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Question:
Immediate dentures today: I had upper immediate dentures put in today. They will not stay in.

When I change the gauze, I am bleeding bad and my dentures fall right out. Biting the gauze is what is keeping them in.

I was not expecting this. They told me do not take the dentures out until I go back to the dentist on Monday. I can not eat with gauze in my mouth.

Should I let my teeth out so I can eat? ...Visitor from OH

Answer:
I am sorry for your problems. Keeping the gauze in will help stop the bleeding. Pressure is the key to stopping any bleeding.

You might also hold ice to the outside of your mouth, which will also help control the bleeding.

The other thing you can do is remove the dentures and put some tea (from a teabag) in the dentures, cover with small pieces of gauze, and bite really hard for 20 minutes. The tannic acid in the tea will also help with the bleeding.

You should be able to get by with a liquid or very soft diet for a few days. The reason for keeping the dentures in is to not have the swelling from the surgery prevent them from going back in if you remove them for a long time.

I would suggest that you call your dentist tomorrow morning and get his advice. He should be happy to talk with you, and, hopefully see you.

If you cannot see your dentist over the weekend, you might try an adhesive called Sea Bond. This is available at drug or grocery stores. It is a thin sheet of material that should hold the dentures in for the weekend. Read and follow the directions carefully.

Your dentures should be fine in the end, so don't let these problems cause you too much worry. Work closely with your dentist and let him know you are depending upon him to make this work for you.

Hope this helps.

Corinne Scalzitti, DMD, MAGD

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