pre-extraction anxiety

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I am about to get all my teeth extracted in two day and I am totally filled with anxiety. I am worried that the infection will go to other areas of my body and cause a medical emergency . I am also worried that the adjustment will be so long and difficult. I do not want the whole world to know that I have dentures. How noticeable will they be and how long will the adjustment take? Will I be able to go out into public in a few days?
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AliciaP

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I'm sorry that you haven't received a response before now.

I can only speak of my experience, of course. I contacted my oral surgeon and told them how terrified I was and they were kind enough to call a prescription in for 2 Xanax. 1 to take the night before and the other to take the morning of. My pain specialist that I see for other reasons has told me that it is easier to sedate someone that is more relaxed. So I would definitely call right away.

As for infection and pain, odds are they will put you on a good antibiotic for 2 weeks so try not to worry about that. They will probably give you pain meds and may tell you that you can also take ibuprofen. Do it! Don't wait for the pain to get bad because, again according to my pain dr, it's easier to keep pain away than to get it back under control. If they tell you that you can take ibuprofen with pain meds, I have been told to alternate them so, for instance, you would be taking pills every 2 hours for a couple days.

As for swelling/bruising - definitely do the ice packs as instructed. I didn't have much swelling and no bruising, so that's all I can tell you. As to whether people will know, I guess if they saw your bad teeth before then they will probably notice, but I think mine was more in my head. I thought they felt big despite my family saying they didn't so I thought everyone knew, but my own dad couldn't tell so I wouldn't worry about it.

The hardest thing for me was getting used to talking. That takes time but practice. Talk to your self, sing say your alphabet over and over. It will be great in no time!

Last but not least - you are losing a part of you. Something that you have had for as long as you can remember. If you cry, feel sad, get depressed, whatever you feel - it's normal! That's when you come on here and post and read (paying no attention to the bickering ) someone WILL answer you, hopefully sooner than this one took!

Keep in touch and let us know how you are doing!

Good luck tomorrow!
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Alicia, well I had it done today......22 extractions and just sitting here now trying to stay ahead of the pain. I could almost handle that if I could talk with out bad bouts of gagging! I cannot talk with doing that! Does that mean that my denture is too far back and needs to be cut back a bit? I live with Mt husband and daughter and four grandkids so being silent is worse than pain! Is this normal? I go back tomorrow for a checkup. Help?.is this normal? Joanne
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Being silent is worse than pain? We might be related. That sounds like me and my family. 

I've only had the gag reflex a couple of times in the past 7 weeks. You might need them cut back a little. Have your dentist check them.
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Ken, thanks for your reply. I am beginning to wonder why I did this. How long does the pain last? I am trying to be strong and silent because I don't like for anyone to fuss over me. I just want to have a nice smile and feel better about my appearance. I hate wishing my life away but I sure wish it was several weeks from now. How long did your healing take?
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I never had a lot of pain. I had good pain pills as well as steroids to control swelling. I quit taking the pills after about 3 days and started taking ibuprofen. It  is different for everyone. I think we all have that "what have I done?" feeling at first. Hang in there... it gets better.
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Joanne, sorry to hear about the gagging. Usually, it can occur for a few reasons. First, loose dentures can move around and touch the tongue or other parts of the throat. Sometimes, the dentures may be slightly too big, causing them to contact the throat more than they should.

Later on, after dentures have been made, the jawbone shrinks, which causes the dentures to move around since they no longer fit the jawbone the same way as when they were made. The jawbone shrinks the after six to twelve months after teeth have been removed. After this time, dentures should be either relined or, more often, remade to correct the changes caused by the shrinking jawbone.

For some people, wearing dentures can be difficult if they have not worn a previous set. In these cases, the use of denture adhesive may be of some help. In other cases, the lack of jawbone may make it difficult to wear dentures, and dental implants can be of help. Hang in there!
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Alicia covered everything very well. I do want to apologize. I saw your post yesterday and was going to respond when I got home from work but was so exhausted so didn't do much on here until this morning and you post was buried by then. Best of luck and keep us informed how you are doing.
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Thank you for your kind words Gina!

Once again, the board is extra busy and lots of mudslinging < SHAKING HEAD>
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Thanks Gina! I had it all done today. Even though I have pain, my worst problem is not being able to talk without gagging! It's awful. Is this normal? I think eventually I will be happy with my new teeth but right now I am not..
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Glad to hear from you!

You will want to have the dentist fix them tomorrow! You will want to keep eating soft foods, ice packs as ordered, set your alarms to wake up to take pain meds, and try to go to bed early.

Thanks for the update and please us updated and ask all the questions that you have!
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Joanne - I never really had an issue with gagging, but I know others have so it's not horribly uncommon. As Alicia mentioned, when you have your follow-up, make sure your dentist knows about this issue. I know they don't like to take too much off because shortening them too much will break the suction that helps keep  the uppers from slipping, but the slipping can be fixed by using adhesives, where the gagging reflex can't be fixed, although I imagine it may lessen and go away over time.

I never had major pain, although the first couple days was pretty bad, but I stayed ahead of the pain by taking a max dosage of Aleeve for about the first week.

Hang in there, eat soft foods, and make sure that you contact your dentist anytime you need adjustments. Best of luck!