24 hours post extractions

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Yesterday went about as well as I could have hoped. Hugged my boyfriend one last time, then got hooked up to various machines and IVs. The last thing I remember is talking to the oral surgeon and technicians about my daughter and the next thing I knew I was waking up as they were finishing up with the stitches. The oral surgeon was unable to get the lower denture in so made me an appointment shortly after that with my dentists office for an adjustment and placement of the lower. I had time in between to go home for a little while where I changed out the gauze on my lower, swallowed some pills and attempted to eat some custard. I was still completely numb so it was a bit of a challenge but I got it done and then slept for a bit. Then it was off to the dentist to get my lower put in. It was a short visit but I walked out of there able to talk a hell of a lot better than with the wads of gauze in my mouth. I was able to eat some jello when I got home which honestly felt really good, and then sipped on some squash and sweet potato soup followed by some more custard later on. Im currently on a regimen of antibiotics and steroids and so far I’ve had very little to no swelling. I’m rotating between toradol and Tylenol for pain management but I’m really not experiencing much pain at all. I was still pretty numb when I went to bed last night so I took half of a hyrdocodone just to be safe and put my ice packs on. I can’t believe it but I slept through the night no problem. This morning I ate some yogurt and did my first salt water rinse then off to the dentist again for more adjustments. Sounds that I’m struggling with are S’s, T’s, J’s, ch, th, and my dogs name, Groot. Maybe it’s less about those particular letters and sounds and more about their use in certain applications... as far as how they look, I’m pretty happy with them fo the most part, I do feel like I’m much more toothy when I speak than my natural teeth were. The teeth themselves look just right in terms of size and shape, but when I speak or smile, they seem to come down quite a bit further than I am used to seeing.... but maybe as things heal up and shrink down that will change. Maybe it’s just my imagination, or maybe I’m being to critical too soon. My boyfriend says that if it wasn’t for the fact that he was there (and I talk like I have marbles in my mouth) he’d have no idea that anything had happened. Overall I’m feeling pretty good and have no real complaints. My dentist told me to call for adjustments as often as I need and as I long as I call in the morning they should have no problem getting me in same day.
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Wow sounds like you're doing great
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So far so good. Swallowing is a bit weird but I’m getting there. One thing that started this afternoon is the corners of my mouth are extremely dry and cracked. Trying to stay hydrated and applying a lip salve often.
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It sounds like you’re doing great! The S and Ch tripped me up for the longest! I promise it will get better! I feel my most comfortable talking when I have adhesive in but after a while you get accustomed to it.
Definitely don’t be too critical on the look yet. It’s going to take time letting your gums and the tissue heal before you will feel like they look and feel right. Same goes with them feeling like they come down too far...give time for the swelling to peak and then go down. In the beginning my biggest thing was the top felt too bulky in the front of my mouth. Over the following weeks that slowly went away.
Get your rest and try and stay ahead of the pain by taking your meds. Don’t freak out on Wednesday or Thursday when the swelling is the worst.
It only gets better from here!
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That’s exactly it! The upper feels too bulky in the front. Both around the front of my upper palate, behind the upper teeth, and around the upper lip, though not terrible there. I’ve been trying to read aloud and sing but it’s like my tongue has no idea where it needs to be to form the right sounds. Words that begin with W seems to be the worst for me in terms of making my lower slip out of place. Just have to keep practicing.

I think you’re right, as the gums shrink down my mouth will settle into these a little better. Guess I was hoping for instant gratification but as with everything else, it’s just going to take time.

My dentist wanted me to take them out last night and let my gums rest. I had some some swelling so I was really scared I wouldn’t be able to get them back in in the morning . Instead I plan to give them a couple of shorter rests throughout the day and see how that goes. How soon did your density’s want them out at night?
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Day 2 was recommended by my dentist.
Words definitely take time, your brain needs time to adjust to the change (s).
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I’ve been doing some reading out loud and some singing today and it is definitely helping a little. I noticed certain words make my lower denture slip upward, so I’ve been trying to practice those. S’s are already sounding a bit better but words like “better” or “written” are hard especially when transitioning from word to word. Even saying my full name out loud is a task lol as far as removing them, I’m going to have to bite the bullet and try to sleep without them tonight. I’ve taken them out twice to rinse today and it really made me squeamish. My lips don’t know what to do.
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I felt the bulkiness on top in the front, especially when I smiled but as I healed that slowly went away.
Lol the tongue is a tricky thing. It’s definitely hard trying to train your brain on what your tongue should do and where it should go. For the first few weeks, I felt like I had a squirrel in my brain when I tried to talk, focusing on making sure they don’t fall down, my words sound right, etc.
This definitely isn’t instant gratification lol. I wasn’t expecting to look super model good, but once I saw how I looked I didn’t even care I was just so dang excited.
I couldn’t take them out the first 24 hours and from then on I was to take them out just to clean them and do my rinses. I didn’t have them out for more than 2-3 minutes at a time when I was still swollen and even after that I didn’t keep them out long.
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I talked with my sister on the phone this evening and she said I sound really good. She couldn’t even tell I was struggling. She’s probably just being nice lol but I have to admit, even from this morning I’m sounding better to myself. “Water” is super difficult for some reason but I’m satisfied with how the speech is coming along. I took them out a few more times today to clean them and rinse with salt water. I definitely have several sore spots developing so I’m grateful to be getting into the dentist in the morning. Im actually looking forward to removing them tonight. My jaw feels very tight and I feel like maybe it could benefit from a rest.... though I’m still a little nervous about how getting them back in come morning will go. As far as the look, my boyfriend and mom both say I don’t look noticeably different. I find that hard to believe but I’m sure it’s really going to be one part getting used to them and one part settling into them. I’ll get there. I know I will.
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Lol everyone told me I sounded fine and the whistle had went away even though I could feel myself still whistling. Either way I didn’t care lol.
The people closest to me couldn’t tell that they were dentures but could tell that I had had some type of work done. I think I looked noticeably different but in the way I had wanted to for so long! Two months later and I still can’t believe I have this smile.
I am so proud of you and the confidence that you have!
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Thank you Lauren! I just have to get accustomed to them and let the swelling go down, although that still hasn’t been terrible. I haven’t had puffy chipmunk cheeks or anything like that but I’m definitely swollen today and yesterday compared to Monday and Tuesday. I noticed that when I relax my face, my lips don’t really want to close together. When I bring my lips together I can see that my chin is straining a bit. Maybe from the swelling? I’m not sure, but regardless it’s all going to work itself out in the end.

On another note, I’m so glad that this whole experience has been such a positive one for you. I’m happy that you’ve regained your confidence and that you love your new smile! It’s been so helpful to hear other’s successes with this. It’s been refreshing to have people I can relate too and who can relate to me, completely free of judgment and with nothing but kindness and support
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Sounds like you're doing great, keep up the good work, and you'll be fine.
I tend to think we are more critical of our appearance then most people will ever notice. Lol
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Thank you! Lord knows I’m trying my hardest!! My people are telling me the exact same thing. That I’m fixating on a “problem” that really isn’t there, or at least not noticeable to the naked eye. Regardless, in time, they will be the norm and I (or anyone else) won’t notice them anymore