Learning to eat with dentures

El Cajon, CA

#41 Sep 20, 2009
Geez, Lee - don't even worry a bit. You are doing FANTASTIC. At the rate you're going you will be eating salad in another 2 weeks. Sounds like you might need just a small adjustment on the bottom to help settle it in - but wow, I am in awe of your progress! Oh, I love those In N Out burgers - I like mine 'animal style'- yummmmmmmmy. Crap, now I'll have to go get one - made me hungry just thinking about it. 8-)

Elizabethtown, KY

#42 Sep 21, 2009
I still can't eat period with my dentures. Pudding is about the only thing I can handle. Then I just lick it off the spoon and swallow it on down. I can't keep these things in place. The tops fall down the bottoms are like my wife, they do what they want. I am heading back to the dentist today and hopefully something can be done. It has been almost 2 weeks and i would love to be able to at least be able to bite down on something other than my tongue.

Lehigh Acres, FL

#43 Sep 24, 2009
regretting...I am 2 weeks post-op and up until Wed. really could not chew anything. I assume you are trying to eat mashed potatos, cream of soups, etc. to try to fill up. I can chew a noodle consistency now because the dentist did a soft reline which made the bottoms more secure...see if you can have your dentist do that also. I don't expect to graduate to anything more than noodles for quite a while because I am no where near being healed up (19 teeth out). I am thankful that my upper is at least not giving me trouble as yet.(fingers crossed).
Good luck to us all.

Since: Sep 09

Puyallup, WA

#44 Sep 25, 2009
I only wish I had thought to visit a forum BERORE I decided to get full uppers and lowers.
Unlike most of you, I didn't get immediate dentures and waited over 2 months after my extractions before getting my dentures. So I am not experiencing any of the swelling, pain, ect and thought I'd be able to come home and celebrate with a steak dinner. sigh.. No one, not even my dentist told me I wouldn't be able to eat solids much less talk normally.
I am even struggling with the way they (I) look with them.
I truly feel blindsighted :(

Since: Sep 09

Puyallup, WA

#45 Sep 25, 2009
I am so upset, that I even misspoke my user name. LOL
Make that blindsided!!

Conway, AR

#46 Sep 25, 2009
Gosh it is terrible....I crave mexican food but can only really eat rice and beans...chips maybe and now that I am pretty much healed I think I can do the hot sauce without burning. I can eat chicken if it is cut up really small and tender not dry but forget beef for a while I just chomp on it and chomp on it and spit it out :( oh how I wish I could eat a salad! To top it off I got a filling last week in a top tooth and yesterday had to go to the dentist cause it is killing me. He took xray and said tooth is OK so put me on antibotic to try to clear up. Funny now that hurts more than the denture on the bottom! Good luck to all this is a real challenge to say the least!

Spokane, WA

#47 Sep 25, 2009
Yes, you will be able to eat salads. I missed them a lot so I worked on it a lot. It's easier with iceberg and that type of lettuce cut into small pieces, it's harder to chew the mixed greens and baby spinach which is thinner and chewier. My mom has had dentures for years and she can even eat steak now. We all had corn on the cob the other day (I've had dentures a little over a year). I'd still rather have my own teeth without the pain but you can definitely adjust.

Conway, AR

#48 Sep 25, 2009
Thank you all! I found some swiss steak I had made in the freezer with rice tonight....OMG it was so good! First beef since the denture that I could eat...of course it was really soft too. Oh and Angel I used to live in San Diego and Covina but we moved here to Little Rock back in 2001....miss the mexican food and the burgers of CA! Please email In N Out burger...double double with extra spread and grilled onions! Also chips from Nico's would be nice too LOL!

Clarkson, KY

#49 Sep 27, 2009
I have given up even trying to eat with my dentures right now. I have the upper glued in but the bottom still bounce around. Sometimes when I open my mouth the lower jaw opens and the teeth don't go with it. Also the food gets under the roof of my mouth where the uppers only have the the one spot glue right now and it knocks them loose. So frustrating. It will be three weeks this coming Wednesday since the teeth have been pulled. I was told I would have the soft relined done 4 weeks out from the extractions so hopefully things will get better then.

Orange Lake, FL

#50 Sep 27, 2009
regrett the same her I eat better now with nothing in or just the tops. Hope this will change once I get the bottoms pinned in.

Lehigh Acres, FL

#51 Sep 27, 2009
I had the soft reline done last Wed. to the bottom and it has helped make them a bit more secure. Thought I was doing good...even chewed a bit over the last few days. Then today it seems like the uppers are not the same ones I had in yesterday. If I bite down, the right side pulls away from the roof of my mouth and they have been much looser than ever. Dentist said not to use glue yet 9(Tues. will be 3 weeks from extractions)so I will call him tomorrow for appt. Hopefully, he can do something. Sometimes I think I'm going to go crazy with all this. Thanks for listening.

Bullhead City, AZ

#52 Sep 27, 2009
I have found that manicotti works great for me. I had 27 extractions and immediate dentures done 8 days ago. I was starting to get really depressed because I just could chew anything. Even this morning I started to tear up a bit from the stinging on my lower gums after I put in my lower teeth. Thanks to the great folks here reminding me that things WILL get better (I used to be proud of my diction and speaking voice, so I'm still a little down LOL).

