I am a 30 yr old mother of 3 and just had all my remaining teeth pulled (top and bottom) with immediant dentures. Its been 5 days and I am miserable!! Its not really the pain, the only thing that hurts is 2 little spots on the bottom were it is rubbing.What bothers me is the fact that I talk funny and I cant eat. Also I am young and embarrassed, I feel like everyone I see knows when only a few people actually know. Its humiliating! I keep hearing over and over that it will get better but i am miserable while waiting. Also any suggestions on any type of cushions or anything to help with rubbing? And when can i start using adhesives? I feel like it would help if the stayed firmly in place.
I am 33 and just had all my top done and going back this Thursday to do the bottom. I haven't eat in 4 days now, but I am really not in the mood to eat. My dentist told me to use Poli grip powder. They even put it on my dentures the same day they pulled my teeth. the other day I tried not to use it but the suctions on the holes where my real teeth used to be are throbbing a little now. I am so scared of a dry socket... heathernd don't be depressed. I am having score spots on my top too. I been telling people I got my teeth whiting lol the fun thing is people believe me. Only close family and friends know the truth.. I am right here with you it sounds we had our teeth done on the same day. I am a mother of 1. please keep in touch HEATHERNB
Hi Heather! I know it IS miserable at first! I think I hit the wall 2 weeks in wondering WHEN is this going to start to FEEL good (not just physically)! But now that I am on the other side of that wall, I can tell you it really does get better.
Half the battle is setting proper expectations I now realize. I am going into my 6th week (sorry, earlier post I counted wrong, it was 4 weeks then) and there are moments when I actually feel like they are my own. Those moments are getting longer and longer.
Be very patient with yourself and take your meds on time. Don't let the pain start up for at least the 1st 4 weeks. I never take medication for anything, just vitamins, but found with this it is a must! That is partly why I couldn't count the weeks properly because of the meds. I asked to get switched from hydrocodone about 2.5 weeks after the surgery to protect my brain and the dentist wrote a script for 800 mg of Ibuprofen to take every 4-6 hours which focuses more on the inflammation. Around week 5 I asked if I could do Aleeve every 12 hours instead which I really do more like 8-12 but it has helped me to get my head clear while still controlling the inflammation. I felt throbbing a few times at night with that but got through it.
See my post "6 weeks and counting...there's hope" for food ideas. I found eating the right soft and nutritious foods helps tremendously with your energy and mental state too. It was annoying at first, how little I could eat. But I finally resigned my self to taking tiny little bits of food like 1 macaroni on each side of my mouth at a time. Lots and lots of vegetable soup guys! Now I am up to 4-6 at a time plus small amounts of salmon or scallops! I even had tiny little bits of very tender filet mignon yesterday!
Also, drinks lots of water, plus sparking water real cold helps a lot. The little bubbles, soothe the swelling in an amazing way, especially after trying to eat.
I was going to the dentist literally every other day the 1st 2 weeks for adjustments. Really do that because your mouth is changing EVERY day as the healing progresses. It will prevent sores and help the fit happen a lot better for you.
I don't look my age at all and the dentists as well as the surgeon were telling me before surgery that I could expect to back to work in a few days...nope, that didn't happen! They failed to read my date of birth and were looking at me instead. I am twice as old as they thought and finally after 3 weeks, admitted its more like 6-8 weeks. Once I adjusted my expectations and resigned to be patient, I began to feel a lot better!
It also helped when my dentist said think of this like multiple amputations you have had. That resonated because my mom had her leg amputated below the knee and I supported her through the fittings for the prosthesis and the shrinking. But once all of that stabilize she did great! This is the same thing. So I really hope the best for you and that you decide this is a process where you will emerge in victory!