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I keep thinking it will get better. I had all teeth pulled last April of 2016. Got my permanent dentures in October 2016. Been to the dentist a few times for them to adjust or whatever. I still cant really eat.  Easter came and I couldn't chew the ham ( I love ham). Family wedding came, couldn't eat the chicken. Thank goodness they had mashed potatoes and mac and cheese. I'm getting so tired of this. A couple times he mentioned implants but that's not even really an option unless I win the lottery. I use either secure or polygrip...they hold pretty good for at least one mean. No problems really with the top but the bottoms come loose now and then. But why cant I chew food? I cant hardly bite into a cookie, or a piece of toast? This is getting really old. Im beyond frustrated. I regret getting them pulled. I should of went and got a second opinion and spent may thousands of dollars and had them fixed. I don't know. I see my parents who  have had dentures for over 50 years eat anything and pretty much everything. And theirs are old. You would think newer dentures would work better!  Any suggestions for what I can do? I want to bite into a cheeseburger, a piece of pizza! I am so sick of pasta, eggs and soft like foods.HELP!!!
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  • very, very frustrated and pissed off!

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I am the same way I can't eat anything and I go back in a couple weeks for permanent and the lower has two implants....Just don't know. Hoping I can eat anything even pudding would be a plus.
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Try SECURE. I've never seen it in a store, so I buy it through Amazon. It really holds. I eat pizza, toasted bagels, and many other difficult to eat items. You might feel a little tingling/burning when you first use it, just for a few seconds, but that goes away. The difference with SECURE is that it is not water soluble like all the other brands so it doesn't loosen easily. If you put on a bunch, you'll be sleeping in your dentures!
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I got minethe same time as you and there is nothing I cant eat even beef jerky.I use fixodent plus works to good actually. I cant get them out till the second day. I only take mine out long enough to clean them. I use that 3 1/2 min.cleaner and I nuke my water for 8 secs. soak them for about 15 or 20 mins. take them out still warm rinse them dry them and glue them in. I even sleep with them in. I feel naked without them. I even knocked out 2 teeth 1 time on mixed nuts and one time eating beef ribs.
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Jack I am so jealous of you! I've tried every adhesive there is. I put so much on. But as soon as I bite into something the bottoms come loose. And it seems I can't chew things. Like they're not sharp enough or something. I font know. All I do know is I'm hungry for a big juicy cheeseburger or pizza or steak! So happy for you though.
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Push the Burger up and into the upper to assist with biting it off?

DenSureFit is the REAL DEAL and works in my lower even though they say it is for uppers only.  IDK?  Might be worth a try?  Cushion Correct is cheaper and plays well with Secure for me.  We're all different though.  Keep trying stuff.  Something has to work eventually.
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I'm sure everyone is sick of hearing me say this, but, take teeth out and eat whatever you want...at home...not like a wedding or something...im eating a chicken parmesan sub right now...at home. Ya gotta eat. I have to tear some small sizes off, but this is sooooooo good.
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I never try to completely bite through anything I bite partially through tear off and chew with back of my mouth try that and it will take a little practice but let me know if that helps at all
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Omg im so jealous. Ive tried fixoodent doesn't work that well for me.
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You could try the secure strips for the bottoms. I use them and they do help.
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Hey Jack you are not making us feel good.  Did you just join our blog.  You sound like u r very happy and sounds like your really loving your denture life, well guess what we don't.  So next time when you wont be so lucky maybe then u can relate to our horror show that we live with everyday.  Read some of the other posts.  Just saying.
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Joan, be nice. We all hav different experiences. Im happy for those that worked out well. My did not, evidently, urs did not either. All ee can do is accept ALL INFO & APPLY TO OUR OWN SITUATION. Some may help, some may make us damn jealous, but knowledge is still helpful. Im 2 wks 26 E, top mold temp does not come close to fitting. Bottom, had to do lots of new reconstruction, still open n not healing, cant put bottoms in at all. So plz, we r all out there, one way or another. Be kind. Forgiv spell errors, im not going back to correct.
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Jack I am really getting scolded for not being nice.  I am sorry if I came off to strong.  We all suffer one way or another with dentures.  I should be more positive just having a hard time and spent so much money like all of us.  BTW I use SECURE so far it will hold bottom until I drink or eat so In saying that enjoy all the foods you can.
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My apologies Joan for being a *&it. We all do suffer, just diffetently. I wish I had a choice for this painful adventure. But mine was a life or death SITUATION, there was no choice. So, Jack & all, sonetimes, just back off n be nice. I wish n pray US ALL POSITIVE RESULTS!!
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Ouch
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Ken

