Taking dentures out

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I got my top and bottom teeth pulled yesterday and immediate dentures put in how soon do I take them out or can I wait until Monday when my appointment is I thought they told me to take them out today but I’m too scared they won’t go back in I’m sore I was fine this morning now I’m in pain and can’t even drink water
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Its a perception really 'truth is' you can in real life keep them in how long
 or how little you choose, you can help ofc, you would rinse your mouth out properly with anti bacterial mouth wash and such
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hey alex - i got my immediate dentures on fri ( having implants later in the year after having all my uppers pulled on fri ) - the immediate denture is nice looking - way nicer than the rotten teeth i had - but its sore to wear. there seems to be 2 places where it feels like its pressing / cutting into my gum - i get that the gum is still raw after having all the teeth pulled about 60 hours ago ... but the places that this immediate denture presses tight into feels like where the gum meets the roof of the mouth. as luck would have it i have a hygeinist appointment tmrw for my lower teeth which they are hoping to save. but... do you think there is anything that can be done to make this immediate(temporary ) denture feel less sore and also that my tongue doesnt want to push it out of my mouth! all weekend iv been out and about without the denture - im trying to "air " the gum as much as poss to get it to heal up quick - but am afraid that if  wear the denture all the time - it will hold back the healing process. have read that youve had both uppers and lowers pulled and am interested in your thoughts ( as another guy - its mostly women on here ). many thanks
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Hi Brod, a few products spring to mind which would act as a cushion for you, heres some ebay UK links no idea were in the world you are, but if there available in the UK you will find them or something similar in the US aswell,

 http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Snug-Denture-Cushions-With-Ever-Soft-Plastic-Liner-2-Improved-Softer-Cushi...

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/SEABOND-Denture-Fixative-Seals-Uppers-and-Lowers-Dental-Oral-Care/3323522...

the 3rd is a general maintenance kit you should look to buy its cheap will help clean out your dentures a lot better than toothpicks ie this kinda thing-

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Professional-8-DENTAL-PIECE-KIT-Scalers-PROBES-Tweezers-Mirror-Dentist-SE...

You dont mention how many teeth were removed all upper some in the middle some at the sides, this kind of info would affect were you would place adhesive for example, initially i had sharp pains such as yourself but it turned out some specs of adhesive had hardened under my gum, i literally had to feel about with my finger and chose to pinch that bit of gum away with my finger nail, was pretty painful but in the end healed over nicely, i always have good mouthwash to hand and if ever im taking my teeth out thoroughly rinse my mouth out, ive seen me wiping clean my mouth with babywipes aswell. 

You can live of stuff like small microwavable macaroni cheese, cheese slices. soup etc untill your pain lessens, your thinking is wrong about airing your gums out, at first you want to wear dentures as much as possible including sleeping in them to fastrack your speech adjustment process, but again always have good mouthwash to hand for when you remove clean and replace, i opted to have all my healthy lower teeth removed aswell as i wasnt into colour coding or really going through any more fillings extractions and such, but whats right for me isnt neccesarily right for you i read alot of people opt to save there remaining lowers and its really a personal individual choice, i personally in the end felt better having the lot pulled, you will need to ask your dentist to look again at the fit of your dentures and explain the pain though, they may have been adjusted incorrectly.
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hi alex - many thanks for the comprehensive reply. im in scotland in the uk, so these links are brill - ill be ordering some of the denture cushions and hope they come before christmas!. 
i had all upper teeth removed - there was only 1 good solid tooth in there - i do wonder if he should have left it - it felt like he was trying to pull an old oak tree out the ground - it was so solid, but the gum was in very poor condition, inflammed, sore, red and lots of infections everywhere. in a weird kind of way, it actually felt good having them pulled and thinking - thats all that crap out of my mouth and now we can make a clean fresh start and get the gum healthy again.

