I'am wondering when you go and get dentures do you get to pick out what look you want? or is it one kind ?

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Am wanting to know what questions do I ask when I get my denture I get my first impression in three weeks.I want what ever I can get that look natural. But is there only one model to chose from any help would be greatly appreciated
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Hi Teri, this is a great question! There are many questions to ask your dentist before dentures. Most dentists will try to make your new teeth look as natural as possible, especially when it comes to color. Depending on your office, you can ask if there are different types of dentures offered and which will work best for your situation.

You can also read and print this list of questions to ask your dentist before and after getting dentures: http://www.dentureliving.com/new-to-dentures/questions-to-ask-your-dentist

Other community members, what discussions did you have with your dentist before getting your dentures?
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Dee Reilman

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Teri .... You'll have your 'impressions' made that specifically fit YOUR MOUTH... You will be able to select the ''color'' of your teeth too... Otherwise, they are custom fit for YOU and you only... Your ''gums'' will shrink at first, and will take approx. 6 months before you'll be fitted for your ''standard'' denture...You'll be visiting your dentist often during the first month or so, and any ''adjustments'' can be made to keep you comfortable and ''wearing'' your dentures daily.. At first, you'll be on a diet of ''soft foods'' for a couple weeks, but by the 3rd week, you'll be able to experiment with chewing harder foods..I was eating ''sausage & eggs'' at 3 weeks in... It's a PROCESS, so don't get discouraged...It DOES get better each day!! You'll have no more pain, toothaches, etc and have a BEAUTIFUL SMILE!! Just ask all the ''questions'' like Cassandra said and you'll be fine!! We're all here to support you and give you any help we can...Be sure to update us too on your progress!! GOOD LUCK ''Teri''...
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Dee, you were lucky. I'm on 4 weeks and if its not smushable it's not eatable. I keep hoping it will get better. The temporary ( if you can call 6 months, temporary) dentures are horrible, thick, look nothing like real teeth to me. I'm not able to chew, have been trying but its very difficult. Just hoping the good dentures are tons better. At the cost they should be.
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Hello my name is Danielle iv had all my teeth pulled about 3 months ago and i am going on Wednesday to get my impressions done my question is when my dentures come in and i get fitted will i be able to go home with them or do i have to wait and keep going back to make adjustments
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Thank you so much Dee and Casandra for the information It has help me allot. I have all my back teeth on top and bottom teeth pulled two week ago so I only have a few remaining on the top and bottom. So I have been of the soft diet already.The dentist want to get most of it done to get it healed before impression. The dentist office that I go to is so busy so I only get to talk to the dentist for a few minutes. and really only talk to his assistant. So you really did help what the next step is I have been confused because Iam double insured I will not be pay anything they have not discussed my options and have not discussed the time frame with me. He did tell me last week when I got my stitches out that I healed so well that I get my impression on the next visit. am scared and super excited at the same time. Thanks you again for your kindness
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Hi Teri .... Well, you're on your way to a GREAT SMILE soon... Many of us here, have had all our teeth extracted ALL at once and dentures put in immediately afterwards.. The ''Temporary'' dentures are slightly larger, to accommodate for swelling, however, you may not have all of that... Either way, your gums will be shrinking for quite a while.. As the dentures become ''loose'', there's always a ''soft reline'' the dentist will do quite often in the first month or so... In the ''interim'', there's also a product called ''Cushion Grip'' that I used for about 4 1/2 months, that's sort of like a soft reline, but it sticks to the denture, not your mouth... and lasts about 4-7 days...''Cushion Grip'' just tightens things up till the next relign & is a true ''impression'' of your gums, PLUS you can use ''Fixodent'' on top of it too, if necessary!! It's only available at CVS Pharmacy OR online at Amazon.com... I ordered 4 tubes from Amazon, & it did cost ''LESS'' too... My dentist wasn't aware of Cushion Grip till me, but now she recommends it to her new denture wearers... Once you start wearing Dentures, you may get some ''sore spots'', that's not unusual, just call your dentist and get in quickly... Afterall, we pay good money for our new teeth, so we need to be ''comfortable'' in our journey...even if you were just there the ''day before''!!

