Having 24 extractions and temporary dentures.

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Hello, I'm new here and have been reading lots of posts and trying to learn what to expect. My teeth have been getting bad over the last few years and because of pure fear I didn't go to the dentist. A few weeks ago when my front broke, I found a little courage and went. After an exam and X-rays he told me I had moderate periodontal disease. To fix them all and treat the disease was going to cost 8000.00 but wasn't sure that it would even solve the problem. He suggested extractions and dentures. He told me about the procedure and costs. I didn't care much for the place or him. For someone who is terrified of even being there I wanted someone to at least act like they cared. I got a second opinion and they acted like they cared and it was a bit more comforting there. They pretty much said the same as the other one. She said the way she does it is, I go in for impressions first for my temporary dentures. Then I will be on antibiotics for about a week. She rights a prescription for a sedative and I take that 2 hours before my appointment . She will pull all 24 teeth and put in my temps. I will go back the next day for a check up. Over the next six months I will have check ups and fittings then after the healing and bone changes has happened I will be fitted for permanent dentures. Does that sound pretty typical? I can't get over the fact of being awake as she pulls all 24 teeth!! I am getting the implants in my lower. That also is freaking me out to think of them putting those metals screw things in my bones! I know I need to do this. All I have to do is make the call and tell them I'm ready....but I'm not ready!!
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Alesha all of that sounds exactly right. In about little over 2 months from having top extracted and top immediate denture and that's how mine went. Only I didn't have the sedative. Just the local anthestisia. I know its a very scary process but if ur like me its sum thing u really need done. I am so so happy with my new smile and not being in pain and having infected teeth all the time. Being able to drink hot coffee or ice cold drinks is amazing and being able to smile proudly is wonderful. Its good u went to a second place bcuz u DESERVE to b treated with care and to feel comfortable with the dentist u choose. Let us know when u decide to do and keep us posted. Oh and this site is awesome. I was terrified b4 I actually did it but everyone here is so kind and amazing and have been wonderful support. Good luck.
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Can u drink hot coffee the day after I had all teeth removed?
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I'm day 5 after extractions on my upper jaw. I also have 4 titanium screws for what will be my permanent denture. I did get an immediate denture.
I was lucky and my dentist does IV Sedation for these procedures. I don't know if I could have done it without the sedation.

Is that an option for you? I'm sure it would be an additional cost. If not, have you looked into a dentist that offers IV Sedation? I don't remember ANYTHING and that is fantastic.

Everything else you mentioned sounds typical as far as treatment expectations.

Good luck! I'm sure you'll do great either way!
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I went with sedation I went full dentures its been 2 months now still going for fellow up and adjustments everything looks good and gums are healing for a week or less my gums were very sore and very tender I did not feel any pain from teeth being pull temporary dentures were put in right away its very hard to eat with the bottom dentures but I feel good smiling and feel healthier.
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Can I drink a hot coffee the day after I had all my teeth pulled?
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I'm day 5 after extractions on my upper jaw. I also have 4 titanium screws for what will be my permanent denture. I did get an immediate denture.
I was lucky and my dentist does IV Sedation for these procedures. I don't know if I could have done it without the sedation.

Is that an option for you? I'm sure it would be an additional cost. If not, have you looked into a dentist that offers IV Sedation? I don't remember ANYTHING and that is fantastic.

Everything else you mentioned sounds typical as far as treatment expectations.

Good luck! I'm sure you'll do great either way!
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Thank you Melanie and Christi. No neither of the places I went to offer IV sedation. She did say that I have a choice between mild, moderate or strong sedation. I chose strong!
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Just remember how beautiful your new smile is going to be! Positive thoughts!!!
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Melanie Renna

