Mental and emotional impact of full mouth extractions

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Were you as mentally prepared as you thought?

For many years I suffered with extremely sensitive teeth. I used to wish I could just eat without pain. So the notion of getting dentures and the freedom from pain they would offer was extremely attractive. However, it was also a last resort.

I knew for many years that I would someday have to get dentures as oral health issues run in the family and my body was not fighting. 

Here's the thing though, as much as I thought I was ready for this process, I very quickly learned how truly unprepared I was. It has been emotionally and mentally devastating. I have been struggling for several days to just be able to figure out just how or what I am feeling and the best I can come up with is that I feel like I've suffered a major amputation.

Now, logic will dictate that time will resolve this feeling because everyone learns how to adapt to dentures. But, for all of the topics covered and discussed here, I have not really seen one dedicated to the emotional recovery of this experience.

I know everyone's personal experience will be different and for some, very happily embraced and celebrated. I wish I was one of those people. I thought it might be useful to have a place for others' to connect with and draw support from.

If you are suffering emotionally from this experience, you are not alone. I guess this is one of those times were "time will heal". 
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Heather, it really is an emotional rollercoaster.  I was very prepared for the physical part.  I expected the pain.  I loved the way my new smile looks and I swore I wasn't' gonna' let my husband have to look at me without them very often.  The first time I saw myself without any teeth at all....I cried like a baby.  Like I had lost a loved one.  I looked just like my older sister who recently passed away.  I woke up in the middle of the night crying several nights.  But then I told myself that I had to put on those big girl panties and really really try to fix it where I can wear these teeth all of the time.  Right now it's just too painful.  

It's been a little over 2 weeks and I went to Church this morning and as soon as I hit the car  and got out of sight  I had to pull my lower dentures. out.  It seems that they change everyday.


I don't think anybody has ever been emotionally ready for this.  It is harder than I ever dreamed it would be.  It truely is like I've had an amputation and now I have to learn to live with it.  But I know that I can do this and someday it will all be ok.  Nope You are not alone.
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I had all of mine out with immediate and still don't have the permanent yet but I have gotten to where I do not leave my house. I had my surgery Dec. 13th and it is April 14th today and I can't even wear my temporary ones for the last 3 weeks because they don't fit/meet. 
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Ashley that is so sad and upsetting.  Will your dentist not help at all?  I went back to mine after four weeks and told him I needed a new upper denture that actually fitted - it took two weeks to make and has made the world of difference.  It's still uncomfortable and doesn't feel nice, but I can actually eat and don't look bad at all.  

When will you get your permanent ones? xx
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They have refitted and relined mine 6 times and the last time was when they messed it up and they don't meet at all so I can't chew or talk so I can't wear them.
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That's awful Ashley - have a hug xxx. When do you get your permanent ones?
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Sue Warren is right - those made from permanent teeth are going to be difficult to fit. I ask the prothodontist handling my dentures how that was done. He said he refuses to do it that way because they'll never fit well.

I spent the last six months without teeth. This was after having them removed a quarter at a time with three weeks between to heal and recoup. I have implants to hold the bottom dentures and it took four of those months to integrate with the bone. Then some of the bone that had healed quite rough had to be smoothed out and healed. it wasn't pleasant having to be in public, at board meetings and other activities but it had to be done and we made jokes about it - laughing helped. I got my new dentures last Tuesday and planned adjustments made on Thursday.

I'm learning to talk with them, beginning to learn to chew soft things but even without all the turmoil, pain and problems I read on here, and as easy a time as I've had it in comparison, learning to eat is almost a problem I'm not sure I'll learn how to solve any time soon. I'll take it day by day. I would hope that some of you reading this page before making the decision to have yours removed, look into this before deciding. What works for one may not for another, but look into it. The emotional and physical impact does not to appear to be near as drastic and the dentures actually fit with little adjustment after. 
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Heather,

I totally agree with you.  I am in my 30's and have struggled for many years with teeth issues.  It runs in my moms side of the family, but for some reason I thought I could fight it.  Needless to say I was very wrong. 

I'm really not sure how I feel yet.  I had mine done Thursday and the immediate denture put in.  The pain hasn't been horrible, but I have kept pain meds in me because I don't want to feel anymore pain.

I couldn't take mine out for 24 hours and believe me I wasn't prepared for what I seen.  I cried for several long minutes not from physical pain , but the emotional pain.  I guess I didn't count on that part.  It looked horrifying.  My husband was back there with me when they pulled them so he had already seen me, but when I seen myself without them I vowed to myself that I would do everything I could for nobody else to see me without them.

I have to wear my for 2 weeks straight only taking them out to clean them which is still challenging in itself.  I was told I could wear my all the time as long as I let my gums rest for at least a n hour or so a day and to make sure I keep them very clean.  So for now that's my plan.

I don't know that I will ever feel completely normal or if my emotions will stop being a roller coaster, but I am going to give it my best try.

I do feel your pain though and you are not alone.

Good luck with everything.  I know it's hard as I am going through the same thing.
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It runs in my mom's family as well. I read a study on how the dental bacteria are passed from mother to child via breastfeeding. I guess this is why it runs maternally.
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Mike Maday.....and how are you feeling tiday. It looks like you just had your extractions and dentures done last week. I hope your feeling better.
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Micki, sorry I didn't see your question. I am doing so much better. The first two weeks were the worst, and little/no pain. Didn't even need the Norco script. I'm excited to get my permanent set.
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Hi Hun I read your post and just bout thought I was reading my own post. I feel ya in all of it such a huge shock right. How u feeling now
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Thanks ladies!

