Does anyone EVER get used to wearing dentures?

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It's Day 4 post surgery: removing my remaining 12 teeth and inserting the temporary upper & lower dentures.
My question is: Does anyone EVER get used to this?
The feeling that my mouth is so full of plastic; I feel like I want to gag all the time.
I'm feeling really depressed when, prior to surgery, I thought I'd be so happy to be able to smile again.
I know it's very early days for me but it feels like I'll never feel 'normal' again.
I've just found this forum, and I'm hoping that someone whose been through this can reassure me that these foreign objects will eventually feel, if not a part of me, then at least a minimal hindrance.
Thanks to anyone in advance who takes the time to respond to this post.
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  • depressed, concerned, and very unattractive!

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NOT ME.......and I have only an upper partial now for 7 years.....It had been uncomfortable since the day I got it.....It's awful, but I don't have an extra $75K laying around for implants. 
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I like your philosophy. I agree that it's good to remind yourself of the challenges that other people face. It puts things into perspective. Having said that, everyone deserves to have as good a denture experience as possible especially as it's not cheap! It is still early days for you but things will improve. I had my new dentures last September. Within a month the uppers felt like my own teeth and by the end of November the lowers felt almost as good, too. It's simply a matter of waiting for your mouth to shape itself around the new teeth and the fact that you say you have had little pain is a real bonus. I will never be able to rip with abandon into a steak, but I can live with that!  I am thrilled that I can eat more or less normally and even more thrilled that I can smile with confidence.  Good luck to you!
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I have an upper and a bridge on the bottom. I love the bridge but I hate the upper denture. It feels like I have a big plastic brick in my mouth. I read your post and thought that sounds just like me. I know nothing will change, it will always be like this. If I am not eating or going somewhere, the teeth come out. . All I have is my smile. I can't hardly talk because of the plastic brick in my mouth.It is horrible. I regret what I have done but I really had no choice.
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Melody
The soloution is to have a few free consultations with different dentists discussing getting  your upper bridge secured  by implants
You can get it financed and  just pay it off and you will be one happy person
Just pretend it is your cable or cell phone 
You deserve not to be tortured
You might even think about going  to Mexico or  Costa Rico to have it done less expensively
Let us know what you think?
Barbara
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Melody:
I can certainly relate to how you are feeling.
I knew that full-mouth extractions and full-dentures were wholly unncessary for me,
and NOT the best, nor the choicest treatment plan for me --- nor inexpensive!!
It was always the easiest default-plan for the dentists/their 'business managers', simply
" given your budget constraints". (!!!)
This riled me; because $14,000 - $18,000 is NOT inexpensive, nor chickenfeed!
No dental practice offered any financial payment plan --- other than the usual $2,000 max Care Credit Co. --- for which I do not credit-qualify.
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I'm 3 1/2 weeks post op with immediate dentures. I'm adjusting very well considering. There are times where they feel big and irritate me, and of course sometimes when I focus on them being dentures I feel a little gag response but it's not all day thing. Usually at night just before taking them out for the night.
I have been able to eat hamburger, chicken, pretty much anything that's not cooked tough. I use a lil bit of adhesive down the middle where the denture sets against roof of my mouth. Because my muscles havent adjusted enough to hold in place that I feel secure it wont come out. I also had no difficulty what so ever with speaking. You can not hear a difference in my speech except for a few words and mainly when I try to talk fast. From day one you couldn't hear a difference which I'm extremely grateful for.
For me I think most of my success was mind set. I have been unhappy with my smile for over 2 years because I only had 8 teeth left on top and one missing was a canine tooth. I had visited multiple dentist to get quotes and their feedback on whether or not I should get them. Some wanted me to spend $5k to $10k to fix them. But that would not fix a gap in front of my mouth from missing so many teeth. At one time I had perfectly straight beautiful teeth and I never wore braces. I was blessed.
I was set on the fact that I would be successful and I really wanted them because I was so unhappy with my smile, the pain from my remaining teeth, and knowing I would keep loosing teeth, plus not being able to afford fixing them just to loose them in 5 to 10 years
I try not to focus on them being plastic, not feeling normal, the difference in how my mouth feels, or not being able to eat certain foods.
I wish everyone the best of luck and understand not everyone has same experience as me. But I can share what I think has helped me the most and what I do struggle with and how I try to overcome the struggles. Good luck everyone!
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I'm on day 12 with a full upper and a partial lower. It's getting easier every day. The first week was hard. I had to force myself to keep them in. It's still not natural, but I can see the light at the end of the tunnel.
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lol Tammy, I think the nose is intentional
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I wish I could.
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I'm on day 2 and had 17 teeth pulled feels uncomfortable with new dentures..and sore when will I get better??? Ughh help????
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Dont go out of the country for any work. If it's wrong you have no recourse and it could cost more to get it fixed
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Sorry still having a very hard time after 8 months of upper only although it does get a little better with time. According to my dentist they are not real teeth and will never feel like real teeth but I do have to say that they look great. On a positive note, I am eating better than at the beginning. Good luck....


