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What to Expect When Getting Dentures for the First Time: My Experience From Start to Finish


Are you getting dentures for the first time and want to know what to expect? Read my story; I may throw in some humor, too!

Don't Be Afraid of Getting Dentures

Getting dentures for the first time can be a scary thought. I was intimidated and had no idea what I was in store for.

Getting dentures for the first time can be a scary thought. I was intimidated and had no idea what I was in store for.

Getting Dentures For The First Time

If you need or are thinking about getting dentures and want to know what to expect, I may be able to help you through the steps. Since I've been through it myself, I understand the concern, fear and anxiety.

Please note: I do try to be a little funny in this article as I felt I needed to lighten things up. Although the horrible and nightmarish things I say could be true for some of you, it will all be worth it in the end.

One thing to remember is that not everyone will go through the same steps and the process may vary; at least you can get the gist of it.

On a serious note, there may be certain reasons for needing a set of dentures. Some of you may want them only for a cosmetic issue. There are others who may need to because of a health issue, such as: gum disease, crooked teeth that may be cutting your cheek, you can't eat, are in pain, etc.

You must remember that if your mouth is full of infection, it can enter your bloodstream and cause very serious problems. Getting a set of dentures could be necessary to maintain your overall health.

Finding A Dentist and How Much Do Dentures Cost?

The first thing you should probably do is check around for estimates. If you do have dental insurance, make sure they are in the preferred network; if they aren't, you could be paying a larger portiongiving you some information; that's the way that ours went.

You can either go to your Dentist, if he does make dentures, or you can go to a Dental clinic. I had insurance so I went to my local dentist. Keep in mind: you may have to see an oral surgeon as well if you have hard to remove teeth that are in impacted, infected, or broken off.

There are some clinics that do not accept insurance; they only accept cash payments; usually they are substantially lower in price. I believe it's important to tell you though, most insurances cover only 50% of the actual dentures and pay 70 to 80% per extraction of your teeth; check with your actual plan as this is just the average and it will vary.

Will I Have to Go Without Teeth for a While?

I think this is the very first thing we worry about when we think about getting a set of dentures. I don't recall ever worrying about it too much because I was in so much pain, that I really didn't care as long as it wasn't going to be an extended period of time. Going without any teeth for a long period of time and letting my face flap around and looking like a skeleton was a concern, of course.

Most dentists nowadays have what they call a "temporary or immediate set" of dentures which they place immediately after your last teeth are pulled. If you really are concerned about this, first ask your dentist whether they give you a temporary set immediately after the last pulling of your teeth.

Same Day Dentures

There are clinics that do offer same day dentures. They usually make an appointment for you early in the morning and extract your teeth and then they will have you come back later in the afternoon to get your dentures. You would just have to call and find out exactly how they do that because each same-day clinic does it different. Remember, most of the same day denture clinics do not accept insurance.

How Long Does It Take For Dentures To Be Made?

This is another big concern for most of us. Since I had an immediate set, I didn't have to wait. Some of you may have to wait a couple weeks or so for your teeth to be made by the lab or dentist. Sometimes it takes a couple days to a couple weeks; depending upon how the dentist or lab works. When they set up your final appointment, they will pull what teeth you have left.

What Happens During Impressions of Your Mouth

If you have a gag reflex, the nurse told me a trick and it worked, not kidding. There are actually two pretty good ways that worked for me. I have a small mouth on top of it!

  • The Impression Process and Not Gagging

They fill this tray that looks like a denture with no teeth in your mouth with this expandable gunk (sorry, don't know the technical name). It hardens in your mouth as you are biting down.

Tricks to not gag: I did both!

  1. Before they put it in your mouth, straighten your legs out and POINT your feet (toes) towards your head. It prevents and stops the gagging. It was a miracle trick for me. If you want to use that technique for other reasons which I won't say, then go ahead.
  2. When they put the tray in, immediately start breathing through your nose. Deep inhales and exhales out your nose works just as good.

If You Get A Temporary Set

A temporary set of teeth is just what it means. It's a set they give you right away to wear until your gums heal. After they pull the last of your teeth and they give you the (immediate) dentures, you will probably be crying. You won't be crying because of pain (because you will be numbed up still). You will be crying because you don't know why you just went through all this.

Your mouth will be so swollen, and you will be sore. You will have blood dripping down your face and your teeth may be falling on your tongue. You will look like something from Planet of the Apes until the swelling goes down.

Not giving you a great scenario; just giving you an idea and what I thought; I'm just being honest. If you continue reading, after you just went and threw up after reading this, then it will be worth finishing.

Permanent and Immediate Dentures

If your Dentist decides, or his practice is to not give temporary set right after last pulling of your teeth, then you may not have as much anxiety. Let's face it, you just had very last tooth taken out that you've had from your childhood. You were already accustomed to eating the way you had to because of your bad teeth. Now, you have to relearn all those steps again right away and you have not even had a chance to digest what you have been through.

Pros of Not Getting an Immediate Set

There are some pros to not getting temporaries. I know it's hard to go without teeth, but perhaps some of the positive things may help:

  • Your gums will be swollen and sore: and may/may not irritate more.
  • You will more likely than not, get a much better fit once your mouth heals.
  • Time goes by fast, as you know; you will have something to look forward to.
  • Having to wait gives you ample time to do research (like reading my article) and get prepared.

Choose Color of Teeth You Want For Your Denture


Normally, after you get all impressions done, you need to pick a color of teeth that you would like to have. Yes, you got it! You can pick out what color of teeth you want. The colors basically range from very white to an almost like a very light brown; severely stained look (my dentist called it the smoker’s special). I chose the third whitest color. You want to try and stay around the same color your own teeth were unless you really want (or don't care about) a drastic look.

Getting Adjustments

When you have to keep getting the denture adjusted, it is kind of a pain in the you know what, but it has to be done. You will be going back every once in a while; depending on how they are fitting. I went back every week for a couple of months to get little adjustments done. You have paid an arm and a leg for a set of teeth (giggle), so you have the right to make sure they fit properly.

You may get little sores in your mouth from part of the denture (they will just file that part down some) but that goes along with the territory. After your mouth has healed enough and you come out of your room from hiding, you will need to learn how to say words again (not all, but quite a few). You will try to speak, and you will sound like someone stuck a sock in your mouth.

Several Adjustments May Be Needed

A dentist makes a denture.

A dentist makes a denture.


