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What to Expect When You Are Getting Dentures: From Start to Finish

Updated on August 11, 2017
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I've been through the experience of getting dentures, so I can tell you what to expect. I might throw in a little humor along the way!

This is what you will look like with no teeth
This is what you will look like with no teeth | Source

Deciding to Get Dentures

If you are thinking about getting dentures and want to know what to expect, then you have landed in the right place. I decided to write this article because a member of my family is getting ready to get dentures and is scared to death. Since I've been through it myself, I understand the concern and anxiety that comes along with this journey of getting new teeth.

Please note: I do try to be a little funny in this article to lighten things up because although the horrible and nightmarish things I say could be true for some of you, it will all be worth it in the end. Smile pretty!

For any of you out there who are honestly worried about getting dentures, I believe this article of information about what you may experience (with a little added humor), may help give you some hope, encouragement, tips and knowledge. It's important that you understand that my experience may not be yours and not everyone will go through some of the processes or hurdles.

The information I provide you may help you learn how to handle the different issues and problems that may come up. On a serious note: dentures are not only a cosmetic issue for most people, but also a health issue. You must remember that if your mouth is full of infection, it can enter your bloodstream and cause very serious problems. Getting dentures could be necessary to maintain your overall health.

Will I Have to Go Without Teeth for a While After They Pull Mine?

I think this is the very first thing we worry about when we begin thinking about getting false teeth. I don't recall ever worrying about whether it was going to hurt; I was more concerned about waiting for my dentures to be made after I had my teeth pulled.

Going without any teeth for a period of time (even if it was for a day), and letting my face flap around and look like a skeleton was my biggest fear about getting dentures. Fortunately, most dentists nowadays have what they call a "temporary or immediate set" of dentures which they place immediately after your last teeth are pulled. If you really are concerned about this, first ask your dentist whether they give you a temporary set immediately after the last pulling of your teeth.

How Long Does It Take For Dentures To Be Made?

This is another big concern for most of us. Since I had immediate dentures, I didn't have to wait. Some of you may have to wait a couple weeks or so for your teeth to be made by the lab or dentist. Sometimes it takes a couple weeks, or a couple days, depending upon how the dentist or lab works. When they set up your final appointment, they will pull what teeth you have left.

The Denture Mold

Impression of the mouth and teeth
Impression of the mouth and teeth | Source

Dental Impressions of Your Mouth: What to Expect

After you have decided you want or need to get dentures, your very first or second visit, after your initial consultation, will be the impressions. If you have a gag reflex, like I do, the nurse told me a trick and it worked! Not kidding. When they do an impression, they fill your mouth with this expandable gunk (sorry, don't know the technical name). It hardens in your mouth as you are biting down. Now, before they put it in your mouth, straighten your legs out and POINT your feet (toes) towards your head. It prevents and stops the gagging. It was a miracle trick for me. If you want to use that technique for other reasons which I won't say, then go ahead.

Picking The Color of Your Teeth

Normally, after you get all impressions done, you need to pick a color of teeth. Yes, you got it! You can pick out what color of teeth you want. The colors basically range from very white to an almost like a very light brown; severely stained look. I chose the third whitest color. You want to try and stay around the same color your own teeth were unless you really want (or don't care about) a drastic look.

Forming and Making Your Denture

Finishing up your denture making with an impression
Finishing up your denture making with an impression

If You Get Temporary Dentures

Now, this is where I want you to read the most because I don't want you to be surprised in any way. After they pull the last of your teeth and they give you the temporary dentures (immediately) after the pull, you will probably be crying. You won't be crying because of pain (because you will be numbed up still). You will be crying because you don't know why you just went through all this. Your mouth will be so swollen, and you will be sore. You will have blood dripping down your face and your teeth will be falling on your tongue. You will look like something from Planet of the Apes until the swelling goes down. Not giving you a great scenario I know that, but I'm just being honest. But if you continue reading, after you just went and threw up after reading this, then it will be worth finishing.