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A positive comment is nice to hear once in a while
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I'm sorry didnt mean to offend anybody. I'm not loving dentures just making the best of a bad situation. I was just hoping my way may also work for somebody else.
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I believe Jack's post was meant to give those struggling HOPE that eating is possible for most people with dentures.
I'm sorry if this is just a Thread to vent your negative denture experience.
Perhaps you will feel better after venting?  Probably not?

The reality is that if you have ill-fitting dentures or problems with chewing or speech, please realize that there is limited information herein that will assist you in a finding a solution.

These board are filled with both Good and Bad Denture Experiences and may great tips.  

If your experience exceeds the limitations of this (or other) online forum, you have two choices:

(1)  Continue to wallow in self pity and do nothing (assuming you have tried all the suggestions herein.)

(2)  Be proactive and take responsibility for your problems/issues and see a dental professional that is able to assist you.  Something is obviously wrong if you find yourself in the position of having unusable dentures.  YOU PAID FOR DENTURES THAT WOULD FUNCTION PROPERLY.  Demand realistic results from your Dental Professional.

IMHO
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All: I believe Ted is correct, and I believe Jack was just trying to share a positive experience. Each of us knows getting dentures is a tough assignment under the best of circumstances, and each of us knows that it's vastly more difficult for some than for others. Nevertheless, if this blog is to be effective for those who are anticipating this journey, we must share the belief that it doesn't cost anything extra to be optimistic. There's no guarantee that everyone's outcome is going to be perfect, and to suggest that it's going to be easy is to mislead.

A philosopher once said, "It's true if you think it is." If I have faith in a positive outcome, I believe that increases the likelihood that it will occur. This is true, I believe, in all matters related to health care, and those who enter any medical procedure with a positive outlook stand a better chance of realizing their goals than those who do not.

I further believe our task on here is to reassure those who are faced with the same challenges each of us is facing, and that the decision they've made represents an especially good bet on their future health, even if it doesn't go perfectly for them. Support means providing reassurance both before and after the placement of the dentures, providing worthwhile advice throughout each individual's experience and offering the best solutions we've found when something doesn't go as well as we would have wished.

Second guessing yourself on matters as serious as getting dentures probably does no one any good. First of all, it's too late anyway for most of us. Second of all, no dentist worth knowing would recommend removing all of our teeth if there was any reasonable alternative. Having doubts about the decision to go to dentures is understandable, but it requires a sincere commitment to seeing it through to the end, and there is little room for second thoughts.