Most of you will have to get your plates relined at some point; normally, around six months or so after you get your first set. The swelling will go down in your mouth and the they won't fit as snug as they once did. The reline is normally part of the initial payment you made and it should not cost any extra.

After a year or two down the road, you may notice your denture doesn't seem to fit right because you may lose/gain weight or just over time in general; you may have to get them relined again. Mine was a couple hundred dollars to get done-you don't have to go to the same Dentist if you can find someone less expensive; however, I recommend it.

If you have trouble with insurances or just can't afford to pay for it, you can do it yourself with home denture reline kits. I have used several and I prefer Densurefit.

I have had my teeth in for 15 days now with no problems. The directions are easy to follow and takes less than 20 minutes total to use. I will update as needed in case I run into a problem, but so far it's a nice snug fit and I was very pleased.

Best Home Do It Yourself Denture Reline Kit

Learning to Talk Again

Get out a book, newspaper, use the closed captioning on tv, etc.and start reading out loud. If someone put a video camera in my house, I would have probably been put away. I literally talked to myself (and answered) and would go over every possible word I could think of. My best trick was to say words and sentences I would make up that had a lot “S’s” or TH’s”. So, don’t laugh but I would go around aloud saying “Silly Suzy was eating sushi and fruit on Thursday, sitting in the street with Fred.”

I learned quickly what words I needed to work on. Practice annunciation of words or letters you are struggling with. It sounds more difficult of a process than it really is; it's just something to help if you have trouble. To be honest, I got so irritated that I got the dentures; I was just plain pissed off. After a couple weeks, I realized I could talk right, I could get used to them, and most of all, I could finally smile without being embarrassed. Like I said, it is a little frustrating at first, but keep at it and you will be fine. If you want to practice a little before you get your teeth, put a sock in your mouth.

Reading aloud to yourself will help you learn what you need to work on when learning to talk with your new dentures.

Reading aloud to yourself will help you learn what you need to work on when learning to talk with your new dentures.

You don't have to eat baby food forever after you get your dentures; start with something easy until you get more comfortable.

You don't have to eat baby food forever after you get your dentures; start with something easy until you get more comfortable.


At first, trying to eat with can be tricky. You may want to start off with soft foods to get used to eating with dentures. It will never be the same because you can't eat some food the way you used to. A lot of food will be easier to eat than others; to eat a raw carrot or celery was out of the question, for me anyway.

I do know other people who eat corn, apples, etc. I found that it basically was the quality of their teeth and plate. You may be able to eat them, with just smaller bites. It really depends on how well the quality is. Try to eat small bites and chew up your food well. I did choke a few times; test different foods until you get used to your teeth and know what you can and cannot handle.

Chewing Gum With Dentures

Attention all gum chewers: If you don't get Freedent gum or sugarless gum, you will be left in a mess. Myself, I can't even chew sugarless. The best thing to do is try chewing gum at home first to see what gum you can chew. If you don't and you go out in public and didn't choose the right gum, you will have gum literally sticking to the roof of your plate and it will be everywhere when you try to pull it off. You may actually have to even pull your teeth out as you pull the gum off the teeth and scrape the gum off. These are all just things you really need to know that no one bothered to tell me.

Brushing and Cleaning

Brushing your denture, hold on tightly so you don't drop them!

Brushing your denture, hold on tightly so you don't drop them!

Cleaning and Soaking Your Dentures

To properly get the bacteria and food stains off your teeth, you will need to soak them (every night is recommended by my dentist). I use Polident's 3 Minute Cleanser so I can put my teeth back in right away. i also take a toothbrush with some paste in the morning to freshen up my denture and mouth.

Some people take their teeth out every night and let them soak in Polident or Efferdent; whichever cleaner you choose. I only take mine out and let them soak every few days at night when I'm sleeping so the family doesn't see me running around looking like a skeleton. I said that earlier, but it's the truth. Your face caves in and you look a little funny, but it's better than being in pain from having your bad teeth!

I use a covered small plastic bowl with warm water, not hot or cold. Put enough water to just barely cover the denture. Drop in a tablet, wait 3-5 minutes, rinse well and dry off. Re-apply your adhesive and go. (If you still have food in the teeth, take your brush to it).

Use a Denture Bath


Keep Your Dentures Away From Fido

If you have a dog in the house, this is great advice. Do not set your teeth down on the table or anywhere where an animal can get to them. Dentures smell like food, and your dog will want to chew on them!

I have woken up in middle of night to use the bathroom and felt different and noticed my teeth fell out. As I frantically looked around, I noticed my precious pet wagging his tail and loving his new bone. It happens to even the most conscious and experienced wearer.

"Fractured Denture"by fiveoclockwave is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

Broken (Fractured) Denture


Be Careful Not to Drop Your Dentures

Unfortunately, you will more than likely drop your teeth at some point.

A few things to remember:

  • Your set of teeth are fragile.
  • Try not to eat things that may bust them. e.g., apples, celery, etc., unless you cut them in smaller and thinner slices. I suggest cooked/steamed apples and vegetables.
  • When taking your bottom denture out, don't remove them by the middle of your plate. Take both thumbs and gently push them up at same time from the sides. if not, you may bust them. (If your bottoms don’t stay in anyway, then you don’t have to worry about it).
  • When taking the top plate out, use each forefinger (one on each side) and pull down gently from the top inside ridge your plate.

If Your Denture Breaks:

Do not try to glue them yourself; even if it's a clean break. There is a special type of bonding material the lab uses and you can actually ruin your denture if you choose to do it yourself. I have to be honest, it probably won't work anyway.

My husband had broken his bottoms and used Gorilla Glue because the break was right in the middle of his. Yes, I agree, totally stupid thing to do (chemicals, etc.). Let's just say it held together for one day.

I recommend contacting your Dentist for any repairs. They can usually repair it if it's a good clean break and not in pieces. It cost us $100 because the break was right in the middle and perfectly straight. There are denture repair kits you can purchase, but I personally didn't have any luck with it.

If you drop your teeth and the tooth breaks, don't panic, usually the Dentist can repair that to. It would have to be sent to the lab for repair (unless your dentist has his own lab). I dropped my tops in the hospital and it hit the hard floor; it broke the front tooth in half. Until I was able to get to the dentist, I had a half of tooth. The lab fixed it in one day, thankfully, but since it was a tooth, my bill was $175.

Quick Temporary Tooth Fix For Your Denture

How To Apply Denture Glue

There are a lot of different adhesives to use. You will have to experiment with probably a few on the market for a while to see which one holds your denture in the best. What works for me, may not work for you. I went through every one of them two or three times until I figured out which works best for me.

