Starting to freak out a bit...

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I had all my remaining upper teeth pulled a week ago, the pain wasn't nearly as bad as I thought but...

I'm having several small issues I need some input on. My midline is off, not badly (if u didn't know me before u probably wouldn't notice) but it's enough to really bother me cause as bad as my teeth were before, they were atleast perfectly centered with my nose. U can see that the groove for my lip muscle and where the two front teeth meet is not lined up. Is this something that can be easily adjusted, or would my denture need to be remade?

Next thing is that my teeth don't meet in the back at all. The denture teeth are not lined up with my lower teeth at all. Does anyone know if a soft redline can fix this problem? Chewing is all but impossible because of this regardless of pain. I really love my dentist and don't want to be a picky pain in the rear. He did not make the denture himself, it was sent out to a lab. The teeth do look very real and the fit is pretty good so far.

I would really appreciate any input!!
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Angie, are these your only/final teeth? Just curious.

As far as the issues with your dentures, you definitely need to have them fixed. Unless your dentist is super sensitive he won't think that you are being a "picky pain in the rear" ESPECIALLY since they were made in a lab. Who knows? He may have had other problems with the same lab and this could be what he needs to change labs.

Whatever the case, you paid/are paying for the teeth (regardless of whether they are the cheapest or the most expensive) and at the VERY LEAST they need to: 1) fit properly and 2) line up properly!

You should call and get in to see your dentist sooner rather than later. With the teeth not lined up or meeting together, your mouth muscles are learning the wrong techniques.

Good luck!
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They are final dentures.
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I am having the same issues as you are with the lining up thing, despite everything else that I don't like about them. My anxiety keeps me from telling people that I have a problem, so I have to write down everything that is wrong with them before I go to my appointment on Wednesday for my first adjustment.

My front teeth on top and bottom don't line up, it's like a half of an inch off. And the bite on the right side is intense, but the left side barely touches, causing some outrageous jaw pain sometimes. I already had TMJ before going into this. I don't even know if what I'm saying even makes sense! I feel so out of my element.

I do agree with Alicia, you paid for them, they need to fit properly, line up properly, and look great. Let them know what is wrong, even if you have to write it on a piece of paper and hand it to them, or have someone else tell them in your place. Don't worry about looking picky, you're expected to be, these are your teeth and your health. 

Good luck and let me know how it works out!
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The dentist made me feel much better! Hang in there, I'm seeing a light at the end of the tunnel now. Writing things down before hand is an excellent suggestion! I do that every time I go to a doctor/dentist, and it is so helpful! Let me know how your appt goes Wednesday.
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I had the same problem as you Angie. My left side had a very tight bite and my right side wouldn't come together at all. I mentioned this to the girl that was doing my soft reline and asked her if they could build up the right side a little so that I could, at the very least, start learning to chew. She went and got the dentist who explained that they would just shave down the left teeth because they couldn't build up dentures.

I tend to think of my "immediates" like you think of a bike with training wheels. You will wobble and it won't be a smooth ride, but you need them for training purposes. We are training our muscles on how to keep the teeth in, we are training our mouths and brains how to chew in a different way, and we are training our tongues on where to go and how to manipulate food around. And just when we are getting comfortable on the little bike with training wheels, we find ourselves on a deluxe 10 - speed where the concept is the same, but the details are slightly different. The permanent ones will be thinner, fit better, feel better, be easier to use and we will know what to do and what not to do.

The harsh truth is we all needed to take these steps - if we have a partial, just the upper, just the lower, or any combination thereof, there is absolutely no going back (and I for one wouldn't want to). So we lean on each other, make the best out of the whole ordeal, ask as many questions as we need to, and move on with life.

What I'm about to say may sound condescending to some of you and I BEG of you to ABSOLUTELY NOT take it that way!!! I am ONLY speaking for myself when I say that I can ONLY WISH that my dentures were my biggest/worst problem that I have to contend with! (Just ask HeatherP, she knows most of my life! LoL)
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Susan,

Don't let the anxiety get you! Ask the questions no matter what, the not knowing is far worse than any answer you might receive. I almost lost my son this summer and I learned that the not knowing helpless feeling is the worst feeling in the world!
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This is for Angie-- my dentist insisted that my dentures fit me properly although I was unable to close my mouth to a relaxed position comfortably.  I had to take the dentures out and place the
top one on the bottom one to prove to her that they did not "meet" correctly.  Well, well she finally agreed with me!!!! Unfortunately the dentures needed to be returned to the lab to be corrected.
My bite is now much better.  Sadly, six months later, I still have not adapted to wearing dentures and wish I NEVER made the decision to do so.  My speech is not good and I am very self conscious talking.  Biting into food and eating is also very difficult.  I hope you are having better luck than I.  
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I'm going to weigh in on this. Mine were also off center for the first 2 or 3 weeks. It drove me mental. BUT once the swelling went down and real healing began, they naturally moved into the correct position.


You have to remember that your denture was made based in an impression of your mouth while it still had teeth. It's not a perfect science and you're not going to get a perfect fit. It is for this very reason that immediate dentures are never intended to also be your permanent denture. Your oral structure experiences significant change during the extraction and healing process.


Mine also do not line up in the molar region and in fact it throws my entire bite and chewing functions completely off. It's annoying as heck but it's temporary. My permanent denture will look, feel and function much better.


I'm not convinced there would be any long term benefit to having them remade since they probably won't fit right a week later anyway. It's simply the nature of the beast.
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HeatherP--I had this problem with my permanent denture!!!! And frankly, at very least, your intermediate dentures should be functional for eating.  These too should be adjusted so you can comfortably eat.  No need to suffer.
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JK, for the record I was not talking about pemanent dentures and 'functional' is a purely subjective term.
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Thanks everyone. I went to the dentist this morning and they did a soft reline which helped tremendously. The midline is still off a bit as well as the bite. The dentist said that I still have some swelling and that there is an adjustment period. He did however say that if after I heal and adjust to them, if I still don't like them or if the bite doesn't line up correctly, he will replace them at no cost to me.

Heather...thank u! That makes me feel better, maybe in a few weeks the midline will work into a better position.
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I'm very happy to hear this, Angie! I go in on Wednesday for my first adjustment, hopefully I have the same luck as you! Now you might be able to try some of those foods I listed!
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HeatherP-- I know you weren't talking about permanent dentures but Angie and I were.
Good luck to you with your dental work.
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Oh yes. You are correct. I didn't see that she said that. Pardon me.
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Angie-- Good luck to you with your new adjustment.  You seem very positive and that's great!
Wishing you the best!  I'm still challenged but hopeful.
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You guys have been so helpful, thank you! I have one more question....I feel like my upper lip is sticking out from the dentures. I have read on here that this is a common concern. Does your lip eventually adjust? It's not real noticeable, but my mom did notice it so I know it's not just me being picky lol. Thanks in advance!
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Oh, an unexpected benefit? You get full pouty lips for free? LOL

I can't say I've had the same thing, in fact, for me, it's quite the opposite. My denture doesn't support my face at all. 

Is the denture thicker through that area than the rest of it? Maybe it just needs to be thinned out a bit?
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LOL, unfortunately I've never had any lips! The denture is pushing my face out kind of above my lip, it's hard to explain. I have a spot that's rubbing anyway so I may just call and ask the dentist tomorrow. Thanks for the idea, I will see if he can thin it out.

That really sucks about your denture not supporting your face, I hope it can be fixed for you at some point. Good luck and thank you.