Angel

El Cajon, CA

#654 Jul 27, 2010
Puddings, broths, cream soups, ice creams, smoothies, whipped veggies - yogurts, Ensure,... lots of stuff really - just boring ... yor really need to read some of the other threads on theses forums... there is even some recipes ... mostly you won't be as hungry as you will be emotionally exhausted and sore, because your whole body has been tense for weeks. The anticipation and anxiousness that you are going through now is worse than the actual procedure. Make an effort to be around people so that you can get your mind focused elsewhere for awhile ... do you have family to help you through this? Well, you will see that we actually will understand and be here for you .... and ask and share all of your experience .... you will help others and we can help you too .... Just think, by this time tomorrow it will all be over. Hugs from us to you. Let us know how it goes ....

Since: Jun 10

Mobile, AL

#656 Jul 30, 2010
Procter and Gamble: Fixodent contains a form of zinc which is bonded to an unknown formulation. Procter & Gamble failed to warn about the product's risks and failed to provide adequate warnings about the zinc in Fixodent, or adequate instructions to prevent deviation from accepted use.
Being exposed to an excessive amount of zinc can result in copper depletion and serious negative adverse neurological effects. In 2008, the peer reviewed journal "Neurology" reported on patients suffering from neuropathy and other neurological symptoms typical of zinc poisoning and copper depletion. It was determined that excess use of denture cream could have been responsible for their symptoms. Yet it is still on the market
Brenda Kidd
Angel

El Cajon, CA

#657 Jul 30, 2010
Let's not get crazy here .... you are talking EXCESSIVE amounts ... people have been using this stuff for years in their dentures .... Heck, I have taken zinc supplements for years and take extra when I have a cold .... before you post these claims you need to clairfy the broad statements like "could have been" ..... people with neuropathy are typically dibetic .... or have other health related issues ... and why should P&G take the fall because some idiot decides to use the product for unintended usage. Sorry .... IMHO, at this point it's just all speculation and media hype ....
Ana39

AOL

#658 Aug 14, 2010
I am new to this, i had my back teeth extrated through out the year. When school was let out, the rest came out. I am a teaching assistant and i just recieved my full upper dentures and partial lower dentures. My lowers are fine and they really don't bother me, on the other hand my uppers won't let me eat and talk properly and fall out while im talking (no good while im teaching H.S. students)Its only been a day since i got them but am really uncomfortable. what can i do. Dentist said i cant use anything on my dentures til i fully adjust. what can i do?

Since: Jan 10

Philadelphia, PA

#659 Aug 15, 2010
Ana39 -I feel your pain. When I had my extractions done I was miserable - the immediates were everywhere but where they were suppose to be, speaking and eating was a nightmare. I was also told not to use anything but with work I couldn't sound like Elmer Fudd, I did go out and purchase the fixodent powder that I read about on this site (highly recommended by the experienced crowd here). What I did was wet the denture and squirt the powder out only on the 'gum' part that was in the front and the palette - leaving the extraction area without the powder. This really helped to keep them in place without putting anything in contact with the healing gums. I didn't really try anything like this until the dentist did a soft reline the week after extractions because I had a difficult time keeping them in at all due to the rubbing against the gums. It really helps your speech and eating if you can keep them in one place.
Do the warm salt water swishes OFTEN (not 'rinsing' since that will be a bit rough on those tender gums). I started those after the first week and the healing progress was so much faster with them.
Good luck!

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Ana39

AOL

#660 Aug 16, 2010
BAnn- Thank you for taking time out to answer my question. I couldn't afford to get implants so I'm stuck with regular dentures, tomorrow I go for an adjustment. I know i have a long road ahead but i will try to hang in there and take advice from members that went through the same thing that im going through.

Since: Jan 10

Philadelphia, PA

#661 Aug 16, 2010
My first adjustment was exhausting - be prepared.

Pay attention now to what bugs you and write it down because you will forget about 'little' things as the adjustments go on - they will be placed in and pulled out many times tomorrow. For me the experience was just jaw aching and tiring. I went home, took my last prescription pain killer and then a nice long nap. LOL - I was so tired!

