Any possitive stories on getting dentures?

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I was supposed to get 24 teeth extracted tomorrow, but the appt had to be moved to May.  I can't wait to have them done.   I've been reading many posts on this site, and most of them are discouraging experiences.

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?)
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Ken I just had 15 teeth extracted. And full upper denture 3 weeks ago. I was so worried b4 i had it done. And scared. This site has helped me so so much. Any questions I've had sum1 could answer here. The worst day for me was the 3rd day and that was due to swelling. I am so happy with my denture. My dentist and everyone at his office did an excellent job. I know that the next 5 to 8 months in gonna have to have adjustments done cuz of gums shrinking b4 i get my permanent denture but so far these r great. I even ate roast beef tonight. Lol. So yes there r a lot of downs to dentures but I believe with all my heart it is so well worth it. And if u have a good dentist who cares about patients it should go fairly easy. Ur health will immediatly be improved and u will have a nice smile. This is a big scary step for most of us including myself but in the end so well worth it. Good luck and let us know how u do.
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Had all my lowers out 4weeks ago and my permanents in straight away (im in australia) .apart from a little discomfort here and there due to needing them relined to fit better i dont have a problem with them. Its been the best thing ive done ,no more abcesses no more toothaches its awesome. Tops one will be out in another coupke weeks i hope . Still have a slight problem eating with dentures but i just take them out .
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Ken don't get discouraged by our posts on here, there all positive , were trying to go through a life changing experience together. I doubt anyone regrets there decision to get this done. Most of us realize the change and the getting used to living with dentures , myself I got used to chewing with one tooth or another on each side of my mouth , depending on which one didn't hurt as much as the other and how many advil I took during the day . did this for more than 30 years, ended up with heart problems from bad teeth, go figure, but its fact, Most of us need to complain to each other, because who else can we complain to that would really understand. I had 3 missing teeth right out in front, imagine how many times I smiled for family pictures or any other events, there were none, Yes it is an adjustment getting used to a full mouth of teeth when you slowly got used to getting them pulled or pulling them yourself. I don't regret getting this done, I try to find humor in what i.m going through , but at the end of the day , when I smile at someone and they smile back and don't turn their head or turn their head down pretending they didn't see your toothless grin ,, Ill take today over yesterday, ask yourself, is it worth trying to save what you have and suffer through it, or not suffer and slowly but surely get used to a new set of teeth, Sorry if you see only discouraging posts Ken, but I promise you, each post good or bad has given us a little bit of strength that we needed just by reading it or commenting on it. I,m 2 months in, 18 pulled , immediattes put in, its definetly better, I can eat , I can smile, i.m not embaressed to smile, and above all, my mouth is no longer in pain everyday.
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I regret having mine done, if there was another choice i would have taken it but i wasnt lucky enough to have a better choice so out came the upper teeth. Pain wasnt so bad but im two years in and i absolutely hate them and my self esteem has dwindled but they look so pretty but they are in MY mouth and i wish i was able to afford implants. I gag all the time if they r not glued in ohh its just horrible the whole denture thing is crap!!
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I wish I had another choice too!!! One year in & still not loving it. Although you are right they look pretty.


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Hoo-re brian!!!! I feel the same way!!! And for 15 years at least there's not 1 pic of me smiling with my teeth showing. Now I smile wide and happy!!! So glad to have this done. I don't know how to act sum days without having to worry about a tooth hurting. And I'm in heaven drinking hot coffee and ice tea! Haven't had either in YEARS! This site has helped me so so much. Idk what I woulda done if I hadn't found it. Ur right about who else r we gonna talk to that will understand!!!
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Positives....nice smile, much healthier mouth and body..
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.
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Ken, we all smile now, and feel better , and we sometimes laugh at eachothers posts because weve been or are going through the same thing, as far as support ,, you will not find a better group than this, I don't always respond,, But when I do,, I respond many times ,, keep the smile going Ken,, bunches of folks are behind ya
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The upside is more than worth it: smiles as far as the eye can see; no more pain; relaxed self confidence. The benefits are endless. The price: some pain and inconvenience at the outset. I'm 4 weeks out and I find myself saying to myself every day, "What took you so long?" I'm so happy I did it. You will be, too. I promise. Good luck to you. Joseph
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Thank you all for the rapid response to my post.  I was getting concerned, but I'm back to looking forward getting it done.  It was supposed to be tomorrow, but now it's May.  I teach, and this works out for me, as I'll be used to everything before school starts again in September.  I promise to post on how things are going.  I've seen my immediate dentures and they look great!  Can't wait to have them in. 
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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.

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Dentists don't do classes cause there is no money in it AND because they never really experienced the reality of dentures. I never heard of a dentist with dentures. Did anyone? This group is the class.
Thank you FIXADENT.
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Same. Both dentists I saw, and all the other employees have beautiful teeth. They tell me I have no other option, due to bone loss, but then tell me it’s going to suck. :(
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Ken, I agree with all the above! It is a life changing experience, but a good one for the better! I had 19 teeth extracted and immediate dentures out in 9 days ago. I'm still a newbie at this. I am still frusterated because I just want to eat so bad, want to talk more clearly and want the discomfort to go away, BUT. I am 100% so happy I had this done. I got rid of the toothaches, pain, being hospitalized because of infections, not being able to smile in photos or public for that matter. I don't hide my smile anymore, I smile at everyone! Yes I still have a lot to go through, stitches come out next tuesday, then I get there relined the same day. I still haven't eaten more than soft foods(mashed tators, pasta, broth, eggs,etc), but I'll get there eventually...it's work in progress! It is definitely worth it all! Good luck to you and yes keep us all posted on your journey!
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There are a couple of other things I've discovered after getting my dentures back on March 8, 2017. First, I've had to change the way I eat. I eat much more slowly now, I chew carefully and I have stopped overeating. The result is that I've lost the last 10 pounds I needed to lose, and I feel much better. Clothes fit the way they are supposed to, people tell me I look great and I'm back to the weight I was when I ran 50 miles per week. This simply would not have occurred had I not made the decision to remove my problem teeth.

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
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I have worn dentures for years and there are a lot of positives.  First you should get teeth that you really like so you will look better from the start.  You will say goodbye to aching teeth and bad gums so there is relief from pain.  Sensitivity to hot and cold food will be a thing of the past.  Dentures are easy to take care of.  Your mouth will feel clean and fresh in a way it didn't when you had natural teeth; that is if you do not use an adhesive.  After the initial cost of acquiring dentures (the main cost is the extractions), dentures are a cost effective option.  You will need periodic relines and replacements which should work out far cheaper than having your own teeth.  Also, there will be no more painful visits to the dentist. .
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DITTO that Steve...

Sooo much better.  I almost went with 3M Mini Dental Implants for my lowers, but decided to give plain old QUALITY Dentures a try first.  They're working great!

Most people I've found who have had negative experiences have cheap dentures from franchise or other "production line" clinics.  Not knocking Aspen or Affordable Dentures, but some offices have really bad online reviews.  PBS Frontline even did a show on Aspen Dental a few years ago.  It was NOT very flattering.  

You get what you pay for is VERY TRUE!