Teri, I've had my ''permanent'' denture since last October, but got my ''temporary'' denture in April 2013 till Oct. 2013... As your gums heal, they shrink and usually by about 6 mos. later, you're getting more impressions for the permanent denture, which is much ''thinner'' and form fitting to your mouth and gums, and definitely has more ''suction'' too, so you won't need much adhesive, if any... Learning how to ''chew'' with dentures will come eventually, just try to eat on 'BOTH' sides of your denture, to keep it from rocking/loosening while you're chewing .. Even though I have my permanent denture, I still use a small amount of adhesive if I'm going OUT for dinner with friends... for my own secure feeling!! Give yourself about a ''Year'' for all to be completed ... from start to finish!!

I would suggest you buy a ''Denture Toothbrush'', a denture cup to put your dentures in at nights, along with denture cleaner tablets to keep them CLEAN... I buy my denture supplies at the ''Dollar Tree''... only $1.00.. if you have one near you...otherwise, most drugstores carry these items at a much higher price..

Good Luck Teri and keep the updates coming... We're all here to help too!!
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Thanks again Dee for all the information. I will for sure go and get the cushion grip. I really don't know why my dentist is not doing all the work at the same time. unfortunately I live in a small Oregon coastal town and have to go to the next town where there is only one provider for both my insurance. I wanted to get them years ago but I was told it would cost $10,000 I thought i was gong to get all my teeth pulled at one time.am kind of bummed to drag it out. Thank you for telling about the 6 month until I get permanent. Did you have the gagging like so many other had? Dee you have been so great to me I really do very appreciate all your help
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Hi Teri,

I'm always glad if I can help someone whose never been thru this experience ... Yep, so far, my dentures have cost me almost $8,000.. I'm retired and have ''dental insurance'' thru Medicare ...You're lucky to be ''double insured'' ... that's got to be a big savings for you ... I live in a small town in So. CAL, however it's only 6 miles to my dentist's office in Palmdale, CA.... Well Teri, some dentists do things differently, and others put in ''Permanent'' dentures immediately.. Doesn't make sense to me, since the gums are still shrinking, but they do... That might be a question to ask your dentist too...''Are these ''temporary'' dentures or will I also be getting permanent 'thinner'' dentures too when my gums are healed?? Hey, I have a great neice who lives in Astoria, OR... Looks like beautiful country!

Well, to answer your question .. The only ''gagging'' I experienced was when I was being ''fitted'' for my permanent upper in early Oct.... I was still in my ''temporary'' denture, so the fitting was for '' impressions first then a week later, my bite''..My dentist still had to send them back to the LAB before final delivery to me 12 days later ... She had the lab ''shorten'' the pallette and ''roll'' it slightly in the back...that STOPPED any gagging reflex... Once I got my permanent denture, the only issue was that I felt like I had a ''sore throat''... She fixed that right away in the office... What you might experience the most is ''biting your tongue or cheek''.... the Dentist can fix that too...it's the size of the teeth in the denture I think, that causes that... You MIGHT experience ''weight loss'' too, due to the soft food diet we have to eat ... I've gradually lost about 20+ lbs over the past year... For me, that was a BONUS!! :) Oh, when you're fitted for a permanent denture, the ''Impression'' is in WAX.. none of that ''gooey'' stuff, thank heavens... When getting your ''impressions'' at your next visit, just remember to breath thru your NOSE & relax .. Then you don't have that feeling of not being able to breath...Thanks heavens for Noses!!

