The problem was I was back in that office 3 times within one week. I finally got relief when they put a soft liner on them, but now I deal with gums throbbing. Is that normal? I took antibiotics, prescription mouth rinse, rinse 3-4 times a day with warm salt water, and take 1,000 mg of Vitamin C.
It has now been 2 weeks and I am still on soft foods, but have managed to add some mashed potatoes and noodles along with the pudding, yogurt, and ice cream. I am still having problems with the gums aching most of the time. Can someone tell me if this is normal and how much longer will they hurt? They told me to wear them 24/7 for 2 weeks although I take them out to rinse my mouth and today makes 2 weeks. I can't wait to keep them out all night tonight to give my mouth a rest.
1) Of course you are going to be in pain, you have a mouth full of open wounds. It will take a while for full healing.
2) It is typical for a temporary denture to be put in you mouth after several extractions. You are not supposed to take it out because doing so can cause problems, like dislodging the blood clot forming in each socket that enables healing to take place, and if you are in pain now, you do not want dry socket on top of everything else. Your gums are swollen.
3) Leaving the dentures in will also help the gum line to form into the shape of the denture. As it heals, the socket will fill with bone. If it conforms to the shape of the inside of the denture, you will have fewer problems being fitted later.
4) Getting the temporary or permanent denture adjusted is normal, and it takes differing amounts of visits to get it right for different people. Everyone's mouths have differing anomalies that must be worked around, some are in places that are more sensitive than others. How well you follow your dentist's/surgeon's advice will also have different effects on the healing process.
5) If you are having this work done after a trauma (death of a spouse, etc), you may have additional physical problems to deal with. For some reason, a trauma affects the healing process and a person's emotional state exasperates problems.
6) Everyone handles pain differently and some handle it better than others. I minor problem for one person can drive another up the wall.
7) Your general health can also effect your overall capacity to heal or the amount of pain you may feel after surgery. If you have a problem with inflammation, your healing time might take a lot longer and you may be in more pain.
8) As with any extraction, limit all sucking action through straws, on popsicles, etc. Doing so can cause dry socket - something you do not want.
Several other things can cause problems, but remember, in the overall picture, it is only a few weeks and a small period of time in your life. Getting dentures isn't easy for most people - that's why we encourage children to take care of their teeth. Sometimes though, no matter what you do, this inconvenience falls on you shoulders. Take care and remember it will get better.
I agree with the above answers. It it hard at the first. But give them time and the swelling will go down and you can eat with them. My dentist only told me to keep them in 24-7 for 3 days. And then I just trained myself to eat different foods. 2 years later, they are like my natural teeth. I don' think much about them.
You should go back to the dentist to adjust them. It is their job to help fit them right. That is what they are getting paid for.
My first set were done that way and since they were a ways away I went back 2 times, then saw that they just ground down the hurtful spots. There was one little spot left and I used an emery board to touch it up.
I wore those dentures for over 15 years with no problems. And no other adjustments.
I only have uppers but they pulled them all at once and put in a temporary set right away. I don't recall how long I had the temp ones. For a few days I could only drink liquids and very soft foods but after they put the permanent ones in it didn't take long to get used to them. I never use any kind of adheseive for mine either and they fit very well.
All the dentists that I am familiar with and all the people that I know that have dentures wait six weeks to put the dentures in. I have had mine so long that I can't remember if I had much extended pain after having the teeth pulled. By waiting six weeks to have the dentures, I have never had any trouble with them, and have never had to have them relined or anything. My dentist pulled my teeth in different sessions, not all at one time.
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