the soreness from the denture is actually from the hard edges of the temp/immediate denture pressing tight into the top of the gum where it meets the roof of the mouth in 2 places!. honestly, if he doesnt fix this tomorrow, im gonna sand paper it down myself with some wet & dry! if these sharp edges were gone, the denture would probably feel ok to wear and i wanna start geting used to it asap.
i even saw on here - 1 guy has cut out the centre pallet of his denture using a dremel - its given me ideas haha - the dremel is under the living room table lol - but 1 thing at a time!. 

altho this is only a temp denture but i still want it to feel comfortable and not sore.
iv not even started using any kind of adhesives yet - its so damned tight as it is - that i cant even get it back on - it just falls out because im not pushing it up onto the gum hard enough - its too sore - cutting into the gum when i do that!. 

food wise has been interesting-  im starving - only had ice cream, jelly, boiled eggs, porridge and macaroni cheese and heinz tinned soups. 

how long do you think the gum will take to heal fully after having all the teeth out on fri? 
im having implants done and the dentist mentioned putting them in in about 2-3 months - im worried he s rushing it all along - i thought it would be about aug / sept time but he said ill have my implants and the final denture around june time - it seems a bit quick for me - i want this to be done right - cant afford a 2nd run at it.  
i personally thought, teeth out, 3-4 months healing, then implants placed, another 3-4 months healing, then the implant supported bridge/ denture will be fitted. so more like 9 months as the quickest - not 6!.
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ps - iv just ordered the 1st 2 items - hopefully they come this week and help me out with my immediate denture - will let you know how i get on - big thumbs up for the link!.
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6 months is standard and your gums will be healed to a decent level within 2 months its the fact that your gums go through a lot of reshaping the first 6 months, so his implant approach wouldnt be far wrong within 2-3 months as theyd be healed to support them, they will just continue to reshape for a few months after , they will ofc always reshape, but at a much lesser pace, expect after getting permamanents to need them adjusted 2 or 3 years later for example, i dont mind the center pallet its not something i think on at all really, at first your mouth is 100% aware theres a foreighn object in it, but then you become accustomed to it and think on it less and less, nor does anyone except my closest friends or family even know i have dentures, the rest of the world just assume i really look after my teeth, 
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much appreciate your reply and info / advice!
ill post up after tomorrows visit   ( which is really for the hygienist visit for my lower teeth ) but ill be pressing to get this immediate denture sorted while im there!
many thanks again!
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hey alex
yesterday i saw my dentist ( he had a gap in between appts - and after my pre-booked hygiene appt ) and explained to him that my immediate denture was really sore to wear. he checked the "tight spots" and used his drill to " sand down" the parts of the denture digging into my still inflamed gums. was so much better after - i could actually wear them driving home - but still not quite perfect.
iv got the official after - fitting appt coming up on fri and he said about lining the denture - so hopefully that makes it softer to wear.

 i stopped at b & m home bargains on way home and bought a pack of sand paper! rough, medium and smooth! 
when i got home, i used the fine sand paper to rub down the sharp edges exactly where i could feel them cutting/digging into my gum and now they are much easier to wear. still not 100% though, but then my gum is still settling down, so i dont want to sand them any further in case they then become too loose as the gum shrinks.
the gum isnt sore now, its almost like its itchy and i keep rubbing my tongue on the itch parts lol.

i bought that stuff you sent me link to ( in boots ) the sheets of sticky paper that you cut to size and used that to hold them in. its really good stuff!.

last night i also felt the denture was good enough to wear out to meet a friend for a drink - i really thought i was gonna have to cancel but it was amazing to be able to laugh again showing teeth and not have to hide my old bad teeth like i used to do - the denture actually looks ok / quite nice. not sure if my friend noticed and didnt say anything, or just didnt notice at all lol.

