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Dentures/Tooth Extraction

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Posted by: robk16  (6 years ago)
Hi,

So I finally had to get dentures. First I had the back teeth removed. They are healed/healing fine. Next I had the remaining interiors removed and received immediate dentures. The bottoms didn't fit at all so i didn't wear them for 2 weeks and the bottom gums are also healing well. The uppers fit pretty good. The 70 year old nurse/assistant told me leave the dentures in over night always for the first few months or something. I asked her are you sure about that? She said yep, they help your gums heal and you need to get used to them. My gut told me she was wrong but I didn't want to be a baby about it so i just did it until my next appointment which was 2 weeks later because the dentist went on vacation. He had to modify the bottoms and put in a soft liner. Now she told me I can't use any adhesive on the bottom or it will rip the liner. So obviously they are useless right now. I can't eat anything but they are staying in and I'm starting to talk better except for my esses. Also i read your jaw and muscles will develop/learn to hold them in over time so I guess I'm not that worried about that part of it. What I am worried about is what my upper gum now looks like after leaving dentures on them for 2 weeks straight. When I went to the appointment I asked the dentist to look at it and he said you were only supposed to leave them in the first night or two and he said they looked fine but I sensed he wasn't really that confident about it. That night I took them out and immediately the upper gum started swelling up. That was 2 days ago. Now i see holes in my gum where the teeth were. They were stitched up though and I don't think there should be holes there. The bottom you can see the stitch line and how good it is healing. The top looks like a firecracker exploded in my mouth. One of the teeth was the "eye tooth", it was huge and it took him forever to get it out so maybe I'm over-reacting and that's how it should look. My gut says I'm screwed and I'm going to have to get my gum cut open and re-stitched so it will heal properly or something like that but I don't know. I'm trying to have patience but I really want to try to become a comedian, I've wasted enough of my life already(I'm 51),and I'm just waiting until I finish this and can talk a little better so I can go to some open mics and practice for America's Got Talent(If you ever watch the show you may have noticed that comedians are pretty much brutal hich gives me confidence although its possible I'm delusional, I guess I'll find out). I took some photos to compare the upper with the lower but the "upload image" link is not working. Now I'm going to try to upload a video. Please someone tell me what you think. Normally I would wait this out and see what happens but I need to know right now that I'm on the right track or if I now have a new problem.

Thanks,
Rob K.







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Posted by: robk16  (6 years ago)
Oh my God. I got the photos uploaded, not sure how great they are. Tried to edit to embed youtube vid but it does not give me a submit button or anything. Trying to upload the 17 second, 800kb video but that does not seem to be working. Here's the link. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nbhwZEb4lg4
maybe this work. Now i'm losing patience with this post as well.
http://youtu.be/nbhwZEb4lg4
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Oh my God. I got the photos uploaded, not sure how great they are. Tried to edit to embed youtube vid but it does not give me a submit button or anything. Trying to upload the 17 second, 800kb video but that does not seem to be working. Here's the link. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nbhwZEb4lg4
maybe this work. Now i'm losing patience with this post as well.
http://youtu.be/nbhwZEb4lg4


Cannot tell much about the lower arch, but you have some big bumps in the bottom of your mouth ("Lingual Tori") that probably should have been removed before constructing dentures.
Posted 6 years ago
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Posted by: robk16  (5 years ago)
Wow that's just beautiful. For 2 weeks i couldn't get the bottoms to fit. I told him they don't fit because of those 2 bumps and what are they? So he just grinded away that part of the denture. Now I'm stuck with a $6500 bill and dentures that don't fit properly? Awesome. And that wasn't even what I was worried about.

I'm really worried about my upper gums healing properly. The lady there told me leave the dentures on overnight for like a few months so I would get used to them and that wearing the dentures would help the healing. So I left the uppers in for 2 weeks. When I finally got another appointment the dentist said I should have only left them in a night or 2. So that night I finally took them out and the upper gum started swelling up immediately. Its not getting any better 3 days later. I think it completely ruined the healing process of the upper gums. Theres 3 holes where teeth were and one seems to be getting bigger. Should there be holes or should it look more like the bottom? I'm sure you can see them in the pictures and the video. Is that normal or out of the ordinary?
That was my original question. Now I have this "Lingual Tori" issue which after reading more about it, everything I see says they should be removed before fitting dentures. Why would he not do that? I was thinking 2 weeks ago this was all over and all I had to do was get used to the dentures. Now it appears he gave me a complete butcher job and its just the beginning of a new nightmare. I'm guessing i have to go back there and raise some hell to have the lingual tori removed, get new bottom dentures, and do something to fix my upper gum but now I don't even really want to go back there. What should i do?
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Wow that's just beautiful. For 2 weeks i couldn't get the bottoms to fit. I told him they don't fit because of those 2 bumps and what are they? So he just grinded away that part of the denture. Now I'm stuck with a $6500 bill and dentures that don't fit properly? Awesome. And that wasn't even what I was worried about.

I'm really worried about my upper gums healing properly. The lady there told me leave the dentures on overnight for like a few months so I would get used to them and that wearing the dentures would help the healing. So I left the uppers in for 2 weeks. When I finally got another appointment the dentist said I should have only left them in a night or 2. So that night I finally took them out and the upper gum started swelling up immediately. Its not getting any better 3 days later. I think it completely ruined the healing process of the upper gums. Theres 3 holes where teeth were and one seems to be getting bigger. Should there be holes or should it look more like the bottom? I'm sure you can see them in the pictures and the video. Is that normal or out of the ordinary?
That was my original question. Now I have this "Lingual Tori" issue which after reading more about it, everything I see says they should be removed before fitting dentures. Why would he not do that? I was thinking 2 weeks ago this was all over and all I had to do was get used to the dentures. Now it appears he gave me a complete butcher job and its just the beginning of a new nightmare. I'm guessing i have to go back there and raise some hell to have the lingual tori removed, get new bottom dentures, and do something to fix my upper gum but now I don't even really want to go back there. What should i do?


The post-op pain after removing lingual tori is extended and never easy to deal with.

It takes a LONG time for the holes to close completely after extractions- typically 3 months. Give it time. In the meantime your dentist can temporarily reline your dentures with tissue conditioner until you are ready for a reline.

You seem to think you have problems far worse than you do. The post-op course for a lot of extractions is never easy. I have a patient still adapting after 3 months. It is a slow process.

Now you know why dentists try to talk patients out of having all their teeth extracted.
Posted 5 years ago
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