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I am currently on day four following my extractions. I had 18 teeth out Monday and immediates put in after. It’s been challenging, as I expected, but not horrible. The most pain I have is with the dentures. Other than that, I really can’t complain. The worst part is getting used to the dentures. They don’t fit perfectly because my gums are swollen and ragged and such so I’m trying to have patience lol. But the extractions went well, I did feel some of the teeth get pulled but the dentist went and numbed it immediately. The blood was the scariest part. So. Much. Blood.
I’m starving lol. Pudding, drinkable smoothies and mashed potatoes don’t fill you up haha. But I’m hoping in the next few days I will be brave enough to try something more substantial like eggs or macaroni and cheese.

I don’t regret doing this at all. I know it’s best in the long run and I just have to keep looking forward.

Thank heavens for this website.
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I'm in week 4 and trust me it gets better! I was so hungry the first two weeks I thought I was going to go crazy, I lost 3 pounds. The bleeding finally stopped and I was able to start chewing light stuff like pancakes and eggs, it took me a while, the hunger was quenched, finally! I wish you the best of luck and care.
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Hugs to both of you for having the courage to take a big steps towards better health.  I never realized before how bad teeth can affect your heart.  I had 21 extractions 5 months ago and still have the temporaries.  I am mourning the loss of being able to eat most of the foods I ate before, but don't mind that I have lost 14 pounds.  Cottage cheese, watermelon, and shredded chicken are my go-to foods.  Now that fall is here I'll be adding in oatmeal too.  I had to accept my new way of life and the way my mouth looks without teeth.  I made the mistake of sleeping with my dentures in because I didn't like the granny mouth look of no teeth.  Be sure to take your dentures out at night.  You set yourself up for bacteria build up by sleeping with them in.  I had numerous colds until I accepted that I had to take the dentures out at night and really work on keeping my mouth clean.  When your gums are ready, be sure to brush with a very soft tooth brush, and don't forget to brush your tongue as well.  Congratulations on joining the sisterhood of removable teeth!
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I don't sleep without mine, uh no.  A bottle of mouth wash costs a couple of bucks and can last about a month.  
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Mary Sharp posted this:

Implants saved my life! If you have to get a lower denture please get implants! I swear they should be standard procedure for everyone. I was about to throw in the towel. The day finally came to snap the denture on the implants and what a day! Total turn around. I have lots of bone spurs in my gums to remind me of my bad experience. I could almost forget I even have to wear the denture now! GET THE IMPLANTS!

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Implants are not something everyone can afford, I know I can't! Now that I've gone in for my second fitting of my dentures I feel more confident and more secure. I love my dentist he's right there with me all the way!! In four weeks I'll go in and have another adjustment made. Four weeks after that and so on for the first year, my gums and pallets are going to be shrinking that much he said.
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Mary I had my lower molars extracted a couple yrs ago & just now developed a lot of bone spur on my lower gums but my dentist says I am not a candidate for lower dentures, and definitely cannot afford implants.... So do u have any other advice that may help me decide which direction to go from here? I've have my upper denture (immediate) for 5 months now & FINALLY go in for a reline in a couple weeks.. I'm getting used to then but still not very comfortable I find myself playing with them as if they were a sports mouth guard....
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I also have slept with my denture in and haven't really had a bad experience..... I guess I better start doing things correctly before I'm in for a rude awakening.... Thanks for the heads up on my dental Care.
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You're lucky.  I complained like a bat out of hell.  It was the worst experience of my life.  I regretted every single moment of it and I regretted every single penny I spent on anything but dental care.  I was sick, disgusted and had given up on just about everything for the first few months.  I thought I may look like the devil himself had chewed me up and spit me out forever.  Freaks me out to hear someone, especially someone who looks so young, say it wasn't that bad.  You said it was challenging but not horrible, so your teeth must have been in pretty bad shape and ready to go already, right?

Anyway, however, it's been a year now and I am healing and have been back to work after taking 4 months off.  Some of the teeth, I felt him pull like he was taking my jaw with it.  There wasn't much blood with mine though.  I still have the second set of temporaries they made because they can't get the permanents right.  I got part of my money back for the permanents and am still in search of a solution.  I'm pretty used to them now but I know people can tell because these aren't made to fit correctly.  I've seen much worse than mine though.  Yours look great, however the pic is a cartoon app so I can't really tell.  You look happy though so absolute props to you!  You go girl!!!!!

Good luck to you!  
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Oh they were! Every few months it was an infection, I could hardly eat, I hated smiling etc. so I’ve already been lower than this and when you’ve reached that low, all you can do is go up, so up I go.
I used Snapchat to kind of hide some of the bruising and swelling haha.

