Yesterday I got 14 teeth extracted, a upper plate and a lower partial. It has been such a roller coaster.

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I am 39 years old, and much like everyone here the teeth I was given were not going to last. But instead of looking back at how I got here I am really trying to look forward. So yesterday, I got the work done and they gave me a relaxation pill (I don't think it did much for me). But anyways, by that point I had already rationalized all of my fears and was so beyond "over myself" that there was no turning back. 
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Last night was a little rough for the following reasons:
Challenge  #1: My mouth felt like I had a huge toy in it, I mean I couldn't even touch my lips together. So I used ice packs to try to take some of the swelling away.
Challenge #2: I couldn't really talk which was frustrating. This was really hard when my three year old niece came home and saw me and asked what was wrong and I couldn't talk to her. (this was the first time I cried)
Challenge #3: The bleeding. My dentist gave instruction to keep there replace the gauze every 20 mins and rinse until the bleeding stopped. Well it had been 4 hours since the surgery and the bleeding did not seem to be stopping. (second time I cried) After I cried and got that out of my system I had a turning point. I realized that wasn't a victim of this circumstance (this was not something I could have said all my life). So anyways, I decided to investigate and to think about the matter at hand. I knew from past experiences that I will form a blood clot within an hour, at the most. Something had to stopping my body from doing its job. Well sure enough I found the problem. My lower partial was not covering the biggest extraction site, which in and of it self wouldn't be a problem, but for some reason it was rubbing against the site causing it to continue to bleed. So out came the partial, I was able to put direct pressure on the site and not to mention it freed up space in my mouth.
So after facing these challenges on the first night I was mentally and physically drained. It was now after 8 at night and I hadn't drank or taken any pain pills. I decided I just needed to take myself to bed.
Challenge #4: When I first tried to take a drink of water it spilled down the front of me. I was so pissed that I wanted to through it across the kitchen. Instead I took a couple of deep breathes, leaned over the sink and tried again. It wasn't a complete success but I was able to take the pain pill (not really for pain but I had hoped it would just knock me out).

Where I am now: Well it is the morning after and my eyes are puffy from crying, dried droll mixed with blood on my shirt and cheek, and a little sore. I looked in the mirror and cried which did not help my appearance. Then I noticed that I could touch my lips together and once I rinsed my mouth there was no more blood. I decided then that I will face these challenges one at a time and I will overcome them. First challenge of the new day how to drink coffee with out spilling all over myself?
As I type to you I am happy to report that I am sitting on my couch, with my dog cuddled up to me (who I was neglectful to last night) drinking coffee without spilling it. I still do not have my bottom partial in and I have a lot of saliva and my denture still feels too big for my mouth. But oh well I drinking coffee and that is good enough for me.   
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See, you're already improving. Were I you I would be calling my dentist office when they opened and tell them about the bottom partial not fitting properly. You're gonna have to be proactive and advocate for yourself, don't just accept that it's supposed to be that way. If that's what they tell you then have them explain why.
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Thank you Margaret. I discovered prior to going in and after reading all the stories of other people one simple and empowering truth. There wasn't much I could do about what God gave me in regards to my teeth, but there is a lot I can do about this if I am willing to speak up and know in my head, heart, and soul that I am worth it. (this is not a truth I have always known, but that is my truth now and I am sticking to it) Thank you for your reply.
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Hope you are doing well and healing well. It does take time. During the first few months, I removed as much as possible to help the healing.
It does take a while to finally get to the point where normal is with them in.
It seems to go well and then not— one step forward, then two back!
Life does change, spoon, knife and fork become your best friends. Iffy jar glasses and mugs get donated out., etc.
Cannot go swimming in the ocean. Probably no bunjy jumping, etc. it is ok ,-)
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Looking for Strength, I understand, and support you fully.  If you read some of my posts, you'll find I went through a very difficult ordeal as well.  I had partials several years ago, and now full dentures at 44.  Given I had already spent a great deal to keep the teeth I had, it was truly devastating to lose them.  Nothing can truly prepare you for the experience, but it does get better over time.  

I just received my permanent set of dentures but a few days ago and though I'm far from vain, can't stop looking in the mirror and admiring them.  They look great, fit well, and I cannot tell they are prosthetic, even close-up.  I never thought I'd be excited about dentures, but I am.  Do I still notice them in my mouth, yes, but they no longer feel as foreign.  It is a very slow adaptation process, just take it day by day.  Some days when I'm at home, I take a "break day" and leave my dentures out to give my gums a rest, I find it helps. 

After my extractions, it was about three, perhaps four weeks before I could eat anything solid.  I lived on a diet of Ensure, soup, and cottage cheese.  The first solid thing I ever ate was mac&cheese, and even that took a bit of effort.  Now, six months later, I can eat just about everything I could before.  About the only things I cannot are candies like "Now & Laters" that are very sticky, so no big loss there.

As others have said, cutting up foods will become a new part of your routine as you adjust.  Now that I have my permanent set, I can bite into a sandwich just like I used to.    Does it still bother me that I have to wear dentures?  I won't lie, it does a little as I always took care of my teeth.  Nonetheless, I think back to all the terrible abscesses I used to deal with, infections that crept into my jaw, and I realize it is not so bad a trade.

Hang in there!
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Bite into a sandwich!!?? The things we took for granted~~right now can 't imagine ever doing again!! Extremely depressed.
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To:  Looking for strength

It has been 9 months since we heard from you and we want to know how you are

Please post and document your journey so we can learn form you experience

W hope you are well