If You Aren't Getting Temporary Dentures

if your Dentist decides, or his practice is to not give temporary dentures right after last pulling of your teeth, then you may not have as much anxiety. Let's face it, you just had very last tooth out from your childhood. You were already accustomed to eating the way you had to because of your bad teeth. Now, you have to relearn all those steps again right away and you have not even had a chance to digest what you have been through.

Pros of Not Getting Immediate Dentures

There are some pros to not getting a temporary denture. I know it's hard to go without teeth, but perhaps some of the positive things may help.

  • Your gums will be swollen and sore: the Dentures may/may not irritate more
  • You will more likely than not, get a much better fit once your mouth heals
  • Time goes by fast, as you know; you will have something to look forward to
  • Having to wait gives you ample time to do research (like reading my article) and get prepared

Several Adjustments May Be Needed

A dentist makes a denture.
A dentist makes a denture.

Getting Your Dentures Adjusted

When you have to keep getting your dentures adjusted, It is kind of a pain in the you know what, but it has to be done. You will be going back every once in a while; depending on how they are fitting. I went back every week for a couple of months to get little adjustments done. You have paid an arm and a leg for a set of teeth (giggle), so you have the right to make sure they fit properly.

You may get little sores in your mouth from part of the denture (they will just file that part down some) but that goes along with the territory. After your mouth has healed enough and you come out of your room from hiding, you will need to learn how to say words again (Not all, but quite a few). You will try to speak, and you will sound like someone stuck a sock in your mouth.

Denture Reline

Most of you will have to get your denture relined. They will reline your dentures probably six months or so after you get your first set. The swelling will go down in your mouth and the dentures won't fit as tightly. The reline is normally part of the initial payment of your dentures and it should not cost any extra.

After a year or two down the road, you may lose/gain weight or because if just time in general, you may have to get them relined again. Mine was a couple hundred dollars to get done; you don't have to go to the same Dentist if you can find someone less expensive; however, I recommend it.

Learning to Talk Again

Get out a book and start reading to learn how to talk again. I got out a book and read ouy loud. If someone put a video camera in my house, I would have probably been put away. I literally talked to myself (and answered) and would go over every possible word I could think of.

I learned quickly what words I needed to work on. Practice annunciation of words you are struggling with. It sounds more difficult if a process than it really is. It'a just something to help if you have trouble. To be honest, I got so irritated that I got the dentures; I was just plain pissed off. After a couple weeks, I realized I could talk right, I could get used to them, and most of all, I could finally smile without being embarrassed. Like I said, it is a little frustrating at first, but keep at it and you will be a pro. If you want to practice a little before you get your teeth, put a small plastic bowl in your mouth.

Enjoy Eating, Just Smaller Bites

You won't have to live on baby food or mash potatoes; just use smaller bites.
You won't have to live on baby food or mash potatoes; just use smaller bites.

Eating With Dentures

At first, trying to eat with dentures can be tricky. It will never be the same because you can't eat some food the way you used to. A lot of food will be easier to eat than others; to eat a raw carrot or celery was out of the question; for me anyway.

I do know other people with dentures who eat corn, apples, etc. I found that it basically was the quality of their denture. You may be able to eat them, with just smaller bites. It really depends on how good your dentures are. Eat smal bites and chew up your food very well. I did choke on food a few times so please cut up the food in small bites until you get used to your teeth!

Chewing Gum With Dentures

Attention all gum chewers: If you don't get Freedent gum or sugarless gum, you will be left in a mess. Myself, I can't even chew sugarless. It really depends on what type of denture you have. The best thing to do is try chewing gum at home first to see what gum you can chew. If you don't, and you go out in public and didn't choose the right gum, you will have gum literally sticking to the roof of your mouth (denture), and it will be everywhere when you try to pull it off. You may actually even pull your denture out as you pull the gum off the teeth. Or, you may have to pull your denture out and scrape the gum off. These are all just things you really need to know that no one bothered to tell me.

Brushing Your Dentures

Brushing your denture, hold on tightly so you don't drop them!
Brushing your denture, hold on tightly so you don't drop them! | Source

Soak Your Dentures at Night

To properly get the bacteria and food stains off your dentures, you will need to soak them (every night is recommended by my dentist). I use Polident's 3 Minute Cleanser so I can put my teeth back in right away.

