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502 Points

Sat, Nov 2, 2013 1:40 AM

Finally able to eat a hamburger without pain or extreme difficulty.

Well it's been 5 weeks since I got full dentures.I had my 7th adjustment to date so far today and the dental asst. put fixodent on my upper and lower and sent me on my way.My husband persuaded me to try to eat some of his whataburger because I was whining about how it smelled so good and it'd been so long since I had meat.Boy was it good,happy day.Haha.The only thing is getting used to the odd pressure on the gums from the chewing.I had no pain at all.Now I'm planning to go to one of my favorite restaurants next weekend since I can finally eat with the dentures without a lot of pain or hassle.I couldn't even eat bread without some kind of liquid until recently so it's a really big deal...:)The fixodent helped a whole lot in keeping the dentures stable enough to eat with without causing more sores too easily or soon.

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420 Points

7 years ago

Congratulations. I know exactly what you mean. I considered myself to have arrived when I could eat a subway sub. I never had pain, only discomfort when trying to bite or chew. When I finished that sub with no pain or discomfort, it was indeed a great day.

On a related note, prior to having my 10 remaining top teeth removed, eating was truly painful. I was at the point that I could barely chew. I do not regret my choice to go with dentures, even with the couple of weeks of eating mush until my gums healed, then gradually working in harder foods. Those weeks were a small price to pay.

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952 Points

so it looks like this is what my plan is pudding and useing my blender for a month hopefully after ill be able to chew too i havent gotten my dentures in yet but ill be soon they tested the wax ones already itw asent that bad they said dentures are alot better and not like the wax

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20.8K Points

My dentures feel nothing like the wax ones did!

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6.2K Points

Good to know, AliciaP!

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120 Points

I've had mine for 6 weeks, and I can still only eat soup,puddings,and can veggies. It's not pain, they finally fixed mine ,so theyd meet to chew better. But, nothing is helping me with eating, I try tiny pieces,the food wants to go down my throat, I choke, I have put 1 elbow noodle on each side, to chew, and it gets stuck going down my throat before I can try to finish chewing it. I've lost almost 30 pounds. I find myself eating 1 cup of yogurt or pudding a day now, because I can't stand choking on food anymore, I can't even eat the onions, celery in soups, they seem too hard, and trying to bite down in back loosens them and food goes under them.any suggestion? I've been back to get them refitted multiple times. I'm just to the point that I don't even want to try to eat anymore...

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5.7K Points

Perhaps you need to start using an Adhesive, like FIXODENT powder or paste...Chewing needs to be re-learned with dentures... Chew your food equally on both sides of your mouth, that way the denture doesn't shift... IF this continues, consult your dentist again.. You may even need a ''Soft Reline'' since your gums are shrinking by the hour...Good Luck Melissa, YOU will get thru all of this...

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2K Points

7 years ago

I'm glad to hear Fixodent has been helping.  Eventually you'll come to the point where you don't even realize you're wearing dentures.  Would you mind sending an email to me at smhc.im@pg.com?  I'd like to send you something.  Thanks!

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260 Points

When i use fixodent on the bottoms the glue seems to wear off and my lowers are loose and i have to excuse myself and apply more adhesive any suggestions

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5.7K Points

Aileen... get some ''Cushion Grip'' (available at CVS).. it's like a ''soft relign'' and works good on both upper and lower to tighen things up a bit...it's not a denture adhesive, so some ''fixodent'' for stability may be needed...Your gums are still ''shrinking'' yet...I'm now 7 months into ''dentures'', now on to my ''Permanent'' dentures and it does get better.. Your gums are still healing and sometimes you'll get ''sore spots'', that's normal.. Cushion Grip really helped me a LOT.. I ordered it from Amazon.com.. it's cheaper.. Each application lasts from 4-7 days...Permanent dentures will come after 6 months of temporary dentures, when your gums are healed.. and again, your gums will change with the Permanent dentures too...It's definitely a ''process', but I feel it's worth it... Good Luck, you will survive this...

