As far as comfort...yes they do get more comfortable as time goes on. I am 3 months out and have no pain. I am waiting for a few more months to get my first reline which I know will make them feel much tighter. Takes time for your gums to heal and the swelling to go down. As far as eatiing I can eat pretty much what I want now. Good luck to you.
Before I chose my dentist, I did a lot of research (I am still researching!). Then I 'interviewed' about 5 or 6 dentists before choosing the one I am now seeing.
I don't know if it's because I was a nurse for 22 years or because I am just a bit anal but, I wanted to be sure I was making an informed decision before I took such a big step.
I've included questions below (I still have my notes laying here on my desk, LOL) that I asked. I hope this helps you with making your own decision choosing a dentist.
*What is your experience in this field? What are your credentials? Do you have references? Do you have a Web Site? What insurance do you accept? What all do they cover? Do you arrange payment plans? Do you accept checks or credit cards? How much does it cost? Hidden/additional costs? Are follow-up appts covered under this cost? How many follow-ups does it cover. How many follow-ups can I expect? What will be done at the follow-ups? How many 'sets' of teeth will I have before I get the final results? Will I receive a 'sample pack' of denture supplies? What are your regular hours? What are your emergency hours? Who will be on call when you are not available? What are my options? What are your recommendations? Do you use local or general anesthesia? Do you prescribe prophylactic antibiotics? What pain meds do you recommend/prescribe? How long before I get my teeth? When do I come back? What can I expect? Will I be able to choose the color/shape/style of my teeth? What if I don't like them after I get them? What is your refund policy? What is the cost of repairs/replacements? Do you whiten any remaining teeth so they will blend with my dentures/partials? Are there any guarantees? If so, what are they? Will you put all this in writing?
Yes, I asked a LOT of questions but, in doing this I was able to determine if they were open to answering all the questions/concerns I might have; whether they were willing to spend time with me or if they tended to 'hurry me up' and rush me away; and what their demeanor and bedside manner was. Did I feel comfortable with the way they interacted with me during the consultation? Was the office staff friendly? Did the staff seem to like working there? (and, yes, I asked them). Was the facility clean? I took notice of patients in the waiting room - how many were there? Was it overly packed (an indication that they might overbook, not have available time to talk/listen to their patients, or tended to push them through like an assembly line). As I was waiting my turn to be seen, I talked with people in the waiting room - what was their experience? Would they recommend the doctor(s) here?
Keep in mind that just because they have a plaque on their wall that says: DENTIST, they are people - no different than you or myself. This was going to be more than just a dental cleaning; it was going to be a fairly long journey, and I wanted it to be as enjoyable as possible. I was willing to venture over a few hills and valleys, but no mountains or ravines. I wanted to end up in a meadow, not lost in the woods with no way out.
Do your homework and when you find a dentist that you are comfortable with, start your journey!
I hope this has given you some insight and helps you with your decision making. If you have any other questions, please, post them! We have all encountered different experiences based on our procedures and we will be more than happy to join you on your walk.
The results will amaze you and, in the end, it will have all been worth it!