Second surgery complete

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Just finished my second surgery this time to remove all my bottom teeth.  Had the tops done is June.  Back to the first day hell.  Surgery went smooth and now just have to wait for healing on both.  Feels like such a long journey.  Hoping it will be worth it in the end.
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Snowflurry: The pain is manageable, and your decision to resolve your dental issues is one of the best you've ever made. No one who is honest will tell you it will be easy, but the rewards are significant. My experience was that the first 2 days were not too bad, days 3 to 5 were more difficult but not terrible, and I used my last OTC pain relief on day 7. At day 10 the healing was more or less complete, and I began gently brushing my gums with a soft toothbrush.

During the first 14 days I went to the dentist twice to deal with leukoplakia. Those are the white spots on the gums where the denture is rubbing. Your dentist can manage this quickly and easily for you. Lukewarm salt water rinses beginning the first day are essential to accelerate the healing, and I did 4 to 6 each day. Some find that "magic mouthwash" helps. There's nothing to it; it's just benadryl, Maalox and a mild OTC pain reliever mixed together. Ask your dentist about it.

You may, as almost all of us do, find shards of tooth or bone working their way to the surface of your gums during the first few weeks. Most of the time they resolve themselves. Regular brushing helps, and a trip to the dentist could be necessary. 
You will be eating soft foods for a while, but you will be amazed how quickly you'll return to a normal diet. After getting my dentures, I've slowed down my eating, I take smaller portions and I've returned to my ideal weight.

I believe you're going to find that your experience will be similar to mine and others: it wasn't nearly as bad as we thought it might be; it wasn't long before we returned to normal; we are convinced that this was the best decision we could have made for our long-term health; and our families have been behind us every step of the way. Good luck. You will be just fine. Joseph




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Thank you for the detailed response. I appreciate it! I'm currently on day 3 and definitely agree. The pain was not too bad the first two days but it's definitely increased today. I was sent home without the immediate because I had bone grafting done so they didn't want me to put it in until it healed a little bit to increase the success rate chances. I think I might get it today on the follow up check in. My cheeks feel pretty swollen. I don't think it's too noticeable when I look in the mirror but I feel like the leader of the chipmunks. Wishing I could speed up the process. I had the tops done in June so hoping to get the permanent implant for at least the tops in the next few months. Hopefully once I see that in it will feel worth it. I'm sure it will be great just hard to see the finish line at this point.
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My dentist said the tops and bottoms had to be done together so they could line up the midline and get the bite properly adjusted with wax tryins etc.  I had my bottom implants done months before my tops since the tops had grafts to heal, and I was also really hoping they could put the bottoms in before the top finished healing.  Now it is all just a 9 month toothless memory.  :)
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Mine had grafts on the bottom so they don't want to give me the immediates on those yet to give it time to heal. Possibly be a month without bottoms. I was doing snap ons for both but have since upgraded to the fixed since they are stating that I'll like them better. Supposedly they can place the permanent for the top before the bottom but not the reverse in order to match it up. They said maybe october or november for the top.
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That’s exciting. It will be here before you know it! I just had my first cleaning this week. 3 months after installation.