New Milestone Reached!

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I recently posted that I had used a home do-it-yourself reline kit and really improved the fit and feel of my dentures. Also I am able to actually chew with it. I still have to use powder (easier clean up) or other adhesive with it or they still slip. But now I have to work to remove my dentures. I had to use both packs of the reline material on my uppers and it still wasn't enough to fill all the void around my upper gums but one was plenty for the lowers. As I said I could chew but had to tear off everything and put it in my mouth. Notice the large gap around the upper. No wonder they wouldn't stay in!



This morning I ate a sausage biscuit and actually bit off every bite and ate it just fine. This might seem like a small thing to some of you, but after a month of not being able to bite off anything to me it is a real achievement.

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Congratulations! My ability to eat is improving slowly. I bought some of the powder adhesive and am going to try it today to see if it works better for me than the adhesive. My sore spots have all healed but the left side is sensitive when I try to bite down. I'm going to make an appointment next week to see if there is something they can do to help that. Maybe it's just a matter of time too.
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Which form of denture adhesive to use is a personal choice. Glad to hear you are going to give the powder a go! Here are some tips that may help to apply powder adhesive:
  • 1) Clean dentures
  • 2) Wet dentures
  • 3) Apply powder in thin layer as shown on the bottle or carton
  • 4) Shake off all loose powder
  • 5) Insert Dentures and hold briefly in place
  • DO NOT use more than 1/4 teaspoon. Shake off excess. If powder comes off denture in your mouth you are using too much.
  • DO NOT use more than once a day. With proper use this bottle should last at least 9 to 10 weeks.
  • DO NOT use excess powder for poorly fitting dentures.
  • Consult your dentist regularly to ensure you have properly fitting dentures. Poorly fitting dentures may impair your health.
WARNING: DO NOT use more than directed. Contains zinc. Excessive and prolonged zinc intake is reported to be associated with serious health problems. Consult a doctor if using other products containing zinc.
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Gina, I use the poligrip and fixodent powder and they work really really well. Better than the Pastes. Good luck to you
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I like the powder for the uppers but paste works better for me on the lowers.
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Oh and thanks! Hope you are doing well!
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Ken,

First of all, CONGRATS!!! I'm incredibly envious. Due to having the hard reline "done" the week before Christmas, them being closed for 2 weeks, all on top of me having surgery on the 6th - all of this would be fine if the molding for the upper hadn't twisted! Fingers crossed that I can walk out of Affordable Dentures and cruise to the nearest McDonald's for an egg McMuffin!

I'm curious Ken, that does seem like a lot of gap that you had on your upper, did you have any soft liners done? Did you have a lot of swelling? Just curious. I SOOOOOOOOOO want a steak!lol
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Alicia,
I heard you about the steak! I actually ate one the other night. I cooked it myself and got it more done than I meant to. I cut it into very small bites and chewed on both sides. I couldn't chew hard enough to get much flavor out of it.

I didn't have a lot of swelling and only one small bruise near my chin. Maybe they were expecting more? They gave me prednizone to help keep swelling down and from some of the stories on here it must have worked. Within 2 days my dentures were loose. My gums are just outside of the roof arch and were only supported at the front and the two back corners without the reline. I haven't had any soft relines done, other than the one I did myself. Since I had 27 teeth removed at once, I can understand that it was all pretty much guess work as to what my gums were going to do. I told my wife I guess I talked so much that they overestimated the size of my mouth. LOL

I used a product called reline-it from walmart for $5 and change or I got mine from our local food city for about $4.50. It is a 2 part mix of powder and liquid and tastes really nasty.I may have used too much in the front, because there is a thin layer in front between my denture and my gums and my teeth seem to stick out slightly more than before. I have a splinter of bone or tooth root sticking out of the inside of my lower gum. I can't see to get it out, so I may try to get an appointment this week and let them take it out, and see if a soft reline or 2 is covered under my "new denture wearer package". I work till 4:30 p.m. so its hard for me to get off from work. I may have to take a vacation day.
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Ken,

The thing sticking out could be a tori. I have 4 spots but they are on the lip side, therefore they aren't considered tori.

All of your soft relines SHOULD be included in the New Wearers Package. Also 1 hard line - which sounds like what you need done with as big as they are.

It's funny that you said that about talking so much. I, too, talk a lot and when they made my teeth they had a hard time getting the smallest mold in my mouth. My hubby asked how that was possible. Lol

I guess we can talk a lot no matter the size of our mouths huh? :)
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I still can't convince my wife I have a small mouth! lol They pulled my upper teeth in the morning, sent me to get meds and get a milkshake while they closed for lunch, and then pulled the lowers and put in my temp dentures. By the time they did the lowers I was swelling from the uppers and I couldn't open wide enough to satisfy the dentist so they used an instrument  to lock my mouth open. They padded the upper jaw with gause but since the numbness was wearing off on the upper, it hurt like the devil!
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Ken that sounds just awful! Of course between my health issues and my fear of dentists, I planned on being knocked out. The oral surgeon didn't knock me out very well, I still felt the needles and pressure. The only solace was the fact that I should never have to have more shots!
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I feel your happiness.  I have to rip things apart and put them in my mouth as well.  If I take a bite of something it just doesnt work : )  I called for an appointment to have mine adjusted.  Hopefully one day ill be able to bite into a big old sausage sandwich just like you : )  Good for you!
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A note about reline it temporary soft liner: That stuff is a real pain to clean off your dentures to reapply! BTW the splinter/tooth fragment came out on its on. It didn't hurt my gum, but was gouging under my tongue. Glad to be rid of it. I was trying to figure out how to get off work to get it out. Thank You Lord!
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That's great!

