In a little over 2 weeks I'm getting 21 teeth extracted, implants and a temporary denture

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I've fought with bad teeth for a lot of years. I've also spent a ton of money trying to save my teeth. But they aren't able to be saved so I'm getting the remaining 21 teeth extracted, implants (for snap on dentures) and a temporary denture. Has anyone ever done this?? I trust my dentist, and even though he told me I would hate him for a few months I will love the implant supported dentures better than regular dentures, mainly because of my age and being able to eat.
I'm so nervous but I can't back out because I've already paid for everything. I want to be able to smile again but I've read so many horror stories that I'm wondering if I made the right decision. Any advice or tips would be greatly appreciated.
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I had extractions and dentures put in on December 12. I too was scared because of everything I had read. It wasn't so bad for me. I basically was numb the first day. I had a little pain the second day and took some pain medicine. The surgeon said the second day would be the worse and it wasn't bad. I was prepared for terrible.
I think everyone is different and each has a different threshold for pain and discomfort. I was also wondering if all the people with good experiences juat don't post.
The bruising was the worse part. Today is the first day all the bruis ing is gone.
Goid luck.
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Thank you! I'm so nervous! He told me it will take a little while to adjust but I'm hoping I will be so much happier in the long run. I'm so embarrassed of my teeth and I'm tired of the pain and infections.
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I'm a month out from this exact same thing, except 22 extractions. I'll be honest... the first week is hell, second week a little better, third week is a whole new world. I was depressed, angry, regretful, every bad emotion possible the first week. I wanted to throw my new teeth off a bridge. Luckily I found this forum and these wonderful people taught me what I was experiencing was normal and held my hand through it. Here I am a month later, just had my first soft reline and I CANNOT stop smiling. I'm eating almost everything. I feel and look 20 years younger. I couldn't be happier. I got my permanent dentures immediately and they will be converted to my over dentures. I can't wait for that, but the immediate dentures are not the end of the world. Stay strong. We are all here for you and just know that everyday gets remarkably better. With your bad teeth, all you can think about is how much longer will they last? What's going to break today? Where is the pain going to be? Each day gets worse. Once you undergo the procedure, it's all down hill. Every day gets better and better and your life, happiness and confidence gets better. Try to think about the future and what you're working towards and just know that the bad feelings are normal and give yourself a break for those negative feelings. Oh and don't throw your teeth off a bridge. I don't know about yours but my teeth alone cost $5600... I went for the best of the best.
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Thank you so much! I expect it to be a learning process. And yes the pain and breakage is horrible! It's constantly something all the time. I think in the end I will hopefully be happier but I guess I've read so much stuff it has me scared. I don't want to not be able to talk or eat. I go Jan 8th and I'm hoping everything goes as well as can be expected. I'm so glad to hear of someone with a positive experience similar to what I'm going to be going through. I haven't smiled in so long that I think it will be nice to be able to smile at people and in pictures again.
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Girl... once you get past the first couple weeks, you won't be able to quit smiling. I'm sure purple think I'm up to something because I always have a huge smile... I just can't stop. My thoughts will be with you on the 8th and I am here for you to help you through it. Don't be scared. Yes there's pain, but that's temporary.
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I can't wait for that to happen. I'm sure I look unhappy to most people. And no more trying to hide my mouth even when I talk.
And thanks son much, I will take any help I can get. I only know of one person with dentures and she only wears hers once a month or so. She really isn't helpful
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HI Katherine

I think it is wonderful that you are getting clip on implants
I am sure you will be very Happy with them

We need implant  clip on's  information on this blog

Please keep in touch and tell us step by step how this is going
Good Luck
Barbara
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Diane O'Kelley

