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I'm a 38 year old mom of four. Today was the big day! I had all my teeth extracted and WOW..this really sucks. I know it's early but I don't like the way I look ( fire Marshall Bill comes to mind) I've been in tears off and on for the last hour, partly because of pain but also out of not knowing what to expect. I feel like I'm wearing a NFL mouth guard. I stumbled upon this website by accident but I'm happy I did. Can anyone give me some advice, inspiration or tips on how to deal with this new world because honestly right now, I feel hopeless and miserable.
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Gina

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The detures, especially uppers do feel big in your mouth at first. That feeling will go away in a few days. Stay ahead of the pain. Take the max dosage of whatever you normally would take for a few days. For me that was aleve. Ensure (or similar shakes), yogurt, soup that isn't to hot, mashed potatoes, overcooked carrots, oatmeal and scrambled eggs are some of the things that I ate in the first couple weeks. If you develop sores call for an appointment for an adjustment. Saltwater is a great rinse but at least in my case not for the first 24 hours and then be careful not to be to forceful for the first week or so. It is a process and you are not alone. Check back in and let us know how you are doing. Best wishes.
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Also -- please try not to let it get you down. It can be hard, I know, I've been there. After the initial swelling went down for me I thought that my face looked quite a bit different, especially right around the nose. That went away too after awhile.

Then one thing i didn't mention in my post above was ice. Ice packs will help with the swelling and will also help with the pain. I was using them for about a week immediately after I put them in in the morning, and then again at night, and when I was home during the day.

Stay in touch.
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Hi Gina....just got an immediate upper . Yesterday was my big day too. So grateful for this website. So far it's OK but I feel I have a car in my mouth. Thanks to this website I expect to be more used to it within the next few weeks. Please keep me posted on how you are doing since we are new dentures twins.
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Elizabeth here are a couple shots of my permanent teeth. I wasn't sure if it would work so I'll post the other 2 now. (Please pardon my fat fingers in the background. My RA and steroids have them swollen pretty bad right now! )
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I hope you can see them ok. You can click on the image and enlarge it.

On the gums, they put tiny red fibers in them to replicate the red capillaries that are in our natural gums
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If these were my permanent teeth, I'd be camped out at affordable dentures doorstep! Way too much wiggle room in them.
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Sorry for the late response...I consider any denture that is inserted after teeth extractions before four months to be an immediate denture.  only because the bone(ridge) is shrinking the most during that time. I usually say 6 months but some might argue that. Anyway that is the cause of the loose fitting denture. You could have it relined but doing this before the 6 months will be premature. It may feel tight after the reline but the chance you are taking is that the bone could shrink and the denture will become loose again 1 week, 1 month nobody knows. Everyone is different.  I've heard about the home soft liner( from Ken). I think this is a tissue conditioner which can be an option while the bone heals over 6 months ( magic number ). It will tighten the denture for awhile.
As for the adhesive...Most of my patients use a 2x2 gauze to remove it from the roof of their mouths. I have had them remove it in front of me and it took them no time at all. hope this helps
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Michelle & Nicole,

Gina did a great job with her advice!

The only thing that I experienced and feel I t worthy of mentioning, as I have read about others dealing with it too.

You have just suffered the loss of a body part, it is perfectly normal to feel whatever you feel - mourning the loss of your smile and teeth, heck I cried the first few times I looked in the mirror, wanted to throw them out the window and wondered why I ever thought that this was a good idea . But now that I've figured things out, with much help from this forum, I wonder why [ didn't do it sooner!

Remember, we are all here. To help you with all the _questions and concerns!

Good luck and keep in touch!
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My Affordable Dentures dentist was very honest about it. Almost like he was trying to talk me out of it. He said "People think its like putting on a pair of shoes. It's more like a wooden peg leg." Either he said or I saw it on here that dentures are not a substitute for teeth. They are a substitute for no teeth. It takes some getting used to!

 Now with a soft reline and a little adhesive it feels a lot more natural and I can eat almost anything. I think corn on the cob and apples are out for awhile.... But I ate a tender steak the other night that was cooked medium. And the salad bar.

I should be able to get my hard reline in another week or 2, or 3. I don't want to rush it. The longer I get by with the temps the better the reline will be and the longer they will fit. Theoretically anyway...
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Thank you for the replies. I truly appreciate your words. My relationship with my dentures is not so good right now. I am unable to wear the top ones without them slipping and I'm unable to wear the bottom ones because they pinch my gums, sending a sharp pain that radiates through my jaw. I'm disappointed because I had these expectations of my dentures changing my life and so far the only thing that's changed is the absence of teeth. I have a follow-up appt on Monday and I plan on voicing my concerns but what should I do in the meantime?
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I'm 29 and had all my uppers and all my back molars removed 1/21. I woke up from anesthesia with my temporary top plate. I am extremely grateful that before I went under I voiced repeatedly that I was a bruiser and a sweller. The anesthesiologist gave me something in my iv to help me get ahead of the swelling before surgery and my dentist gave me a perscription for a steroid (not sure if you got one also but if you're still swollen it may help). So while I didn't experience any outward swelling my gums were swollen. My temp plate fit well for the first week and then got more and more lose (normal). I felt terrible about myself about 3/4 days after the procedure I felt like my upper lip stuck out and I had a mouth full of marbles. On top of that my fake teeth were noticeably crooked (hung lower on my left and slanted upward all the way to the right. I got a "how ya doin?" phone call the Mon after my procedure and I expressed my discomfort. I went in for an adjustment and a major problem of mine which contributed to my "mouth guard" feeling was my plate did not have the slit cut into for the piece of skin that connects your upper lip to your gums. That piece of skin was noticeably raw and sore when the dentist looked. She cut the slit into my plate and it sat so much better and fit a lot better too. My dentist did tell me I could use adhesive on the arch part of my plate but not on my gums near the extraction sites. That helped a lot too. This made me more confident in my decision to get the work done, I felt more in control. Also what helped my outlook and attitude was a selfie haha. I intentionally took a before so i would have a comparison and that is so reassuring. Trust me it does get easier. I'm 4 weeks past my surgery and I feel so much better than I did initially it gets easier really. I went for my soft liner this past Tues and my gums have shrunken considerably since extractions because I needed the soft liner. They're back to fitting snuggly like right after extractions. When I'm home I don't use adhesive and eat well, almost like I used too. The only time I use adhesive is if I know I'm going to be out having conversations with non-family. This is because I've heard some slightly hilarious dentures falling out stories via my mother. All I can say is it does get easier and more tolerable give it time. Think of where you were compared to where you are. No matter your reason for extractions you NEEDED that or you wouldn't have done it. Mine were broken decayed and infected. I'm grateful everyday I can smile and not look like I belong in a haunted house or have to hide. More importantly the pain I had from constantly battling abscesses I do not miss that! There is relief give it time.
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Your dentures will change your life for the better, right now you sound ,rightfully so, frustrated and angry!

I have heard that some people's dentist put a little powder adhesive on JUST the palate of the uppers to help them stay. Mine did not do that, but I'm sure someone will speak up.

As for the bottoms, it sounds like you will need some areas zapped out, in the meantime you could try continuing, the ice take ibuprofen and keep up with pain

Good luck!
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Elizabeth, we are so sorry to hear about your unusual experience when you tried one of our products. Please give us a call toll free at 1-855-236-3353, M-F, 9
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