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Struggling with dentures, it has been 12 days had 14 teeth removed and I still don't have the lowers in, go tomorrow to have them put in by the denturist hopefully he can get them to fit?  Not liking mushy and liquid diet, ugh!  Plus have a really sore spot on uppers that has been doing a number on me and even feels like a throbbing tooth ache at times.  Even in pain I keep them in all day and just suffer through it, hopefully it gets better soon, not so happy, although the smile looks great on top, be glad to get the bottoms in, I hope he can get them to fit.  I tried, it hurt like heck and I couldn't do it and I'm already in enough pain.
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He should be able to adjust them so that they go on without pain as well as adjustments for the sores on too. If you aren't aleady, rinse your mouth out with saltwater after you remove your uppers for the night and then again before you put them back in. It was very helpful for me. Best of luck.
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Thank you Gina, I have been rinsing each night and morning, it does burn a bit.  My bottom gums feel pretty good but the top still seem to be really torn up from the oral surgery and pulling. How long before that starts to feel more normal, any idea? 
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I had my remaining front teeth pulled on December 18 (molars were pulled in October) and the first two weeks were pretty tough, the 3rd week wasn't too bad, since then everything has been ok. Eating is still a challenge for me, but I was expecting that because I have severe bone loss.

The key is to get the sores on your upper gums healing and get the lowers in so that you can wear them daily. I've been lucky in that I have been able to get in to see my dentist same day any time I have needed to.

One thing I will say, is when your dentist puts the lowers in, if it is painful even after some trimming, let him or her know. You should not feel pain, pressure maybe, but not pain. I had a few extra trips in because the adjustments that were done made the pain less, but found that the next morning that it was still quite painful so had to go back for another adjustment.

On the plus side, your lower gums have had time to heal, so hopefully sores after you get them in will be minimal. The uppers, once the adjustment is made, should heal quickly. One thing my dentist and the dental assistants have told me is that if you get a sore, call asap, because it will not go away without an adjustment.

Are your adjustments included in the cost of the dentures? Best of luck today! 
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Thank you for the information, can't wait for appointment today to get the lowers in, maybe I can start to eating a bit more solid food,  I know it maybe awhile for anything to solid as I get used to how to chew with them in... Adjustments are included so that is a good thing.  Again, thanks so much I'll let you know how it goes. Have a great day!
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OK, Lowers had to be polished down to get to fit, now I hope he didn't get them too loose they seem to slide around a bit, my really feels stuffed now.  Haven't had this many teeth in my mouth since I was in High School.  He did a fix on the uppers that helped which helped so they are working out pretty good now.  Wow is it ever hard to eat with these dentures, especially trying to bit down on anything solid.  But overall I guess it went well for first part of a day wearing both, it's really going to take some getting use too for sure. I guess really solid foods are going to be out for awhile still?
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If your lower gums are healed you should be able to use some adhesive to keep them secure. Your mouth will feel very full, but that is a feeling that will go away in time.

I am still struggling to eat solid food at times myself, but it gets better every day. I see posts from people here who have been able to eat burgers, egg mcmuffins, even steak, but it does take time. For some people more time than other. Don't rush it, but keep trying. If you have something solid, cut it up very small. A lot of people say that you should try to eat by putting food on both sides of your mouth and chewing with and up and down motion. That doesn't work for me, but that doesn't mean it won't work for you.

Concentrate on getting your gums healed and slowly work your way up. I still eat a lot of yogurt, cottage cheese, scrambled eggs, apple sauce, but have also been able to add salad back into my diet. I haven't tried real pizza yet, but I can eat the deep dish microwavable pizzas that are very "bready" as long as I cut them up small. I am craving Hot Wing Pizza so bad, haven't had any since October! Pasta's are good, but I have found that any with tomato sauce tend to irritate my gums a little. Drink lots of water (or whatever you drink with your meals) while you eat too.

Sorry to go on so long. It's all a process but you will get there. Check in when you can with updates. I check this forum every morning and night and on my lunch break at work and more than that on my days off.

Last thing -- don't hesitate to call your dentist, even if its every day. That's what they are there for and that's their job.
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Smoothies have helped me tremendously as well, just be careful of anything with seeds in it if you have any open extraction sites and they can also get under your denture.

And the egg McMuffins and steak were WAY down the road! I had just received my permanent teeth and was celebrating!

Permanent dentures are a completely different beast! Because they are thinner, look and feel much more natural, but it's still a transition.

Best of luck and keep in touch!
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Thank you for the information AliciaP!
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I wish I had thought of smoothies...didn't think of that back then.
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You can even buy them semi-ready to drink. They are called Dole Shakers. You take them out of the freezer, shake them, add juice (they recommend orange juice but I'm partial to pomegranate blueberry ) shake it again and drink..However, be cautious of using a straw if your sockets are not closed. I love them! They even have some with veggies in them but you wouldn't know it.

