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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im afraid  too ive heard  so much negativity about  dentures  hurting  snapping  cant talk  ant  eat  right  and  uncomfortable  with  that  big plate  upper  roof  your mouth  is all these  true  im scared  and I have  too get  this  now  .
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I too was in a panic about getting my upper dentures because my brother couldn't wear his once he had them in his mouth. He would gag. Well I canceled once and then finally in July 2014 I did it and after they were pulled the denture was immediately put in.  The first two weeks I consumed a lot of Boost, and the other brands on the market and some shakes made with ice cream.  Over time you, a few months, you will chew most anything.  I love my smile and not too many people know that they are dentures.  Everyone is different and once your used to the denture on top it is like second nature and hardly feel it.  You will love them. 
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Shelly .... You will be fine.. There are many ''Soft Foods'' that you'll eat initially,...oatmeal, pudding, spaghetti, shakes, eggs, etc ...but as time goes by, you'll be able to eat just about anything you ate before... IF getting ''dentures'' is the only option, then you'll need to get this done at one time or another.. The sooner the better is best... I had ''bone loss'' & loose teeth, making it harder to ''chew'' my foods ... I was eating a ''Steak'' 5 weeks or less after I got my dentures.. You'll be eating smaller bites & eating slower... I lost ''weight'' too, so that was a bonus... The biggest bonus was that I no longer had any ''infection'' in my gums and that's the ''healthy'' way for all of us who have suffered with gum disease..

Don't be afraid, it will be over before you know it,.. Trust your dentist... If you have any ''sore spots'', see your dentist.. There is no reason you should be ''uncomfortable'' during this process, we pay for our new teeth, so that's included in the price!!  You'll be seeing your dentist more often for the first month or so.. You'll have ''soft relines'' as your gums shrink too, and that's part of this process...  About 7-9 months later, you'll be fitted for your Permanent denture, which will be very ''form fitting'' and you'll have a Beautiful Smile!!  Like Judy says, no one will know you have dentures unless you tell them..... Good Luck Shelly.... We're here to help you.. Nothing is better than ''experience'' that's here..  ''Dee''  
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im due in the very near future to loose my existing teeth , i have partial dentures now, and i have panic attacks ,  to make things more worrying i have a tiny mouth an dreading impressions
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Caroline, when doing ''impressions'', try to relax, sit up straight and breath thru your Nose.. It's frightening thinking you can't breath, but you CAN...It's a process that we can't skip, unfortunately, but it's only a few minutes till the impressions set up... Good Luck... We're here for you too!!
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Hi Dee,

I am an older woman like yourself, and on day 3 after extractions/temporary dentures. I tried to sleep with them last night, as I heard it makes your gums swell more when they're out.  Fell asleep okay but must have been dreaming about them, as I woke up actually with my hand in my mouth trying to remove the upper denture. Crazy. The upper denture is okay so far, I have the 'open face' type with no gum material above the front dentures to allow my gums to heal, with less pressure.  So far so good. 

The bottom is diabolical; it moves all over the place. They 'clickety-clack' against the top denture.  I spoke with dental tech, and see him Tuesday (today's Friday).  He assures me he can make it better, and will put some more 'gum' material on top of the front teeth.  However, I hear such horror stories about the bottom denture never being stabilised.  I have no intention of ever using any kind of glue to stick them down, I want them to become a part of me.  My mother had them most of her adult life, would not be seen dead without them, and never used glue. 

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Hi Elena, .... As far as the lower denture goes, I'm only saying what I've heard.. I have a ''partial'' on my lower with 5 teeth left in my head!!  LOL... However, since the lower gums are not as thick as the uppers, it's hard for the lower's to rest on your gums like the tops do...I believe the Technician will be able to do a ''hard or soft reline'' on your lower dentures that should keep them more stable and less ''clacky''... As far as the ''adhesives'' go, I never say ''never''... It would depend on your gum structure..just like uppers... In my case, I have a 'small bone'' in the roof of my mouth (Torus Mouth Bone) that prevents the ''grove'' in the denture from creating the ''Suction'' to hold your uppers in without adhesive... Some people HAVE to have that bone removed, however mine is very slight... so I will need to wear adhesive daily... Good Luck on Tuesday, hope the lower's give you no more problems after that!!  Keep updating, we're here to help you thru this ''JOURNEY'' ... 

