New denture comfort food!

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I'm on day no. 2 of my dentures, and discovered a great food that seems to work very well with the tentativeness of eating with these things: ravioli!Not only are they tasty, but they almost seem tailor-made for this ecxact situation! Try it! Just make sure they cool down a good bit, they'll go down like magic, without challenging your new dentures with all kinds of unpredictable shapes!
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Tami Mayle

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Thanks Im on day 3 myself
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stacey lane

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Maryanna mooney, i feel like that too the palate is too much for me, i wanna feel the top of my mouth again.
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I totally understand. It feels weird because anything hot or cold you won't feel due to the palate. But I'm glad I have no more pain.
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Maryanna, wow 5 years ago, I doubt anyone will read this but I've been looking online for a denture support group and when I read your post, it could have been ME that wrote that! It's the exact same problem I have and no one gave me a head's up that eating food will be difficult not just learning to chew and bite with dentures but having that plastic on my upper palate and not enjoying any taste when eating. It's been very depressing for me.  I wish I could talk to you and see how you're doing NOW. I've had my dentures for about a year now and to enjoy the taste of food, I take my dentures out at home (I'm a widow and live alone), cut certain foods in small pieces and only then can I still enjoy the taste of food. And I still hate the feeling of hard plastic on the roof of my mouth. How do people get use to this??
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Lizzy, that is one thing that gives me comfort so I'm glad you wrote that. It IS great to not have to worry about dental pain any more! But it sure is a trade off to have to get use to dentures. My dentist makes his own dentures instead of sending off to a lab and he did a great job. They look so natural. I do like that I can smile and it looks good but...learning to bite, chew and try to enjoy food again has been difficult. 
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Day 6 here and that’s what I’ve been living off of lol them and mashed potatoes, mac&cheese, jello, apple sauce and pudding. Also got a little adventurous and tried chicken noodle soup with crushed saltine crackers lol
Edited to add ~ full top dentures extractions same day
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Thanks, I had 11 teeth and several roots pulled two days ago and got a complete upper and lower plate. I bought some raviolis last night (I already like them) figuring just what you said. And you're right they do just slide right down. I use frozen cheese raviolis (small) and serve them in broth. They go down with little or no chewing and the chicken broth feels like I'm eating something wholesome (let it cool some first).
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I jus bought some ravioli and I love it. Better than eating chicken noodle soup everyday. All I've been eating is applesauce and danimals smoothies. Lol
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Another thing that helps is the Dole Shakers. You buy them in the frozen juice section. They have several flavors and you just add your own juice. They are amazing!
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Katie

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Day 1 with a complete top and partial bottom! I have yet to master drinking water, so haven't tried food yet.
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Bonnie Hoban

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I am on day 5. I have partials on the top and bottom. I am pretty good with water and coffee but I still stick to soft foods.
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Deb Hoy

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day 3 with top and bottoms done.. have lost 3 pounds
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Jim Smith

