Wed, Aug 29, 2018 12:31 AM
2 years ago
Susan: I posted this a year agoand am copying it to you. It's a little long, but I covered a lot of questions. I hope it helps. I had my full upper denture and lower partial placed in March 2017.
Here are a few things I learned in the process that might help you.
1) Days 3-5 post extraction can be rough. After that, each day is much
better than the day before. Do not be reluctant to ask your dentist for help managing
the early pain, because each of us is different, and we have different
reactions to pain.
2) Four to six warm salt water rinses each day do wonders to advance healing.
3) Watch for leukoplakia. Sounds terrible, but those are the white spots that
form on your gums when the denture rubs and causes soreness or pain. It's easy
for the dentist to resolve, and a good dentist will respond to your needs
immediately and as often as you need them to.
4) The value of "Magic Mouthwash" is marginal in my opinion, but I
got some. It may have helped a little. Google it and you're find that it's
nothing but something like benadryl, Maalox and a mild painkiller. The mix is
over the counter. I used Orajel the first week or so, and it helped.
5) Keep the dentures in at least 24 hours to form a bandage for the wounds. My
dentist told me then to remove them at night - every night - forever. I soak
them in Stain Away and it works very well. Some people soak them for a
short period and sleep in them, but it's a question to ask your dentist. My
advice is to take them out at night. Reducing the pressure on your gums by
giving them an overnight break slows bone loss in your jaw.
6) After about 10 days most of the wounds should have healed, and that's when I
started gently brushing my gums in addition to my remaining teeth. It feels
great, your mouth feels clean again and it helps get rid of shards of tooth or
bone that are common and gradually work their way to the surface. They can
cause some real pain, and there were days early on when I dreaded putting the
upper denture in. But that passed fairly quickly.
7) The last teeth were removed on March 8, and I took my last pain reliever on
March 15 to give you an idea of what you might expect. I had 2 follow-up
meetings with the dentist during the first 2 weeks to address immediate issues
like leukoplakia and the occasional bone shard.
8) You will have to eat soft food for a while, and you will have to learn to
eat using both sides of your mouth and your tongue. Gradually you will add
harder foods to your diet, and I was more or less back to normal within 2
9) There are foods that still give me trouble, and the worst ones are the skins
of fruits and vegetables. I simply can't bite into an apple with the permanent denture.
As a consequence I have slowed down when I eat, I cut all foods into smaller
pieces (a critical point) and I just avoid eating anything that is likely to
cause problems. The good news is that I eat less, I eat fewer snacks and I'm
back to my ideal weight. I have my permanent dentures now, but I still use a
little adhesive when I go out to eat or when I'm speaking to groups. It gives
me a greater sense of security.
10) You will have only 20 to 25% of the "bite force" you had with
your natural teeth, and you will have to compensate for that. Some of us used
our real teeth for a third hand, and that is over for me. We just have to find
a way to do things in a different way much as those who lose a limb do. Make no
mistake about this: we have suffered amputations of a critically important body
part and we all have to retrain ourselves.
11) I do not know your personal circumstances, but I will say this. Do not be
self-conscious about your dentures. If you have found a good dentist and a good
dental lab, no one is going to know unless you tell them. And the good people
of this world - the good men and women - want to see a nice smile and the good
person behind it, and we could not care less if the teeth are real or the
result of good dental work. If anyone you meet or know has a problem with
someone wearing dentures, they are not worth spending time with anyway.
12) Finally, some on here have had a difficult time with their dentures. Most
have not. But even they have taken a positive step forward for their long-term
health, since bad teeth can cause significant, even life-threatening, problems
down the line. And remember this: roughly 1 in 6 adults in the US wears full
dentures, and 20% over the age of 40 do. You will be a member of a large club.
The bottom line for you is this: You've made a good decision for your overall
health, the pain soon will be gone, your smile will light up a room again, your
self-confidence will improve and, most likely, your waistline will start
heading in the right direction. At least mine did. All the best to you. The
people on here are behind you 100%. Joseph
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Hi Susan M Bellamy Chenevert
I second Mary J. Bennett Sharp advse to get 2 or 3 implants in order to have clip on denture They will save your life just as Mary says
But before i do anything I would go to 2 or 3 dentists that offer free consultations and find if any if your teeth can be saved to use as posts to attach partial bridges to Also if you are near a dental college I would go there First and find how much clip on to implants dentures would cost you
How can we improve?