Here's an article about lower dentures you might find interesting... 
http://www.haysdental.com/blog/post/loose-lower-dentures---an-old-problem-with-a-new-solution.html
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Sweet woman, thank you.  You're right, never say never.  Just hearing such bad stuff about the 'glue'.  I am having no trouble with suction on the upper, even with this temp.  The dental tech. says my permanent denture will be a lot better than this one, and not to worry; I hope he's right.  I am talking and eating soft food, but I'd be lying if I said I like these two bits of plastic in my mouth; I don't.  I also think I've got some nerve damage going on; the left side of my chin, lip, cheek, throat, are still numb.  I have noticed sporadically a tingling feeling in various places where it is numb, this afternoon, and am praying that means the 'nerve' is healing itself and I will lose the numbness.  It is not helping my recovery.

Do you keep your dentures in and sleep with them Dee?  I could have had a lower partial but viewed it as a stop-gap, and I was so sick of pain, abscesses etc., I opted to have them removed.  I hope I won't live to regret it.

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Hi Elena, .... Your ''Tech'' is right... The permanent dentures are thinner & form fitting, unlike the 'Temporaries''... You'll be ready for those in 6-9 months, once the gums are pretty much healed...  Right now, your Temporaries will fit, but as your gums SHRINK, (Hourly!) they may loosen, that's where the ''soft reline'' comes in.. However, that will change again too...I remember I had about 4-5 relines in the first few months..  The Permanent dentures are ''fitted'' with a 'WAX IMPRESSION'', none of that ''gooey'' stuff, thank heavens... Well, since there are 'nerves'' in our jaws & gums, sometimes the tooth root runs deeper, so when they're extracted, the nerve may be severed... but, it will GROW BACK... but it will take some time.. When I got my uppers pulled, right underneath my NOSE it was numb for quite a while... It's not bad now, but it's still rejuvenating the nerves...  

Soon, you will be eating ''harder foods'', so learning how to CHEW will be your next adventure.. I started out eating ''Scrambled Eggs with 'link sausage''.... small bites at first...Within 5 weeks after my extractions, I was eating a ''Steak'', small bites & I still cut up my hard foods, it's easier to chew & my jaws don't feel tired... Try to keep your harder foods distributed on each side of your mouth, that will keep your dentures from ''rocking''... 

No Elena, I do NOT sleep with my dentures, I brush my teeth, morning & night, and use a ''water pik'' 2-4 times a week, to keep my gums healthy.. I had a lot of ''gum disease'' besides bone loss.. It helps a LOT to rinse your mouth out after each meal, even if it's just with water...Bacteria can get into your gums, and we don't want that!!   Well, it's a little too late to worry if you made the right decision about your lowers, but I believe you've made the RIGHT DECISION, for YOU... If you had a lot of gum disease, the lower teeth may not have been viable to keep...You're HEALTHIER now!!  
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Hi Dee,
Thanks. Dental tech says 3 months for permanents but there's no way I will agree to that. I'm concerned that he would think this okay? I am a terrible cynic, but dentists are always looking to make more money, and I keep thinking that as my gums continue to change after 3 months , it'll be more relines at $300 a pop, and either new dentures eventually, or as I suspect, implants. Even though I told the dentist I did not want screws in my jaws, it was the first comment he made after placing the bottom denture in. He said it was very loose but 'we'll talk about implants but get your permanent ones first'. I couldn't speak due to numbing, and let it slide. I am going to have to have a good talk with the dentalvtech on Tuesday, and stick to my guns. The longer time my guns heal, the better outcome for good fitting dentures.