Some people take their teeth out every night and let them soak in Polident or Efferdent; whichever cleaner you choose. I only take mine out and let them soak every few days at night when I'm sleeping so the family doesn't see me running around looking like a skeleton. I said that earlier, but it's the truth. Your face caves in and you look a little funny, but it's better than being in pain from having your bad teeth!

You can use a denture bath, if you choose, or just a cup. Use warm water, not hot or cold. Fill enough water to just barely cover the denture. Drop in a tablet, wait 3-5 minutes, rinse well and dry off. Re-apply your adhesive to your denture and go. (If you still have food in the teeth, take your denture brush to it).

Keep Your Dentures Away From Fido

If you have a dog in the house, this is great advice. Do not set your dentures down on the table or anywhere where they can get to them. Dentures smell like food, and your dog will want to chew on them! I have woke up in middle of night to use the bathroom and felt different and noticed my teeth fell out. As I frantically looked around, I noticed my precious pet wagging his tail and loving his new bone. It happens to even the most conscious denture wearer.

Don't Break Your Dentures

Unfortunately, you will more than likely drop your denture at some point. It happens to to the most careful and experienced denture wearer.

A few things to remember:

  • Your dentures are fragile.
  • Try not to eat things that may bust your denture (e.g., apples, unless you cut them in smaller and thinner slices). I suggest cooked/steamed apples and vegetables.
  • When taking your bottom denture out, don't remove them from the middle of your plate. Take both thumbs and gentlly push them up at same time from the sides of your denture. if not, you may bust the denture.
  • When taking the top denture out, use each forefinger (one on each side) and pull down gently from the top inside ridge your plate.

If Your Denture Breaks:

Do not try to glue your broken denture yourself; even if it's a clean break. There is a special type of bonding material the denture lab uses and you can actually ruin your denture if you choose to do it yourself. I have to be honest, it probably won't work anyway. My husband broke his bottom denture and used Gorilla Glue because the break was right in the middle of his denture. Yes, I agree, totally stupid thing to do (chemicals, etc.). Let's just say it held together for one day.

I recommend contacting your Dentist for any repairs. They can usually fix your broken denture; if it's a good clean break and not in pieces. It cost us $100 to repair his because the break was right in the middle and perfectly straight. There are denture repair kits you can purchase but I personally didnt have any luck with it.

If you drop your denture and the tooth breaks, don't panic. Usually the Dentist can repair that to. It would have to be sent to the lab for repair (unless your dentist has his own denture lab). I dropped my top denture in the hospital and it hit the hard floor; it broke the front tooth in half. Until I was able to get to the dentist, I had a half of tooth. The lab fixed it in one day, thankfully, but since it was a tooth, my bill was $175.

Tip:

Hold on to your dentures with your whole palm when you are cleaning them. Your hands get wet and you don't want to drop your dentures because it could break or crack them.

Before and After Pictures With and Without Dentures

This is what you are getting out of all the trouble you go through. A beautiful smile and a healthy body.
This is what you are getting out of all the trouble you go through. A beautiful smile and a healthy body.

Still Debating About Getting Dentures? Think About These Facts

One thing you do need to know is how your teeth can affect your health. If you are still debating whether to go through all this trouble, consider these things:

  • You are in pain every day because you have bad teeth

  • You probably can't speak to anyone without making them back up ten feet from bad breath

  • You can't laugh with your mouth open because people see the teeth that are gone

  • You can stick a cigarette in between the front bottom two teeth and smoke

  • You don't have to buy fake teeth on Halloween and you go as a jack-o-lantern

  • Eat an ear of corn, look at the trail you are leaving on the cob-Train Tracks?

You Will Get Used to Your Dentures

It kills me to go somewhere and see people without their teeth. These are people I know and they have dentures, they just refuse to wear them because they gave up on them. Well I'm telling you, don't! Are you really not going to continue to try and get used to them because you feel like you can't do it? You got the dentures either because your teeth looked horrible, and you felt embarrassed to smile, or they were so bad with infection, you had to;either way, it doesn't matter.