The picture on the top is my denture using Fixodent Plus . You can see the difference in the texture and width of the line. The one on bottom is using Poligrip and seems like it would feel more comfortable and hold better; again, that's not the case as far as I am concerned. I found using Poligrip to ooze more and my denture would loosen after a few hours; had to reapply several times a day.

Tip: Do not put too much adhesive on your denture! You will soon learn that more denture glue does not mean better hold. Also, you will swallow the glue because it will ooze out the back and down your throat. I will supply you with a video that will show you the proper way to put glue on your teeth. I always have a tube in my purse because I use it on my bottom teeth about four times a day. I need teeth, and by golly I'm doing what I can to wear them.

How Much Denture Adhesive Do I Use?


Best Denture Adhesive


"smoketeeth"by stupidpony is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

You Will Get Used to Your Dentures

It kills me to go somewhere and see people without their teeth. These are people I know and they just refuse to wear them because they gave up on them. Well I'm telling you, don't! Are you really not going to continue to try and get used to them because you feel like you can't do it? You went through hell to get them and it cost a fortune. You got dentures because your teeth looked horrible, and you felt embarrassed to smile, or they were so bad with infection, you had to. Regardless, either way, it doesn't matter, please keep trying! If you feel they aren’t right, make an appointment with your dentist and get it fixed.

Everyone is beautiful and everyone deserves not to be self conscious. I promise, you will get used to wearing dentures; and yes, they still are a pain in the ass. The bottoms may or may not "float." That means, they just lift up right in the middle of talking or eating. However, that is why they made Fixodent and all those other adhesives; this way you don't have them floating (flopping) but sometimes it's the luck of the draw, unfortunately.

A Beautiful Smile and Healthy Mouth Is Worth the Trouble

Getting that beautiful smile is worth the trouble, and being healthy is more worth it. In a couple months, you will be smiling so big at everyone you meet. You will still of course be getting used to them, but you will be happier. You will get used to them and you will get to know what you can and cannot do.

Hint: Be careful so they don't go flying out of your mouth when you crack up at someone if you don't have them glued in! But, if they fit right, you won't have to worry about too much glue. Some people have such a perfect fit, they don't even wear any. I'm not that fortunate, but at least I have teeth.

Still Debating About Getting Dentures? Think About These Facts

One thing you do need to know is how your teeth can affect your health. If you are still debating whether to go through all this trouble, consider these things:

  • You are in pain every day because you have bad teeth
  • You probably can't speak to anyone without making them back up ten feet from bad breath
  • You can't laugh with your mouth open because people see the teeth that are gone
  • You can stick a cigarette in between the front bottom two teeth and smoke
  • You don't have to buy fake teeth on Halloween and you go as a jack-o-lantern
  • Eat an ear of corn, look at the trail you are leaving on the cob-Train Tracks?

Final Thoughts

I hope I didn't scare you away from getting dentures. I just wanted someone to tell me what to expect when I was making this decision; I was lied to so I would get them and I was shocked and ticked at the same time. If you know what to expect, then it will go a little easier. It's not that bad, the worst part was getting the teeth pulled. Getting used to them was a different ball game, yes. At least I know I can smile at someone now and most of all—no more pain!

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Questions & Answers

Question: How do you get the denture adhesive off your gums?

Answer: If you soak your dentures in warm water for an hour or so, you can take a paper towel and wipe it off. You may have to grasp the glue with the paper towel and pull it off. If the adhesive is really stuck, you may be using too much glue. I know my husband takes his dentures out a few times a day, especially to eat; that makes the glue harder to remove.

Question: I'm on week 6 from having my top and bottom teeth pulled and immediate dentures put in. I have been to the dentist for soft relined put in I'm in so much pain that I cry putting my bottom dentures in. Is this normal? How long will it take to get rid of sores? I rinse my mouth out with salt water and clean the dentures properly. I also take them out at night to let gums rest. What can I do to get rid of sores and not be in pain? Hell, I even stayed home this weekend so that I could leave the teeth out. Please help!

Answer: It took my husband almost 4 months for his swelling to go down. Each person is different and recovers at different times. Have you made a follow-up appointment to have them check to make sure everything is okay? My husband did have a few pieces of bone come through and it hurt him quite a bit, but they said that it was fine and would push its way out, which it did.

Question: I have had an assessment for full upper dentures. (Still apprehensive because I still have 3 healthy teeth on top). The dentist also said I can get a lower partial. Is it necessary to have an upper and lower denture at the same time? Bottom teeth are in okay condition.

Answer: Well, I can only speak for myself, if I only had three teeth on the bottom, there would be no question for me as having a full denture because if those teeth are bad, you may likely have trouble with them early in the future and need a full denture anyway. Again, that is just if it was me and that situation. As far as having an upper denture and a lower partial, I'm assuming if it can't be done your dentist would not have offered that. I would maybe ask your questions to the dentist as he would be best to answer that question. Thank you so much for your question and if there's anything else I could try to help you with, please feel free to ask another question.


Shawna on July 24, 2019:

I have to get upper and lower, I’m considering getting two implant posts on bottom for click in, any opinion or knowledge about that?

margedoyon@hotmail.com on December 11, 2018:

I have had mine for 1 year on the bottom. Still can't seem to keep them in. Have been back to the dentist 4 times and have tried using everything. Fixodent seems to work the best but they still feel loose at times. Any more suggestions???

Lisa (author) from Central USA on August 24, 2018:

Thanks for your question! Everyone is different and heal at various times. Mine gums took about 5-6 months to completely heal after I got my dentures. After a couple of months though, you will notice that the swelling has gone down tremendously.

Pam on July 30, 2018:

How long till the gums completely heal?

Rebecca on July 01, 2018:

I enjoyed your educational handout

Tynna on June 23, 2018:

Just had mine out 3 days ago and still in pain, some has def subsided but when I put the plate in hurts mostly on the rounded parts of the gum....also I,m hangry lmao !!!!

Gail on June 19, 2018:

Very truthful and helpful

Char on March 23, 2018:

I have a question. Should your gums come together or is there a gap between the gums when all the teeth are pulled? Mine were pulled yesterday and I have at leasta 1/2 inch gap between my gums and can't even get them close. How are you supose the be able to chew?

Lisa (author) from Central USA on March 12, 2018:

Pam, I'm so sorry you are having trouble....have you contacted the Dentist that made them? You shouldn't have to live like this..sounds like you need them adjusted or something....bottom dentures float usually on majority of denture wearers as it is..

