best tips and advice 2017

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I would love each to think of your one (or two) best peices of advice - practical notes, most effective tips/tricks, things you wish someone had told you, 
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HeidiQ

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Nancy Ironside

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Hi Heidi. My best advice is sell whatever you need to so that you can keep your teeth. Sell your house if you must. I have no good tips as dentures for me have been nothing but a disaster. Luckily at 67 I don't have to deal with work. I can't eat out so no longer even try. Dentures have ruined even the smallest pleasure and I hope others do better.
All the best,
Nancy
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HeidiQ

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Oh Nancy I am so sorry you have had such a bad experience I do at times think about backing out but the pain and expense of my decayed and broken teeth have been a scourge for years. I don't see ever being able to afford the alternative to dentures.

I am wondering how much more the ones are that snap in and if that would help me avoid some of my concerns - gagging, change in speech -
I can't find anyone who has tried this method.

Nancy can you go back to your dentist or find a new one to help you?
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From what I have heard I don't think snap ons are a great alternative although I never tried them. I am not going to put anything negative on because I feel every one is different as far as what their teeth are like going into this. I had a bridge which I thought was the perfect solution. It was comfortable, looked great and could do everything I normally would do. Unfortunately I was not told it wouldn't last long and once it broke, the only alternative was upper dentures. The only thing I wished I did before this was go on this forum and research a little better other than just listening to my dentist. It's hard for someone to give advice that doesn't actually wear them. Good luck - only you can make this decision but just remember it's a life long one.
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HeidiQ

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I wound up just doing the conventional denture. He only did the upper yesterday and will do the lower two partials in a few weeks.
The snap in was just too expensive and my mom assured me that she had never had a problem with her dentures. As it happens the suction holds it very strongly for me. I am still bleeding and the swelling is intense but still not as bad as the toothaches I've had. I'm relieved. I was also so worried about the palate and whether I would gag, but I have no issue with that even though I have a small mouth. I actually only took Tylenol gravol and Advil before the surgery and wound up not using the gas. Ice and Tylenol Advil has been sufficient post surgery too.
I feel like the swelling is held in by the dentures. A bit nervous to take them out because I'm. Guessing putting it back in will be tough. That said the experience thus far has been better than anticipated. I know the next few days will be tougher and I will really find out what the whole deal is like once I get the lowers done. But so far so alright!
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HeidiQ

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Eating will not be much fun I can tell but so far applesauce and sorbet is going down okay. It's a weird feeling to feel it go between the denture and your palate but I will get used to it I'm hoping. It will hurt but toughen up as I go along.
I find that the men on here view success about whether they can eat steak and all the other things they love. For women (many on here, anyhow) it is the psychological side of - will my partner be grossed out, will I feel less attractive, will it slip down in front of people etc. I DO feel so strange to know I will never ha e teeth up top again. I have no intention of taking it off in front of my husband but we will see how practical that is.
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Heidi Q I am about 3 months little more having full upper denture. I am completely happy with my choice. I no longer have ugly painful teeth constantly infected. I can eat almost anything I want and I can smile and look at ppl in the eye proudly instead of close mouthed in shame. Getting dentures in a huge step but a great 1 if ur like me and had horrible teeth. My worst day after getting dentures still didn't come close to the pain I had b4 getting. Lol. My best advice for u is make sure to ICE on outside and holding it inside between cheeks after it really helps with swelling and is soothing to any pain. Sum thing else don't expect that ur gonna b great fast. Healing and getting used to dentures takes time. Its a trial and error learning to eat and talk. I'm a big reader so 1 thing that helped me with my speech was reading out loud. It worked wonders. This site has been the biggest help to me. Every1 here has been or is going thru the same journey and understand. Ask questions rant cry or even sharing personal triumphs every1 is ready to listen and help in any way they can. So good luck Tue and please b sure to post how ur doing.
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HeidiQ

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Thank you Melanie your comments really reassured me.
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Melanie Baker

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Heidi Q I'm so glad ur doing good!!!! I know i made the whole thing a lot worse in my head than it actually was. Lol. And remember ice ice ice! Days 3 and 4 r gonna prob b the worst due to swelling. Keep us posted and we r here if u need questions or even just to talk or vent. I'm so so happy for u!!!
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At 70 I had all my teeth pulled. They were ugly and trouble. I did reallycreal with intermediate dentures. I am having trouble with the permanent. So many things I can't eat or they are painful to chew. Going for an adjustment soon.
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HeidiQ

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I'm so sorry to hear this Nancy. Most usually find the intermediate dentures thicker and more challenging than the permanent.
I hope the adjustment can help you. Don't be afraid to say it's not good enough if u go In and they say there isn't anything they can do or they treat the issue but other issues remain also. Take care
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Patience and positive energy.  You WILL be better than you were before, its just a matter of time.  It cant be rushed and it has its own schedule, no matter what you think it should be...
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I think the psychological effects have been the worst for me!! My husband looks at me differently now and just says it is something he has to get used to and then he teases me about how I talk when I use any word with an S in it!! Everyday he tells me he loves me so I'm not worried about that, it just hurts knowing there is something going on in his head that he can't explain to me!! I still don't smile very much with showing my teeth it is another thing I haven't got used to!!