New First Time Denture Wearer

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Hi all, I am a relatively new denture wearer. 8 teeth extracted with a full upper denture about 5 weeks ago. I’m really curious about the “immediate “ denture. I asked my dentist when I would get my permanent one and he said that the one I have is permanent. Should I be questioning this. Paid a lot of money and don’t quite understand how all of this works yet. I also have to use adhesive everyday. My dentist said I would have to use adhesive because of the shape of my palate and because of bone loss. I am learning to adjust. I do feel very blessed though and so thankful that I know longer have all the infection and pain I did with my teeth. I also know how blessed I am with my overall experience. Super difficult emotionally but working through that part. Had very minimal pain and was able to eat within just a few days. Still need to deal with lower teeth. Would really appreciate suggestions. I have 5 teeth that may be able to be saved then just have a partial. If not then I would have those five pulled and get a full lower.
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Brenda Hayes

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I am glad to have read your post..I have full upper this Friday after the last 4 in front are extracted...keeping last 5 on bottom left just had deep cleaning on those to get a partial..which will be in 2 weeks after the upper....it's really up to you if they can be saved you may delay the complete bottom denturing by several years and just get the partial...I had 3 different dentists over the course of the last 2 years...one who is well established and was volunteering at my free dental clinic I had to go to before health insurance kicked in advised me to keep the bottom ones for partial..after xrays that's what I opted for the last dentist said no pull every one left then this dentist agreed to listen to my request....both last 2 dentists were with Aspen but the one I am with now is at another Aspen facility and is following my request and concluded down the line maybe 5-7 years will need full bottom...then again???...I just did not want to put myself thru unneeded agony..I'm 58 and will see how this all pans out...it also ended up saving me $650 at this time...
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Hi Joleen,
I also had 9 lower teeth saved and am now wearing a lower partial and upper immediate denture. I always hear that it is very hard to make a lower full denture fit and that they are not staying in place even with adhesive.
From my own experience I am very happy with my dentures. I even sometimes forget that I'm wearing the lower partial. The immediate upper took a little longer to get used to, but I also had no problems with it so far. I have them a little over one month now. Like yourself, I am also feeling blessed not having to live with terrible toothaches​ and abcesses anymore. I can eat everything and feel like a whole new person.
Also, in my case the upper immediate is actually my permanent one. After some months pass and the healing process is complete, they will be relined and fitted again. I hope this helps.
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Hi - I too had 8 upper and permanent denture placed at the same time. My dentist never even discussed a temporary. I also wear adhesive all of the time due to same info your dentist told you. It took me a long time to adjust to upper both mentally and physically. So much so that I don't think I will ever get lowers. For now my bottoms are OK and my dentist tells me how lucky I am that I don't have lowers since he said they are so difficult to adjust to. I can't imagine worse so I will wait to the last tooth is gone!! Just kidding but he really did scare me. I was not a candidate for upper implants both for affordability and the fact they I would need a bone graft. I do think that if I am able to do an implant here and there on the bottom over time that would be the route I may go. Good luck!!
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I'm with you Norwich I had 11pulled and full upper I'll not do my bottoms either just can't imagine going thru it again. I'm fine with my top denture now most of the time but it's more mentally challenging than i ever thought it would be.
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My eday is next Monday ( 25th) uppers removed then immediate ( permanent) denture...so gathering as much info' as to what to expect and tips to help me cope.
I' ve read some 'horror' stories but overall, most folk have no regrets, so I'm hoping to be one of the fortunate ones :)
bottom teeth will last for a few more years ( 1'm 68, so they may even 'see me out') lol
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Hi Maggs,
Good luck for Monday. Just try to keep a positive attitude about the whole thing. I feel so sorry when I read the stories and what a bad experience it has been for some people.
I myself am one of the fortunate ones and very happy .I like to tell everyone about Calendula tea to rinse with after the extractions. It helps with swelling and promotes healing very well. Saltwater also works of course , I just like to use herbs .Also my dentist prescribed Ibuprofen 800mg for pain and the swelling. After all it is a surgery and takes time to heal. I wish you the best and please let us know how it all went.
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Thanks Susi, I actually just had a call from the dental clinic ... I also need one bottom tooth extracted plus a couple of fillings... original idea was for dentist to do all the work at once, but now, he's concerned that being 2 hours under gas could be an issue so just doing uppers on Monday and rescheduling another time for bottoms. This is actually a relief to me as my anxiety level is high and maybe just having top gums to worry about is enough for now ...( plus it saves me $540 on the day) 
My hard reline in 6 months will cost me $450 so if I wait until uppers are healed,
  it'll   give me extra time to set money aside and not completely empty my already depleted 'emergency fund..
Always a silver lining somewhere, eh?