Relieving Pain from New Dentures?

My husband got his top teeth pulled and dentures put in on the same day. We are on day 3. He went to the dentist yesterday and the doctor took them out for the first time and gave him a Novocain shot when he put them back in. My husband took them out last night and it was OK, but this morning was terrible. When he put them back in it just about killed him. He is a strong man, but he cried; then I cried. What can I do to help?


By shannon05

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March 23, 20141 found this helpful
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If he can get through about two weeks or less of this, he will be fine. The gums have to have time to toughen up. What helped for me was Ibuprofen and gum numbing gel. Put the gel on to numb the gums long enough to get the dentures in or out until he gets used to them. Good luck - I know it hurts but it will stop, I promise.

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May 30, 20180 found this helpful

I have the same problem putting them in and out excrutiating. I also feel some kind of soft lump or bumb in between the gum and the space above the gum (not much space there at all).


I'm reading so much about ulcers I'm scared to death that what I have. Never,ever,dreamed it would be this nightmare I am in. This is going on 7 months, bones shaved, the works, at my wits end.

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March 23, 20140 found this helpful

I would call the dentist and ask him what should be done. I had removal surgery (uppers) then my partial put in the same day, but if I remember correctly I had to keep it in much longer than 3 days at first. After the swelling had subsided some they had to re-line the partial for it to fit, by that time I was able to remove it nightly. It sounds to me like it was removed overnight too soon, and the tissue swelled while he slept, making it tender and painful to attempt putting them back in the morning, because it's more tender tissue for the denture to compress into its small space.

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March 23, 20141 found this helpful

How any denturist thinks you can fit dentures to newly pulled teeth is beyond me. The gums swell and then go through a healing process that changes the shape the denture needs to fit. Fitting the denture immediately guarantees it will not fit 2 weeks later.


Clearly it is more convenient for the denturist. When you "customer" is in agony, something needs to change. In this case I would be looking for a new denturist. Good luck to you and I am sorry you have had to go through this.

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February 9, 20151 found this helpful

I had my top teeth all out in December and the dentures put straight in with no problems. Last Friday I had the bottom teeth out and again dentures put straight in, had a bit of soreness for the first day but now they seem to have settled. I am eating normally. I couldnt imagine going around gummy for weeks, so being able to have teeth straight away was great for me.

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February 14, 20152 found this helpful

I just had all my uppers pulled 4 days ago. Once the novacaine wore off the pain began, but not unbearable. Last night was the first night I left them out, and this morning it hurt so bad getting them in I gave up. The roof of my mouth at the center back of the denture is being rubbed raw, as are both sides in the same place. I am using oragel type stuff but it wears off very quickly. I know it is a matter of healing, and getting adjustments made to the denture itself, but man, this is tough!


I have to put them in to eat anything, and decided to use the freezer later today and see how that goes. I initially had them on for 2 days not taking them off at all. Since I went back yesterday and was told to start taking them off, I think they will be off more than on for awhile. I so sympathize with your husband.

Good luck to all... and any suggestions would be more than welcomed! I have to go through this with the lowers in 2 weeks... ugh!

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August 19, 20170 found this helpful

Hi Shannon, I had 15 teeth removed on Wednesday and top and bottom dentures fitted. The doctor checked them Friday and I had the same problem as your husband. Crumpled on the floor in pain. I eventually used Bonjella on my gums and soaked my dentures in warm water to soften them up a bit... I now only dip my dentures (release without taking them out) rinse with salt water and all is good.

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