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Since I'm slightly farther along than both of you, I'd be happy to answer ANY questions y'all have. We can go through this journey together.
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That sounds great! I'm sure I will have a ton of questions once this whole process gets started. I'm looking forward to the future and I'm trying to stay positive but hopefully I will be so much happier with the end results.
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Once I decided to get a full mouth restoration, I never researched a thing because I didn't want to live with the "what ifs" while I waited for the surgery.  I just put myself totally in my dentist's hands.  Sometime around April, I think this process will be done with.  It started in September.  My biggest worry was that they wouldn't consider me a candidate for the IV anesthesia for some unknown reason, and that's the only way I would do it.  The last thing I heard her say as I was falling asleep was "I don't like that blood pressure".  LOL.  I didn't care.  So far, it's been a pretty painless journey.  I have another surgery first week of January for upper implant posts to be installed so I'm just not thinking about that as it approaches.  I would just try to put it out of your mind and keep moving forward with your decision.
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I shouldn't have researched anything either. Lol. But it's my nature I guess. I tried to be as prepared as possible so when something comes up I remember that I read about that.
I'm just hoping the headache will be worth it in the end.
Hopefully I will have some kind of relief from all the pain and infection of my regular teeth. I trust my dentist and he seems to think I will adjust fairly easy.
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Hi Katherine, I had all of my lower teeth extracted yesterday. There are no words to tell you how scared I was. And this was just the lowers. When I got there the dentist tried to talk me into getting both done. I told him I wasn't ready financially or more so emotionally. He agreed although he said it would be much better for me to have them all done at once.....long story short. I got home about 5pm yesterday and was exhausted so I just went to bed...I bled quite a bit last night but really didn't have much pain (I'd taken 2 of the tramadol he'd prescribed for me and this morning when I woke up I didn't feel any need for pain medication. I then went for my follow up visit and didn't really feel any adjustments needed to be made but they did anyway and went through all the care of my gums and maintenance of my denture. I was kinda in a hurry because I needed to get to work so they were very kind and sent me on my way. My ONLY ISSUE (and my dentist told me i might have problems with this because of my decision to only have my lowers done) is it just sits in my mouth and flops around. Lol. It doesn't just jump around like i make it sound but if i coughed or did something out of the normal from just talking it was VERY loose but you are getting implants so that should totally eliminate any need for you to be concerned about that. I have no bruising, no swelling and no pain! I have even somewhat gotten comfortable with it being in my mouth. Yesterday, it totally felt like a foreign object. They did teach me to use an adhesive today and it helped keep it in place a little better but I'm hoping that once I get a soft reline in in 2 weeks (I believe that's what it's called) it will be a lot more secure. I tried to eat some bean w/ bacon soup tonight and apparently I should have used the adhesive again (im learning ) but I didn't do too well even with that. On a scale of 1 to 10 I would give it a 1 for the pain and a 7 for the aggravation. ...I just have a lot to learn. I drink a lot of very healthy smoothies and I had no problems with it this morning so I'm sure that will be where I get my nutrition for a while. And my smoothies are much healthier than a can of soup anyway. And BTW....if you need any smoothie recipes just let me know. I have the best that are both tasty and can be used for a meal replacement :) Good luck to you and I'll tell you like I heard someone say on Youtube....You are WAY over thinking it! He was right! Merry Christmas and keep us posted on how you're doing.......and oh yeah....one more thing. Make sure you put a towel or something on your pillow AND SHEETS. I didn't and somehow ended up getting blood on my sheets instead of my pillow. No biggie but it was kinda gross and messy.
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A soft reline will make ALL the difference.
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Thanks, I was hoping it would but I'm so glad to hear you say that.! I go in 2 weeks to get that done. Also Diane, I'm so happy to hear you're doing so well.
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i had my 1st hard reline yesterday and it feels like a different denture - it has all the lumps and bumps of the inside of my mouth in it - so it feels now like it was made to fit and it does - without adhesive too.  the immediate denture was horrible - a smooth plastic thing that fitted into my mouth but wouldnt stay without some form of adhesive, so i just didnt wear it lol
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Y'all are making me feel better about all of this. To know that there are some success stories out there.
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Thank you so much for the tips. Yes I'm scared. My dentist said it was better to get it all done at once. I've heard a lot of complaints about the temporary denture, I will have to wear one for 6 months before I get my permanent ones attached to the implants.
I'm worried about the pain, I have 3 kids and the baby will be 2 next month. I do have help for the day of and the day after. I'm just hoping that I won't be in too much pain for my sake and theirs.
And I think one of the things that worries me besides the pain is not being able to eat or talk with the temporary denture. My babies sure do love having a bedtime story, and I would hate to not be able to read to them.
I will certainly take any recipes that I can get. I love food and the fact that I will be missing out on my favorites for a while makes me sad. But on the brighter side I need to lose about 20 pounds so maybe I can lose some weight
