About to get full immediate dentures, and am terrified...

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not to mention depressed. I've known this has been coming for some time, but knowing it's going to happen "someday" and actually facing it happening are two different things. I have a great dentist, who has said that immediate dentures are the way to go for me, so i'll be starting that process in a couple of weeks. Once I stopped crying about it, I jumped onto the internet to read about what to expect from people who have been through this, and your site here is one of the best i've found. I will be back to read often, i've learned a lot just by reading through messages posted, and now have a better understanding of what to expect, and a better idea about things to talk over with my dentist as we progress through this. I'm still terrified about the idea of having the few teeth I have left pulled, and dentures put in, but I don't feel so alone now, so thanks for that everyone. I'll keep reading, and posting as I go along...it's helping me not chicken out!

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I'm Karen, the Fixodent Community Manager. Thanks for your feedback about our website! I'm glad to hear the posts on our message board have made a difference. We're here for you,and it's good to know our site is providing helpful information.
While I understand you're afraid, please try not to befrightened. Take comfort in the fact that you have a great dentist.Having a dental professionalyou can trust will mean a lot to you in the coming months. And remember, your new dentures will allow you to smile with confidence.
I look forward tomoreposts from you as youbegin your journey!
^Karen
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Hi Barbara, thanks for replying,  I am not used to the computer, I feel like I'm starting all over with this also.   It's such a horrible nightmare the last 7 yrs.   I'll tell u a little of what has happened and why I am a hot mess.   I started modeling at 16yoa.   Get a hugh check at 16 what do u do with it give it to your parents didn't know it would continue  lifetime.  I never minded, I was happy and healthy and thought I had the world.  I did.   Then fast forward20yrs.  my prop taxes doubled over nite to $29,999, with a back payment of $10,000 (still don't understand that happened to everyone, no one understood it but it had  to be paid as 9% interest would be added quarterly.  I paid it.  Put house for sale, youngest of 7, they talked me into ripping up will or they said they'd disown me.  Didn't have kids of my own I panicked.  Gave up my husband because my mother wanted me all to herself, the way it always was, he paid everything, back then it was $6,000 for her new dentures, we were married 3 mths until he paid it she would lock herself in her bedroom while we were there.   She had me over a barrel because my father died a month before we married and I couldn['t leave her alone, she did have 6 more kids. I'll continue this on next thread.
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Hi Patricia
Bad things happen to people
very few if us get away unscarred

If we are lucky our parents thought  of us first.
You and many  were not that lucky but 
we can try and take care of ourselves.
So try to be your own  best friend because  you have
 the rest of your life ahead