You know, if it didn't hurt so much to cry I would have cried it out and been done with with, but geez! that gives me a head rush and hurts my gums like hell! I was too afraid of making the bleeding worse or starting it again to even go down that road. I'm such a wimp. LOL

Shirley, like you, I think I was pretty prepared for the physical part . . . at least the recovery aspects of it. The actual extractions really couldn't have gone any worse than they did since I wasn't frozen for much of it. But once that was over I could soldier on and move forward.

I'm with you when you talk about the first look in the mirror. I think it's like having a baby. You know it's going to hurt like mad, but you're still not prepared and simply have to suffer the experience.

But isn't it just a little bit cruel to have all this emotional trauma and not be able to comfort yourself with . . . . comfort food? I'd kill for a solid  burger and fries right now!  LOL My consolation prize is Butter Pecan Ensure. It's not bad!
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Heather, I can't stand the ensure.  I like the Special K protein drinks.  The strawberry one is the best for me.  But the chocolate and vanilla ones are good too.  They don't taste like ensure at all.  My goal is a big old cheese burger too.  But for now I have to be satisfied with the soft stuff.  Scrambled eggs is about as solid as I've been.  My first big hurdle was yesterday.  We took my mother-in-law out for lunch.  They had steak and I had a baked potatoe with all of the good stuff on it except for bacon.  It was awesome, but you have to remember to take small bites when all you want to do is stuff your face.  But it was good.  Gotta' start somewhere.  

I am so glad this site is here.  I don't feel so alone.  Good Luck and keep in touch.
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Donna book an adjustment and ask if they can trim the PPS (Post Palatal Seal) a bit for you. That's the back of the palate from left to right that may cause gagging. They only can trim up to a certain amount until there will be loss of suction. Were you given any instructions or new denture wearer tips? I have a couple sheets  I created at work that we hand out to every patient upon delivery of the denture. 
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I am afraid that they gave me no information. I go on tomorrow for my first visit. I plan on chewing his ear off. I am concerned with the fit and the overbite. I know that it is new but should i have an overbite now? My natural teeth were not this way. I still have my natural bottoms. No molars though.
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Asked my boss and he said there probably wasn't much room to place the teeth. Meaning you may have a lot of gum and bone tissue.  You may look a little toothy at this time. That overbite will never change. If you are getting a permanent one hopefully no sooner than 6 mths that denture will be different and better because your gums have healed at that point. Don't give up, stay positive and your patience is really going to be tested through this whole process. When people get dentures made before extractions they do their best to make the denture to fit but no one knows how your gums will be and change after the extractions. I try to explain on this forum that immediates are made to help someone eat faster and  it'scosmetic for appearance instead of waiting 6 mths to heal with no teeth. Hope I've helped a bit. Here are the denture care tips that I give out.  I can't add the sheets on here for some reason. Well I can but if I copy and paste it will be too long.  If you have an email I can send it to you. 
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Oh, I've posted them on here about 5 mths ago. Not sure if you can find them. :)
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In the first week of September, I couldn't handle the pain and appearance of my teeth anymore. I had had insurance for almost a year, but I was too embarrassed for anyone to see my teeth (even the dentist). I was hoping that the dentist and his or her assistants would be old or really unattractive. (I know that is horrible but at least I'm honest, and as it turns out he and his staff are not old or unattractive) I know they see bad teeth everday and have seen teeth worse than mine, but its still humiliating . I was also scared of what the prognosis would be. I was hoping that they could fix the front teeth for cosmetic reasons and the one on the side that had been causing the most pain, and then we could make a plan for the rest. I just wanted to be able to smile and laugh again without hiding my mouth. I think in the back of my mind I knew that I would need dentures, but when he came back in and told me that I needed them, I was devastated!!! I am only 32 years old!!! (I turn 33 this Saturday) He said that if i was adamant about trying to save them, we could put thousands into my mouth to fix them, but it might not hold and they would most likely only last about 5 more years. My bottom teeth have issues as well, but not as bad so he wants to save those at this point. I had a range of emotions. I was so ashamed, upset, and embarassed. But I think even then a very small part of me in the back of my mind was hopeful.
I had never shown my husband or anyone in my family how bad my teeth were. Most of my decay and problems were underneath the gum line and in between my teeth and the really bad broken ones were in the back so was able to hide a lot of it. I was mortified to even bring up the word denture to my husband, but the hardest part was showing him my teeth. He couldn't understand why I needed something so extreme and thought I should get a second opinion. He knew my teeth were getting bad but he didn't know how bad. It was SOOO hard to work up the courage to show my husband and say "this is why I need dentures". It was a very emotional conversation and LOTS of tears were shed. I thought he would be less attracted to me and look at me differently, but he was great! We have been together for 16 years, so I should have known better but it was hard on the already low self esteem. He was more concerned about any pain I might have and my emotional well being than anything. Now that I have them, he finds me even more attractive! Telling my parents was also emotional and embarassing, but it wasn't quite as hard because they both have an upper denture as well, and both of my little brothers have partials. Come to think of it pretty much everyone in my family has some form of dentures. One hurtle I have yet to overcome, is seeing myself without any top teeth. To be honest I don't think that most people could be truly pepared for that. I know that I am going to have a MAJOR emotional breakdown when I see myself for the first time, and being realistic, I will probably cry for the first several times. I know he has obviously already seen me when he extracted them, but I don't even want the dentist to see me without them. Lol. Watching YouTube videos and reading forums and message boards has me helped me along the way. I have had amazing support from my family, and my husband has been the best, but unless it has happened to you, you don't truly understand how traumatic and devastating it is, and the emotional ups and downs etc... so talking to people that are, or have been in my situation is almost therapeutic and helps sooo much!!! So thank you everyone for sharing your experiences and answering questions and really just letting me share and vent.
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Thank you for sharing your story , I m waiting to get my upper denture within a few weeks . Our stories are so alike I'm only 35 . And reading your post eased some of my worries thank you again
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It is so crazy that I stumbled across this thread. Your post fits me to a T. Relationship status and all. I just had the remaining front teeth removed, 14 total to be exact, and I have been an emotional wreck. I dont want to be in public moreso now then I was before they were out. I dont want to talk to anyome because I sound horrible. Its so depressing and embarassing. Going another 4-6 weeks like this is going to be so difficult. Its getting nice out now of course where you want to be outside and active and all I want to do is just sit in the house. Just last night I also had a breakdown with my boyfriend of 15 years about how I am so blessed to have him even with the eay I look. I know it is not easy on him being around me feeling like this and I even said to him how I feel bad that he cant even be seen in public with me. I know eventually I will be to the point where I can be happy again. Be able to eat the way I need to eat again. It is so overdue. Anyways with my rant. I appreciate all of these posts but especially yours I felt a special connection with. Just sucks I am 32 years old and i have to go through this. I pray it gets better sooner rather than later. It is nothing but a physical, mental, and emotional rollercoaster. And if someone hasnt gone through it they will never understand how we feel. Its utterly heartbreaking.
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You sound exactly like I feel I just had my teeth extracted and dentures 2 days ago. This is the first time I have been alone since the procedure and I am finding myself paralyzed to prepare for the day I have an appointment at 1 for an adjustment because I can't even wear them right now they hurt and I can't even begin to make myself get ready to go I don't know what to do the tears won't stop I'm just lost I was not prepared for the emotional part of this I didn't even know it existed I prepared for the physical and did very well considering but the emotional was unexpected uncontrollable and I don't know what to do I guess that's why I am reading all of your stories and commenting hopefully speaking it out loud and getting it out of me my hopes are that it will help me cope with the day thank you all for listening and for all your stories sincerely and respectfully.,
Tracee
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I feel you ... hopefully the fitting today will give you some comfort. It’s been two weeks for me and last night I threw the teeth across the room in a fit of despair I know this too shall pass but this has been a wave of emotions and grief. I feel as if I’m in the anger stage of grief at this point and hoping to come to acceptance. I don’t want to engage yet with the world and I wish there was a time line for how long I can allow myself to hide out, before I fall into a deep depression. I love that we can share here and support each other . Praying for your pain to lessen and soon we will
Be sporting our. Pearly whites - this won’t last forever
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Not sure if you read this anymore. 4 year old post. But I had this same conversation with my wife if 16 years. I felt the same way. She was great as well. I haven’t had it done yet, but will pretty soon. Thank you for sharing this. I needed it. Others will too.
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I did not really have much time to prepare. I knew for years this was coming but circumstances dictated the speed in which the decision was made and the deed was done. It was less than a week. I have no insurance, and we found out on Sept 7th that my husband’s insurance was expiring on Sept 15th so I had to have everything done real quick. My dentist and lab were really great in being able to get the dentures made and ready in under a week. I was initially told it would take a month. NOTE TO SELF: buy them all Timmies gift cards!