I slept in the top denture only last night , the bottom is just swimming around my mouth, which is still really swollen and painful. Apart from the aesthetic, what's the advantage of a piece of heavy, plastic leaning on wounds that need to heal? The top feels fine, but painful to put in or remove!

I ate oatmeal and scrambled eggs yesterday but with this 'floaty' bottom denture, I ended up nearly chewing on that as well! LOL
xx
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Good thinking Elena :)  ... There is ''no way'' your gums have shrunk that much for ''permanent'' dentures that early.. I got my temporaries in early April and the permanent ones in late OCTOBER...... By that time, the tooth sockets on my ''uppers'' had ''smoothed over'', like a baby's gums!!  Yep, I agree with you, if you DON'T want implants, which is a LOT OF MONEY, then by all means, stick to your GUNS and tell them to make them RIGHT, even if they have to REMAKE them at their cost... You PAID for your new teeth, not the Dentist!!  When I got my partial, the color was NOT what I selected, & didn't match my ''uppers'', so I ''complained'' at EVERY VISIT.. My dentist got another one made for me at NO COST!!  

Elena, if you don't have ''stitches'' in your upper jaw, you really don't need to sleep in your dentures ... Taking them out also helps in the healing process ... But that's a personal decision as well.. The pain, putting your uppers in or removing will subside the more your gums adjust too... 

Keep updating Elena ... You're on the RIGH TRACK... XX
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Again Dee, thanks a million as so far I am not impressed with either the dentist or the dental tech.  After having 19 teeth pulled, I was handed a small plastic bag with a toothbrush in and a tiny, and I mean tiny, tube of Fixodent.  He told me to get Corsodyl mouthwash.  I asked if they had it, could I buy it (save me stopping at a store; bleeding out, numb and 1 hour drive home , alone), he said yes.  Then there was some confusion at reception desk as to whether I had paid or not (I could not speak hardly), but I had PRE-PAID, for this every reason; I figured I would be in no shape to be getting credit cards out etc.).  Any way I never did get the Corsodyl, so had to stop at a store anyway.  I also did not get anything to put the dentures in!!??  Luckily I had kept a plastic container from some partial dentures I had 10 years ago.  But what the heck, if I hadn't had that, they would be in a glass or cup till I could buy something.  Just think it stinks!! 

I am getting more and more information from the internet about dentures.  For example, pretty much nothing has been discussed with me re: types of dentures they do.  There is some limited info. on their website but I want to see pictures, and actual examples first.  What did your dentist do Dee?  Did you see examples?  I was going for the most expensive they offer; they are offering 3 types @ different prices. I found out that the BEST dentures are made up of INDIVIDUAL TEETH, and not like my Temp. which are blocks of teeth. Gums are made in and individualistic way, and variable colours used for realism, plus they are 'textured' like real gums are, not 'smooth' etc.  So I've got a lot of questions, which I have written down for this dental tech.  Now I have my teeth removed I don't feel that I am a 'prisoner' or obligated in any way to this Dental business, and if I leave unhappy on Tuesday I will start looking around at what others are offering.  I did a lot of searching and thought I had found a top professional business, but when they let a 'customer/patient' leave with dentures and no container for them, I begin to think they are not professional at all. Their 'after care' leaves a lot to be desired. 


AM I BEING UNREALISTIC, Dee?? 

I have had the dentures out since around 5pm, it is now just after 9pm, as they were hurting me so much, particularly the bottom which are way too big.  I think it will help my gums to heel.  I keep rinsing with Corsodyl and warm salt water. 

