2 week (almost) update

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Tomorrow will be two weeks since 27 extractions and a full set of temporaries.... it’s also my first day back to work and let me tell you I am currently more nervous about that than I was walking into the oral surgeons two weeks ago. I feel like my speech is solid, so I’m not concerned with that. It’s how I look when I speak or smile. Its just so much more toothy than it used to be and while I’m getting used to it slowly and things are settling in a bit, I’m nervous that people will notice a difference an ask about it. My mom, sister, boyfriend and daughter all say the the change in my appearance is so minor they don’t believe anyone will notice and certainly not that I have dentures. My boyfriend even said that he barely notices anything different and he knows what he’s looking for. I want so badly to believe that But when I smile and talk to myself in the mirror I don’t really see how anyone wouldn’t notice and that scares me. Why is this the part that freaks me out the most? I hate feeling self conscious when I have a nice set of chompers now.

On another note, today for the first time I had this moment where I desperately wanted these things out of my mouth! This struck me as odd because I hate taking them out generally. I can’t stand the way it feels without them in. But today I was suddenly very aware of the top plate against the roof of my mouth. Maybe my mouth was dry or something, or maybe the fit is starting to loosen a bit, I’m not entirely sure. I seem to have good suction up top still and the bottoms only move around when I chew (just a little) or will shift slightly upward when I laugh really hard. Tried a cheese burger today cut into small pieces (no bun)... didn’t go that well. still to firm. Ugh!

Today, though not really a bad day, feels frustrating. Gotta get out of my own head and keep moving forward.
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Hey there! Today is my 2 month mark and I TOTALLY understand how you feel about going back to work. I had 9 days off. My process was a breeze compared to some. I have yet to have an adjustment on the top denture because one has not been needed. To make me feel more comfortable, I used a bit of poligrip powder along the gum line. I wanted to be sure there would not be any slipping of the denture when I spoke or ate. I only have a snap on partial on the bottom, so no worries there. I still use the powder but also have started with putting a wee bit along the back of the upper plate. Just for my confidence! You sound like you are doing awesome! Keep it up and you will be eating that burger in no time! :)
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I feel like I’ve been doing really well. Very little discomfort or pain, I was talking normally within the first week and overall I’m happy with the aesthetics. I just with they were quite as toothy but I suspect as things continue to change that toothy appearance with become less and less. The size, shape and color are great.... like usual I guess I just need to give more time. Luckily I don’t think anyone has noticed yet today
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In 2 days it will be 3 weeks since my extractions and temporary upper denture was put in. I still wake up with some swelling mostly on the left side of my face to the extent of having a black eye. I slept without them in lastnight for the first time, since I'm tired of going to work swollen. Also even when I'm not swollen I still look like Cindylou who, from the Grinch. While I realize I will never look exactly like my old self again. PLEASE someone tell me I will start to look better over time. I don't know if the permanent will make a difference of if just time will but I hate looking in the mirror and I hate people seeing me. My face is different my lip of course, I expected that but my whole face even my NOSE. Help......
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Hi Ruth. Have you asked your dentist to thin them out? I did and it really made a difference for me. I’d still like them to be a little less bulky but I feel like they’re pretty good. For me, I feel like I’m way more toothy when I speak. But so far today I haven’t gotten the impression that anyone has noticed when I talk. So I feel a little better than I did last night and driving in to work this morning
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They lower them when I went back the first time because the were up in my nostrils. I also asked them to thin them, but I don't think they did. I'm hoping to go back next week so hopefully they will thin them out and that will help. Also I don't know if the reason the left is so much worse it not only does it go much further up on my gumline than the right side but also the right side ends where my natural gum ends in the back of my mouth but the left side has a very least 1/4 of an inch that go back further in my mouth than where may natural gum stops