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I hate my dentures

Hi, I recently had my last six teeth removed and a immediate denture put in over the extraction site. I also have a partial on the bottom that doesn't really bother me much, but the denture on top is just awful. I first took it out yesterday, which was the third day, and it had a awful smell to it. So I cleaned it off and brushed it then washed with salt water. Putting it back in hurt bad and I just have not felt comfortable at all. Please tell me things get better. I have read forums and forums with people saying you will get used to it. I just dont see ever getting used to it at this point. I am 27 years old and feel like the denture is going to change my life, but for the worse.
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  • I know just how you feel (and I bet that most people who have a denture felt the same way at some point in time). But, in the grand scheme of adjusting to a denture, three days is not a long time. It will get better, but it takes time, patience and practice. I agree that getting and adjusting to a denture (especially, at your young age) is life changing. But, in the end, it will not be for the worse. At best, it will be for the good. At worst, it will simply be a "new normal" that you don't like but that is better than your old teeth because it is pain free.
    You will feel much better when your stitches are removed and your swelling goes down (although, at that point, your denture may feel loose). After that, you will learn to eat and you will have it made! Please have a little faith in yourself and in the process.
    Are you following your dentist's instructions? Have you been back to your dentist to see if your denture needs to be adjusted? Are you rinsing your mouth with warm salt water five or six times a day? All of those things will help.
    Good luck (and post again to let us know how you are doing).

    (from IHaveAGreatDentist)
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  • I had my immediate put in this past Friday and was in intense pain the whole weekend until I went back today and had an adjustment made ... that may help if you've not had it done yet. It's 100 times better! I'm still trying to learn how to talk and have yet to attempt any solid food but the eradication of all the pain has made it much better. Before the adjustment I'd just about cry when I took the bottoms out and put them back in, the pain was excruciating. I hope you find relief, and remember ... there are many people in the same boat as we are and we can all support each other during the tough times!
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  • I too first had the upper and then had my last teeth extracted on the bottom. Took a while to get used to the bottom (2-3 months) but I am able to eat again, (not as good with real) but able to eat again. I am 59 years old and have had problems for years with my teeth (since I was 18) but like everyone says, "they don't hurt anymore". I think once you can get with your dentist and have the adjustments you need, you will be happy. Never ignore the pain your dentures are causing you. It's better to have an adjustment than having to heal a sore that can get worse and infected. LISTEN TO YOUR DENTIST!
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  • How are you doing now? You should be a lot more comfortable with your new smile. I don't agree with the buck teeth look. You need to have an adjustment done. They should look great right from the start. There is soreness to deal with, but it does get better. I am 10 months in now and still making adjustments in my eating habits. I haven't been able to eat leafy veggies. I can deal with that. I went back a lot for adjustments in the first 6 months. After the final hard lining I was freaking out because the top plate had a horrible fit. I was sent to the lab that made my teeth. He did some changes. I went back the next day because it still hurt. He said to use Fixodent, don't take them out for a week unless I felt burning shooting pain and that my gums needed to adjust. He was so right. The first two days were so hard, but by the end of the week I felt comfortable and confident again. Go back as often as you need to for adjustments. It will work out and you will be happy :) I went through a lot of motrin in the process :)
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