They can fix these to make them easier for you. Dentures are a whole new ball game and aren't the easiest to get used to; you should be able to get to a place that is at least more functional than what you have.

pam on March 12, 2018:

Back after about a year. Still starving, still dont have anywhere near a normal life. On top of all of that, I lost the bottom partials, they fell out of my pocket as I never can stand to wear the tops or bottoms. I cant eat much of anything except nuts. The can be put in the back on both sides, and that keeps everything in place. So for the nuts, Ill fork over the money for another bottom. Ive had two open heart surgeryies, and Id have 10 more not to have to live like this. Kudos to those having good luck and a good life.

Pat lhamon on March 12, 2018:

The bone spur's are so bad takes for ever to get them out

Vee on February 20, 2018:

Hey! Thought I'd check in after a few months here.. glad to see some more comments. Everyone's experience is different, but I hope I was able to give a little bit more information to anyone! Hope everyone is doing well with their pretty smiles :)

Take care.

Lisa (author) from Central USA on December 04, 2017:

First of all, let me tell you that putting your girl's first was the absolute most important thing to do as a parent, that is my opinion, so doing something for yourself now, you should not feel guilty and you should be proud of yourself for even taking the step... With that said, you can get used to Dentures! They are not the most easiest things to adjust to; however, if you have gone through life without any other problems then they may be a bit of a hindrance more so for at first.

I, on the other hand, have had my share of health issues and therefore, getting Dentures was more of an inconvenience more than anything in my life. Because of that issue, I just kind of did what I had to do just to get through the next step in life... If you also can do that, I'm sure you will be fine.

My husband is the biggest baby in the world... And I am not kidding! If he has a cold, he is curled up on the couch acting like he is dying. He was sick to his stomach for weeks just knowing he had to go to the dentist.

His teeth were very bad- he had severe gum disease and lost a lot of teeth. And because of that, he had to get a set of dentures not only for his health but also so he could function in society without being embarrassed.

He adjusted very quickly and I was really really surprised! His teeth are beautiful and he's got a wonderful smile that I did not even know he really had for several years... Although, I still do get after him because he does take his teeth out before he eats anything! Unless we are out somewhere in public, he will wear them, but at home if he's eating ice cream-he will still take them out!

Please do this for yourself as it seems like you do deserve this and everybody deserves to have some dignity and also it is a health issue! Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions... Good luck and please keep in touch!

Heather Henderson on December 03, 2017:

Thank you Vee. I’m still having anxiety about my dentures not fitting me. In my younger years I did terrible things. And of course I paid for them. I’m 39 now andnearly all my life I’ve wanted pretty teeth. I did for girls. Which I’m NOT blaming them. But if things came up and they need’d It. I did for them. But anyway. I had my surgery on Wednesday 29,2017 and I’m have heavy anxiety about it. I read your story and it help little. I’ve put ALL this money in this and I just wanted it right. I’m so scared that I messed up. I did everything I was post to and it seems like I’ve failed. Everyone telling they can adjust them and they post to make it right and help me feel comfortable again.

Lisa (author) from Central USA on October 24, 2017:

Great advice Vee! Thanks for your input as each individuals experience is different but one can get the gist of the process!

Vee on October 24, 2017:

Not a problem, Lisa! Every denturist/office works a little bit differently, I'm sure the states are no different in that sense.

The denturist I work for has been doing this for over 40 years now, and she's a perfectionist, so I definitely get to see some very good work!

There are just so many small things involved in extractions, ealing, denture construction.. one small thing can make the whole set go wrong.

I like to comment from my experience when I can :)

Best advice I give is to research, and find a DENTURIST. Dentist's generally charge more and have the work sent out. So the person making your denture is not the one working with you.

Mindi G on October 17, 2017:

Thank you so much for your article. I go to my first appointment to start the denture process in 2 days. I am not as scared as I was.

Lisa (author) from Central USA on September 05, 2017:

Thank you so much for your input! I don't mean to sound misleading this is my experience like I said, my experience may not be someone else's experience I just wanted to try to get the basics. I noticed you live in Canada, perhaps they do things differently?

Lisa (author) from Central USA on September 05, 2017:

So sorry Rae! Hang in there!

Vee on August 30, 2017:

A lot of this is misleading. I've worked in a denturist office (in Canada) for 8 years. While there are pros and cons to both immediate dentures and standard dentures, we go over everything with patients so they understand fully. Immediate dentures work as a band aid, which is a plus, but when they are constructed, we have to accommodate for swelling which leaves you with shells for teeth. Not only are they more expensive, patients will be back and forth for adjustments while they heal, and we say most people require a reline within the first 6 months, and another in 8-10 months, which is not included in the cost of the dentures. You will need a new denture in 5 years. We advise patients to have teeth extracted, and heal for 3-4 months. The majority of swelling has gone down in this time, and patients usually do not require a reline for 1-2 years.

Secondly, absolutely go back if you are having problems with your dentures. There are a lot of small thing that can go wrong, and it's not always easy to catch. If they pop up when you open your mouth or talk, they may be too long in certain areas.

If you are having you use a denture adhesive, then something is wrong. You should not have to use these products if your denture is fitting properly and correctly. You should be able to eat whatever you want to eat (apples, corn, etc.) We also don't advise patients to use polident or overnight soaks as the chemical soaks into the denture and can weaken the material (think soaking clothes in bleach). Yes they work, but you will ALWAYS have to use them. Just brush your dentures twice a day with regular toothpaste.

Finally, research research research. We had a patient sit across in the mall for a week asking people if they had false teeth, and where they were made, and how did they feel about them. He finally came in and left a very happy patient.

Rae Davis on August 25, 2017:

I have lost so many teeth since menopause ( bone density loss) this whole thing has been an absolute nightmare! As if losing hair wasnt enough

Melissa Gordon on August 24, 2017:

I finally got all of my top teeth pulled they didn't say anything about grinding omg

MAXIESPEAW on August 18, 2017:

Thankyou,had all my teeth pulled out in one visit . Now waiting for swelling to go down . Six weeks and I'll be styling , thanks

Barbara on August 17, 2017:

Thank you for your interesting, informative & funny blog Lisa.

I just came back from my final impressions & of course the closer I get to having the final upper teeth out the more anxious I am becoming.

Your blog answered a lot of my questions & I thank you.