today im giving my gum a rest and most tmrw too - i want it to heal as much as poss in this week so keeping the denture out so the gum airs as much as i can get it to. as long as i dont need to talk to anyone im fine going out without my denture - thank god for self service tills lol
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You still dont really need to 'air your gums' its not a way of thinking I ever had, i suppose i thought more along the lines of my dentures acted and still do as a 'shield', you know a kind of barrier lessening the chances of stuff coming into contact with my gums, i just always made sure i used decent stuff like 'corsodyl' im back in for new dentures in march but looking at some of these 'russel klein' threads and the fact that he is willing to post internationally i may consider him instead. Problem is i was due my permanents 3 months ago, but thats when i decided to have my remaining lower (healthy teeth pulled aswell) so the dentist replied well you may aswell wait a further 6 months to ensure your permmanents are the perfect fit, my temps hardly fit at ll now and i need to use alot of adhesive but, im not the kind of person to feel a need to go in every other week for a reline i just make do in the meantime, still im looking for a perfect fit and big change in march approximately 1 year after my initial extractions.
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Hi Alex,

I'm having some lowers made by RK in a month or two, as long as everything goes well with the uppers.  He'll have my bite on file and I've asked him to keep the mold he used for the uppers, which should probably save time and ensure a good fit.

Of course, all of this is predicated on his producing a top-notch upper.  I purchased the top-of-the-line partial at a considerable cost savings here in the States.  However, your medical insurance may make an RK denture less of a bargain - I seem to recall a discussion about that some time ago anyway.

I also realize you're much further away geographically, and mailing things back and forth will not be as quick (or cheap) as it is here.  You certainly have more than getting a good bite match to keep in mind. With that said, I wouldn't hesitate only because of worrying about a perfect fit.  My experience has been that he got my wax try-in right the first time, and that's with an existing arch to match. 

My chair-side dentist is re-making my temporary because they totally botched it and she's not going to provide a refund.  I go in for my third wax try-in appointment with her.  I understand tomorrow she's going to have the person from the lab there so she can quit doing this whole back-and-forth thing because it's frankly frustrating us both.

I hope this is in some way helpful!
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Ill think more on russel klein anyway, see we dont have 'any medical insurance' our health system is a 'birthright' i only pay a contibution at times as im in full time employment if i wasnt everything and anything that related to any aspect of my health would be done completely free of charge, if i was working part time hours whilst not completely free it would be a cheaper contribution than whats expected as im in full time employment, also our NHS contributions only relate to 'dental work' say I had to get a brain scan a tumour removed artificial legs or arms all that would be free regardless of weather i was in employment or not, also our prescriptions in scotland are also free 'ie doctor says i need 60 tablets and some ointment for whatever' that would be free aswell, thanks for the reply though, ill think more on this anyway or i may pay a premium via my own dentist for non NHS dentures.
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hey alex,
iv not heard or know of anything about " russel klein"  - off to google him!. ... so its been 6 days and 12 hours since my full upper extraction.
some days iv not taken any pain killers at all ( i wanted to gauge how the healing was coming along and i feel that not taking any painkiller is a good indicator - really sore- means a way to go... but iv hardly taken any pain killers at all all week. keep looking at the gum in mirror and the black blood clots are slowly disapearing and seeing pink upper gum now.

tomorrow, i go back to see the dentist - he wants to see how the gum is healing and he talked about a reline for my temp denture. tbh, i had bought sandpaper and filed my temp / initial denture myself removing the sharp edges - it was killing me on the 1st few days like a fnife edge being pushed into my gum and i bought the excellent Seabond recommended by Alex.  
for me now, its getting used to wearing a denture - my S sounds to me like they are hissy.  Ssssstill getting used to talking with it in - no1 has said anything to me yet but am sure folks must think theres something different / strange with my speech!.

must admit i dont like wearing it but it looks great compared to my old teeth and i can smile again which feels amazing. cant wait to get my permanent denture in a few months ( 6 months i think ish ).