 

We have just recently moved 800 miles away from all of our friends and family, so it is truly just my husband and I. We moved because he got a new job that required us to move and then they laid him off after 8 months. So timing was critical. My kids are the only ones who know that I’ve had this done because we skype regularly and we are travelling back home on Saturday to close on the sale of our house and then find a new one so we can move back. My dentist is awesome and extremely compassionate. She has called me and texted me at home to check up on me and offer support. I am really REALLY going to miss her! I’m pretty sure wanted to hug me after she was done working on me without freezing. But, at least I didn’t scream LOL

 

I think I will have my cry later when I feel more healed. I think it will go a long way to helping my emotional recovery. My husband has been so good! He has a very strong nurturing instinct and hates to see anyone suffer. It’s too bad that his nurturing thing to do is to feed me when I can’t eat LOL So, he rubs my head instead. Evenings are the worst because I end up taking them out about 8pm due to the chemical reaction I get. I can’t talk at all after that and I feel so ugly with them out and the first hour after removing them is quite painful as my gums begin to rest and decompress. It’s very humiliating. I dream of the day when I can just put them in in the morning and leave them till I got to bed.

 

I have watched a great many YouTube video’s and spent literally hours online researching and educating myself about what’s to come. My next thing to concentrate on is minimizing bone loss and what I can do to help keep it to a minimum. The idea of bone grafts and the associated pain just does my head in so I’m motivated LOL

 

Alicia, I love your honesty! You make me giggle a little. My dentist is not old nor is she ugly nor are her staff LOL But, you know, that crap is still in your head eh. I hear what you saying about being embarrassed. I felt ashamed that I let my fear of dentists keep me from regular visits and overall better health care. But, the piper came a’callin’ and it was time to pay.

 

I am now on day 6 and I am feeling pretty good! I am back to biking and in a couple of days I will start back with the power walking. I think the jarring of that is still going to be a bit much to take, but baby steps. I got in a 23Km ride and I’m feelin’ great! Oh happy day! It does get better!

