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Taking new dentures out

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I had 26 teeth extracted yesterday and dentures put right in and today the dentist took my dentures out for my post op appt. She told me to take them out a few times today and rince with salt water and tonight before going to bed to keep the dentures out and put them back in tomorrow morning.
So far I have rinced my mouth twice and it is so painful to take the dentures out and put them back in. I am wondering how long before the pain goes away. Also Has anyone had a problem putting their dentures in after the 1st night out. I am scared they won't fit.
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  • I think that your dentist's advice is a bit unusual. In most cases, a patient is advised to wear dentures continuously (including while sleeping) for the first 24 or 48 hours to minimize swelling (because the dentures act as bandages) and avoid the possibility that swelling (while the dentures are not being worn) will prevent the patient from being able to wear the dentures. Also, a patient is usually advised to begin salt water rinses 24 hours after the extractions to ensure that clots form in the extraction sites (and to put the dentures back in immediately after the rinsing). Sometimes, patients wear their dentures while they sleep for the first week after their extractions.
    So, although I am reluctant to contradict your dentist, my advice is to wear your dentures while you sleep for the first few nights after your extractions. To minimize pain while putting your dentures in, you might try putting a product called Benzodent in your dentures (which will numb your gums a bit) and/or rinsing with cold water before putting your dentures in (which will make your gums contract a bit).
    Good luck (and let us know how you do).

    (from IHaveAGreatDentist)
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  • Thanks for the advice of the Benzodent. I will have to get some. As for putting my dentures back in after 1 night off was so very painfull. I think I will sleep with them in until Mondays appt.
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  • Hi I can really relate to this I had 27 teeth extracted two weeks ago tuesday, because of the swelling and sores on my gums wearing the dentures has been very painful. I went to my dentist on saturday and he made a few adjustments to both my top and bottom dentures. He then took a look at my gums and saw the sore spots and swelling and sugested i leave them out and rinse with salt water untill wednsday when i go back for another appointment. I guess he felt if i wore them they would rub on the sores and make it worse. I know the most painful thing for me is putting them in and taking them out. You may want to see what your dentist says, good luck we are both in the same boat and i know it will get better.
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  • The salt water rinses are the best! Also, if you have trouble inserting your dentures after they have been out try soaking them in ice water and rinsing your mouth with water as cold as you can stand it. This will help numb your gums a little and also reduce swelling. As your gums heal the pain will deminish. Also you will get more accustomed to wearing the dentures. Using topical anesthetics are also helpful as the others have indicated. Keep in close contact with the dentist because using those products may mask a serious issue with the fit of your dentures. New dentures require adjustments early on to keep them fitting comfortably and functioning well. Take it a day at a time. Sleeping with them in for the first couple of days or even a week or two should help as well, check with the dentist before doing something contrary to their advice.
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  • I've worn dentures for many years and can still remember working up the nerve to get in there and take them out to do the salt water rinses. But it's very important to do it. It helps if the salt water is very cold and you rinse the dentures in cold water before you put them back in. Topical gel like the stuff you put on baby's gums when they're teething helps too.

    The most important thing is to keep it up.
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