my story and process of getting an immediate upper denture at 32 years old and I am happy

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I had all of my upper teeth removed on Jan. 7th and an immediate upper denture put in. I am only 32, so the decision was very hard and I cried a lot. But it had to be done.
I had periodontal disease and several root canals from about 10 years ago that would need to be redone (I'm not even sure how they would do that but it sounds awful). I had some spots with 40% bone loss. So my only other option was to wait until they started to fall out and then I would have to walk around with a broken smile.
I went to the dentist knowing that I would need a lot of work done. I shared a story with her about my old dentist making me cry by telling me "If you don't change your habits you are gonna lose all your teeth!" Yes, he was right but he was also an asshole with a very poor bedside manner. Keep in mind that I went to see him for an emergency visit because a crown in the front fell off and I explained to him that when my daughter was born I decided to stay home with her and so I lost my dental insurance. So I really didn't need to hear that from him in that tone. I'm so glad that I never went to him again.
Anyway, after my cleaning my new dentist set up a separate consultation and very gently explained that it would be best for me to get a denture. I cried and she understood. She compared it to rebuilding a house if the foundation is bad you can't rebuild on top. We actually could have tried but it would have been $2000 per tooth and no guarantee that I wouldn't need dentures in the future I was very depressed for a while but I did know that it had to be done. The hygentist was nice also she said "it is just one of those things, some people get diabetes, etc. You have petiodontal disease." That did help to put things in perspective,things could be worse. So we started the process in October. First I had an infection in one tooth that was broken off in the back so the oral surgeon removed that and we talked about the rest. Eventually I would like to get implants so they put some bone material in the sockets, which does make the oral surgeon more expensive and wasn't covered by my insurance. This also promotes more bone growth so implants may be possible since they will have something to drill into. (Now the money is a separate issue since they are crazy expensive, but they can't do any of that for at least six months while I heal, so I am not thinking about too much now). In order to get the most out of my insurance I had 3 more teeth pulled the day after Christmas.
In between the oral surgeon appts, my dentist did impressions and I got to choose the shade and size of my new teeth. The fist time I got to see the denture model I thought the teeth were too small, (short lengthwise)Dr. Marzo agreed and had the lab send her samples for her to approve. When they came back a week later, I loved them! I took a picture of the model next to my face and it really made me realize how bad my smile was and how much better this will look.
So still a little sad, I had it done. I choose anateisia for this one and I am glad I did. The oral surgeon had my denture there and put them in after I came to. From there I went directly to my dentist and they adjusted any spots that were needed. I was told to leave it in for the first 24 hours. I went back to my dentist the next day so they could adjust again. Then several times as needed after that. After the first 2 maybe 3 days the pain was not too bad.
I returned to work 5 days after the procedure. I was able to talk normally after a couple days. I found if I said something wrong, I would repeat it until it sounded better. I also practiced things that I have to repeat often at work. Only 2 people at work asked about them, I had told my bosses but not any coworkers. When they asked, my response was "How do they look?" They said "great but what is different? Or What did you have done?" I could have lied or been vague but I decided not to be ashamed about it. I explained the reasons why I needed it and they were super nice.
So this last week after many adjustments at the dentist, (eating was still pretty difficult as it was dropping and rocking alot), I was healed enough for them to do tissue conditioning. They put a putty in the denture and it molds to my gums. This has made a world of difference. The denture stays in place. I can use my front teeth to bite into things. I'm not constantly pushing it back up with my tongue. I also feel like I can move my top lip around more. I have stayed pretty positive during this healing process but now that it is snug I feel great.
Thanks for listening to my rant. I wanted to share my story because it is so scary at first but I am happy with the decision. My advice for anyone facing this is to have a dentist that you trust and know that it is rough for a couple days but it does get better.
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I love your story. Such a good ending. Why some dentists are so brutal to us that are already suffering I will never understand. I had a jerk that treated me terrible too. After that I was in misery and dreaded every day. Finally after 4 1/2 years of the second round of trying to save my teeth, the dentures won. So nice that you chose honesty with your bosses. Their reply was priceless.
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I have been to see my new dentist today, the other dentist laughed at me shouting at him that i could feel everything he was doing, he hadnt left the injection in long enough but he didnt seem to bother thats why I chose another dentist, he was very nice today when I told him the fact I had left the other dentist, I have gum disease & he recommended gengigel which I promptly bought it is expensive but it as very good reviews so I will try it, just thought I'd let people know about this product, thank you for reading this.
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Lynn, what does this product do?
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hi jeanne, it is an antiseptic for the gums and teeth, just read the reviews jeanne its quite alarming what it does, cant wait to try it.
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Jeanne Roushey

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Lynn, is there any point to using it if all teeth have been extracted?
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definitely jeanne, it is a product for the gums, bleeding gums or sensitive, receding this product as many hidden values.
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Jeanne Roushey

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Let me know how you like it. I will wait and and see before I order it. I will make note of the name.
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What is the name of this product and where can it be purchased?
I had my upper teeth pulled last Tuesday. The denture does a lot of rocking back and forth. I can't eat without the denture coming loose.