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Thanks for the uplifting words and attitude I hope I can adjust and feel the same way. All the stories that I have read I identify with every one of them I totally did not expect this I keep telling myself I'm stronger than I appear at the moment now I am hoping that that is true thank you to each and everyone of you that his character stories they may be the one thing that helps me get through this.
Tracee
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That sucks that you are allergic to it. When did you first find out that you were? And how can you fix that? Can they make you new ones out of different materials?
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I found about somewhere between 24 and 48 hours after having them in. I already have chemical sensitivities so it was easy for me to zero in on this particular issue. My dentist is having the lab make me hypoallergenic replacements. I don't know if that's going to cost me extra. To me, it seems someone should have asked me if I have allergies before they were even made because I could have told them that I was allergic to it before it was made and avoided this whole thing.
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I found someone going through it now. I'm at almost 2 weeks, 25 extractions, immediate dentures. My mother has full dentures, so I thought I would be more ready to see myself. Wrong. I wasn't ready to see ME like that. I cried and allowed myself a pity party. When my best friend got home from work, I shared it with her and felt a little better. It never felt like an amputation, but a severe loss. I needed to cry and mourn the 'loss', as everyone does. You don't just wake up one morning with bad teeth. It takes time. In that time, you know what's coming. But when it happens, it's still tough. Allow yourself a pity party, then get on with it. I am choosing to NOT wallow in feeling sorry for myself. What good is that going to do? I have a better smile and better health (because all the abscessed teeth are gone), AND I've lost 10 pounds!
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Thank you for keeping it positive I needed you today !
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Hi Heather - I also suffered with dental issues for years,  I only had 15 teeth when I finally went in (I had 14 by my E-day).  I was prepared for the procedure.  I was unsure about not having teeth but surprisingly I was ok with not having teeth (I call it Nakey Gums!! LOL!) .  I think I'd rather not have any teeth than have 1 tooth here, two teeth there and meeting new people with a front tooth missing.  That was ruining my self esteem more than anything.  I embraced the process and I could not be happier.  I don't even mind people seeing me without my teeth.  My friends all know I have had this done and they are fine with it.  I have smiled in pictures for the first time since High School (30 some odd years ago). Life is much better now.  
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Thanks for all the positive feedback I so hope I feel the same way as you do very soon like immediately like right now LOL thanks again
Tracee
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Like many others here, I am on week 2.  I had my remaining 9 teeth extracted on Feb. 22nd.  While I am extremely. happy to actually be able to smile again (one of my top teeth had decided to move outward making me look like Nanny McPhee at the beginning of the film) to the point that I would not even smile at my granddaughters on Skype.  Now I can.  But, when I look in the mirror sans teeth, I look like my mother (she also had dentures) and that's depressing as all get out.  The pain is decreasing daily, I can already tell since I have to use "glue" on the top and bottom now (not having molars was a good thing?) and all else seems to be healing.  I am now ready to to eat like a normal person!!!!!!!  I cheated last night and had mashed potatoes and sauteed fish without my teeth.  Why - they are a bit lop sided.  I have more bite on one side then the other.  But, will be going back to the dentist this week to see about that.  Luckily, Hang in there Tracee, we are with you.
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Hi, Heather.  You are not alone!

I've had my dentures (full upper and lower) for not quite 2 months now.  I had extractions done, then healed for 3 months without teeth before I had dentures made.

My natural teeth were in such bad shape that they were tiny little nubs.  So, I actually didn't look that much different when I looked in the mirror.  But, you nailed it when you compared it to an amputation.  In many ways, it is.  Like someone else said, you are permanently removing a natural part of your body.

Due to my bad natural teeth, I've had several extractions done over recent years.  So, I was very prepared for the physical aspects.  But, like many here, I was totally unprepared for the emotional aspects of dentures. 

My dentist is wonderful.  He warned me, but I expected too much too soon.  I had lived without teeth for 3 months.  I thought, now I have teeth.  I'm ready to go.  How wrong I was. I had no idea how hard these would be to get used to.

And, it hit me like a runaway train.  I was depressed, crying and believing that i had just made the biggest mistake of my life that I would regret forever.

Please read my other posts on this board.  I started a thread that documents my progression from absolute despair to confidence and optimism.

I can tell you now that, the only limitations we have are the ones we place on ourselves.  I had 3 months of healing done before I got my dentures.  So, you will be very limited for at least the first few weeks as you heal.  Your mouth has been severely traumatized by the extractions.  It will take time to heal.  But, when you do, the sky is the limit.  A saying I read somewhere that is so true in our situation: Your worst enemy is yourself and your best friend is time.

Now, I eat just about anything I want.  I just got back from a 7-day cruise to Bermuda a week ago.  If you've never been on a cruise ship, it's constant and very good food.  I ate anything and everything I wanted.  I went out to lunch with co-workers today.  We went to Longhorn Steakhouse.  I had a flat-iron steak and ate it with no problems at all.

The only foods that I've found that I have a REALLY hard time with are some candies.  Twizzlers (licorice) and Starburst fruit chews are just too chewy and/or take too much biting force.  Twizzlers would take me forever to chew and Starburst might actually break my dentures because I have to bite down so hard.

Other than that, I haven't found anything I can't eat.  Some things take a little more care than others.  For example, I eat burgers regularly.  But sometimes, the pickle can be challenging.  I just need to pay attention and I can eat pickles with no problems.

I got my dentures July 7, 2016.  If I can do it, so can you!  Just be determined that dentures will not hold you back.  As healing allows, branch out and try new things.  Try your favorite foods.  Take small, careful bites (I have to concentrate on that sometimes when I eat tacos lol).  After you are healed and your dentures have the best possible fit, you will be able to eat just about anything you want.