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I just got all my teeth taken out, I have mine now and won't for 8 weeks! It has hit me hard emotionally! I am embarrassed to talk or eat outside of my house! I feel like everyone is looking at mybtoothless mouth! I try to picture my beautiful smile one day! It's a journey that has proven to be more difficult emotionally then I ever imagined! Trying to stay positive! Did you feel any of the same feelings?
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I understand that! It is so hard to talk or eat. Try not to get down. Think on the benefits. This is a process. I am having trouble also. I'm sad at how I look. But the teeth had to go and eventually it will get better. I hide my mouth all the time. I eat alone. Your not alone!
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I want to say it's so good to hear that but it's not!!! I'm sorry your having trouble as well, atleast we aren't alone. It's amazing how much better I feel to see all of these posts. It's encouraging and also helps me realize I am not the only one going through this, because sometimes that feeling gets overwhelming. I went on vacation right after I had my last few teeth pulled and it hit me very hard emotionally, we had a big mirror in our hotel room and all I could do was keep looking st myself and it made me so self conscious. When I went out I wouldn't talk I would have my husband order my food, and I probably had some of the largest anxiety attacks I have ever had. I was so unprepared for how hard my emotions hit me. I have to say since readin these posts and getting replies like yours it helps me cope and look for the light at the end of the tunnel!!! Thank you and be well
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I took a strong valium an hr before my lowers and by the time he pulled my 2nd tooth i was asleep .i too am petrified of dentists but the valium had me calm and relaxed and high as a kite :-)
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Ahaha ha my doctor had to prescribe me Valium since I got my last teeth pulled bc every time I'm in public I have massive anxiety attacks!! I have become more self conscious than I ever was about my mouth!!
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OK First welcome Second you are blessed that u can have implants especially in the bottom.  Yes u need to be put out.  Get a grip be put out then take the first step and follow her suggestion.  You can do this we all have been through many years of teeth pulling dentures etc, but the fact that u have enough bone foe lower implants a gift trust me the hardest part is dentures on bottom.  You are not alone and u can do this.  Being put out is the best part u wake up done.
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I'm glad you found a dentist that you feel comfortable with. I am 5 months out from full uppers. I remember being totally freaked out at the thought of the extractions. I had Xanax on board. To be honest, the extraction part was not that bad. The fear and anxiety were 1,000x worse than the procedure itself. Please revisit your dentist often afterwards. Any pain and rubbing has a quick remedy. You should suffer. Getting dentures has changed my life and is so liberating. You got this. I encourage you to research. Watch videos of people who have been there. It really helped me get where I am. I now have a pretty smile and Dont even have to wear adhesive. Best of luck.
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I too found the videos on You Tube very helpful! I told my dentist about them, so he is now recommending his new denture patients look at a few.

I'm still sore, but let me tell you....it feels SOOOO good to smile, not covering my mouth, laughing while throwing my head back knowing there are teeth there! My confidence just got a HUGE boost!
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Pulling the teeth is no problem. It's getting used to wearing dentures and learning to eat with them. Consider fixing your own teeth if possible.
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Thank you all!! I feel better just reading your comments!!
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Wearing dentures in a totally different world.  This was told to me by a DENTURIST.  I now have bottom dentures.  He was so right.  Save our teeth at any cost.
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I've been able to save all of my lower teeth. My uppers were damaged in a car accident & I've spent thousands over the last 8 years TRYING to save them. Ultimately, it wasn't possible. Now I'm in the home stretch of the "all on 4" upper, permanent denture.
I'm not having any fun with this temp right now though.
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Sounds about right, Alesha.  I suffered from a lot of the same anxiety as you did, waited years to finally do something about it and regret the time I wasted with bad teeth.  The anticipation and angst are so much worse than the actual surgery that you'll probably feel a little silly when its done and over with - I know I did.  I did NOT have an antibiotic prior to surgery, so the dentist operated around a couple of raging infections.  I did opt for IV sedation, though.  Apparently I was conscious, but I have zero memory of most of that morning.

I had mine done about 2 weeks ago (26 and immediates) and the first couple days were OK days 3-5 were horrible and then its all downhill from there.  
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All: I've been silent, but still engaged, as my spring semester concludes. You've pretty much covered the bases here, but I would like to tell Alesha that her decision to resolve her dental issues once and for all is undoubtedly a good one. Dentures do change your life, for good and for ill. But the good far outweighs the bad for most of us.

I am 10 weeks out from having a full upper denture and a lower partial placed. Last night I almost forgot to take them out for the first time. I believe that's progress. I am learning to eat again, and I am confident when I go out in public to dine. I am using no adhesives yet, but I do have to rinse the upper fairly often. I frankly do not care if someone sees me doing it. These devices are a part of me forever, and I am proud to be able to smile broadly again.

The choice of a competent, compassionate dentist and denturist is key to your success, and I have learned that female dentists offer a couple of advantages. Their hands are smaller, and as a result your jaws will appreciate that. They are also more deliberate than men when it comes to extracting teeth, and while it may take longer to remove an individual tooth the removal itself is gentler. At least that's my experience after having gone to male dentists for years.