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Can any dentest help a disabled veteran that has a12y old son being on disability the do not cover denture implants I am at a dentest mercy
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Please can a dentest help a disabled veteran that is on disability because they do not cover denture implants I think I have a gum disease and I have a heart problem and I do not want it to go to my heart I am at any dentest mercy to help I am so embarrassed to ask for help but I have a young child and every dime goes to him while my self and my wife will always put my son first if I can get the help the I will feal confident to look for work like I said if a dentest can help I would oh you my life God bless
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Mike I would contact your VA representative and see what they can do to help.
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I just had the rest of my front teeth pulled yesterday and OMG, my face is so swollen right now, I feel like a chipmunk. I hope I have a good outcome as well. It is very hard to think positive but when I think about how my teeth uses to look and will look once again, I just keep looking forward. Thanks for sharing your story!
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I'm getting mine pulled thur an super scared but won't have my denture for about 2 weeks
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I have to have my top teeth done. Iam freaking out. Im 35 and I look like a hillbilly. I have a lot of pride in my looks. I have even put my friends off from seeing me. Im so scared of the pain. yet mum said harden up. You gave birth to two children. Is the pain really bad?
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Nadine , I just had all my upper and lower teeth pulled 2 weeks ago under conscious sedation and there was no pain during the procedure and there hasn't been any after. I only took 3 half doses of the painkiller they gave me the first day and then Advil for a week. The worst part is not the extraction or healing but the adjusting to the dentures in my opinion. And if you don't need your bottom teeth pulled, the adjustment should be a lot easier. It's much better than childbirth. Lol.
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Hi Nadine,

Three weeks ago, I had to have all but 6 of my top teeth pulled.  It was done using local deadening shots only by a very gentle dentist (no sedation at all).  I only had one spot that was painful and swollen.  If I hadn't had to have the roots of my remaining teeth surgically cleaned, I'd be eating pretty well tonight - I had Chinese chicken and mushroom over rice the night before my root surgery.

Everybody's experience happens in their own unique way.  I've read horror stories and unbelievable success stories.  Just work with a dentist who cares and who you trust, take care of your sockets, and try not to get discouraged.

My dentist's advice was right tho, and it echoes what Janet said - keep as many of your natural teeth as you can, especially on the bottom.

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Hi Nadine I got all my tops pulled and an immediate denture same day. I'm same as u and had hillbilly teeth too. All my back teeth broke and infected and front top looked horrible. I'm 41. I started my journey with dentures about 7 months ago. I will b getting my permanent on Dec 18. I chose to do only top cuz most of my bottom are ok for now and for insurance its cheaper for me to do top and then later bottom. Also cuz I've heard is way easier to get used to tops first. I've heard good stories and I've heard horror stories so I can only tell u about mine. I didn't have much pain at all and I only had locals during the extractions. So was wide awake. The only real time I was in much pain was days 3 to 5 and that was mostly due to swelling. I didn't have a lot of issues eating but the first month ate just softer foods. At month 2 I think I was eating crunchy tacos and that was my goal. Lol. Dentures r a journey and it takes time to heal and its a very emotional thing to go thru. I was worried about how my husband would think of me and my kids. But they've all been amazing. I think me being healthy and no longer in such pain was all they care about. I am so so happy with my decision. No1 can even tell unless they already knew me and knew how my teeth looked b4. Its scary but just knowing how my health immediately got better and not having painful infections anymore to me makes it so worth it. This group of ppl on this site is amazing. And there r a couple on here that really helped me. We r all going thru or have been there and will help u thru it too. I hope all goes easy for u and reach out if u need
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Nadine: The pain is manageable, and your decision to resolve your dental issues is one of the best you've ever made. No one who is honest will tell you it will be easy, but the rewards are significant. My experience was that the first 2 days were not too bad, days 3 to 5 were more difficult but not terrible, and I used my last OTC pain relief on day 7. At day 10 the healing was more or less complete, and I began gently brushing my gums with a soft toothbrush.