Just hang in there!
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I needed to read all this Today - thank you ☺️
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Wow I'm totally with you. I was excited to finally get a new smile and be pain free, but once it was done... wow... I was an emotional wreck. I'm on day 7 now and finally feeling more positive. The upside for me is the dentures are only temporary and I will be getting implants in 6 months. I agree with so much that was said here. On day 3 I wanted to cry and scream. I even got into a horrible argument with my husband because I was being an ass... and yelling like Elmer Fudd just made him laugh and me madder. Today I'm pain free. I'm taking pride in small victories like chewing a banana and I know there's a light at the end of the tunnel. I'm sure there will be more hard day's ahead, but they'll be fewer and fewer and the good days will multiply.
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I am so glad I found this thread. I just had my last 18 teeth pulled yesterday and I'm a freaking wreck. My poor wife is such a trooper. She has dealt with so much crying and whinning in these last two days that I'm surprised she's still talking to me lol. I opted to wait til fully healed to get my dentures and u know I'm glad I did. I have stiches all along the bottom gums and I would die if I had to put something in there right now. I am in soooo much pain today and the pain meds have me throwing up so I'm doing it all on my own until I get the strength to go back to the dentist. I cabt get out of bed. I thought I was mentally and physically prepared but I'm so wrong. I haven't smiled in 18 years and been OK showing my teeth. Now all I see is swelling and stitches and the pain is unreal. I hope it gets easier. And FAST. I don't know how much more I can take. Anyone have suggestion's on how to get passed this feeling or regret?
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Thanks for sharing! It is an extremely humbling and emotional experience. I had all of my remaining top teeth removed two weeks ago and I was excited to know I wouldn’t have toothaches and infections anymore but I was not prepared for how I looked without them and taking them out made me so anxious and shaky that I almost dropped them. If you keep the thought in your head that it was for the best and that you will look awesome, it does help. I cried tears of joy tonight because I was finally able to chew. I watch my husband and daughters eat all of this wonderful food and long to have it and after tonight I know it will be possible after the healing is complete and all adjustments and relines are finished. One thing that keeps me positive is that my denture looks just like my natural teeth before they started to chip, break, and generally get infected after root canals. I smile now and it fills me with joy even at my worst moments. Finding this site/community has helped me tremendously. Without reading about other experiences I would be lost. My dentist didn’t really tell me what to expect and I was going bonkers for a few days afterwards wondering what was happening and why and what I should do about it. I appreciate everyone in this community for helping to ease my anxiety over losing my teeth and dealing with the alien (as I like to call it ) residing in my mouth! I hope you start to heal quickly and that your pain diminishes as time goes on. Just remember you are not alone.
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All of you are super fantastic and your stories are extremely helpful. I was in no way prepared for the emotional rollercoaster I am on I just got mine done 2 days ago and I am a hot mess. This community is awesome I I'll continue to read on and on in hopes that I will recover and feel the way y'all do thanks so very much!!
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Right there with you Tracee.  I had my lowers removed on Monday.  My uppers were removed back in June.  It's definitely an emotional roller coaster and you can prepare and do your research but I think it is only something you can prepare so much for.  Until you do it you can't really understand the emotional journey you will go through.  It's a process!  Being a decent ways into the healing on the upper I kind of know what to expect this time and that it will get better but it's a scary journey and i try to focus on the positives or find little ways to make it ok for me.  The first ones were definitely more of a shock for me because I just wasn't used to no teeth but it's a little less of a shock this time.  Just know there are a lot of us going through the same things and you aren't alone.  
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I just had my lower extractions done with an immediate appliance. I thought I was emotionally prepared but I had no clue that I really want emotionally prepared nor how physically painful this is. I feel like a failure.
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Reading what y'all are going through... I'm not sure I could do it. For various health reasons, I needed mine pulled in four appointments (a quarter at a time) three weeks apart to give the areas time to heal. Because I needed a couple of implants in the bottom to hold that denture, they were done the first two appointments to allow four months for them to integrate into the bone. That was all done some five months ago (a bit tired of the liquid soft diet!) and now I'm getting impressions to start the dentures. Knowing the pain of having just a quarter of the teeth taken out at one time and letting it heal, I honestly don't know how y'all can handle having all teeth pulled and dentures put straight in. The pain has to be tremendous. You should not feel like a failure, that's for sure! Good luck!
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I'm at over 2 years now. I have no regrets. I eat everything I ate before (never did like biting into ears of corn or apples).  Super crunchy kettle chips are the bomb!  I play my horn (I have to use adhesive for that on the uppers, Polident powder is my favorite). They are me. I have a beautiful smile and will for the rest of my life.
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Wow, I found you guys and I've been reading through your posts for an hour now. I'm there...probably getting my lower denture this coming week and I'm scared to death...I'm nervous and honestly just overwhelmed with anxiety about it. I can see most of you have been where I'm at now. Except I have no one to support me. I'm single and I've told absolutely nobody. I have no one to tell, lol. Except yall! So thanks for listening :) I really thought I was the only one who thought this way. And my biggest fear has been addressed in many of your posts...seeing myself without any teeth and thinking I possibly won't be able to wear them for some reason....well probably pain or discomfort. I didn't realize I was so vain till now. But it's truly helped reading your posts. The man that said "you are your worst enemy and time is your best friend" nailed it. Thank you all for your time posting these. It's truly helped me. I'm going to read more...it's really good to see the end result where you are happy with your dentures.
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I'm on day 7, and feeling so much better about the whole situation. I am getting more comfortable with seeing myself in a mirror without my teeth. You will get there, feel the emotions, but don't get stuck in them. I had all of my front bottoms out, and all of my top teeth. I've felt minimal physical pain, and the emotional pain gets better everyday.
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Thank you Mike, I didn't go in last week as planned because I wasn't able to take off from work but it'll definitely e before Christmas. ..so I'm still here dreading it and so very anxious. I'm so glad to hear your doing better! Happy Holidays!
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Hi. Katy here. I had all teeth extracted 6 days ago, was supposed to have immediates put in but denture maker made upper wrongly, too small and dentist couldnt put lower one in because of bone sticking out the front. The whole process has me in shock. I have ulcers in the front and spurs up top, there is NO WAY I can get dentures even near being in. Denture guy is blaming dentist and she is blaming him. Im so lost and sad and look 80yrs old. Im 53 and did this as being a dental phobe for years my smile looked awful. Ive been looking forward to having teeth for a long time. Now I dont know what to do. Tears again
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I'm older I guess than most posts on here. I'm so thankful I found this - it's helped me with the aftermath of having the teen removed. I'm a great-grandma that's had problems with teeth since age 9. It's reached the point now of all of what's left (18) removed, two impacted teeth taken out and two implants put in the bottom - at one one. I'll wait 4 months before I get dentures. The bottom implants are to hold the bottom ones in. To say I'm scared to death is probably an understatement. Not so much at the loss of the teeth but the procedure.