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Norwich Girl
Tell your dentist you are too uncomfortable and ask him to make an adjustment
Barbara
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My dentist said people think dentures are like putting on a new pair of shoes but its more like a wooden leg! Well... at least he was honest. ..
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I wish my dentist was honest with me!
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Jennifer Burnstein profile pictureJennifer Burnstein just asked this question in DentureLiving(Thinking about dentures?):
Is there anyone who just refuses to wear their dentures?
I just refuse to wear my full upper & lower dentures because they are beyond uncomfortable.

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My sister never wore hers. She refused to get used to them. But I wish she would've given it a chance. It takes awhile to get used to. I have a hard time with my bottom partial but I've gotten use to the full upper
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I hate my lower partial and upper denture , my gums were healing from extractions and i couldn't stand to wear them and now that they have healed I still hate them , they put a liner in them that tastes awful :( im miserable with mine 
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Kimberly
Go back to your dentist
Tell him there is something wrong
Especially with your lower partials
Ask him to fix them so you can wear them otherwise you want a refund
Let us know
Barbara
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Well, I'm not sure that dentures will ever feel normal. BUT I think you're question really is " will they ever stop dominating my every waking moment?"


I am 14 months in. I have a full upper and a partial lower.. It is easy to forget about the partial lower. However, the full upper continues to consume every waking moment. It's bulky, it's plastic, it tastes bad and I'm allergic to it. There is not a single moment that I forget that I have a full denture.


The difference really is size. A full upper takes up so much space in your mouth. It's really difficult to forget it's there. But, you are also early in the process.


Also, if you feel like gagging, go back to your dentist and ask him/her to trim the back portion of your denture. This is a common issue where the palate portion of the denture hits the gag reflex zone of your mouth.


Consider also that losing your teeth is a devastating event. It has significant impacts on your emotional and mental well being. It's like an amputation and most people will grieve the loss without really understating why they feel the way they do.


You are only now 6 days in. Give it time. You have to find a new normal. It will happen. Just be patient.
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Joe Canna
Hi Joe
Do not despair there is hope for you
That hope is probably with an over denture  A clip on denture/  where your denture is clippes on to 2 or 3 implants and the denture is then stable and feels like our regular teeth
It costs a little bit of money but this is a quality of life issue
I would start by going to 2 or 3 dentists that advertise free consultations and ask them about this and how they would proceed with your mouth and over dentures and the cost
I would seek out a dental college in your area or the next town and get a consultation there   I would get a price on each option that they reccomend
 I would ask them what is wrong with your dentures
Sure it is a little more money but you pay money every month for your cell phone and computer and other essentials and this is an essential
Let us know what you think and do because we are a learning blog
Good Luck
Barbara
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To Joe Canna

Clip on Dentures
 
They don't rub against the gum and irritate them, causing bruises, grazes, cuts or abrasions. 
Wearers can wear these dentures without worry about hurting their gums. 
Snap-on dentures improve your ability to chew all kinds of food, so you can eat anything comfortably.
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Below is from the internet:

===============================What are Implant Overdentures?