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952 Points

is this really true in time it will feel like im not wearing them is it so true do you think i hope so ill be getting mine soon and kinda od excited but worried at t he same time

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20.8K Points

I forget that I'm wearing dentures quite a bit! There is hope!

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110 Points

I forget I wearing my tops & it's been pnly 3 weeks, but the bottoms take also of getting used too. With the cushion grip how do u soak ur dentures?

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502 Points

7 years ago

Today I was able to eat potato chips,that was surprising.I was told by several people I know that it gets better and they are right.The waiting and doing without is the hardest part.I will say though,nothing really tastes the same as it used to,I think it has to do with the top plate.If I take the dentures out and decide to eat ice cream it seems to taste better than it does when the teeth are in.

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5.7K Points

I think the best part for me, was losing some extra ''pounds''... I've had to learn to eat smaller bites and ''slower'' too... I've lost about 15 lbs, so that was a bonus.. and so true, the food does taste better without your dentures in ...

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952 Points

yayyyyyyyy i think ill loose some too

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190 Points

7 years ago

What is this about getting permanent dentures in 6 months? I thought the dentures I got were going to be my permanent ones.
I am starting my 5th week of dentures, and it is so uncomfortable to eat. No pain, just moving teeth. I use Fixodent, tried Poligrip(doesn't hold) but the bottoms still come loose. I have to apply twice a day on the bottoms.
I guess my second question is, should I be going in for another fitting, even though there is no pain?
I am so tired of being hungry. Sad part is, I'm not losing weight though.

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5.7K Points

Bobbi, ... yes, the dentures you're wearing now are ''Temporary'', while your gums are healing... In about 6-7 months, your dentist will be doing more impressions for your Permanent dentures.. The ''impression'' will be for a ''wax denture first... They start out with the ''wax'' impression, with teeth in it for the first ''fitting'', then the second fitting is for ''bite'' and other adjustments to your mouth,.. This is when the dentures will really form a ''suction'' on the roof of your mouth.. Finally you'll have a nice fit in your mouth and they'll feel secure too... I've had my permanent denture for about a month, and there will need to be another adjustment... but it's almost over!.

In the meantime, you can go to CVS Pharmacy and get ''CUSHION GRIP''...it's like a ''soft relign'', which will adhere to your dentures...it's cushioney and quite comfortable...and will stop the ''shifting of teeth'' when you eat..and since you haven't said you had a ''soft relign'' yet, this will allow you to eat more comfortably too while your gums are shrinking and healing,, You may need to use some ''Fixodent'' too, but it will be so much better when you eat..

I ordered ''Cushion Grip'' from Amazon.com.. it's cheaper and I order 4 tubes...which lasted me about 4 1/2 months ...There are videos on YouTube as well from other users too, that's how I learned about it.. My gums were healing so fast at first, my dentist was doing a soft relign about every other week for the first month or so... Watch this video, I think you'll find it very informative too.. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=764OxN...

Good Luck to you... it will get better!!

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5.7K Points

Oooops, I guess I should say that your ''Permanent Denture'' will be made out of acrylic, not wax... It will fit differently than your Temporary too, and your gums will also change again to the new denture..

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80 Points

7 years ago

If you Cannot afford a new set of permanent or "post-healing" dentures some exceptions can be made, different reline materials can be used in-order to fill in the voids that were created by the shrinkage of your soft-tissue/gums, this can be a much more affordable option for people that need some more time to save funds for the permanent dentures. A great reline material your dentist can use is GC Coe-soft extremely comfortable in-office procedure. Talk to your dentist.

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190 Points

7 years ago

Dee- I went in to the Dentist to inquire and was told that "yes" these are my permanents, but that after 3 months I get a soft reline, and after 6 months they do an impression and I get a hard reline.
Also I have found a Fixodent powder that seems to work on keeping my dentures in place. It's less messy than paste. At least when you take them out.

