Scared AF to get extractions while under at a surgeon office

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Soooo, have been looking on this site and a lot of the posts are pretty old. I'm hoping I can get some insight with what I'm feeling and how to deal.
I'm 34, and a mother of a 3 year old. Holding off dental stuff for a while bc I didn't have insurance. I still don't have dental, but have had over 6 consults and all went to either root canals (need 7) or extractions. The one tooth (#7) needed a root canal, so I paid upfront, this was just 2 weeks ago, I gave them x-rays and all prior, I'm in the chair, numb, my heart feels like I'm going to have a heart attack (apparently didn't use epi, but just plain lidocaine) and instruments in my mouth, this dentist stops, takes x-rays and tells me I have to see a specialist. Apparently it has 2 canals. Wow. So she gave me a temp filling. The shit hurts now. Just feels bruised. She took the nerve out. So the plan is to get my whole upper taken out, (around 9) the one tooth fixed (#7) and 4 back teeth on the bottom taken out. And keep rest of my bottoms. BUT here is my deal... after dealing with this crazy ass situation with this tooth just recently, I have to pay double now to see a specialist bc it's now considered a retreat. I also need 2 clearances for this oral surgery. (Had surgery in 2013 and was fine) but now, I HAVE A CRAZY SINUS INFECTION. I think due to my teeth.. I have 2 back oneso that need taken out that are infected. The one top on is the only thing holding my sinus up! I'm on antibiotics now since yesterday.. I just am stuck now as to what to do with tooth 7 and now having to be toothless for my son's b-day! Idk... they won't give me Temps even though surgeon said won't mess with healing. This infection and the damn tooth that should have been fixed, idk.. I'm a mess. My mind is all over. I am so scared. I've never had general surgery in an office before, always in hosptial. I've never felt my heart beat like that ever besides with the epi for local.. thus dentist said it's normal even without the epi. I don't think she's right. I just need clarification and something to help me get my mind cleared. Anyone out there who experienced similar? Anyone had sinus infection due to teeth? What about the sinus and tooth issue?
Only tooth holding them up on the right side. Won't there be issues once that tooth is taken out? Sinus won't fall out?
I need bone grafting and this surgeon said possible sinus lift. He said he will only do extractions first, then heal, then do bone or sinus which ever he feels comes first and heal and then other.. heal and then implants for the denture.
Heeeeelp :-(
Sorry this is long.
I feel so alone. I also nurse, and the lactation said completely safe after to nurse, but I am still nervous. So much going on all at once it seems, and maybe bc I have held off for so long. Will I be OK? Will I feel better? What to do?
I'm reading about brain abscess and everything due to teeth infection.. I'm really all over the place. :-(
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Ive just recently had all my uppers removed , i took a strong valium before hand to calm me down and the dentist also gave me some gas to speed it up .i was awake and alert for the whole process and honestly wasnt scared one bit. It took me 10 yrs to get to the dentist chair !!! Had i known how easy it was going to be i wouldve done it 10 yrs ago. Had lowers out 2 months ago only with a valium and i slept through most of it. There are a few people here who have recently had their teeth out and who were afraid aswell and can now vouch that theres nothing to be afraid off. Afterwards you may feel sore( not as sore as having toothpain) swollen and then frustrated but at the end of it all you are pain free and can smile again.
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Cassie.. did you do the implants ? Your teeth look so natural. Did you lose a lot of bone? I will be "sleeping" when I get my extractions. I do not want to be awake at all. After so many dental issues, and this last visit 2 weeks ago. I can't do it. The surgeon said he uses propofol. Not sure if that's how you spell it. He's also making get a medical clearance bc of the epi sensitivity. So he's covering his ass. But why not just stay away from it period?. Idk.. thanks for sharing your experience!
Hopefully I'll be happy and healthy after this mess is all done with. :-(
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I didnt have implants as the bone was too damaged so i have plain old dentures . The bone will heal though after time so if i choose later i can get implants.Thankyou yes the denturist made them as natural looking as possible i chose a colour that was more natural than going for white . Taking awhile to get use to and still getting slightly angry/ sad that i cant eat properly yet but im no longer in any pain so im grateful for that. I was scared nervous up til the day , well until i had the valium .But health wise i feel better .i also like the fact that i can take them out :-) .Youll be fine once its all over with and once the swelling / pain subsides youll be so happy you did it .good luck :-)
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I'll putit this way, 2 hours in the chair and suddenly no more pain (aside from healing) no more money spent on proceedures that may or may not be helpful. You'll never have felt your mouth was as clean as you do with dentures. And not having holes full of infections that lead to your heart, brain and joints is a pretty nice bonus. Deep breath. One fear/pain will last a couple hours, the other is constant. What do you think will be better?