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I am on day 5, I have a top plate. I still have a problem chewing ,I eat pizza last night,and spaghetti today. Did alright,just had to take small bites. The problem I have is it feels like a wad of plastic on my Pilate. Will I ever get used to that?
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You're doing great on day 5, Jim. A lot of people haven't attempted chewing much at that point, so you're off to a great start. Just stick with foods that you feel comfortable with and those that have a natural snap to them, such as broccoli. It will take some time, but you'll get used to the feel eventually. It does get better!
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Jim Smith great job with pizza. I haven't even dreamed of trying that.
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On day 1 it is a good idea to stick with clear broth and just sip your water and get in as much water as possible. Once you start eating, try vegetable soup. I did eventually progress to macaroni salad and mac & cheese. I think it was around week 3 or 4 that I tried ravioli (4 squars and now 6-7 in week 6) and it is great!
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I am glad for advice. was wondering what to start with. I have had my partials both top and bottom so I am getting use to wearing them, swallowing. But it is getting better.
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I just got full uppers and lowers 6 hours ago. They pulled all my teeth about two months ago. I had stage 4 periodontal disease and major bone loss. My teeth were literally falling out. It was very difficult eating during the healing period, with no teeth. I lived on potatoes, soup, chili, eggs, crab cakes, and Ensure (and similar products). Today I attempted to eat some bacon because I haven't been able to eat it in about a year. That didn't work out too well... I couldn't tell if I was chewing it or not. I guess that will take practice. Thankfully I still have lots of chili.
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Top Ramen here. You can drain the juice add cheap cheese and there you have a great breakfast, lunch and dinner. .
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This is day 5 for me, and I'm eating Ravioli as I type! I have been sooo hungry trying to figure out what foods I can eat. Been eating the Campbell's Soup on the Go, and Cream of Wheat. Actually had pancakes with an egg on day 3. Basically tounged it down. Had All of the rest of my teeth pulled on Friday, and it's Tuesday with a lot of pain still. Thank goodness for pain meds!
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May I suggest potatoes! They became my best friend the first 2 weeks. Mashed, baked, plus you can season them and add goodies veggies/cheeses whatever is soft (steamed broccoli)!!. Soft chicken breast diced small, if you boil them or bake them they'll tear up really good and small. I'm on week 4, for tops only. Also if you like seafood, crab legs ;)
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Yes I eat potatoes ,got my teeth on wensday afternoon and eat mashed potatoes that night. The next day I eat grits with some butter,that night I did oven backed chicken with gravy over rice. If you cut it real small you can eat it alright. I was chewing on day 3,but nothing to hard. I couldn't eat an apple that was sliced.
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I'm a day 9 of full extraction with upper and lower plates and it is getting better. Honestly the first few days alI I could tolerate was broth soups. A few days before oral surgery I made different soups, stocked up on yogurt and pudding. Though yogurt is a part of my regular diet, it still wasn't sticking to my ribs. Day 3 the broths weren't holding me. Even my love of egg drop soup. Moved onto pan grilling boneless skinless chicken breast and thighs, each gallon freezer bag dedicated to specific spice/flavor. Next I used my "ultimate chopper" to puree meat to an almost paste-mush consistancy. WOW! I can eat this and it sticks to my stomach and it's flavorful!!!! Next I did the same with vegies. I call it ADULT BABY FOOD, but it works. Day 9, I can chew very small cut morsels very carefully. It gets better!
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love the smile your dentures look great!!!!!!
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wow hope Ill be able to eat ike you  ill chopp  my food too cook in my crockpot a lot of soups  have to get  upper denture  not bottom im so scared  of not  being  able to adjust .