Finally, this forum has been a tremendous help to me, and I greatly appreciate the thoughts of those who have shared their comments - both positive and negative - here. However, I think the principle task of this forum should be to provide the kind of support and reassurance each of us needs to get through a difficult time with the help of others who have been there. Joseph
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"But why cant I chew food? I" what happens when u try? You say they only come loose occasionally so what else is going on? I agree witn Ted you PAID for a FUNCTIONAL product. If u bought a new car and it didnt work you'd get it changed or fixed by the seller so it did work. Dentists are law unto themselves seems to me, the only profession where they feel able to sell you cr+p and shrug their shoulders. There are mini implants you coild try too, they are cheaper than full implants but you'd have to shell out for more dentures to fit them I guess.
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I can't chew food because of the way my teeth come together. I'm same. Uppers are ok but hit bottoms. If I take bottoms out (well they are always out because they do not fit) the uppers hit lower gums and can't eat. It has been a year for me too. And I couldn't afford permanents but just as well because they told me that my dentures will never fit. I told them I spent all I had on these. I'm going to go around to dentists that have free consultation and just see if they can fix them. But, what they say and do may be 2 different things I'm glad I got them. I wasn't a candidate for implants. But, that is why I cannot eat, because the teeth do not come together right. And they didn't even tell me to come in for religns and checks. So I wonder did they make mistake and are avoiding me or they got paid so don't care? Anyhow, I can't eat in public. Or even around family...i go to restaurants and just have coffee or sofa, then get my stuff to go. What dentist office suggested was seeing a specialist to build up bone for implants or just try to make new....but I have to pay. They charge for relines too. Some have said that they didn't have to pay. I've never had a hard religns. They make it sound like my fault. So I've been putting off going back. But...i don't know why. They tell me I'm not working with them (the teeth) and it will take time. Has added alot to my depression. I wish you well. In my mind I'm going to going and just put foot down. They are good at the beginning to say we will get these working...and right at end....ill need new ones made.
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I'd get some more opinions.. you can often get a first appt free. Try a a prosthodontist, and / or a denturist..
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Dentists are the 'cowboy builders' of the 21st century. We used to have a lot of those here in the uk til they were caught out in various TV documentaries +there was a lot of publicity in the media. It's very unusual for folks to get taken for a ride now. If a builder walks out leaving you with an un unfinished or unusable bathroom you'd be rightly angry & have some recourse in law - there doesn't seem to be the same naming and shaming of dentists. Even tho it can cost you as much as a new bathroom.!!! Maybe cos people are embarrassed to talk about it, tho I dont know why ... eveyone seems happy to talk publicly about every other ailment under the sun. :-/
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Yes...so true. Where I live in Florida USA there are dentists on every corner. Doesn't mean anything though. My dentist is nice....his business card shows him with his 5 children. Very nice. But once he's done,he's done. He gets plenty of business. Afterwards I realized...Oh...he has 5 kids he's wanting in medical school (He is also a M.D.). So yes, get the business. My health is not good..but I want to get in to Really get this over with. They suggested the prostodontist...my spelling is not good...but...thats more. So do I believe him. I'm a nice girl..
Ok old lady... But I i have Never backed off before. My dentist actually has me confused. They can't get my dentures to fit. But, is that my fault? Sorry rambling again...
.all take care..
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Hello Theresa. I also live in Florida. I went to Aspen Dental. Felt a liile safer going to the big box store of false teeth. Being in construction I was thinking in terms of like Home Depot if they sell you a bum product you bring it back you get a new one. And thats exactly what they did.They weren't worried about the cost (they get a paycheck come fri. regardless) They dont want to deal with an upset customer upsetting all the other customers. I still talk a little funny but I can eat food
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Thanks Jack. I had checked them out...but original cost was going to be close to 20k. So pasted . Then friend went...they did some work..but she didn't like. After I had my teeth done.THEN, someone else told me they had my problem and they got it right..like you. They went to a different office that I went to. But, now that you mention this...maybe I will try. I'll have to get dental insurance again..but yes, makes since...i have noticed that this whole thing has not only changed my teeth but routine. I was very active and slowly started slowing down. Just because of teeth. Not going out to dinner or just out in general...slowly changed me. Not good at all. Thanks...ill call and see what insurance they take. But, I'll still be paying on these that I have for another 6 years. Yeah...what a silly dope. I NEVER just trust that quickly. Live and learn. Thanks again
