I need help - Getting partials - scared and depressed filled with anxiety

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So I have to get partials for the top and bottom. I am now struggling with severe depression and was perscribed anitdepressant. I am scared beyond belief. Is there anyone willing to talk to me about partial dentures and what to expect. I really don't know how to do this and want to continue with life. I am beyond sick over this. The anxiety has had me up for 4 days straight and have been shaking like a leaf. I am afraid to have a nervous breakdwon and loose all that is good in my life. I am desperate to talk to somebody, nobody I know has dentures. I am 42 and had quite a few extractions this year due to failing root canals, basically all my molars are going. Please someone???
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Hi Diane ~ nice to hear from you again. I, too, am very grateful that I was able to get dentures to replace my old, ugly, broken teeth. My smile looks 100% better and for that I am truly grateful. I am still struggling with eating ~ I can eat soft food just fine. But when I try to chew anything with my bottom dentures, they come loose and I have to take them out.

I know it hasn't been a full two weeks yet ~ so I am still hoping that after some time and relines, that will get better. Sorry for getting off topic. Yes, I am very grateful for my new smile ~ it is definitely worth the discomfort I went through on the first couple of days. And, Diane, you are so right ~ the Lord doesn't care whether we have dentures or not. That is the ultimate blessing.
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Praise the Lord,

Hi Tammy so glad u are grateful to have been able to get
dentures and glad u love your smile. Tammy your gums are
still healing and shrinking u just very recently had your teeth extracted so it will be at least 6mts. for u to be healed
completely. Do u have temporary or permanent dentures?,
because if they're temporary u will have problems w/them moving around while trying to eat because your gums are
still shrinking, I hope your dentist explained that to u in
details. Have u been fitted for permanent dentures?
Once u get your permanent dentures u will be just fine,
of course u may still need to use Fixodent or some type of adhesive which will not just help to keep the dentures still
but will help to keep food particles from getting in which makes
eating uncomfortable. Do u use Fixodent now?, well u know
your dentures should be clean and dry before applying the
Fixodent and I would also suggest u dry your gums as well
before putting in your dentures w/the Fixodent on them this
should help u a great deal when eating.
God is Awesome @ All times and may He bless each us
here and continue to allow us to help each other that's what
He wants us do.
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Praise the Lord,
Tammy I forgot to add that when using the Fixodent put it
on your dentures first and then dry your gums w/paper towel or a clean white wash cloth. Always put the top dentures in first and hold it in place w/your thumbs pressing them in place
until they set and then put in the bottom and do the same thing and after putting the bottoms in u can clinch your teeth together not real hard now just tight enough to help them set.
Wait for about 10mins. or so before eating, everyone here should do it this way, hope this help. Love u all!.
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Diane ~ thanks for the advice, I truly appreciate it. You seem like a lovely person and I love to read your spirit filled posts ~ they are truly inspiring. Love and God Bless.
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Butterfly29
I'm thinking of u and wondering how u're doing, we're still here to
support u Butterfly. I pray in the name of Jesus Christ all of u r doing well w/ your new and beautiful pain-free smiles.
Love to u all!
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I am not well....are you still active here?
