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After more than 8 long months, I had my implant supported dentures installed today.  When I got my teeth extracted back in September, my daughter was 8 months pregnant.  Now my granddaughter has teeth.  She beat me to them.  :)

I had chosen to only wear my temporary dentures when I was out in public, and then only the upper ones. I just pretended that nobody noticed my lack of bottom teeth.  Since I work at home (an Etsy shop), I didn't have to go out much at all. I did spend every Sunday at my parent's senior living place, but everyone there is 90 - 105, so I figured they either didn't notice, or they could well relate to weird looking dentures.  One day, I stood out in the hall talking to a woman, after accidentally running into her on my way to the trash chute, and it was a while before I realized I had no teeth in at all.  I never once tried to eat with them in.  I've been eating pureed stuff for 8 months and spending all my time at home toothless.

I got a system called Hybridge, which involves 6 implants on the top and 5 on the bottom, and fully screwed in dentures that are not removeable by anyone but the dentist.  I had to get bone grafts in the upper jaw, and then have a second surgery to place the upper implants after the grafts grew in.  I haven't tried eating anything interesting yet, but they sure feel comfortable, and the lack of that palate piece is amazing.

Once I made the decision to do this, I never looked back.  I cashed in a piece of my 401K and just kept moving forward.  There were plenty of days I thought this day would never arrive.  There were a few delays along the way.  I never thought I would be a candidate for implants because of significant bone and gum loss.  But apparently, almost anyone is.

I'm kind of sorry there are so few people here with implant supported dentures to share that experience and guide us along that path.
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I am so glad you got there, Janet. It's been a long wait for you and it sounds like it's been a long and involved process.  Is it difficult getting used to them?  Implants are expensive here so I haven't been able to look into that but, having said that, I have partial dentures and I've been happy with those.

Talking of long waits, I think I told you that had my consultation with the doctor who will be taking my teeth out.  As I live in France with its 'wonderful' health system,  I thought everything would be quick but I was given an appointment for the procedure for three months later, July 9th, so I'm on countdown to that.  Then my dentist said I will need 'two to three weeks' for healing before he can start my dentures, so it's going to be about three months before I get them, although I am seriously considering going down the Russell Klein route.

I am so pleased that your ordeal is over now and I wish you happy smiley future!
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It does get closer, Janet, and I am starting to get a little nervous but it won't stop me getting the deed done!  I will just have to live with the waiting time for dentures, but the dentist knows that I don't want to wait too long. 

You really have had a long and expensive journey so I am so glad that you are happy with the results.  It makes it all worthwhile.  I will keep you informed of my progress. 
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I had weeks between deciding to do all this and my extractions. Right until the very last moment, I wasn’t sure I was going to go through with it. I knew I could have eked out a little more time with my real teeth. The waiting does give you a lot of time to build up anxiety about it. I just did my best to not think about it until I really had to.

Are you getting any kind of sedation? I couldn’t have done it without.
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No sedation, unfortunately, just local anaesthetic!  I have ten teeth to be extracted but I know that at least two will come out easily and my dentist says the whole session will be quick so perhaps when he looked at my x-ray he could see that they won't be difficult extractions. Last week I had the start of an infection in one tooth. The dentist gave me some antibiotics and it was soon cleared up, but it confirmed to me that the teeth need to go!  I won't talk myself out of it even though I am not looking forward to it.

I will try to be brave. My grandson has just completed three years of harsh leukaemia treatment which involved lumbar punctures, intravenous chemo, weekly blood tests, and six months' worth of twice-daily injections to clear a blood clot, so I shall keep him in mind when I'm having all the injections in my gums. Having a few teeth out is nothing compared to what he has been through.
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It was infection that sent me down this path also.

