Getting used to immediate dentures

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I am 43 and on day 5 with immediate upper dentures. I like how they look on me but have to get used to them. They fit well and I have no sore spots, but right now I can not believe to ever being able to eat normal again, or bite into something one day.i also feel so emotional and vulnerable. Does it really get better? I started this whole process with a very positive attitude that I kept after first 11and then 5 Extractions. My teeth were so decayed after Chemo and Crohn's disease I am sure everyone of you felt like being in a nightmare at one point and feeling ashamed about it. I was so happy when I started this process. The day of the last extractions and when my husband drove me home all of a Sutton I questioned​ everything. Did I make the right decision? Can I really learn to get used to them being in my mouth? Is anyone else feeling like this? When I found this site I was so relieved (not that you guys feel bad of course but that I am not the only one) So, does it get better?
Thank you for sharing your experiences, it really helps a lot ! Does anyone else out there have Crohn's and failing teeth as a result? I am originally from Germany and there this is like common knowledge , Doctors acknowledge that 100%.Here in the States Doctors are very sceptical about that. I always been so embarrassed to being asked if I practice poor oral hygiene or do we get no fluoride in Germany?..........
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Firstly let me say, yes it does get better, I am nearly 3 months in with immediate upper denture, have learned to chew properly, still can't bite but didn't expect to with immediates, I am hoping I will be able to do this once I get my permanents. 

Secondly, you are not alone with the feeling you got after the last of your extractions were done - your teeth were part of you, no matter their condition, and you need to mourn their loss. Hope this helps a bit.
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Thank you Sheila. Yes it helps a lot to hear from someone who has been there and overcame those struggles. And also thank you for making me aware of the fact that I have to mourn my teeth even though I hated them so much.
That makes a lot of sense but I never thought of it that way before.
I wish you all the best
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Hi  susi
Go back to your dentist and see what they will do to make you more comfortable
Keep documenting your dental journey on this site
Upper dentures usually work better then the lower dentures so that's a good thing
Try to preserve your lower  teeth
Let us now how you are doing step by  step
Please post  your costs on this site and see how your cost compares to what others are paying
Good luck
Barbara
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Today is day 7 with my immediate dentures. I went to the dentist today and he removed the sutures. I don't have any sore spots, very good suction and just very little swelling. He said he is so positively surprised about the fast healing and wanted to know more about my calendula rinse, so that he can tell other patients about it. I am so thankful for my dentist because 3 years ago another dentist told me that my upper teeth can be fixed and we started already on crowns. I paid $4000 for 2 teeth and then 3 years later they were crumbling and rotten and causing abscesses​ so much pain and stress and no more self esteem.....I was terrified by dentists, until I found my current one. Healing time is very important to him, he always talked to me and my husband both, I trust him completely and had a very good experience with him from thestart. Since we are no Millionaires it also helped that the price was right!

I overcame that little funk I had for the first 3 days. I feel pretty good with getting used to them and I could substitute the ibuprofen with acetaminophen that doesn't make me feel so terrible. Sunday night when I had been throwing up and had that bad headache from all those meds, I even ate saltine crackers with some ginger ale!!! It was a little weird at first, but not bad at all!

Thanks for your time and support!
Good luck to everyone
That is my new smile on day 2 with immediate dentures and lower partial ( my profile picture )
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This is my new smile with upper immediate dentures and lower partial on day 2 after extractions.
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HI  susi
Well you look great and you are very pretty
Barbara G
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Thank you! I wasn't smiling for such a long time, and for sure not taking any photos of myself!..........
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How are you doing Susi? They look great!!.. if I were to meet you on the street since I wouldnt  know you I would never know they were not your real teeth...see this is the beauty of the process.. the end result and much better health:)
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Thank you so very much Brenda! That feels so amazing to hear. Self esteem comes back slowly....
How are you doing?
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I have final extractions and full upper denture lower partial in June had all others extracted several months ago have had healing time ...am a diabetic... had no health ins coverage till recently and have been walking around with pretty much most of my teeth missing..very unsightly and quite a sad sad experience to have to live with..so am looking forward to having this done so I can smile proudly again...it really depletes confidence..
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I so wanted the smile for me, but it was 35 years ago and technology has really come on board.
You also be happy within and your Smile will light up Your World ! Lilly
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Brenda Hayes

It is very sad that people have to be without Medical and dental coverage

Good luck on  your ability now to have your  dental needs taken care  of

Enjoy your new smile and keep us updated

Barbara  

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Yes it is indeed sad but I am living for My God and new teeth are out of my hands
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Hello Brenda,
You WILL smile proudly again! I can relate to you so very much, because due to my cancer and Crohn's history I needed a very long healing period as well. I had 11 upper and 2 lower teeth removed last year in August. I could keep 4 upper front teeth for eating and just not being toothless up there. But they were already loose and black half way in from top. So I just stopped smiling and eating in public and tried to only talk to strangers if I absolutely had to. With my first dentist I used to get anxiety attacks because of the bottomless pit of costs and it did not help my self esteem much when he constantly made​ those hurtful comments about the bad situation in my mouth. Like I did not know or been ashamed enough already..... When he asked my husband if I'm not worth to have a nice smile again for $40.000 I never went back there. He is on my mind quite a lot lately because I have to pass by his office every day. Like " And- do I have a nice smile now?.... "
I just want to let you know that I have been there and sometimes it felt like there was no happy ending in sight but I made it! It was so worth it. My husband told me yesterday that it means the world to him to see me so happy and smiling again. And going out in the world with confidence
And feeling pretty again....
Be proud of yourself , you are almost there!
I am now also still learning to live with them like eating and sometimes it feels like at the end of the day my jaw and mouth gets " tired ", I do not know if that is normal. But those are just little things compared I the disaster before...
I wish you all the best and just trust in yourself and that you will be rewarded in the end.
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Thank you for your beautiful response.  I think your husband hit the nail on the head telling you how much he enjoys seeing you happy and smiling again,...what a wonderful recognition...that must have made you feel like wow over the top...yes I am really starting to look forward to getting this finished and being able to have confidence in my smile again,..It will make a huge difference in my life!! ..my dentist did say to me that the jaw muscles do take time to get realigned as well since I have had TMJ issues... sort of warning me what to expect,..:)
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Hi Brenda,
Just wanted to ask how you are doing? You said your "big day" is coming up this month.
The last two weeks before my extractions my teeth sort of "rebelled" and gave me one more big painful abscess. By then I was so ready for the surgery and just wanted them out.
I hope that you don't have to go through this right now. I wish you the best of luck.