Was it worth it?

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Hello all. I’m getting fitted for dentures sept 20. Then the extractions. The more I read about all the horror stories, the more terrified I get. Does anyone have some encouraging words please?
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Susan M Bellamy Chenevert

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Tammy Crowe

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Hi Susan, I think , even after all of the hassle with getting them to fit, lol, it was totally worth it!!  I love my smile now.  There are a lot of helpful tips on here from bad to good.  You will learn as you go.  Don't be afraid to ask other denture wearers if you have any problems in the future.  Its a time thing for sure.  Good Luck!!  
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Thanks for your kind words, Tammy.
Well, I’m deciding to have a positive outlook on it until I actually have it done. I’m most excited to have a beautiful smile....I’ve had terribly crooked teeth and now I actually have an option. I’m still scared, but the allure of that dazzling smile keeps me focused.
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Susan: I posted this a year agoand am copying it to you. It's a little long, but I covered a lot of questions. I hope it helps. I had my full upper denture and lower partial placed in March 2017. Here are a few things I learned in the process that might help you.

1) Days 3-5 post extraction can be rough. After that, each day is much better than the day before. Do not be reluctant to ask your dentist for help managing the early pain, because each of us is different, and we have different reactions to pain.

2) Four to six warm salt water rinses each day do wonders to advance healing.

3) Watch for leukoplakia. Sounds terrible, but those are the white spots that form on your gums when the denture rubs and causes soreness or pain. It's easy for the dentist to resolve, and a good dentist will respond to your needs immediately and as often as you need them to.

4) The value of "Magic Mouthwash" is marginal in my opinion, but I got some. It may have helped a little. Google it and you're find that it's nothing but something like benadryl, Maalox and a mild painkiller. The mix is over the counter. I used Orajel the first week or so, and it helped.

5) Keep the dentures in at least 24 hours to form a bandage for the wounds. My dentist told me then to remove them at night - every night - forever. I soak them in Stain Away and it works very well. Some people soak them for a short period and sleep in them, but it's a question to ask your dentist. My advice is to take them out at night. Reducing the pressure on your gums by giving them an overnight break slows bone loss in your jaw.

6) After about 10 days most of the wounds should have healed, and that's when I started gently brushing my gums in addition to my remaining teeth. It feels great, your mouth feels clean again and it helps get rid of shards of tooth or bone that are common and gradually work their way to the surface. They can cause some real pain, and there were days early on when I dreaded putting the upper denture in. But that passed fairly quickly.

7) The last teeth were removed on March 8, and I took my last pain reliever on March 15 to give you an idea of what you might expect. I had 2 follow-up meetings with the dentist during the first 2 weeks to address immediate issues like leukoplakia and the occasional bone shard.

8) You will have to eat soft food for a while, and you will have to learn to eat using both sides of your mouth and your tongue. Gradually you will add harder foods to your diet, and I was more or less back to normal within 2 months.

9) There are foods that still give me trouble, and the worst ones are the skins of fruits and vegetables. I simply can't bite into an apple with the permanent denture. As a consequence I have slowed down when I eat, I cut all foods into smaller pieces (a critical point) and I just avoid eating anything that is likely to cause problems. The good news is that I eat less, I eat fewer snacks and I'm back to my ideal weight. I have my permanent dentures now, but I still use a little adhesive when I go out to eat or when I'm speaking to groups. It gives me a greater sense of security.

10) You will have only 20 to 25% of the "bite force" you had with your natural teeth, and you will have to compensate for that. Some of us used our real teeth for a third hand, and that is over for me. We just have to find a way to do things in a different way much as those who lose a limb do. Make no mistake about this: we have suffered amputations of a critically important body part and we all have to retrain ourselves.

11) I do not know your personal circumstances, but I will say this. Do not be self-conscious about your dentures. If you have found a good dentist and a good dental lab, no one is going to know unless you tell them. And the good people of this world - the good men and women - want to see a nice smile and the good person behind it, and we could not care less if the teeth are real or the result of good dental work. If anyone you meet or know has a problem with someone wearing dentures, they are not worth spending time with anyway.