TJ said that compared to the nonsense we've put up with for years, the extractions and the placement of the dentures are a comparative walk in the park. At least that's true for most of us. I was conscious for 12 extractions, and there was no pain. I learned from that experience that I can put up with just about anything when it comes to a trip to the dentist as I try to save the remaining bottom teeth. And my worst day - day seven - had nothing to do with pain. I was taking about 12 Advil a day for that first week, and it messed my system up badly. I have not taken a pain reliever since. So be aware. Non-opiod pain relievers can have consequences, too.

We do not call that first 5-7 days "Hell Week" for nothing, and we're all affected differently. But for Alesha and Christi know that the odds are greatly in your favor, and that these decisions will most likely improve your health, your appearance and your general outlook for the rest of your life.

By all means, we should try to save our teeth if we can, and some have had awful experiences with their dentures. But diseased teeth can have tremendously negative consequences both physically and mentally, and the decision to resolve those issues is most likely going to be one of the best decisions you're ever made. Good luck and God speed to each of you. Joseph
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Thank you Joseph! Day 6 and I'm very comfortable with the look & feel of my upper denture. My only complaint is not being able to eat, but I know it's a process.
I will do EVERYTHING I can to save all of my lower teeth though.
I'm thankful to have found this group, it's been helpful & encouraging.
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Christi: Like you I'm doing everything I can to save the bottom teeth. That includes a dental appointment every four months and brushing four times a day. I floss with "Tight" G-U-M Go-Between Proxabrush cleaners. They do a much better job than regular dental floss, but they do make the gums bleed a little. My dentist said that was not a problem, and it does not hurt.

I'm still not eating everything I did before the extractions, but each day gets me a little farther down the road. On day 6 I was still eating soup and ice cream, and I couldn't imagine biting into anything. My bite force was zero. It's been 10 weeks since I received the upper denture, and each day I get a little better at chewing, and I'm probably about 80 percent back.

I learned to eat more slowly, to take smaller bites and to use my tongue and both sides of my mouth to chew. I'm eating less now than I did before, which is a good thing, and my wife thinks my table manners have improved as well. We are lucky to have our bottom teeth, since most of the problems people have are with the bottom denture. I'm still not using an adhesive, although I may soon.

Try to get by with as few pain relievers as you can, because they can mess up your system. As you heal, you'll find that brushing your gums as you brush your teeth feels wonderful. But take it easy. I think I started doing this around day 10. Salt water rinses work, and I did it at least 4 times a day for the first 2 months. Finally, I went to the dentist twice within the first 2 weeks to get the denture adjusted to remove places that were causing sore spots (leukoplakia). It's a quick and simple process. I wish you the best as you go forward. Joseph
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I just had 24 teeth removed and immediate dentures placed on May 27th, 2017! I prepared myself for what I thought would be very painful and at least a week of being comfortable! Well, well it was a breeze! I still can't understand how and why I am on day 4 without any pain!! Scale of 0 to 10.... ZERO! But Ican still only eat soft foods!
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Maaaan, you're tempting the dental Gods to throw some lightning your way right now.  Hopefully that streak continues!
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G Perry U r definitely lucky. I know mine was WAY easier than I had thought was gonna b. But days 3 and 4 were pretty awful for me. Lol
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Melanie, how are things going now? I just had all my teeth pulled and upper and lower immediate full dentures placed. I cannot wear the lower at all due to sore spots and upper is developing some. Of course these developed on the weekend, how long does it take the sores to heal after adjustments? I have to work all week.
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You look fantastic!
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Thank you all for responding . It really does help. After thinking on it for a week or so, I called and told them I was going to do it. She makes it mandatory that you get checked out by a doctor before she will do the dental work. I got that done and all was OK. A week later I went in and got the impressions done. At that time she went over all the pre and post op instructions and gave a ton of papers to read on what to expect. She wrote out the prescriptions for the antibiotic (cephalexin), xanax, norco for pain and chlorhexidine mouth rinse. I take 3 mg xanax 2 hours before I get here. They said at that point I won't have a care in the world. Lol. I got all the scripts filled and was feeling pretty good about it all. Then I was reading about the meds and side effects. The one that freaks me out the most is the antibiotic. The list of possible side effects is hideous. I have to start it 7 days before the extractions. Please tell me its not as bad as it sounds. I know that having an infection afterwards would be bad but I didn't know that an antibiotic can cause heart trouble, panic attacks and hallucination just name a few. It's not that bad is it?
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The side effect from NOT taking the antibiotic is worse than the ones from taking it. Just my opinion.
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ALL meds have side effects.  By law they must tell you it does not mean u wil  get the side effects.  Think positive move forward.  You really don't want an infection.