xx

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Hi. I just wanted to say I had all my top teeth pulled a little over a month ago, had my upper dentures put in, and have had no problems whatsoever, except I still can't eat with them in. I had the same thing done last Thursday with my lowers... All lower teeth yanked or, and lower dentures put in... But that's a totally different story. The bottom gums hurt... And I mean hurt so bad it brings tears to my eyes. Excruciating pain... And after two days in, I can't put them back in my mouth because of this!!! I took them out after two days, and when I tried to put them back in, it felt like someone was sticking a hot poker down inside my bottom gum one. I look 1000%better with just my tops in, so with this crazy pain, I'm having second thoughts about even trying to wear the bottoms. Any suggestions??? Thanks in advance
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d  yurself  faavor and consider implants  or dentures attached to implants  Get the money from somewhere or borrow it
Go to a dental University do what ever it takes to not get regular dentures because you are not going to be happy with them
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I have had my top dentures for 5byears and had them relined 1 and i still can"t get used to them what can i do they feel like a big piece of plastic.
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Peggy S
I think in most states you only have 2 years to sue in court for Dental but you have to check your state
 However I think you can apply to the dental associations in most cases within 6 years (call you state's dental society and ask them the time limit)
so first call your dentist and ask him to fix the dentures so you can wear them  if he will not make it right tell him and or the office that  you will send him a demand letter and refer it to the dental Society 
You should be on our refund blog now
Barbara
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Hi guys don't know how long this post is here, but it's May13thm I go today for the permanent dentures   Up all nite,  What a process it has been, started Nov. lst.   My 1st dentist thru ins. co. would not give me apts. for 2 or 3 wks.  So I was not wearing them and could not hardly eat.  My friend read the contract and it said,they had to see u asap if you have teeth left (I have 7, front bottom) as they can shift, etc and partial $1,600 may not fit.  After about a mth I called ins. co., they called dentist, he fit me in next day (before ins. call it was 2 1/2wks.)    He was sceaming at me, the only problem was the ring around the tooth was way too tight, so tight, it hurt all nite with the teeth out.   He stopped abruptly and said, I'm not working on u or these partials.   W H A T?   NO ONE CALLS INS CO ON ME.   Said if we didn't leave he was calling cops we never raised our voices   I was starving we went for soup, the pain when I pursed my lips for the soup was indescrible, so I took them out, lost them.   Another dentist $1,700 for bottom partials.  Bones shaved, OMG. Today is the day. I am beyond petrified.
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Hi  patrica gilligan

I am sorry you ha to go thru this with your dentures and with your dentist
Your dentist does   not sound like the  most stable person on the block.
 So too bad you got saddled  with him

So where are you now with your $1.700  teeth?
Do you have any home insurance that covers Loss that you can use here??
Barbara
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To  Peggy S

Have you thought of implants or clip on dentures to make you more comfortable with your dentures??
Barbara
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Do you recommend fixodent and have you personally used it ??
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fixodent powder works best.
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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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Thanks for this!!  I need to keep reading positive stories like this.

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Thanks for the info. I'm looking at electing to have full dentures because they want far too much money on my income for partials etc. But I am terrified!!
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I won't lie to you! My entire life I have been terrified of dentists and was horrified at the thought of having (what was left of) my teeth pulled and having full dentures. Without having posts put in I wouldn't have been eligible for partials.

I can tell you that I have ABSOLUTELY NOT for one second regretted having this done! I have full uppers and lowers and other than the frustration of learning which adhesive to use each day, I LOVE MY NEW SMILE!

No more toothaches, no more drilling in my mouth, no more shots in my mouth (which is my favorite part!)

It is scary, but you are not alone in this! We are all here for you!
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+1 For Alicia, I feel the same. No regrets!
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That makes me feel better. Thank you gor the smile. Since that is why we are doing this!
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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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I'm 49 and I feel like they're going to be suggesting this in my very near future. The prospect of looking in the mirror without teeth scare me so much. I'm so ashamed that I let it get to this point.....
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Katie ... don't be scared, if your teeth are so bad now, IMAGINE how they'll look when you have a beautiful SMILE and feel more Confident too... Sometimes it's genetics, and some are ''accidents''... but either way, if you're having a lot of teeth issues now, it's really NOT good for your health either... It's NOT Fatal either... Last week, another lady here, had her uppers done.. She was a little ''punky'' for 1 day, then she was FINE.. She's now 1 week with dentures and she looks soooo pretty with her new Smile...and talks just fine... She's even done a couple of videos, talking about her Journey... So, believe me, it's not something we WANT to do, its something we 'HAVE' to do for our own health...  Good Luck Katie... 
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I so appreciate your encouragement and food suggestions. So glad to have stumbled across this forum. Its tomorrow! !! Im going to push through and overcome my fears and anxiety.
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Hi Mary Ann....Don't fear, your ''extractions'' will be over in no time... and you'll have a beautiful smile!!....The Anxiety will subside once your in the ''chair''... RELAX & breathe thru your nose... TRUST your periodontist & dentist...It's a ''process'' that comes with dentures, & it will go by fast.... IF you have any gum disease, that will all be GONE & you'll feel HEALTHIER too... Keep updating on your progress,,. GOOD LUCK ON WEDNESDAY!!  
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Mary Ann Materne Donovan