For patients looking for a better, more comfortable way to wear a lower denture, the implant supported overdenture establishes significant denture stability and retention by snapping the removable denture onto at least two dental implants. As a rule, it is not necessary to use more than two implants to achieve the desired result. In fact, utilizing more than that can create issues with ease of insertion and removal. An "implant attachment" on the top of the implant is used to create a snapping mechanism, which is strong enough to keep the denture in position during chewing. It also allows for a relatively easy removal of the denture for daily cleaning and maintenance.


Dental Implant Overdentures

Advantages: The overdenture attachments keep the denture from pressing down too hard on the gum line, allowing an overdenture wearer to bite on harder foods without the typical discomfort a traditional denture wearer experiences when biting down hard. Most implant overdenture wearers report significant improvement the level of comfort and function that an overdenture provides versus a traditional lower denture.

A severe gag reflex can cause serious issues for patients wearing an upper denture. Since the fit of an upper denture is derived from the “suction” effect on the palate, coverage of the palate is a requirement for a good fit. When a patient has a gag reflex, it is impossible to extend the denture appropriately. In this situation, an implant overdenture can be a significant advantage and a comfortable remedy. With the retention of the denture coming from the snap mechanism of the implant attachments, the palate does not need to be fully covered 











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Mary J. Bennett Sharp  wrote:  

Whatever you have to do to afford implants, 

DO IT! Dentures are a hard transition. Very hard. 

Implants save the day! You will never regret it


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How much??
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Before I scare the newbies too much with that comment about the dentures being like a wooden leg, let me say that it does get better if you got a decent fit and you're not allergic to the material. I had 27 extractions and immediate dentures a little over a year ago December 17th 2015. They fit great for about a week then the swelling went down and they got real loose. I saw a video on youtube and ordered the dvds and watched a lot of youtube to learn how to make a set. I've been wearing them for 10 months now. They aren't much to look at... see profile pic... but they function! I can eat pretty much anything I want. I even ate corn on the cob the other night just to see if I could, but I can't bite into an apple. That polident commercial is a bunch of crap! Lol
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Ken, how did you make your own dentures? with what material? 3D printer? Maybe I am misunderstanding your post.
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Hello Ken, I hope you get my comment being that you wrote one year ago.  Did you really make your own set of dentures?  Or did I misunderstand your comment?  If you did, could you explain how?  You're a real soldier huh?   :)
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Ken
Have you thought of implants to secure your dentures especially for your
Bottom denture
Barbara
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Are you getting a kickback for plugging implants or are you that fanatical about them?
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Myridian DeMornay

Implants are progress 
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First of all, to those transitioning to dentures: It WILL get better, but it takes time and you must be patient.  My dental problems began in my 30's due to dry mouth and crowded teeth.  I had root canals and crowns initially, but eventually it simply became to costly when existing work began getting damaged.  Implants were not a logical or cost-effective option, so I went with partial dentures.

Though that was a VERY big adjustment, the most difficult was when I transitioned to full dentures six months ago at age 44.  My prior dentist warned me it would likely be the eventual outcome, but nothing can truly prepare one for such a change.  As others have said, it is very emotionally traumatic, and a very big adjustment.  Keep in mind, when you get your temporary set, they are just that, temporary.  Personally, I always thought my temporary set looked "obviously fake", though others could not tell.

While I was healing, I had to learn to eat and speak again, and there was the obvious initial discomfort.  I had a lot of mixed emotions, and was very self-conscious about how I looked without my dentures in.  Though I've never been vain, I still have my pride.  Nonetheless, I never gave up, and adapted to the point I could eat and speak with no problem.  One thing I learned is to leave the self-consciousness behind.  There have been occasions where I have was out shopping without my dentures and someone stared at me.  I simply gave them a harsh look and said, "Haven't you ever seen someone without teeth before?  Perhaps you'd like to take a picture, it will last longer!"  It was they who felt shame in the end, not me.

