It was put in as soon as my extractions were done. It's been 5 days now and it hurts so much to have them in. I was doing good the first day or so! I have a few stitches, lots of dead skin, quite a bit of swelling still. I was told to wear them at night to keep my gums forming to them correctly. I did the first night, but by the 2nd night it was far too uncomfortable and I could get no sleep. The pain is only when I wear these dentures. I have a couple of spots in particular that are SO sore when 1) I put in the denture and 2) while I'm wearing it. Question: am I screwing myself by not sleeping in them? I cannot :( My (wonderful) dentist said he wanted me to keep them in, but he also didn't want me to be miserable. What did you all do? I take them out a few times a day - sometimes leave them out for a half hour or so. I rinse with warm salt water. I take ibuprofen. Is this normal and, again, am I making things worse by taking them out?