I've been very lucky to have a dentist that spends all the time I NEED with me...She's got a busy ''practice'', but not too busy to explain to me what's the next step or process...Her office has all the ''most modern'' equipment too ... ''digital xrays'' and another X-ray machine that goes around my head too... No more 'FEAR' for me.. I actually love seeing my dentist and all the ''staff'', they're great!! Geesh, WHO KNEW???? LOL

I'm always here to give you support and encouragement Teri.. Once it's done, you'll be ever so glad you had this done...
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LOL Dee about love going to the dentist . I get that I can't wait unit the 11th of April to see mine. I could use losing a extra 20 pounds lolThanks for the tip breath through my nose I kind of had a small anxiety attack when they were pulling my teeth out last time but the dentist never knew I just told be self to be still like I was in a MRI machine . my appointment was for 90 minutes but since I did so good it was only 35 minutes . my husband went to Walgreen which is 20 miles from here and got the cushion grip since I really don't get that way offended so thank for that tip. Once again thanks you have answered so much for me that I wish I was going to the dentist tomorrow lol Take care
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HiTeri, ''Glad'' I could be of some help for you... I'll keep ''April 11th'' in my pea brain, thinking of you getting your last few teeth pulled... and hopefully a ''temporary'' denture... I really believe having ''Trust'' in your dentist is half the battle... As a child, I was scared of the dentist & all the ''drills''... As an Adult, I used to warn my dentist that ''I BITE''... Now, I just sit in the chair calmly, all numbed up, not giving a care what they do, just do it quickly!! I had 14 teeth extracted all in one day, which put me in the ''Chair'' for about 3 hours or so... I had bone loss, so the dentist had to do ''bone grafts'' and lots of stitches...However, on day 3, I was at my hairdresser looking ''normal''...

On March 10th, I had to have some more ''gum surgery'' done... One tiny small area on my gum didn't heal right and somehow ''bacteria'' got up into my Sinus cavity, creating an infection,... It wasn't noticeable until MONTHS later, when it ooozed down from my gum, into my denture... this is very RARE, so don't be alarmed... After a couple hours in the ''chair'', all is WELL now... I certainly looked like I was a 'victim'' of the ''Knock Out Game'' tho... had some swelling & bruising on my cheek & lower chin, but after 4 days, all is back to normal...also, back on ''soft foods'' till next week, but by golly, I think I've lost some more weight,,,another BONUS! (Any weight I gained as I got older, I just blamed it on the ''Elevation''!!!) The only one who saw me for a couple of days last week was my ''dog''..

Glad your ''hubby'' picked up the ''Cushion Grip'' for you...You won't need it for a few weeks, but rest assured, you'll really like it...From May to October, 2013, I never went without it...If I had a ''sore spot'', I just added a little extra to that spot until I saw my dentist again... I only have an ''upper denture'' and a ''partial'' on the lowers...I take it that you'll be getting uppers and lower dentures, right? It works on either one, and I know you'll figure out how to be ''comfortable'' too...

Take care Teri ... keep me posted on your progress too... Here's my e-mail address if you'd like to reach me .... dreilman1@yahoo.com ... send a picture of your beautiful SMILE too...
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Hi Dee thank you for you rgreat scene of humor Love it!! on my last visit I had all my teeth pulled like 19 all but 6 and a mouth full of stitches I had problem with only one that had been abscessed before and of course I was ready to get that one pulled and which in about a year or so I wanted to pull it my self . When he pulled it . It started throbbing I thought to my self really Iam at the dentist getting it pulled and your are going to still give me grieve. That why I have been confused to why he just did not pull them all and have me look toothless. I thought I was going get all at one time. am sorry for your infection that must not have been fun at all.That is funny you blame weight gain on Elevation!! lol that is funny. you gave a new Idea of telling people on mine it because of being a sea level . Once again thanks for your kindness and I will email you a picture when get my new smile take care have a great day!!!
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Good Morning Teri ..... Wow, that's amazing that you still had a tooth that was abcessed & still giving you 'GRIEF''.... that one definitely had to ''GO'' first!! I'm pretty sure since you've had the extractions and ''stitches'', you too have been on Antibiotics and medicated ''mouth rinse'' .... It's keeping track of the 'time' between each pill for me!!... I don't like taking pills at all...

I've finally finished my last Pennicillan pill this morning! So far, I'm able to wear my denture even over the ''stitches''... I remember the first time I had bone grafts and stitches, YIKES, I looked like a ''Catfish'' when my denture was out...Now, the Periodontist stitched in a ''membrane'', with some desolving stitches and a few that she says she'll take out at my next visit, in April... I hope she'll just 'snip' them quickly.. since ''Gums'' are actually pretty darn sensitive...