I have had a few splinters/shards. The first one hurt so bad that I just couldn't stand to have my teeth over it. I made an appointment, got in the next day and it literally took her longer to open the suture kit than it did to pop the sliver out. After that I found one of my suture removal kits (says the woman who has had WAY too many surgeries) I cleansed the tweezers thoroughly and then sanitized them and started removing the ones popping out myself. Unfortunately, like I said before I have 3 or 4 that I think will need to be surgically temoved. NOT looking forward to that at all!
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Glad the fragment came out on it's own. ☺ this thread made me smile. I, too, have a small mouth. when I went in to get my impressions my dentist could not take them with the plates he had available so he called the lab and had smaller ones made. I had to come back in 3 days but I didn't mind. I love the picture of the sausage mcmuffin with the bite out of it. Only someone with dentures can appreciate what an accomplishment that was. I had steak the other night....cut in small pieces and it was delicious. Still having trouble teaching myself to chew on both sides after so many years of chewing on one due to poor teeth.
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Ken, did you do the reline individually or both the upper and lowers together? I bought a couple of kits and need to fix what my dentist won't. Long story there. I was debating on doing them together for a better fit.
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I did mine one at a time. I don't think I would have had time to mix the liquid and powder and get it in before it set up. The first time I used the reline-it it started to set before I could get it spread in the plate. The second time I used it, I worked faster and I had the other plate glued in before I started, and made sure I bit down hard enough to squeeze out excess material. Then I did the other plate. I had much better success the second time.
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I was curious. When I had a soft reline at the dentist, they did both together. I'm sure this isn't the same material, though.
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If you mixed the material for upper and lower together and mixed REAL fast, you might pull it off. I've been thinking of trying it that way myself. It might work better since I need more filler in the upper denture and I have a little extra left over when I do the bottom.
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So glad u r able to eat again and I've used that reline and I liked it. Although I did take it off so my dentist could do there reline on my dentures. Now that I have my reline and small minor adjustments they fit me a lot better. I have a bone spirt on one of my upper extractions and so when I try to hold my denture in place it hurts because of that. The dentist says it will wiggle it's way out so we shall see
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Annie the materials they use at the dentist are the same from the reline kit you get at Walmart. Just that they make theirs more thicker and well of course have more materials than that small kit u buy.
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I bought both kits Walgreens had, just in case. Too bad you can't put in a piping tube , like for frosting, and apply it.
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Annie,
Have you tried the reline-it kit yet? I'm about to try my third one. It works well but is a little tricky to use. You have to freeze it for 3 minutes mix and apply quickly.
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I haven't yet. I've been trying secure. But I'm not getting the hold others are. :( .
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I think u should try the reline kit. It helps out a lot. It is going to sting a lil but it's just like a reline at the dentist. If you've ever had one done there. I think once you do the reline the secure will help stay on better. Let us know what happens. Good luck to you
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I'm in an odd position. I have my permanent dentures and it's been almost a year since my extractions were done. In September, I received my permanent dentures. I noticed that I was losing suction in the spot where your back molars would be. I was told they were fine. Then I had to have the v in front made larger since the tendon is bigger than normal in my mouth. It's the one that runs from the inside upper lip to you gums. Anyway, now I have hardly any suction for my uppers. The dentist won't do a single thing. Claims that some people just have issues wearing dentures. I told her in a polite way she was full of it. I did not have this issue with my immediate dentures and she couldn't explain the difference. So , I am hoping that with a reline kit I can solve the issue on my own. Not real happy. They look wonderful and the bite is dead on. Unfortunately, they are not staying in.
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That sucks Annie. I think once you do the reline you should be fine. Even tho I did a reline at my dentist office I feel like my tips are still not to its full potential. That's becaus people say the bottoms are more of a hassle but my bottoms are perfect. Can't even tell that I have them on but my tops are a whole other story. But since using secure adhesive they stay put and that's what I want. Hopefully when I get my permanents I won't have this problem. I shouldn't because I paid $4,256 to have good teeth. So yea ill b one of those patients to make sure and say they best fit right. Money don't grow from trees you know and I expect that I get what I paid for. Lol. Well let us know how things go with u. Good luck
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Annie, pardon my language, but it sounds to me like it's time to raise hell with your dentist! If they were able to make your temporary teeth correctly, there is absolutely no reason why they can't make your permanents fit as well, if not better. What probably happened is that one person in the lab made your temps and someone else made your permanent ones.

No offense as I think very highly of you, but I've seen your feathers get ruffled on here before, so I know you've got it in you! LoL if it were me, I'd make an appointment, go in and DEMAND that they start over, at absolutely no cost to you! They should not have to make all of those adjustments to your final teeth. That's the type of things that SHOULD have been taken care of with your immediates.

Good luck! And give 'em hell!!!