Hey, sorry to hear about your pain I have never had partials, but from what you describe, this does not sound normal. Raw and torn gums? Blisters? You also say that you're always on pain medication. Did your dentist describe that this would happen or give you an idea of symptoms happening after partials?
I would definitely go and consult your dentist, because it seems like 10 days with horrible pain is not something you should try to ride out (a few days would seem okay, but if it continues and doesn't appear to be stopping...), especially if you do not see signs of healing.
Sorry this wasn't more help. I hope you get better!
No, the dentist basically put them in, said they were a "great fit" and wished me good luck! He did emphasize using the hands to position/place the partials, rather than the tongue.
I was given a kit which contained a denture brush, bunch of adhesives and soaking agents, plus a happy little container in which they are to soak....and are soaking right now. And have been for two days now.
Going to try Orabase (?)and see if I can get the sores healed up and try again. The dentist is a long way from me and it's very difficult for me to travel.
I guess maybe I shouldn't care and just let the whole thing be chalked up to bad experience. It's not like anyone's going to see me! (Other than me...)
It sounds like your dentist has left you high and dry. He, more than anybody, should know that dentures rarely fit perfectly and that follow up adjustments are almost always needed. The fit of your partials must be extremely poor to cause the kind of damage you describe. I hope they aren't so bad that they need replacing.
Any dentist (or denturist if they have them where you live) should be able to adjust your dentures. It doesn't have to be the dentist who provided them to you although you would have to pay for the adjustments. My first and strongest suggestion would be for you to see a dentist that isn't so far away if that's possible or convenient. If it's not possible or convenient you may be able to salvage your "bad experience" yourself. First, give your gums time to do some healing, especially the blisters. You might have to give them a week or so that your gums are more or less back to normal. In the meantime arrange for someone buy you a dremel tool with a very fine tip. You'll use it to grind down the pink acrylic "gums" on the inside of the denture where it contacts with your natural gums. Sometime in the not too distant future you may also need a denture reline kit. Seabond makes a product called "Denturite" that is available in most drug stores (here in Canada where I live anyway).
Once your gums have healed start wearing the dentures again. Sore spots and blistering are normally caused by raised edges on the denture rubbing against your gums. When an area on your gums begins to hurt take out the denture and try to find the offending area on the denture. Use the dremel tool to grind down any raised areas. Grind only a very little bit at a time until the ridge or bump is level with the areas around it. Clean the denture and try wearing it again. You should be able to feel some difference right away in that the pressure point on the sore should be gone but sometimes it can be difficult to tell. It may take a day or so for the sore spot to begin healing to know for sure if you were successful. Repeat the process for other sore spots until you smooth out all the bumps and ridges that aggrevate your gums. Hopefully, the denture will fit comfortably sooner than later. Be careful not to grind too much off the denture or you will risk ruining it. You'll be far better off grinding very little 2 or 3 times in one area and getting it right than grinding off too much once and ruining the denture.
As your gums heal from the extractions they will begin to resorb (shrink). Use the denture reline kit to restore the fit and the bite. It will fill any gaps between the denture and your gums so that it rests evenly and comfortably against the gums. The packaging for these products usually have pretty good instructions so I won't write them here.
I wouldn't normally suggest "home repairs" because more often than not it leads to creating more problems than solving them but considering your situation it may be your only practical solution. Please be careful making adjustments to the denture with the dremel tool. If you have any other questions please ask and I will do my best to answer. Good luck!
Quick update: As the Dremel tool owner refused to allow me the use of it for what he considered a "demented" purpose, I called the dentist this morning.
Surprise! Turns out getting bleeding blisters is not normal....fancy that. Also, was told to expect several "follow-up" visits for adjustments - why couldn't they have told me this before I went home and was tortured?
This has gotten so depressing, but will finish it out, I guess.
If you go to the dentist for a "follow-up visit" you can see what he does to adjust the dentures. It usually takes more than one adjustment to get the dentures fitting properly so you're probably looking at more than one trip. Considering your disability, you still might want to think about buying a dremel tool to do your own adjustments rather than make repeated trips. Once you've gone through the routine of having an adjustment done you can decide whether you're up to the task of doing the adjustments yourself or prefer to go back to the dentist for adjustments.
I hope your gums are healing quickly and that you're in less pain now than earlier this week. Good luck!