleep and when I woke up hours later I took the other half. I haven't had any problems I kept my dentures in the first 24 hours which wasn't hard at all because I slept the whole time. And the pain has been minimal. I did gave to have it whittle down because it was making my gag. But so far the pain their is none. What I can't stand is how I sound and how I look. I sound so stupid and when I look at my self and it makes sick. I didn't have a beautiful smile when my teeth were good but I had a smile that was genuine. I had a small gap even after I had braces. With these dentures it makes me feel that I have those Billy Bob teeth in. When does this feeling go away or I get use to it. Ugh I just want to hid.
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Hi SheDawns,
I'm glad to hear that you are not in a lot of pain . Did you not get pain meds prescribed from your Dentist? Like at least Ibuprofen to help with the swelling too?
I have my dentures for 20 days today and I can tell you it takes a moment to get used to them. I am very happy with my dentures from day 1 but believe me I had my moment of freaking out too! They felt so huge to me and even though I had a real positive attitude since I started this process, the first days I almost couldn't believe that I can ever get used to them! But I did!
This site helped me a lot to understand it's normal to feel like that and it will definitely get better! Just hang in there and be patient!