I really hope you find some relief and things start looking up for you!❤️
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hi
You are all to young to have to settle for
just plain  dentures

I would like you all to investigate getting at least clip on to implants dentures
They  are much more  stable then regular  dentures.  
Especially for the bottom denture
Eating is so much easier with them

Read about them on this blog and on the internet
If you have a dental school near you go there for information
Good luck to all of you
Barbara
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Oh, yea, let me just pull $35,000 out of my drawer.
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HI Spicy!
They are not $35,000
You can get them for much much less
At least consider getting the bottom done

Go to a dental school for them
Go to Mexico or Costo Rico
Maybe they can even retrofit your current denture over them

you only need 3 implants
You will love them
Barbara
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I'm at 4 months after 17 extractions.  I still not wearing my immediate dentures much.  Just for pictures...LOL. ...  You're right the dentures is what hurts, so I decided to wait until I got my better dentures.  Should get those in October..  I'm able to eat almost anything I want, just no tough meat.  But I can eat hamburger and chicken without dentures.  It does get better it just takes 5 to 6 months for your mouth to heal.  I have no problem with eggs, or egg, chicken, or ham salad.  Also hot cereal is a good idea during the first month.   Good luck!
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HI Hank
Before you spend more money just investigate clip on to implants dentures
Read this blog
Good luck
Barrbara
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Hank 
If you can't war your dentures why don't you ask your dentist for a refund?

Then put that money toward   getting a clip on to implant denture?
Barbara
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The cost of implants or snap ins are way above my financial means.  The total cost of dentures are criminal.  After the cost of 17 extractions it didn't leave much left for the dentures.
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Barbara, I'm still waiting for my permanent dentures, I wanted my gums to completely heal, and they are almost 100%.  I will get my permanent dentures next month.  I will wear those.  Those will be thinner and light weight.
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Hi Hank H
Yes you are right
the cost is criminal

Read about Mary Sharp on this blog
Think about it before you  leap

Don't rush forward
Shop around first
Examine your options
You buy a car with your money
This is more important then a  car
Barbara
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HanK
How much did your temporary immediate dentures cost??
How much are the permanent dentures?
Barbara
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I brought a package, which included extractions, immediate dentures, and permanent dentures, along with all follow up appointments and unlimited adjustments and a 7 year warranty on the permanent dentures. The highest end dentures they make. After insurance the total package was about $4,200.  What I saw Snap ins would double this price. I couldn't image having post in my jaw, so I didn't even consider snap ins.  But the additional I think was about $1,200 per post or more.
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Good Luck Hank
I am sure with your  positive attitude you will do  well with your permanent dentures

You should actually ask your dentist to adjust  your current   temporary set so that you can wear them now.  ou have paid a lot of money for everything
Good luck and tell us how it goes
Barbara
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My dentist has done a couple of relines.  But with the sharp bone spurs, I was just more comfortable without wearing the dentures, and letting my gums heal.
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Hank H
If you never can  not be made comfortable in your temporary   dentures  then perhaps you should not be paying for them?
  If your dentist can not make the temps comfortable then that is not a good sign that he can make the permanents comfortable.

You should be working on getting the temporary comfortable before you  go on to the permanent set.  All the  kinks should be ironed out with this  temporary set 
Do not rush into the permanent ones until you are comfortable with you temporary ones

You should not be assuming that this is your fault. 

You should ask people on this blog who are using dentures what you should be expecting in the way of comfort because they know and have been thru this procedure.

Use this blog as a learning tool so you are not out there alone in  un charted territory

You and your insurance have paid a lot of money here and you deserve a lot of attention. Your dentist has done this a thousand times and you have only done in one time so you need help and advise

Right now you are not getting what you paid for.  Your temps should be made to be worn and if you can not wear them he should give you a refund for them

Certainly it sounds like the lower denture is probably a real problem as  they  are usually   next to impossible to wear
If he can't make them fit why will the permanents fit??

Ask Spicy and David Hahn on this blog for advise  because they have been there and done that   Ask Todd also

Good luck with this and work for the best outcome because you paid what they asked and now it is the time    for your dentist to deliver what you paid for
Do not jump into the permanent  dentures until he fixes your temporary set

Good luck with what ever you do
Barbara
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If you have to work and/or go back to work, you have to wear your dentures and you can't allow yourself to get used to not wearing them.  It is extremely bad to get used to not wearing dentures, especially eating without teeth, because you will loose your gum bone base and your jaw will collapse.  I've seen some people with their jaws all out of wack from not wearing dentures and they don't care, they've gotten used to it.  But it looks horrible and they are in pain that is worse than TMJ.  I would highly recommend not doing that to yourself.  
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Your teeth look beautiful try crest mounth wash it helps with pain