Newbie to Dentures

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I've read some posts and wanted to give my "food for thought" ideas because eating and talking is a whole new ball game. Today is Day 3. I had 17 teeth removed (11 top and 6 bottom) on Thurs 2/19/2015 and afterwards had my new dentures put in. Full plate on top and partial on bottom. I was able to keep my 6 bottom front teeth.

Last night was the first time I slept without the teeth and oh what a difference. As my teeth were soaking in their new spa bath, I was trying not to "bite" together because of my regular teeth hitting the top gum every now and then. Warm salt water to the rescue. Today, Sat 2/21/2015, I was able to eat some oatmeal and drink warm coffee. I have to have  my coffee, but I couldn't have hot coffee. So I made it and let it sit for a few minutes until warm.

For my home school speech therapy, I decided to try some of our favorite tongue twisters from our childhood years. I've attached a video of me trying them out and I got a laugh from it. If you need a good laugh and not feel like you are alone, please watch the video. It gave me my laughter for the day.  http://youtu.be/ZMzPR2Y_DbA

I've attached a link of where I found these tongue twisters. Do these really work? I don't know. I wanted to hear me twist a few words and laugh at the same time. I have read that reading out loud helps with the "Return of the Speech."  http://www.fun-with-words.com/tong_example.html

Ok. Thanks for reading. I found this site from thee denture kit my dentist gave me yesterday and found it very helpful from reading posts. I wanted to give my positive side of being a newbie as we newbies are all going through similar situations and easily we get frustrated.

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Mike,

Thanks for tips!

I'll be 3 weeks out tomorrow and, this morning I had coffee, bacon, eggs, and toast with no difficulties at all.

I've also switched adhesives. I was using Poligrip for about a week and it felt thick between my plate and palate. Also, it only held for about 6 hours before my denture started to loosen up. Two days ago, per the recommendation of a co-worker, I tried Fixodent with Scope. I couldn't 'feel' the adhesive; it conformed well on my denture and provided a secure feeling; not to mention a fresh taste.

Yesterday, I brushed my (remaining) teeth, cleansed my dentures, rinsed my mouth with mouthwash, and then put my dentures in about 7:30 A.M.   BIG difference!

Last night, I fell asleep on the couch watching a movie and, therefore, slept with my dentures and partial in. When I woke up this morning they were still secure. I rinsed my mouth out and had a cup of coffee. Dentures still remained in and secure. After I ate breakfast with no problems, I finally went in and removed and cleaned my dentures. It took a few rinses with warm water to loosen them enough to remove and clean.

So, today I will see how long and how well the Fixodent with Scope works. Yesterday, they stayed secure for over 24 hrs! If this keeps up, I am thinking my next venture is going to be a nice ribeye steak, medium rare!  Fixodent -- don't fail me now! LOL

Fyllis

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I can't seem to be able to start a new conversation but have a question. I think my dentures sre dull that's why I can't chew food or is it just me.HELP
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Mine seem dull to, but because I am on week 2, my guns don't have the strength to let my dentures tear into the food. This might be the same case for you too Patti. All I've been told from my friends is hang in there, it'll be worth it in the long run. So I sit, heal, wait, and pray. AND smile  :-) 
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Thanks mike glad to know iam not the only one.I did read someplace that they can put blades in .bet that's pricie.
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So I will keep trying to eat the dog loves it I feed her what I cant eat.lol.lol.
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Wow you eat real food from day one, lucky you
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Well maybe I will give that I try cause nothing so far hold my lower plate at all since I have almost no ridge. My denist is thinking I don't have enough for implants.
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I can't chew anything its like my dentures are dull
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Hang in there Patti. Everyone has a different path in healing. I can only tolerate the very soft foods. Things I have found to eat are oatmeal, very soft macaroni & cheese, scrambled eggs, and canned diced tomatoes. I also drink juices such as V8, or any vegetable juices to get my nutrition. My dentist also suggested drinking Ensure. My mother even said there is always water too.  :-)
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I do bettet eatting with out my teeth all I want to fo is chew lettuce not just swallow it I did get the schreaded kind.
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I had the same problem with lettuce too...it did get better and now I can chew it ok. But they do feel dull and plastic and slippery.....cuz they are.. I don't think it will ever feel even close to natural teeth...it is what it is...
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I get my impressions today for uppers only and I'm a little nervous because I'm 28 and Saturday (2/28) is THE BIG DAY. The worst part for me is I'm so young to this new lifestyle that I will have to adapt too. But the most reassuring thing I have been noticing is that there are as young as 18 year olds a well so when everyone says your not alone I know I'm not I just feel like I am. 