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5.7K Points

Well, that's GREAT Bobbi .... I had several ''soft religns'' shortly after I got my temporary dentures...since my gums were constantly changing... Those ''soft religns'' lasted me 2-3 days, then they were lose again.. I was not aware they make your Permanent plate immediately, so that's a REAL COST SAVER too... I've spent over $7,000.00 for the complete process... but then again, I live in CA...

Well, that's good about the ''Fixodent'' Powder too... Nothing is more frustrating than when your teeth continually move while you're eating...Good Luck to you in this ''process''.... it's tedious, that's for sure! I use the ''Fixodent'' paste, but now, only a few very small dots..so the paste that used to stick to the roof of my mouth is virtually gone now....I think my next appt. may be for a ''hard relign'' too, for my final fitting, next Tuesday! What I noticed the most with my permanent dentures is the ''thickness'' that was created just under my nose, now it's just ''smooth''... So much easier to blow my nose too!! LOL

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190 Points

I guess I should have said I use the powder for my uppers, less mess when I take them out. Paste for the lowers. I got some Cushion Grip yesterday, and it seems to help. Still have to glue them in though, but they fit better.

And I live in CA also, have Concordia Ins. They paid for everything but the sedation. Which was only $160.

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5.7K Points

Great Bobbi ... I think you'll like the ''Cushion Grip'' too, you can only put so much powder or paste on your dentures, as your gums shrink...It sure helped me when I had ''sore spots'' on my gums, upper or my lower partial...I still used Fixodent too, it gave me the ''secure feeling' I needed...I used 5 tubes of Cushion Grip before I got my Permanent denture, 6 mos. later! ... It's GREAT that you've got good Dental Insurance too...I was NOT sedated at all.. and felt really relaxed for 3 hours during my extractions and bone grafts, plus stitches in the CHAIR... I use ''Magnetic'' products (since 1998), so I didn't suffer from swelling or pain either..and no one could tell one bit that I'd undergone this extensive surgery... Well, GOOD LUCK to you Bobbi ... You're on your way to a beautiful smile!! You'll be eating STEAK before long!!

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5.7K Points

Oh, I live in ''Littlerock, CA'' ... near Palmdale!

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482 Points

7 years ago

3 days after my surgery (28 teeth extracted), and I feel "ok". The shifting of the bottom denture is barely tolerable, but I like food, so I am finding ways to eat. I seem to be holding the bottom denture in place the best I can with my tongue, while trying to chew. I realize that it is a slow journey to getting to eat a hamburger, but I'm drooling just thinking of one. In the meantime, my wife's meatloaf was awesome today! I see my dentist in 3 more days to adjust the dentures.

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5.7K Points

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=764Ox... Mark, watch this video, it may help you.. I used Cushion Grip for the first 6 months after I got my temporary dentures.. It works great, like a ''soft relign''...it sticks to your dentures, not your mouth and it lasts about 4-7 days before you reapply it... It helps those ''sore spots'' too, as your gums are healing and shrinking..Plus, you can use ''Fixodent'' over it too! Good Luck, you're on your way to a great smile..

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482 Points

Dee you are awesome!!! I am a little slow, but when I found that I could not get a second denture adjustment I got worried. I had tried Cushion Grip before, but wanted an adjustment and reline. Well, My dentist is on holiday (WHO CAN BLAME HIM?) I tried my second application of Cushion Grip and can't thank you enough. It does just that... It cushions, and it grips. I set my first reline appointment for mid January, but I feel that I will have a great Christmas. Your advice was AWESOME Dee! Thank you so much, and a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS TO YOU!!!