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I am so happy to see so many great suggestions. My day is 4 days from now. I am sure I will need the support all of you can give. I stocked up on Ensure and Greek yogurt.  Bunny
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I am so happy to see so many great suggestions. My day is 4 days from now. I am sure I will need the support all of you can give. I stocked up on Ensure and Greek yogurt.  Bunny
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Cool. Teeth look great
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I have been eating mac and cheese and kind of swallowing it whole. I am almost two weeks in and i am still afraid to eat,, It is kind of weird getting used to. I actually ate a real dish of penne pasta .. its filling and if you really feel that you cant chew it you can swallow it kind of whole .. Hoping it gets better I am dying to eat a slice of pizza ., 7 lbs down maybe these things are the next big thing for weight loss. lol
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Hi Aileen, thanks for joining our forum and for sharing your tip about eating pasta.  Stick with soft foods for now, but when you're ready for that slice of pizza, use a knife & fork to cut it into small bites, and evenly distribute your food between both sides of your mouth.  In time you'll be able to eat most of your favorite foods.  Best of luck!
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I'm at 3 weeks and finally feeling better. Ate a lot of mashed potatoes with gravy and broth which were yummy. the first day ate alot of ice cream:). Also tried to drink powerade/gatorade to hydrate myself. Had some chicken pot pie, and mashed up the chicken into small pieces. Am going to get some mac and cheese, but have been dreaming of grilled hot dogs/bun and spaghetti with meat sauce. Just looking forward to the day when there is no pain/soreness and the full dentures do not feel like a foreign object in my mouth. :)
Hang on everyone, better times are coming. thanks for sharing. It has encouraged me.
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Hi Susan, thanks for sharing your ideas for food suggestions.  Take it one day at a time, eventually you'll come to the point where you can eat most everything and you won't even realize you're wearing dentures.  You're right, better times are coming!
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Karen, does that really happen? Eventually I'll be able to eat most anything and not even think about wearing dentures? And what about taste?
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Hi I’m on day 7 and am finding it very difficult to eat hardly anything. I feel like I have an elephant in my mouth. I’ve been reading all these comments and am hoping they are true that it will get better. I want to be able to enjoy the holidays coming up. Please help me have confidence that it will get better.
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I found after my extractions that I could eat fig newtons. It sounds crazy but I was able to "chew" them 2 weeks after my top extractions and I just tried some today (2 1/2 weeks since my bottom teeth were pulled) I am glad they spaced mine out because I had 26 teeth! I also ate crabcakes which were pretty easy to get down! I love the suggestion of ravioli, it does seem made just for this situation and there are so many varities of flavors. I am looking foward to the day when I don't have to worry about my dentures.
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Hi, I'm on Day 2, hard to tell if I have sore spots or not from the bad pain I'm still in, been eating chef boy are dee myself, very simple and oatmeal, sure hope tomorrow will be less painful, I went to my dentist this am and he decided to leave the denture in until tomorrow since I was feeling so good, that was shortly lived, a few hrs later horrible pain. I am doing well as far as fit goes, I have worn a partial for years and was use to having that feel in my mouth. Scrambled eggs are good as well, tried to nibble on a very soft piece of toast, BIG mistake
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Day 2 here. Full uppers and lowers, 26 teeth in all. Not much swelling, I did get my dentures adjusted today. Sore spots are the worst.
I have had yogurt and puddings.
But what really has saved me is my nutri bullet.
Stay hydrated, and you can add protein. So you can feel full.
I was worried about my energy levels. Did the research. It truly has helped me.
I am very nervous about food. Chewing and so fourth, but for now I'm OK. Just going to focus on healing up.
Good luck to us all. And thank you so much for sharing.
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i went to affordable dentures in arkansas, i had a full upper and partial lower with a new denture wearer packet plan total cost $1,660 adjustment free for 60 days,and reline also will get new dentures one year from the day they were put in, I had delta dental waiting to see if they'll reimburse me any money.
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smoothies here, day 2 1/2 full immediate upers. .I am feeling hungry which is odd I am not much of an eater. Peanut butter on a spoon was very tasty and helped the cravings. We are vegan so smoothie was natural, use avacado cucumber, apple slices bannana, canned beets add flavor, cantelope and carrot juice is great. 
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Im on day 9,had all my teeth pulled,got my dentures the same day,and i still havent learn to eat with them,so i have to take mine out to even eat soft food, does anybody else eat without your dentures?
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Yes a lot of people do. It takes time to get use to them. Take is slow don’t push yourself too fast and try not to get too frustrated.
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Yes Donna I do. I live alone so it's too easy to take them out when I'm home so I can eat most things AND enjoy the taste. Some foods I need to cut up in small pieces but it works. I know I need to  learn to eat with dentures in but it's been so hard for me.
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I am so happy to have found this web site ~ there are so many great suggestions and tips!! Plus, it makes me feel a lot better to know there are so many great people going through the same thing I am!! I am only on Day 1 ~ had all my teeth extracted yesterday and dentures put right in. It is tough now but will be worth all the pain later. Thanks to everyone for all the help.
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Sounds like you are doing really well. I am at 1 month today and my gums are still a little sore, the warm salt rinses are helping with that.
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someone please tell me that the gaging when i had the impression made will not happen when the dentures go in...oh no
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I know how unpleasant the gagging is, Kelly. Gagging is a natural, protective function of the body, so it's not uncommon to experience a little gagging when you first get dentures (but it shouldn't be as bad as the impressions!). The gagging should definitely decrease as you get used to your new teeth - which I'm sure will look great!
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I'm on day 4 with my new dentures and the gagging is MUCH better! After I stopped salivating so much the gagging got better.
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Yes I gagged some the first night and some the next day. My dentist said if they make the gums sore try taking them out for 30 mins. at a time and let your gums heal . I was fortunate my gums healed fast after I had my teeth pulled. They didn't get sore until I left them end for about 12 hrs..
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Jayelle ~ I was very lucky to find a program in my state (Ohio) called Dental Options. It is designed for people who work but who have no dental insurance. The dentists volunteer to do the work needed at a discounted price ~ usually 50% of the standard fee. The bad part is the waiting list. They go by the county you live in ~ I live in one of the larger ones in Ohio, so there are more people on the list. I waited for a little over a year.

