I just had 13 teeth pulled and a top denture put in.

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I have had bad luck with my teeth. I have done everything right my parents put thousands of dollars in my mouth with braces, cleanings, and ext. So at the age of 16 I had my first fake tooth due to a gum disease I got from my dad. And by the age of 23 my teeth decayed more and more no matter what I did. I brushed and flossed twice a day went to the dentist. Just bad luck I guess. So age 29 my teeth where all black almost and I could never smile. Just my top teeth. My bottom teeth are in great health. Weird right? So I went to Affordable Dentures where I live and seen the doc. He said your bottoms are worth saving they are in good health you have one that needs to be removed down there and all your top teeth need to be extracted. Ok so how much is this going to cost I asked. We have a new denture wearer package and you will get a temporary plate and a final plate as well as relines and adjusts through the next 8 months. You can choose which denture you want. Which they range from 400.00 to 1020. So they had a deal going on and I picked the most expensive because it has a 7 years warranty plus it fits your mouth to every curve and you shouldn't have to use anything to hold it in place. Which its called the ultimate denture. So with 13 teeth and two plates and a care plan for the next year 1995.00 is what I paid. Which is a lot of money to me. But so worth every penny. No more toothed aches or not being able to smile. Its the best money I have ever spent on myself. I feel better and have more energy now that all the infection is gone. The day of the extraction I got a plate put in asap and went back Thursday which was 4 days later and was checked and everything came out great. So if you are thinking of getting them please do. Its worth it. I know it's scary and overwhelming but it's worth your happiness and to let it show.
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Great Smile Ashley, I know exactly what you are talking about. My dentist for years kept talking me into having root canals, crowns, and bridges at a great expense. Finally, at the age of 63, I told him I was done with all those procedures due to the fact that my crowns and bridges were falling out on a yearly basis. He reluctantly agreed to me having an upper denture. Sure, I was a little apprehensive but I had the rest of my upper teeth pulled and an immediate denture put in. It has been over a year now and it was a decision that I do not regret at all. Love my denture and my smile. Best decision that I ever made.
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Thank you Johnny. I'm so happy your happy with your smile too. Did u ever have a piece of your tooth come through your gums after wards?
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My dentist did find a small sliver of a tooth and removed it. I personally never felt it. If small pieces are to come through, it will probably be within the first month or two and will be found by your dentist when you have minor adjustments to your denture.
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I have what feel like pretty large ones coming up now and my teeth were pulled in September.  My dentist said she would help them along at the next surgery if they don't come all the way out.  I'm really glad I had read about that phenomenon here in the forums or I would probably be freaking out.
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Totally normal but i pulled them out myself. My dentist would not pull them. I have a new dentist now. :)
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So sorry to hear that Debi. I'm glad you got them out and a new dentist. Did anyone's hurt? The one that is poking out if my gums hurts because it rubs my plate and it's very painful.
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They are very painful. Like needles. Mine got infected. Swollen. But I am sure most dentists fix this
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I have another question for you two. I just got mine a week ago today. I have sores on one side due to them adjusted my left side because I had two teeth in and pulled 4 days later. Now they are gone and it's very painful to wear my plate. And the roof of my mouth is very painful as well. The right side gives me no problems. I can chew my food on the ride side and it feels fine I have one place that is not all the way healed yet but it doesn't hurt all that much. I rinse with salt water three to four times a day if not more. I clean my plate after I eat if I'm home. DO how often do u have to have adjustments done while waiting on your final denture. Which I want get mine till July of '18