12) Finally, some on here have had a difficult time with their dentures. Most have not. But even they have taken a positive step forward for their long-term health, since bad teeth can cause significant, even life-threatening, problems down the line. And remember this: roughly 1 in 6 adults in the US wears full dentures, and 20% over the age of 40 do. You will be a member of a large club.

The bottom line for you is this: You've made a good decision for your overall health, the pain soon will be gone, your smile will light up a room again, your self-confidence will improve and, most likely, your waistline will start heading in the right direction. At least mine did. All the best to you. The people on here are behind you 100%. Joseph






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Janell Copper Reinhart

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Don't do it!!!!
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Sam Dean

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100% accurate Joseph....
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Smchen 44

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Thank you Joseph! I I read all through your post and you listed very good points. Also, I think if you want to find negatives, I’m sure there’s plenty. I’m a very positive person so I’m going to be looking for the good.
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I think Joseph's advice is spot on.  Yes, there are difficulties you can expect in adapting to dentures and there are adaptations you will need to make.  Overall I am very happy with my dentures and would certainly not want to go back to bad teeth and gums. It was definitely worth it.
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Yes, Steve, exactly right. When most of us think back to what got us to the denture stage, I am sure that we wouldn't choose to go back to the problems. 
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Mary J. Bennett Sharp

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Think seriously about getting at least 2 implants. They saved my life.
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Hi  Susan M Bellamy Chenevert

I second Mary J. Bennett Sharp advse to get 2 or 3 implants in order to have clip on denture  They will save your life   just as Mary says

But before i do anything I would go to 2 or 3 dentists that  offer free consultations  and find  if any if your teeth can  be saved to use as posts to attach partial bridges to Also if you are near a  dental college I would go there First   and find how much clip on to implants dentures would cost you

Good luck

Barbara


     





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I didn't have immediate dentures after my extractions but I also had no pain from the extractions after the first day.  My vanity has hated being without teeth but somehow I have coped (by wearing a lightweight face mask in company!), and I have been able to eat a variety of foods.  Next Tuesday I visit the dentist to start my dentures and, although I know it's not going to be plain sailing, I know many people who do cope really well with dentures, and that helps to keep me positive.
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I think everyone's experiences with dentures are different. I can say i got fitted or got impressions done, then a wax bite and then had all my extractions done and i have never had to have a soft or hard reline yet. I got mine done four months ago and couldn't be happier. I wouldnt take it back for anything. I dont even have to have adhesives they fit so well. I can eat anything i want, love my smile and most of all i have no pain. I cant say your experience will be like mine but i believe if you have a quality dentist you trust everything should work out. My dentist has their lab right in the office. Its hard to be positive and try to have a optimistic outlook on it when you hear the horror stories, especially if you dont have any other options besides dentures. There was nothing more i could do for my teeth. And with no dental insurance and a mom to three kids, financially there were no other options for me. Implants cost so much! I wish you the best and lots of good luck and vibes your way. Just wear them as much as possible even when you want to cry and rip them out. I think that helped me a lot. I rarely take them out. Try to stay positive and everything will work out.
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I wanted to add too that i was so excited for my new smile and i had this vision of myself looking into the mirror for the first time and absolutely falling in love with my new smile. I didnt though! It was pretty upsetting and i hated the way i looked. They looked bulky and odd and kind of offset. But it was from my face, lips and mouth/gums being swollen.

After a couple weeks the swelling went down amd gradually the dentures fit and set better in my mouth. Today i love my smile. So dont get upset if the vision youve had in your head isnt exactly what you see directly afterwards. Youll get there.
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Amber: Optimism is frequently rewarded when it comes to matters of our health. Joseph
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Amber

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In my life experiences and watching those of others I know, if you go looking for a health issue I'm sure a doctor can find one. While some are serious, some are unnecessary. I get a check up once a year and it's rare I get sick. At this time I take nothing daily and I feel great. Some arthritis but I manage.