13 weeks and counting

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Tuesday was my 13 week anniversary of having 18 pieces/parts/posts/teeth removed and immediate dentures put in - tops and bottoms.

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PLEASE NOTE THAT I AM/CAN ONLY SPEAKING REGARDING MY EXPERIENCES! I CANNOT, AND WILL NOT PRETEND TO, SPEAK FOR OTHERS!

Some of this is redundant to a few of you, but I'm going to try to update weekly and I will gladly answer any questions that you post on here. However, please remember that I will only be giving answers as to how I have dealt with something or what my experience has been.

My entire 45 years I have had horrible teeth-whether genetics, my too-many-to-list medical problems, numerous hard core prescribed medications, lack of good if any dental insurance, or the 2 times I did go to the dentist and had HORRIBLE experiences - take your pick, but I only went if a front tooth got really bad.

Finally in 2002 I had had enough and went to a local (I live in Mid-Michigan) denture place. Due to my financial situation, we were going to have to spread out the whole ordeal. I had already had my wisdom teeth pulled (the 2 horrible experiences) and this place pulled 6 of my molars in 3 sittings. They told me that because I have a small mouth they were going to have to leave 2 teeth in the bottom and I would have a partial on the bottom and a full top denture. I wasn't happy about this because my goal was to never have another toothache. I ran out of money and had to wait.

In the meantime my health improved enough that I was able to get a job. Ironically, I got a temp turned permanent job at a health /dental/vision insurance company with WONDERFUL dental insurance and money to finish my teeth. Unfortunately, the place I had been going to went under. So we found a new dentist that catered to cowards (since I pretty much needed to take a valium just to call a dentist).

The new DDS somehow convinced me to salvage my teeth and started doing root canals all over-and I do mean he STARTED the root canals, including putting the posts in, but I only wound up with 4 actual crowns. One of my crowns would not stay seated and every time I had to return to have it reglued he was charging for a whole new crown (that's another LONG story). After dumping over $20k into my mouth, still owing him a portion of it, I was downsized out of a job and the terrific insurance.

Fast-Forward to 2013 - I got sick again, only much, much worse and am not only home-bound but bed - bound. I have difficulty just standing up or holding a cup of coffee. Back on the same hard-core drugs as before plus a couple more. My teeth started crumbling out of my mouth, while other teeth (that I thought were somewhat healthy) would literally just fall out of my mouth. I could be sitting here watching TV and all of a sudden there would be a tooth on my tongue.

So even though my mother-in-law was in the hospital for something we thought was just something simple and it was my birthday in May, I went to the Affordable Dentures in Lansing and had a consult. I then went to the oral surgeon for a consult. However before we could move forward, my wonderful mother-in-law passed away. Immediately followed by the loss of the father of my husband's almost lifelong best friend (a man that I had known my whole life as well), a week later a guy that was another one of my husband's high school friends that he had only reconnected with a couple years prior suddenly died as well. 2015 has been a lousy year!

On August 4 I picked up my teeth from Affordable Dentures and went to the oral surgeon and came out with teeth in my mouth.

I do apologize for how long (and boring) this has been! But I feel that it is important to know some background in order to fully gain perspective on what comes next, etc.

Tomorrow I will talk about adhesives, if I haven't been voted off the island ☺
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arrggh what a nightmare , girl!! I remember watching a few YouTube videos of people using Affordable Dentures (we don't have that outfit here). . some were really young. They were doing week by week videos of themselves & how they got on, really interesting, worth a look. One of them was munching bugers & corn after 6 months. Have to see if I can find a lnk for it. It's worth finding Youtube videos in any case - u can often contact the person who made it.
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Jodie, I have watched just about every youtube video regarding dentures that I can find. They have been life savers at times and boring other times. (I mean ABSOLUTELY no disrespect). I thought about doing this on YouTube, but because of my health problems and some of the symptoms I don't feel very video friendly.