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Great advice. I so needed that. And yes my gums are in bad shape. Tender to touch and swollen in places. Its nice to know I wont have to deal with all this discomfort anymore.
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Mary Ann.... you may have some swelling by Thursday which is NORMAL. You'll be sleeping with your dentures for the first 48 hours, cause they'll act like a ''band-aid'' for your gums...You should be seeing your dentist on Thursday too, to check your gums for any bone fragments that work their way out...You'll be eating SOFT Food & should rinse out your mouth after every meal...Your gums will shrink & the denture will feel loose,. Your Dentist will do a ''SOFT RELINE'' probably every week to make them more secure,,, After a week or so, if you need ''adhesive''... there's Fixodent Paste & Powder that works good...But ask you Dentist first if you can apply it... You'll be fine, it's a ''JOURNEY'' we've all been on & it does get BETTER EVERY DAY!!  Keeping YOU in my prayers.... GOOD LUCK!! 
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Hi all! My name is Darian and im 23 years going on 24 next month. I recently sought out a dentist that could help me with my situation, i have horrible teeth. Theyve all turned black and are beginning to get holes in them. When i saw the dentist she immediately told me that due to not getting the proper care for my teeth when i was younger my teeth could not be saved. She suggested immediate dentures on the top and a partial on the bottom. Im getting it all done same day and im honestly nervous. Im a homemaker with a 2 year old little boy and im trying to figure out what im looking at here. My gums arent in terrible shape but i did have tons of infections from the teeth being so bad. I just dont know what to expect. Any advice would be awesome. Thanks!
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Hello Darian .... Given what you've said, I'd say your Dentist is right...Gum Infections affect your health & Heart... Once you have all the ''Bad Teeth'' pulled, the infection will be GONE... You should be fine with extractions tho... You may be a bit uncomfortable for a few days, so it might be a good idea to have someone take care of your little boy, or a visit to ''Grandma's'' would be nice for him too.. You'll be seeing your Dentist ''weekly'' (or more) during the first month for check-ups & ''adjustments''... Your gums will be shrinking by the ''minute'' & you'll need ''Soft Relines'' to keep them fitting to your gums..You may get some ''sores'', but your dentist can fix that... You'll be eating SOFT FOODS for several weeks, like Mac & Cheese, Pudding, Mashed Potato's etc... then you'll learn how to Chew with Dentures ....It will be several months(6-9 mos.)  before you'll be ready for Permanent dentures (which are thinner & form-fitting to your mouth)... With the Temporary dentures, you'll have a beautiful SMILE & no more pain, toothaches or infections...  

On the day of your Extractions, eat a good Breakfast or Lunch, cause you won't be feeling like eating much afterwards... Relax & Breathe thru your NOSE & you'll be done in no time.... I also have just the ''Upper denture & lower Partial''...Those are Temporary, until your gums are healed & ''sockets'' are smoothing over where your teeth WERE... Practice saying ''60-70'', to get your ''S's'' going...You may have a ''lisp'', but the dentist can fix that too... If you have any ''gagging reflex''... the dentist can adjust that too... Keep in touch with your dentist ANYTIME you are uncomfortable, even if it was the day before... This is a ''Journey'' & we are here to help you ., Good Luck Darian, keep updating too.... 
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I am getting dentures and am wondering how long should take off work..I work in a call center on the phones 10 hours a day
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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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Mary Ann Materne Donovan