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Your very welcome.
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We are all together in this mess of trying to have a normal life living with Dentures.  I went out today had them in awhile as soon as I ate they get loose.  But I ate but could not wait to get home and take them out. Grrrrrrrrr
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Hi Marcia (I'm also Marcia!)  I'm just wondering what the details are on why you can't eat.  Is it just the teeth coming loose?  I've had mine for a little over a month and I can eat almost anything, but my dentist had mentioned at the beginning that my gums would be very sore, and not used to taking the weight load and moving like they do.  I just had to put on my big girl panties and suffer through it and it's getting better and better.  (I'm finally able to eat chips and salsa which is my favorite- as long as the pieces are small.) But there are certain things like pizza I still have to cut up.   If it's a glue issue, have you tried the 'krazy glue' method.  It's where you combine powder and paste.  I haven't tried it myself, but I've heard good things about it.  Lastly, if the bite is really weird, you'll probably need to get a second opinion on them.  They should be able to at least make them functional.  I'm sorry you're having such a hard time.  I also would be upset.  
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I tried the krazy glue thing and it doesn't work for me, I'm thinking maybe because my gums are still healing and shrinking (I'm a month into dentures) so I'll wait till my next relign or shall I say final hard relign that they will fit like a glove, if not I'll try the powder paste method at the 6 months
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Do you experience food sticking to them, and what do you do to help? For me, chips, rice, etc stick and it's hard to eat. :(
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Drink lots of water while eating.  It's the best way I've found so far.  The only thing I have found that is absolutely terrible are chips ahoy chewy cookies.  I figured being soft it would be a good sweet snack to start with.  And it sort of is.  I can bite them and chew them but they stick.  And I mean STICK. Thew was still cookie on my plate 20 mins later when I finally just had to brush it away.
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I'll drink more. Thank you!
...Here's hoping. :)
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Lor...   Marcia is correct and YOU posted this same thing last week and I gave you a similar answer here:
https://getsatisfaction.com/dentureliving/topics/everything-sticks-to-my-dentures-what-can-i-do-diff...
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Oh!  And also start with drinking.  Get those dentures good and wet first.  It'll help.
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Yes, thank you, and I have been drinking water. Didn't realize I need an h2o iv. (joking, kind of)
I DO drink water and milk, that's about it. Thought I was drinking plenty. Sorry to bother!
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Thank you Marcia! I think I may be guilty on that count, I think I usually start eating then take a drink. I appreciate the advice!!
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Yeah, I feel like at the very least, with dentures I am much more hydrated.  Be careful with milk because it causes mucus production. (Which can be okay for some people) but for me at least it makes my mouth dry and sticky.  If I'm going to have milk, I generally don't do it while I'm eating.  But that's how I've always been, not just with dentures.  You're never a bother!  We all have a billion questions all the time.  Ask away!
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Hi Marcia, I'm curious if your teeth are flat? When you had adjustments done did they grind the teeth down?
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No, my teeth are pretty natural looking.  (For temporaries anyway). I mean that my front two teeth are a little longer and my k9s are pointed a little farther.  When my dentist does the adjustments he's taking from the top, and then he fills it will goo and has me 'bite' into them to reshape them to my gums.  I can't imagine actually shaving the teeth down, unless they put the wrong size in the denture.  I think that happens sometimes if you didn't have a lot of teeth for the original impression.   I'm lucky (or unlucky I guess) that I had all of my teeth for the impression.
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Sorry my previous comment was meant for Marcia that posted this thread.  Yes that's what I meant. If they trimmed a lot on her teeth at the bottom and they are pretty much flat now it's a big NO NO. Hopefully they haven't done that to hers.  Now for Marcia Johnson- Make sure you make note of that and let them know your dislikes about your two front teeth and your canines when they start to make the perm.
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I know it's weird, but I like them like this.  They look pretty real. :)
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That's good. We usually recommend to have some character and not perfectly straight so they look more realistic.
