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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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Good to hear that you are doing well 3 weeks out. Today I woke up and had 1 scrambled egg and coffee, which was fine. For lunch I tried a little tuna fish with mayo and had a little trouble. I then switched to macaroni shells and cheese and was better. I guess I will have it for supper too. I know I am at Day 3, but now I am feeling the natural soreness and misery that everyone talked about. As they say, "No pain, no gain." I have another follow up appointment this Friday. My dentist wanted to wait one week after extraction before adjusting my top plate. It's a little loose, but tolerable. :-D

-Mike

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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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I had 11 teeth total pulled on top to make way for my full upper denture. I had the procedure done last Thursday ( 16 teeth total - 11 top 5 bottom). I will see my dentist tomorrow for my 2nd follow up and my first teeth adjustment. They didn't want to adjust anything last Friday so my gums have a chance to heal.

My personal thought after 1 week is full of mix emotions, but I believe that comes with the healing process. As long as you follow your instructions from your dentist (rinse with warm salt water 4-5 times beginning on Day 2 - Sunday for you), the top gums will heal nicely. I don't believe they will be "fully" healed as that takes time. My dentist told me to figure 1 week per 10 years of your life for your gums to fully heal. So, I am 47 (48 in May) so he told me to plan on 4 to 5 weeks for healing. If you are 28, plan on 2 to 3 weeks for a full heal.

After your procedure, you will NOT rinse for the first day. Rest, rest, and rest. Also, plan now and be ready for your liquid diet at first. I couldn't eat anything at first. I drank V8 juice, OJ, Grape Juice, and soups. Today, I can eat scrambled eggs, pb&j sandwich (difficult but manageable), instant flavored mashed potatoes, and soups. I go grocery shopping tomorrow so I am going to buy Ensure as my dentist recommended. I got my dentures (full on top and partial on bottom) and the same day I had my extractions.

I hope this helps you out. Good luck with your upcoming procedure and just remember the one thing I am still saying to myself - patience, patience, and more patience. Above all, smile. I can finally smile again.  :-)

--Mike

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Thank you very much Mike. Yes it does help. I have also been reading about the ensure and boost diets lol. V8 is not a problem for me since I'm probably the only one in my generation who likes it. I am going to the store today to stock up. But that was interesting about the 1 week per 10 years. I'll have to ask mine as well. I have always been a fast healer. Thank you again for taking your time to answer my question. Congratulations on your new smile and I can't wait to be able to again. I think that is the one thing that is keeping me sane through this. Knowing I am doing for a better health and a better future.

Thank you
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Hey Joe,

Congrats on your decision to get dentures. You won't regret it in the long run. The miniscule pain/discomfort you incur the first week or two far outweighs the pain/discomfort your 'old' teeth might have caused you.

I will be 58 Sunday and I am 3 1/2 weeks out with a full upper and a lower partial. I had moderate pain the first 2 or 3 days. After that, there was tenderness, as expected with 11 extractions, but nothing that was so bad I couldn't function. 

At 3 weeks, I am pain free. I have some very mild gum tenderness at times but, overall, I feel I am out-of-the-woods here. I am eating pretty much everything I was eating before the dentures. Mind you, there are a few things I have a bit of difficulty with but I go ahead and attempt it anyway. I've eaten chicken wings, pork chops, tacos, chips, and hamburgers so far. You need to learn how to chew with your dentures just as a person with a prosthetic leg needs to relearn walking. Chew with both sides to deter your dentures from 'tipping' side to side. Biting with your front teeth will be difficult ... I am just learning to accomplish that comfortably. Take small bites, and cut your food into small pieces.

I started using an adhesive the 2nd week. I found that Poligrip was fairly thick feeling and it only held for about 5-6 hours at the most. I switched, per the recommendation of a co-worker, to Fixodent with Scope and there is an amazing difference. The past 3 days, I have been putting my teeth in in the morning about 9:00 a.m. after fully cleansing my dentures and mouth (brushing my remaining teeth, gums, and tongue and rinsing with a mouthwash). My dentures have been staying in very securely for 24 hrs! I brush my natural teeth after each time I eat and rinse with mouthwash (especially before going to bed at night).

