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70 Points

Sat, Jan 24, 2015 10:32 PM

How do I remove my new upper denture with little pain?

How do I remove my new upper denture with little pain? I had my teeth removed on Wed. 01.21.2015 and I have had pain removing them to clean, etc. extrated on Wed. 01.21.2015, just 4 days ago. I do have pain removing them to clean and my doctor doesn't want me to wear them at night.

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538 Points

6 years ago

You definitely don't want to wear them to bed. Try filling your mouth with warm water. With one finger on both hands rock the teeth while still holding water in mouth. It really works. I do that most of the time. A bit messy but it works

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114 Points

Thank you!!

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8.2K Points

6 years ago

I pull straight down, holding towards the back. Loosen first with warm water.

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114 Points

Thank you!!

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132 Points

6 years ago

Warm water and try let the adhesive wear down more. I usually push outward on the front teeth rocking back and forth.

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1.4K Points

6 years ago

Early on, I found that softening up the adhesive with warm water as mentioned above and rocking them does work.  I would often put my fingers on the outside edges and rock them from side to side as well.  You just have to figure out what works.  Takes a little time.  Not to worry!

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324 Points

6 years ago

What works for me is to rinse for a bit with very warm (but not really hot) water and then to use my index finger (left hand for me, but whatever works better for you) to reach back to the back of the denture and press down gently, maybe with a bit of forward pressure.  Try to get one side to release, and then you're home free. 

For what it's worth, I was told not to wear my upper denture (I still have some bottom teeth) at night too.  However, for me that led to some really bad TMJ (temporomandibular joint) pain and real difficulty eating.  I talked to my prosthodontist and he said to try wearing the denture, almost like a bandage, all the time (except for cleaning time) and my TMJ pain is lessening.  (I have an awful habit of "clenching" so you may not have the same problem.)

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8.2K Points

6 years ago

Consider going to a fully trained acupuncturist (not a chiropractor) for your Clenching and TMJ.......I bet they can help you.

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324 Points

6 years ago

Jeanne, thanks for the suggestion.  But I'm pretty sure that most of my TMJ problems are really caused by the denture or the not wearing of the denture.  I've "clenched" for almost all my life (working for doctors for 35+ years will make you clench!) and my TMJ only started giving me pain after I got the denture.

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8.2K Points

6 years ago

How long have you had denture? I was convinced my denture was causing me several problems but gradually I got used to it. EVEN IF it is caused by denture acupuncture can help relax your jaw and reduce the pain. Understand your stress. I worked 27 years in Neurosurgery and my husband died from medical mal practice. I was a physical and mental mess. Without chemicals I am greatly improved thanks to acupuncture.

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324 Points

6 years ago

Wow, Jeanne -- you're really on the ball!

I've had my upper for almost 6 months (waiting for the implants to osseointegrate) and will be going to the dental surgeon next week to have the second stage done, the "freeing up" of the implants.  (As well as some gum surgery on the lower teeth that still remain -- those I'm going to fight for!)

The reason I'm laying my TMJ problems on the denture (well, and on the ill-fitting partial for a while before I lost all the rest of the upper teeth) is that even with my stress/grinding problems which did give me ground tooth facets I never had TMJ pain until those upper teeth were gone.  The good news?  I love my dental surgeon, who is certified in new procedures and listens to his patients.

I retired a year ago, and only have 2 physicians I transcribe for now just to keep my hand in.  (Both of them in the practice I worked at for 20+ years — I guess they didn't want to see me go!)  Now most of my stress comes from trying to keep the weeds at bay in my garden.  (Why is it that the grass would MUCH rather grow in the flower beds?)

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8.2K Points

6 years ago

Marion, btw that is how my middle name is spelled....., I have also been using topical magnesium for restless legs and neuropathy in my feet. While reading more reviews tonight I read how it helped with jaw pain, spasms of jaw, etc. Another cheep painless suggestion. It has been miraculous for me. Go to Amazon topical magnesium lotion and read customer reviews. I will try anything that can help and be non-invasive.
A practitioner that listens is GOLDEN.....awesome.