I have a neuromuscular disease (have had for 45 years) and general anesthetic is something I've managed to avoid even through hip and knee replacements. I've always been told that it may compromise breathing afterward but they tell me it can be done safely. Yeah, but what if? Also one impacted tooth is a wisdom tooth and I'm told that getting it out might break my jaw. I've got a couple of the best dentists (a prosthodontist and oral surgeon) in our area so I feel I have no choice but to trust them but...  

They're really good about answering my questions but that still isn't enough to comfort me. 
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I need full dentures but haven't got em yet. Reading all of this makes me think suicide is probably a much better idea.
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NO.  It's not. Being able to eat and laugh and not worry about your teeth is way better.  Just remember, it is surgery, like any other surgery.  There is going to be some pain and healing and it is a process that takes time.  Hang in there!
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Hi all. My husband had 16 teeth extracted and immediate dentures. He's at the end of day 3. We were sooooo unprepared for what this was going to do to him. He is soooo traumatized and there's nothing I can do to help him not be so traumatized.. Thank you to all who wrote your experience... Especially the ones who say there is light at the end of the tunnel.

Amputee is the best description for what I'm witnessing.
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Hang in there! It gets better. I had the same problem. I almost threw my dentures off our 3rd floor balcony. Now I'm about 16 months post extractions. My dentures fit perfectly. I can eat ANYTHING. Caramel, corn on the cob, pizza, cheeseburgers, etc. Take it a day at a time. Take pleasure in small victories. I remember when I ate a mini donut about 3 weeks after my extractions and I was so happy. I woke my husband up laughing because I FINALLY chewed something again. I smile non stop and get compliments on my smile all the time. Hang in there. I PROMISE it gets better. One day you will laugh when you look back.
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Wow! What a great smile! I'm in the process of getting a lower partial for my 4 front bottom teeth. Getting them pulled 3 weeks ago was horrible but necessary, since they were ready to fall out from bone loss anyways. As weird as it sounds, I'm kind of glad they're gone. They were so loose that eating was getting tricky and a little painful if I wasn't always careful. I was so afraid of loosing them, even though they were bad for years. I'm glad i found this site. Reading everyone's stories and the positive feedback i got (thanks Granny!) really helps me know it will get better.
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Honestly, I was so upset at first, nothing anyone said on this page made me feel better. I was angry, depressed, embarrassed and at times just wished life would end. I look back now and think what a pathetic drama queen I was. It took a few weeks to stop gagging, throwing up, drooling, excessive spit, etc. Then once that got better, it took a few months to really eat anything semi solid. Because my gums were changing daily, they would fit great for a day or two after a reline and then be loose and adhesive wasn't working. Once my gums settled everything got better. I moved and didn't want to pain for a final reline, so I got Perma Soft on Amazon and did it myself. Wonderful stuff, by the way. Now a tiny bit of adhesive lasts 24 hours, teeth feel great and they feel like MINE. At times I forget I have dentures. I do sleep in mine. When I was having trouble the few week or two, I found that sleeping in them helped me A LOT. In fact, sleeping in them may have been the one thing that helped me adjust faster.
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I'm so happy to have found this. I got all of my teeth removed 6 days ago and got temporary dentures. The next morning I took the dentures out for the first time and the feeling was indescribable. I cried and cried and felt that my life would never be the same. I have been severely depressed. My dentures hurt but being without them is not an option. I wish I could eat and when you can't that makes you want to eat even more. I pray this gets better soon. But I can't tell you how good it is to find other people going through this. I was not prepared for the emotional pain I am feeling. So thank you for this group. I know it will get better.
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Hello Cindy, It does get better! And even though you just can't imagine that you will ever feel normal again, you will. It will just be a new normal! :) I am going on 1 month and Eating is so much better! I think everyone in here has gone through the feeling of starvation and it does take a toll on you! So now that you have all that crying done, :) it's time to move on and accept that you are healthier now without your bad teeth. And if you are like me, I was happy with the 10 pounds I was trying to loose, but couldn't. Now I have! LOL I will be 62 soon and NEVER did I imagine that I would be a denture wearer! It was like taking a bullet when the dentist told me that would be my only option! Fortunately, I had/have a great dentist and oral surgeon. I hope you have the same. Reading through this forum is wonderful for all the wealth of information that everyone has to offer. What works for one may not work for another. There will be a lot of trial and error, but I have confidence you will find your happy place! Take care!
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After reading about some of the emotional trauma a lot of folks here have experienced I sort of feel like my story doesn't even compare, but here goes-
I'm 51 and never had a tooth pulled. I have, however, been dealing with advanced periodontal disease for years. Finally my bottom front teeth got so loose from bone and gum loss I could have probably pulled them out with my fingers. Now that I have(good) dental insurance i got the nerve to go to the dentist. He pulled all four of my bottom front teeth. I almost didn't get it done because i was so terrified i was shaking. After he finished and i stopped crying i tried to get up, bloody mouth and sobbing, to leave and passed out in the hall outside the office. It was one of the worst things ive ever experienced, and I'm just getting over a hospital stay from 2nd snd 3rd degree chemical burns with skin grafts. I finally can look in the mirror but i think i look like a hippo now. I cant get a bridge or implants because of the bone loss, so i have to get a partial that will come out and sit in a cup at night. I'll go to the grave before i get another tooth pulled i don't care how bad they may get.
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I have a severe phobia of dentists. My dentist gave me Valium to take before my extractions. It was fantastic.
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The valium was the best!  Lol. So relaxing.  
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I'm an ol' timer - been to dentists since I was 9... finally reached the point where what was left had to come out. I'm also not one that has experienced what most on this blog have experienced - having all taken out at once and dentures put straight in! Horrible in my mind! I finished with the removals several months ago and am just starting the process getting dentures. I also didn't have enough bone for implants. I look like the little ol' granny with no lips and far older than my already grey hair indicates. I just don't look in the mirror! I found that lips need teeth to keep them in place. :-)

