29 years old, full dentures, just got my perms

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I'm 29 years old and after many years of dental issues and fear of the dentist I finally took the plunge and got all of my remaining teeth extracted and got a full set of dentures. I got my immediates put in and had my confidence and self esteem restored but there were a few things I didn't like aesthetically. I got used to it tho Bc I knew I would get a new set in 6 months. It was hard to get used to eating. Talking. Everything was a learning process all over again. But it was all so so worth it. Now I can smile and not put my hand over my mouth. It has completely changed my life. Plus no more pain. No more bad breath. No more being embarrAssed to go to my children's school Bc of how bad my teeth looked. I'm more apt to talk to ppl and hold a conversation. There are things that suck tho. The adhesive. It's nasty. It tastes bad. It gets stuck in your mouth. Also the fact that at the end of the day you have no teeth. But it's all things you get used to. At least I have. I couldn't be happier!!!! I hope this gives some ppl who are considering getting dentures but are not sure, some needed motivation and confidence. It can be done. Also, do A LOT of research on the dentist and the practice. That's so so important. My dentures are completely covered if anything happens to them for 7 years. Also I wouldn't walk out of there unless I was happy with how they looked. Don't settle. Always take someone with you for try ins to get a second opinion. Always take a minute alone with your new dentures so the dentist and the tech aren't looking over your shoulder. Take pictures. Lots of them. Make silly faces. Laugh hard. Smile big. So you can see what they look like in any situation. My biggest tip again is, do not settle for something you're not happy with. If they have to fix it 100 times that's ok. These are YOUR teeth and you have to live with them. I've seen so many ppl that walked out without speaking up for themselves , spent thousands of dollars and don't even wear their dentures. Don't be that person. Make sure the teeth are everything you ever wanted and more. Please don't hesitate to ask any questions.

(The left is my immediate denture, the right is my permanent set)
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Left is my immediates, right is my perms
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Thank you, Jamie, I needed to hear a story with a happy ending. But, If I could ask a couple questions? I'm 56, Went for awhile with bad teeth because of the cost. Finally found a nice dentist who gave me a break. although I'll have to use the immediates for awhile since I cannot afford the permanent ones now. He remove remaining teeth and broken and I was told to leave the dentures in for 24 hours, the second day take out to clean and put them back in... it's only been 4 days, but on the 2nd day I have fever and chills..had to take them out. And I have sore spots now and it being the weekend, I cannot call the office and go back on tuesday. My question is that If I've been having to take them out , have I messed up the healing process. Also, I am not a baby with pain, but the pain pills didn't seem to help. I;m afraid to ask for something stronger. Is this something that your dentist advised, to take pain medication? I can imagine how you felt with going to your children's school etc. I had chemo and had to visit many doctors afterwards. They all wanted to know how I lost my teeth and if it was due to drug use. I was so embarrassed. I also like your hands on approach to getting what you want. I love my dentures. They turned out so real looking. But, so far since the procedure, I've been only talking to the office manager. I know the doctor is busy, but I will be sure to get ALL the answers from him when I go Tuesday. Oh, and how do you handle talking until they heal a bit...especially with kids? I have some things to do, not only do I still feel sick, I can't talk. Well, thank you again. I am sure you are busy with young ones around the house.......Theresa
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Theresa,
Did they give you antibiotics? If you have a fever, you might have an infection. As for taking them out, most dentists recommend taking them out to sleep from about the 2nd day on. Have you used adhesive yet? A lot of the pain and sores is most likely caused by movement/rubbing. I wouldn't use paste yet, but you should be fine to use powders. They used fixodent powder on mine on e-day, so I figured it would be OK to keep using it. Your gums are going to shrink rapidly for a while and then slower. As they shrink your dentures are going to get loose and move around, making it hard to eat and talk. A little powder adhesive will help cushion them (a little) and keep them in place better. After a week or 2 you might want to consider a soft reline.
Good luck 
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Warm salt water rinses till you see dentist.
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Jeanne Roushey

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Well writen Jamie. Great encouragement for all especially young.
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Thank you,, Ken. Yes I'm on antibiotics, but I am not in the best health anyway.i had ALOT of correction done in my mouth. They told me to keep them in under all circumstances. Well, I couldn't swallow my pills with them in. I'm feeling sick today, but called first thing and they will get me in this am at 11. When I've called the woman at the desk answered my questions. I think all patients will have different problems and need to be treated differently. So I hope the dentist will fix me up. She told me no adhesives. But, also on their instructions, it says to eat pasta etc. well, if you can't chew it..I couldn't...you choke on it. So I think my doctor will help me. He's very nice. He's also a paramedic and annastesia degree.(can't spell) but I guess you get what I mean. Thank you all so much. I'm so grateful. The way I feel this morning, it feels like I will never be comfortable with them. And I skipped my way through cancer and chemo and radiation. Crikey!!! Have a good day to you!!' Theresa
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Thank you for all of the information.
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Irma Camp