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Sounds like you have your hands full with kids.  Are you a stay at home mom?  I have to admit that I haven't tried to eat a single bite of food with my temporaries in.  I work from home on my Etsy shop so I have the luxury of being able to spend my time without the dentures in and I am doing fine eating pureed food.  I figured that since I am also having my permanents attached that I don't need to learn to eat with the temporaries.  I have found that with my food processor, I can eat quite enough to satisfy me and food retains it's taste even when pureed.  You will lose some weight and that's a real added benefit.  :)  I'm just sorry I didn't take the week before extractions to go hog wild with food.
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Luckily I am a stay at home mom for now, so I do have that working in my favor. I've read a lot of stuff about dentures and I will say that I've been enjoying every bit of food I can for now :)
I just want to be able to smile again and not be so self conscious about my teeth and to feel better. I think once I've healed some I will feel much better as far as health. There isn't a day that my mouth doesn't hurt for one reason or another.
How long until you get your permanents?
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I think March or April.  It depends on how the upper implants heal once they put them in.  They put the lower posts in same time as the extractions, and they did bone grafts in the uppers too.  Those had to "grow in" before the upper implant posts.  I know just how you feel about the smiling etc.  I'm guessing we all do.  It takes a toll on your life to be so self conscious all the time.  I'm in my 60's so I have had a long time to live without smiling.  It's funny but at the dentist, when they are trying in wax models and they tell me to smile so they can analyze tooth design, I have to tell them that I have forgotten how to and I look ridiculous trying.  Once the teeth are out, the hurt is gone!  No more pain from sugar, hot liquids, cold liquids, going outside in the winter, infections, cracks etc.  Just POOF!  Gone.
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I will be so glad to get rid of the pain. It's unbearable at times. I haven't smiled in many many years. It's crazy what we get use to. I'm glad to know that there are some good stories out there.
It's definitely scary but hopefully worth it.
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Reading to your kids is the perfect way to retrain your mouth to talk with the dentures. You will sound like Elmer Fudd for a day or two, but your body is an amazing thing. It will adapt. Heck my teeth are starting to feel like they are my own real teeth. I would sing along with music all day to retrain my speech, but reading outloud it the best way.
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Yep, I agree with Diane about reading to your kids. I actually talk better with my new denture because I had recently lost a tooth on the bottom in front (which finally led me to getting something done) I think you'll be really surprised at how little pain there is. I know everyone is different but I truly didn't have that much pain. The only thing that hurt was the shot they give you to deaden your mouth and they even use a topical to deaden your mouth prior to that. Also, make sure you pick up your prescriptions before getting it done. I took 1 tramadol before going in. Not sure if I was supposed to but I did anyway. I wasn't just trying to make you feel better...I honestly didn't have any pain after the first day! And the first day was minimal. It was uncomfortable I'll admit. I'll write down some smoothie recipes in a separate post. They are going to save me till I can learn to eat again. And like Janet said....I cannot wait to be able to eat SUGAR again with no pain! I haven't eaten sugar in years! Hang in there...I promise you'll do better than you think. I watched a guy named Brandon Mattingly and to me he was very encouraging. https://youtu.be/ekEjeybFRvE.
Good luck! And please don't stress (I know that easier said than done) and oh yeah....one more thing. The first day you get them they won't use any adhesive because of the extractions and I thought that was how it was going to be. After I went back the next morning. ..all the difference in the world. And i also have the soft reline to look forward to. They told me I couldn't eat bread unless it was toasted...wrong, lol. I made pumpkin bread last night and it was delicious! You may be different on that note because I believe you said you're getting implants. Not sure how that works.
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the thing about smiling - omg - soooo true - for the last 20 years, i havent smiled because of my bad teeth, not been able to laugh in front of people and its affected my entire life.
finally i was able to laugh in the mirror looking at my immediates and omg - its like lifted a massive weight off my neck.
im now nervous of going out and smiling or laughing because i havent done it for the majority of my life and actually - dont really know how to!. mad but its true.
it like the 1st time you learn to ride a bike and your parent lets go of you and your actually riding it on your own - thats how i felt when i smiled in the mirror when i got back with my immediates. 
now id love to go out and start to make some friends - something iv not done my entire life, i hid away and became a hermit all becasue of my teeth.
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Thank y'all. I'm loving these positive stories. I know it will take some adjustments and patience. I just can't wait to not have pain or embarrassment anymore. I agree with y'all. I don't openly smile or laugh. And I try to hide my mouth when I talk. I should've had this done long ago but I finally saved up enough money to go through with it.
I just hope my dentist doesn't get too tired of seeing me if I have a lot of problems with the temporary ones. After I paid all this money I want to make sure I make them as comfortable as possible.
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Thank y'all. I'm loving these positive stories. I know it will take some adjustments and patience. I just can't wait to not have pain or embarrassment anymore. I agree with y'all. I don't openly smile or laugh. And I try to hide my mouth when I talk. I should've had this done long ago but I finally saved up enough money to go through with it.
I just hope my dentist doesn't get too tired of seeing me if I have a lot of problems with the temporary ones. After I paid all this money I want to make sure I make them as comfortable as possible.
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Hi Katherine,

