new dentures killing me

new dentures killing me

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Cruiser

United States

#2 Aug 29, 2009
Chevelle, There is a very long thread (over 500 posts) called "Cheer Up New Denture Wearers" here on topix. I just found it yesterday. Last week I had all my extractions, and got my dentures yesterday, and I read all 500 posts. Whew. I learned a lot. I read about some people who had terrible pain, who were depressed, scared, and in bad trouble, but I also got a lot of good advice. One thing was to rinse your mouth with warm salt water several times a day. It has already helped. I don't recommend reading all the posts, because some of the stuff is very scary, but what I did get was an overall feeling of "this too shall pass". The first days, even the first week, are pretty bad, but it does get better. My dentist recommended putting neosporin ointment on the sore spots. That has helped too. Hang in there. Drink lots of liquids, eat soup, and ice cream.
chevelle70ss

Marcellus, NY

#3 Aug 30, 2009
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Cruiser wrote:
Chevelle, There is a very long thread (over 500 posts) called "Cheer Up New Denture Wearers" here on topix. I just found it yesterday. Last week I had all my extractions, and got my dentures yesterday, and I read all 500 posts. Whew. I learned a lot. I read about some people who had terrible pain, who were depressed, scared, and in bad trouble, but I also got a lot of good advice. One thing was to rinse your mouth with warm salt water several times a day. It has already helped. I don't recommend reading all the posts, because some of the stuff is very scary, but what I did get was an overall feeling of "this too shall pass". The first days, even the first week, are pretty bad, but it does get better. My dentist recommended putting neosporin ointment on the sore spots. That has helped too. Hang in there. Drink lots of liquids, eat soup, and ice cream.
Thank you Cruiser for your help. I will read those posts or what ever they are called today as I have to see my dentist tomorrow & want to be prepared as he was against it but with all my remaining teeth loose & having lost 4 of my front teeth plus who knows how many in the back I felt it was my only choice.
My problem is well two problems one is me I smoke a lot but that aside I don't want to just keep them in the closet I know these are just the first ones & the six months I'll get the permanent ones but I want to get use to them now. the 2nd is I know my dentist was real upset with the way they made the lower ones I can't repeat what he said but this was not to reassuring to me. So I only hope the lab they use knows what they are doing I'm just not sure why he was against me having them when two other dental places when they seen my teeth as I had a bad toothache would not even remove the tooth & said I needed dentures. That is when I went back to my dentist & told him I wanted this over I have been looking on the net. & seen some new technology with dentures on tracks but the price is more than I paid for my car. Anyway another day without them & I'm not sure if this is a good idea but the pain killers don't even work. Well once again Thank you & I will try the salt water I heard about that before. Good luck with yours. Will
Angel

Santee, CA

#4 Sep 4, 2009
Here you go - http://www.topix.com/forum/health/dentures/TN... this is the thread you need to read. Yep, it is VERY long, but full of a collection of tips, complaints, and advice. No where else on the web is so complete with what it is REALLY like. If you want the generic version, just visit any dental website where they will describe your process in the most mildest of words - because they have never had to go through this. Thankfully, we have had the internet to find each other for encouragement and what the real deal is like. Yes - I agree, that millions of people have/do wear dentures and do just fine. But, if you are nervous, in pain, having fit problems or whatever, this is a place you can come to for real life solutions. Good luck to you today - please come back and let us know how it was for you - what you post may help someone else.
Debbie

Milford, MA

#5 Sep 26, 2009
I did'nt get ANY information on any webs including
this one. No patients or Dr.s have anything to
say -example-are is their an easy temporary thing
to do. I had all of my upper(9 teeth pulled at once)
and I haven't had a day without extreme pain. I can't eat meat and a number of other foods. I am
living on pasta.If this doesn't kill me I will!
I have been to the dentist 4 times for adjustments
and they feel ok for an hour or 2-But how can I get
better with the sore spots under the dentures?
Cruiser