I also work as an EMT so being out of work for weeks is not an option. I might have a week MAX. In your own personal opinion what do you think the timeframe for swelling to go down is for uppers.

Any advice will help

Thanks
Joe
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GJ,

Thank you for the compliment. I'm glad you are getting some use out of my posts. I just tell it like it is and express my experiences in hopes someone going through the same things I am can benefit from it. We all have different issues and experiences so not all advise comments are going to work for everyone.

Keep moving forward and keep asking questions and post your journey!

Smiles,

Fyllis

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GJ,

You posted this 11 hrs ago. Sorry, I couldn't respond sooner.

Before I put my dentures in, I clean them (soak them in cleanser for at least 2 hrs, if not longer). Then, I brush my remaining teeth with a whitening toothpaste; not only in an attempt to brighten my natural teeth so they 'blend' with my dentures but because it has peroxide in it which helps in healing and prevention of possible infection.

I also gently brush my gums, palate, and tongue with a soft brush, then rinse with mouthwash. Then I thoroughly dry my dentures and apply Fixodent with Scope as directed on the box and tube. After inserting my dentures, I press the pad of my thumb against the palate and hold them securely for about 30-45 seconds, and then I gently press up on both sides with the pads of my thumbs against my molars for another 20-30 seconds. This sets them in place fairly well and they stay put ALL day (and have for up to 24 hrs).

I don't eat or drink (especially hot liquids) for at least 30 minutes after putting them in so the adhesive has time to settle and firm up.

Adhesive is only supposed to be used ONCE a day. Mind you, this is recommended for adhesive that contains zinc in order to avoid the potential of zinc toxicity. Read your product label!

In my personal opinion, I don't think it would harm you to remove and clean your dentures and reapply your adhesive this ONE time. I wouldn't make a habit of it.

As far as having an 'emergency kit' on hand -- it's never wrong to be prepared!

I hope this helps.


Fyllis


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GJ. Yes reapply for sure. If you Don't they will just get looser and looser to the point of knocking together lol....oh so much fun. I have never been able to not reapply. I put mine in as late as possible and take them out as soon as I can. I really don't like em too much. I am almost 6 months out and am hoping a reline will help.
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GJ. Yes reapply for sure. If you Don't they will just get looser and looser to the point of knocking together lol....oh so much fun. I have never been able to not reapply. I put mine in as late as possible and take them out as soon as I can. I really don't like em too much. I am almost 6 months out and am hoping a reline will help.
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I too carry a small kit with me in my purse: small tube of adhesive, a small cup, a short dental brush, and a round plastic case . I've had my new dentures for 2 months now and been having "challenges" with my lowers.


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Extractions and immediate denture in 4 hours. Got pushed up a day due to an opening...AHHHH lol. I downloaded very loud songs on my spotify account and will have ear buds in to drown out any un wanted noises. and Doc already OK'd ativan for my anxiety. So I think i should be ok. Smile,smile,smile right...thats what I'm doing this for and a better health is what I'm telling my self.

Will update when I can. 

Thank you Mike and Fyllis

JK
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Hi Fyllis and anyone who wears his/her dentures while sleeping,

As Fyllis mentioned, everyone has his or her own pattern. I wanted to give everyone who is reading some information about wearing dentures overnight. I understand your side Fyllis as I only have my bottom 6 front teeth and yes, I sometimes smack my upper gums while sleeping. Ouch! When that happens, I just rinse with warm salt water to ease the pain and help with any accidental abrasions. Here's a link from  our folks at dentureliving.com explaining the risks of sleeping with your dentures: (3rd Question dated June 11, 2012)  http://www.dentureliving.com/ask-an-expert/questions

I personally do not sleep with my dentures per my dentist instructions. I have my teeth in by 7am every morning and I take them out by 10:00pm. I do rinse with warm salt water and at least twice a day with Crest Pro Health throughout the day. My dentures like their "hot tub" time overnight. LOL.