Everyone is beautiful and everyone deserves not to be self conscious. I promise, you will get used to wearing dentures; and yes, they still are a pain in the ass. The bottoms may or may not "float." That means, they just kinda come up in the middle of talking or eating. However, that is why they made Fixodent and all those other adhesives; this way you don't have a floating denture but sometimes it's the luck of the draw, unfortunately.

Denture Adhesive

Fixodent Plus Scope Denture Adhesive Cream 2 Oz (Pack of 4)
Fixodent Plus Scope Denture Adhesive Cream 2 Oz (Pack of 4)

This is as close as I can get to something that works for me. You have to keep trying different brands and adhesives until you find the one that holds your dentures in.

 

What Is The Best Denture Adhesive?

You have to find the best adhesive that works for you; each person is different. I have used every denture adhesive out there and I have found that Fixodent Superior Plus works best for me. It's thin and seems to hold very well. It does seem to have the best hold and long lasting. I usually get at least 24 to 48 hours without having to reapply.

I know some denture wearers that have used Cushion Grip and swear by it. I have yet to try it as I have found what works for me already. I suggest either getting samples from the Dentist first or buy the smallest tube of adhesive at first. It can get expensive going through several tubes until you find the right one.

How Much Denture Adhesive Do I Use?

INCORRECT-Don't use too much adhesive. Using too much glue will make it ooze down your throat.
INCORRECT-Don't use too much adhesive. Using too much glue will make it ooze down your throat.
This is more of a correct way to use denture glue. Notice there's not very much and there is just a few thin strips. Notice the difference in the width
This is more of a correct way to use denture glue. Notice there's not very much and there is just a few thin strips. Notice the difference in the width | Source

How To Apply Denture Glue

There are a lot of different adhesives to use. You will have to experiment with probably each one on the market for a while to see which one holds your teeth in the best. I went through every one of them two or three times until I figured out which works best for me.

The picture on the bottom is my teeth using Fixodent plus superior hold. You can see the difference in the glue; The one on top is using Poligrip and the one on bottom is using the Fixodent.

Tip: Do not put too much denture glue (such as Poli-grip, etc.) on your denture! You will swallow the glue because it will ooze out the back of your denture down your throat. I will supply you with a video that will show you the proper way to put glue on your teeth. I always have a tube in my purse because I use it on my bottom teeth about four times a day. I need teeth, and by golly I'm doing what I can to wear them.

New You, New Smile

What a difference Dentures can make!
What a difference Dentures can make! | Source

A Beautiful Smile and Healthy Mouth Is Worth the Trouble

Getting that beautiful smile is worth the trouble, and being healthy is more worth it. In a couple months, you will be smiling so big at everyone you meet. You will still of course be getting used to them, but you will be happier. You will get used to them and you will get to know what you can and cannot do. Hint: Be careful so they don't go flying out of your mouth when you crack up at someone if you don't have them glued in! But, if they fit right, you won't have to worry about too much glue. Some people have such a perfect fit, they don't even wear any. I'm not that fortunate, but at least I have teeth.

Still Want To Back Out of Getting New Dentures?

Get your teeth taken care of today.
Get your teeth taken care of today.

Final Thoughts

I hope I didn't scare you away from getting dentures. I just wanted someone to tell me what to expect when I was making this decision, and I was lied to so I would get them. So, I was shocked and ticked at the same time. If you know what to expect, then it will go a little easier. It's not that bad, the worst part was getting the teeth pulled. Getting used to them was a different ball game, yes. At least I know I can smile at someone now and most of all—no more pain!

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      Lisa 5 days ago from Central USA

      Oh my! I would contact the dentist back right away I'll tell them of the problems that you're having… Not all experiences go smoothly, unfortunately. If the dentist that you saw cannot help you, ask to speak or see another dentist or perhaps even the manager if it is a big practice. Also, there are several dentists who actually consider the temporary dentures your permanent ones. Just don't settle for anything until you're happy, you are the one that paid for these and you deserve the right to make sure they fit.