I will keep you informed as I am at the beginning of my journey. Many thanks, Barbara

Lisa (author) from Central USA on August 12, 2017:

Oh my! I would contact the dentist back right away I'll tell them of the problems that you're having… Not all experiences go smoothly, unfortunately. If the dentist that you saw cannot help you, ask to speak or see another dentist or perhaps even the manager if it is a big practice. Also, there are several dentists who actually consider the temporary dentures your permanent ones. Just don't settle for anything until you're happy, you are the one that paid for these and you deserve the right to make sure they fit.

Deb Franks on August 11, 2017:

Got temp. dentures hate them. Hv to pay more $ to get permament ones. Dont fit hate glue, nw black spot in top dentures! Wth! Looks like mold! This experience has been nuttn butt a nightmare!

Lisa (author) from Central USA on August 09, 2017:

Not as well, of course. You get used to it. Another reason my husband takes his teeth out when he eats. It really does drive me, "bonkers!"

Mary Anne on August 01, 2017:

Can you still taste your food with full dentures?

Lisa (author) from Central USA on July 29, 2017:

I apologize! There should be something in the article about adjustments. It is normal and common (from our experience) and what we were told, to get sore spots. That part of the denture may need to be shaved down.. I had to go back quite a few times the first couple weeks. I had to take the denture out because it felt as if it cutting my gum. Please let us know what they said when you get a moment. Good luck!

Sherae on July 29, 2017:

Thanks for sharing this. I don't see anyone comment on get painful mouth sores. I had my top teeth pulled and immediate denture'. I started with does on one side and the front now that are on the other side. I been back 4 times now it is the weekend and can't get back o Mon. Until Monday

Then on Thursday he is going to do a liner? Anyone been through this? I appreciate your honesty. Thanks for the article!.;

Lisa (author) from Central USA on July 26, 2017:

It does take a week or so for you to even get a little used to having dentures in your mouth. If it is extremely difficult for you, you have every right to go back and have them adjusted. Each Dentist is different. I had dentures for 13 years and when I got a new set, I was told I had to get used to them. I could not talk because there was not enough space in between the top and bottom denture for air! I demanded they fix them. They had to shave off a lot!

Lisa (author) from Central USA on July 26, 2017:

You go Hilary! Good for you in taking the next step! Getting dentures is an experience but you have to go all in with a positive attitude or you will have a harder time adjusting.

Lisa (author) from Central USA on July 26, 2017:

Thanks Becky! You will feel better about yourself and also, no more pain!

Lisa (author) from Central USA on July 26, 2017:

You will get to talking right again shortly. Dentures are a foreign object in your mouth and not to mention the fact they are basically plastic. I sat and talked to myself (out loud) and read newspapers, books, etc., aloud and then I knew what words I needed to work on. Only took about a week or so. S's and F's were the trickiest!

Lisa (author) from Central USA on July 26, 2017:

You are welcome Rhonda and if you have any questions, let me know!

Lisa (author) from Central USA on July 26, 2017:

Glad you are taking the steps necessary to get dentures; especially when your health is at risk. Some people get dentures for cosmetic reasons, but most people have to get them because their is so much Infection and gum disease and/or their teeth are so bad they cannot eat or are in pain.

Lisa (author) from Central USA on July 26, 2017:

Thank you Kristen and I'm so glad you are having a positive outlook. That's most of the battle. Getting dentures is scary and most people are petrified of a dentist anyway. I know I am.!

Lisa (author) from Central USA on July 26, 2017:

I'm so sorry you are having so much trouble already. It's no picnic, I know. I cannot give you any medical advice as I'm not a MD. Perhaps you can get a second opinion OR ask to see another Dentist in the practice. My husband had bony fragments also; they said his would eventually fall out (they did). He went without Dentures for 3 months because the dentist said they would fit better. His actually fit like a glove. Mine, not so much

Lorry on July 24, 2017:

I had all my teeth upper and lower pulled s month ago. 18 teeth . This was not a fun experience as I hate needles!si now my dentist says I need surgery (Alveoplasty) to shave the bumpy bones in my mouth.more money I have to spend and more painful shots!my dentist won't do impressions for dentures til I get the surgery done. He said my dentures will never fit right if I don't do this first.It took me years to get the nerve to pull my teeth and get dentures I'm 53 and now I've done it. Only to find out I need surgery I can't afford . So I'm really frustrated and am wondering if this surgery is really necessary. And input you have I would appreciate it.

Lisa (author) from Central USA on July 21, 2017:

I understand that it's not the greatest thing in the world. It has to be your outlook on the whole. I guess I've had so many serious health issues, having Dentures isn't really a concern to me.

I would much rather have plastic to eat and smoke with than a leg cut off.

Having a positive outlook on something that just doesn't seem significant to warrant getting depressed and upset over seems to work better. I apologize you aren't happy with your dentures.

If there's something I can maybe help you on, feel free to message or comment. Try to see the glass half full

Lisa (author) from Central USA on July 21, 2017:

I understand that it's not the greatest thing in the world. It has to be your outlook on the whole. I guess I've had so many serious health issues, having Dentures isn't really a concern to me.

I would much rather have plastic to eat and smile with than a leg cut off.

Having a positive outlook on something that just doesn't seem significant to warrant getting depressed and upset over seems to work better. I apologize you aren't happy with your dentures.

If there's something I can maybe help you on, feel free to message or comment. Try to see the glass had full

Lisa (author) from Central USA on July 20, 2017:

That's so awesome Kristen! I'm so glad you had the mindset you did. I cannot expres enough the fact your determination and your willingness to just go with the flow is half the battle. Have said it many times and I'll say it again: there ARE many more serious health problems that you can have besides bad teeth that can actually kill you. Also, not to mention the fact that bad teeth can cause infection and go to your heart which could ultimately, cause serious health problems.

I did try to make light of the situation of getting dentures, yes. Not that it is pleasant and not that it is the most fun thing I have done; however, if you don't learn to laugh at some things and take things as they come, you'll have a rough time when things come up.

Thank you for your kind comments and letting everyone else know that you can make it through getting dentures!

Kristin on July 20, 2017:

Hello and THANK U my second day with my new smile and I am ALL ABOUT telling anyone who needs this to DO IT!! U will feel so much better!! Thank u for making me laugh and the best part I can laugh with my teeth showing and my smile wide! My outside finally matches my inside again!

Lisa (author) from Central USA on July 18, 2017:

You will do great! You have done the first major step already; acceptance. Having dentures aren't the best thing in the world, no. But, there are so many other things medically that are much more frightening to have besides plastic teeth!

