Need advice on getting dentures in my mother's mouth.

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She has a new set & staff or myself cannot get them in. She has had lower but the uppers are new to her. Cannot get her to understand to open mouth enough to place them. She is 85 living in a memory care facility. They fit well. She can eat without them but that could become a problem. She is attractive and that also is important that she looks good & healthy. Dentist also difficulty--pretty much have to force them in. Hoping to get her used to them so she will leave them in. All suggestions welcome.

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If she doesn't want them, don't force them. Dignity comes first, not curb appeal.
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I think I would try to work with what she is capable of doing. If she's no longer able to accept the dentures, that would indicate to me that it's time to stop trying to force it. I see residents in Memory Care who do not have teeth and it doesn't phase me. I think most people realize the situation and why it's like that.

What kind of problem are you expecting with her not using them? From what I have heard, many dementia patients eat soft foods for years without issue. I discussed it with the Director of the Memory Care where my cousin resides. She knew many in their facility who have fared fine without teeth or dentures.

Perhaps, others may know of some way to get her to accommodate the dentures, though, I don't think it's due to her willfully refusing. I would suspect it's that she doesn't have the ability any longer.
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