Teri, you've gone thru a lot too, and ''survived'' nicely...it's better to have a good sense of humor and a good attitude, to get us thru some of these "Life'' experiences ... afterall, it is just ''Temporary'' & with time, we'll be just fine and look great once this ''Journey'' is in progress and we're wearing ''OUR TEETH'' again... It is truly a ''journey'' that I'm glad I'm on... One nice thing, I never have to go in for ''teeth whitening'' EVER!!... You get to pick the ''color'' that matches your SMILE!! ''White & Bright'' for me!! Most people can't even tell if these are your own teeth, & I'm never embarrassed to tell people they're ''dentures''...

When your gums are fully healed (in 6 months or so) you won't even feel the ''sockets'' where your old teeth were.. The gums become ''smooth'' again, just like when we were babies!! Even going from a ''temporary'' plate to the ''permanent'' plate, they're forever changing...that's when we may need a ''relign'' again in a year or so...(sometimes less)

Good Luck Teri ... You're on your way... Have a GREAT DAY too...
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Hi dee, last night and today have been a bad day where that tooth was is swollen and hurting real bad ahhhhhhhhh I can't believe it my side of face is swollen. I call the dentist office and they gave me more penicillin They are going to call if they have a appointment, tomorrow It so flustering like you I don't like popping pills. I have still pain killers but I found aleve work better it such a huge set back. when I do get to pick out the color Iam going to go for white not like blind me white but as natural white as I can get. my family and friends all have great teeth so for one picture I would like to smile. all my kids have good and straight teeth . Two of them We had to braces on them . Thanks for the encouragement though this time. It just nice having someone to chat with about this. Everyone at my work have no dental problem so I don't bring it up. Take care Dee
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Oh Teri ... I'm so sorry you're suffering with that ''abcessed'' area again ... I also take ALEVE, it seems to work better than any prescription pain killers ... Hope you're keeping ''ICE'' on your face too... My Dr. gave me some ''Prednisone'' pills after my surgery, to keep the swelling down too...a ''6 day'' dosage ... 21 pills! So far, I've been off all meds now since Thursday morning... I had a ''hair appt'' yesterday and was gone most of the day... I sure HOPE today is better for you....and you got into your dentist yesterday ... I'm praying this doesn't last long for you ... I know you're miserable..... Keep me posted... GET WELL soon Teri.. You're in my thoughts...
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Hi Teri, I've been thinking of you all weekend .. How are you doing? I hope the swelling has subsided ... keep me posted!!
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Hi Dee Iam still in allot of pain I have dry socket and I still had a small piece of tooth that was left in when he pulled it . I have a infection also that is on my jaw bones with a lot a pus. So I have had three things going on with what was one tooth. Unfortunately I have had to go to work the whole time and so happy to have a day off and finally be able to deal with the pain. Thank you so much for your kindness. I hope you are doing well?
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Oh my Teri ... that sounds terrible for you & so glad to hear from you too! ... I had a portion of a tooth that wasn't removed the first time too...just a slight protrusion in my gum, but no pain.. However, when my Dentist went on a ''Family Leave'', the 'substitute'' Dentist did remove it last December, after I had been put on a medication for ''Osteopenia'' (we all get this as we get older too, nothing serious, just a warning of possible osteoperosis) I've heard that ''dry socket'' can be very painful, and they warn you to not smoke after extractions ..Do you smoke? I smoke, but never had a problem.. Geesh, I hope your dentist is giving you some STRONG antibiotics for the jaw bone infection and lots of ''medicated'' mouth wash too...How about some Prednisone too, that will help with swelling...I feel so bad for you Teri, I'm glad you've got a ''day off'' to help alleviate the pain, hopefully with some strong pain pills too...I'm sure you'll be needing some ''Rest'' as well, it must be keeping you awake at nights.. Will this set you back for your dental appt on April 11th?

