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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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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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I am a denturist from Canada and I make a lot of immediate dentures. I tell my patients that even if they were existing denture wearers that a new denture would feel like a mouth full( no pun intended). It is only because all of a sudden you have a foreign object in your mouth. A few things need to happen over some time.... You will probably have a lot of saliva in your mouth for a few days due to the fact that there is a gland in the roof of your mouth that is trying to wash away the foreign object, it gives up after a few days. Also it takes time for the muscles in your mouth to adapt to the new denture and help hold it in place. It gets easier over time. I have some more denture info on my web site if you would like. www.aosdenturecentre.ca. Whether it is a conventional or immediate the info still applies. Hope this helps
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Thank you for sharing this information! I think that it is helpful having a professional to go to with questions.
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I'll try and be as helpful as possible. Any questions I would be glad to answer
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I think it's great that you are on here. the information you can provide will be valuable. The technician that made my dentures actually came to see me and shake my hand the day I had my extractions and insertion. I had the final extractions done at the location that has the on-site lab. He and my dentist did such a great job on them! It was apparent they take pride in what they do.
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It does make a difference when someone takes pride in what they do.  I genuinely smile when I insert a denture because the transformation is incredible and am glad I am a part of it. I will be glad to answer any ones questions because there is a ton of info that , even as a professional, I forget to tell my patients so as the questions come up please feel free to ask. Even when you get into your permanent dentures there will still be concerns so ask away!!
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Dave,
let me too add my thanks.

Now if I can pick your brain a little...

I got the new denture wearer package from affordable dentures. It includes a hard reline and a year from extractions a new permanent denture. How long should I wait before getting the hard reline? I'm trying to balance getting a better fit asap and the better fit lasting till I get the new dentures. I'm at about 7 weeks.

thanks
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Hi Ken
The "magic" number is 6 months.( some people want it after 4 months) the majority of bone shrinkage in your jaw will happen during this time. The longer you can wait the better. After around 6 or 7 weeks you can ask your dentist to put in a tissue conditioner which is a temporary liner that goes in soft and becomes harder over time. It will help with the fit until the permanent reline. Besides that good ole poligrip or adhesive of your choice will have to do. 
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Thanks for the fast reply. I've been doing my own soft relines. and with it I can use powders on top and paste on bottom and eat almost anything. For some reason my local AD doesn't offer soft relines, or at least that's what whoever answered the phone said.
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Hi Ken, I would have no idea how to do a soft reline I've only had my denture for 18 days now. I am waiting for a sample of secure, the lady was very nice from the company so I can see if that works for me better than the Polident paste. I used fixodent paste two times in a row and I had a very very bad taste that I had to gag up a bit so I'm not using fixodent anymore, I think I probably have a problem with Zinc because I could never take those Zinc lozanges that came out years ago. I had asked my dentist about a soft reline and he said that I wouldn't want that and it wouldn't be helpful but that I will need a hard reline in several months. Can you tell me how do you do a soft reline on your own and what does that do to help you? does it help keep the denture in without adhesive?. Thank you , Elizabeth
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A soft reline will not help keep the denture in. A soft reline is normally only used on the bottom denture to provide comfort. Some people have a "knife edge" ridge on the bottom and having hard material pressing against it is very painful. The issue with soft relines and probably why some dentist dont do them is that they absorb a lot of bacteria and will start to smell over time. So avoid it if possible. as for fixodent. I have recommended fixodent powder and have had nothing but positive feed back so you may want to try that.
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What he said. LOL
In my case after 3 or 4 days my dentures started getting loose and even with powder adhesive, if I ate hot soup or oatmeal they popped loose. I didn't realize just how much room they had allowed on my temp dentures till I did the first soft reline. It was a small kit and I could have used the material for the uppers and lowers just on the uppers. There was probably a 1/8" gap down each side. No wonder I never had much pain from the swelling. In fairness to affordable dentures though, I DID have 27 extractions and temp dentures all in one day, so it was pretty much all guesswork as to what my gums were going to do. The soft lining just filled the gaps enough for suction to to it's job. I still use powder on top and either powder or paste on the bottom.

As to directions they come with the kits, but you just mix a liquid and powder, put in your dentures and bite down then hold it for a few minutes. The first time I did it I gave myself an overbite, but adjusted for it next time.
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I have an appointment on the 22nd to see if a soft reline is in order for me. I'm not sure it's needed, but I am still having issues with eating solid food and am wondering if it would help. For awhile it was sensitivity on the left side that was causing issues, but that has gone away and now it's more that by the time I get home and try to eat anything real solid I am 1) exhausted, 2) the lowers have started to loosen just a little to where chewing doesn't feel right and 3) I don't want to use additional adhesive. My new phobia now is the fear of not being able to get them out. I have had a few cases where the uppers didn't want to come out and it took a lot of salt-water and time to get them to loosen. Then of course on the other side of that is this recurring dream I've been getting where I wake up thinking I've lost my dentures. It's kind of funny since the only time I've worn them overnight was the first 24 hours.
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To Ken, Dave and Gina, thank you for all the information you guys have provided. Gina I went without teeth upper teeth only for three months was not offered an immediate and now I have what I'm guessing is my permanent denture. However I must use adhesive or it will fall right out. But then after I have it in there for awhile I too would figure I'm going to have a problem getting it out so far i use polygrip paste, tried the fixodent paste and It did not agree with my stomach because it's only when I used the fixodent that I had the problem iwhen I went back to the Poligrip no stomach problems. It takes about 15 minutes of holding them in place and biting down, I have the fear that I'm not going to be able to get them out because they feel so tight. I wish they felt that tight with no denture adhesive. Anyway I have always been able to get them out but sometimes it does take very warm almost hot water switched around for a while and then I just pull on the top I never touch the teeth because I don't want to hurt them. Anyway I was wondering if anybody would mind showing me what their permanent top denture looks like outside of the mouth. I know Kenny had posted something a while back because I saw stain away which was something I was thinking they had something on the market but I wasn't sure of the name but I think I deleted that post and I'm not sure where I could find it and then I have to ask Ken is that your permanent denture /s? So Gina like I said I don't know what it's like to have an immediate I've never had one but even though I've only had my denture for 22 days as of today it has gotten easier to get out and the fear of not being out to get it out going away. I just wish the denture felt comfortable in my mouth and that it wasn't the only thing I think about the entire time I have it in I know it's there I'm always thinking about it constantly and I hate that and it actually hurts a little on the right side and I've already had three adjustments within 18 days. I will admit people have told me that they cannot tell they they are not real and that I now have a nice smile where before with my regular teeth I did not smile with my mouth open because I did not like the way the veneers on my front two looked. Besides not liking the fact that I constantly realize they're there I have a problem with getting the poly grip out of the top of my mouth and that takes a really long time and if I lhave something to do I I can't because I really have that to get that stuff out, I hate how it feels. Any suggestions from denture wearers who must use adhesive only. not people who are blessed with a denture that stays in on its own without adhesive. Thank you all, Elizabeth
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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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