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      Deb Franks 5 days ago

      Got temp. dentures hate them. Hv to pay more $ to get permament ones. Dont fit hate glue, nw black spot in top dentures! Wth! Looks like mold! This experience has been nuttn butt a nightmare!

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      Lisa 7 days ago from Central USA

      Not as well, of course. You get used to it. Another reason my husband takes his teeth out when he eats. It really does drive me, "bonkers!"

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      Mary Anne 2 weeks ago

      Can you still taste your food with full dentures?

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      Lisa 2 weeks ago from Central USA

      I apologize! There should be something in the article about adjustments. It is normal and common (from our experience) and what we were told, to get sore spots. That part of the denture may need to be shaved down.. I had to go back quite a few times the first couple weeks. I had to take the denture out because it felt as if it cutting my gum. Please let us know what they said when you get a moment. Good luck!

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      Sherae 2 weeks ago

      Thanks for sharing this. I don't see anyone comment on get painful mouth sores. I had my top teeth pulled and immediate denture'. I started with does on one side and the front now that are on the other side. I been back 4 times now it is the weekend and can't get back o Mon. Until Monday

      Then on Thursday he is going to do a liner? Anyone been through this? I appreciate your honesty. Thanks for the article!.;

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      Lisa 3 weeks ago from Central USA

      It does take a week or so for you to even get a little used to having dentures in your mouth. If it is extremely difficult for you, you have every right to go back and have them adjusted. Each Dentist is different. I had dentures for 13 years and when I got a new set, I was told I had to get used to them. I could not talk because there was not enough space in between the top and bottom denture for air! I demanded they fix them. They had to shave off a lot!

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      Lisa 3 weeks ago from Central USA

      You go Hilary! Good for you in taking the next step! Getting dentures is an experience but you have to go all in with a positive attitude or you will have a harder time adjusting.

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      Lisa 3 weeks ago from Central USA

      You will get to talking right again shortly. Dentures are a foreign object in your mouth and not to mention the fact they are basically plastic. I sat and talked to myself (out loud) and read newspapers, books, etc., aloud and then I knew what words I needed to work on. Only took about a week or so. S's and F's were the trickiest!

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      Lisa 3 weeks ago from Central USA

      You are welcome Rhonda and if you have any questions, let me know!

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      Lisa 3 weeks ago from Central USA

      Glad you are taking the steps necessary to get dentures; especially when your health is at risk. Some people get dentures for cosmetic reasons, but most people have to get them because their is so much Infection and gum disease and/or their teeth are so bad they cannot eat or are in pain.

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      Lisa 3 weeks ago from Central USA

      Thank you Kristen and I'm so glad you are having a positive outlook. That's most of the battle. Getting dentures is scary and most people are petrified of a dentist anyway. I know I am.!

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      Lisa 3 weeks ago from Central USA

      I'm so sorry you are having so much trouble already. It's no picnic, I know. I cannot give you any medical advice as I'm not a MD. Perhaps you can get a second opinion OR ask to see another Dentist in the practice. My husband had bony fragments also; they said his would eventually fall out (they did). He went without Dentures for 3 months because the dentist said they would fit better. His actually fit like a glove. Mine, not so much

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      Lorry 3 weeks ago

      I had all my teeth upper and lower pulled s month ago. 18 teeth . This was not a fun experience as I hate needles!si now my dentist says I need surgery (Alveoplasty) to shave the bumpy bones in my mouth.more money I have to spend and more painful shots!my dentist won't do impressions for dentures til I get the surgery done. He said my dentures will never fit right if I don't do this first.It took me years to get the nerve to pull my teeth and get dentures I'm 53 and now I've done it. Only to find out I need surgery I can't afford . So I'm really frustrated and am wondering if this surgery is really necessary. And input you have I would appreciate it.

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      Lisa 3 weeks ago from Central USA

      I understand that it's not the greatest thing in the world. It has to be your outlook on the whole. I guess I've had so many serious health issues, having Dentures isn't really a concern to me.