I am a strong believe in ''Magnetic Products'', so that helped me with swelling and bruising, especially after my last episode with the ''gum surgery'', because of the Sinus infection ....by day 3 all the swelling was gone ... I saw my regular Dentist today, she says I'm healing GREAT... But, I still have stitches in, which the Periodontist will remove on April 14th! I've been keeping it really CLEAN, gargle after every meal and brush often!! Even when I'm outside mowing the lawn or trimming bushes, I rinse my denture & partial well...then gargle well again!

I hope you've enjoyed your Day Off, wish it was under better circumstances.. Thanks for the update ... I've had you on my mind all week, hoping you felt better.. Keep the ''Ice Packs'' handy for a few more days ... You're in my prayers..GET WELL SOON....

"Dee''
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Hi Dee, I am new to all this denture stuff. I have Lupus and have serious problems when my teeth act up with swelling of my lymph glands and joints. I have been agonizing over this decision to get dentures, only because my dentist thinks I am too young. I am 56. After losing some of my teeth as a child after being hot by a truck, and 30+ years of crowns (several sets) I am just done with all that and want dentures. Why do I feel so guilty about this decision? Everyone wants me to get more crowns, bridges, blah, blah. I just want to get dentures and be done with it all. Any thoughts? Thanks, Rhoda
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Hi Rhoda... I would advise you to get dentures, even at your age.. When your teeth are really bad, it DOES affect your HEART!  I had ''bone loss'', which I suppose could also occur with Lupus...When you have dentures, there's no more pain, toothaches, etc & any infection is gone...It takes approx. 6-9 mos for your gums to heal completely, but in the interim you'd have temporary dentures until your dentist fits you for the thinner permanent ones... It's a ''Process'' we've all endured but in the end, you'll have a beautiful smile & no one will know unless you tell them...

Hope this has helped you... Keep me posted too... "Dee"  :) 
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Thank you Dee! I will keep you posted!
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Teri & Dee,
My name is Mary. I am going to begin the journey to dentures very soon. All of my upper molars have broken off at or below gum line (all had crowns and root canals). I have 9 "front" teeth that need to be extracted - one of the front is, of course, in the very front and the crown is loose....so any day it is gonna fall/break off and that's it! I am terrified of having so many teeth pulled at once. The dentist I have had the last 25 years doesn't "do" dentures, only implants (at $3700 EACH), no way I can afford that. I am trying to find dentist on my insurance plan (but insurance will only pay $1500 and that will probably only cover the extractions). Any guess what cost I could be looking at for the immediate denture? Uppers only (for now). Anyone have experience with Clear Choice or Affordable Dentures?
Thank you for any comments/advise.
Mary
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Hi Mary, welcome to the DentureLiving forum! I definitely understand how important cost is when considering dentures. Denture costs may vary depending not only on your location, but also the individual dental offices themselves. I'd recommend contacting local offices near you just to get a price ranges - some may even offer free consultations. 

A few members of our community have shared their experience with some of the offices you mentioned. You can read their posts by searching for the topics on the main page. Hope this helps!
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Hi Mary, it's Dee.... Well, getting dentures does depend on where you live too.. I'm in So. Cal .. I have dental insurance via my ''Medicare Supplement'' plan.. ...My upper dentures alone were around $5,500, out of MY pocket... All total so far, for upper dentures and a lower partial are at $7,750.. I believe if there are ''dental schools'' perhaps at some colleges, it would be much cheaper but may take longer to finish up... Having 9 teeth pulled at the same time will be much better than doing them a few at a time, plus you may have ''stitches'' that will have desolving sutures. You'll have ''temporary'' dentures the same day they're all pulled out too... It will take the gums approx. 6 months to heal (shrinking by the minute too!) before you will get new ''impressions'' for the permanent denture, which is thinner and more comfortable to wear since it's ''form fitting'' to your mouth only...& in the ''Color'' you like too... So, perhaps you can check around with other ''dentists'' offices in your area.. What State do you live in? Your ''Front'' tooth with a crown on it will loosen and possibly make it more painful to eat, so try to get to a dentist soon...I had a ''bridge'' on one of my front teeth that did loosen, but didn't come out till I had all my uppers removed.. I had 10 uppers and 4 lowers pulled the same time, bone grafts (because of bone loss) and stitches .. The Dentist will give you ''antibiotics'' and a medicated mouth rinse to take for a week or so... Just be sure to keep the gums CLEAN, and you shouldn't have any problems..