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You are so welcomed Mark ... It's a ''process'' for sure, with dentures.. My dentist always thought I was pretty ''informed'' when I had my temporary plate and figured out ways to be ''comfortable'' when sore spots arose...whether it was ''extra'' Fixodent or adding a little Cushion Grip in specific places...until I saw her again... Cushion Grip sure came in handy for me..I bought it thru ''Amazon.com'', it was a lot cheaper when I purchased 4 tubes....You'll have good Christmas too, with a beautiful smile, & be able to enjoy your meals without ''fear or pain''... When you get your ''Permanent'' dentures, the Cushion grip won't ''grip'', but the plate will be ''form fitting'' after your gums have shrunk over 6 months..then you might need a slight adjustment... but you'll be OVER with Dental visits every two - four weeks too...I'm in my Permanent Dentures since October... It's been a long haul, but I'm so happy with my new teeth and smile too!! ''MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR'' MARK.. You're on your way!!!.

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482 Points

Christmas day will be 5 weeks for me. I don't expect to be able to "take a bite" out of anything, but my mother in-law is making prime rib. There is no way I am going to miss that. If I have to cut it into 1/4" pieces I will. I want my first hamburger to be on my 49th birthday: 1/1/2014. And I want a Colorado SmashBurger. Merry Christmas all! May you have the best New Year ever!

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5.7K Points

Mark, at my ''5 weeks'', it was my Birthday, so I grilled a ''Rib Eye Steak''... What I have found, is I take smaller bites and eat ''slower''.. Consequently, I've lost weight.. Some people do and some don't, but for me it's been a real benefit! Enjoy the ''Prime Rib'' too, even in small bites...AND, and early ''Happy Birthday'' to you!.. Enjoy that ''hamburger'', you've earned it!!

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190 Points

7 years ago

That girl was me Dee. I haven't been commenting, but I have been reading all the posts. It's been about a month and a 1/2 since my soft reline. The lowers seem to be working all right, but the uppers seem to be more gappy. I find myself swallowing way to much because I feel like I get too much saliva under the palette. My brother in law(who's had dentures for years) told me to put paste along the back to seal better. I've tried that and going without glue(really hate taking them out with it on them). Neither way is helping. But if I don't use Fixodent, eating can be a chore. Surprised I haven't lost weight.
I'm thinking about calling the dentist and seeing what she recommends.
Also, I'm still having pieces of bone coming through. Not big, but weird.
Due for the hard reline next month I think.
Wanted to thank you Dee for being a sounding board for a lot of us, and giving us your insight. You really do help with the transition.

By the way, my real teeth are gone, but I still have a sweet tooth! LOL! And no, I don't indulge it as much as I want to. That is not the reason for not losing weight.

Mark, I would get back to your dentist if I were you. That's what they get paid for!

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5.7K Points

Oh Bobbi .... Soooo good to hear from you!! ...Well, according to my Dentist, we DO salivate a lot more until our mouth get's adjusted to the ''Dentures'' being there.. I have found that it took about 6 months for me before I stopped salivating so much when I put my dentures in...I know that with my permanent dentures, they're so ''form-fitting'', I don't salivate as much...In fact, when I wake up in the mornings, my mouth feels pretty dry at times...Now I can go without Fixodent, but when I'm going out to eat or have a dinner guest, I apply a small dot of Fixodent on each side of my upper denture (near the molars) and another ''dot'' in the tunnel ...Then I don't have any ''gobs'' of Fixodent on the roof of my mouth..and they're very secure too...

Yes, we have to eat slower and chew WELL.. After the initial extractions, we're on ''soft foods'' for a few weeks.. I had ''bone grafts'', & there was one small bone that the dentist removed the following day for me, plus there was one 'tiny'' portion of a molar that was still there, protruding thru the gum, but it wasn't painful...However, my Dentist removed it just last month... I still like ''sweets'' too, especially when I made ''Walnut Fudge & Peanut Brittle'' at Christmas for gift-giving..Oh those ''samples'' were so good too!! LOL But, with the weight loss, I've adjusted to eating smaller portions too.. I think I've lost a total of about 10-12 lbs... and I don't miss them either!