During the first 14 days I went to the dentist twice to deal with leukoplakia. Those are the white spots on the gums where the denture is rubbing. Your dentist can manage this quickly and easily for you. Lukewarm salt water rinses beginning the first day are essential to accelerate the healing, and I did 4 to 6 each day. Some find that "magic mouthwash" helps. There's nothing to it; it's just benadryl, Maalox and a mild OTC pain reliever mixed together. Ask your dentist about it.

You may, as almost all of us do, find shards of tooth or bone working their way to the surface of your gums during the first few weeks. Most of the time they resolve themselves. Regular brushing helps, and a trip to the dentist could be necessary. 
You will be eating soft foods for a while, but you will be amazed how quickly you'll return to a normal diet. After getting my dentures, I've slowed down my eating, I take smaller portions and I've returned to my ideal weight.

I believe you're going to find that your experience will be similar to mine and Melanie's: it wasn't nearly as bad as we thought it might be; it wasn't long before we returned to normal; we are convinced that this was the best decision we could have made for our long-term health; and our families have been behind us every step of the way. Good luck. You will be just fine. Joseph
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Thank u for sharing for story , I’m 2 weeks out upper with immediate denture gums healing well but I did exactly what Dentist said to do.. He reassured me my permanent denture will be nothing like immediates for not use to looking like I have a overbite lol.. but I have my bottoms due to medications as child and adulthood and genetics ... periodontal disease I had bridge on top since 15 years old with replacements over the years I’m now 55 but had no choice for dentures ... upper thankfully with great dentist my lowers are good .. I also have high anxiety fear of dentist so all my appts cleanings to extractions pre meds such a blessing didn’t remember a thing and had slight pain first day , dentist Gave me pain Meds for two weeks only took 2 .. now issue is upper flaps to loose adhesive does no good but go back April 3rd for soft Reline he says they will fit tight and some shaving to gum area on one side but he assured me my permanent plate will be beautiful and right.. so that’s not until June or July ... so if have faith in dentist trust him and never be afraid to call if have a problem .... Aspen Dental is Who I use and thankful for them Dr. Nally who owns it plus his other other practice awesome trust me I have made lots of calls and very kind when speaking to staff and dentist. Good luck
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I had my uppers extracted 4 days ago... still swollen and taking Advil... my dentist has been great has adjusted them twice, however when I got home after the second time I have noticed a bit of a slope? This is obviously not normal. Hoping that when I go in this Thursday I hope that he can correct this before he places the soft liner....
I struggle to eat as my gums are sore and under my lips are cut as the denture was digging in. I was afraid to remove the denture and still .,,
I am glad that their are others whom come here and talk about their experiences...

I am ashamed, depressed ... I’m afraid to go bCk to work on Monday... I don’t want my co workers to know ...
what shall I say?
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Hi Lucie, I am 11 days post uppers. Can you please let me know how you have been getting on with yours since yours was done this April. Many thanks.
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It’s been 7 months now and have adjusted well. I am still using the powered polygrip to help secure them for eating . I am due to go for another soft reline.
I can almost eat anything but still struggle to chew hard foods such as peanuts etc.
I am still have a little difficulty biting into a burger , sandwich etc.
I also got my lowers done and that’s not much of a bother either... polygrip is used to hold it down it’s a pain because I am constantly applying it...
Polygrip is my new best friend.... lol
Hope this helps... keep in touch
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Hi Lucie, thanks so much for getting back to me!  I am so happy that you have adjusted well.  I had a down day yesterday (my first), and have put back on my positive attitude again.  I know it's going to be an ongoing struggle.  Apparently I might be getting my first soft reline next week.....all these new things that I was never prepared for.  But, I am going to take each day as it comes.  People see our beautiful teeth, but have no idea, what we have to go through to maintain them! ...lol Can't wait until I can eat better though :-)
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yes people see our beautiful teeth, but what we went through and go through they have no clue.
Think positive!
Just a reminder carry polygrip with you in case it’s needed.
And please keep me posted in the next few weeks.
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Nancy I am assuming that the putty substance stays in the denture all the time. Am I right? Does it stay soft or harden? How long do you keep it in before you have to change it and if needed can you use an adhesive with it?
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Yes it stays in all the time. It does harden. Not sure how long it will last my next appt is in a month unless I need to see them before. I will probably need it again as my gums shrink from healing. I don't need any adhesive with it, it is staying very snug. My dentist compared adhesive to smoking saying that once people use it they don't stop.
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Nancy, is this only available from a dentist?
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As far as I know. I assume it is similar to a soft reline but they haven't used that term with me.
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Patti