But it was definitely worth it because I couldn't afford the whole thing myself. My husband has a pretty good job ~ I have not worked for about 4 years now. As soon as my mouth heals I am going to start looking for a part-time job ~ I am excited about that too!!

Anyway, I needed 13 extractions. So the cost from the Surgeon together with the Dentist ended up to be about $2,500. We only had to pay half of that ~ $1,250. Very grateful for the program. I have to call them tomorrow ~ you have to check in after your appts and let them know what is going on. I will ask her if she knows if there is a program in your state. Did you say you live in Floridia?? Let me know and I will ask for you. Maybe the waiting list wouldn't be as long for you??
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I suggest Aspen Dental..not only are they great but will work with you on financing your dentures. Even with my bad credit I was able to get financed...good luck
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Really ~ I was checking out their website yesterday. If my bottom dentures don't fit better soon, I might consider the flexible dentures. Aspen dental has them ~ I didn't think they would consider financing because we have bad credit.
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That is where I went-Aspen Dental! So far I have been satisfied with them.
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I live in Port Richey, FL and I have Simply Health Care Ins. Got 11 extractions, full upper dentures and partial lowers ... all for zip. 45 mins of general anesthesia too!
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You got an awesome deal! I'm in Louisiana, no ins, there's LSU School of Dentistry in New Orleans, I've heard dental colleges are good when you're strapped for money. Haven't checked it out yet tho.
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I am in Arkansas. I had 6 extractions and an upper plate. After insurance I paid 571.00. Without insurance it would have been around 1200.
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Suzi N.

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I went to the University of the Pacific Dental School in San Francisco. Very happy with the work and cost. Id highly recommend it.
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I live in California, have Concordia Insurance, and paid only $160 for the anesthesia. I had 21 teeth removed and got full permanent dentures right away.
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Jayelle

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Bobbi did you have conscious sedation or general anesthesia? I don't want to be knocked totally out, gives me the creeps.
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Bobbi Utley Gilmore

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general anesthesia. But stupid me forgot to make sure I was hydrated the day before. They had a really hard time finding a vein. My arms were black and blue for a week.
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Jayelle ~ I just got off the phone with the lady at Dental Options. I asked her if Louisiana had a similar program and she gave me a phone number for you: 504-940-5200. The program here in Ohio is for people without dental insurance. It isn't free, it is discounted according to your income. I hope you check it out ~ who knows, they might be able to help you.

I did it without being knocked out because it is so expensive for general anesthesia. I think, if I could have ~ I might have done it, not sure. How many teeth did you say you need extracted?? I only had 13 left.
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I went to Aspen Dental for the x-rays but the dentist was so rude and demeaned me so badly I didn't go back. However saying that, it was actually a Godsend even though at the time the feeling of worthlessness was pretty great, I found out that every other Thursday in Omaha they have dentists from Creighton do as much work as they can on you in 2 1/2 hours for $20. That includes extracting, fillings, root canals, etc. It is the Senior students (ready to graduate) that do this. Fabulous opportunity for them and me. I was treated very kindly and with respect.
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Mickey it makes me sad to think any professional would treat you so poorly, obviously they have more business than they can handle. I am happy for you to find such a great deal on dental care. Good luck with all your future care.
Bill
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do not let someone that is rude and obnoxious make you feel bad...shame on him and he will be getting karma as a result
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I'm being told all of them @ $250 per tooth, I have a consult for a 2nd opinion next week, but I will look into this as well. I'm glad to see some of Yall were allowed to stay conscious, he told me that wasn't an option. Thanks :)
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there are different prices for extractions from your molars to front teeth to Dracula ones and if their still there wisdom teeth I think its between wisdom and molar are the most expensive
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Ruidoso Bill

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Not sure where I read the recommendation but for a treat someone suggested WalMart Pound cake, easy to eat.
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kathy diamond

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I tried their pound cake and it wasn't bad and fairly easy to eat.
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Sound good ~ last night I got a Marie Callender's frozen banana cream pie ~ kinda pricey, but worthit. I picked a few of the sliced almonds off of the top and the rest required no chewing at all ~ you don't have to eat the crust ~ I tried a little bit and it was ok