I went for my consultation today and boy oh boy am I excited!!

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I go for my wax impressions on Thursday. I can't wait to get this ball rolling and get my extraction date. I decided to go for one of the lower costing dentures for my immediates and full upgrade for my perms. I mean hell I will only wear them for 6 months :)  
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That's great CherylK. A tip to give you as I noticed someone asked me advice about it. Not sure if the labs in the usa do this for all immediates but ask them to make sure for your immediates they give you enough incisal edge. That basically means enough tooth to be able to bite and chew. When immediates are made you still have a lot of bone (gums) so the denture is made pretty thin and they have to fit the teeth in the acrylic. So that doesn't leave you with much "teeth" on the back of your front  denture teeth. My boss always keeps that in mind when making immediates but some people I guess just don't think about that when making a denture. That will definitely help you eat a little easier through your healing process. Hope that makes sense. If not, let me know. :)
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oops *enough incisal edge on the lingual of your centrals on your uppers. :)
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Thanks so very very much Josie! I wrote down that technical jargen so he can understand it better than I can explain it lol.
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Haha no problem. Not sure if the same terms are used there so if he doesn't "get it" tell him you don't want alot of thick acrylic (pink material) behind your two front teeth. Remember they can only make it so thin so let's hope for the best and that they can do it for you. If not, once you have the dentures in and you notice it's an issue he can trim away a little at a time.
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I wish I had of known that ahead of time. I had full extractions and immediate upper and lower dentures  on 3/22/16. I am totally unable to wear my bottoms and I can not chew anything with the tops because of this. I have been in tears, because I just have this feeling I will never be able to eat the things I love. Even simple things like chips and dip, salads, pickles, pineapple,  ice cream "cones" are impossible for me to eat. So I know things like porkchops, ribs and steak are a thing of the past now. And I love those things. I have never liked "soggy" foods...but guess what...that is about all I can eat now. I hope that when I get my permanent uppers that they will have enough of the incisal edge and be a litter sharper than what these temps I have now are. I don't see me ever wearing the bottoms because of a bone in my mouth would have to be filed down or removed (which I did not know prior to my decision). I am out of funds....so no lowers for me. Thank you for this advise @Josie!
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Little...not...litter...LOL
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Debbie, don't give up! It hasn't even been a month for you. It takes time to get used to eating those types of foods again. Sometimes months and not weeks. When you start trying to eat more solid foods cut them into small pieces and work your way up.  You will know what you can or can't handle. If you really don't need to have bone shaved down on the lower then don't! It's great to have bone on the lower so it can help hold your full denture. Full dentures are not great for any one on the lower. The more gums you have through the years the better it is. The best thing to have is implants on the lower but if you can't go that route I say keep as much bone as you can. In most cases a denture should be fabricated to fit your mouth....not your mouth (bone) shaved to fit a denture.
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Debbie usually bone needs to be removed is if you have some sharp bits of bone sticking out. Other than that there shouldn't be a reason unless they've explained it to you  as why.
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@Josie...Thank you for your encouragement! I need it :)
The bone/bones that I was referring to are 2 small bones just behind my lower front gums right where my tongue lays. These bones protrude out on me and cause my dentures to sit up too high and cause me to have a "severe under-bite" which I never had before. I actually have a natural overbite. They did some adjustments to the bottoms, and just let it at (you will just have to get used to them or have the bone filed down/removed) because they said that was really all they could do. :(
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Debbie,I am in a similar situation as you are. I had my extractions done on March 25th. I can't wear my bottoms at all,either. It is because of excess bone for me,too. I've already had a lot of bone removed but later this month I'll have surgery again to remove more. The surgeon said he's never seen so much bone growth as I had. Lucky me. I feel like they are never going to fit.
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Oh okay Debbie, that's your tori. That's a different story. I thought you meant on the gum line (ridge). Yes those darn toris can get in the way! :/
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@Jeanette...I am so sorry you are also dealing with this. I do hope it also gets much easier for you. Please keep me updated on your progress. However, as bad as it may sound, I am glad I'm not the only one ,And, I don't mean that in a bad way.  Where did you have yours done at?