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Josie, not sure what all they have done to the teeth. When I feel the bottom back teeth they feel flat. No indentions A little indentions on back top teeth. I have tried pretty much every adhesive. To me it seems maybe the bottoms don't fit right and that's why they come loose so easily. I don't know. Going to call them back this week. I wonder if they ever remake dentures? Hopefully they can get me in. I leave for a vacation to Florida in June. Sure be nice to be able to eat anything. The worse part is we can't just stop anywhere to eat. Cuz I can't eat much. Or maybe I will just live on milk shakes. Lol. I do t mean to complain. I am very jealous of people that can eat. Hopefully I will be able to join that group as well someday soon! I appreciate all the help and advice. And it's good to know that there are people that can eat with these things. So there is hope! Thank you to all!
Question!....could a person use too much adhesive? Ir is better to pIke it on? Could it be that if the bottoms don't fit liquid and that gets under them easier and loosens them up?
Thanks again everyone!
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Yes don't over do the adhesive that can make your bottoms looser... here's what I do! I put on adhesive in the morn and by dinner time it's worn down a bit so probably a half hour before dinner I add more adhesive ( I don't clean what's left of the prior adhesive which isn't much) this securely holds my bottoms in while I eat dinner at 6 pm till the rest of the night, mind you I go to bed at midnight, tops are harder to get out as they fit perfectly, bottoms I rinse with warm water and take them out still not as tough to get out as the tops but adding the adhesive before dinner has worked wonders for me and I'm able to eat!!! Can I eat a sub yet NO! But chicken, spaghetti a sandwich YES!!!
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Also I found that my bottoms were not how shall I say, deep enough to go over my gums, my guy fixed that issue and now they don't flip or move as much while eating also... just a thought for you
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Hi folks, I have been reading the comments here and I just noticed the proverbial elephant in My room. Just me..not speaking for anyone else, but I have although likable, but a terrible money grabbing dentist. I didn't want to think it, I tried to work with it
Even blamed myself for being a big baby. But I've read intently eveyones relation with their dentist, and after I had my teeth pulled, I never saw him again. Just staff. They wear headsets so while he's in surgery he can here what else is going on, everyone can hear each other. So I realized that when I say these are not working and what can you do for me, he can hear
And no one told me about relines. Soft or hard. No one said, come back in a week or 2 and we'll grind down these to fit better. I was told by the tech Outside of the office on my way out what could be done. I went in one day when dentist was out, because they wanted 500.00 for soft reline...a year later...i said no, so made appointment while cat. Or rat...
Was away. And they helped, but after couple hours I was told " I didn't give them much to work with " and these would never fit right. I gave them the benefit of the doubt. Now...i am sad to say I've been had. They took my credit card so fast promised me the best and that's that. So I would tell anyone if they ever asked, know you're dentist..very well. I had gone to mine with an abscess and fever. They were nice....i fell for it. They knew darn well the shape my teeth were in and my jaw...and now I'm told...I didn't give them much to work with. No wonder I never saw dentist again. I even paid for sedation...and I was half awake whole time but was charged for the complete out type. They said I reacted different than most. So I will go there one day when I am in mood to rip someone a new one....and give them a chance first to explain. Then.... So I can only say to someone, if you have some teeth and lots of money ... see if you can get with your money and do homework. If like me and had bad teeth and gums and little money, shop and talk about everything you will get. And if it's too much, talk them down in price, they know another dentist will get their business. Sorry for inconvenience and rambling......im done thanks to all.

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Ugh, I wish I could pack up my dentist and send him to you.  What a crappy situation.  And you are far from the only one it seems. You really should go in there, go nuts....or try ONE MORE TIME, nicely to go in and tell them everything you stated here, and ask them to fix it.  Record it on your voice recorder on the phone (like in your pocket or something) and maybe take it to a lawyer.  
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That's so funny, marcia!!! But, yeah I figure one more try...im not one to lose my temper, but sometimes I just get a bug in my bonnet and want to rip someone a new one. Certainly not family
..so I'll go to dentist that day. And a voice recorder...ill be undercover agent. Giggles. Thanks...i was feeling poorly...and stupid
Of course if I rip him new one the dentist will probably get the lawyer. Hee hee
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I commented this too Josie but this could be your issue too as it was mine and I didn't give them much to work with either for my bottoms....
Also I found that my bottoms were not how shall I say, deep enough to go over my gums, my guy fixed that issue and now they don't flip or move as much while eating also... just a thought for you
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