New bottom dentureHelp. I am having 8 bottom teeth pulled and a temporary put in what can I do so the pain won't be to unbearable?

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I am having 8 teeth pulled on Monday, I would like to know how can I keep the pain minimal. I know each individual is different but I'm actually frightened. I am having them pulled by the numbing method, is this OK or should I be put to sleep?
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AliciaP

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For me, I had to be knocked out!

The best advice that I could give is follow the Dr's orders COMPLETELY ! Ice, ibuprofen and don't be afraid to take pain pills; it is easier to keep pain away than to try to get it under control. At least for the first few days.
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I just (2 days ago) had 25 extractions and immediate dentures. I was terrified. I was certain the little pills they gave me wouldn't be enough to knock me out, but they were. By 'numbing method', do you mean only novicane? I went out to Amazon and Google music and looked for hypnosis/relaxation for pre-surgery and healing after surgery. I only had a couple days to listen to it beforehand, but it really took me to a more calm place. When I would have some scary thought, it would almost replace itself with a more calm idea. I had only minimal pain and swelling afterward, but still took the meds prescribed, especially the ones for swelling. I listened to after surgery healing as well. It helped me relax and directed my body to heal itself. I know it sounds hokey to some, but if you let yourself listen and relax, it makes a world of difference.
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Thank you so very much, yes the numbing is novicane. I will take your advice and won't be afraid of pain pills. I know each person is different but what could you eat afterward. Since my ordeal is tomorrow, I bought plenty of soups and other soft food.
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Jennie, almost 6 weeks later I'm still eating soft foods! But it's not due to pain, it's because my bottoms won't stay in place.

One thing that I wish I would have thought of sooner is smoothies. It's funny because just prior to my extractions my mother-in-law was in the hospital (that's obviously not the funny part ) but the entire time she was up there I was living on smoothies -they have a stand in the hospital.

The Dole Shakers (I think that's what they are called) are REALLY good and are healthy. You find them in the freezer section of the grocery store. You add your own juice. They suggested OJ or Apple, however I've also tangerine, pomegranate - blueberry, straight pomegranate, and some of the different OJ blends.

I know that straws are a no-no for the first few days but you can always just drink it from the glass. Carnation Instant, Ensure, pudding, yogurts and jello are just about everything I've been living off from. Oh and Ore-Ida instant potatoes have come a long way.

I would also recommend having a couple of baby spoons on hand. It's a whole new world learning to live with dentures!

Good luck tomorrow! I'll keep you in my prayers!
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Thank you so much for the kind words, I will have someone pick me up some Dole Shakers and will start drinking smoothies.
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Please keep me/us updated!

I know that I found this board the day I had mine done by accident and I'm so glad I did! Not sure how happy they are that I found them lol.

There's a ton of info here but feel free to email me directly if you want. Alicialperry@yahoo.com. just put in the subject line that you are from the denture forum.
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Thank you and I will.
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Jennie did you save my email address?
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Yes I did save the email address.
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I can't edit so I guess it's there forever lol
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Not a problem with me, I'm on countdown, I have 5 1/2 hours to go and I'm trying to hang in here and not be a nervous wreck by 2:30. Did they put you to sleep or just novicane, I probably should have had an oral surgeon put me to sleep.
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I think you will definitely feel pressure, it's better to be put asleep. Take ur pain meds b4 the pain sets in. Do not wait for it to really start. Better to have the meds in ur system to minimize.
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Try to stay calm. I know what I imagined was far worse than what I remember happening. Don't let them start until you can't feel anything. Take a CD/mp3 player and some headphones and ask if you can listen to music while they work. Let us know how it goes for you.
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Thank you so much.
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Because of my age they didn't put me to sleep. Had all teeth pulled with local, never felt a thing. Good luck.
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I had to go to oral surgeon due to health problems and they were supposed to knock me out but it didn't take. It wasn't nearly as bad as I had anticipated. And I'm a HUGE COWARD when it comes to dentist. But that's not why I wound up in dentures-that's a long story.

I agree with MindiLee! Take something to listen to music on-your phone and Pandora maybe? If you do that, make sure to put your phone on airplane mode so it doesn't ring! Also if you start getting nervous do some deep breathing, in thru your nose and out thru your mouth. Remind yourself you can do this and think about how hat your teeth will look!
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Thank you
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AliciaP

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That was supposed to say how GREAT your teeth will look. Lol

RA & swype are not a good combination
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No matter what the Dentist tell you it will be 3 weeks before you will be able to put your teeth in. Unless you have a very high tolerance for pain. You will be able to eat applesauce, some cereals, yogurt, pasta with sauce and lots of other soft foods for the first 2 weeks. On the third week you can eat soft cheeseburgers like the little ones from McDonalds or your favorite local place. Just make sure it's small and has lost of condiments so it will slide down easy. At the end of weeks. AFTER you get your stitches out, put the dentures in, with PLAIN Poligrip. Use it exactly as directed. Stay on soft foods and practice eating from side to side. After weeks 4 go back to the dentist and have him/her grind them where they hurt your gums. Trust me. I did everything the dentist told me to do after going over there day in and out for 3 days after I had 16 teeth removed. A Dental Tech followed me out to my car one day and told me exactly what I just told you. I thought I was going crazy until then. This instant denture is very misleading. It only applies to people that have had dentures for years and just need a new set.
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Every dentist is different. I had no stitches, they put my teeth in immediately and left them in for 24 hours,Cohen rinsed and put back in. So depending each dentist and each situation, you need to listen to how your dentist wants you to do.
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Judi Mecham

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Not Cohen, should have said "then". Sorry.