Got home I was in pain,my husband went to get my meds what I've been through I cannot tell you,the meds barely took the edge off.I wish I could have gone to the hospital.it has been a terrible 3 weeks,between the pain the swelling and the stitches what misery.after the stitches were out it was a little better.but now I'm left with bumps and lumps on my gums by the way I am not wearing the dentures,(no way possible) dentist keeps saying to give them time to heal,this is a nightmare. I can't even close my mouth properly,anyone out there that can help please
Probably the worst thing you could do is take the dentures out. They form your gums and prevent a lot of swelling. If you still have all this pain 3 weeks after you had your teeth pulled, something is wrong. I had all of them pulled, my jaw scaled, and the dentures in at 5 pm I drove home 30 miles and went to work the next day. All I took was motrin.
You can't close your mouth properly if you're not wearing your dentures because your jaw is designed to close around teeth. The others are right, you won't heal properly to fit your dentures if you don't have them in. You're supposed to have the bumps, etc... that's part of your gums that will conform to your dentures IF you're wearing them. The dentures will actually help control the swelling and pain, but again, only if you wear them. Your gums will continue to change shape for quite a while yet. Your dentist can put in new "soft" liners every once in a while to help your dentures fit better until your gums finish healing and changing. Ibuprofen, Motrin, etc... will help with the swelling and pain, but you absolutely must wear your dentures - 24 hrs a day. Otherwise they'll never fit. If you haven't worn them since you've had your teeth pulled, you may need to go back to the dentist to have him put in a new liner now in order to have them fit with the least amount of discomfort possible. But none of this will be of any use to you if you don't commit to wearing your dentures. There is a paste that your dentist can prescribe that you can apply to any sore spots you might develop (again, not unusual during the healing process). It's called Triamcinolone Acetonide USP, 0.1% paste. It has a slightly gritty texture, but that's so it will adhere to the gum. I've found it to be very helpful. I wish you the best and hope you follow all our advice and get those dentures back in. I promise you'll be happy that you did!
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