  @Josie...I also have the this issue...The dentist left a piece of bone sticking up thought an extraction site in the front lower gum (that I initally thought was a piece of tooth working its way out). It sticks up about the thickness of a nickle and about as big around as a toothpick just above the gum line. It keeps my tongue sore from rubbing across it. They said I would have to see a oral surgeon for this also. But...my funds are GONE. Do you think this piece of bone will ever just break off and come out on its own?
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I'm not sure about that. I'll ask my boss his advice. He's with a patient. I'll get back to you shortly. :)
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Debbie,I know what you mean about being glad to not be the only one dealing with this. I am going to Aspen Dental. Where did you go?
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I also went to Aspen Dental in Carrollton, Georgia. 
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Unfortunately Debbie sometimes bone is left but the dentist should have noticed it was protuding and removed it while you were still in the chair. Now he wants to send you to an oral surgeon at an extra fee? I would tell him it's at his cost since he should've removed it while you were still there.
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That's what I thought too. I am going to have to go back real soon anyway because my the soft liner they put in for me is coming loose from the dentures and causing some other sore spots. So, I will talk to them about this bone issue some more. Thank you for taking the time to listen to me and to respond. I really appreciate it.
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No problem Debbie. Hope your next appt goes well. :)
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Hey Josie! That's what's wrong with my immediate. I mentioned it to the gal the other day when they finally got me in to help with sore spots. She said that's how immediate are made. I also asked if I got the immediate convoluted like the package says on Aspen dental website. She said that everyone gets the same immediate dentures. Guess I will print this out and show them. But I think I should have more tooth showing so I will be able to bite and eat. I am wondering if they are playing a fast one one me. I wonder if and how they will make this right? I'm so frustrated. Then I have an appointment this Monday which will be only a week and a half from extractions. But they said something about a soft liner. Isn't it too soon?
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I am going to Aspen as well and when I asked for the front teeth to be a little longer she said she will  mention it to the guy making my dentures but she said that I will get  choices when I get my perms. I hope for the best but I don't know we'll see.
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Hi Marcia, unfortunately I live in Canada and things are done a little differently at the denture clinic I work at in case you've noticed some posts on this forum. I've learned on this forum that in the USA dentists don't like denture clinics. Anyways, it's so hard to determine what's wrong when not being able to see you in person. I try to do my best on here. Immediates won't always look great especially for the 1st 6 mths. I know the ones made at my clinic are pretty good and if adjustments are needed we get them in right away. Just remember your gums are shrinking and can shrink a lot. I see Aspen Dental commercials here all the time, I think mostly on the Detroit channel but don't give up. Try and continue with soft foods and work your way up with small bites and yes a soft liner will be great. However, we do it 4 weeks after extractions. Find out how many you get for the package you paid. If you only get one I think you should get it at 4 weeks after e-day and then you will need to use "glue" until your permanent reline at the 6 mth mark. Let me know if this helps and any other questions.
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That's awesome CherylyK that you mentioned about the teeth. Yes she's right when you get your perms you can choose but when you get perms they should be made properly meaning: Your bite etc accuracy. So she should know this is just for the temps. When you get perms you basically pick with them your shade and let them know if you had major dislikes with your natural teeth but at the end of the day a real denturist will do that the best they can to make you happy but will make sure you have an accurate bite. Not that they waste your money on the "looks" of the denture. Hope this makes sense. :)
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I went in with a few questions written down. He thought the whole pad was full of questions and he was willing to sit down and answer them all. I wanted to hug him after that. it made me laugh so hard. he is so sweet! he said I will always have time for questions. we really made a connection and I know I made the right choice :)
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Glad to hear you got someone awesome. Dble check that you can go in for as many adjustments as you need once you have the immediates in. Ohhhh another tip. If he's closed on the weekends try not to book the extractions on a Friday. See the dentures should be left in for 24 hrs and best that the professional takes them out for you, checks your extractions and see if you need adjustments. If you take them out yourself there may be a chance you can't get them back in. They also help like a band aid to help slow down the bleeding. So you don't want to be stuck at home a whole weekend. If he does advise you to keep them in for the first 24hrs ask him if it's ok to book an appt with him the next day after extractions for post-insertion. :)
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That was one of my questions :)  They are open on Saturday :)
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Perfect!
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Oh ask him if you will get a Tissue Conditioner after 4 weeks of extractions. This is a temporary lining they put in the denture. It's soft, will kind of feel like a cushion to help with healing of gums and will help with the fit because your dentures will get very loose. In case you didn't know. :)
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Also i can do 6 relines (will this be enough for 6 mos.?) and as many adjustments as I need. 
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6 Relines? Wow that's alot. lol. Yes that's plenty. Once probably every mth will be good. Are they hard relines or soft ones? The soft ones are basically what I said "Tissue Conditioner but I don't think they call it that in the USA. The soft ones would probably be better because the material is softer in the denture than the hard reline. So that will be easier on your gums while healing.
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Btw, it's probably not a good idea to tell your dentist you got these tips from someone at a denture clinic. Apparantly in the USA they don't like us....at all. lol. :)
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Shay,
I'm at about the same stage in my denture journey. I had my impressions made today and my extraction date is next Tuesday. Affordable Dentures are doing mine and I'm using their First Time Denture Wearers package. The immediates are the economy model.
The extractions will be done by an oral surgeon with IV sedation. I'm having 23 teeth extracted. The immediates will be put in as soon as the extractions are done. The better permanent dentures will be made in 6-12 months after the gums are completely healed.
I 'm also happy to get the ball rolling and the extraction stage completed.
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Shay, who did you wind up going with? I'm happy for you. At least you found this this site before you started the process. I found it  about 2 weeks after e-day.
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6 reline are a lot! I'm glad you're getting the ball rolling. I was at a year on February 27. Please plan time for healing. I had to go back to work five days after my extractions and it hurt like hell. Speaking wise I did okay with some exceptions. The salt water rinses do help a lot. I'm excited for you. I never smiled that big and would cover my mouth. Now, not a problem.
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6 reline are a lot! I'm glad you're getting the ball rolling. I was at a year on February 27. Please plan time for healing. I had to go back to work five days after my extractions and it hurt like hell. Speaking wise I did okay with some exceptions. The salt water rinses do help a lot. I'm excited for you. I never smiled that big and would cover my mouth. Now, not a problem.
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Ken I ended up picking Aspen Dental in Columbia, TN. It is a new building and new facility so they are still nice and not packed with people.
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Annie, I refused to work with bad teeth. too embarrassed.
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Winston, I will be praying for you next Tuesday that everything goes well for you. :)  I have such bad teeth that 11 will be surgically removed and the rest of the 11 teeth will be normal extractions. They don't offer gas, so I am taking a Valium to help with anxiety.  I am so glad that we will be going through this together. :) :) <3 <3
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Josie,
I found out that I can get max 6 relines but I only get 1 for free. So I should do this on my 4 week dental visit?  
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Josie,
I found out that I can get max 6 relines but I only get 1 for free. So I should do this on my 4 week dental visit?  
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Max 6 relines, but only one free? Is that hard or soft relines? Most people (but not me) got all the soft relines needed. I called affordable dentures back to see if soft relines were included with mine and was told they don't do soft relines. Its no big deal though, cause I can afford to do my own easier than missing work to get them to do it. Costs me $4.39 at Food City grocery store.

