I'm having top teeth removed soon...

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I have significant bone loss, had expensive laser surgery six years ago to try and improve it but it only succeeded in causing me a bad case of dental phobia and didn't help the bone situation.

My teeth don't look bad. I've lost two so far on top and one on the bottom, all in the back so they aren't noticeable. I currently have pain though in a couple and there's not enough bone left in the top to salvage the remaining teeth. I go in March 12th to have all the tops removed, the back molar on each side on the bottom, and a deep root cleaning to save the remaining bottom teeth. The bone loss isn't as significant on bottom and the dentist wants to make sure it doesn't get worse since according to him, lower plates are much harder to live with. I'm 47. My dentist is an anesthesiologist so I'll be paying an extra grand to be put completely under by IV sedation.

I'm upset, scared of the procedure, worried about how I will look and to a lesser extent, how they'll function. I don't want to even think of how I will look when I have to take them out. I don't want ANYONE to see me without teeth, especially my husband. He's great, has assured me time and again that it doesn't bother him a bit, it changes nothing, and will be better for my health. He travels constantly, has his own business, a partner and a few employees and has made arrangements to be home for at least a week after my procedure, which was a tough schedule to revise and I'm grateful for his support.

I don't really have a question I guess, just venting. I haven't told anyone but one friend and just looking for some advice I guess on how to handle this. Take care all.
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  • scared, anxious, worried

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Patti Howard Greene

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Good luck with ur teeth.my lower jaw has great bone loss.I am one also that won't let people see me with out my teeth.I use sea bond to keep them in.I am looking at implants for my bottoms.my smile looks good just can't chew with them.
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they say bone loss  for me too on bottem teeth I might  get  second choice  some bottom teeth removed  get particle  denture  on bottom  I don't know  yet  too much money  proboably
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Stephanie,

I'm 28 and I just had my uppers done. I was extremely worried about not being sedated. I didn't have the extra 1-2 thousand for IV sedation. And my dentist at Aspen Dental was not worried at all that she wouldnt have a problem with local anesthetic. So the day of I went in and she used novocaine or what ever they use now and numbed me up real good. I put the loudest music on my iPhone ( I use Spotify ) and she did her thing. About a half an hour to 45 later the teeth were out no problems and I had my denture in place. If having no teeth for a few days is your biggest thing. That was mine too. Don't rush it. Find someone who will put one in right away. Or make one ahead of time. I'm on day 3 and have had very little discomfort. Still have the narcotic script sitting next to me. Only filled the Motrin for swelling. I have a great support system as well. My fiancé and I are getting married in 2 months and I wanted to be able to smile again and now I can. I literally haven't stopped. It's an amazing feeling. This message board answered all my questions and put me at ease. My teeth were messed up from 25 years of seizure meds and this was my option. If you look back at my post you can find the picture.

Best of luck to you

Joe K
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I should say Sabrina that I am so sorry this happened to you and that you also have to go through it at an even younger age than I am. It's just not an emotionally easy thing to do. I never cry. I've been married 17 years an I bet my husbands only seen me cry like this three or four times. The being unable to undo it is the hard part. I kept thinking I was making a mistake. The weeks, them days, leading up to it were terrible, then the day of, getting in the car, it was awful for me. Now I'm on the other side and I'm glad it's over and that dread and anxiety is behind me. I feel much better without that hanging over my head.
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Jeanne Roushey

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Awesome help from your husband.
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Jeanne Roushey

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Sabrina, keep bottom teeth as long as possible, lower is harder to keep in with adhesive. One thing is that losing upper teeth seems more traumatic than bottom. Since you will be eating more carefully, your bottom won't be as stressed to break. I decided not to challenge my teeth with real chewy things. I just want them to stay in as long as possible. Your attitude is great. Fight the negative thoughts. You will know when you have to deal with lower.
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For what ever reasons iam not getting updates fron this site in my email.not sure what's going on thought no body was chatting.
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Sabrina  the dentist told me  I could  keep my lower teeth  that's  second  option  keep them I f I want  too  but I need a particle  on lower cause they mite pull a few out  but its better  than paying for  root cannales  and  crowns  which h  I probably  have to have  like  2  crowns  .  so the alternative  I s pull some out  wnder  if particlles  are any good  .  some are  better  that none  yes  sabrinaa  keep  up  positive  about  it  and it will be  good 
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I totally understand. I agonized alone for years till I found this site and such helpful support. As you cross each point in your denture adventure there will be people here to suggest and support you. Your good news is that your lower teeth are good. Just keep focused that you will be able to look good AND be healthy. I keep my upper in overnight and clean and rest my mouth for a while in afternoon. That works if I am not going out during day. At first you may be told to keep out overnight. Good luck..
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I am getting an immediate denture the day of. I'm a little worried as I had it made two years ago when I had a tooth removed. I was supposed to come back and have the tops done then but chickened out. The dentist said he'll make it work though so I don't have to get a new one. I figured if it doesn't work I'll use it until my gums heal then get another temporary made. It was $500, so I'd like to try and use it but if I can't then so be it. The dentist said he knew I'd be back eventually so they just stored it for me. I think he said in six months (or eight?), they'd have the nicer permanent one made.