El Cajon, CA

#53 Sep 27, 2009
Out of town for a few days - but sounds like it's sorta the same old'-same old'- You know it goes like this - go back to the dentist a thousand times, get a thousand adjustments, wait a thousand days and then you just might be eating again, but it will never be the same. It is what it is. I think, if there is one thing that all of us get from this forum is the reassurance that no matter what we are going through, someone before us has, and unfortunately it is all just NORMAL. It's good to have you guys in my corner.

Lee - I was in Chicago this weekend and I can tell you, that I can see why you miss Mexican food from here. It's good other places - but it lacks the border flavor. And In & Out - the best.

Clarkson, KY

#54 Sep 28, 2009
I had the soft reline done today. Night and day difference. Just had to try a peanut butter sandwich. i was able to eat 2 or 3 bites then the bottoms started dancing. I am speaking better also. So there maybe light at the end of the tunnel.

Lehigh Acres, FL

#55 Sep 30, 2009
Had soft liner re-done on bottom and one on top yesterday. The top had started rocking (and rolling) and loosening. What a difference the liners made. I'm still on soft foods (lots of pasta, meatloaf, etc.) but I can really chew them now not just swallow small pieces. I won't try anything harder than toast just yet as I am still healing. I would think peanut butter would be much too sticky to keep dentures in. I find that I can eat toast but untoasted bread sticks to the dentures. Luck to us all.

Windsor, CO

#56 Sep 30, 2009
Hi Linda,

I found buying Oroweat Country White Bread worked well as it did not stick to the denture or the teeth. Some company called Natures Pride or something close to that also has a country white that is cheaper. I'm an Italian bread girl myself but this will have to do for now.

I also buy Pepperidge Farm marbled rye...also easy to chew with no sticking.

When I was having relines regularly, I found that those done in the morning didn't work as well, because I retain some fluid over night so relining to my gums in the morning meant the denture was loose by late afternoon. Once we realized that, we scheduled them for late in the day.

I could never, and still cannot, manage pasta since this denture venture...it's just too slippery in my mouth.

I was wanting a hot dog badly and couldn't eat the long Nathan's as the skin was too tough but found that the shorter Nathan's were much easier to chew. I also tried Spam and believe it or not, it actually tasted good. And Corned Beef or Roast Beef hash is easy to get down,, mostly because it looks like someone already chewed it for you... but it tastes good with a soft egg.

I know, once I get the new denture, I am going to have to learn to eat all over again for the second time. Since I'm allergic to the acrylic in my present denture, I've learned to eat without my teeth, can eat more things without them and everything tastes better without them.

Try different breads, not all are too crusty or too soft.

Lehigh Acres, FL

#57 Oct 1, 2009
MM - Thank you for the advice on the bread. I will try to find one of them. I have a pretty varied diet right now because I can eat a lot of pasta - last night I had stuffed shells. Really fills you up. Had fetticini alfredo the other night. I am Italian and love my pasta...do miss the garlic bread. I also had meatloaf, mashed & peas. I cannot chew hot dog yet...I like Nathan's skinless. I am still healing and that takes more pressure than I can do at the moment.
I am alot better off than I was just days ago so I thank my lucky stars. Last week no one could make me believe I could be eating even these soft foods.

Are you getting the overdenture snap-in type or individual teeth? I am sure you will do well as you have a lot of practice getting use to all this. Good luck to you.

Windsor, CO

#58 Oct 1, 2009
Hi Linda, I'm getting five individual implants on the bottom and eight implants on the top which will support crown and bridge porcelain teeth.

I have a piece of the new material made to fit the shape of my lower mouth which I am to experiment with this weekend. If there are no side effects, I will call on Monday and they will make the new upper denture. It might sound foolish to have it made but I had already paid for it and the other lab can use it as a model to make the crown and bridge work and make the teeth exactly to match.

The crown and bridge are immediate so once I have that done, provided they don't all fail, I won't have any use for the denture at all.

My husband expects to be going out of town mid October and I hope I can schedule the surgery while he is away. Whatever recovery there is, I'd rather do it alone. I can prop myself up in bed and watch Home and Garden or the cooking channel until my hearts content ;-)

Conway, AR

#59 Oct 2, 2009
I was so excited yesterday. Went to eat at a Mexican restaurant and had tamale, rice, beans and they put lettuce at the side….OMG when I put a small amount of lettuce in my mouth and could chew it I got so excited that my husband thought I was choking on it! I have only had my bottom denture less than a month and of course no reline as of yet. I can pretty much eat anything except pork (like pork chop or roast) or beef (like steak or roast) and I don’t expect to until reline which the dentist wants to do in February if I can make it that long. Dentist said that at 6 months the gums should be stable and no more shrinkage. I will say one thing hamburgers and chicken have never tasted so good!

Lehigh Acres, FL

#60 Oct 2, 2009
MM - Good luck with your new mouth adventure.

Lee - So happy for you. I was a big salad eater and I do miss it so. Maybe some day. Keep up the good work.

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