I think with the fact you're just getting over a hospital stay from 2nd and 3rd degree burns and what you went through there pretty much took the stuffings out. You just didn't have the where with all to handle having teeth pulled as frightened as you were to start with on top of what you had already been through. (I cannot imagine the pain and trauma you've had with that.) I can well understand your reluctance to ever have another tooth pulled after what you went through with this visit. 

I don't know how good your dentist was but that can make a difference. Because of your reaction when he finished, he should have had you stay in the chair until you were able to get things under control. I can also understand your wanting to get up and get the heck out of there as fast as you can though - been there, done that but fortunately didn't pass out! But any dental work is scary! I went in for a root canal when I was a young 'un and was white knuckled holding onto the arm rests before the dentist (a specialist) ever walked into the room, I was so frightened. He was able to deaden the roof of my mouth without my feeling the needle and had the work done in no time. Even so, because I had a two hour drive home, he made me stay for a while after to be sure I was ok to drive.

If you should need this done again - and there are times it has to be or it can cause far more health problems - check into going to an oral surgeon. I've found that (at least the ones I've seen) are far better with patients and better at removing teeth with less trauma than most dentists. 

I wish you all the luck in the world for recovering from both the burns and the teeth removal. Take care!
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Thank you for the reply. I think i need to take it easy on myself more than anything. I had the dental work planned before my injury, but probably should have waited a little longer to have anything done. I probably should have gone somewhere else rather than the clinic i was used to when i had no insurance. It's very reassuring to get positive feedback from someone who's been there and done that! Thank you again.
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Gary, I saw your post to Diane. Keep us posted on how you're doing. I've been going weekly to the prothodontist and getting impressions done. The last visit a week ago was the trial fit and I got to see me with teeth! After six months of looking like a little ol' toothless granny, teeth! I'd been very apprehensive about the final result and thankful after reading all the problems of having dentures put straight in with sutures still in place that I've gone the route I have - even with six months of liquid and soft foods. Next week I get the final product and I'm looking forward to it rather than being anxious. It was this site and the problems folks have had is what helped me enormously not only making my decision but being able to handle it. 
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Well, I got thrown a big curve last week. I went to the dentist to continue the process of getting my lower denture and was told as of 2/15 my insurance was cancelled!!! How embarrassing! Omg I'm so close to getting this taken care of, got through the extractions, and that appointment was for the final fitting. I even have approval letters from the insurance company, very confusing. I called them and was told my employer didn't send them the premium even when I sent in the payments. What a mess. I'm going back to work in a few weeks-missing front teeth-after the severe on the job burn injury I've been out with. This whole experience has been horrible. I wouldn't have had those teeth pulled if only I knew what was going on.I'm hoping to straighten this out on Monday. To say I'm angry is an understatement.
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I'm glad I'm able to help even in a very small way. My worst experience was at a clinic and I swore never again - that's when I fled the facility! Good luck with recovery from both the burns and the teeth. You've been through a lot that most of us can't even imagine. 
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I'm 36 I had my teeth taken out a 1 1\2 yr ago i'm taking adult classes to finish my high school was only a few classes short of finishing, been having issues with jobs because of the teeth for the last 5yrs I was tormented pretty horribly in high school by bullies bounced from one bad job to another over the last 20yrs lasting a few years at each one never able to afford to fix my teeth and just snowballed over the years, I would brush all the time but it was painful and would chip away at the teeth. Anyway I thought getting fake teeth and taking the few classes I need to finish would help on my resume to get work but i'm so humiliated I kind of want to die I don't know where to turn i'm so alone my back is also fucked from doing hard manual labour jobs my whole life. I'm a guy 5'11 now weigh 130ibs the fake teeth are horrible looking cost over 5k I can't eat i'm 6months into this school thing passing everything doing well but the humiliation is pure torture and my face is caving in my eyes are all black and I look like death I don't do drugs even quit smoking. Should I quit taking these classes is it creepy for me to be doing this i got about 8mnths left of this torture taking these classes? I look 50 now after doing this though looked in my 20s before this, if I quit I will be homeless though I made a deal with Social assistance to do this while job hunting and then I got the teeth removed and now I don't even feel human. These things are horrible I can't eat lines all over my face and under my eyes now I think about killing myself every day and the worst of all is I don't have children or a gf and never will now. Things can be worse people I look like an alien now I was a good looking guy but these flippin things have ruined me I need therapy really bad or something now. What do I do? is their denture support groups or something?
