Patience is a virtue

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Getting used to dentures is freaking hard, as many of you already know. The feel of them, talking with them, eating with them, the way they look. All these little things we take for granted with our natural teeth I suppose. The hardest part for me (outside of relearning to speak and chew) has been getting used to the way I look. Learning how to smile again and not cover or hide my mouth while I talk. I still struggle with it sometimes. But scrolling through the old camera roll today I realized what a major difference there is today from when I first got these puppies two months ago and I wanted to share in hopes of helping someone who might be struggling with how they look after getting dentures

The fist pic is from 3 days after surgery and a full set of temporaries. A little swollen on the one side and literally could not figure out how to smile. The second photo was just 10 days after the first! The last two are from a week ago, and then today (my first time wearing lipstick in I can’t even tell you how long)



Are there things I plan to change when I get my perms? You betcha! But overall I’m pretty happy with them now, I’m not afraid or ashamed to smile, I can have ice cream or ice cold water without a zing of pain... In fact I can eat whatever I want. But most importantly, my confidence is returning at a steady pace and yours will too. Things get better, sometimes slowly, but the do get better. Keep a positive attitude, allow time to heal and settle, and don’t forget to smile!
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Meeeow! You look great and with that attitude you are a beauty! Keep going girl! :)
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Oh Josie, you’re too kind!! Thank you!!
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Absolutely beautiful smile!
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Thank you so much Robert!
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Thanks for your post it helps so much to be reminded of the end outcome , I’ve been in my house almost all summer while healing from the extractions. I finally get to put some teeth in my mouth this Tuesday. I can’t wait to just go in the grocery store and take a walk etc !

How long would you say it took for you to start feeling a little more comfortable with the dentures as far as eating and talking? I’m so excited just to not look like an 80 year old in my 30’s but I know I’ll be wanting more than just the cosmetic fix and it’s going to be awhile as I adjust. I’m just wondering if the super difficult part of getting dentures is generally in the first few days .. or weeks.. or does it take months? Thanks for any info you can offer I’m kinda nervous and excited for Tuesday!
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Hi Brie! Congrats on getting your new teeth!! I’m excited for you!!

I had immediate dentures placed right after surgery, and things can be different for each person, but for me talking came back to the quickest and easiest. I did a lot of reading aloud, singing, talking to my dog etc. basically non stop to help with that and I was sounding pretty darn good by the end of the first week. Food I did okay with. It was nothing but soup, pudding, yogurt, etc. for the first week or so, then incorporated things like eggs, banana, etc. I tried to challenge myself with food often, but honestly things got way easier once I was cleared to use adhesive, which was about a month in for me.

In terms of getting used to the feel of them, I’m2 months in and I don’t find my dentures to be bothersome, but I am very much aware of them most of the time. I think once I get a reline and they fit a little more snug I won’t notice them as much.

It sounds like you didn’t get temporaries after extractions? In which case, I’m wondering if you will have less trouble with some of these things because of the time you’ve had to heal. Best of luck on Tuesday and keep us updated!!
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I have been 2 weeks post surgery and in temporaries I've always said your attitude determines your altitude . Congratulations!
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Thank you! I couldn’t agree more Gary! And congratulations to you on beginning your journey as well. Two weeks in, how are you holding up?
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Great would be an understatement. This site has been amazing 2 hrs after my surgery I awoke pain free l opted for implant overdentures they were expensive but I've worked hard all my life put my daughter thru college and decided it was time to do something for myself. On a side note I was having some health issues that since the surgery have disappeared in 90 days I get my permanents I've yet to experience regret but even if I do I won't let anything take me down it's just the way I'm wired!
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That’s wonderful! I’m so glad to hear that you’re doing so well. I have found a lot of comfort here as well. It a great group of people who know exactly what we’re going through. Implants are an excellent choice! Good for you! We all deserve to lead a happy, healthy, as close to normal life as possible and I’m so happy for you that you were able to do that for yourself. I am considering implants myself down the line (finances permitting of course). Being as young as I am, I’m concerned about bone loss over time which implants should help with... I’m leaning towards fixed bridges mainly because I want to feel “normal”.... I also know they’re astronomically expensive. Ahhh but a girl can dream lol
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Take it from a 67 yr old guy dreams do become a reality if you set your mind to it!
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Love your positivity!!! I am hopeful I’ll get there someday... it may take a while but I have every intention of making it a reality!
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Good for you.....you go girl
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You look fantastic!!! They did a beautiful job.
Keep up the smiling!
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Thank you so much Lisa! I feel really good about them at this point. I have high hopes for my perms... once I get there that is lol how’s that process going for you? You must be getting close?
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Process is painless..lol, just takes several appointments. The mold was sent to the lab this week and then they make a wax try-in which should be done in about 2 weeks, at that time I will critique them and make any changes, ie: tooth shape, color, size etc...once approved and or changes needed that gets sent back to the lab and the perms will be made. Oh so close!!
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That’s great Lisa!! I’m so happy for you! I’d be interested in hearing how the wax try in goes for you. I’ve been trying to keep track of all the little things that I like and dislike about my temporaries so that I can give them a clear idea of what I’m looking for when I start the process. I’m a little less than 4 months away but if you have any advice on that front I’d love to hear :)
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I will keep you all posted when I get them... crossing my fingers
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My wax try in melted in my mouth
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Ewww, God willing that won't happen to me.