It has been a month now since I got new dentures, I still can't eat and everytime I go for an ajustment my gums hurt all over, when will this nigntmare be over. I use warm salt water and take something for the pain. I tried to chew but that just caused more pain. I am so depressed. They say the reason my lower plate is all over my mouth is because of the weight loss. Any suggestions on how to stay positive.
2. Reply to living with new dentures ia a nightmare by newsmileat40
Posted: July 24, 2010 7:42 am
This is going to take time. When I got my dentures so many years ago it was suggested I set modest goals for myself on pretty much a daily basis. At first it was just wearing them longer and longer each day then progressed to trying new foods, then to social things. This along with frequent trips to the dentist for adjustments and relines along with great support at home I am happy to say I made it. I also got in the habit of writing down my questions and concerns, my observations and the comments I got from family and friends then when I went to the dentist I shared this with him so he could better understand where my complaints were coming from.
I was 36 when I transitioned from partial to full dentures. A difficult choice but one I do not regret.
1. living with new dentures ia a nightmare by r2
Posted: July 22, 2010 2:05 pm
Hi there....I soooo feel your pain!! As in "Pain in the mouth"!! I am almost a month into having my lower plate put in, and a month and a half with my uppers. I'm finding myself depressed as I adjust to them. The lower plate seems to have more challenges, probably because the lower jaw is the one that moves, that you use to talk and to chew with. I am a singer, and its what I do for a living actually lol, and it has been so depressing as this temporary set of dentures is so big, that I have difficulty making certain vowel and concenant sounds when I sing. I also have a slight lisp! I know it will be better with my perm. set, so they tell me. But I hate the feeling of them, I almost wish I was back with my bad teeth. I knew how to live with them...but then I ask mself, "Why did I know how to live with them?" Well, because I got used to it. And this to I have to get used to unfortunately.
Have you lost weight recently? I just have to remind myself to stay positive, which is really hard right now... I also have incredible trouble eating. My "bite" is different now, and I think these teeth are biger than my natural teeth, and I slam down on them really hard at times and it hurts. I get sores, and then have to go in for adjustments.
Remember, this is no small feat! This is an immense life changing event!! I was NOT expecting it to be so life changing and tramatic. I'm not sure what I thought. Keep communicating with your dentist....get really picky too! When you go in, and if you feel one side isn't lined up right, dont talk yourself out of saying something! Tell them!! They can fix it!! At the end of the day, what choice do we have? And remember, we are still in the healing phase. Our gums will continue to shrink for months to come!!!!!
I started a journal, and it helps me to go back and read about how much pain I was in with my bad teeth. How much infection was constantly running through my body, making me sick all the time! How I always had to hold my hand in front of my face...oh, did I mention I'm only 40? That is another hard thing! But going back and reading my reactions when I first got them, people's reactions and positive responses helps me most days! Good luck, keep posting on your progress! It will help me too!!!