Eating is bound to be tough right now but soft foods will keep you nourished (I lost NO weight with my extractions - LOL).

Speaking on the other hand is a chore and practice makes perfect but even better than that is I read, at a normal speech pace, into my phone which really helped me realize that I didn't sound nearly as goofy as I thought I sounded (and my daughter tried to tell me). I sounded so bad to my own ear at the time but on playback of my message on my cell - I sounded pretty good! Give it a try ;)

Good luck tomorrow! And register for this site - I don't want to see you miss any replies to your posts.
Cindle

Taunton, MA

#662 Aug 16, 2010
I found this site as I've been googling all kinds of things, trying to figure out if what I'm experiencing is normal. 48, had all my uppers pulled 6 days ago and an immediate denture put in. It felt huge, made my top lip puff out so it could barely touch the bottom lip, hurt..etc. Adjustments were done on wed. and went back again thurs. My dentist told me to leave them out and let the sore spots on my gums heal so I have not had them in since Thursday evening. I'm reading all these posts about leaving them in/out etc, worried about dry socket, wont leave the house, etc etc. The swelling in my face has gone down, left side feels o.k. with some pain still on the right side which was the more irritated side. Should I be wearing them? Will I ever look normal?
I smoke, and have been sticking to the soft diet/advil/salt rinse..etc. Tonight I noticed that in the left molar area, a socket appears to be more prominent which has me freaking out that the clot is gone and I will end up with dry socket. Scheduled to go back to the dentist Wed...but I am scared to death to put this damn thing back in. Any thoughts??? thanks..so nice (I guess) to know I'm not the only one going through this!
Angel

El Cajon, CA

#663 Aug 17, 2010
Cindle - so sorry that you have joined us here ... that means that you're not adjusting like the "normal" millions of people who just seem to wear these dang things and life goes on.
Of course I am going to berate your for SMOKING ... which is the one of the biggest causes of dry socket - and gum disease, and bone loss, and bad breath, and implant failure ...(I am an ex-smoker of almost 30 years)... Putting your denture in at least just prior to your appt is important because you will not know where the "sore" spots are and your dentist will not know where to adjust the denture if you don't know. I do not think you need to wear it to cause sores to appear, but at least put it in long enough to know what to tell him. Yes, it will probably not be easy and it will most likely hurt, and they are going to NEVER look normal to you, because they aren't yours. But, you can get them to fit and you will be able to eat, and your mouth will look nice - all in time. Read the other thread in this forum .... it's called Cheer Up New Denture Wearers .... there are about 1900 posts from people who have a ton of information to help you out and will let you know that yes, what you are going through is 'normal' for YOU. BTW ... if you ever hate your denture so much that you want to get implants or an implanted bridge, you will not be a candidate if you smoke. ;)
Barb Ohio

Cleveland, OH

#664 Aug 18, 2010
My Dentures are such a horror to me.I have mini implants on the bottom,which I could live with.I have had my top dentures replaced twice.They were made so I wouldn't have to wear adhesives.That is such a joke.If I want to eat I do have to wear adhesives which totally make me sick to my stomach.I have never been able to eat well with the dentures and they go so far back in my mouth I feel like gagging.They have totally ruined the shape of my face.I don't look at all like myself,I don't feel like I can smile like I used to.I would give anything to never have to wear these dentures.There are days I don't even leave the house because I don't want to wear these dentures.I have been going thru this horror for the last 5 years.Can't understand why in this day and age they can't make dentures better.I always had good teeth until I turned 55.I have a lot of medical problems that affected my teeth.There will never be a time where I will ever ever like them.
Cindle

Taunton, MA

#665 Aug 19, 2010
I went back to the dentist yesterday and had a bone fragment removed which does seem to have helped the pain. Regardless, the denture is still uncomfortable and seems too big for my mouth. I've realized that it isn't the size of the teeth that seems so big but the flange which has been modified but maybe not aggressively enough?? Day 9, and haven't left the house except for the dentist. I'm sorry, Barb, that you have not had good luck with yours. I am a newbie so I have no words of advice although it scared me that I may be "you". And thank you for your words, Angel. I realize smoking is not helping although honestly, at this point in this process, I'm more interested in how to make this work vs. the negatives of smoking. Barb, has your dentist adjusted the denture, cut back the top so it doesn't go back so far to stop the gagging? I dont know enough about this to offer advice and I'm too new to say things will get better, although I would think after 5 years, your dentist should have found a way to make them work for you. New dentist?????