My dentist actually got a little snippy with me because I had the attitude that I was somehow bothering her - and she was right to correct me.  Please bother your dentist!  It's what they're there for!

You just had part of you removed.  They're supposed to be there to help you.  You paid them good money that you saved for a long time for them to help you.  Please bother your dentist! LOL!  Get your money's worth!

Seriously, though, any dentist worth their salt should be very willing to help you, no matter how many times you ask questions or seek help.

Merry Christmas!
Schelly
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Thank you! And yes I agree, they should be willing to help when needed. It sounds like you have a good dentist :)

Merry Christmas to you also!
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I will be put to sleep and when I wake up I will have my temporary dentures. I feel a little less anxious I'm just a worry wart by nature I guess. Thank you so much for the encouragement. I've prayed about it and I God will take care of me. I need it done and I'm just hoping I can adjust to eating and talking without too much trouble.
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I had Valium just so I could get to the dentist and gas at the dentist. I was awake and aware, but trust me, I had no cares in the world. My dentist had the option of a headset that I could watch a movie in, but I opted for listening to loud music on my phone and one of those blindfolds you wear to bed. I knew if I could, I would look at the reflection in their glasses. You will adjust to eating and talking. It may be frustrating at first, but you will get there. Heck after a reline, I have to relearn the talking thing because they sit just a tiny bit higher. Also mine were designed to be anatomically correct so they cause my jaw to be in a different position than it has been for many years. I had chronic headaches before and thanks to my jaw being corrected I have had no headaches, but my jaw muscles get tired and I start talking funny by the end of the day. That will get better as my muscles retrain and strengthen. Yours may do the same thing. It's all a kerning curve, but everyday gets better. I ate like a pig for Christmas and downed a whole extra large pizza by myself. Took me longer than it used to, BUT... the extra chewing and time let's me enjoy and savor the food more than I used to. I just had to change my thinking and look for the positives.
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How long did it take until you were able to eat a whole pizza? Most people's weakness is chocolate but mine is grilled food, like burgers or ribs.
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Lol
I love sandwiches... Maybe again one day. I plan on eating everything I want before the procedure. It won't help afterwards but at least I can say I got to eat it one last time.
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Hi Katherine. I had the same procedure 3 years ago. Yes you will hate the dentist for a while. I had two implants put in the front at the time of extraction. It helps a lot. I have since went back for a 3rd implant and the bottom is so much better. You will make it. Have faith and keep up a good attitude no matter what. It will get better.
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Thank you! I've heard a lot about temporary dentures but not a whole lot about implants. I'm just hoping I don't have too much trouble afterwards, I have 3 kids to tend to and I'm worried about that.
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I still have to use Fixodent on the bottom even with the two implants, but it doesn't come loose as quick and biting is so much better. It's a lengthy process and there will be trials, but it gets better. I got down and depressed the first couple of months but I look back now and it was me being impatient. I am here if you need to shout out. :)
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Me too Eddie. On day 3 I wanted to throw my teeth out our 3rd story window. I look back now and think of how silly that was. My expectations were insane.
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Hi Diane. Yes I agree. I wanted to toss mine out the window going down the highway. I had to come to grips with the fact I have to make it work.
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I have to make it work. There is no turning back now. I just hope I can make it through the first few days without having a meltdown. The most complaints I have read have been about talking or eating. I guess I will have to practice a lot. But it's nice to know that there is a point where people are happy with their decision.