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Believe me if mine stayed tight I wouldn't use adhesive either.
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why wouldn't the dentist wait until gums havehealed and stopped shrinking before making the denture
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You've done amazingly well for someone so young.  I'm 74 and had mine out 10 months ago and I cried too because when I left Sydney Australia for a rural area I had all my teeth except needing a 3 tooth bridge on my lower jaw.  A Prosthodontist - thats a specialist dentist - destroyed my mouth.  I knew nothing about dentistry then.  Root canals in healthy teeth (just to be on the safe side), cutting tips of teeth off to fit the bridge.  I ended up with 16 root canals - I could go on and on.  And no-one is able to sue the s..ts here because the dentist won't speak out against another dentist.  15 years of tryings to save my teeth and then restorative work to keep what I had.  I lost the battle with the top and still have issues with the bottom.  Implants are so damn expensive and as you can imagine I've spent a fortune.  At the moment I'm trying to get a full top denture (I've been wearing an immediate) that doesn't make me look like an angry ferret but they just can't seem to make me look a bit more like I used to.  Its so depressing.  But really I guess there are worse things that could happen.  Have a lovely Christmas.
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One you get your permanent plate you will look like your old self again ... I’m in immediates my hubby said I look different but with swelling going down will look more like myself , then shrinkage but permanent according to my dentist says I will look like myself again fit well.. soft Reline most have to get with immediates because of the shrinkage etc usually last until permanent plate but if not will do over and im getting the most expensive comfylytes so they will be lighter etc... hope all is better for you now
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So my husband recently got dentures in April 2018 we had a slaughterhouse oral surgeon, he was awful but anyway we are now into our soft Reline after many problems and he still can’t really eat anything .
I feel so guilty telling him that he would feel so much better when he’s so miserable. He’s totally depressed has lost so much weight I try making things he can have but he just keeps saying he wants pizza or a cheeseburger but he has a lot of problems with bread. He keeps saying that he’s tired of being alive and he will never be able to eat whatever he wants again. I know it takes time but how long? I’m not sure how much more I can take my guilt consumes me I just don’t know what else to do. He’s going to a psychiatrist on antidepressants and has been for years they changed them up trying to help him and some times he’s wonderful but when he’s discouraged it totally breaks me I just don’t know what else to do
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Hi Kelly, these posts are all over the place timewise ... maybe if you repost with a new title, more people will see it and be able to offer some advice? I only saw it because I'm due to have all my uppers removed and am also looking for advice on what to expect etc
I hope your hubby feels better soon, is it pain that troubles him, or does he not like how they look?
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It will take a toll out of you. I also had mine done in April 2018, upper denture.
It’s not easy! I have also been depressed. I haven’t been able to eat anything hard( nuts) nothing crispy I have pretty much become vegetarian, no meat vegetables have to be cooked and some fish.
No pizza, chips etc.
I have tried to manage and also hear that it takes time. How much longer?
We just have to try to manage.
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Wow, very interesting.
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Patti

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Jeanne....that sounds a lot like cushion grip.
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Jeanne Roushey

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I was thinking that.
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What is the name of this product and where can it be purchased?
I had my upper teeth pulled last Tuesday. The denture does a lot of rocking back and forth. I can't eat without the denture coming loose.