Since: Aug 10

Location hidden

#666 Aug 19, 2010
Cindle,
I understand how you feel having had to pull all the upper real teeth I had left(age 50 for me, this killed me inside)
I have been not leaving the house except to see the doc or dentist. That is truly what I am doing..... Except last night I ventured out to meet my parents at an local outdoor concert. Took my trusty side kick ( the dog) which lead to me to speaking to others whom also had dogs with them lol.( my dog is a flirt too lol) So I talk to this strangers but after I went home I thought to myself...hmm did they know I was wearing an upper denture?. Much easier talking to people I don't know lol they don't know the previous mouth movements.
Also ... even though I didn't want to spend the money, I went ahead and got my lower natural teeth made whiter yesterday & they now match my denture which has given me a little better feeling.
I am trying to come to terms with this and today was the first time I put them in when I got up rather than wait til I needed tem to go out in public. At home I wear them without any stuff to keep them in but when I go out I do so I feel secure. I never ever want anyone to see them pop out of my mouth!
The fact is that it is so hard for others whom don't have dentures to understand.
I even lashed out at my dentist yesteday when he told me he understood and said that I would need to get use to them & the feeling that I hate on top of the roof of my mouth. I'm not sure how I said it but I kinda told him he had no idea what I was dealing with because he was not the one with the denture in his mouth. OMG I think he saw the sweet Karen not be so nice lol! I'm definately on edge and will tell people what I think after what I have been through. Correction: what we are all here gone or going through...
Toothless in Fishers

Fishers, IN

#667 Aug 19, 2010
I continue to read the posts made by very sincere people but I continue to fail to understand why these people don't have a more positive attitude. Having complete dentures as I do are not our natural teeth! Never were intended to be such. They are a tool for which we have to learn how to use. When my dentures went into my mouth, my first impression was OMG what did I do? They were way to big, I couldn't close my mouth properly, too much moisture etc. But now after 4 months things have settled down; today was another soft feline to eliminate all the loose feelings from 7 weeks of gum shrinkage. Dentures are better but I still know there not natural. Can I eat? YES Do I have a better smile? YES In eating do I experience some slippage? YES Are the dentures better than the pain from my natural teeth? YES Are they perfect? Of course not nor will they ever be but with a positive attitude they can work. Just give your body a chance to heal. Think of dentures as nothing more than an aid and you will be fine; not perfect but fine. Dentures surely are better than old natural teeth or no teeth at all!

Since: Jun 09

Morrison, CO

#668 Aug 19, 2010
Most people who get dentures feel, at first, as though they are too big. Flanges and the palate can be thinned down and that helps a lot.

If sockets were sutured after extractions, one should not have to worry about getting a dry socket.

And, yes, smoking is a nasty habit. However, their rate of implant failure is not significant over non-smokers. Smokers break bones and they heal...it's the same with the bone in the jaw.

And, Toothless, your attitude is wonderful because and it works for you. I went into this with the same attitude and it didn't work for me. I won't labor on here about my own trials and tribulations with dentures but it was pretty horrible. Some of us, although we may be few in number, cannot handle the chemicals that leach from the dentures.