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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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Larry Zanders

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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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Candi Beall Meil

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I need advice
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Dee Reilman

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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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Morning Laurel.... I know how scared you are, but ''RELAX''...My situation was similar to yours... I had ''bone loss''... When your Periodontist pulls your teeth out, the bone graft is done at the same time along with ''stitches'' that dissolve in a week or so... It's very important at that stage to ''sleep'' with your dentures for the next 48 hour, since your immediate dentures act as a ''band-aid'' for your gums...You should be taking an antibiotic and using a medicated MOUTH WASH too... Most likely, you'll see your Dentist on Tuesday, to check your gums and look for any bone fragments that may work their way out...Sometimes it's difficult to see since your mouth will bleed during the extractions... Not to worry tho, that's normal.. You'll be seeing your Dentist WEEKLY (or sooner) for exams and probably ''Soft Relines''... Your gums will be shrinking by the minute and the denture will feel loose...After a couple of weeks or so, you should be able to use a dental adhesive, like Fixodent Paste OR Powder..or any dental adhesive you prefer....Make sure to keep your mouth CLEAN during this time...Your ''tooth sockets'' are exposed, but eventually your tooth sockets will become smooth with time...Gargle with salt water or antiseptic mouthwash after every meal... BTW, be sure to find things that you can eat that are SOFT.. like oatmeal, mac & cheese, soups, pudding, mashed potatoes, peas etc...You won't be eating harder foods for about 3-4 weeks, since your gums not be healed enough yet...Then, you'll be learning how to CHEW with dentures..You'll be eating ''smaller bites'' & slower, maybe even lose some weight too (for me, that was a bonus!). Practice saying the number's 60's thru 70's, they all start with an ''S''.. which you might notice you may develop a ''lisp'' with S's... The Dentist can fix this too... You may have a ''gagging reflex'' too, the Dentist can alleviate that as well... 

I was in the ''Chair'' for 3.5 hours during my ''14'' extractions... think about the ''good things'' you'll achieve... no more toothaches, fillings, gum disease and pain from bad teeth...Your gums will be NUMB & there should be no pain.... The first days will be ''life changers'', but it GET'S BETTER EVERY DAY... So there is light at the end of the tunnel...You'll have a beautiful smile ... and BTW, no one will know they're dentures unless you tell them...

UPDATE after this is done too... We're HERE to help you thru this Journey...

Good Luck on Monday... Just relax, breathe thru your NOSE just like you did when you had ''impressions'' done and you'll be fine.. Eat a GOOD BREAKFAST on Monday, since it will be a while before you feel like eating.

"Dee" 
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I am on day 4 after having my upper teeth pulled and my immediate denture. Can't even tell you about day 1 because of the drugs they gave me. Apparently I slept through the entire process. Even when I got my immediate denture I was still out of it. The next day I went back to the dentist and she said I looked great. She smoothed out a spot that was bothering me. No pain, no swelling. Day 3, totally different story. My mouth throbbed and itched and I kept alternating between Tylenol and Advil every two hours.

Last night was the worst, I went to bed in pain and woke up in pain. I went back to the dentist today and she told me that days 3 and 4 are the biggest pain and swelling days. It's supposed to be all downhill from here. She adjusted the sore spot again and ground off some of the material on the palette behind the front teeth. This alleviated the gagging I experienced when trying to talk. I am still a little sore as I write this but nowhere as bad as yesterday or last night. I was prescribed an antibiotic but no pain meds.

I am healing nicely according to my dentist and I learned how to take out my denture and put it back in. I will take them out for the first time overnight on Saturday.

Anyone that is going to go through this should know that it wasn't as bad as you think it will be and that days 3 and 4 are the worst. Hopefully my experience will help someone like it helped me.
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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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Dee Reilman

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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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Dee Reilman

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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