They are sold over near the frozen juice in my grocery store.
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Had a smoothie the other night it was great.  Bottom dentures are giving me a fit, as soon as I put them in my tongue starts hurting underneath on both sides, not sure if it is just trying to get use to them are if the denture is just going  down to far, I don't think they are going down to far in the back, but my tongue is killing me. Plus it is making it hard to swallow.  Anyone else have this problem come up?  Not sure what more to say to the denturist, already told him my tongue was hurting underneath and on the sides, his last adjustment didn't make any difference.  I'm staring to think it might be the thickness.  It seems pretty thick on the back side?
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Thank you Timothy!
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Tequila sounds like a nice alternative for pain relief, ha!  What do you think about mouth rinses like Scope, will they help the healing process at all?
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You sure are getting some amazing advice above. Everything may be different for a while. That is quite normal.

Your new dentures may feel awkward for a few weeks until you get used to them. The dentures may also feel loose while the muscles of your cheek and tongue learn to keep them in place. This feeling will fade as your mouth becomes accustomed to your new dentures. However, during this time, you may want to consider using a small amount of denture adhesive to help keep your dentures in place. 

You also may find your dentures occasionally slip when you laugh, cough or smile. To fix this problem just reposition your dentures by gently biting down and swallowing. This is another instance where a small amount of denture adhesive may come in handy. It will help keep your dentures in place and make it easier to speak clearly and avoid any embarrassing denture slips. However, if you continue to experience issues with your dentures, be sure to consult your dentist, as everyone stated above. Hang in there!
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Bob, it's important to follow the instructions when using denture adhesive. The adhesive is not designed to be swallowed. Do not use more than directed, especially if the adhesive contains zinc. Excessive and prolonged zinc intake is reported to be associated with serious health problems. Consult a doctor if using other products containing zinc. 

Everyone has a different experience. Some prefer creams, some prefer powders and some use one on the top and one on the bottom. It's really about what your preference is after experimenting. 

You will find a lot of good advice on here, but be careful and try to differentiate between people sharing their personal experience to help and those that may be trying to sell you a product. If you are not sure about certain statements and their accuracy, please let us know. That's what we're here for! Thanks.  
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Timothy Ruhl, we don't want to give users the impression that they would have to swallow an entire tube of adhesive containing zinc to experience problems. Most of our adhesives do contain zinc, not just a few as you mentioned. We do offer some products without zinc as well.

As I stated above, the amount of zinc in denture adhesive while using other zinc containing products should be discussed with your doctor. It is never ok to use more than directed because excessive and prolonged zinc intake is reported to be associated with serious health problems. 

Please let us know if you have any questions about this. Thanks.
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Timothy Ruhl, we don't want to give users the impression that they would have to swallow an entire tube of adhesive containing zinc to experience problems. Most of our adhesives do contain zinc, not just a few as you mentioned. We do offer some products without zinc as well.

As I stated above, the amount of zinc in denture adhesive while using other zinc containing products should be discussed with your doctor. It is never ok to use more than directed because excessive and prolonged zinc intake is reported to be associated with serious health problems. 

Please let us know if you have any questions about this. Thanks.
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Tim,
You cite Wikipedia a lot. Are you aware that (last I knew-could have changed) anyone can post/change "facts" on Wikipedia?

Personally, I'm not comfortable relying solely on their facts. But, as I stated, this is my personal opinion.
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Our scientific research shows that the amount of zinc an average user absorbs from Fixodent is approximately 2 mg. 

It is important to use denture adhesives as directed. Excessive and prolonged zinc intake is reported to be associated with serious health problems. Consult a doctor if using other products containing zinc, including OTC (over the counter) products. 
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Bob, another issue  you mentioned was about the feeling of your tongue and/or mouth. If you feel like your dentures don’t fit your mouth or even if you have experienced gagging, just know that you aren’t alone!

Dentures that are new take a lot of time for your mouth to transition. Your gums will be swollen after the extraction of your teeth, and you may need to have your “bite” modified to even out the pressure during this time of transition. Regular visits to your dentist are important to examine any irregular area during and after healing. Return to the dentist who made your dentures for adjustment.

Be sure to share all of your concerns at that time. As for chewing, this, too, is an adjustment, and you will need to learn how to chew with dentures in. Let your knife and fork start the chewing process for you by cutting your food into small bites. As mentioned above, don't rush or get frustrated at this point of your denture journey. It will get better day by day. Promise!
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Thank you Rosie!