New top dentures loosen, rock and "click" when I chew

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I've had my full uppers now for a week and a half and every time I try to bite or chew just about anything my denture loosens, rocks to one side or front to back, clicks as one side pulls loose and hits my real lower teeth or the whole plate comes loose. I'm wondering if they need to be adjusted or if there might be some other problem? I've tried using Poligrip and Fixodent with the same results. Haven't tried any of the powder adhesive or the cushions yet. Would either of them help or is it time for an adjustment? I only had 4 remaining front teeth pulled on 2/18, they had my permanent plate waiting, so the gums on the sides were fully healed. Thanks for the replies, Patrick R.
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Patti Howard Greene

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I use sea bond on my top mine don't stay in place.they won't reline mine for at least six months.
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Patti Howard Greene

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Iam only a t week seven
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Patrick Robinson

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Thought about trying Seabond Patti,, just have to get some. My dentist has me scheduled for an adjustment in another month.
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Patti Howard Greene

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I go every week for adjustments I must be a big baby.I can't deal with the pain and I already wear pain patches.
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Patti Howard Greene

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The sea bond works for my top just not my bottom.
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Mara Jane Fisk

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If you haven't done so, I would DEFINITELY at least call your dentist.  One piece of advice I have from what I've learned with mine, is don't try to EAT OR DRINK anything too soon after you put in your plate.  You may have to use more adhesive than they recommend until you get comfortable with the denture.  Then you can start backing down until you find a comfortable minimum.  I've had my dentures almost a year.  It just takes trial and error to find out what works.  Everyone likely has a different solution.  The powder is somewhat less messy than paste-type denture adhesives.  Keep after it.  You'll get there!
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Thanks Mara! The reason I haven't called my dentist is fortunately I've been basically pain free. I've tried more adhesive and that didn't help, just more mess. Next trip to the store I'm going to pick up some powder and try that. Also going to pick up and try the Seabond. Thanks for the encouragement !!!
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Patti Howard Greene

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Keep ur receipts so if things don't work for u take them bav k to the store.walmart loves seeing me coming.lol.lol.
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Fyllis

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Patrick,

You have only had them a week and a half. You gums are still healing... for about the next 6 months, so you are going to have some looseness at times.

I am at the 3 week mark here and what I have found is that Fixodent with Scope works well (very well) for me.  I put a full thin line all the way around the top plate about 1/4 inch from the outside edge, then I let it sit for about 1 minute to 'set up' a little. Then, after rinsing my mouth with cold water, I put them in and press them in place (using the pad of my thumb on the center of the palate) and then I lightly bite down and hold them for another 30m seconds or so. They are IN there for the day and most of the night.

Mara is right  about not eating immediately after putting them in. I usually wait at least 30 minutes so the adhesive can settle in and do its thing.

Try chewing on BOTH side of your mouth with your back teeth and avoid biting  with your front teeth. When you bite with your front teeth, they tend to loosen some. I just started biting with my front teeth a few days ago and it was semi-soft stuff... not steak etc.

I went to Red Lobster last night with my daughter and had no problems eating anything. So, be patient and you will adapt. It takes time and practice.

Good luck!

Fyllis

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I use fixodent with scope as well (denture user since 3/28/15) and I am extremely frustrated. Nothing I have tried to eat so far is working. I might as well be biting down on a cinderblock. I don't feel any pain except the front of upper gums as they are still healing, but even something as soft as a banana might as well be a 2x4 plank of wood. Suggestions?
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Padraig,

Did your dentist recommend using an adhesive only 2 days after your extractions? Or is this something you did on your own?

I would think you should be allowing your gums to heal before introducing an adhesive. The removal of the adhesive could possibly cause enough suction to result in a dry socket, not to mention the potential for infection.

At this early stage, your gums will be swelling and shrinking but, they should be holding with just suction. I, personally, did not start using an  adhesive until starting my second week following extractions when my sockets were completely closed over.

As far as 'eating', I recommend liquids for the first few days. Soups, broths, smoothies, puddings, jello, and the like. Then graduate to soft foods like scrambles eggs, pancakes, pureed foods. When you accomplish this, then move on to semi-solids like light toast, fish, tender chicken, steamed veggies, pastas, etc.

Your mouth (gums and bones) are healing and you don't want to aggravate that process by chewing hard foods. It's not going to work. Adapting to dentures is a long, and often slow, process. Don't rush things or I fear you will make it worse in the long run.

And, first and foremost, I strongly urge you to rinse your mouth at a minimum of 4-5 times daily with warm salt water! This will soothe, comfort, and aid in the healing mechanism.

Good luck!

Fyllis

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Yes, my dentist did suggest using adhesives as long as it was not applied to the area where the gums are healing. Said to only use 1-2 times a day, but the packaging says only once a day at most.

I never do anything on my own without clearing it with the dentist first. The uppers do hold in place with decent suction, but they do tend to rock and even fall sometimes.

I have been able to eat yogurt without a problem and even cereal that has been sitting in milk for 45-60 minutes until extremely soft. Anything other than that is mission impossible for me.

You have given many good suggestions. I am glad to be here, so that I can learn from people who have "been there and done that". I know it is going to take time. I suppose I am impatient and still in the mindset that I can eat like I used to. I have to remind myself that I have to not only learn to speak all over again, I have to learn to eat all over again. It's like being in pre-k again.

I will try the salt-water rinse. I do plan to use mouth wash, too, but plan to only use that once I am 100% healed. Since using dentures, I have noticed increased dry mouth regardless of how much I drink. I brought it up with the dentist today and she said it's more than likely the upper plate being a foreign object causing that.

Not all teeth were extracted the same day. They did 28 over a period of 18 months and the last 4 were removed last Saturday. Those being the front teeth and the ones beside. The rest of the teeth have already fully healed.
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I'm at 4 weeks with dentures now, and after 2 weeks had to start gluing the to one for reasons similar to yours. My top one was very much rocking forwards and back and falling out. And more it's even worse. I'm not going overboard with the adhesive, but what I'm doing is putting two dots of it in the back channels of the denture. Two dots just off centre in the front channel. And then one dot in the roof. Rather than having it all the way around, I'm trying to balance out the rocking motion (like sticking a book under the leg of an unstable table). It seems to be working ok for me. Maybe think of it that way. If get a soft reline done, but it's a 6 hour round trip for me and in a couple of months get a full reline done anyway.