think of this as a new start
Good luck
Barbara
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Now I lost my mother, brother and a sister (all my a favorites) within 3 mths.  They stopped talking to me for 5yrs because I didn't want to sell house,  in between modeling I worked for my boyfriend an attorney, told him I ripped up will and why he said, doesn't mean anything you're on Deed and that superceds  (spelling?) any will. Day before closing they all showed up, my attorney said I had to give them what they were asking and leans they had.  Didn't know why I was so tired and sore and foggy,  ended up that day in emergency "temporary paralized".  Couldn't move or talk, buyers moving in next day.  A truck outside, nothing in it.   My sister who lived in Florida for 20 yrs on and off (a bum) promised over and over again she'd come with me,begged her not to say it if she didn't mean it, told her I would support her and her son (paranoid schophranic), 35yoa,  She swore up and down but first I had to pay all her sons lawyer fees, court fees, etc. I knew I already paid them but I needed her to come.  Gave her another $5,000 next day (closing) said they couldn't come.   I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia, inflamatory disease, nervous system shot, both forms of arthritis and chronic fatigue, 4 drs. attributed it to traumatic stress to mind over yrs, but the moving the last nail.  I have no contact with them, saw them all every day of my life.  Then the teeth.  Won't even tell you how many dentists, it is now 8 mths, $8,000.  Needed bones shaved the works, pain I could never explain.  Thought I was getting permanent dentures yesterday, up all nite with pain, but it was another fitting.  They will call when they are ready.  Stress triggers all of the above cannot tell u the condition I'm in and don't know a sole.  I'm in bed 2 days since dentist and cannot move with the pain haven't eaten in 3 days, don't know how I'm ever gonna get thru this, tried to end it all, didn't work.   Sorry for rambling and thanks for your concern.  The best to u. 
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You did well in your Blog on here. Technology allows you to speak into phone, iPad and computers. Easy really as looks like you have a lot to say. I would suggest coucilling with a lady you trust as your old issues are following you. I suggest you get your thoughts in order. Talk with your Pastor as for ME My Church is awesome. God Bles.
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Thanks Lilly.   I had an apt. with a therapist I was too tired to go, lol.   I told her I'm just too tired to go thru my life story but thanks anyway,   I realize I wrote my life's story here but I just don't feel like talking about it all again will do any good.  When I get the teeth I'm really gonna have to push myself thru this depression somehow.  I just got put on an anti depressant yesterday, they never worked for me before, but I'm gonna give them another try..   Your right about my thoughts, a million things come to my mind at once and then the panic attack.   I was never alone in my life until 4 yrs ago.   People, family, friends in and out all day, now no one.   The silence is deafening.   I think that's why I'm over thinking everything,  The regrets are what's eating me alive.  And to top it off I miss my family more than anything and there is no repairing it.  God bless u also.
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It is understandable that you are frightened and depressed. But, you are not alone -- you have lots of company on this site and elsewhere around the world. We made it through and you will too. Having a great and attentive dentist (which I do too) will help a great deal.
I am glad that you are doing your research so that you have an idea of what to expect. After you are done with that, I advise you to try to focus on other things and, more importantly, eat as many of your favorite foods as you can (so that you don't feel quite so deprived while you are learning to eat with your new teeth). I passed up a steak dinner the night before my extractions and I really regretted that!
Good luck.
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Hi, I too was terrified at the prostpect of having all my teeth pulled (19), about my teeth permantly gone. But, I had it done 3 weeks ago and sure it wasnt fun, but, I am so much more happy with my beautiful smile. Just think no more toothaches, shots or novicaine. It's a great feeling now when I go to the dentist to have adjustments done to my dentures. My teeth get drilled on and they aren't in my mouth!! It is all quite the adventure. Sounds like you have a great dentist, like I do. That makes all the difference. Ask lots of questions. Best of luck to you.
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Hi folks. All of you so encouraging. Im scheduled for this Wednesday 21 extractions plus a badly impacted wisdom tooth. My temporary uppers will be placed in same day. My dentist is having me heal 8 weeks before placing the lowers. I am anxious and afraid. Almost backed out. Appreciate the encouragement. Will keep reading.
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Hi Mary Ann..... Don't be afraid... Your mouth will be so NUMB, you won't feel much at all... just BREATHE thru your nose & RELAX... Eat a good breakfast or lunch before hand.... You will be on antibiotics, medicated mouth wash & maybe some ''pain pills''.,..& of course, soft foods for several weeks,..however, you won't starve!!  It get's better every day... just think about the beautiful smile you'll have...You'll be seeing your dentist ''weekly'' for the first 4 weeks or so.. You're supposed to be ''comfortable'' during this journey, so any concerns you have, see you dentist...

Good Luck tomorrow... Please keep updating on your progress too... We're here to help you.... ''Dee''  :)  
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Oh thank you so much. I sure will update.
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I had my top denture for 5 years and i still can"t get used to the way it feels in my mouth
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OMG<   I get mine today, I'm afraid that's going to happen to me.  I just read the best dentures are the individual teeth, I hope mine are, this dentist does adjustments in 3 stages with wax, lab is right there.   They seemed good, I hope to God they are individual looking teeth, never even thought of that.   Up all nite, I have never been so scared, I;ve had so many unexpected things come up bone shaving, this is going on 7 mths.    I am so scared I'll never get used to them.   I dread, seeing them, I dread them putting them in, I dread having a nervous breakdown if they are not right after 7 mths, $8,000.
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My dad is 88, just had 23 teeth pulled/dug out- some had broken off- they put the dentures in immediately- his gums are sore right now but his health is much better from removing the poison out of his system- plus his smile is gorgeous now! I sought out a message board so I could help him get adjusted and also learn how to assist in his process wearing dentures- Don't be afraid, your health will be so much better! Good luck!
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I am only 3 days after extractions of 19 teeth, and now have a temporary denture.  I noticed the very next morning how SWEET my breathe was, and how CLEAN my mouth felt.  My tongue is so pink; lovely.  I was told I had gum disease in my 30's and am now in my 60's; all those years of disease and abscesses in my body, no way could I have been 100% healthy.  I pray your dad does well with his new dentures.  What a great guy to keep so many of his teeth to that age anyway.  I wish you and your dad, all the best!