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Marcia, thanks for your response. I know it'll be better for my health.. but the process leading to that is just so overwhelming for me.. did you have immediates or did you wait until you were healed? I feel like without immediate dentures or Temps, I'm going to feel and look so silly. I will be wearing a medical mask bc I won't have the temp ones and to be in public with no top teeth is going to kill my self esteem so much... how embarrassing :-(
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Yeah I get it.  I would be too.  I did get immediate.  And I'll tell you- it's so scary!  And for me anyway, it was really emotional.  But your health comes first.  Maybe I missed it on you OP, but why can't you have immediates?
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There is only 1 dentist that will do immediate. I'm not going through them. They don't want you asleep, they want you alert.. and I don't want to deal with 13 or 14 teeth being pulled awake. The place I'm going to said they don't do immediate denture bc it isn't good for the healing. The surgeon said that is not true. An immediate or temp will not interfere with the healing. So he told me that maybe the dentist doesn't want to deal with so many visits for relines. He said a lot of dentists are like that.. lazy. He also told me that I should find a dentist who would agree to the immediateside. I'm not having any luck though.
I don't know what to do.. bc I don't want to go out of town for immediate denture.. I don't have time. I'm so exhausted by this whole process as it is.
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My dentist told me the immediates kinda act as a bandage and help with the healing and I have to agree I think it did. And I went for 1 reline at 10 days then 1 every 3 months til get my permanent. Its all included in my package. Idk why sum dentists r like that. I had went to 1 b4 i settled on the 1 I chose and he was a complete a hole. Told me was gonna b 5000 AFTER insurance for top only. Also was trying to charge for bunch of stuff that was included in my package at dentist I went with. And the whole office staff was just rude. Sum dentists r great and sum act like we r putting them out to do their job. I'm glad I shopped around first. Maybe u can find a good 1 like i did.
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We are limited here in Lancaster... and the traveling is just too time consuming.. I'm so happy you didn't stay with that douche bag of a dentist. I think I may check out this one dentist, now you mention it. He did a root canal years and years ago and I was so calm.. he does this in his basement lol, but he's a professional... idk. I felt in control and felt comfortable.. there was a window to look out into and just the way he spoke to me, was as if he respected me as a human and not as $$$ coming in his door.
His Web site he does dentures... BUT he doesn't take my insurance soooo... may if I can get him to do just the immediates and pay him and go elsewhere for my perms?... hmmmmm, that may just work lol... not sure how the dentist I'm going to now will take that lol buuut, I'm thinking it may just work.
Thanks for having me think lol
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Very well said Marcia !! A.c. I know ur scared man I know I was too. The whole week b4 i thought i was gonna have an anxiety attack. But Marcia is so right. The whole extraction process is pretty quick and mine was completely painless and I just had the locals. No gas no I.v no anything. Lol. And there's going to b sum pain due to the swelling but I know my experience with tooth pain and infections the discomfort after was extractions was NOTHING compared to the pain I had been in prior. Not to mention I feel so much healthier since my mouth never hurts and does feel cleaner and fresher than ever. I'm 3 months in and I am eating almost anything I want. Dentures r a very very scary and big choice for i think any1 who has to get them. But I am so so happy with my choice. And a.c this site is the BEST as far as being helpful and encouraging and understanding. Keep us posted. And I know ur going to b scared but we r all here for u. We've been there and have felt the same fears.
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Melanie, thank you so much for the kind words. I made the descsion to get whole upper, bc financially it just made more sense. Why spend 4700 on only 3 teeth when I'll spend that if not a couple hundred more on implants later down the road. .. something with help stabilized the dentures and never have to worry about spending money again down the road. Man, this infection crap is no joke. I've never had a sinus infection do to my teeth. Ever. My body is just so sore.. hope the antibiotics works soon..
