I had all my teeth extracted on 12/30/11. My dentures were placed in my mouth immediately after all the extractions. Yes, I suffered swollen face, used Ice and pain killers. I have a wonderful dentist who helped me thru it. However, sometimes I feel so overwhelmed. My gums are still healing as its only been 4 days.
I leave the dentures in from about 5am, until about 9pm. I had to get them adjusted as I had 2 sores in my mouth. My question is, my dentures are adjusted, not near the sores, but how can I heal them?
I use salt water once in the morning, and then again at night. I also use a prescribed oral rinse. I hate to take them out during the day, as I have to use the adhesive and it sucks cleaning it all out.
And eating??? it sucks big time. I am existing on jello, and soup.
Any advice? thank you Anne
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It is perfectly okay to feel overwhelmed. Most people do when they first get dentures.
As you know, the more salt water rinsing you do, the quicker your sores and your extraction sites will heal. I totally understand about the adhesive paste, so you should try to rinse more than once after night time removal. Also, some aloe vera gel might help with the sores.
Eating will take some time and lots of practice and patience. Four days is really soon. You might want to try mashed or baked potatoes, milkshakes and pudding in the meantime.
Hang in there. It will get better.
I have my teeth all extracted on the 30th also,so believe me I feel your pain.However, here are a few things that I did that helped alot and I am only 5 days out and swelling has gone down alot.
I rince my mouth every 4 hours with salt water all through the day. Also, what my dentist told me is to sip on Ice Cold Water all day long. This really helped to reduce the swelling Hold the ice water in your mouth for a minute before swallowing it and you will really be suprised how much the swelling goes down. ( granted be prepared to pee alot)
I myself am using a jell that i got from the dentist, that when you rince them out every 4 hours, you put this soothing gell on the denture and it numbs them right away, pluscools the denture. it is outstanding.
As for food, you would be suprised what you can cram into a food processor and it taste pretty good. Hot dogs with a bun, spaghetti with meat sauce, pizza. Just add a very small amount of water and your good to go. Just tonight i had Meat Lovers Pizza, granted it looked like baby food but tasted the same as usual. you can also do any veggies you want in a steamer then run through the food processor.
Anne, we will get through this, and in the near future, we will be eating everything we want like we used too, and happy about our smile, but as of right now, I know just how you feel.
Take care and I hope this Helps
South Bend Indiana
Anne, this is a process that is going to take some time and getting used to. It is fine to feel as you do. I suggest keeping a journal or notebook of you observations about your dentures- what hurts where, what you have done to relieve the pain, what you have tried to eat, been successful eating and so on. Share this with the dentist when you go next and do go as often as you feel the need to get sore spots taken care of. If they go too long they can develop into ulcers and cause more problems.
Do keep trying to advance your diet and do not get discouraged. Start with softer foods and gradually work your way up. Do make sure you keep your nutrition level up it will help you heal.
Rinsing with warm salt water can be very soothing. Also topical anesthetics like ora-jel and benzadent are helpful but the dentist can make adjustments to relieve the sore spots.
Think positive- Barbara
I had my denture adjusted like 4 times if I felted a sore I let my dentist know he fixed the issue.... I am almost a year into having my dentures and it takes some getting use to... One of the thing about is eating most of us are scared to eat chicken, steak, fish or pork chop b/c we don't want our denture to fall out or you sneeze to hard and they fall out... Once your gums are healed you shouldn't need nothin for your top plate they should just fix when you put them in... It gets better as time goes on ...