When can I expect to interact after getting new dentures

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Well, tomorrow is the big day. I've already had all my back teeth extracted. Now the remaining front come out under sedation and temp dentures put in. I go back the following day and he will remove for the first time. I am supposed to leave them in until he takes them out. I am also getting 6 mini implants which won't come into play until next august.

I am nervous but also so tired of the toothaches for the last couple of years.

My big question is I deal with lots of people, when will I be able meet and communicate. I hear all these folks talking about not talking well, dentures loose etc and that's a little scary
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By now you may have already had the rest of your teeth extracted, and I hope you're doing well!  Be sure to follow the instructions your dentist gave not to remove your immediate (temporary) dentures until you return the next day.  Immediate dentures act as a bandage and help control swelling, so it's normal to wear them continuously, even while sleeping, for the first 24-48 hours.  When you return, your dentist will show you how to remove your dentures and how to put them back in.  

Your dentures may feel awkard in your mouth at first.  It's not uncommon to have to practice speaking with new teeth.  Practice reading aloud, reading in front of the mirror, and even practice counting.  Counting from 60-79 can help you pronounce your S's.

Keep in touch to let us know how you're doing!
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Thanks Karen for the tip on the 60-79, still trying to get is pronounced correctly, not doing real well with speech.
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Same here, I tried some tonight, and my S's are so dang hard. Its like im whistling. What are other ways we can try to work on that, with the S's that is?
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Hi Crystal, have you tried saying tongue twisters aloud (like the old "Sally sold seashells by the sea shore.") - that may help a bit! Here are a few other tips and tricks to help you practice: http://community.dentureliving.com/dentureliving/topics/practice_speaking_with_dentures
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Well, out with the old and in with the new, Took eight hours total, ended up with 10 mini implants 6 top 4 bottom the dentist advises this will greatly enhance my biting power. I am bleeding alot but my smile is so much nicer than the mess I had in the front, Had to fast starting yesterday because of sedation so am a little hungry, wife going for jello and pudding. I had 17 remaining teeth removed.

I will live without the mini implant "Stud" that snaps into the dentures until August to allow time for the implant and jaw bone to bond. My dentist feels it is worth the wait. Total time for dentures completion in my case will be one year for

I plan to keep my progress recorded here.

Even those that didn't know I would read your posts, the information and common sense I found here has been a true blessing to me, Thank you so much.

Bill
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Glad to hear you did well and plan to record your progress. Saw you on Topix too, lol, no I'm not a stalker. Just very interested since I want the same procedure. I like this site better. I believe at first you were thinking it was 2 on the bottom, I'm sure 4 will work out a lot better. I thought the mini was all one piece, that you didn't have to wait months for the abutment and got your snap-ons the same day. I'm pretty sure it's done that way sometimes.
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Stalker, that's funny. I was looking around for a site with information, not rants about getting implants. This site is the most friendly and informative.
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I agree
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Bill, I am going to be going down the same road you are traveling, and have to say, the thought of getting all my uppers pulled scares me. The bottom teeth are gonna have to wait awhile....I have had two upper molars pulled over the years, and one front tooth....(have bridge in front). The rest of my upper molars were crowns w/ root canals that have broken off! I don't know how they are gonna extract those! I have no idea what those mini implants are gonna cost. Cross your fingers for me. I am 62 and will retire mid-February, hope to begin the upper denture process by early March. I will follow your posts, thank you.
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Mary, I understand your fears, none of this sounded to good to me. I still remember when the dentist advised there was little else that could be done and he recommended dentures. Reinforcement for how I felt about going to the dentist. I must say now that if you have a good dentist, the process is one of time more than pain. I reached a point where I just wanted to get it done.
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Bill,Just got my temp. dentures yesterday! going to get implants on bottom starting in March have to wait they said for mouth to completely heal. Can't wait for all of this to be over and behind me!! Good luck with your journey!!
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It really feels good to finally be getting somewhere, I was getting impatient but now its going as planned.
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Now that the month is over, how are the implants on the bottom working. Please let me know.
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Hi Kathy, how are the implants working out?
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Jayelle, Haven't gotten them yet? Will get them on May 5th. Can't wait,have to take bottom dentures out to eat otherwise cannot eat.:( Also after in for a few hrs. they pop right out!! Top ones are totally great!! Can't wait for bottoms to be the same! will keep you updated,another appt. for an adjustment on Thurs.!
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I'm on hold at the moment myself. I was told I'll get the implants at the same time as the extractions.
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Jayelle,when are you getting your work done?
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I am sitting here reading the comments and drinking my first cup of coffee. I had given up on the hot/cold because of my teeth, always painful, I had to microwave ice cream. I had the best night sleep I've had in a long time. When I rolled over during the night I was so aware there was NO pain.