For the first 2 weeks, I was rinsing my mouth 4-5 times a day with very warm salt water and it helped sooth my gums and promoted healing.

I don't see any reason why you couldn't return to work within the first week following your extractions. Yes, you will be a little uncomfortable for the first 2 weeks, but nothing drastic enough to keep you at home.

Take it 'one day at a time' and don't neglect calling your dentist if you develop tender spots or small ulcerations where your dentures are rubbing. That can be taken care of in a  quick dentist visit.

Orajel has a mouthwash you might want to use the first couple weeks - rinse your mouth for at least one full minute so it takes affect. Keep your dentures in as much as possible so your gums conform to their shape as they heal.

As far as 'healing' ... your gums should be completely filled in and formed at about 6 months. However, they will be 'closed over' and healed within a week or two (depending on the amount of and severity of your extractions).

They will feel bulky and thick at first. At 3 1/2 weeks out, I can still feel some thickness but I am becoming used to them. Your final denture (at about 6 months) will be a little thinner and more natural feeling.

Be patient and follow your dentists recommendations. Don't hesitate to read the boards here and ask questions!

I have been back to work almost 2 weeks now. I am a Customer Service rep and talk on the phone 8-10 hrs a day. I am still working on my S's but that will take time and practice. I'm getting better every day!

You will be amazed at your new smile, so don't get discouraged. Being an EMT (I am a  retired nurse) you know that everyone heals and experiences pain/discomfort differently. Go at your own pace and don't be too quick to 'keep up' with others. As you read through the posts here, you will see that everyone is different in their progress.

Questions? Ask away!

Fyllis


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Thank you Fyllis, everyones input and reassurance is really putting me at ease. My current situation I already stumble on "s" a little but not a lisp it just my mouth has a constant swollen feeling so I'm hoping it will stop soon and yes you are definitely right. Everyone heals at their own pace and I know I just need to let my body do its thing its just the anxiety of it all is overwhelming. but I am glad I won't be out of work to long. Thank you again for everyones input. It is greatly appreciated !!!
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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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Good luck today. I had my first reline and oh what fun it was. Usually it's not painful, but the dentist put a "new" dental assistant in charge of mixing and applying the product in my denture. I told her it was VERY PAINFUL to bite down as she wanted me to. She said that's ok and left me high and dry. OMG I was not a happy camper.

She came back in about 5 minutes and took out the top denture. I explained the pain and she was persistent on how painless the soft line is all about. I told her if that's the case, take it out and give me what I had before. It was loose but painless. She got the dentist and I explained everything. He admitted he told her how to do it and he put too much product on it. It felt like plastic being jammed up on my upper gums.

Overall, after he adjusted everything and HE did the procedures, my dentures feel MUCH better. I have 2 more relines to go through. He said my gums are healing nicely and he will see me in about 2 months for reline round 2. I told him how I brush and swish warm salt water after I eat and soak my teeth every night and he told me he wants to make me the spokesperson for how to follow simple instructions. :-)

Anyways, Joe, just be patient with the after effects of your teeth pulling for the first week. I can actually say that after my 1 week, and having my first reline, my teeth and I feel better and my SMILE looks purdy. LOL.

Keeps us posted on how you are doing. We are all in this together and it helps me to read other people's ups and downs. Trust me, I had down moments this past week where I actually cried because I wanted to eat away at food. For example cheese sticks. Yes, I tried cheese sticks. Big no no for me. My gums hurt and teeth went everywhere. I cried and then cheered up thinking this is only week 1 and I will be able to eat cheese sticks again one day.

--Mike

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Iam at week seven no reline for me yet still have to many sore spots.wiuld love to think I will be able just to chew something.I can eat five pieces of pop corn and my teeth pop out.and I am chewing both sides at the same time.
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Hi Patti. OMG. I feel your misery as I am only in week 1 and am going crazy of not eating what I want. So far what I can eat is Mashed Potatoes (Idahoan Instant Kind - plus I add my own stuff like cheese and sour cream), call me crazy, but I have tried eating a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. How you may ask?  Me being stubborn. I spread about 1 tablespoon of peanut butter on 1 slice, and plenty of grape jelly on the other slice. I put them together and cut it up into small pieces. Then I eat 1 at a time, allowing the bread to soften up in the mouth and slowly try to chew it. I chew very slowly to exercise the jaws and mouth to get back into the groove. Yes, at times the gums do hurt, but then I follow up with cold water before eating another small piece. There are times I catch myself actually holding both sides of my bottom denture down while I try to chew. I figure I won't bite myself since I have to chew very slowly.