      I would much rather have plastic to eat and smoke with than a leg cut off.

      Having a positive outlook on something that just doesn't seem significant to warrant getting depressed and upset over seems to work better. I apologize you aren't happy with your dentures.

      If there's something I can maybe help you on, feel free to message or comment. Try to see the glass half full

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      Lisa 3 weeks ago from Central USA

      I understand that it's not the greatest thing in the world. It has to be your outlook on the whole. I guess I've had so many serious health issues, having Dentures isn't really a concern to me.

      I would much rather have plastic to eat and smile with than a leg cut off.

      Having a positive outlook on something that just doesn't seem significant to warrant getting depressed and upset over seems to work better. I apologize you aren't happy with your dentures.

      If there's something I can maybe help you on, feel free to message or comment. Try to see the glass had full

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      Lisa 3 weeks ago from Central USA

      That's so awesome Kristen! I'm so glad you had the mindset you did. I cannot expres enough the fact your determination and your willingness to just go with the flow is half the battle. Have said it many times and I'll say it again: there ARE many more serious health problems that you can have besides bad teeth that can actually kill you. Also, not to mention the fact that bad teeth can cause infection and go to your heart which could ultimately, cause serious health problems.

      I did try to make light of the situation of getting dentures, yes. Not that it is pleasant and not that it is the most fun thing I have done; however, if you don't learn to laugh at some things and take things as they come, you'll have a rough time when things come up.

      Thank you for your kind comments and letting everyone else know that you can make it through getting dentures!

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      Kristin 3 weeks ago

      Hello and THANK U my second day with my new smile and I am ALL ABOUT telling anyone who needs this to DO IT!! U will feel so much better!! Thank u for making me laugh and the best part I can laugh with my teeth showing and my smile wide! My outside finally matches my inside again!

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      Lisa 4 weeks ago from Central USA

      You will do great! You have done the first major step already; acceptance. Having dentures aren't the best thing in the world, no. But, there are so many other things medically that are much more frightening to have besides plastic teeth!

      With that said, face it and deal with it the best you can. If tasting food and eating anything you want without trouble is the most important thing in life, then you may not be as happy. I think you are going to do just fine!

      Let us know how it went. Take the tips I gave and apply them. Remember, each person is different and what worked for me, may not work for you; at least it's something you can go by and apply the tips the way it works for you. Good luck!!

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      Tina 4 weeks ago

      Thanks for your article, it helped ease my mind... I'm getting all my teeth pulled on Thursday and temporary dentures. Then in

      4 -6 months, permanent dentures, due to healing which should be completed by then. I'm scared, anxious and fearful of the pain but know this is going to happe as I need to take care of my health and be able to smile wide and talk with business associates without embarrassment... thanks again!!!

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      Lisa 4 weeks ago

      Let's get real here. This will change your life forever. And not for the better... not that you have a choice though, huh? Oh you may look better, but you won't notice because you'll never feel human again. Having a leg cut off would be a better deal. You won't find many comments like this though, because no one really wants to hear the truth.

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      Lisa 4 weeks ago from Central USA

      Thank you so much!

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      RHONDA GRACE 4 weeks ago

      THANKS FOR THIS ARTICLE ... IT WAS HELPFUL

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      Lisa 4 weeks ago from Central USA

      Sorry you are having trouble with your denture so soon! I hate to speculate because if you've never had dentures before, they do take a couple 3-4 weeks to even get comfortable talking, eating, etc.

      I can't tell you what to do if you really think something isn't right and they are literally too hard to talk with. I had to go back several times because the dentures were anything but right! My teeth on the denture were so big that you literally could not stick a piece of paper in between top and bottom teeth!

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      CyntSmith 4 weeks ago

      I'm really having a hard time adjusting to the look of my temporary dentures. I feel the teeth for the top denture are up to high so when i talk all you can see is the bottom denture. It's frustrating. I'm only 4 days out of having 7 teeth extracted from the bottom, and understand the swelling and distortion of my lower jaw and cheek. However, the top has been out for years so there's no swelling or anything like that. I'm learning to talk again and getting better with each day. The top fits very well without adhesive , and i've been for a realignment for the top already which made it more comfortable i just feel like the teeth do not look natural and do not realistic when speaking. Any suggestions?