I go back today for followup and some adjusting, The tops feel "Big" just like everyone had stated. I had cream of chicken soup for supper last night and it was great. Going to have Yogurt and a fruit cup for breakfast. I have none of the gagging I read about.

I know the process has lots more time to go but I am one very happy and blessed guy this morning, one day out.
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The implants I am getting are two piece. The base is what is now in my jaw bone and the adapter or part that protrudes is what I get next August.
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Wow, you had soup the first day, that's amazing!
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I drink it out of a cup, pretty easy.
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Day Two, woke up with a little gum soreness, popped some ibuprofen and all is good. I did have an appointment with the dentist yesterday and he looked quick and decided to just leave them in until next Thursday. That is in conflict with what I have been reading. My gums were sore today since he believes the 24-48 hour after extraction is the max swelling time, thus his reason for leaving the dentures in. The top one is loose but I must say this part of the process has been so easy. I still vividly remember those middle night toothaches, never again. I am feeling pretty darn blessed today. Food yesterday was fruit cup and yogurt breakfast, cream of tomato soup lunch and a bowl of ice cream for supper. Starting off today with applesauce and yogurt.
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This is day3 for me and I have to say I am still not able to eat anything other soup,mash potatoes and applesauce and yogurt! Have a lot of sore areas especially with bottom.Not supposed to see dentist till Thurs.,not waiting going on Monday!!Absolutely dread taking them out because I know how painful to put back in :(
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Kathy, we are sure on the same schedule Day 3. I also am not supposed to go back until Thursday. My upper is getting loose. I could probably pop it out but he did say to leave them in until Thursday. We also are living on the same diet. I have not tried mashed potatoes yet, maybe today. I have a high spot top right rear that touches first when I close my mouth. It is the only area that is sore. My uppers still feel big and interfere with my speech. From what I have read the normal diet you are looking for won't happen for a while so we need to stay patient and don't forget the major trauma our mouths went through, and no more toothaches and a great new smile. Another plus that only new denture wearers can appreciate is the development of tongue strength strong enough to crush a walnut.
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Bill, lol about the tongue! I agree about being patient,but when it hurts,thats when its hard! Hopefully Tomorrow an adjustment will help a little! I will let you know! Hope you have a good day tomorrow!
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Hi Bill, so the whole thing took 8 hrs split between 2 visits? Was the placement of the implants especially time consuming, is that what took so long? I'm thinking that with that length of time you must have had general anesthesia, tho you only mention sedation. That's a really long time.
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Hi Jayelle, the entire process took 8 hours in one visit. I don't know how the time was divided up. I had what they call conscious sedation. I don't remember much after the iv was started and next thing I knew I was in a wheel chair being wheeled out to the car. I also had a ton of novacaine because my whole face was numb for a long time (several hours). I didn't go to a hospital or any other office, just the dental office. The dentist did the iv thing and next thing I knew it was over.
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lol, you must have been 3 sheets to the wind :) You must have slept thru their lunch break, other patients, etc.
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I don't know about the lunches but it was scheduled for 8 hours. It's a 55 mile drive left here at 6:20 and the procedure stated at 7:30 am.
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Long day, I guess I'm looking at the same thing. After living in Baton Rouge all my life, I've recently moved and now BR is the closest place to go.
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Day 4 update. Still not too much pain. I actually had some mashed potatoes and chicken gravy for supper last evening, tasted very good. I have also been eating some walmart pound cake. It is just perfect to learn how to chew again.

My upper is still getting looser, must be the swelling going down.

I have had two really good nights of sleep, think that is helping my general condition.

I am doing the salt water and antiseptic mouthwash several times a day.