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I wish I could hug you. It takes time and does get better. I would like to see a pic of you. I bet it's not nearly as bad as you think. What area do you live in?
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I am double your age yet your story could be mine ( a few diffrrences)....
incredible disappointment when after all the suffering and waiting you are a few weeks into the adjustment period..and it is not happening ..I still hardly recognize myself in the mirror...and forget eating..I have also lost a great deal of weight ..they also are painful ..I cant wait to take them out ... and then getting the tooth gunk off your gums....maddening ..and discouraging ...
I dont have the answer short of ..noticing any time you feel good...it helps ..keep talking!!
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I was mentally and emotionally prepared for the dentures as I knew a number of years ago what was coming down the pike.  By the time I had my extractions, I had a total of 9 teeth in my head, all in the front.  But, I could not smile because one of my bottom teeth decided to move upwards which pushed one of my front teeth forward.  I looked like Nanny McPhee at the beginning of the movie.  Being able to smile again is a huge gain.  I interviewed three different dental practices and ultimately went back to the first because their customer service was the best and when I contacted them and told them that I could not afford their estimate, they worked with me to get to a point where I could.  I am scheduled to begin the transition to permanents in June.  My biggest issue eating, not that I can't, but that I don't enjoy it like I did pre-denture.  I am still having issues with biting things, like a sandwich because I can't feel it.  But, I will carry on and get there.
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Hello everyone.  I'm in the UK and have been looking on line to see if I could find anything that would tell me that my reaction to having all my top teeth and most of my bottom teeth extracted was normal, as I have truly felt that I was going out of my mind.   And I found you xx

I had been having dental treatment for years to try and save my teeth but in the end decided on having a retained full upper denture (implant), and the front eight of my lower teeth removed and replaced with a denture.  

I had the surgery on 22nd February and my face swelled so much, and then turned black with bruising, that I couldn't go out for two weeks.  The lower temporary denture was fitted straight away but the upper one was only fitted two weeks later after the stitches came out.  I still can't eat very well but the dentist has made me a new temporary upper denture and things are getting a bit better.

What scared me was the psychological effects - I was shaking, weepy, so depressed that I even thought of suicide.  I felt ashamed and humiliated and that I would never ever be the same again.  Echoing others on here I thought that I had made the biggest mistake of my life - even though I didn't really have any choice.  

Things are improving but I'm still in pain and still not me.  It's good to read that others have felt the same way, and that it does get better.  xx
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Hey, I haven’t went through it yet, but I’m sure it will pass. Suicide is definitely NOT what you want to consider. That’s a very permanent solution to a temporary problem. It’s great to hear from those who are passed this, going through it, or like me; getting ready. Everyone is hear for you. Just let us have it. Tell us about the good days, the bad days. Whatever whenever.
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Sue, Just read your comments. I am glad things are improving for you and sorry you did not find this group in your darkest hours.

I have not gone through the process yet, but woke up one night thinking about it. Just having two teeth extracted gave me violent nightmares (even though the surgeon was gentle and kind), so I decided to look up the emotional side effects. Glad I did. I need to be prepared for this as depression runs in my family.

Thank everyone of you who are here who have commented and shared your experiences, it really is a lifesaver.

Best of luck to you Sue!
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Im going tomorrow to have full mouth extractions of 21 teeth. I'm 33 years old and I'm embarassed and petrified. I have awful anxiety issues to begin with. My teeth are horrible and I've been in pain for years. I've had 2 at a time extracted before and they were horrible experiences for me. I'm not sure what to expect besides I keep thinking for the worst. I've heard horror stories. I'm so upset and nervous I could throw up...
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Stephanie,
I hope you have the least amount of pain as possible. 

Do you have something to take for anxiety? 

At this point, all I can do is wish you the best and pray for you. 

Check back here and let us know how things are going. 

I'm just in the planning stages, so I don't have much practical information to share. I'm willing to be the emotional support!
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So it has been 3 months since my full extractions and immediate dentures. I have had a complete life style change that I am fighting. The things I would do on a daily basis like eat cereal and drink coffee every morning is a complete joke. The minute I drink anything the adhesives come lose and then I can't talk. I have gagged, puked, had to spit out food while holding my lowers so they didn't fall out. I see my 21 yr old step daughter handle having uppers like a boss and she only has 2 months on me. I just had a second liner put in...helped the bottoms, but made the tops worse. I am really hoping this gets better...was not prepared to become a completely different person... I don't want to be this person.
Does it truly help to wear at night?? Will my permenant ones fit better?? How do I explain to my husband that I feel like the ugliest person not only on the outside but the inside???