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Thanks for the encouragement
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I spent my entire life trying to "keep" my teeth and correct the years of poor to no dental healthcare I received as a child. I'm 50 years old and on 3/16/12 I had 22 teeth pulled and got immediate dentures. That first day was not pleasant, but OMG! The first time you look in the mirror and see a pretty, straight, white smile looking back at you is priceless! Healing has been steady and aside from an infection from an old issue I had, the process has been wonderful. Don't chicken out......I waited way too long. Oh, by the way, I lost weight....15 lbs and still going....on my new diet....get all your teeth pulled and try to eat healthy soft things! Stay away from the milkshakes and soft junk food. Egg salad, tuna salad, cooked spinach, mashed white and sweet potatoes, cooked carrots, etc. get you wanting to chew without overworking your healing gums. I'll be right next to you in spirit.
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that is a good question
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Hi everyone! I just wanted to update: my gums healed perfectly and the discomfort from the dentures was very little. I adjusted fast and my lisp wasn't harsh, although certain words I say still sound funny
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You look great!! Wow they look amazing!
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They look amazing can’t wait til I’m at that point
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Hi Darian, your smile looks beautiful.  Thought I was getting my permanents the other day but it was another wax fitting.    I had no one to come with me for advise on the appearance of them.  Dentist asked what I thought and I said I think they are a little bit short.  Said, no problem.  Now I'm worried I didn't leave well enough alone.    The 2 back ones seem very high they are supposed to fix that too,  They felt really, really strange, can't wait until this is over, it's been going on far too long now.  But looking at your's makes me feel hopeful.   You look beautiful, good for you girl.
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You need to address this issue with the dentist. Liners and adjustments should be made when they are needed not according to the calendar. Having loose dentures leads to sore spots and sometimes they can become ulcers and will take even longer to heal. It is so important that your new dentures fit as well as possible especially at this phase. You also have to train your mouth muscles to help hold the dentures in place. I would insist that the dentist make whatever adjustments are needed soon. Waiting several weeks is for the birds.
Good luck
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Hello, I'm 37 and I will undergo this in the next week or so. I'm truly scared to death. Of what I will look like after all the teeth are pulled. I will be getting immediate dentures, with the way my ins. works it will be a year before I can it the permanent set. I'm scared of how they will fit and look ( as if I something out a comic book).not seeing them before hand is the biggest scare of all. With my job that scares me evening more not being treated the same as I been before. Only a few know whats going on and they didn't even have a idea that I need dentures.
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Wayne, ... Truthfully, NO ONE will be able to tell unless you tell them... I had upper dentures & a lower partial done in April 2013...due to bone loss... I'm now in my ''final'' dentures and loving it...Your dentist has taken ''impressions'' and you'll get dentures immediately, which will look ''Natural''... They'll be tight fitting at first, however as your gums heal they shrink naturally, so they'll loosen.. You'll be seeing your dentist often, and any adjustments that need to be made will be done to keep it ''Comfortable'' for you...You might get sore spots, so once your dentist allows, you can use ''Fixodent'' ... I also found ''Cushion Grip'' worked like a ''soft reline'' too, and my dentist was impressed with it too... Cushion Grip doesn't stick to your mouth, only the denture... You can use ''Fixodent'' over it as well..and lasts 4-7 days... It certainly helped me when I got a sore spot, till I saw my dentist... I ordered Cushion Grip from Amazon.com... it was ''cheaper'' to order 4 tubes at a time...

I'm sure you will get lots of ''Raves'' about your new BEAUTIFUL SMILE too...so don't be ashamed to tell them.. that's just LIFE ... and there is ''LIFE'' after dentures too...Relex and TRUST your Dentist .... It will be approx. 6 months before you'll be in the ''final dentures'', by that time your gums should be pretty well healed and the time will go by fast too,.... GOOD LUCK to you, you'll do just fine...
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Hi Wayne, I know that you'll have a lot to get used to, but like Dee said, after a while, you'll start to feel comfortable in your new teeth. As far as work, practice reading and saying tongue twisters aloud to help with your speech. You can also try counting between 60-79 to practice your S's.
 
We're always here to listen to your experiences and share advice, so hang in there!
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Wayne,
I am in the same boat. I am 36 and getting an immediate upper in less than 3 weeks. I was lucky to save enough bottom teeth to get a partial, I still have my flipper (temp partial) and it does not fit well and bounces around when I eat.
My dentist said the permanent one will fit much better, I hope so. It does not give me much confidence in how I will feel with the immediate upper.

