I'm 24 and just had my remaining 28 teeth surgically cut out and dentures immediately placed three weeks ago. I had impressions made before I had my teeth removed. Then the following week I went into surgery, and woke up with a full set of dentures in place. I had to have my bone shaven down as well during the surgery (forgot the technical term). But even with that, a full mouth of stitches and dentures placed immediately I'm already almost feeling like they're my actual teeth. The first week was admittingly horrible. I took a couple of hydrocodone pills (prescribed following my surgery) for the first two days. My face did have a lot of swelling and I couldn't even completely close my mouth. However, I had no facial bruising what so ever. I slept on my back, somewhat reclined for the first several days to help prevent more swelling as well as to prevent pressure on my face. The first day or so I also Iced my face a few times but even though it helped, I found it to be more of a bother. I didn't even attempt to eat the first night, and the second night resulted in broth. By the third day I was back at work. I was still a little sore, but ibuprofen sufficed and I started eating things like applesauce and creamy substances. Including ice cream. Lol. Over the next couple days though I learned I could eat more of a variety, as long as I ate slow. It was really mind over matter. I was just afraid to attempt much else. I kept minimal swelling for about a week, but thankfully being a woman I was able to do my makeup and didn't feel as if I looked AS bad. Though, a tip for the make up wearers... I do not have oily skin. However while I was swollen anytime I wore makeup my face wound up looking super greasy by the end of the day. So I kept powder with me at all times. I have still yet to have my dentist make any adjustments although I do need to. I've filed down a spot or two myself that rubbed, but I'm needing a soft reline done due to the looseness. I have to pay out of pocket for those as I didn't choose a plan package so I'm trying to post pone that for a week or so. I advise that nobody else makes the same mistake. Even with a stitch or two still left in place I'm already using denture adhesives. Big no no!!! However. My teeth literally fall right out other wise. I just use very little and am extremely cautious while removing them and clean my dentures and gums very very thoroughly after removal. I also sleep in mine which is not recommended after the first 24 hours. However, I cannot stand the feeling of the stitches in my mouth. So for now, I wear them 24/7 aside from cleaning. As of now I can even eat steak. Cut small, yes. But steak none the less. I can bite into pizza and sandwiches. I can chew gum (though I've never been a fan of gum but had to try it). However, breads stick and are aggravating unless they're toasted. So I avoid white breads and such. I also haven't attempted nuts or anything too sticky like caramel. (And I'm not about to anytime soon). And I never rush eating. It doesn't take me an hour to eat, but I do take my time. The faster and harder I chew, the more my healing gums do become a little sore. Patience and positivity is key. I'm only 3 weeks into it, no lisp. Back to eating most foods. My smile is great. And no actual*** pain!!!! Just wanted to let some of you know there ARE good*** experiences with dentures. They're not all bad!!