I only recently received my permanent dentures yesterday after healing for six months.  Once again, I am having to learn how to eat and speak again, as they are slightly different.  However, they are VERY realistic and even I cannot tell they are prosthetic, even close-up.  I highly recommend a heat-cured set of custom dentures if one can afford it, they are worth every penny.  They fit better, look better, and last longer (mine come with a 7 year warranty).

Are they are good as real teeth?  No, but they are close enough and look better than my original teeth did!  Most importantly, they are functional and allow me to eat without the agony I once endured having dental problems.  Yes, it is a BIG adjustment, but it does get better in time.  The key is communicating with your dental team, being patient, and accepting you have a long road ahead of you.  If your dentist is rude or not compassionate, take control and remind them YOU are the customer, most offices have a money-back assurance.  My dental group was very helpful and accommodating.

All that being stated, I am VERY happy with my permanent dentures and don't regret my choice.  I chose a very good dentist that was honest, caring, and worked to make sure I got what I wanted in the end.  My goal was to be able to not only have a functional set of dentures that allowed me to eat, but a set that looked natural and would not attract attention.  I have that now, and though I'm still learning how to speak with my new dentures, it won't take as long to adapt since I've done it before.

Think in terms of months, not days or weeks as far as adaptation.  In fact, from start to end, figure on a whole year.  After a year, you should be used to dentures to the point they no longer feel quite as foreign.  See your dental professional for sore spots, or situations where one has dentures that fit poorly.  In addition, don't be afraid to take them out for a while if your mouth gets sore.  I still have a subconscious habit of clenching my teeth (dentures), and that makes my gums sore.  Every now and then I'll leave them out for a day and simply eat soup, cottage cheese, and ice cream for dessert.  It gives my mouth a much needed rest.

I truly hope my story and suggestions help others, as I know how traumatic and depressing it can be adapting to dentures.  I cannot stress the importance of patience and dedication to the adjustment process.  Keep in mind, dentures are a prosthetic, like an artificial limb, it is not akin to getting glasses.  Skills one used to take for granted have to be learned again, it takes time and effort.
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Thank you for this David, you actually gave me hope it’ll get more pleasant.. I’m still eating soup and mushy stuff ..howling until I can eat a bacon cheeseburger again??? Lol I miss food ..also what particular denture did you get for your permanents , and about how much will a full good set like that cost completely??
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Wow,what a great description of the experience,and the wise words as to overcome.I needed needed the pep talk,Im 10 months into full upper,lower partial,I had real trouble gagging.I took my Dremel and cut half an inch off the back which helped a lot.had 2 relines.looking forward to the so called permanate ones.I still have lots of problems with comfort.they actually look good,improved my smile 90%.yet depleted my confidence level by that same number.the taste is terrible,I refuse to use ant types of adhesives,because that taste terrible.I again have gained lots more confidence in the ability to overcome,thanks to numerous post in this forum,thank to you David,Barbara,and everyone else who shared on here
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David Fleury

Thanks for your input

keep your comments coming  We need input

You are very lucky you have partials on the bottom  Take very good care of them because bottom complete  dentures are usually a big problem and partials are  so much better

About your top  denture and not Liking glue (and who does):  Well your answer is implants.  You  say you can not afford them??  Maybe you can not afford to be without them or without  implants

There are many creative ways to cut back on other expenses to pay for implants and we can discuss it here if you are interested   Implants  are  the next best thing to your own teeth and there many   ways to get a less  expensive implant approach

You can shop implants and you have the time to do it now   You  have the time because it is before you are paying for your permanent dentures and after all your extractions have been taken out

Do  not rush.  Just have your current dentist do everything to make you comfortable with these upper dentures

Do you have dental insurance?Right now your dentist is the one that should make you comfortable with these temporary upper dentures

Do not tell your dentist you will be exploring implants but ask him for his opinion and advise and price

Do not tell your dentist you are thinking of shopping  for implants because that will make him unhappy but certainly ask his opinion  Remember you may like your dentist but you are not going to marry him or her

Good luck 

Barbara

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