I also am worried about speaking and how my coworkers will view me, as I have not told anyone at work what is going on.
I have a few days off work before I have to face them, so i am hoping I can get some practice speaking with my fiance and family (also that 69-79 counting as I have seen mentioned on these boards).

I am not sure if I remember how to smile, I have been hiding my teeth for so long...people will definitely know something is up and I am super embarrassed to have to explain my situation.

Best of luck to you! ...
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Wayne & Eric
Once it all gets rolling you will truly be relieved. I can smile, my dentures look very natural. I would imagine that before folks would wonder why I didn't take care of my teeth, probably worse than a little slurred speech. Talking about slurred speech I have learned it sounds more slurred to me than others. I met with a friend for breakfast and he confirmed what my wife had been telling me that I don't sound any different to them. Eating takes some getting used to as does the care of the dentures but all in all not that big of deal. Make sure you tell your dentist about sore spots etc so he can take care of them, usually a quick adjustment. I am at day 15 and it has not been that bad. Good luck and keep us informed.
Bill
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Wayne .... I had ''upper dentures'' and a lower partial... Within less than 24 hours, my Sister called me... she said I sounded ''normal'' when I spoke... I wouldn't worry too much... If there's a ''lisp'', the dentist can correct that... If you're biting your tongue, that too can be corrected ... No one will know that you have dentures either, unless you tell them... I get a lot of compliments on my dentures and many have said that if I hadn't told them, they wouldn't have known...So, your fear is totally understandable, however most people will say ''They look like your own teeth''.... and they ARE your own teeth!! Bill is right, we are our worst ''critics''.....You're going to love your new Smile, but most of all, you're going to be ''PAIN FREE''... No more toothaches, grinding or drilling... You'll have permanent White Teeth too, ... what a PLUS!! Your lower ''Partial'' will fit great too... you may need a ''tightening'' on the clips, but that's about it...I have a lower partial too, and it's wonderful and fits securely...no ''flopping'' here... Good Luck Wayne and keep updating too... We're here to help you too...Nothing speaks louder than ''Experience''... We've all shared the same ''fears'', but we've come thru with ''Flying Colors'' and ask ourselves why we were so fearful... Once it's done, it's just a matter of being ''comfortable'' with your new Dentures/Partial... Your Dentist will be your most trusted friend during this process ... so Trust your Dentist! Again GOOD LUCK WAYNE...
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Hi ~ I know it is scary, but you will be fine. I am at one month tomorrow. The first few days are a little rough, but it gets better each day. And it is a whole lot better than painful toothaches!!

So, stock up on some soft foods that you like ~ baked and mashed potatos are good, scrambled eggs, pudding, jello, ravioli, mac & cheese ~ lots of good stuff to eat. Take the pain meds and you will be fine. Oh, the salt water rinses are very important. They help with soreness and healing. Make the water really warm but not hot!! And ice paks help with swelling ~ 20 minutes on, 20 minutes off.

This website is a blessing too ~ it has helped me so much. You can ask anything and you will get help from people who are going through the exact same thing. You hang in there and you will be fine ~ promise!! Good luck!!
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Hey Tammy, how's it going now?
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Thanks, very helpful information. My surgery is tomorrow.
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I'm so happy to have found this site! I am a 60 year old female and my occupation keeps me in front of a mirror all day everyday. I have been self conscious of my teeth since I was a teenager. I am getting my remaining top teeth removed in 2 days. I was getting more frightened by the minute. I feel much better after reading these posts. Ideas on what to eat is so helpful. I will be getting immediate dentures, full on top and partial on bottom. Again so happy to have these suggestions!!....Debbie
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Debbie ... Good Luck to you in ''2 days''... You'll get ''immediate'' denture & partial, so you will NOT be scarey to anyone.. You'll have a beautiful smile .. Just remember, we are all here to help you in this ''journey'' too.. We've all experienced the same fears too and survived it even better than before! Trust your dentist too, that's very important.. If you have any discomfort .. sore spots, etc, those can be ''cured'' by your dentist.. even if it's the ''day after'' your dental visit, you should be ''comfortable'' during the healing process...so get to your dentist quickly... Afterall, we pay a LOT for our new teeth, in my opinion... Being positive will get you a long way too.. Keep us updated on your progress too.. any questions, just ask!