Most dentists offer a ''payment plan'' too ... ''Care Credit'' is one of them.. http://www.carecredit.com/ interest free for 12 months or so...depending on the costs... There's a Dr. locator on there too for your area ... That's another avenue to pursue if money is a real issue, as it is for most of us... The Dentists office usually has all these ''signs'' to read while you're waiting... Good Luck to you Mary and keep us posted on your progress ... You will survive this procedure and will be happy you have a ''Great Smile'' again.. It's nerve wracking, but nothing that is so ''scarey'' you can't do this.. You'll be so NUMB, you'll feel just about nothing!!... I didn't need to be sedated, I just kept it in my mind that ''it's not a choice, it's a necessity'' and it will be over soon!!

Keep posting on your PROGRESS .. We're here to help you thru it too...''Dee''
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Hi Mary and Dee, Mary I hope everything work out for you like you also I could not afford dentures either I have had to wait years and getting them I have not got them yet but soon. all my teeth started breaking after twins then you know life hit you and big extra you can't do. Like Dee said when getting the teeth pulled you are very numb and the aftercare is important. I have only had problem with one area but it has kick my butt with pain. Dee is really great with the whole process She has been very kind and such word of encouragement I really so thankful for her. I don't know what brand am getting yet but when I do Mary I will write to help you out.
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Hi Teri .... so good to see you posting here today...How's your swelling doing today? Did you get to the dentist? I've been keeping you in my prayers Teri...Keep updating too... Hope your extractions are still ''on schedule'' for you... April 11th, will be here soon... ''Dee''
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HI Dee, yes finally the swelling went down just the other day Today is the first day that I finely pain free yea!! I had dry socket and had a piece of tooth that was not all the way taking out I got infection bad bad infection But thanks to allot of prayers which was much need and appreciate am feeling better. I have had problem with that tooth forever The dentist did not take it serious when he pulled it it was full of pus . and of course there was a piece left in. Am very thankful that I only had the one spot. to be honest it was the worse pain of my life. Am a tuff cookie but it kick everything out of me. I still work threw which was hard I had one day off in 14 days. yes it still a go on the 11th for my impression . I only have six teeth left to extracted do it should be easy since already I had so many pulled.Thank you Dee Take care
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Hi Teri... What a ''relief'' you must feel now, I'm so glad that the swelling is gone.. Yep, 6 ''extractions'' should be a breeze for you ...glad everything is still on schedule too... Soon, you'll have your temporary dentures and hopefully the Dentist will remember NOT to leave any portion of any tooth there... The dentures will act like a ''bandage'' for the first few days too, along with antibiotics and medicated mouth rinse .... I just know you're going to do FINE too... You're a real TROOPER!!

I don't know how you've done this and ''worked'' too.. I think I'd be calling in ''sick''... I'm glad I'm retired and don't work anymore...KUDOS to you!! One day off in ''14'' would surely be kicking my butt, especially working in pain had to be soooo hard .... Like you said, you're a TUFF COOKIE!! Keep that ''Positive Attitude'' going!