So later, as promised, I will discuss the different adhesives that I have used and the results (including Secure )

Thanks for reading!
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I have ongoing health issues impacting this too so I'm interested in your story. I have to say that in 20 yrs of dealing with medics for a difficult illness , dentists have absolutely been the worst - unhelpful, greedy & generally incompetent. More likely to get better treatment if you have sh&tloads of cash, but not always. :-/
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I look forward to reading all about your Great Denture Adventure!
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ADHESIVES will be posted on Thursday as I'm not feeling well this evening
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WEEK 16

I don't wear my dentures all day, every day. Heck, there are days that I don't wear them at all. Those are the days that I am dealing with all my other problems. I'm REALLY trying to get better about wearing them, but I have a bone growing outward towards my lip. At first I thought it was a tori, but the dentist said that they only grow in towards the tongue and on the roof of your mouth. Anyway, I need to have that removed and a couple other spots permanently frozen after the first of the year when my insurance resets.

As for adhesives, I've tried all of the name brand powders and most of the pastes that are available at Walmart and Meijer (for those that aren't aware - Meijer is very similar to Super Walmart). I've also used Secure paste on my uppers and strips on the lowers. As well as several combinations.

If I have just had a soft reline, my uppers will stay in place pretty well - as long as I don't try to eat anything too chewy or that requires extensive chewing. My lowers are a whole different story!

The Fixodent powder works great for short periods of time - 3 hours max if I try to eat and 5 hours max if I'm not eating). Polident powder is pretty close as for the times, but the goop factor is much worse.

I used Fixodent paste yesterday (I try all of them each week or so). I spread it around with my finger instead of applying it according to the directions, since that method has not worked for me with any of them (except Secure). I dried my gums and insert my teeth and bit down, holding for close to 5 minutes. I didn't eat or drink anything for about a half hour. It held up ok -not great- when I started drinking my lukewarm coffee. After a few sips they started rocking so I added more paste and bit down and held for another 5 minutes. I had a really dry mouth so I popped a mint in my mouth about a half hour after my second clench session. I don't know if it was the sugar, the mint, or the suction but out they popped. I surrendered for the night.

I have tried the powders according to directions to no avail, I then tried a suggestion I found on here - apply powder to wet denture and spritz with water, let sit for anywhere between 30 seconds and 2 minutes, insert and bite down. That's how the Fixodent works for me, when it works.

I have used the paste with the powder (trying it both ways - powder on top of paste and vice versa) that was a messy, disgusting failure.

I will be using the Secure combination (paste for tops, strips on bottoms) for Thanksgiving Day. This is the only thing, so far, that works all day and let's me eat! ****Just be sure to watch ALL the Youtube videos that you can find! There IS a process to applying and removing Secure****

Coming up on the next post - Adhesives part 2: EZO, Sea Bond, and Poligrip strips

I hope that I'm not boring you all. Please feel free to leave feedback - good or bad. Questions are welcome as well. I'm not shy, I will discuss anything that I've dealt with and also listen to your experiences!
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Not in the least boring - very educational :) I'm saving this info, thanks for posting. Another tooth comng out this week, be my turn with the fixative soon :os
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This is very helpful. I am still trying to figure out when I might be able to use adhesives on this bottom denture that is driving me insane. I don't go back to the denture place until Wednesday for my first adjustment. I'm hoping I have the sanity to make it that long.
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If you still have stitches, you will definitely want to wait until you see the dentist. If you don't have stitches and your holes appear to be closing well you should be safe to use some (go easy - it takes a while to figure out the right amount) adhesive. Just don't wear it to the dentist since they make you remove it anyway :)

I always take mine with me so I can apply it when I'm done.

Good luck and keep me posted!
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Ugh! I still have stitches everywhere! It's like little hairs all over my mouth! I can't wait until they are gone, they make me really uncomfortable.

I'll let you know what they say when I go to my first appointment!
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Alicia, thanks for the critique! I emailed Secure last week about maybe getting a sample but I never heard back from them at all. I did give my address so I'm hoping it just automagically shows up in my mailbox soon. I'm getting a silicone soft reline on Wednesday. Can't wait!