Thanks for the replies. The closer the day gets the more anxiety I have.
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Jeanne Roushey

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Shelly you will get used to it. It feels strange at first. First few days just eat soft or liquid. Dentist will make adjustments if you have any sore spots. Keep in touch here and we will help you with suggestions. It is a difficult process, we all understand how hard it is. When you have new denture .....Smile in the mirror and your new smile will encourage you. I eat carefully, eat slower, lost a few pounds, nothing all that bad. You can get through it.
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aw  yes  ty  I know  I will  with all of  these ppl here  so kind  and  there  respoces  are  good  for me  I know its  gonna be  crazy  for a whle  hope  full  I can pull threw  , my friend  just had  hers  says its  ok   shecan do it I can do it ty
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stephaine   soon  but know  im decideing which dentist t o go too  I hae no choice  either  my mouth is  bad  ive  always  had noteeth   for all my life  all my back teeth are gone  lower and top  I have  c   and  d  deficiency   
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I will pray shelly.things will be ok.
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My date is approaching fast - one week from today. My emotions are all over the place. At times I'm stoic about it, then I'm thinking am I making a mistake? I just know that implants, bone grafts and all that are super expensive and I don't have tens of thousands of dollars to spend on my teeth so this seems to be the logical solution. I hope you are able to get yours done soon and feel good about it.
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Jeanne Roushey

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Gosh my upper cost over$2000.O0 this September......hmm wonder why such a difference.
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Shelly Smith

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wondering how they look  there  nice  im so afraid  they be  so hard  plactic  it will hurt  a lot  and  do they loosen up a lot  and have  to use paste  omg  what a an ordeal  but if my smile looks better  its worth it
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Patti Howard Greene

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Ur smile will be great just remember that.iam at week eight and had more work done today looks even better today.I am more happy.
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Patti Howard Greene

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I found out today that the insurance won't cover a reline til the six month mark so four more to wait.
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Jeanne Roushey

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Yes, six months is what I was told for reline.
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Patti Howard Greene

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I can have one if I wa nt just have to pay for it.my bottom teeth have already been out six months so I don't understand why I have to wait longer hell by the six months gets here I will have implants
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Good question - I don't know. I have dental ins but it typically doesn't cover that much. Two years ago they said the permanent denture would be around $900 if I'm remembering correctly. After ins, extracting 17 teeth was $500 plus the extra thousand for sedation so day of its supposed to be $1500. I don't know much about dentures so I hope I'm not getting a bad product.
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Stephanie

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My dr said months down the road, maybe a year, we can look at doing something like that but not right now.
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I can't wait I can't keep my lower plate in at all so I don't eat with them in.even when I talk they come loose.
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Shelly Smith

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do you have a particle 


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Patti Howard Greene

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I have two plates
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Patti Howard Greene

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I am not getting any up dates showing and body chatting on here don't know what's going on.
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Stephanie

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Hadn't thought of acupuncture. It's funny, I'm not typically prone to anxiety, depression, or any emotional issues. For some reason though, the dental thing has just become an actual phobia. I know I'm letting my mind get the best of me and I need to stop going over it in my head.

Thanks so much for the comments and reassurance!
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You are not alone. It's more than the dental issues, there are always other issues involved. Very hard to accept. I agonized for 4 1/2 years. I still hate to have my dentures out in front of my husband but he acts like he doesn't even notice. I recently went on vacation with my daughter and 7 yr old grandson who is very observant and vocal. I could not avoid a short period each day without dentures. He never noticed. We are still the people they know. Was very hard for me to believe this. I found if you keep lipstick on you look better even if denture is out for a while. This applies even to how you see yourself. Bottom line you can and will return to a healthy attractive person, that is a good thing. It's emotionally tough going through so you have our thoughts and prayers with you.
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Patti Howard Greene

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I will pray for u.
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Shelly Smith

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patti ive seen you on here a lot I need all my front upper teeth out  soon im kinda  scared  not of the  pain  but  the  results  with my denture are  they really that hard to get use  too ?
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Not realy it is different but u get use to them.I would be happier if I could est with them.I also need to have the bottoms screwed in. I have no jaw done on the bottom.
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no jaw ?    I have  jaw  pain all the  time  have  to live  with I guess  I have  bottom teeth  but need  a lot of work  they want  to pull  them  but  I sad  no   so thy said ok  e
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I have a tiny bone on the bottom.but its enought to put the svrews in to hold the plate. Hold on to what u have for as long as u can I sure wish I could have but no luck.
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I had to wait 3 months from the date of the extraction to get my dentures.  Therefore, everyone saw me with no teeth.  They told me I talked differently but did not look that different.  People that did not know me probably did not know I didn't have teeth.  Since my natural teeth were in bad shape before I had them pulled, I was used to not smiling.  Now that I have my dentures, it feels really good to smile again.
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Patti Howard Greene

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Smiling is a great thing now.I love it.
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that's sounds  wonderful  glad  u can smle and  feel cofindent 


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Ok so I'm 34 years old and I had all my teeth removed from top and bottom just bc I wanted nicer teeth so I went into my dentist and asked how I could get all my teeth removed and can they put my dentures in as soon as I had all my teeth removed and they agreed to do that.. so I have them for 2 years now and the only problem I have with them are my bottom always been a big problem it's to big and the right side of the dentures goes down way to far which causes a lot of uncomfort but other than that I'm completely happy with my decision to do this.. I really couldn't be happier with my decision to better my smile and now I'm completely confident in my decision.. go for it