I’m so sorry to hear about your grandson. That sounds awful. I always count my blessings also when I hear what others have to go through. How old is he?
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Thanks, Janet. He's eighteen years old now and was diagnosed at fifteen. The variant he had is acute lymphoblastic leukaemia, fortunately one of the easiest to treat in youngsters. He complete a planned three-year treatment programme at the end of March so is now, thankfully, free of treatment and in remission. He will need regular check-ups until he gets the all-clear in five years' time. The treatment was harsh but he faced up to it and coped pretty well considering, and now he's making up for lost years.  He was able to complete all his studies and will be doing his 'A-level' exams this year then taking a gap year (to build his strength back up) before he starts university. He is making lots of travel plans with friends and he is making the most of not having to keep going in and out of hospital. The health service, the NHS, has been absolutely fantastic and I will be forever grateful for that and for the wonderful doctors and nurses that have looked after him so well.   We count our blessings, that's for sure. He was unlucky to get it but 'lucky' to get the type that was relatively easier to treat than other forms.

I haven't had much in the way of tooth infections before, but that recent one, and the two or three loose teeth, and one with a lost filling, are sending me down that path!  I hadn't thought about sedation before because it hasn't been mentioned, but I need to visit my doctor for another reason, so I might ask him for something I can take just for that one day! I won't be driving to the extraction appointment myself. My husband will be taking me just to be on the safe side, so it won't matter if the sedation makes me drowsy.  If I had the choice, I would rather be given a general anaesthetic!  I am not looking forward to it at all, but I know I will regret it if I back out now. If my grandson can cope with all that was thrown at him, then surely I can cope with a few extractions!

I remember someone on this forum saying she had made temporary teeth with something she called thermoplastic beads. I can't find her posts now, although I have searched hard, but I have looked into the idea on YouTube and have seen that others have had success with it, on a purely temporary basis, of course. I think I might see if I can add to my existing partial upper denture the teeth that will be missing on it when I have the real ones out!  The lady who mentioned it said it worked really well for her when she needed it.  It will only be a purely temporary thing for me while I am waiting for my new dentures to be made, and I will only wear it if I need to go out in public - that's if it works, of course!  I certainly won't try eating with it.  It sounds crazy but I will try anything to get me through those weeks with no teeth! I've already ordered the beads. They were cheap and can be used to make and mend lots of things, so they won't be wasted!  
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I'm in the process of doing something similar.  So far I have only had all my upper teeth removed and the implants put in and sent home with immediate dentures.  I have 4 implants on top and will have 4 on the bottom.  I was supposed to have the lowers done at the same time but my teeth had so much work done to them in the past it took too long for the uppers so I have to go back in for the lower procedure probably when the sutures come out for the top.  I've been told most likely four months for the implant supported dentures to be put in but we'll see.  My dentist is very thorough with follow up appointments and such so I'm seeing him weekly for now to check in on the fit.  I think it looks pretty good so far but will be happier when I don't have to use the polygrip stuff.  Congratulations to you!  Excited to be where you are at.
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I have snap ins and I take them out to rinse off or brush after I eat. (pop out-rinse-pop in) Other than that I sleep in them and leave them in pretty much 24/7
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=72Xov9XEMhY&t=214s
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Is that you in the video Zelda?
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Tis I ...LOL
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Those are some fine looking teeth! You look beautiful.
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Sorry.  I just saw this.  I was told the same information.  Every day to clean and then they can go right back in.  Great video!
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so happy you no longer have to feel embarrassed or walk around with no teeth. You deserve to smile and eat again and regain self esteem.
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9fGqpF3bN_h8Jy5rb6hNuw
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Janet how's it going with the fixed implants?  Any problems?  I'm still trying to decide if I want snap ins for the lowers or a fixed one.  I'm scheduled for surgery September 7 so trying to make an informed decision.  My dentist said that if I go for the fixed the lab tech would be there after the surgery and make the temporary one for me right then so I would leave with a screwed in lower denture.  This sounds kind of appealing after currently dealing with gluing my upper temorary one in all the time while I wait to get enough healing in for my snap ins to be done.  So Janet and Zelda if either of you has any input since you both seem to have the implants similar to what I'm considering.  I was also told I can always upgrade to a fixed on the upper as well to match after it's all healed up.
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It is going well. I treat them with respect and haven’t challenged them with anything hard like hard candy or apple biting etc.
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please stop sending me these posts. thank you
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Sending what posts?