Getting Denture next month.

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Hi all.  In 3 weeks I'm having 10 teeth extracted (flossing is more important than I ever thought!) and getting immediate upper dentures. I am feeling a lot of different emotions right now. I'm scared at thought of having so many teeth pulled with a local ( can't be put under for this kind of dental work as I have a habit being sick when coming out of it )  The idea of pulling my front teeth really makes me nervous. I'm excited about being able to smile again and I am kind of depressed about getting dentures because I'm pretty young, I'm only 47.

I've got a good dentist, he's explained the process very well, sometimes even over explaining.

Anyway, I was hoping to talk to people who have gone through the process about what they went through, not just with getting the dentures and adjusting to having them, but the emotions they went through throughout the process, how they life changed or didn't change after getting them, like how did others react, what was it like going back to work, what was it like socializing, when did they socializing.......
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Brian Thibault

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Nomoreteeth

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Seeing your flag as a proud member of Steeler Nation, you have nothing to fear as Steelers are Strong! Just remember Jack Lambert who lost his front teeth. To be serious now, anyone loosing their teeth feels the emotion of what it will be like to be toothless. Possibly the first time you see yourself in the mirror it can take your breath away but put your dentures in-place and now look at that smile; it's perfect! It may take up to a few months before everything is healed and you're use to having something in your mouth but I can assure you it's worth it. You may do the same thing I've asked: why did I wait so long to obtain dentures, remove the pain with the resultant being a great smile. Just embrace the positive change in your life. Dentures are not the end but the beginning of a new positive chapter of your life.
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Kevin Demas

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Be aware of the changes your mouth will go through as the swelling goes down......buy an adhesive(Fixodent?), lots of salt water rinses, small bites, and you will lose a couple of pounds........But , go back to the deturist later for a re line(usually 8 weeks).......other than that, no more tooth problems (uppers anyway).......You will not regret it.....
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Nomoreteeth

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Better adhesive would be Secure which you can get from Amazon.
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AliciaP

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I don't know if Secure would be a good first adhesive. It would probably hurt like heck to remove that soon after extractions.

Besides I have found, as well as many others on here, that it is always good to have a full arsenal at your disposal.

Just my opinion
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Toby Santangelo

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Just had 11 extracted last week, and immediate dentures put in.
I was having major anxiety about having them pulled too, but it wasnt that bad. Once I was numb, I managed just focus on relaxing while the extractions were being done, and my dentist being kind was a huge help.
Im 6 days in to my new set, and the feeling I get knowing my smile looks great again is amazing.
I am however having discomfort with taking out, and putting them back in, as the gums are still very sore and not fully healed. Im expecting this for a while, and I stay motivated by the fact that im no longer sick and in pain from the previously rotten teeth that were ruining my life.
Its a big change, yes, but worth it so far in my opinion.
I just need to be patient lol. Good luck, youll be fine.
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Brian, I will be honest with you. I've gone through a low level of the stages of grief. You are losing a piece of you and I think it's normal to deal with it as such.

For the record, I'm only 45 so I understand how you feel about your age.

I'm disabled, so I can't speak to the going back to work, but when it comes to socializing - most people that I see on a regular basis already knew how bad my teeth were (made much worse by the fact that just prior to having my teeth pulled, my mother-in-law was in the hospital and after a few weeks passed away. Due to this, I wound up seeing everyone in my husband's family and friends) Anyway, once I got my dentures I was so proud of my new smile I didn't think twice of letting my teeth show.

I hope this helps and makes sense!