With that said, face it and deal with it the best you can. If tasting food and eating anything you want without trouble is the most important thing in life, then you may not be as happy. I think you are going to do just fine!

Let us know how it went. Take the tips I gave and apply them. Remember, each person is different and what worked for me, may not work for you; at least it's something you can go by and apply the tips the way it works for you. Good luck!!

Tina on July 17, 2017:

Thanks for your article, it helped ease my mind... I'm getting all my teeth pulled on Thursday and temporary dentures. Then in

4 -6 months, permanent dentures, due to healing which should be completed by then. I'm scared, anxious and fearful of the pain but know this is going to happe as I need to take care of my health and be able to smile wide and talk with business associates without embarrassment... thanks again!!!

Lisa on July 16, 2017:

Let's get real here. This will change your life forever. And not for the better... not that you have a choice though, huh? Oh you may look better, but you won't notice because you'll never feel human again. Having a leg cut off would be a better deal. You won't find many comments like this though, because no one really wants to hear the truth.

Lisa (author) from Central USA on July 14, 2017:

Thank you so much!

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Lisa (author) from Central USA on July 13, 2017:

Sorry you are having trouble with your denture so soon! I hate to speculate because if you've never had dentures before, they do take a couple 3-4 weeks to even get comfortable talking, eating, etc.

I can't tell you what to do if you really think something isn't right and they are literally too hard to talk with. I had to go back several times because the dentures were anything but right! My teeth on the denture were so big that you literally could not stick a piece of paper in between top and bottom teeth!

CyntSmith on July 13, 2017:

I'm really having a hard time adjusting to the look of my temporary dentures. I feel the teeth for the top denture are up to high so when i talk all you can see is the bottom denture. It's frustrating. I'm only 4 days out of having 7 teeth extracted from the bottom, and understand the swelling and distortion of my lower jaw and cheek. However, the top has been out for years so there's no swelling or anything like that. I'm learning to talk again and getting better with each day. The top fits very well without adhesive , and i've been for a realignment for the top already which made it more comfortable i just feel like the teeth do not look natural and do not realistic when speaking. Any suggestions?

cyntsmith on July 13, 2017:

I'm really having a hard time adjusting to the look of my temporary dentures. I feel the teeth for the top denture are up to high so when i talk all you can see is the bottom denture. It's frustrating. I'm only 4 days out of having 7 teeth extracted from the bottom, and understand the swelling and distortion of my lower jaw and cheek. However, the top has been out for years so there's no swelling or anything like that. I'm learning to talk again and getting better with each day. The top fits very well without adhesive , and i've been for a realignment for the top already which made it more comfortable i just feel like the teeth do not look natural and do not realistic when speaking. Any suggestions?

Lisa (author) from Central USA on June 30, 2017:

I appreciate the kind words!

Please remember, my experience may not be your experience; i'm sure it gives you a general idea anyway

Lisa (author) from Central USA on June 30, 2017:

I'm so glad you have taken the first step! The first step is acceptance of the fact you need dentures. If you can't accept it, them you aren't mentally prepared and the process will be even harder when you get them in. Sounds like you are goin to be just fine! Remember, it's a different way of life when it comes to eating. However; not everyone has trouble. I know people that can eat a whole apple, celery, carrots (all uncooked). I, however, have a hell of a time. If you have trouble eating with your dentures, just cut the food up in smaller pieces. You will figure it out and then it's just like second nature; you won't even realize you have to eat that way. Good luck! Come back here and let us know how you're doing!

Becky on June 29, 2017:

Wish that I has read your article before now. The decision was made weeks ago, so I wouldn't have changed my mind. I had 22 teeth pulled only hours ago. My bad teeth were a direct result of to much medicine, due to chronic pain. I'm a tough almost 65 year old, so I know that I can overcome this discomfort, and be the happier for my decision. It has been years since I last smiled, what's a few more days of discomfort? Thanks for your funny comments, all were appreciated!!

Hilary on June 29, 2017:

Thanks for this, I had been saving for a few years and finally saw a dentist 3 weeks ago, I go in on the 21/7/17 to have it done. Im nervous and excited but at the end of the day I know I can now smile again after waiting 20 plus years. Thanks for your post

Annette Field on June 27, 2017:

I ended up getting temps and picked them up today. They actually feel very well because my dentist did so much bone reconstruction. BUT the teeth look nothing like I picked out, the front teeth slant in and the top teeth feel to long and the motors look like they came from a5 year old. I don't feel like my backs line up. Worst of all no one ever mentioned gagging. I have been gagging to the point of throwing up. I think that's up upper palet needs some trimming. I called and ask the dental office and they said I just need to get get used to them. I think that sounds wrong and if they feel so wrong they should fix. Or am I totally wrong? Is gagging till ya barf normal?

Lisa (author) from Central USA on June 27, 2017:

I'm so glad you are taking this in a positive way. Also, like I mentioned on the article; it's not so much as a cosmetic problem, but also bad teeth and gums, is a health risk.

Lisa (author) from Central USA on June 27, 2017:

Thanks so much for your input! Each person's experience really does help others. Everyone will have a different outcome and my experience may not be the same as others

Lisa (author) from Central USA on June 27, 2017:

I'm so sorry you are having trouble with your dentures. Let me first say; if you aren't able to wear them properly, I would definitely keep up on appts with them until they get it right. Dentures aren't cheap and you have that right to make sure they fit.

I went back about 6 or 7 times (or more!) As far as whether or not those will be your permanent dentures, I would ask your dentist. Each has their own way and it depends also on the type of denture. Please let us know how it went and most of all, hang in there!

Diane Simons on June 26, 2017:

I'm having a hard time with the fitting of both the full denture at the top and the partial in the bottom. I wore partials on the top and bottom for the past five years so the fact that I'm having problems with the partial on the bottom is very frustrating well your story was helpful in some respects I was still unable to determine weather the teeth the dentist gives you immediately after having your teeth pulled are the same ones that you have after this is all over are the teeth that the dentist gives you the first day the plastic teeth that he's trying to get fitted properly are these the final set of teeth that you get or do you get a whole nother set after this which are called your permanent teeth. I'm going back to the dentist tomorrow at 9 and intend to have a very serious conversation with my dentist because I am for the most part very unhappy with how this is going

Sharon on June 25, 2017:

comments have been most helpful. Thank you!

i am going to get dentures in a few months. but right now i have two parcels upper and lower. and i have a lot of problems chewing.

i do have 3 of my teeth for biting surface but the rest is biting with plastic partials.

