My 3rd day with immediate dentures

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Thanks to some great people on this forum, I got my extractions with less terror than I would have experienced otherwise.  My dentist doesn't offer putting people to sleep, so I had to deal with it wide awake, but it was easier than I expected.
In my case, my immediate dentures will be my permanent ones.  I love my new teeth!!!  I'm so thrilled that I can smile in public.  This is my second night, and I'm pretty uncomfortable, but it's not as painful as I thought it would be.  I've heard the 3rd day can be rough, so we'll see what tomorrow brings.
The only bad thing is that my smile isn't the same;  my upper lip seems to have disappeared.  I think it's because my upper denture is thick around the gums and is pushing my upper lip outward.  I'm hoping they can make that part fit better.  I love my new teeth, but am so disappointed in my "lipless" smile.  But I'm not going to worry about it...it's so much better than black, rotten, broken teeth!!!   Thanks to the nice folks who helped me feel better about E-Day!!!!!   
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Kathy P

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B.Lynch, I am so glad that you found the extractions less stressful than you expected.  

I have the same problem in that my top lip is a little less full than it was. It's worse when I am looking serious so I try not to, and it's definitely worse if I grit my teeth which I seem to do subconsciously now that I have dentures, so I am trying very hard not to do that.  I am however thrilled with my new teeth and I feel that  the change in my mouth is worth it for being able to smile with confidence. Incidentally, when I do smile, I feel as if my mouth looks normal. It's only if I look glum that my top lip seems smaller.  My husband says he can't see any difference at all, so that stops me worrying too much.

In your case, you are only three days in so you need to wait a little longer before you can gauge the finished result. It took me  a good two months for the teeth to feel like  my own and my face definitely improved in that time!  Good luck. As you say, it's worth it compared to having bad teeth!
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Yeah, I just read that swelling causes "monkey mouth," and that no conclusion should be reached until all the swelling has stopped. And that makes me feel better. Thanks for your reply; you prompted me to think of my 2 grandmothers. They both had their natural teeth. One was austere, the other was warm and charming. And the austere grandmother looked so much older than the warm grandmother! We should smile a lot to be pretty!!
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I totally agree about smiling!
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sounds like the first   stage has gone well
I would put my dentist on notice that you are unhappy
about thee smile and need a revision there
Let  him  knows that so   he knows he   shoukd  be working
on correcting it
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i agree-it's 'very' important that what's above the teeth is shaped right so we have lip support and it's not bulky-most dentists won't know how to do that and rely on the lab-if anyone knows of a lab who makes dentures-call and see if you can come in and 'omit the middle man' the dentist who DOESN'T make your dentures.  
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I went for my first adjustment, and they removed a bit from the upper denture, so now my upper lip has returned...YAHOOO!!!  However, this has been day 3, and I'm in a world of hurt.  I'm going in tomorrow if it's still hurting this badly.  I don't know if it's okay to do this, but I dabbed some Benzodent onto the sore spots.  My extraction sites seem vulnerable, the teeth were only removed 3 days ago,  and not sure if Benzodent is ok for them, but I couldn't take the pain anymore, and Vicodin isn't working.  However, despite the pain, it's still feeling so good to smile!!!!   When did you guys start sleeping without your dentures?
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I am glad they managed to adjust the denture. As for the pain, it's a good idea to see the dentist again just to check that there isn't any infection and to find out if it's OK to use Benzodent. .If Vicodin isn't working, your dentist will be able to suggest something else.  I used Bonjela Mouth Gel (I am a Brit so you might not be able to find that but I expect it's the same sort of stuff as Benzodent). I found it very very useful in the beginning because I had sore spots from the lower denture and it really did help to numb them. 

I didn't have immediate dentures (my dentist doesn't do them). I waited eight weeks for my new ones.  I kept them in for three nights but now I keep the upper in and take the lower out for sleeping but only because I keep clenching my teeth in my sleep and it was making my jaw ache. Taking the lower one out stops me doing that.

Some time ago someone on here mentioned a You Tube channel run by a chap called Bill Westlund. He has made lots of videos of his denture experiences and he has loads of great advice and tips. I am sure you will find him really helpful. Here's a link:      https://www.youtube.com/user/westlundbill
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Thanks Kathy,
I've watched many of Bill's videos, and videos made by other denture-wearers, too.  I feel very lucky, being able to hear from all these people on YouTube.  I couldn't make it back to dentist today, but I need to go tomorrow because my mouth is a giant sore spot.  Tonight's my first night sleeping without the dentures, but I don't like the feeling of having them out.  But I don't like having them in, either.  This has been an extremely rough day, but I know it'll get better.  So great having people to chat with!