young new denture wearer; day 2

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Hi all,
Like many of you, I too have had issues with my teeth all of my life and just recently gathered the courage to do something about it. I'd had several consultations with dentists over the years that all ended badly due to the treatment they gave me, but I live in a new area and tried a new dentist office; they spoke with me so gently and understandingly on my first visit that I wound up bawling my eyes out in the chair! So I finally felt comfortable going forward with what I knew I needed done.
Yesterday I had all of my upper teeth extracted and an immediate upper denture placed. I panicked a bit upon getting home, because the denture feels ENORMOUS in my mouth. I'm having a hard time adjusting to it. I went back this morning for my first follow-up appointment to check on the status of my healing, which seems to be going well. But the dentist insisted that I need more time to adjust to the change before he will make any changes in my temporary plate. My next appointment is not until early January, and then my permanent upper denture plate will be made around June.
I haven't really had any pain since the extractions and I'm hoping this luck continues but I know it's still so early. I'm prepared for the swelling to worsen in the next few days, I just really don't want the pain to be bad enough to where I resort to taking one of the pain pills they sent me home with. I have been taking my antibiotics though.
My biggest fear right now is that I won't be able to adjust to the denture enough to speak normally before I return to work. No one knows I've had this done, except for one good friend who has been nothing but supportive, but it's still a somewhat shameful experience to go through in your 20s. I work in a hospital, which of course never closes, and I'm expected to be at work on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day...I just really hope to I can speak with enough comfort to where I don't find myself calling out just due to embarassment, because calling out on a holiday is one sure way to get yourself written up.
I'm having difficulty eating....I have no problem sticking to a soft diet, and I stocked my pantry and fridge with plenty of yogurts, soups, pudding, protein shakes, and juices...but it hasn't been easy. I find that my dentures are so much larger than my old teeth that I keep hitting them with the spoon when I atempt to eat...if I open my mouth REALLY wide to fit a spoon in, the dentures drop out of place. I've taken to sort of using my tongue as a ladel and swishing food from the spoon to the side of my mouth. I'm sure the weight loss from a week of eating like this will be a nice bonus, but I'd really like to feel a bit more 'normal' soon. My dentist doesn't want me using any fixodent until I see him in early January...but I already purchased some and it's going to be very hard to resist it for two more weeks, since I feel like if my upper plate was just more secure, it could make a world of difference with my attempts to talk and eat!

I found this board last night and it was a great comfort to read stories of others going through this same struggle. I'm sure every change we've all made is definitely for the better. We just have to get through the hard first months. :) Thanks for reading.

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Take heart. It will get better. If you do use the adhesive, please make sure not to get any in your extraction sites and stitches. Don't worry too much about what other people think -- it's amazing how little people really notice. You are doing the best you can! Have a nice holiday.
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I am on day 5 with full upper denture. I went to Mexico, Algondonas and had 8 teeth extracted under general anesthesia. I'm very glad because it took 3 hours! The main problem I am having at this time is cancer sores, not with the denture but just from the trauma to my mouth. I have Ambesol maximum strength which numbs it but I am still miserable. Will I ever be able to talk normally? The dentist said not to take them out but I feel like I need to remove them and clean my mouth. I go back on the 28th for the first check. Should I takfe them out? Will I be able to get them back in? Tootsie
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Hi Tootsie! I had canker sores from the surgery itself as well. They appeared on day 2 or 3. This is "an old wives tale" but it really works. I won't lie, it's rather painful but the canker sore will go away in a day or two and the pain is gone the next day. Take table salt and pour it on the canker sore. I had to use a wet q-tip for the sores on the actual gumline. It will start to sting quite a bit, but after a minute or two the pain is gone. After you've done this for all of them rinse with water or salt water as normal before bed. The next morning when you wake up you won't feel any pain. It's well worth the few minutes it takes to treat them than to wait a week for them to go away on their own. Hope it helps!
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The emotional adjustment can be more difficult than the physical one. It is very common to be self concious at first. Most people are not that observant and it is far more common to see a young person with a nice smile than bad teeth. You are very aware right now but just go on like before, if someone comments about your speech or your appearance just tell them you had some work done. No need to elaborate. Also, our speech sounds worse to us than to those listening to us. Anyone you take into your confidence now will soon forget as you get used to your new smile. It gets better every day, keep up with your adjustments and smile big!
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This pos t made me feel so good. I want dentures SO bad! Im horribly embaressed by this b/c im only 23! Ive had problems as long as I can remember! I cant believe you had to wait 6 months for your bottoms!
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I am on day 3 with full dentures it's been a little tough adjusting to this big change, but I Love them (I Love being able to smile big with confidence) I went into surgery with a positive attitude the day of. I have had No major pain at all from all my teeth being pulled and I'm healing very well with No pain killers :) I love to sing so I've been singing everyday, some words sound a little different to Me but it's okay I now it takes time. My sister asked me how I liked my dentures, I said well "they're apart of me now I have no choice but to like them" Stay strong and remain positive "Every things gonna be alright"
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im on day three and the sores in my mouth hurt so bad. i have been swooshing with listerine and it will numb the pain for awile , but everytime i take out my teeth, it seems like there is another new sore...it hurts so bad i dont want to put my teeth back in. what should i do?
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Pamela, I'm sorry you're going through this. I found the over the counter medicine for canker sores didn't help at all. The salt water rinse will help more than listerine I imagine. My trick above is rather painful, but I had a huge one, plus 3 others and after the first night doing it I didn't have any pain the next day. It'll be a few minutes of tear inducing pain, but to not have the pain all day long is even better.
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I am on day with full dentures,, The first time they tried the extractions i had an anxiety attack and the 12 shots of novacaine didnt help.. SEcond try a success the dentist gave me 4 valium and i was actually snoring in the chair. it is a huge adjustment ,,, I suffered a long time with my teeth hoping they would last but this discomfort definitively out weighs the toothaches and the inability to smile. it was awesome to be able to smile again ..... I hope it gets better i feel like im talking so weird,,,
Has anyone heard about magnatized dentures,, I hate this palet?
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I haven't heard of magnetic dentures and found very little helpful (to me) information online. I am considering implants a few years down the road so long as my dental insurance continues to cover a portion of it. The palate portion does get easier to deal with in the future.
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Day 2 ,, canker sores are on my bottom gums and they are killing me ,I have to go to work so leaving them out is not an option ,, is this normal and will adjustments help
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It's normal to have the canker sores a few days after first getting the dentures. I can say since I did the painful salt method and then rinsed a few times a day with warm salt water they haven't come back. When you get the soft re-alignment it provides a cushion while your gums continue to heal. I just got my 3rd soft yesterday and they feel amazing. One of the few times I didn't need ot use anbesol to get the bottom ones in.