Regarding your sore spots, do you swish with warm salt water about 4-5 times a day? Even when I get a pain feeling, I go and swish with salt water. It seems to work for me, but  I know everyone is different when it comes to healing. I can't imagine going 7 weeks without having a reline.

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Mike, all is going good. I have my immediate in ans laying at home. I will write more a little later after a name. And maybe post before and after picture if this bleeding stops lol
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Hey everyone. Today was a success. Here is a picture to show why I am so happy.
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WOW! Big difference. Nice smile. I'm sure it feels good to smile again.
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My smile will be much bigger. The novocaine was still affecting my upper lip
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Same thing about the Novocain affecting my upper and bottom lip. Now with the reline part 1 in, it's like my lips won't stay shut. LOL

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Congrats Joe!  They look awesome!

The next few weeks will have you wondering, 'What the heck was I thinking'? But as time passes, you will always be grinning!

I've posted before & after pics on facebook, I have them on my phone and sent them to everyone I know! I even showed them to the guy down at the gas station! LOL And I still catch myself at red lights, tilting my mirror down and just smiling at myself!

At 3 weeks out, I am eating,talking, laughing, and smiling my butt off! Still practicing my S's but, that will come in time. I'm getting better though! 

Now, the only thing I wonder is, 'Why the heck didn't I do this sooner'?

A lot of your questions have probably already been answered somewhere in the blogs, but don't be afraid to ask. We are ALL going through different experiences but, we are going through them together! So, ask away!

SMILES!!

Fyllis

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P.S. -- I can't stress enough: Rinse often (4-5 times a day, at least) with very warm salt water!
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Yeah I start rinsing today. Can't wait lol
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Hey Joe,

Something else that might help along the way is:

Keep your denture in as much as possible! Especially the first week. When you take them out, your already swollen gums will change shape and when you put the denture back in it won't fit exactly right. That is part of the cause of the sores/ulcers people get from their denture rubbing. It's not always that the denture was made wrong, but that your gums changed shape when you had your teeth out.

Yes, you will get a few spots where you will need to have your dentist buff the denture down, but for the most part, they should fit fairly well.

Personally, the only time I take mine out is in the morning or briefly after eating when I clean them. Yes, mine are in pretty much 24/7 and they are feeling better every day! I have a routine now. In the morning, I get up and take my teeth out, rinse them and put them in the cup to soak. Then I take my shower and do my thing in the bathroom. After that, I brush my natural teeth and rinse with mouthwash and go out and start the coffee. Make breakfast and drink my coffee etc. That all takes about an hour or so. Then I go in and rinse and dry my dentures and apply the adhesive (I use Fixodent with Scope) and sit them aside while I do my hair real quick. After they sit a few minutes (2-3 at the most -- I found that if I let the adhesive set up a little bit, it seems to adhere better than it does when I put my teeth in right away) I stick my dentures in and hold them in place for about 30 seconds or so. This helps them seal to my palate. Then, once again, I rinse with cold water and I am on my way out the door.

I leave them in all day! Before I go to bed, I brush my lower back teeth, rinse with mouthwash, and go to bed. With my dentures IN. Then, in the morning, I go through my routine again.

This works for me and I haven't had any problems with them coming loose or developing sore spots.

One of the reasons I started leaving them in overnight is because I still have 10 natural teeth on the bottom (5 on each side in the back) and when my uppers were out, my natural teeth would press against my upper gums and, since they are still healing, it hurt. I wore them for protection.

My dentist said it's better to leave them in as much as possible.

I hope this helps. Everyone has their own thing that they do, but this works for me and might possibly work for you as well?

OK, I am heading out for now. I have to renew my license plates and get my hair cut... tomorrow is my birthday! Whoopieeeeeeeeeeeeeee!  And later tonight, my daughter and I are going out to Red Lobster for Lobster Fest. Can't wait!

Have a great day and keep smiling!

Fyllis


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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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Landon S Johnson

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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!