Husband getting teeth pulled and dentures put in Tuesday and I'm honestly terrified. Can someone tell me how to help him through this?

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Husband getting all teeth pulled and dentures put in Tuesday and I'm honestly terrified and so is he. Can someone please tell me what to expect and how to best help him through this?
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Jessy Luttrell

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  • very anxious and worried

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Its not as bad as it seems. I was petrified of dentists and i can honestly say it was a breeze. I took valium an hr before hand to calm my nerves as i couldnt have any iv sedation . After there was minimal pain .there was a fair bit of swelling days 2 to 5 . Ice packs on jaw help as does alot of warm salt water rinses .
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Salt waters are my best friend.
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Jessy Luttrell

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How many teeth did you have pulled? I'm mostly worried about the initial pain from that and keeping everything clean so he doesn't get an infection or something. I've only had one tooth pulled and it hurt so bad I can't imagine having all of them at once.
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I had 26 pulled. 13 top and 12 lowers. I had my lowers done first then a couple months later had uppers done. First day wont feel much due to the needles day after maybe a little .but lots of salt water rinses after eating drinking etc .
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Also try to eat a big meal before hand because soft food will be his diet for awhile.
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I had all of my top ones out and most of bottoms out on Monday and dentures straight in, I was terrified, but I had 2 diazepam an hour before my teeth was pulled and I was fine , he want feel anything except for the injections, once he get home, trust me warm salt water will become his best friend, as relieves a lot of the discomfort, I'm on day 5 and feeling so much better now, and this site is great, you will get all the advice you need as we have all been through it or about to go through it so we are here for each other and help anyway we can, I had great advice, which help me out so much, my thoughts will with u both on Tuesday.
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Thank you, I'm glad you are doing better now. How was the pain for you at first? Should he just rinse with saltwater whenever he's hurting? Hot or cold?
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Warm saltwater as many times he likes, the relief is great, and the more he does the faster he will heal.
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6 teeth removed from bottom and denture put in right away. Next day to dentist again and removed denture to see how gums looked. All good and will go back next week to remove stiches and see how denture fills after 10 days. Have to take out today and rinse gums but hurts when I take out. I will be so glad when 2 months go by and this I hope is just a memory in my life. But dentures look "great". Al From San Fernando Valley
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I lost 13 all up, as long as he keeps on his pain and does the salt water rinses he will be ok, I spent my day 2 vomiting all day crying wishing i never had my teeth out, day 3 nauseous and feeling absolutely miserable, I then I found this site and had rant lol, Lisa G was lovely she gave me great advice , now I'm day 6 still sleep deprived but as Lisa said that will get better, and I'm eating little bits, oh KFC potato and Gravy, yum, he will love that, I had that yesterday, just swallowed, I had 2 small pottles, everyday he will feel a little better.
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I had mine done over 2 weeks ago now. The worst part of the extractions is the needles that numb you up. I was awake. The first week will be hell on him. I won't sugar-coat it. He'll hurt, be hungry, bleed, can't sleep, totally uncomfortable. There's really no way to avoid it. Take the pain meds as directed. Try to keep something in his stomach, even if it's just broth. I'd stopped eating by my third day and threw up the whole day. Not fun. Keep food in there with all those meds. Ice packs were my best friend. I got one at Rite Aid that came with a velcro strap the ice pack fit into. You can wrap the strap around your head so you don't have to hold the ice pack the whole time. Very convenient. I was terrified to take them out and didn't for about 4 days (even though I was told to). I was just so scared that the swelling would prevent me from putting them back in. I started to develop thrush on my tongue because I wasn't taking them out. As terrifying as it is, take them out when the dentist says to. The gums will swell, and it'll probably hurt to put them back in. It still hurts me to put them in. But once they've been in about half an hour I get used to it. Keeping the dentures in as much as possible is good because it heals your gums to their shape. Mine are only out when I'm sleeping. Don't try to use any adhesives where his extractions are until they're healed. You don't want to pull out a clot and end up with dry sockets. Finally, get him on this board! And you stay here! That's what we're here for. We want to hear about his experience and feelings through the whole ordeal. Everyone here has been through it and we're all happy to be there for you.

I will be thinking of you on Tuesday!
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Jessy Luttrell

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Thank you! I will get him to make an account here, you guys are so helpful and kind. I'm glad you are feeling better. What foods were you able to stomach the easiest at first?
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Low sodium chicken broth got me through the first night. Egg drop soup was good.Chicken noodle, though the noodles are long enough to cause a problem if you're not careful. Ensure/Boost helps you feel full for a little while and has lots of good stuff in it. The instant shells and cheese are good - you don't have to chew them, they're small enough to just taste and swallow. Applesauce, pudding, yogurt. Also cold stuff is great. Ice cream, popsicles even just ice water. I'm addicted to iced coffee now. I'm sure everyone has some food tips. Chime in!
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Jessy my husband made mashed potatoes and browned finely chopped ground beef mixed it together and I could pretty much just swallow it. Also I know not every1 likes it but potted meat is good to. No chewing required. Tomato soup too. I know for me days 3 to 5 were bad due to swelling but from then on I was good. No pain just learning to eat and talk lol. Ur husband will do ok. Just make sure he ices and salt salt salt water rinses. Them r the 2 main things to help with pain and healing. Popsicles r great but also he can hold ice in mouth in cheeks by the gums. Just let it melt. Feels amazing
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Watch the acidic stuff like Tomato Soup - Bisque is better.
Don't ask me how I know this!  :-)
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Ted

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Make your own and get some Vanilla Protein Powder for them.

http://allrecipes.com/recipes/138/drinks/smoothies/
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Melanie Baker

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Ted is that all recipes link from dinner spinner app??? Lol.
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Ted

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No... from my favs.  Dinner Spinner App?  Have to look that up!
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Melanie Baker

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Lol. On dinner spinner it says all recipes. Is why I was wondering. Its 1 of my favorite apps. Use it all time. Lol
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Well said, Lisa! I'd add Popsicles to your shopping list...those saved my sanity the first week. He'll be bruised, swollen and hurting, but it does get better. It was hard on my husband not being able to take my pain away...the pain is intense. Hopefully he can sleep a lot the first few days.
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Jessy Luttrell

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The pain on the first days is what I'm most concerned about. He is a tough person so I know he can handle it but it's already tearing me up that I can't help him more. Popsicles are a great idea thank you! How long did it take you to stop hurting? He plans on going back to work within a week but he does concrete and I'm worried he'll hurt too much. Is this a realistic time allowance or should I prepare him for more time off? I just want it to be easy as possible for him.
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He may want to take an extra week off since his job is very physical. My Dad was in construction so I know how hard your husband works. The being bent over part may really bother him. The swelling will be mostly gone by the first week. If it's possible, have him plan for two weeks off and go back early if he's healing fast. We're all here for you guys!
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got 6 bottom front teeth out today forgot to ask if I can suck on popsicles??
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I had every tooth pulled at the same time top and bottom was only missing 1 hurt bad for a day after that was not to bad was out of work for 3 days then back at jt
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My wife is 30 and getting all her teeth pulled while awake. I can't imagine. Honestly I dont think I am strong enough to go thru that. We have a 8 month old baby girl and she breast feeds. I appreciate reading all the advice here cause I want to help the best i can.