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Good question. I am not sure about simple adjustments, but I know my dentist told me to call anytime if something wasn’t right with my temps. I know the soft relines and hard reline aren’t done as often, told to me by my dentist but I ended up with a horrible ulcer top left of my mouth and my denture pops out unless I use adhesive, so without a reline an adjustment wouldn’t do me much good at this point. They have shaved down the same area 3 times for the ulcer but it only helps for a short amount of time. I leave them out for a few hrs every day to help let it heal, but it’s still taking forever. I’d call your dentist and ask how many you can have done. I just got a bill that showed by two visits for adjustments right after and there was no charge. I think the relines are included but it could be a specific amount of times.
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Ashley I'm considering this place by me. Can I ask are you doing the implant denture? I've had so many problems with my mouth and at my last checkup they said we need to have a treatment conference. I'm looking ahead. Nervous but so tired of all the problems. Thanks in advance
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I bought the ultimate denture which is the one before you get implants. I couldn't afford implants they were 1,100.00 a tooth. So I got the denture that is suppose to fit every curve of your mouth and be the best one you can get. Right now I have a temporary denture. Which it is lose and I have to use adhesive with it. But I would do it over again. I can go outside in the cold without my teeth hurting, I can drink with ice in my cup, I can eat hot soup and hot tea. It is very scary well it was for me and it's new. I'm still learning how to eat with them. But it's been two weeks and my mouth is not sure as much. I take my denture out every night and soak it. I'm only 29 years old and had my first fake tooth at 16 years old. So I understand what you mean. I hope this help you. Please ask anymore questions I hope i can answer them.
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I bought the ultimate denture which is the one before you get implants. I couldn't afford implants they were 1,100.00 a tooth. So I got the denture that is suppose to fit every curve of your mouth and be the best one you can get. Right now I have a temporary denture. Which it is lose and I have to use adhesive with it. But I would do it over again. I can go outside in the cold without my teeth hurting, I can drink with ice in my cup, I can eat hot soup and hot tea. It is very scary well it was for me and it's new. I'm still learning how to eat with them. But it's been two weeks and my mouth is not sure as much. I take my denture out every night and soak it. I'm only 29 years old and had my first fake tooth at 16 years old. So I understand what you mean. I hope this help you. Please ask anymore questions I hope i can answer them.
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I am about to get all my teeth pulled and get dentures I am so nervous. It stays on my mind constantly and I am only 42
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I had only the local stuff for my dentures. I was scared to death. I'm only 29 years old. But the first week I had mine where tough because I couldn't eat and I love food. Hehe but it does get better. It's week two and as long as you rinse with salt water and clean your dentures and if they hurt go back and tell them so they can fix it. Your denture should not hurt to wear. Thank you for your story's I don't feel so alone.
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Hey Shonta yes very scary and nerve racking. I had my appt. Set for two weeks and I was terrified because of all the questions I had. Can I eat? What am I going to look like? Am I making the right choice by doing this? The questions I had where endless. Me personal I had black decayed teeth and I couldn't smile. Not because I didn't take care of my teeth but because of a gum disease I got from my dad. It was painful to be in cold weather and drink anything cold or even out of a straw. So to me it has been worth every min. Of not going through pain with a tooth ache and being able to drink cold drinks and be outside when it snows. It's not easy at first because it's different but the more you wear them and the more you use them the dentures get better. In my experience with them so far I couldn't be happier with my outcome. I go back in June to get my final denture plate because my gums should be fully healed and I should be able to wear my denture without wearing polygrip. It's scary and emotional I know but you will get through it and the outcome will be magnificent.
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Feels good just to read there's other people like me. I'm 36, bad genetics and probably some bad habits too but I know that wasn't all of it.