I have had some challenges in chewing my food enough so that i don't get digestive problems.

Health is so important to me so i put raw veggies in my vitamix blender and blend them to look like relish that way I can still have raw veggies in my diet. I eat them with each of my meals . I am 74 years old and have had partial most of my life and now i have to make the plunge into full upper denture

I just wanted to share this with those that are interested in getting raw vegetables into their diet.

Heather on June 25, 2017:

I had my teeth taken out on Monday. I love to eat so that's been the hardest part for me. I haven't smiled with my mouth open in years and I'm only 29. I didn't know that I had two very bad infections In two teeth and I'm glad I had them out. I'm on my 7th day with them and they are getting loose because my swelling is going down. I go back Monday for a check up and to have new ones because where I went the first time didn't fit me right so now I kinda look like Mr. Ed lol my top lip is sticking out a little because the teeth are to big. However the Dr I used is ordering me new ones that will fit because he is not happy with them being to big that he is even paying for them to get fixed out of pocket because he wants them to be right. The second day I questioned myself. Why did I get this done but now the 7th day I'm still having to eat soft food because the teeth are to big and don't line up. Other then that I'm smiling with my mouth open while just walking through the house cuz now I can show my teeth. I didn't find this until after I got them done and even know the teeth are to big I still don't have to use any glue and that's a good thing. You were right on. I'm so happy now that I got them done. No more toothach and finally as being young I can smile again without embarrassing myself.

Shelley Lemmond on June 22, 2017:

I really liked your article, I do have dentures and I'm going today for another adjustment, hopefully it's the last one. I want to tell you about a YouTube channel I have been watching. He is fabulous. I have watched from extractions up to now and there's a product he used or uses, it's called Densurefit. I'm going to order some. He doesn't even wear adhesives anymore, his name is Bill Westlund. Look him up on YouTube, really great and informative and a sense of humor too. Thank you for posting your article about dentures.

Lisa (author) from Central USA on June 21, 2017:

Thank you for the positive feedback! Carol, I wish you luck and please understand, that it is a different ball game but you will adjust to it. If you have any questions that I may help you with, please feel free to come back and either message me or I will respond to your comments.

It's pretty much just a matter of dealing with the understanding that dentures are not the same as your real teeth; but if you had bad gums or bad teeth, you will be much happier.

Carol on June 21, 2017:

Having my few remaining upper teeth pulled Tues. And denture put in right away. Thanks for article. Removed lots of fear and answered lots of questions. Appreciate the info on the procedure and the denture adjustment.

Lisa (author) from Central USA on June 15, 2017:

Thanks for comment! Yes, seeing humor in not so humorous situations, can really help get through the rough patches. There are so many other problems that are sadly incomprehensible, that getting having to get dentures is not all that bad.

Debbie on June 15, 2017:

Awesome and funny, humor is best medicine no matter what.


Lisa (author) from Central USA on June 14, 2017:

You're welcome and thank you for the comment! If you are still having a ton of trouble, you may need to go back to the dentist and let them know. I had a really bad experience with my second set of dentures, unfortunately.

I had to make several repeat visits because he just would not listen to me that my teeth were way too big and I couldn't even talk.

Lisa (author) from Central USA on June 14, 2017:

I wouldn't give it about a week and less it is totally excruciating and you think there may be a problem… Unfortunately, I am not a dentist or a doctor, so I don't have any answers or suggestions except to perhaps make a visit back to the dentist.

I do know that my mouth hurt quite a bit for about three or four days because they just got done extracting teeth! I don't know how many you had pulled on the bottom that may be causing you more pain!

I can tell you this; my husband's teeth that were extracted, had part of his root left in his gum that they did not see or get, and it started to come out the gum about a few days later and he had to return… They did say that it's not uncommon for that to happen; I just remember he was in a lot of pain

Lisa (author) from Central USA on June 14, 2017:

Elizabeth..so sorry you are having trouble with your partial Denture. I am so sorry, I can't really offer any advice or experience since I had full dentures. Perhaps a visit back to the dentist may be in need to either discuss your problem or a future full set.

I do remember the dentist telling me that if I had two teeth, One left on each side on top and bottom, a partial is a better way to go… I'm not sure. Please keep us posted on what happens if you could please!

Wishing you the best of luck

Priscilla on June 13, 2017:

Thank you! I had my extractions 4 days ago dentures wouldn't even go in. I'm mortified and regretting. But after your story I have hope!

xialle on June 13, 2017:

Hi. ) Thanks for the article! I got dentures about a week ago, and learned a lot from what you wrote. I do have a question... I went to one of those "dentures in a day" places, specifically because I wanted it all done quickly and didn't want my face flapping around. LOL My gums are still swollen and I have bruising down my chin from where the shots were given. The top dentures hurt when I put them in, but once in, they're comfortable and cause no trouble. However, my bottom set causes excruciating pain the entire time I'm wearing them. Should I just endure this or should I wait a while until the swelling goes down some? My impressions were taken before any teeth pulling, so I suppose technically my gums are larger than they were. Any advice?

Elizabeth on June 13, 2017:

I've got partials now that I absolutely hate , thought the full denture would b a better choice but wow I'm pretty scared now, I think I'd hate them even more. Now considering financing snap in dentures

Lisa (author) from Central USA on June 09, 2017:

Thank you so much! I'm sure there's a few things that I missed that you may need to know when you're getting dentures, but I try to give you the gist of things...

Tam Anderson on June 08, 2017:

Great article. Very relatable and honest account.

Lisa (author) from Central USA on June 03, 2017:

I got my impressions before I got my dentures because I was given immediate Dentures. It really depends on the dentist. It could go either way… My husband, had all his teeth pulled and then did the impression six weeks later after his mouth healed. I had a job where I did not want to go without my teeth because I don't with the public daily. Even though he was out teeth for a total of four months (that's what his dentist recommended because of his gum disease), his denture fits him absolutely perfect. He hardly has to use any denture adhesive because they fit him like a glove and it really is irritating to me; because I do have to use it daily

Lisa (author) from Central USA on June 03, 2017:

You will feel like you have a mouthful of plastic for a little while when you get dentures or even have a partial, however; you eventually will get used to it and you will not even notice. My husband is different though, as he still takes his teeth out to eat which makes no sense to me! But he says he can't enjoy the flavor of the food as well. Whatever makes you happy I guess!

