Dentures and the roof of my mouth

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I know your fear. I am facing having 10 upper teeth pulled and an immediate upper denture. I have had the impressions made and was supposed to have went last sat for the e day, but I freaked out and cancelled it. My MAIN worry is the feeling of something covering the rood of my mouth. We who have had bad teeth know what extractions are and feel like. How having a painful ass abcess is. What happened was I had a small hole in my front tooth, and he fixed it...yeah...well now I have an abcess in the front tooth behind my nose. I have loose teeth...a partial is not an option...so he said a denture is the best option. When the technician came to do the impression , she was like "im so sorry about the new" like I was dying! Why didn't she say WOW you are getting a new smile or something positive...so I was scared to death....I was sick emotionally the entire weekend...so I call them to put a hold on everything.....I have seen a lot of positives on youtube...but how do you get used to the thing on the roof of the mouth??? Is that difficult?? eventually do you not notice it?? HELP
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Patti Howard Greene

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I am seven weeks out u don't feel anything in ur mouth any more u get use to it quickly.I do have a little trounle with food getting stuck on the roof of my mouth I am careful about what I eat. Things will be ok. Think nice big smile.
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I'm hoping that will be the same for me. I'm day 5. The teeth are gorgeous but having the hard acrylic on the roof of my mouth feels terrible.
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I just got my perms! I didn't have immediate dentures I went 5 months without teeth!!! And yes it is so weird not feeling the roof of your mouth I got s piece of American cheese stick to it last night! I'm also having to get used to my bite again,but from what I've heard on here it's something you get used to!!! That's encouraging!
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Did you reschedule your appt? It took me three days just to call them last time so I know how you feel.
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No I haven't reschedules yet. I am trying to do research and convince myself to do it. I know it is inevitable. However, I still have the issues of losing the sensation of feeling the top of my mouth.. thank you Patti for the vote of confidence. Will it ever feel like me?? I went thru breast cancer 5 years ago. Double mastectomy. It feels like piece by piece im losing. Its like the permanence of it...what if I don't like the look of the teeth?? I am a semi professional dart player and I chew gum for tension druing matches and I wont be able to do it anymore. Any the horror stories about eating ...will I ever be able to eat whatever I want?? I drink koolaid...no more sugary drinks?/ It seems it will change a lot of Me. and of course we associate it will age. I am 48, but I look a bit younger...I don't want the old face people get when they lose their teeth. HELP


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My mother chews gum and has dentures I think u just have to learn how just like eating it all takes time and we get the hang of it.
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Consider the alternative, my friend.  You need to think of what the positives are.  I wasn't totally pleased with the feel of my dentures at first, but I had worn braces as a pre-teen and had a "retainer" which covered the roof of my mouth when the braces came off.  If you want to have a nice smile sometime in the near future, you have to go through what it takes to get there.  Keep the faith and don't give up.
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But do you get used to the feeling? How long if so? Will it ever feel normal that in there?
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I had 17 teeth removed yesterday early am; all the tops and two bottom molars. As far as the upper denture covering the roof of my mouth, so far it hasn't bothered me. It just feels smooth. It goes pretty far back - I have to really stretch my tongue to even feel a tiny bit of the edge but it doesn't make me gag or anything.
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So how is it?? Any regrets? How do you like your new smile? was it worth it? Can you feel the roof of your mouth under the denture? Im afraid if I do this and then I absolutely hate it...im screwed...cant go back...
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They look good, very natural, but my teeth didn't look bad to begin wich made it that much harder to have it done. I had bone loss and didn't have any other choice there wasn't enough bone to hold them in.

I regret that I didn't have another option and still haven't fully come to terms with it. I'm glad the actual day is over though and now I can just let my mouth heal. I don't feel the roof of my mouth, just the plate. It's hard and smooth. It's a bit awkward but it's been ok, it's not driving me too terribly crazy. Its only been like 42 hours though so hard telling what's around the corner. I'm sore clear up into my nose and sinuses but I think I've done better than average so far. I have no plans to remove them though, I'm too scared. The dentist will do it Tuesday.