I just keep thinking all is well that ends well and I am on the well road.
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Bill, So you got a denture on top and implants on the lower? I was supposed to get a overdenture on bottom but they pulled 2 teeth that were going to be used. So now I am supposed to get 2 implants in March. So did they do implants and put overdenture in on same day? I am happy to hear that you are doing better,I 'm still not doing as well as I hoped. Wasn't able to get in at dentist yesterday,def. think I need an adjustment. Well keep up the good work!
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Hi Kathy,
I have dentures top and bottom,mini implants top and bottom, the mini implants I have are for holding in the dentures, not implant "teeth". My dentist office just called to remind me of my Thursday adjustment appointment.
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How do they feel. Are you able to eat well with them. I'm am looking at the snap in and want to know what to expect.
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I wonder where Bill is? YooHoo, Bill where are you? I'm very curious too about how it's going?
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Day 5 Update - Very little to zero pain. Introducing new items into my diet. Besides my fruit cup and yogurt I had a piece of bread with spread type cheese. I now think it is more my fear of biting down (bite tongue or cheek) than my ability to bite. I can't stress enough how the pound cake is reteaching me to chew, it is soft enough so no discomfort yet it still needs to be chewed. I am practicing my 60-79 out loud while I drive. speech may be getting better but I talk like I have a big chunk of plastic in my mouth, literally.
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You're doing great! Have you returned to work?
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I do web design and photography out of my home so I have been working, no photography gigs yet.
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I'm fortunate to get to stay home too
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Well, here it is already Day 6, tomorrow will be the one week anniversary of no real teeth. Little to no pain, I know my dentures need adjusting. Top rear molar is touching before just about anything else. Also, by the end of the day where the top denture touches the roof of my mouth it is sore. I have an appointment tomorrow for adjustments. Actually it will be the first time I have had them removed.

I have finished the antibiotics, finished the Perio Guard mouth rinse, I started the antibiotics and Perio Guard three days prior to extractions. I wish I could get more of the perio guard but it is not over the counter, prescription is required and maybe he will give me more. It is the best mouthwash I have ever used. I think the pre extraction routine I was on made a difference in my recovery time.

Had cheeseburger macaroni last night with a piece of buttered bread and some peas. No pain, no discomfort, no swelling and ready for the adjustment tomorrow.

Will let you all know after the adjustment.
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Enjoyed reading the posts and updates. Am 64, and had bad teeth all of my life. When I was 21 dentist told me my mouth is in a condition that would be found in an 80 year old. I've had root canals, crowns, multiple extractions and even had a wisdom tooth fall out. I need to have all teeth removed. I do have some anxiety about this since my older sister had all of hers removed and died two days later. Will check back for follow-ups. Thanks, Isabelle.
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Hello Isabelle,
We have much in common, I also had bad teeth most of my life. I never went to the dentist until I was 20 years old and in the army. This process had lots of fear behind it and 99% of it was in my head. I am either a lot tougher than I thought or I am fortunate to have a great dentist, the later is most likely the truth.

Just getting started with the process, and for me it has been a process is victory over most of what I thought.

Sorry to hear about your sister. I am 65 and have a nothing but a positive experience with getting dentures. Top of the list is no more smiling with my mouth closed, we learn to do that well. Second is no more tooth aches.\

Better every day,
Bill
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Saw a new dentist this past Friday and Love, love, love him and his staff. Fees are very reasonable, office is impeccably clean, staff and dentist are very caring and considerate. While visiting them and through the exam I felt very comfortable and cared for (only other time I felt this way was with my dentist in Metairie). Will see them again Monday for an extraction of a back tooth that has been crowned and root canalled 40+ years. The dentists are of Vietnamese culture, husband and wife. I chose this group knowing that the culture is generally known for having a strong work ethic, and generally doing good work. Their Facebook page has great comments. In case anyone is interested the new dentist I am seeing is Trans Dental Care on Old Hammond Hwy near Sharp Lane in Baton Rouge.

BTW: the last dentist I saw as in the Bocage shopping center. He hyped up his practice with frequent radio ads about how caring they were and how they offered nearly pain free care (NOT). He was rather rude, discussing another patient's bill with his tech while examining my teeth, making a comment that cleaning my teeth would be a waste of time! He Charged me $550 for X-ray, exam and 1 extraction. A bit much, I think.
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Hello Isabelle,

I am so glad you found a dentist you like and can trust, I think that is more than half the battle right there. Their office sounds like my dentist. The entire staff is also very considerate. I am sure there are many that are technically competent but a good "Chairside Manner" goes a long way.