Everyone have a great day and happy smiling!!  I'm on day 9.  Woo hoo.

--Mike

P.S. Happy Birthday Fyllis! Enjoy your dinner at Red Lobster!  I love seafood too, especially shrimp!

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Thanks Mike!

I read the post and, while I DO have my dentures in the majority of the time, overall, in the morning they are out about an hour or so at a time. I also brush my natural teeth after each meal and rinse with mouthwash throughout the day.

Perhaps after my gums heal completely and toughen up a bit, I will be able to let them out longer so my lower teeth don't poke into my upper gums. Until then, I am going to do what I am doing (with my dentists approval).

I'm a woman after all; therefore, I have the feminine privilege of altering my routine as it suites me. LOL  This is a 'one day at a time' process and what works for me today might not be what works for me tomorrow.

Off to Red Lobster!

Fyllis

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I take mine out and let them soak at night but my mouth hurts so I want it to have a break.but did over hear the denist tell a lady friday while I was that its Good to keep them in cause not wearing them causes bone loss. Has anyone else heard that.my mom said she had never heard that. She is 73 and has had dentures since she was 18.
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Mike my denist won't reline me until I have no more sire spots.today is family dinner day so will attempt chicken I am sure I will cut it so small that all I can do is swallow it.
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Wow you eat like I do. Small,tiny bites,eating like a cat.
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Hi Everyone,

Well it's been 3 weeks and 1 day since EDay (Extraction Day) and all is MUCH better. I see the dentist today for cleaning and then schedule my 2nd reline. Last Saturday I began using my Fixodent Food Sealer and eating has improved 100%. I was able to enjoy some grilled buffalo chicken from Dominos and OMG I was in heaven. Each day my chompers get better and better. Gums are healing nicely too.

Fylis, I have followed some of your advice. For example, my 6 front bottom teeth tend to keep hitting my upper gums; waking me up throughout the night. SO...my teeth go to their hot tub for the evening starting around 7pm and then I put them back in, without the sealant, by 11pm. This gives my gums time to breathe and a chance to relax from the teeth. When I wake up, I take the teeth out, brush them, soak them while I do my morning rituals, and then dry them out, put on the Fixodent Food Seal, and on my way for another day of life.

I've been busy helping my landlord do minor things during the day and he has treated me to lunch. I have had a bowl of Dixie Chili with onions and cheese and finally had Wendy's (small cheeseburger and fries). Well, to the newbies out there, IT DOES GET BETTER OVER TIME!!

Have a good day everyone!

-Mike

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Jonesing for Skyline right now...
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Oh crappers Mike! Dixie Chili! LOL I'm gonna have to cruise across the state line soon and grab me a 4-way! It's been a while since I've done Dixie Chili. Being from Cincinnati originally, I'm a Skyline girl!

Yes, it DOES get better! I'm able to chew just about anything but, I still have a little trouble at times with biting some things with my front teeth. I had a grilled ham sandwich yesterday at Nick's Café and when I bit into it my teeth apparently didn't completely 'make the cut' and before I knew it, I had ham, lettuce, and tomatoe all down the front of me! LOL My girlfriend who was with me started laughing and said, "Damn Girl, you look good in everything you eat"! I ended up cutting it up with my knife and fork and going from there.

Being able to laugh at yourself can be a lifesaver! LOL

Glad you are doing so well and that leaving them in overnight helps with the problems of your natural teeth hitting your upper gum. It workeds for me!

Have a good one!

Fyllis


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I just ordered 6 cans of Dixie from Amazon. I used to work in a chili place and we served chili omelets. I'll be doing that. I think Cincinnati chili will be my saving grace, and I'll work up to those onions!