My dentist has assured, that even though I have to have some bone shave off on my lower, I'll be very happy with my dentures. They also said I'd be getting my permanent dentures about 3 months after the extractions. They've prescribed me antibiotics and pain meds for after the extractions. This dentist does surgeries all day for 2 or 3 days a week.
I've been on their web site, looked at reviews, and can't find a negative comment. They do a LOT of dentures, it seems it's most of their patents. So, are there people who've had extractions and a positive experience, for the most part. (Of course the pain after the surgery, but a positive recover period?)
A friend neglected bad teeth out of fear and came dangerously close to death. He had a mass of bacteria form on his spine. On massive antibiotics around the clock every 2 hours. Had it gone to his heart or brain he would be gone..
One last positive.....this site. So wonderful to have a resource like this for suggestions and support. Good luck.
I had 18 teeth pulled the day before Thanksgiving. The extraction was never really a problem. As long as I took my medicine, washed my mouth out with salt water and gave my gums a break from the immediate denture I was fine. The first few days or so it was completely soft foods an liquids. Eating with the immediate dentures took a little to get used to. I progressively got better at eating some foods, the hard stuff and stuff I bite into are still out. I was happy with the surgical results for many of the same reasons you are looking forward to. Most of my teeth were either broken or bad, I had several root canals that never worked even with the crowns.
The only thing I wished the dentist did was a class on what to do and what t expect. I had one for several of other surgeries and it helped with the coping with the extreme change. Some sort of follow-up other than fittings would have been nice too. Having your teeth removed and then trying to get used to a prosthetic in your mouth can be traumatic and frustrating. I am months out and I have had my permanent fitting and I'm still frustrated. My next step is to have posts retrofitted to my bottom plate to secure it.
Good luck on your surgery.
I thought I would be self conscious after I got dentures, but that is not the case at all. I don't mind admitting to anyone who asks that I wear them, but no one has done so. As I went through this process, a couple of friends who have worn dentures for years readily acknowledged that they wore them, and they coached me through the entire process. I think the value of your own face-to-face "support group" can't be overestimated. And, of course, the right dentist makes all the difference.
I still do not have any real bite force, and I have to be careful with what I eat and how. But each day is a little easier than the day before, and I ate some red meat yesterday for the first time in two months. I'm now five weeks out from the placement of the dentures, and it remains one of the best decisions I've ever made. I would be lying if I told you that I never had any difficulties during the last few months, but they were manageable. And I am deeply grateful for the chance to improve my overall health, which is really what these experiences that we share are all about. Joseph