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It is a challenge and it can be frustrating, but you will come to a point of acceptance. May take a while but you will.
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I agree with the rest. Patience is key and realizing that there have been significant changes in your mouth that need to be worked on and tweaked will help. I think we all hit a time in the journey when we cry and want to throw them, but knowing that you won’t be in pain anymore once you are fully healed is the fuel that keeps most of us going. I know that even when mine moves around or I can’t just bite into a juicy hamburger, that it was all worth it because I won’t be wasting more money to lose my teeth anyway in the near future. I inherited my father’s weak teeth and so here I am at age 36 with a full upper denture and all of my bottom molars missing after dumping thousands of dollars in the proverbial toilet to lose them anyway. All I ever heard was how important it was to keep my real teeth, yet after trying over and over again, I lost them anyway and I’d rather have fake teeth than none at all. I am so happy at a little over a month after extractions and I know that I have more to look forward to when I start getting soft relines and other adjustments. You will be okay and you have all of us to vent to and learn about the process from. My dentist didn’t give me a lot of information so finding this group saved me from a complete meltdown most days in the beginning. Honestly, I wish I had found this site before my procedure. :)
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I couldn't agree with you more. I've been told that my whole life and spent a lot of money trying to save mine. But here I am, about to lose them all at 38. i believe that's one of the things that bothers me the most. But I am looking forward to no more pain. Hopefully I'll pull through without many complications, I've got 3 girls to take care of.
I haven't been through this journey yet and this group has been really helpful already.
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It is hard to handle knowing you are losing them, because they are a part of you. Someone else on this site compared it to amputation and that makes so much sense. It’s just a new way of living that takes time to adjust to. I hope you fare well with minimal pain. I only really needed ibuprofen for a few days and that was because I needed adjustments for a sore that I got that wouldn’t heal up. The extractions actually healed up quite nicely. I’ve had a horrible head cold for the past week so I haven’t been able to schedule a soft reline but I hope once that happens I can use less adhesive or none at all. I have also found that leaving it out when I’m alone during the day is rather nice, which is something that I swore I would never do before I got it done. You just figure out that what you thought you would do and what you end up doing will be different and that’s okay. I initially didn’t want to ever have them out except to clean them real quick (was going to sleep with them and everything) but by the end of the day when I wear them all day I can’t get them out fast enough haha. After getting the top done, I think I will look into getting bottom partials if I can sometime in the future because the thought of having teeth again to chew everything would be awesome! :)
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I think I'm learning that it all depends on your own personal circumstances and body. I hope I heal fast and don't have too many problems. I guess I will just have to see how it goes when it gets started. I don't like the idea now of taking them out but I may want to after wearing them all day or if I get sore spots. They just called to confirm my oral surgery and gave me my instructions so it's getting real now.
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I swore I would never take mine out too, but even though I sleep with them most nights, I do give my gums a break once in a while. I work a job where I can be woken up and have to work on a moments notice and I refuse to be seen without them. Honestly, they actually feel like real teeth more and more. I love them and at the end of your journey, you will too. Because I am on the road for weeks at a time, I am looking into getting a backup pair just in case I break them. I am paranoid about that.