My package includes 1 hard reline between 4 and 6 months and a new set of dentures at 12 months. Maybe it was the hard reline they said you only get one free. I think most people are a lot like me (don't be insulted - LOL) they think it will all be explained and then when they get done they kick you out without explaining anything. And you don't feel much like talking. I expected written instructions, and a follow up visit. I got nothing. I went back once after about a week to make sure everything was healing ok but only saw the assistant not the dentist.

Like I said maybe you just get one "free" hard reline, but be sure to find out about the soft relines before they get you in the chair.
 
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After extractions I go back in a week for adjustments and to check healing.  I get one soft reline for free. All the adjustments I want. At 6 months I get my perms.
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We are sorry to hear of so many difficulties. Even when everything runs smoothly, it can be quite a challenge to get past the first thirty days. Here are some tips that may help if you are going through it now or help you know what you can expect after your extractions. 

  • Day 1: Start by eating soft foods like mashed potatoes, puddings, and ice cream that are gentle on your gums. Many first-time denture wearers say eating soft foods that are gentle on your gums and teeth make the adjustment to dentures easier.
  • Day 2 to 14: Your mouth is adjusting to the new dentures; you will likely experience increased salivation. You might also experience sore spots in your mouth from the dentures. Rinsing your mouth with warm salt water might help. If soreness persists, return to your dentist for an adjustment. Expect a longer denture adjustment and healing time if you recently had teeth extracted or are a full-plate wearer.
  • Day 15 to 29: You’re learning to talk and eat all over again, and the good news is that salivation and sore spots have lessened. This is the best time to start using a denture adhesive to improve the fit and feel of your dentures.  Using Fixodent® as your adhesive will improve your confidence while eating and immediately improve the fit of your dentures.
  • Day 30: After about 30 days of denture wearing, you should be able to enjoy most of your favorite activities confidently. Remember to visit your prosthodontist on a regular basis to have your dentures checked. A denture replacement is usually recommended every 5 to 10 years.
  • At Any Point: If you’re continuing to experience discomfort during this 30-day adjustment period, please see your dentist, who can check the fit of your dentures. Expect a longer denture adjustment and healing time if you recently had teeth extracted or are a full-plate wearer.
Thanks!
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Thanks for the tips Rosie!
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I'm on day 3 and I'm talking/eating Ramen and soooo relieved. If you're in as much pain as I was before this is a cake walk. I think it's all about attitude and how much you want it
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I have been wanting this for a long time Kat. Thanks for your inspiration. :)
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I did cave and have smoked a few times but I'm a work in progress;) I'm so excited for you!!
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I am a heavy smoker Kat. I have no clue what I am going to do after extractions. I will probably take small puffs lol
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Yeah I smoked a lot :( honestly I didn't even want to for a few days. Just baby puffs and cleaning that mouth. I just had some dissolving stitches come out and can't wait until they're all gone. I'm tired today
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I hope the same is true for me because I want my gums to heal as quickly as possible.