Have a great day and keep the updates coming... It's always good to hear how you're doing... soon you'll have a Beautiful Smile!
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Oh Dee the pain and the swelling is back . I called the doctor today am going in tomorrow enough is enough the swelling is like under the gum and I have had like a big knot in my jaw. I talk to the nurse today and they are going to let me come in. I have a brain cyst am worried with all this infection I need them to help me. antibiotic for almost a month is not working so am hoping they will help with maybe the 3 day antibiotic something. But am looking forward to getting new teeth for that great smile. I hope everything is well with you Take care
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Hi Teri, ...... Gosh, I'm so glad to hear from you, and very ''happy'' you went to your Dr. Your infection was pretty devastating & could have been fatal... I hope you're finally rid of that ''missing tooth'' that still wants to keep haunting you... It's GOTTA feel so much better today since your surgery too...Hope the stitches are not causing you a lot of pain...but getting to the Dr. fast was good...Hopefully the Dr. has gotten the ''attention'' of your dentist with their conversation...I'm sure he gave the Dentist some ''FIRM WORDS'' about abcesses and the importance of being diligent during extractions... So, you're on the mend & that's WONDERFUL... I'm sure you've got more antibiotics and pain pills, so be comfortable.... till you get the rest of your extractions done in a few more days... Hey, never worry about ''complaining'', you know your body more than anyone else does.. In fact, when I see my Physician in June, I'm going to tell her about my sinus infection, which she thought was 'allergies'' instead too...Luckily my Dentist had the ''Periodontist'' examine my gums in March...otherwise, It could have been worse for me too... I hope you've taken a few days off from work to recouperate from your surgery...I'm sure you've gotten some much needed REST during this struggle...You're getting closer to that BEAUTIFUL SMILE too...

I'm doing very well, so far .. See my Periodontist on April 14th, and will get my stitches removed...I can still wear my dentures over the stitches and it's not painful... even eating regular food now too...Yep ''Dentures'' are pretty costly, so if your insurance is paying for all of yours, that's a BIG BONUS...In my case, there wasn't a ''choice'' of doing it or not, it was WHEN... So, I'm paying off my dentures monthly... OK, gotta run for now ... but keep UPDATING me on your progress...I'm always glad that I can be of help... No one knows what denture wearers go thru, unless they've gone thru it themselves.. Take care Teri .. Hope your days are BETTER now! "Dee"
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Teri

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I Dee, I'm so happy that you are eating regular food now. I can't wait I think it funny that most people lose weight I'm the going the other direction with weight gain since it mostly carbs I can eat. I hope you are not in allot of pain?. I get how you have to pay your dentures off monthly I was going to be the same. and you are right about how people can't wait. I have been waiting for years with ugly broken teeth. I hope your Dr can help you with your sinus infection they are not fun they sometimes last forever. No I did not take anytime off from work. I wish! Take care Dee and I hope your appointment on the 14th goes well
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Morning Teri.... Yep, eating regular foods now is GREAT!! I'm also eating ''carbs'', like Mac & Cheese, Potatoes, etc... just smaller portions... Oh, NO PAIN at all either Teri... I'm able to wear my dentures comfortably now.. At first, it was pretty sore, but as the time has gone by, it's easier each day... Yep, sometimes the only ''Choice'' is to get the dental work done for OUR HEALTH'S sake ... Gum Disease is not something I'd want anymore, I struggled with it for a long time and lots of money later...Now, it's all GONE.. Gone for good, I hope!! I don't have any ''sinus infection'' now.. I was on some pretty ''hefty'' antibiotics and the medicated mouth rinse for a couple weeks...

Teri, you are such an ''example'' of Bravery during your own ordeal...I KNOW you were in extensive pain, but you continued to work too... I'm amazed!! I'd be home ''feeling sorry for myself'' and probably pretty 'GRUMPY'' too... LOL ....How are you feeling today? Swollen yet? When do you get your stitches out or do they desolve?

Yesterday, a woman driving down my street hit a ''Power Pole'' and knocked out all the power in the neighborhood until early this morning!! The woman suffered a busted lip from the ''airbag'' deploying, but she did go to the hospital for aches in her chest.. I hope she's OK today... probably pretty ''sore'' after totalling her VAN... Anyway, I had no power, no phone & no internet... Luckily, I have ''solar spotlights'' that I brought inside to light the my rooms. Geesh, they stayed on ALL NIGHT too... I did discover that when the power is out, the electronic ignition on my stove doesn't work either, so I used the ''side burner'' on my grill to heat up some Ham & Bean Soup!!