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Butterfly29
I feel compelled to comment because I want you to know that all my life (I am 63), I have had anxiety and an extreme fear of the dentist. I will say that whenever I went to the dentist when I was a child I never felt pain, BUT, just getting through the front door was a major feat because the anxiety always got the best of me. I was always so fearful that other than brushing and flossing, I would not get routine checkups my whole adult life, because I was too afraid. Until a couple of weeks ago when I knew I had come to the end of the line because I had a loose tooth (at 63 years old) and it was beginning to come right out of my mouth and the pain had gotten to be too much. It took everything in me, but once I met the dentist and felt comfortable with him - I ended up having 13 extractions because my mouth was rotting. I now have my temporary dentures and it's definitely a learning process, but I am so glad that I did it. No more tooth pain, no more missing teeth and I DID IT! I know it's cliche, but Butterfly29, if I can do it, I know you can do it. Believe me, I know what you are going through. I had no worse fear in my life than going to the dentist. For me it was a matter of "mind over matter". The end result is what you have to try to keep in mind because getting the work done is the means to the end - a beautiful, healthy mouth. You can do this. I didn't sleep for days leading up to the decision that I HAD to go in, and I was literally shaking like a leaf too - but I made it known in no uncertain circumstances to the dentist and anyone else who walked by me in that office that I was a wuss and that I needed lots of tender, caring, patient people to work on me because I was a baby. They thought it was cute but they knew that I was frightened as heck. I still can't even believe that I got through it and it was painless. You have to do this for yourself and tell yourself you can do it. Millions of people have these procedures done, so they are common and they can be pain free - it's just a matter of you taking the bull by the horns and biting the bullet so-to-speak :) and making yourself get in there for better health. Good luck Butterfly29 - YOU CAN DO THIS. I am thinking about you and hope that you will write back so we know what has developed for you.
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Also, as a follow-up Butterfly, I want you to know that I have had my partials for about 8 days now. I have gone back a couple times because I did develop a few sores where the plates were rubbing against my tongue and/or gums but the dentist just grinds the plates where the sore spots are and they fit much better. I started out eating just mashed potatoes and apple sauce but was able to actually chew some meat yesterday in small amounts, and it was quite satisfying. The adjustment is definitely a learning process. My sutures are almost completely gone and I had no pain whatsoever the whole time after the extractions. Dentist did prescribe pain meds, but I never needed them. I do however take Ibuprophen when my gums get sore from chewing sometimes because I have graduated to things like mac and cheese and soft roasted veggies and they are supposed to help with inflammation. Getting the dentures in and out was a bit scary at first - I'm chalking that up to fear of the unknown, but second nature now (after only 8 days). I do speak with a lisp but I am working on it and am told that most people don't seem to notice it as much as I think they do but I am confident that it will subside as the days go by. The bulkiness is awkward but every day it does seem to be more UNnoticeable to me and I am sure that is just a matter of my mouth getting used to the new contraption within it. What I am most happy about is that I don't have to try to hide my teeth when I smile, laugh or speak anymore, something of which I had become a master of for years because I was so embarrassed of missing teeth. You do have to be patient - I'm not good at that, but you really have no choice - but I do know that attitude makes a big difference in all things, so if you can look at it as something that you HAVE to do in order to be healthier and live a longer and more joyful life, then all the little things that seem so unsurmountable now will look like child's play a little down the road and you will be happy you did it for yourself.
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I would really like to talk to you more about your experience, if you would be willing
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Butterfly29 did you have it done? I did and am going through everything you seem to have gone through. I really wonder how you are now and if looking back on it it wasn't that bad? I am having such anxiety I can't go to work. 
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Cary, this thread is from a couple years ago. You may want to either start a new one or jump into one of the active threads. Thanks!
