My experience with new dentures

My experience with new dentures

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Taliseian

Sacramento, CA

#1 Aug 29, 2011
Greetings all,

I've been lurking on these forums for the past couple of months - mostly in the Eating with Dentures - to learn and get used to my new dentures.

I took a different approach than a lot of others have.

I had my teeth pulled in the middle of May and only received my dentures two weeks ago.

That's right, I went several months with no teeth.

I was advised by my dentist that by going that route my gums would be fully healed from the extractions and the bone smoothing that was needed. This would help the dentures to fit better since the impressions would be made after the gums have shrunk.

So far, two weeks in, I've been able to eat salads (with some difficulty), pasta, breads (only tiny bites since they stick), cereal, and popcorn with no pain in my mouth at all. I do use the Fixodent paste on both my uppers and lowers and they do stay in.

Eating is getting easier as time goes on, it's more of re-training how to eat more than fighting with the dentures.

I just wanted to say thanks to everyone for helping and giving advise. I've read a lot of posts on there that have helped.

T
sorry

Upper Sandusky, OH

#2 Aug 29, 2011
I think that's probably the ideal way to do it. Unfortunately, most people aren't willing to go without teeth for months.

Temporary dentures seem to be a big pain for a lot of people, with constant adjustments and relines needed, and then I assume when it's time for the permanent they go through the same problems adjusting to a denture that finally (hopefully) fits.

Glad to hear you're doing so well.
Sheri

United States

#3 Nov 16, 2011
I'm happy to see I'm not the only one!! I've been without teeth for almost 2 months. My dentist refused to do it any other way. I could have had it done elsewhere but it made sense after I thought it over so I did it. I'm getting anxious about the whole process when it's time to get my dentures. I'm afraid that I will struggle like some that have posted on this site!! I'm worried I won't like the way they look, how they will feel, and fit , as well as how I'll manage to " train myself" to eat with them. I was in sever pain with infections before the extractions so I never even read about what the complications could be. I just knew they would fit better if I waited until my bones and gums were completely healed. I have a check up this week and we will either start with the dentures or wait 4 more weeks. I am annoyed by my speech and limited diet but I certainly don't want to have waited this long just to rush things. So we shall see. Thanks for the post! It gives me hope.
Taliseian wrote:
Greetings all,
I've been lurking on these forums for the past couple of months - mostly in the Eating with Dentures - to learn and get used to my new dentures.
I took a different approach than a lot of others have.
I had my teeth pulled in the middle of May and only received my dentures two weeks ago.
That's right, I went several months with no teeth.
I was advised by my dentist that by going that route my gums would be fully healed from the extractions and the bone smoothing that was needed. This would help the dentures to fit better since the impressions would be made after the gums have shrunk.
So far, two weeks in, I've been able to eat salads (with some difficulty), pasta, breads (only tiny bites since they stick), cereal, and popcorn with no pain in my mouth at all. I do use the Fixodent paste on both my uppers and lowers and they do stay in.
Eating is getting easier as time goes on, it's more of re-training how to eat more than fighting with the dentures.
I just wanted to say thanks to everyone for helping and giving advise. I've read a lot of posts on there that have helped.
T
sherry

Canton, OH

#4 Dec 7, 2011
Hi everyone im 28 n had to have my teeth extracted after being abused for several yrs by my then husband. I just recently got my dentures they fit very good its a lil hard to eat with them I am trying to retrain my mouth how too wrk it sometimes feels like im gonna choke cuz I dnt know how to move my mouth. But reading all these post has giving me hope tht it will all wrk out in time..n e suggestions on how to retrain my mouth too wrk
Magz

New Zealand

#5 Dec 7, 2011
sherry wrote:
Hi everyone im 28 n had to have my teeth extracted after being abused for several yrs by my then husband. I just recently got my dentures they fit very good its a lil hard to eat with them I am trying to retrain my mouth how too wrk it sometimes feels like im gonna choke cuz I dnt know how to move my mouth. But reading all these post has giving me hope tht it will all wrk out in time..n e suggestions on how to retrain my mouth too wrk
Hi Sheri. Re: retraining your mouth to eat: I find it helps when you're chewing to have food in both sides of your mouth. It doesn't solve it all, but it goes a little way toward preventing my bottom denture from lifting out of place at each chew. Hope that helps some.
Shai

United States

#6 Jun 22, 2016
I am 43 and started the process to getting dentures on October 3rd 2015. At that point I had 12 bottom teeth removed and 2 implants put in without sedation. It was a lot less traumatic than I had ever imagined and only took about 2 hours. The healing took about a week and pain was controlled mostly with OTC pain meds.

October 29th i went in to have my upper teeth removed. Again there were12 that needed to come out and I again opted out of sedation(big mistake). They managed to get out only 6 teeth in the course of 6 hours. Had it been my 1st experience I would have quit right then and there. I seriously thought they were trying to kill me. I used the narcotic pain meds they gave me that time.

I knew they could do better because they already had but I opted to be sedated for my 3rd extraction experience. 2 days before Thanksgiving I went back in to have the rest removed. Under sedation it took about an hour for them to complete the process. Again mostly OTC pain meds took care of the pain.

I opted out of immediate dentures and found that once I had healed I could eat more than I would have imagined. I started the process of uncovering the implants in March. From there it could have gone pretty quickly had I just known how to schedule appointments.

Each step in the process requires about 2 weeks. So if your denturist is booked solid like mine was book a bunch of appointments at one time. As it happened I did not get delivery of my dentures until June 3rd. So I went a total of 8 months with no teeth.

Wearing dentures takes some getting used to and hurts a lot in the beginning. I recommend the liberal use of oragel/kanka gel and denture adhesive. Wear them, force yourself to wear them. You will get used to them.

At first it will feel odd to have all this stuff in your mouth. Food won't taste the same. I was averaging about 4-6 hours a day for the 1st week. By the 2nd week I was up to 10 hours a day. In the 3rd week I actually fell asleep in them one night that was a couple of days ago. At this point it is more strange to have them out than to have them in. I haven't really found anything I can't eat since I started using the adhesive.
Jr dj

Killeen, TX

#7 Jun 24, 2016
Im 36 i 've had full uppers for 3 months now with only 2 adjustment needed i love them can eat everything from steaks to gum without having to use the glue best decision i ever made had the emergency dentures put in been happy ever since not to mention beautiful smile and constantly getting compliments i love my smile so confident only issue is physically connection with hubby other than that i lost weight about 36 lbs and have beautiful smile so glad i did it ...hope this helps
Jenney

Manchester, NH

#8 Jun 26, 2016
I had all my teeth. Upper and lower extracted on tues. I did not receive my dentures till Fri because the first set went horribly wrong. I have been wearing them almost constantly sick fri afternoon today is Sunday. I had no pain to speak of and the new dentures look good so I feel bad complain but they are a little loose and u can't get used to feeling like I have a hockey puck in my mouth. How long does it take to get used to that feeling

Since: Oct 15

Las Vegas, NV

#9 Jun 28, 2016
I had receive a denture before a month in a free dental care event organized by the dental professional and hospital in USA.

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