Swallowing problems.

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I started wearing dentures after my extractions about three months ago.  I read about Secure (Gorilla Glue) reading these posts and ordered it.  The first time I tried it, I felt the amazing feeling of suddenly having teeth again: there was weight on my gums and everything felt like one organic system!  I've been very grateful as a scared newbie for all the information and encouragement I've gotten here.  I'm having some serious problems swallowing solid foods: hiccups, esophagus pains, and sometimes vomiting, even though I'm chewing until the food is paste and swallowing small amounts at a time.  Has anyone else had this problem? Thanks.
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We are sorry to hear you are still having trouble swallowing. New denture wearers often can require an amount of time to become accustomed to the feeling of an upper denture. In general, gagging can be occurring for a few reasons. First, loose dentures can move around and touch the tongue or other parts of the throat. Sometimes, the dentures may be slightly too big, causing them to contact the throat more than they should. In these cases, they should be adjusted, relined, or even remade.

 For some people, wearing dentures can be difficult if they have not worn a previous set. In these cases, the use of denture adhesive may be of some help. In other cases, the lack of jawbone may make it difficult to wear dentures and dental implants can be of help. You should return to your dentist to see if he or she can identify the cause, and correct it. If not, you should consult a prosthodontist near you. Prosthodontists are dental specialists with three additional years of training beyond dental school focused on denture care and maintenance. To find a prosthodontist near you visit, www.gotoapro.org.
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Hi Fran, welcome to the group! It sounds like you need the denture adjusted. Once that is done you shouldn't throw up from gagging.
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Ive had my dentures for 3 weeks now and only worn them for 3 days. Because of the gagging and throwing up. Today is the first day I've eaten with them and not gagged. Fingers crossed I can last all day with them in.