I am completely thrilled with my implants and while the cost was great, I didn't have any other choice.
Cindle

Taunton, MA

#669 Aug 20, 2010
Interesting to read all the comments and responses.Karen, I can completely understand your feelings because I feel the same. I did see two people yesterday whom I haven't seen since before the extractions and their reaction was very supportive. Unfortunately, my denture really does NOT fit right. While the pain is much better, my dentist had me back again last night and he took an impression for a new denture. I know this will take time, however it was NOT what I expected. I had a positive attitude going into this...but that has diminished with each day as my mouth heals but the denture seemed to get worse. Yesterday, I gagged all day. That was new! Not so pleasant. My hopes right now are with my dentist and that when he calls me back in today to work on the "new denture", we'll get something more "normal" looking. I asked him if this was "normal" to have these problems and he said no...which actually made me feel better. I didn't want to be whiny...thank god he's really working hard to fix this. So...Karen, I totally understand where you're coming from. There is an emotional component to this that I didn't expect and even though I wanted this to happen, we still lost a part of ourselves,a part very visible to others.I agree with merrymac that one's attitude works for yourself but you cant expect everyone to have the same respones or attitude. I know things could be worse and I keep telling myself that. Like I told my dentist, there is an element of vanity to this now, and I'm trying not to let that take over, but they really DO look strange. I hope yesterday will help boost your confidence Karen, to get out more and enjoy yourself!

Since: Aug 10

Location hidden

#670 Aug 20, 2010
Cindle,

I hope you get good results with your new denture.
You are so right things could be worse! I will get out today and continue to test strangers with my new teeth lol...

Have a good day!!!

PS wrote a diffrent post but it vanished after I clicked post comment lol... oh well....
somuchpain

Coppell, TX

#671 Aug 20, 2010
I have had upper dentures for 22 years with basically no problems and a partial lower for close to 15 years. Uppers weren't fitting like they did 22 years ago, duh!! so decided to go for it and have implants and a full lower also. What was left of bottom teeth were in bad shape anyway. I am on day 15 and just now getting close to feeling human again!! I'm sure in the long run i will be happy but for now........OUCH!! Also, developed a hematoma under my chin and had to go back to have it drained 2 days ago and today it is even larger and harder than before. Surgeon says that is normal.?? Does anyone know if when my gums completely heal in 4 to 6 months and the denture is reworked to snap into the implants do they make a new set of teeth? Some of the posts i have read suggests that but my Dr explained that the dentures i have will be customized (palate will be taken out) to work with the implants. Anyone go thru this?
Thanx........

Since: Jun 09

Morrison, CO

#672 Aug 20, 2010
Cindle, there is a huge element that is emotional. When one dreams of loosing their teeth it is indicative of feeling out of control. In this process, we are out of control and completely at the mercy of others...most of those others are men and women experience this on a much deeper emotional level than most men do.

Granted, it's not the loss of a limb or a person but it is a loss and we are affected emotionally beyond what we ever expected. Depression is not uncommon, but it's situational depression that usually passes with time and some good results.

I've mentioned several times in other posts that this experience was the first time in my live I have ever felt suicidal. While I knew I would never take my own life, the thought alone told me how terribly depressed I was.

It sounds as though you have a good dentist who is genuinely concerned about you and how you feel.

Since: Jun 09

Morrison, CO

#673 Aug 20, 2010
Somuchpain, I don't have a snap on denture so I can't answer your questions. It was discussed in the beginning and I was told my denture would be modified to become a snap on or I could have a new appliance made since I never liked the first teeth.

I believe Angel had a snap on for a while. Maybe she will comment.
Barb Ohio

Cleveland, OH

#674 Aug 20, 2010
No matter what anyone says there is no way to be positive at all about these awful dentures which is the worst thing I've done in my life.Have had them for 5 years now and all they do is after wearing them make my gums sore.I have had 2 sets of uppers and mini implants on the lower.They have totally changed the way my face looks and not for the better.Cannot smile at all like I used to and as far as eating that is almost impossible.I feel all they are there for is cosmetic reasons only.I can eat better without them in my mouth.When I am out eating always worrying if they are coming out of my mouth.I would give anything to be able to go back and have my normal teeth back.My life has turned for the worst since having these dentures.Almost think my bad teeth were better than having these dentures.

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