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I am so excited for you.  I have to do the same as soon as I can get the financing in order and get started.
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I got my dentures at the age of 22 and am now 82. My advice is to get implants instead while you still have the bone structure. I waited too long.
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I get it...I was also that girl who covered my mouth when I laughed and avoided people at the school because I was embarrassed and didn't want my kids feeling that same way. Yeah I went through alot getting g my teeth done but I would do it all over again to see my husband and kids literally cry when I smiled the first time with my new teeth. No regrets!
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Wow Selina...you're gorgeous!!! I got my dentures 6 days ago. My family too, were so overwhelmed and happy. I had finally found a doctor that was nice AND would work with me on cost. But, the second day I ran fever and had chills. Teeth were chattering, I was like a cartoon. But had to take dentures out. I'm still feeling sick. But had been unable to keep dentures in 24 hours like I was told. And now have sores. I really hope I did not mess them up. I really want to smile again like you. I have plans to wear makeup again, get my hair done nice. Even my brows. Would get face lift but, cost. of dentures has took care of that for next 6 years. That's ok. As long as people will no longer look at me that way...or worse having a new doctor ask me if I used drugs. So humiliating!!! I never did!! Just had a bad cancer and chemo for 14 months. Some wouldn't believe me. I wouldn't go back. You inspired me, Selina, because over the weekend, (today being Monday) I felt like I was not going to make it. But, seeing you....I'm going to try everything. Going to see dentist today. They fit me in for 11am. Oh, and I hope he gives me something for pain. A really big something. I'm not a sissy...but I think if the pain were under control, I could handle it better. Was that something that helped you? None of my business, so you don't have to answer. Thank you, Selina. Have a gorgeous day.. Ps I'm 56. So I might not turn out like you, but I'll take close to. Hee hee
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Theresa you can do this! When I first started this process is swore I would wear my dentures all the time. But found myself getting sore after theyou took them out after 24 hours. So I became some what of a hermit and didn't wear them for a few days. When I wasn't wearing them I would get a glass of crushed ice and fill it with water and sip it and hold it in my mouth. The cold helped so much. Also when the swelling started to go down my dentures would rub and make me sore. I kept going in for adjustments. I only wore them when I went out. They did give me pain meds....oxy. I didn't have to take them after the 2nd day. Like you I was tired of the looks and questions....I too never used a single drug in my life even during childbirth. It's sad how people judge. I believe in you girl, stay strong and communicate with your dentist about everything. It will get better...I can finally talk right with mine in and I actually ate dinner this evening with mine in....I will be praying for you
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Was curious about information about procedures????
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Selina, just re read post...helped a lot. I'm working with them they are coming along, but I have been feeling pretty lousy too, so it it very hard to have them in at times. I'm just going to stick with it until I can talk and eat. So glad I found this site. Has helped a lot!!! Thank you again.
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Irma, what type? I'm new at this, but went thru looking for doctor, cost, and what could be done foe me. I, personally, needed full extractions and dentures. There are implants and partials. There are all types of sedation techniques. There is Care Credit. Many on here could tell you more.
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Me too.  How is it going?
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Irma Camp

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I am glad I found this sight also.
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Do you have full dentures? I'm getting complete lower. Afraid I won't be able to talk and keep them in but tired of hiding my mouth!
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All of my pics were like the one on the right....now the possibilities are endless!!!
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Beautiful
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You look amazing!
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Theresa, how are you doing?
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Irma Camp