can the " plate / palate " thing which fits into the roof of the mouth be reduced in size at all but still stick with the adhesive if it was smaller? i feel that if my denture didnt have that palate / plate in roof my mouth id find it way more acceptable / comfortable to wear. 

after i did my own sanding down of the denture and also i guess the swelling of the gum has gone down in last 6 days from the extractions, the denture is way less painful to wear. i still cant bite hard foods thought - that hurts my gums where the denture presses it into my gum - so am still living on soft foods.
am so craving a big juicey cheese burger lol 

im just wondering how long the dentisit will leave my gum to settle now and heal until he places the implants and then i have to go through all this again with sore gum ugh lol. cuz am sure the implant placements will be as painful to the gum as the extractions were. the gum gets opened up etc ... and im having 6 implants - dunno why he thinks i need so many - i would have thought 4, but i guess 6 spreads the load placed onto them more. ( or is 6 better for my dentists' bank balance?!?!?!? )

alex - with yout final denture - did you have a say in the appearnce it would have, shape, size color of the teeth etc?
i met with the dental technician that will be making my final denture - and gone through roughly what im looking for - im so hoping he can achieve this!
im being very clear that the impressions are so that the denture will fit - not to show any relation to the shape/placement of the teeth as i dont want the denture teeth to resemble my old original teeth in any shape or form!.
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so today fri - i saw the dentist again and went through some time scales. in 7 weeks im having my implants placed - that will be exactly 8 weeks since my whole upper extraction.  super nervous about that - dunno why - just the thought of the whole process - he explained it to me today - the entire upper gum is being cut open, then the implants appropriately placed and then the gum stitched up again - so, sore gums for a while im guessing and worried now that my temp / immediate denture isnt going to fit for a week or 2/ maybe longer as the gum is gonna be so swollen up + take longer to settle down that just having extractions. here we go again ugh lol.

anyways, this immediate denture i had given to me last week, today it was trimmed and lined and what a difference - doesnt feel like the same denture anymore!. im not crazy about having this plastic thing in my mouth, but at least it doesnt hurt and now it stays in without any adhesive etc - the lining thing which is made of acrylic and matches the inside of my gums / mouth fits perfectly.
the dentist confirmed that this is the denture i will be wearing right through until i get my implant supported bridge. so i best get used to wearing it!. 
im just glad that he has managed to make it fit way more comfortably than it did when he 1st gave it to me - okies, i had just had my extractions and i was raw and sore and the unlined denture was killing me!. 
now am happy enough to wear it and that it stays in without needing adhesive is even better!. 
it even looks ok. but now, i think i gonna have to get my bottom teeth whitened lol.
does this ever end?!?
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Leave in at least 24 hours after extractions. If you remove them before that timeframe you might swell and not get them back in for a few days.

After that you can take put whenever (what I was told by denture dude). I was also told not to sleep in them but wear as much as possible during day to get used to them.
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My thinking about keeping them in ran similar to Alex's - I had stitches and I wanted the protection of my partial covering my gums.  I kept mine in for 2 days (dentist's orders) and once they were out, putting them back in was akin to torture for me for a few days.

My dentist finally advised me to just keep them out because of a bone spur I developed, which brings its own brand of lightning flashes of agony.

I followed the doctor's orders without fail, thinking she was the professional and should know what would work best.

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Schelly, what did you do about the bone spur? I have a tiny one on the front of my upper jaw I don't have my dentures yet and I'm worried what's going to happen when I get them. Oral surgeon said let's hope the gum just covers that over but I don't see the gum swelling up cuz the swelling is going down so I'm a little confused about that but we'll see. I'd like to know what they did about your bone spur.
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Schelly

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Actually, Deb, my bone spur is still there - but the gums have kind of solidified around it and I don't feel it anymore.  I can't see any bone sticking out at all, but when I rub my finger over it and press very hard, I can feel it is still in there.

:::shrug:::  I really don't know anything about it other than that - it hasn't been a problem for me!