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Dear All, I am embrassed to say but I had a nervous breakdown due to this. I had a major panic attack, bad thoughts, so ended up needing to be put on meds. i still need to get my teeth extracted. Been on antibiotics an pain meds as a temporary measure. I am now on antidepressants and anxiety meds. Never suffered from any mental illness until I lost my teeth. The thought of loosing more and pain and partials set me over the edge and I lost myself. I now have to deal with the carnage of that and still having to fix the teeth issues. FMLA at work, therapy twice a week and still not ready to do this. Not enough meds in the world seems like it can fix this for me. I feel like I dont exist anymore just a shell of me. I dont like to leave the house. This has ruined my life. I just cant seem to get past it. they say I have to do something because the infections are taking over my health, is anyone still here to talk to
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Butterfly29 ... It's ''Dee''... I wish I could really make you realize that all this fear is really not healthy at all for YOU, physically or mentally..., The ''Infection'' will eventually eat away at your bones and progress even further, each tooth will get loose, eating will be harder & painful too..... I had tried for many years to save my teeth,... gum surgery, annual deep cleanings and LOTS of money later...THEN I got ''BONE LOSS'' ...Now, I'm ever so happy that I got my dentures, all my gums & bones are HEALTHY!! .... It will be a year in April & I get LOTS of compliments on my teeth!!! I have a lower partial, which is a ''piece of cake'' for me to wear....My lower natural teeth, all 5 of them, are now HEALTHY and solid in my lower jaw bone & I NO LONGER need a ''deep cleaning'', just regular cleanings... all the INFECTION is GONE!!! I feel that the only way you are going to get this done is to be put totally ''under'', perhaps in a hospital setting... Has your Dentist ever brought this up? I don't know what will get you to have the extractions you NEED...but this might just be the last & only ''option'' left... The ''pain'' is temporary, like going to get your eyebows waxed ... Once they're done and you look ''great'', you forget about the pain and look at the results ... You'll have a beautiful SMILE, NO MORE infection, loose teeth or toothaches in the middle of the night... I know you can do this, however check and see if there are more ''options'' for you ... Living on ''PILLS'' is not a quality of life either .. they're too ''addicting'' ...You're a beautiful person, just have ''Faith'' that what you're hearing here from those that have gone thru this, is the TRUTH...We've all been thru the ''Fear Factor'' , but once it's over, you will be FINE in a few days, and LIFE will be GREAT again for you... I PROMISE!!! You will have NO REGRETS and LOTS of ''Self-Esteem''... Keep updating too, I'm very concerned about you and hope you get better soon!!! I'm keeping YOU in my prayers!!
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Praise the Lord,

Hi Butterfly so sorry to hear that u had a breakdown, I will keep u in my prayers. Its all up to u now Butterfly either u want to continue living a full life or u want to go ahead die. If u have children why would u want to put them through this? If u don't have children why r u putting other family and friends through this just because u need to wear dentures or partials. Butterfly u're hurting many other people in your life as well as yourself. I want u to think about this Butterfly what would u prefer to have cancer or a beautiful smile ?
U need to ask God to forgive u for being rather selfish, I don't mean this in a nasty negative manner either, but in a loving manner.
I see u're 42-yrs. young, well u still have a very long life ahead of u
Butterfly. Why would u want to keep those bad teeth in your mouth that will eventually cause u other health problems, that's why I had mines
extracted because it will "not maybe" cause many health problems.
Here u chose to use the name of "Butterfly" and I would like to believe
that u also love butterflies like I do.Butterflies r beautiful and I know they r strong and not afraid to flutter their beautiful wings around u need to think like a butterfly.Stop being afraid and do what u have to do to live up to your name of "Butterfly" so u can continue to flutter your beautiful wings and flash your beautiful smile.
The meds that u're on will help for awhile but they're only a crutch, u won't even need the meds when u pray and ask God to give u strength
to get your teeth extracted and then ask Jesus to accompany u to your dentist and I guarantee u that Jesus will be holding your hands all the while and afterward as well.
Butterfly29 so many here have come to help u but we all need u to
help yourself now, I'm not going to abandon u I've been coming here to see if u left a message and I was surprise to see u back.
But for your health sake get your teeth extracted and think about what I said earlier I know that cancer would be much worst then having your teeth extracted and wearing dentures, don't u agree Butterfly29?
I love u Butterfly29 now get going to the dentist' ur'e strong, and I want to hear the next time that u're doing fine and all is good and u now have a beautiful big SMILE on your face!
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I haven't had mine done yet either, only because of previous commitments and more pressing issues right now. I can't wait til I'm to the point where I can take the time out to get this taken care of. Last night I was watching Dr. Wayne Dyer on PBS, he's awesome. Something he said that I just loved and seems appropriate here is the word FEAR stands for False Evidence Appearing Real. Meaning that a lot of what you're afraid of is due to your perception of it. If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change!
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