Good Luck Debbie...You're really gonna LOVE your new smile!
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Hi I'm26 and getting my last 11 pulled and my immediate dentures put in I'm so scared have had bad teeth for as long as I can remember
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I just had 19 pulled last Monday, don't be afraid .
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I'm glad you feel better
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I need advice
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What kind of ''advise'' do you need Candi??
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Please help me I am going to get my impressions done on February 16th and I'm scared to death of this ...it makes me feel like I can't breathe and like I'm choking to death
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Judi, .... just sit up straight and BREATHE thru your NOSE... It will help you relax too... The impressions will only take a couple of minutes or so...Try to think of something else, children, work, activities, etc ...  but BREATHE thru your NOSE...It will be over in no time... Once the impressions are all done, then you'll be on your way to a BEAUTIFUL SMILE!!  Keep us posted on your progress!!
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You shouldn't I didn't have any trouble just relax and breath easy u won't chock. Its a mouth full but u will be fine the fun is just begun.just pray to god and ask for help.
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I am so glad I found this board!  I am having all my top teeth pulled on Monday morning and I am scared to death.  Just the word "dentures" makes me feel old.  I am 55 and have been diagnosed with Advanced Periodontal Disease.  My previous dentist just kept doing fillings, root canals, crowns, etc.  He gave me a bridge 2 years ago and not even a week later, the crown I had on my bottom tooth broke.  This year I decided to find a different dentist.  I am so glad I did!  She took x-rays and went through them tooth by tooth, telling me what was going on.  Mind you, my previous dentist had said I only needed one more filling.

My new dentist referred me to a periodontist to see if my teeth were worth saving.  After an embarrassing 2 hour long dental exam, it was determined that all my top teeth needed to come out.  We had a plan, my back teeth in September, my eye teeth in January and my front teeth in May.  During that time I would be getting bone grafts and implants.  I got a bad infection last week and in a matter of 2 hours, I went from the original plan to having them all done at once; this coming Monday.  The scary part is my periodontist is coming in on his day off to do it.  The only reason he isn't doing it this week is because he is out of state on vacation.

I had my impressions done for my immediate denture and picked out the color.  I was nervous about eating and talking with my denture but after reading this discussion board, I feel much better.  There was one post where the patient was given a toothbrush in a bag and told to get some type of mouthwash?  I was appalled by this!!!  My dentist is so caring and knows how scared I am over this that she even gave me her cell phone number to call if I have questions or if I just need reassurance. 

My procedure is Monday, so I will be back on here to provide an update.

Thanks for reading.
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I am on day 11 after getting my immediate denture.  I am also down 5.5 pounds.  Eating is a chore and a half.  Very small bites of pasta or else its pudding, yogurt and applesauce.  I did manage a baked potato last night. 

Had many sore spots relieved during the entire process.  Am getting better at taking the denture out at night and putting it back in in the morning.  Still won't look at myself without my teeth in.

I have the BEST dentist!  I can call her anytime for a same day appointment to relieve sore spots and fix my bite.  Once I can start eating more regular food, I think I will be happier.  For now, it's all soft stuff.

Thanks for reading.
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Keep doing what you're doing Laurel.. Each day get's better!!
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Needing to get dentures why do I have to get both at the same time can I get the top first
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It's much easier adjusting to both ''top & bottom'' dentures as well as having your gums all heal at the same time... You will get ''Permanent Dentures'' in 6-8 months, after your gums have shrunk .... As Barbara stated, do what you want, get a 2nd opinion, etc...
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I just can't get my guts up to do it even though I need I need to wish I could do one at a time! And it will be getting the permanent right away no Temporaries
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You can do anything you want.   Usually the top dentures are easier to get used to.  What does the dentist advise??

It's always easier to do one arch at a time.

  Read all these blogs on dentures before you do anything
Research on the internet.   Google everything before you do anything.     Can you consult with other dentists to get a second opinion?    Many dentists  do not charge for a consultation
Do your research before you have teeth pulled
Good luck no matter what you deceide
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I AM GETTING 7 TEETH PULLED IN TH BACK FOR A PARTIAL SICK  WHAT TO EXPECT I SUFFER FROM ANXIETY ANY SUGGESTIONS



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The "pulling" is the easy part, you feel very little.  The shots do sting a bit though.
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Hi Nikki Sunshine Marie
Partials are always more comfortable then full dentures
How are you doing?
Let us know
Barbara
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My 94 yo Mom getting five remaining front teeth removed this week. Her bottom teeth okay . Had bridges on top before but now needs remaining top extracted. Worried and anxious for her w an immediate upper to be placed in. Both of us anxious.
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Hi  Diana Boyd
Your Mom sounds very healthy.
How is she doing?
Barbara