Bennington, NE

#6 Sep 28, 2009
Debbie,

Please have a look at the longer thread, cited above, but also, in the meantime, rinse several times a day with warm salt water, to help with healing then try ice chips, which help relieve the pain. Stick with soft foods, but there are lots of options besides pasta -- yogurt, ice cream, smoothies (blended fruit & yogurt drinks), canned peaches, spinach souffle, scrambled eggs, soup. Try rubbing a little neosporin on the sore spots, too.
Linda

Cape Coral, FL

#7 Oct 1, 2009
Debbie - Ask the dentist about getting soft relines. He did my bottoms 2 weeks after post-op, and then at the 3rd week - re-did the bottom, and then did the top. Helped tremendously. I also bought Kanka and Benzodent (use one at a time)to numb the sore spots. Not a cure all but does help. I used a lot of Ibuprofen the first 2 weeks - I took 3 at a time every 4 hours. They worked better than the pain pills, which made me too dizzy and sick to my stomach.

Until he did the soft relines, I lived on soups, mashed potatoes, ricotta cheese, finely chopped egg salad, smoothies, sherbet, ice cream, etc. I was very frustrated and depressed. Now I have graduated to pastas of all kinds, meatloaf, and more firmer cheeses like swiss or mozzerella. I can't do more than this for now as the extraction sites on the bottom back still hurt a lot if I put too much pressure on them but for now I am content. Hope you are improving as each day goes by.
MrTicker

United States

#8 Oct 18, 2009
I to, just had all my remaining teeth extracted and had my immediate dentures put in on Thursday, I went for a follow-up on Friday and the Dentist did a soft reline on my upper denture, but wanted to wait one full week before he did the lowers. I ate a small sandwich and some chicken noodle soup just today, but I ended up taking out the dentures because the bite is'nt quite matched up. But most foods like ice creams, smoothies, broth style soups and mac and cheese that is cooked very soft was food I can handle. I like having dentures, since most of my teeth were cracked, miscolred and chipped, I felt it was time to change my.
appearance. Already I've noticed more people smiling at me or even kind of flirting when I was at a club, I felt great
Cindy

Sterling, IL

#10 Apr 29, 2010
All my top teeth were removed on Monday.
Today is Thursday...
Im miserable!
I keep saying to myself "This to shall Pass" but omg the pain.
Lots of good advice in here, ty!

Since: Jun 09

Loveland, CO

#11 Apr 29, 2010
Oh Cindy, I'm so sorry you are in pain...can you call dentist and get pain meds? You should be able to do 800 mgs ibuprofen every 4-6 hours. Use some ice and sleep propped up so your head is higher than your heart. It will pass but you should not be in this much pain.
Cindy

Sterling, IL

#12 May 3, 2010
Oh Mac, you are so nice! Thx for replying.
Doc gave me vicodin for pain, but like the above poster the meds made me tired and pukey. I am using the ibuprofen tho and today marks the first week.
Things are alot better! Only one terribly sore spot now, and it only effects me when putting it in and taking it out. So I guess im doing great!
Still feeling somewhat blue about the whole thing tho. Will I ever be able to kiss again?? I mean really KISS? Silly I know...

Thx again for your support!

Since: Jun 09

Loveland, CO

#13 May 3, 2010
Hi Cindy, You're not being silly at all. Just because we need dentures doesn't mean we are dead.

I can answer this from personal experience. I dated a man who had a full upper denture. We really kissed and I never knew he had a denture. Some will say this isn't possible, but honestly I never knew.

My sister also has a full upper. She has never told her husband and she swears he doesn't know. I don't know anything about her love life but they have been married for years and have children so I'm assuming they really kissed. ;-)
Nancy

Redmond, WA

#14 May 10, 2010
I asked the same question - about kissing. Great minds think alike. I don't even have a "boyfriend" but someday I might :)
Sherrie81

Melbourne, Australia

#15 May 26, 2010
Hi Cindy, I am on day 8, full uper & lower in after 23 removed. I am having the same problem with taking the top in & out. It hurts!! I went to dentist yesterday to get some of the denture shaved down to reduce pain when removing, it has helped a bit, not as painful, but still hurts. You wrote this on the 3rd of may, now at end of may, is it better?? I am worried if I get too much taken off the denture it will be much more bigger in a few weeks, rather than the normal too big. How are you this far into it??