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Fixadent u have to put food on both side of ur mouth and chew.
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Dave I know what you are talking about I think. The top is tight to the palate but when you chew on one side the other side pops down a bit and happens the same on the other side. So in a few bites both sides of the upper are loose and soon the wholt thing comes down with the food. I have said it feels like a teeter totter.
Its not always that easy to eat on both sides at the same time....and I forget to. By the time I remember there loose.
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Dave I found cushion grip at CVS on the shelf. It does make them feel better and tighter, you dont have to use paste with it. Bad side they say to remove it and apply new after 4 days....it is a bitch to get off...took me over an hour each time.
Its a soft like putty that you use your finger to press into the grove of the denture and then bite on it. It forms exactly to your gums...get harder in a few hours. You can take the dentures out and clean and soak all night and its inplace when you put them back in.
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Patti, did you still have to use adhesive on top of CG? Does it work on uppers and lowers?
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Patti,
There is no CVS around here, What is the brand name of the cushion grip, maybe I can find them here.
Thanks, Dave
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Dave, mine was done at the dentist. They called it tissue conditioning. They made me wait about 4 weeks. Not sure if it was to let things heal more or because 1 tissue conditioning was included in the price of my denture (she said about $150 for the next one). As the bones heal and shrink more, I may need it again. I had the same problems with eating that you did. I would ask your dentist especially if you still have the open sockets. You wouldn't want any products to get in them and prevent them from closing/ healing properly.
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Thanks for sharing your story, I love it! I'm glad you are fine now and that your teeth are all done! My husband may be facing the same procedure, so I wanted to see what is it like exactly. It does sound like it may be an inconvenience, but the end result is totally worth it! You are right, it is so important to have a good dentist who will help you go through this process as smoothly as possible! http://www.nwdenture.com/services/dentures/ 
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Start my road with oral surgeon tomorrow,need a upper plate.scared!I have a super dentist,all scary!I have Tmi,over bite,on plavix for I have a stent and two coiled aneurysms in my hard,im 58.....
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Only a dentist can do soft Reline can’t buy at drug store if you want done right anytime u try to adjust what dentist has done yourself then that throws out the lifetime warranty on your dentures .. call dentist
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Thank you, this really helped. I'm on day two and getting used to the things; full extraction yesterday, already talking semi-normal today. Non-liquid food, we'll see.
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so update your post it's been 4 years ago.  I just got mine done and it sucks.  Let me know your outcome.
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Thank you so much for this. I'm 33 and according to several dentists that I saw 7 years ago, the sealants that I had done when I was a kid sealed in bacteria, etc and between that and the chemicals from the sealants leeching into my teeth, they all said that my teeth were rotting from the inside out. They also said that I would likely need dentures (top and bottom) before 40, and I'm now at the point that I have to get it done. This really helped.
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Ive been told the same thing! Last week I started the process of having my back teeth pulled..I cried a lot but i keep thinking about the beautiful smile ahead..& that Ill feel confident and want to smile again!
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Yes beautiful smile. But difficult to eat
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Im asking alot of people this question so I can find out if I have a reasonable complaint with my dentist about my dentures. They gave me an overbite, which I never had one. Its not a super big overbite but it is big to me . And they stick out more than my original ones and kinda make my lip stick out. Ive been without teeth for a year so I know its not swelling from having immediate dentures.     Thanks in advance for your reply
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Thank you for telling your story. Tomorrow morning, I get four and a half front teeth pulled and my upper denture put in. This helped a lot. Two weeks ago, I had nine teeth pulled. Molds of my mouth were taken and my denture arrives tomorrow. I am only 45 years old. My teeth have been wearing away since 2013 when I did a cleanse. It has been a total mental process of pain, weight loss, and judgement of people, so I hear you. This helps me so much. Thank you again!
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Nancy, I cant thank you enough for writing this! I am 32yrs old as well and last week I began the process of having teeth pulled to prepare for a denture..I hope its worth it!
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I'm freaking out because this is what I'm looking at.  Bad health, stress, and bad dentists have destroyed my teeth.  I had one grind all the enamel off my front teeth and put a layer of 'veneer' on them, just because he thought it looked better.  It immediately began chipping off, leaving my front teeth vulnerable, and I've gotten chips, and they're difficult to fix.  I also have issues with judgmental dentists who are just rude.  One caused me such a horrific anxiety attack, I wasn't even allowed to attempt to drive for 2 hours, and never got anything done, because he was just so incredibly rude.  I have severe life-long dental anxiety, so trying to deal with this has been incredibly difficult.
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I just had all my uppers done Thursday morning. Last night the pain was so bad my husband woke me up every fours hours to medicate me. I have had many mixed feelings. I am planning on implants but i have to have these for four months. I feel like they stick out to far and my upper lip doesnt look normal. My kids are calling me the whoville family. Tonight i was able to eat half a bowl of chicken noodle soup. I drank a bottle of watwr with it because i drink entirely to many cokes. Yesterday i couldnt eat anything and only got some ensure down and a little ice cream. That half bowl of soup did me a world of good. I feel better. I am going to adjust the best I can and pray the implants will be so much better. It will be nice not to have all this plastic in the roof of my mouth. I had 12 extractions. All on upper with one on bottom. We are going to try and save my bottom teeth. It is just a shame how expensive it is and so many people suffer because of the financial strain of having this done. Anyhow, day three is better. Day 2 felt like i was going to die even taking all the pain meds around the clock. Not being able to eat had me feeling sick and weak. That chicken noodle went down good and made me physically feel better. Good luck to everyone going through this. Today was better than yesterday so hoping tomorrow will be better than today.
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How is it today? 
Would love to know how it all turned out.