Reline Problem?

I had my remaining upper teeth removed almost 4 weeks ago and received an immediate denture. I am 55 years old. My dentist explained that by using an immediate denture, it acts somewhat like a bandaid and keeps the swelling at a minimum. Use of prescription strength ibuprofin and some pain meds in the beginning helped a lot. The first week or two is most definitely difficult. The denture has been loose from day 3 or so and was getting to be really annoying and the outside surface felt too wide all the way around. My top lip has been chapped continually since the procedure was done.

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I'm not sure what's up with that. I did go in for some adjustments twice in the interim and they really helped. Two days ago I had my first soft reline done. The fit is much much better, but the denture is not perfectly straight in my mouth now and looks a little uneven. This is causing a left rear molar to dig into my cheek when I eat. It's uncomfortable, but not earth shattering. It's not off by much, but I can see and feel it. When I smile it doesn't look as perfect as it was before the reline.

My question is, do I go back in to get the reline corrected now or wait 2 months for my second reline appointment. I don't want to be a pain, but it was expensive and I feel like it should be correct. I am a bit nit picky and it definitely feels much better after the reline material was added, not loose. I'm eating great compared to previously. My dentist has been great about doing adjustments and I never feel like he is hurrying me.

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Just not sure if I should bother him again before the next appointment. On the other hand, I don't know if I can live with the feeling that the denture is a bit off kilter and the molar irritating that left cheek (for another two months.) Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

By Karen A.

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April 20, 20150 found this helpful

As your next appointment is so far off, you should at least call the dentist's office and ask if you can be seen. You shouldn't have to cope with that discomfort for the next two months, and the irritation could lead to a worse problem if not seen.

With mine I needed five or six visits to get everything right. Although my dentist's practice is extremely busy I was never made to feel as though I was being pesty - they wanted my dentures to fit properly without interfering with eating and speaking.

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Your dentist sounds wonderful, btw. So many nowadays seem to be rushing patients through but your dentist sounds patient and caring:)

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