Since: Jun 09

Longmont, CO

#16 May 26, 2010
Sherrie81 wrote:
Hi Cindy, I am on day 8, full uper & lower in after 23 removed. I am having the same problem with taking the top in & out. It hurts!! I went to dentist yesterday to get some of the denture shaved down to reduce pain when removing, it has helped a bit, not as painful, but still hurts. You wrote this on the 3rd of may, now at end of may, is it better?? I am worried if I get too much taken off the denture it will be much more bigger in a few weeks, rather than the normal too big. How are you this far into it??
I don't think the hurting of discomfort got better until after about three weeks. It took longer than that for ALL the swelling to go down. You're right about not shaving too much off while you are so new into this adventure. Your gums will continue to shrink for the better part of a year.
Sherrie81

Melbourne, Australia

#17 May 27, 2010
Thanks. I look forward to being able to remove & replace without pain. I know over the coming months the gums will shrink & heal; but hate removing top one due to it scraping over my eye teeth. I even have sores from it which are not helping with healing. It is very sore for 10 mins after. Apart from that things are great, the dentures are not a problem, I am starting to eat chunky casseroles & soups rather than puree. My talk is much better. I just grin & bear the 10mins of pain morning & night. A light at the end of the tunnel helps, & so does an idea of how long the tunnel is. Thanks Merry Mac
Sherrie81

Melbourne, Australia

#18 Jun 12, 2010
I am almost 4 weeks in & it doesnt hurt removing & replacing the top denture anymore, YAY!!! Now I remove & clean every time I eat & when I want to freshen my mouth with mouthwash. Which feels great, I love the clean taste & feel! I had 3 teeth out on the bottom side & two on the same side up top about a year before I had them all out. I can chew with that part of my mouth now, which has made all the differance. Sometimes the bottom denture gets lose & scrapes the other side with the wounds when I chew, so I am looking forward to healing enough to use adheasive. But I am so glad I had those 5 teeth out first, it has given me an area to chew a sandwich & other soft foods. I am so happy now. Things are much better, & I know from others that it will keep getting better!! Though I still havent kissed my partner yet. I am sure I will though when the times right.
Sherrie81

Melbourne, Australia

#19 Jun 12, 2010
Oh I just wanted to add that I have also had my dentist make many adjustments to my dentures (teeth) to remove the sore spots. I make another appointment the day after adjustments to give myself some time to see how the dentures feel. Then the next day if its not quiet right I go back & have him do more. If it is right then I call & cancel the appointment. I am going back in a few days to have the outer sides taken down a bit as they are too high with the shrinkage. I am very direct about how they feel & where & what needs to be done untill its right. So speak up, after all you have to wear them & need to be comfortable.
Barbara

Australia

#20 Oct 26, 2010
New dentures are hurting you? You don't tell me as I even DON'T want to get used to it. It's so hard!!!!!!
But Better off with misery teeth , yes? And I am still struggeling with having this NEW teeth. Any suggestions, how I get USED to it... Please help...
Barbara

Australia

#21 Oct 26, 2010
Ok again, I have had my teeth removed except a few Up there, I got NEW ones and I resist the teeth in the lower sectiopn I hate it and if I talk to people they
ALWAYS ask me again: What did you say, as I can't talk properly without the teeth in my mouth and I am sooo frustrated I get even rude sometimes. Please help me to get used to this damn artificically teet in my mouth.

Since: Sep 10

Hesperia, CA

#22 Oct 27, 2010
Barbara I am a month into this and what I did was chew FREEDENT gum. That got me used to the chewing and I read aloud in the mirror in my bathroom. It really did help. Are you using an adhesive. THe powder adhesive really does help me feel more confident and keep my bottoms from moving.

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