You've had immediate dentures? I will not have anything for about 3 months.. 8-12 weeks they said, until my gums heal. Will you get implants? Sucks bc I thought I'd be getting everything done all at once but not the case. So time consuming..
I have to make a descsion about tooth 7. It's 400 more for an implant... idk... ugh so much to think about.
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This infection is definitely kicking my ass. The nurse told me to wait until weds to see if I feel any better. We shall see
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Well like I mentioned if you decide to get the uppers removed you can get an immediate upper. Insist on it.
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Thanks Josie!
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YES Insist on it..I agree with Josie. I hope it is before wednesday you feel relief. When did you start antibiotics? Well, if has bee few days, I'd say if you're not feeling better by tomorrow, check in. Anti-biotics usually start showing effect in 2 days. You little one may have been on anti-biotics....so you would have an idea of when to expect relief.  Mommies aren't supposed to get sick...but we do sometimes. And rest. And drick plenty of water. 
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Yes, I would also insist!  It also helps shape your gums so perm dentures fit better too.
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Yes I got the immediates. I will have them for prob another 6 months then when gums r pretty much done shrinking I will get the permanant Idk if I'm going to get the implants. I'm hoping sum time in the future to b able to get but I'm not sure yet. And I was the same as u reading about heart attacks and all kinds of things due to infected teeth. I was so scared. Scared of getting it done and scared of having a heart attack or sum thing if I didn't. I'm sorry ur not able to get it all done at once. I only had upper done and still have almost all my bottom teeth. I know I will eventually prob need to get bottom denture but hopefully not for a long while still. I really wish u the best and please keep us posted on how things r going for u
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The Dentrust said I have enough strong teeth on bottoms to not need bottoms.. so that was shocking. I just need to figure out with the hell to do with this tooth on the bottom in front. I keep referencing 7 but it maybe 27. Idk.. this is so confusing. Anyway, I wanted to ask you about the colors matching and shapes. Your bottom teeth are more natural obviously, dentures are more perfect. Did you get yours shaped and colored to look as natural as possible? Do you feel like you can notice a difference?
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I went with a shade different from natural white which is what they recommended to match my bottoms. Also to me the really really bright white to me looks not real to me so thought would b better to have color that looks the most natural. Also the denture is pretty straight but its the same size teeth as my old natural teeth. But there a couple of imperfections like my eye teeth aren't perfectly matched which to me makes them look more real. The lady who made mine says she tries her best to make every persons teeth as much like their natural teeth as possible. Now my teeth were pretty jacked up b4 but idk how but they look a lot like my real teeth when i was 20. Lol. So she did good job.
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I agree, I think the bright white make your teeth look so fake. I like the natural color ones that I have seen through online research.
I have 2 "buck" teeth.. my top jaw bone comes out further and my 2 front teeth are a lot bigger... so it'll be noticeable that I have had some dental work done.
How do you feel when you take your teeth out at night? I keep thinking like when I see myself with no top teeth I'm going to ball my eyes out. Have you felt like this?
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YES!!!! The 1st couple weeks were the worst. But I've kinda came to terms with this is the new me. And honestly I LOVE my new smile. I was so ashamed and embarrassed of my teeth b4. I hated talking to or meeting new ppl. Felt every1 zeroed in on my ugly teeth. Now I'm proud to smile at any1 and every1. Lol. None of my family or friends have seen me without them tho. Not even my husband. I take hem out right b4 going to bed and put them in as soon as wake up. I know he doesn't care and he tells me all the time but its just me not wanting him to see me like that yet. Eventually he will I'm just not ready for that yet. Lol.
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I had some issues with looking at my mouth for the first couple weeks as well, so you're either normal or just the same kind of weird as a lot iof us.