Bill
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Bill, Glad to here you are doing so well! I am not doing as well,tops are pretty good and there is only one sore spot but really not too bad. The bottoms are bad, there are quite a few sore spots and they really hurt after about 3/4 hrs. and practically fall out. Haven't begun eating reg. food,I'm impressed that you have! Hoping like you after my adjustment tomorrow it will be better! Good luck tomorrow!
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Hi Kathy,
My hope is your adjustment is going well today and you have less discomfort especially with the lowers. Sounds like you are in good shape with the uppers and that's 50% of the battle!

I hope you stop back and give us an update of how the adjustment is working for you.

Bill
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Day 7 and my first adjustment. Not as easy as I thought. First time the dentures have been out and small problem with the lowers. First I need to correct the description of my implants. They are indeed one piece which is screwed into my jawbone and have a small stud which will go into my dentures. The amount was correct 6 on top and 4 on the bottom but I was wrong when I said they were two piece. Anyway to protect the studs that stick out there is another plastic compound over the top. removing the top denture went ok but the bottom one the plastic was stuck to the denture and hurt when pulled off. They had to replace that plastic to protect the implants (this stays at my gum line between the gums and dentures). My mouth is a little sore and the dentures feel like they are cutting into the gum a little. The dentist said I could remove the dentures tonight but to put them back after rinsing and sleep with them to protect the implants for the next couple weeks.

Anyway, I am still so happy with this decision to get the dentures but I will be having soup for supper again. I also think I am fortunate to have such a great dentist.

Bill
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That's the beauty of minis, no 2nd surgery after 6 mos to add on the abutments.
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Day 8. Not doing so well today. My gums are very sore and it feels like the dentures are two sizes too small. It hurts like cray to get them out and even worse to put back in. The adjustment yesterday has relieved the discomfort on the roof of my mouth but my lowers are so sore. The pulling off of the plastic that was protecting the implants evidently caused more trauma than I thought. Funny everyone else is complaining of loose and mine are soooooo tight they just plain hurt!

I will double up on the salt water rinses today for sure. It's almost like i'm starting over.

Bill
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Damn
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No regrets just hate a little setback. I am thinking my gums are swollen form yesterdays adjustments, took almost 2 hours. So, just don't know.
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maybe something anti-inflammatory like Advil or Alleve would help
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BTW, when you stated your total cost on a different forum last week, was that for the remaining extractions, implants and denture, or did that include the extractions you'd already had in the back? I think you'd said 15 were already gone. My dentist who doesn't do implants has referred me to someone else, but he guessed around 25K for the whole shebang. Still a lot less than traditional implants, but jeeeez.
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Yes, he had already extracted 15 or so (paid separate). Then we had a consultation for the complete treatment plan. If I paid as I went the cost would be in the mid $40,000. He said if I paid for the services upfront I would get a big discount and the total was $23,677 and I pay nothing more. That covered 17 more extractions, 10 mini implants and the dentures, adjustments etc. One issue he has is people get some of the work done and then go to a discount place for remaining where he loses $ which isn't fair and I understand and accept that.
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Forgot to mention the total fee also included all the 3D imaging he needed to determine jaw bone condition, he also didn't charge me to repair a broken front tooth 3 times while waiting for the big extraction day. This guy is a great dentist and I think has been very fair with me. Nice to walk in and out and owe nothing more.
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Yes, I've heard that paying in full up front is the way to go, big savings that way. Thanks so much for the info :)
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Day 8 Continued. Just took out the dentures and did a good rinse with salt water and mouthwash, feeling sooooooooo much better now!

I tried something new, put a little ambesol in small cup of warm water to reduce the gum pain for removal and it worked great. No issue taking them out or putting them back. Sigh

Bill
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Bill, you might also try rinsing with very cold water before inserting/removing dentures. The cold water helps shrink the tissues and might make removal easier. Hope all goes well for you.
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I will give that a try this evening, I know I sound like a wimp but my gums have been a little on the sensitive side. I still struggle taking them out and putting them in. Thanks for the suggestion! It has been a long time since I could stand very cold anything in my mouth.
Bill
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Awww, you're not a whimp, you don't whine anywhere near as much as a lot of people, lol. @Elizabeth I see you're in BR, I just moved from there a few mos ago to a tiny town that doesn't even have a dentist. So now it looks like I'll have to run back and forth after I decide on one.
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Day 9 - Well, glad to say I feel a lot more on track. Had a good breakfast (softfood) of yogurt, applesauce and couple pieces of pound cake. I have no adhesive and was able to eat ok. I woke up with no pain or discomfort at all. Got a little nervous a couple of days ago but guess it was nothing more than a small setback. All is better today!

Bill