I'd say if it has to be done, and you know there are no other options, just do it and get it done with. The unknown was making me crazy, and I came very close to calling it off, but I would have just prolonged my anxiety. I'm glad it's done now. Im fortunate to have a husband that has been overwhelmingly supportive, and has let me cry on his shoulder (for a solid five minutes the night before), and stayed with me until I was sedated and was back at my side within minutes of waking up. The staff was really understanding while I bawled while they were hooking up the monitors and getting me ready for sedation and the dentist reassured me over and over that it would look good and I'd get used to it. He said "we aren't taking a hand off, or doing open heart surgery, in the grand scheme of things you will be able to live a full and happy life with this." He was patting my hand, said it very gently, just trying to put it into perspective for me. Between them and my husband I had a lot of support and I'm grateful for that.
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well the bad thing is once we do it....its done...no going back so we have no option but to deal with it. So please let me know about your progress. why did you have to have them all pulled?
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Sheesh that sounds expensive. Unfortunately, money constraints also affect what we do with the dentures. SURE Id love to have implants $20,000 for uppers. wow. plus if we have bone loss, how is that gonna affect implants? will they not eventually come loose? abscess? sounds like more pain to me...yes thank goodness we have others to talk to. Make sure to check out youtube. lots of videos for help too.


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Deb - bone loss led to my losing my upper teeth and several bottom molars. It's gum disease, you have infection down in the roots and it eats away at the bone. I had several procedures done but it didn't do much but maybe slow it down a bit.

I can see the finality of it, once it's done there is no turning back, is an issue for you. It was for me too. It just didn't feel like I was making the right decision. In the end though you just have to get opinions from professionals and when you have several that all say the same thing that pretty much made my decision for me. The process seems to be a bit easier for those that have teeth that aren't pretty, for lack of a better word. Everyone kept telling me think of how pretty your smile will be and I thought I already have a pretty smile! I just don't have the bone to keep it. Like I said, I'm glad it's done. I am not constantly anxious like I was in the weeks leading up to the procedure.

GJ - you have been through the ringer. How awful to go through the expense and pain of procedures and have them fail. My dentist said down the road we can look at the feasibility of implant held denture. And my husband supports that. I don't know what the cost is for an upper. I thought I'd see how I adjusted to just the denture first. I hope your current implants hold and you'll be able to get your palet-free piece. I'm only three days in but that would be amazing. Best of luck.
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HI GJ!  Thanks for sharing!  I feel the same way about my hubby seeing me without the denture in and even thought about the mask thingie, too.  I have an awesome hubby, I am very bad about covering my mouth when I talk to him or turning my head.  He said he didn't intend to watch me cover my mouth for the rest of our lifetime.  Said I was still his Pretty Baby.  For some reason I almost feel ashamed or embarrassed   Like it is a  bad thing having to do this.  Not sure where that is coming from.   Any ideas or thoughts would be greatly appreciated.  Have a blessed day!
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Your sweetie sounds like a super person.  Let him be supportive.  Take the mask off and be your total self.  If he loves you, it won't matter.  If it causes a bad reaction in him, he doesn't deserve you.  This is a permanent situation and both of you should accept that and live with it.
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Its almost 2016 you would think there would be better options out there... I miss the roof of my mouth
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I'm with you - I miss the roof of my mouth too!

There are better options out there, unfortunately most of us can't afford them (i.e. implants)
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I saw a video on the Internet when I was researching options, before I started this pro-
cess, and it showed a procedure for the top denture, where you have four implants which snap onto your denture, holding it in place. He then trimmed the palate, exposing most of the roof of your mouth. That's what I wanted!!! I did get the bottom done (it's not finished, will let you know how it turns out) and ran out of money before I could pay for the top (I know it's several thousand dollars.). The sad part is that I thought I was going to get the top I described, but then learned it was not included in my plan. If I continue to have as much trouble as I am having, I keep thinking maybe that would be an option in the future.
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Why can't I feel food in my mouth
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Teresa Burnett

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Is it normal for top to feel numb with food?
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Yes. I struggle with that, but I promise it will get better!