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Aww thanks TJ
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You can get immediate dentures. I did. Many did. I also had sedation at the office. You most certainly probably have sinus infection and I hope they deal with that. And something for pain. You poor thing...they are frightening you and you have a young one at home too. . Speak to pediatrician if you are nursing about the meds any doctor gives you. Or pharmacist, because of the baby. The dentist already told you that immediates will interfere with healing. I was told it would help. Others on here can tell you. Cause either my dentist is lying to me or yours is lying to you. I would lose my trust right there. I had 4 children. And I know that when you are sick there is more worry involved because you know you have to take care of baby. You are so scared. Take step by step. This will be lot of money and dentist have no problem taking it...although there are many good ones out there. Firxt...take care of the sinus infection. Your family doctor can even help with that. You need to be advised on meds cause of baby...pediatrician. And slow down, nothing has to be done on your teeth today or this week. I had bad teeth for years...wasnt pretty...but I'm still here. I know finding a dentist to trust takes time and if you're a working mom. You don't have time. Perhaps your family doctor can give you a name of someone...doctors usually know where to go. My doctor gave me his dentist name. But they didn't take my insurance. If I had thought of it, I would of signed up with the insurance they took, and went there. So don't panic...youll be ok sweetie, do you have family member that could help you with research on what the dentist is telling you needs to be done? Take care....Get that sinus infection taken care of
That's alone can make your feel worse and trouble making decisions.
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The surgeon has the white walls.. and I feel confident dealing with him. He came right in spoke to me directly, and I liked his deminour. Was straight forward, told me how a lot of dentist in our area are only out for money and do half ass jobs. As a matter of fact, he told me the dentist that referred me put a tooth to get extracted that wasn't even present lol. Go figure.
I have seen around 7 dentist within just 6 months. It's a lot and I can't do it again. I just don't have the time nor theven energy.
Happy you're healthy now. Bone loss is horrible. I have a cross bite, my right upper side goes over my lower right side. Surgeon and dentists said I shouldn't have an issue and that they can even make the denture fit properly to "correct the bite".. but idk..
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OH I wish my dentist would be willing to try something!! I think his tech messed up and/or doen't know how to correct it. Since you like the doc..my dentist by the way is a dentest, oral surgeon And an MD..so he does it all. But, since the white walls are creepy, then bring in a stuff animal of your child..or just say I need to look at something pretty while I'm there. My husband's dentist was like that..But, I don't think so "white". But he was given a little tv screen , he didn't have sedation...nothing but novacaine, ...dope...it took his mind off..sorta. There are ways around anything..just ask..remember..you're paying, a ;ot, so ask...if he his that nice he'll understand. He probably deals with this everyday.
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Lol, I was thinking about taking my son's one stuffed animal he loves so much hahahaa. But I can't do that to my baby lol.. he is so in love with it. Takes it everywhere.. and sleeps with him.. he even named him lol. I love my baby soo much.. he's my life.. I just want to be healthy for him.. and I know this needs done.
Wow, I can't even believe how much support is here.. I just cannot get over it. Talking to people, who I don't know, who have experienced what I will be going through.. it just helps a lot. Bc those who aren't dealing with this, don't understand at all.
I'm sure your dentist can maybe get them fixed. It almost sounds like they messed your bite up. I go on YouTube also.. watch videos... maybe you can look up some videos on there and see what they do to fix your bite?...
You're right I will be paying alot.. I just wish this dentist would understand that and agree with immediate denture for me.. it's saving me 1k but I think it would help my self esteem in the process.
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I had permanents straight away . I dont think its done any other way here (im in australia). Go in teeth out dentures in. Back for checkup temp reline around 3months then perm reline once shrinking stops. Had tops and bottoms out and perms in for $7200. Bot sure how much perm reline will be yet as still have 3months b4 lowers can get done and another 5months for uppers.
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Yeah seems like Australia is pretty well priced. Idk why here in the US, everything is so damn expensive.. like really?!
I know a person who went to the D.R. (Dominican Republic) for her teeth to get done and her teeth are amazing. She got them super white though and they look a lottle too perfect, but they are beautiful.... She spent only 5k... she did the implants.. she had to be there for 2 weeks though. I could never do that.. but just to compare the $$... it's inanse.
I think your teeth look great! I love the natural look, and from I see, you personalized your teeth to make them not soo straight across.. mine will look totally different... lol my 2 front teeth are bigger.. but I hate them lol so it'll be a plus I guess..
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AC, I was like you I lost a front toot in November 2016 with infection and had to work that way till 6/8/2017. I went to my doctor and got Xanax , took 1 Xanax some laughing gas and a bunch of local shots was awake the whole time no pain at all very calm. I had a crooked tooth in the front that the dentist left a tiny bit crooked on the dentures so it would look more natural I went 2 shades whiter than the 36 year old caps not movie stat white but a nicer look