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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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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Mary Ann Materne Donovan

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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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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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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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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.