Day One of a new life!

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About a month ago, I got released from my job due to tooth pain (i.e. missed time). Out of nowhere, I was wakingup with aching teeth and a false sensation of them all being loose. Being about two weeks away from completingmy probation period, I knew the first thing I was going to do was get my teeth taken care of. Needless to say,it didn't quite work out that way! But I decided that this problem could (and no doubt would) arise again, sowith the time now on my hands it was the pefect opportunity to deal with this.Anyhow, I visited the dentist. I had had two molars extracted several years ago, and the original plan was tofollow up on the remaining work. Life got in the way, and aside from occasional problems with pain I livedwith it. Another molar had cracked while eating chicken, which led to problems with a razor-sharp tooth edgeirritating my tongue. Another molar on the oposite side was becoming temperature-sensitive. Then of course camethe habit of avoiding certain foods, and even what I did eat, it seemed each bite alternated with picking thefood with what had become my ever-present toothpick. I was going to parties and having to avoid all the goodfood present. I had adapted to this "lifestyle" without even really realizing it. Avoiding social settingsand eating by myself was the norm. I had forgotten how sociable I used to be, but I guess I had unconciously chalked it up to 'getting older' (I'm 50). Kind of sad, seeing as how otherwise I look and feel 30! Anyhow, late last year the new job had come up, and I was very enthusiastic about it. The work was interesting,I got along with my co-workers, and all seemed well. Then, the tooth issues had turned into unrelenting pain,normally manifesting itself in sharp stabs of pain up to my temple, as well as just a general ache. To try andkeep going, I was eating pills like movie popcorn and downing anbesol like they were little bottles of booze onan airplane! After I got let go of that job because of it...I had had enough.Bottom line, I had four molars extracted yesterday. I also had my partial dentures insereted. Day one was mostlywalking around with a mouthful of gauze to absorb the blood from the extractions. I had to get gas in my car onthe way home, and couldn't talk, so I had to write down '20 dollars on pump 7' and handed it to the attendant..!I expected to wake up this morning in a world of pain, but surprisingly this wasn't so. A lot of bloody saliva wasin my mouth, but once I was up and rinsed out my mouth it felt okay.I think I'm already getting used to these in my mouth. Yes, there is a feeing that they are obvious to others, butthat seems to be mostly self-concious paranoia! Getting used to speaking IS the most difficult, as I'd heard. I seem to be having the most trouble with 's' sounds. I'm learning that the tongue placement has a lot to do with this,so I'm trying to adapt to it. I'm embracing the philosophy of "it's not an obstacle, it's a challenge". So far, so good!This is only my first day with dentures, so maybe I'm being too optimistic. But more than that, even, is the sheerjoy of not having an ice-pick of pain stabbing my temple any more! The excess saliva in my mouth seems to be under control, also.I'm not having a problem with the soft foods so far, since I couldn't really eat with ease before, either. But I must say,I am really, REALLY looking forward to the day when I can actually eat a TACO or twenty!!Suffering in silence is not life. I wish I had done this a few years ago, when the troubles started. Who knows?In a few months, I may actually once again have the confidence to invite a woman out to dinner once again!I just wanted to share all this, because I was so nervous and uncertain about having dentures. It's not the end of life,it's the beginning of a new life. Sure, we have 32 teeth (or so), but only one life. Don't do like I did: a toothpickis a lonely companion!
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I'm Karen, the Fixodent Community Manager, and I'm glad you joined our forum! When you first receive dentures or partial dentures, it's normal to wonder if they're obvious to others. Try not to worry about it though. Chances are, most people won't even notice. As you get used to the feel of them in your mouth, you won't realize they're there either.

It's great to hear your positive outlook, which will help you through challenges like speaking clearly with your new teeth. For speaking, practice is the key.Read,talk to yourself in the car,speak in front of the mirror. You can practice counting, particularly from 60-79, to help with your S's.
Keep in touch!
^Karen
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Thanks, Karen! The spoeech issue is important to me, as I'm one of those people who's always been praised for having a nice speaking voice! :)As far as that, and pain, and general discomfort and awkwardness go, I like to compare it to getting a really, really bad haircut. It'll take a while for it to grow out, but it will indeed happen. That, and being able to actually look forward to something, as opposed to simply missing it, is exhilarating!
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Very pleased you took the time to share with us! You are very encouraging! I had 22 removed and temp upper n lower placed approx. 2 months ago....have had nothing extraordinary to report...except for the eating of anything but soft foods...I'm dealing....Mom (75 yrs young) had 9 extracted last week- and a new upper along with lower dentures placed...helping her cope and learn is helping me do the same....we are ultimately just fine and pleased....after all, while they're just teeth...and all is well, we are perfect just as we are in this moment! I like your chosen attitude about your situation! Blessings Brother
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I have had my partials for five days and I am really glad to have them. The only trouble I have had is getting use to the saliva in my mouth. But it is getting better. At first I would suck in, which would cause the top to get use. My dentist adjusted them and now I have no problem. I cant wait until I can eat more meat and vegetables. Right now I eat alot of soft food. I am still adjusting to them. They feel alittle strange in my mouth. I havent had teeth in about five months. I nneed to forget I have them in my mouth and just think of them as my own teeth.
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I enjoyed reading her comment 1 I was encouraged about her attitude towards her t Blessings to Sue & BonnieĀ  !