Today is day 14 with full top. Hoping to do some work on bottoms soon so they match better. Eating is still hard, but it wasn't exactly a picnic before this.. haha get it.

I think this will actually make me eat better in the end, forcing a diet change that I probably needed. I'm not overweight by any means (135lbs) but I eat all the wrong stuff, bacon, cheeseburgers, pizza, pop, etc. So I've complained a lot and I'm dying for a good cheeseburger to sink my teeth into but I see an unexpected benefit coming from this.

Pain is whatever, actually not bad the whole time, only thing that sucks is putting them in they still bite into my gums at the very top, once they're in they seem to "settle" and stop hurting... 

Hardest thing for me is the way I sound, the lispy, slurry sounds really bother me when I talk to people. I've been practicing and people are being super nice, but it's seriously shutting down my confidence even at my job, and that's a big problem for me. They say it gets better but idk, I have a huge tongue, over-active saliva glands that won't quit, and this palate is just too slippery. I don't see how it can get better... I sound drunk or stupid or something and I hate it :( but I can smile and laugh again :)

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I do the slurpy thing too. Sounds like I’m aggressively sipping coffee. Have to or I can’t speak well. I’ve always spit a lot, I make too much and I can’t swallow it all. Certain things would make it worse like drinking and smoking, both I’ve quit although I am using an ecig. When I was a kid one hit of weed and my whole mouth would fill up with saliva instantly, amazing amounts... anyway I think it just makes it worse. They say saliva production will slow but I doubt it for me. Wish they put ridges in the palate for tongue traction. Found a legit article talking about doing just that, seems it hasn’t caught on yet. And yes, the smile is worth it, I wanted to kill myself when I looked at my teeth, now I don’t.
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Yes I do the slurping as well. And I have tried to eat everything. I really can't pass food up. I miss eating my yogurt covered almonds for sure. But I have eaten hamburgers so far. It takes me forever to eat but I do it. It hurts at first but after the first few bites it gets easier. And I'm on day 14 as well. I have had one adjustment so far but that was from going and having 2 teeth pulled they couldn't get the first time due to infection. But I will have to go back again soon because the plate is poking my top lip out and the denture is to the bottom of my nose. But thanks for everyone and your stories it's awesome to hear and read them. Super glad I joined this group.
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Mine go as high up under my lip as possible but it doesn’t really push my lip out. It’s cut out for the little flap thing in the center but otherwise all the way up. Mine are super thin though like see through in some spots. They do have too sharp of an edge right at the top, I might go in to have him shave it down but he’ll whine they’re so thin already. Hoping shrinking gums and the re line will take care of the rest. Maybe I’ll try a cheeseburger tomorrow. I fried some loose burger and threw it on some spaghetti and that was just awesome. Frozen lasagnas are a life saver too...
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The slurpy, spitty speech thing - aaaggghhhh I hate that!  I'm still doing it - my eDay was Sept. 22 and all my molars and pre-molars on top were taken.  So my gums are hilly and the acrylic partial is a clunky, ugly thing - I use Secure adhesive (others call it the Gorilla Glue of denture adhesives - and for good reason) but even that can't keep this thing snug against my gums and roof of my mouth.

I was talking in a meeting yesterday and actually emitted a lovely stream of saliva across the conference table.  Fortunately, it didn't land on anyone.

Trying to be patient for the permanent, which will be MILES better, but I'm about at the end of that resource.  So are my co-workers, I'm sure.
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You are hilarious. I literally laughed five times while reading your post. You have a wonderful attitude and outlook. Keep it up!!!!
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Here is some info for new denture wearers. First of all, it will take some time before you can eat all the foods that you miss. For me, it took about 5 or 6 months before I could eat all the foods that I usually eat. This includes peanuts, steak, chewing gum, almost any hard food that takes some pressure to chew. Second, I have found the combination of a powder adhesive along with "Sea Bond" upper plate pads very good for getting through the first year. The combination of the two will ensure a strong grip, but more importantly, the "Sea Bond" pads give your gums a cushiony effect that will ease the pain while chewing. It does get better, believe me. It's been over a year for me and I am very happy with my dentures.
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Hi Johnny,  this is good advice!  I could also recommend you try Secure, which is like the super glue of denture adhesives.

I would also say that you shouldn't assume one person's experience will be your own.  For instance, even with the trouble I had at first, I was eating hamburgers and chips in 2.5 months.  Each person's experience is unique.

Johnny, you're right that it gets better and that it beats the pain of having bad natural teeth.

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The stupid pamphlets they give you don’t tell you anything but basics. Someone should compile all the useful information on here and write a FAQ guide like we do for video games. You can find incredibly detailed, helpful organized guides on any video game out there, but not for dentures. Many of the guides and info out there is biased because they’re all trying to sell you something. Only place to find good info is forums with actual denture wearers (we need a cooler name btw) maybe I’ll get around to it someday but I’m still a denture noob so it’ll be a while. Week 3 today. Getting better but honestly it still kinda sucks, I miss my bad teeth. How about “Denties”, no? I’ll keep working on it.
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Right they do not tell you all you need to know. That's why I joined here because if real people telling there stories. Denties is awesome I think. I'm on week three today. And mine are rubbing again so back I go again to get them adjusted.
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You look lovely and your smole's awesome Ashley, glad that things are going well for you.... I'm  due to have my upper teeth removed and immediate dentures on June 25th, dreading it actually as I'm a paranoid dental phobe and terrified about pain
Reading other posts here is helping me keep my resolve to go thru' with it, but there are still moments when I feel I may chicken out ... my teeth are really bad, broken etc 
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This was very helpful. I have upper dentures but it has been about 8 years. I am now getting bottoms done and have 8 teeth that have to come out on the bottom. Im diabetic and im excited because everyone tells me that health wise i should feel better. More energy ect. I went for my 1st consultation last week and today is the fitting and then about a week extraction time and then i get same day teeth. Im just wondering did you find it to be true that you felt better afterwards as far as energy went? If so besides the smile i think that makes it worth it all by itself. Also thank you for sharing your story. Very comforting to people who are for the first time experiencing the hard ships and positives of dentures.