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Looks great!!!  So did you get all your teeth extracted at once?
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Selina, you do absolutely look beautiful.
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Enjoy your new look.
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Thank yall so much....I feel so much better about myself. I can't wait to get my permanent ones in July
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Irma Camp I did get all pulled at once....I opted for sedation and have no regrets...sorry it took so long to respond chasing seven kiddos keeps me busy...the only problem I'm having now Is bones poking almost through my gums....it's sore....did anyone else have this issue and if so what did you do
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Just uppers for now!!!!
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me too Irma. My problem is bottom jaw goes to left on its own. So my teeth dont fit right. They are going to try making new lower for me ,but I may just be stuck with these. But, once I started leaving out the lowers, I'm got used to them very quicky...but still cant eat with them ...oh we;;. I guess it is work in progress.
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Still learning again too but I just got my uppers for now!!!! They are getting a bit loose but I guess I need to try some adhesive.
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Selina yes I had bone pieces but I left them alone and now they're gone. Rinsed with salt water and antiseptic mouthwash and made sure to brush gently.
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Selina yes, bone pieces. Sometimes there is a shard of bone left in your gum when an extraction is done that is just "floating' in the gum tissue. Sometimes they will "work out" eventually. However, if they don't, your dentist will have to go back and get it out. I had to go back. I could pick at it with a fingernail. It just pulled right out when they grabbed it.
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I had some pieces left as well, just a week ago I had to go back to the oral surgeon and have a piece removed, but there was absolutely no pain afterwards I barely knew I had it done, the rest seemed to work out themselves! Good luck
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The oral surgeon told me I was finally ready for my impression! 2 months with no teeth but getting closer to a pretty smile everyday! To hear the surgeons assistant say to me come back and let us see that pretty smile made it feel soooo real!
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Enjoyed reading your experiences. I am 72 years old, due to get my remaining 23 teeth extracted in 10 days at oral surgeon and immediates placed.
I'm concerned about recovery from oral surgery, pain, adapting to new dentures. I'd like to hear your experiences of those first days.
Did you get extractions by oral surgeon? Use IV sedation? What were your problems in first hours, days?
Want to know what to expect.
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Winston, I am your age, did well with healing, had anesthesia. Wore off quickly, local kept mouth numb for a while. Pain wasn't terrible. Sore spots were the worst. Many adjustments may be necessary. Even changes over time. Just stick with it and keep on this site as you take this denture journey. Good luck.
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How are you doing now?
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Winston I'm 33. Got 27 teeth/ root tip extracted. Got shots in my mouth to numb everything. No pain except when they inject you. Afterwards immediate dentures. I have a YouTube channel under Lynndsey ann Chavera. I have videos from after and before extractions and up until now.
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Where is your YouTube channel? Going to look!!!!
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Lizzy  I watched a lot of your videos before my procedure,  They were very helpful.  Thank you!
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lizzy I was already subscribed to you on youtube!! You are so awesome! Your videos are really helpful!
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winston, you have come to the right place to find out what to expect and be able to hear what others have done and are doing during the adjustment period. 

Whether you're considering dentures or recently got them, there's a lot of information you'll need to get from your dentist. Here's a list of questions to help make sure you get the answers you need. Questions to ask before getting dentures

  • Are there different types of dentures? If so, what kinds are there? How do I know what kind I need?
  • Are there any advantages if I keep some of my teeth?
  • What will dentures feel like?
  • Will I be able to eat and drink the same foods and beverages I enjoy now?
  • Will foods and drinks taste differently?
  • Are there any foods I should avoid to prevent damaging my dentures?
  • Will I look different with dentures?
  • Will dentures hurt?
  • Will dentures affect my speech?
  • How long should I wear my dentures each day?
  • Are dentures easily breakable?
  • How much do dentures cost?


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Thanks, Rosie, Most of those questions already answered but sure more will come up after dentures in.
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Thanks everyone. I'll post some videos when I get my permanents which will e on the 13th
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Rosie, Thank you for the list of questions to ask dentist. I've already had my procedure and have dentures. But, they were to big. Also, my jaw goes to left, so lowers won't fit with uppers, so I just wear uppers. They are going to try to fix. How,ever, what caught my eye was the first question...If there are different types of dentures. I was not told about this but since then, was told by some one that there are different dentures and different ways to make them. Also, I'm wondering if I should have another dentist opinion as to if my dentures were made right. I could not afford the permanents, so I have to make the immediates work. Any advice? Thank you.
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To make the immediates work you will need to learn to work with one of the "reline it yourself" kits available at some stores (Walmart ["Reline-It" $5], Walgreens, etc.) or the more permanent ones from ebay, Amazon, etc., such as ProSoft, DuraSoft, or PermaSoft. They are a bit tricky to use. You will see links to youtube videos when you search on the products. As you seem to know, the alternative is to give the dental industry the password to your bank account.
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These are great questions to remember When deciding whether to get dentures or if you have concerns. These are things to think about Before and also gives insight into the dentist you've chosen. I wish I had, but I'm glad all the same I had it done. Unfortunately, it costs alot for any dental work so many, like myself, put it off waiting for the right doctor and price. But, having these questions in mind before hand to consider to yourself and your dentist can help in making an informed decision. I made mine...after the fact.
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Thank you for posting a positive story. I'm 33 and I just got 20 teeth extracted 2 days ago. I'm physically miserable, but I really feel I made the right decision.
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Why are you miserable if you feel you made the right decision. I'm
So afraid I'll regret getting lowers. Can't afford implants but I know I need this done
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Madison, It can be scary. If you find the questions to ask your dentist Prior to having you dentures printed here by Rosie from Fixodent (official rep) that may settle your concerns. Always remember too, that ridding your mouth of unhealthy teeth is a positive for your health.