Bubbles on June 02, 2017:

Great advice ,very helpful although I have just had a partial fitted and I am feeling as tho I have a mouth full of plastic

Linda on June 02, 2017:

Can u tell me do u get impressions before or after teeth pulled. Just starting this scary event in my life

Lisa (author) from Central USA on May 21, 2017:

You are so very welcome! I'm glad I helped you get through the process!

Lisa (author) from Central USA on May 21, 2017:

Good for you! Remember: don't get discouraged; you got this! You have already done the hardest part of the process of getting your dentures. Wish there was a way for those of you that have seen my blog, to send a picture!! Go get 'em!

Avis on May 21, 2017:

I cannot thank you enough for this article. I took the plunge Friday and am waiting the six weeks before I can get dentures. Unfortunately temporary ones are not authorized by my insurance so I have no choice. I found your article today while researching how horrid my new teeth would look! My teeth,what was left of them, were BAD. Infected everywhere. I haven't smiled in about 30 years. I can't WAIT to smile!! Thank you again!!

Jodi on May 21, 2017:

Thank you so much. I loved the humor and it seemed like everything you talked about, I was going through. It has helped me so much.

Lisa (author) from Central USA on May 18, 2017:

Thanks Tony for the compliment of the article. I added the humor in hopes that it may not sound like a procedure that would sound torturous to a human being. Although, at the time you are actually in the chair, it may seem like you are being tortured. 99.9% will live and get through the process just fine. Not saying dentures aren't a pain in the rear; they are! With that said, being determined and have an attitude knowing there are worst things in life besides having a plastic mouth... should help you get a new perspective and deal with living with the new you!

Lisa (author) from Central USA on May 18, 2017:

You are more than welcome! It's hard to know how you are going to feel after getting dentures- my experience may not be yours, however; telling my story can give an idea of what you may go through. I do believe the pointers will at least help! Good luck!

Trixy on May 17, 2017:

Thanks for your help. I was dramatize after having pulled out didn't know what to expect.

Tony Gadaleta on May 17, 2017:

Thank you Lisa for taking the time as well as displaying your positive humanity in authoring this most clear, informative and well presented guide.

In trying to suppress the urge to reveal my history leading to the requirement to have dentures I concluded that there have been and are countless others who have undergone the experience each with their unique albeit not too dissimilar feelings and emotions.

I've recently had all my top teeth extracted and currently awaiting the extraction trauma to settle before entering the next step in the process in attending a denture technician after spending many hours and dollars in the dentist's chair.

This after going contra to the advice of my long term and trusted dentist and friend (since retired) who initially recommended full extractions which resulted in practically all of my natural teeth undergoing root canal.

As may be adduced I'm elderly and highly suspect the problem with my teeth was a combination of poor dental hygiene education and the era of pre-fluoridation.

That said I am comforted if not delighted that my children and grandchildren enjoy beautiful natural teeth which I mainly give credit to my life's partner of 56 years who remarkably has never made a mistake in her life :)

I will follow the steps you have posted assiduously as they resonated as well considered, sensible and accurately penned tempered with appealing humour.

Thanks again :)

Lisa (author) from Central USA on May 17, 2017:

I'm so glad that you are accepting the fact that you have to push forward. Getting dentures isn't the easiest task we all hoped it would be. As long as you realize that there is no turning back and now you are basically forced to adjust, it makes the process of acceptance so much easier!

Please keep us updated and/or you have any questions or comments, leave a comment. Kudos and congrats; you are on your way!

Chris on May 16, 2017:

I had my remaining seven teeth pulled today and got my upper denture. I got the lower one last week. I went looking for an article like this and so far, you're correct on all counts. My mouth is very sore tonight although the pain meds help. I expect to be on ibuprofen and aspirin in a few days. We'll see. I am going to keep the dentures in for the recommended 24 hours. My doc says it helps the healing process. Then I'll take them out for an hour (just for a little relief) and to clean them and put them back in.

Anyway thank you for sharing your experience. It's just what I needed.

Lisa (author) from Central USA on May 09, 2017:

Do you mean your dentures will make your lips protrude and push them out? If that's what you mean, then, no. If they do, then you need to get them fixed. The gums and teeth on the denture would have to be made very big to make that happen. I'm not a dentist, but I know about 6 out of 10 people have dentures (rough estimate)

Elba on May 09, 2017:

Won't dentures protrude your upper & lower lips? That's what the dentist told me.

Lisa (author) from Central USA on May 08, 2017:

First of all don't be afraid! Everyone is afraid of a regular dentist and going to get all your teeth polled just makes you want to cringe. You will be fine! It will be better than what you're going through now if you need dentures, evidently your gums are bad and you won't have the pain anymore that you presently have if you have bad teeth

Irene on May 08, 2017:

Having new top denture made at present,but it's my jaw that's hurting,people say the jaw as to ajust to them as there just changed after twenty years?

T. on May 08, 2017:

Can you come with me? I am scared to death

Lisa (author) from Central USA on May 04, 2017:

I'm so glad you are getting used to your dentures! Would love to get an update after a few weeks

Josh on May 04, 2017:

I am 2 weeks into the process today. It's going pretty well. Better than I'd imagined. I had the soft liner installed day before yesterday and am now using Fixodent cream, which helps immensely. Thank you for the article. All info is much appreciated.

Lisa (author) from Central USA on May 04, 2017:

wow that's great! I wonder if you're still going to have to have adjustments done to your dentures later on though?

Z on May 04, 2017:

Kd, that is messed up. It took me a total of five days for everything. From impressions to extraction and dentures. Received my dentures immediately after extraction.

Lisa (author) from Central USA on May 02, 2017:

So glad you are having such a great experience with your new dentures! That's awesome that they fit great. Some people will just constantly have issues with the bottom denture. My top denture fits pretty good; the bottom denture, not so much!

Lisa (author) from Central USA on May 02, 2017:

My husband went through the same thing. First, the dentist said his dentures would be back in 2 weeks. He went to go pick them up and they didn't even come close to fitting him so they sent them back to the lab. It was 2 more weeks and he went to go pick his teeth up again.

Low and behold, the dentures did not fit right so they did another impression and sent it back to the lab.

The only good thing about him having to wait longer was that his gums were almost competely healed and now his dentures fit him like a glove. He hardly uses any denture adhesive to hold his teeth in. I, however; have to use the Fixodent Superior Hold (which I do testify it works great for me). I had my dentures in immediately after they pulled the last 8 teeth.

You could always ask to speak with the manager and find out what exactly is going on. You will be better off in the long run if you wait for your gums to heal.

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