Well, on the ''Fixodent'' paste, it tells you to put the paste at the back of the denture... but if I got it too close to the back, it ''oozed'' out and I felt like I had something in my throat... So, what I did was use ''Cushion Grip'' constantly, and then applied a thin line of Fixodent in the ''tunnel'' that runs in the roof of your mouth for ''suction'' & a smaller area around to the front... and that made a difference...Maybe that will help you too...Extra Cushion Grip & Fixodent in areas that were ''sore spots'' really helped till my next visit to the Dentist...When your gums are totally healed, you will barely feel the ''sockets'' where your natural teeth were too...I can actually eat breakfast without my teeth since the gums have hardened up more..

I've certainly enjoyed all the nice people on this Forum too, and got some good ideas myself ... especially when your eating foods that are hard to chew, like Steak.. One person said to keep the denture from shifting, eat on both sides at the same time.. I was always used to eating on only one side, so it was a habit I had to break.. but that method seems to work good...I still keep ''Fixodent'' in my purse, just in case tho...

Bobbi, I'm glad you've kept reading the posts and If I've helped in any way, I'm honored to do it... It's a new ''journey'' in Life for us, but it's not FATAL.. Please keep me updated on your progress too... Good Luck, it will get better!!

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190 Points

I tried putting cushion grip on my soft reline, and it won't stick. I ended up taking back the new one I purchased because I felt I had wasted my money on it.

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5.7K Points

Wow, that's amazing... I used it all the time on my ''soft reline''.... Maybe your denture material is different.. I know ''Cushion Grip'' does NOT adhere to my permanent dentures, which I think are ''acrylic''..

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482 Points

When I first got my dentures from the surgeon, the liner was pink in color. They said it was a soft liner, but it felt pretty hard to me. I just got my first soft reline by the dentist and it is white in color, and softer (just a little harder than 3 day old cushion grip). I have no idea what a soft or hard reline is suppose to be like. I have an appointment on Monday with the dentist to do what he is calling a hard reline. He said they mold under the dentures and then send them to a lab to do the hard reline. He said I can pick them up the next morning. I don't know what to expect, but I will insist that he first check the fit of my bottom denture before we go any farther.

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Hi Mark.... Here's an article about soft & hard relines ...http://www.intelligentdental.com/2011... I've heard that with the ''hard reline'' they will keep your denture and send that to the lab for that process... I've always had the ''soft relines'' done, and the putty is ''white'' and dries white too, ... it's softer and can be easily ''trimmed'' if necessary... I'd like to hear what you have to say after the ''hard reline'' is done on Monday...I hope you're not ''denture-less'' for a day.. Here's another article about the types of dentures too...http://www.ehow.com/list_6925645_diff... I've been calling my 'final' dentures Permanent... but they are removable, like yours... I'll have to retrain myself on that..and call them ''Standard'' it seems... However, with my new ''upper'' denture (final), it's not thick like the temporary was (to allow for swelling after extractrions), it's very streamline and a lot thinner too.. After my final fitting, the lab had to shorten the roof'' area and ''roll'' it slightly at the back (barely noticeable too!) .. Trimming my denture was soooo different than the temporary denture I first started with... The 'shortening & rolling'' at the back of my denture stopped the 'gag reflex'' too...

Well, DEFINITELY make sure your lower dentures fit just as well as the uppers, ... painless is preferred!! If you still have ''sore spots'', perhaps it's too early to do a hard reline, since it's sent to a Lab.. A 'hard reline'' has never been suggested by my Dentist at all .... Guess they all have their own ''ways'' too.., Keep me posted, I'm curious about how you're going to feel afterwards... Good Luck...

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170 Points

3 years ago

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70 Points

2 years ago

I have had dentures for about 5 1/2 months and I can’t bite into anything still it hurts my dentist said you don’t bite with the front teeth bite with the sides and back of your teeth I just can’t get the hang of it any one have any tips. I get hard reline after Christmas