I'm still praying for you Teri... This will hopefully all be over in a few days, except more stitches in your gum, but you're certainly a TOUGH COOKIE!! Take care Teri and get better soon... You're in my prayers daily!!
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Hi Dee sorry to hear about the women hitting a power pole I hope she is ok. I live on the north Oregon coast and power outage are so common here. with all the hurricane force winds we get . I love your Bean and Ham soup on the grill smart thinking. How long for you not to be in pain? My stitch I have to get them out. and my face is still swollen and still so painful honest no amount of painkillers take the pain so I been trying to take aleve. Thanks Dee take care
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Hi Teri... Well, I hope the ''Aleve'' will help with the pain yet ... I think I only had ''discomfort'' for about 3-5 days from my surgery... It was the soreness that I had to work thru... My dentures are right over the stitches ... however there's no more soreness and I'm back to my ''normal self''...

It's been getting warmer here lately, so I was glad that I filled up my propane tank a few weeks ago, just in cases like this when the Power goes OUT for longer than a few min.. We get some pretty good winds here too, but usually no power loss...it's usually when someone hits a power pole...

Take care Teri ... Hope you get those stitches out soon & the swelling subsides.. keep the ice packs on it too..it is a ''day by day'' process for healing! ''Dee''
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hi...Dee, I just "spoke" to you on a different topic. Now after seeing this page I'm afraid I may not be able to afford dentures..and due to bone loss I would have to have bone grafting and probably sinus lifts and tissue transplants too. Feel trapped with no choices...
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Hi again Marilyn .. I posted on another post of yours ... You will be fine, don't be afraid..Bone Loss is sometimes ''hereditary'', even my 28 yr. old granddaughter has this too... She doesn't need dentures tho and she's taking lots of calcium now & has beautiful teeth...

Yes dentures are costly, depending on where you live too..I'm in So. Cal... there's nothing CHEAP in CA...just more taxes!! Well Marilyn, I'd say that with ''bone loss'', eventually your teeth will loosen and it will be painful to eat.. I had one tooth, next to my two front teeth, that got so lose, it came out all by itself, right after Thanksgiving 2012!! .. Each bite of food I took helped it on it's way OUT! I got to a new dentist, did a ''Deep Cleaning'', & $300.00 later, only to have all of my upper teeth & 4 lower teeth extracted a few months later while waiting for a referral to a Periodonist from my Insurance Company... So, it's not IF you have a choice, it's when there is ''NO CHOICE'' ... The only other choice is ''no teeth'' at all... BTW, bone grafts do NOT come from your bones, they have ''bone grafting'' material in the dentists office ..they use it just before they suture your gums up, which you won't even feel since you'll be so NUMB..

Luckily, I have good credit, and an American Express card I've had for 20+ years, with NO CREDIT LIMIT... Ya don't find those anymore!! There's also 'www.carecredit.com'' too, which offers an ''interest free'' loan for 12 months or so...You can qualify online in just ''minutes'' too... OR perhaps your dentist has their own financing, but either way you go, it's going to eventually need be done so it's just a matter of time.. The sooner you have this done, the sooner your mouth will be healthy again and you'll FEEL so much better mentally and physically... Guaranteed!

Keep the updates coming, like I've said... We're ALL here to help you in any decision you make and get you through this process ... One year from now, I KNOW you'll be glad you had this procedure done, and be here helping others who are just as afraid of the UNKNOWN as we all were...
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Hello Fellow Denture Wearer's..... I don't know why, but for a long time, approx, 3-4 months, I could only read the posts, but the site wouldn't let me post any replies... I came here today after an e-mail notification and ''VOILA'', I can post now...

Hope everyone is doing well and Life is moving right along for you all... Dentures are different and take some getting used to, but when all is said and done, you'll be ever so GLAD you took this Journey to a ''Beautiful Smile'' .... Have a great ''Sunday'' ...
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My most recent set was bought in 2004. They are porcelain and I watched them put each tooth in one by one. He also put blades in the bottoms (the bottoms are not porcelain),, They cost me a pretty penny but I've had them for 11 years now. Prior to that I think I had 3 different sets. You truly get what you pay for. The dentist did try to put a little bit of a twist on a tooth or too just to enhance how natural they look,, I opposed and said,, "not for price of these teeth,, I want them straight" LOL,, they still look very natural.
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I am getting the rest of my teeth pulled on Monday. I wasnt given the option of immediate denture.....just told my gums would have to heal. How long will I have to wait????