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      cyntsmith 4 weeks ago

      I'm really having a hard time adjusting to the look of my temporary dentures. I feel the teeth for the top denture are up to high so when i talk all you can see is the bottom denture. It's frustrating. I'm only 4 days out of having 7 teeth extracted from the bottom, and understand the swelling and distortion of my lower jaw and cheek. However, the top has been out for years so there's no swelling or anything like that. I'm learning to talk again and getting better with each day. The top fits very well without adhesive , and i've been for a realignment for the top already which made it more comfortable i just feel like the teeth do not look natural and do not realistic when speaking. Any suggestions?

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      Lisa 6 weeks ago from Central USA

      I appreciate the kind words!

      Please remember, my experience may not be your experience; i'm sure it gives you a general idea anyway

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      Lisa 6 weeks ago from Central USA

      I'm so glad you have taken the first step! The first step is acceptance of the fact you need dentures. If you can't accept it, them you aren't mentally prepared and the process will be even harder when you get them in. Sounds like you are goin to be just fine! Remember, it's a different way of life when it comes to eating. However; not everyone has trouble. I know people that can eat a whole apple, celery, carrots (all uncooked). I, however, have a hell of a time. If you have trouble eating with your dentures, just cut the food up in smaller pieces. You will figure it out and then it's just like second nature; you won't even realize you have to eat that way. Good luck! Come back here and let us know how you're doing!

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      Becky 6 weeks ago

      Wish that I has read your article before now. The decision was made weeks ago, so I wouldn't have changed my mind. I had 22 teeth pulled only hours ago. My bad teeth were a direct result of to much medicine, due to chronic pain. I'm a tough almost 65 year old, so I know that I can overcome this discomfort, and be the happier for my decision. It has been years since I last smiled, what's a few more days of discomfort? Thanks for your funny comments, all were appreciated!!

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      Hilary 6 weeks ago

      Thanks for this, I had been saving for a few years and finally saw a dentist 3 weeks ago, I go in on the 21/7/17 to have it done. Im nervous and excited but at the end of the day I know I can now smile again after waiting 20 plus years. Thanks for your post

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      Annette Field 7 weeks ago

      I ended up getting temps and picked them up today. They actually feel very well because my dentist did so much bone reconstruction. BUT the teeth look nothing like I picked out, the front teeth slant in and the top teeth feel to long and the motors look like they came from a5 year old. I don't feel like my backs line up. Worst of all no one ever mentioned gagging. I have been gagging to the point of throwing up. I think that's up upper palet needs some trimming. I called and ask the dental office and they said I just need to get get used to them. I think that sounds wrong and if they feel so wrong they should fix. Or am I totally wrong? Is gagging till ya barf normal?

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      Lisa 7 weeks ago from Central USA

      I'm so glad you are taking this in a positive way. Also, like I mentioned on the article; it's not so much as a cosmetic problem, but also bad teeth and gums, is a health risk.

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      Lisa 7 weeks ago from Central USA

      Thanks so much for your input! Each person's experience really does help others. Everyone will have a different outcome and my experience may not be the same as others

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      Lisa 7 weeks ago from Central USA

      I'm so sorry you are having trouble with your dentures. Let me first say; if you aren't able to wear them properly, I would definitely keep up on appts with them until they get it right. Dentures aren't cheap and you have that right to make sure they fit.

      I went back about 6 or 7 times (or more!) As far as whether or not those will be your permanent dentures, I would ask your dentist. Each has their own way and it depends also on the type of denture. Please let us know how it went and most of all, hang in there!

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      Diane Simons 7 weeks ago

      I'm having a hard time with the fitting of both the full denture at the top and the partial in the bottom. I wore partials on the top and bottom for the past five years so the fact that I'm having problems with the partial on the bottom is very frustrating well your story was helpful in some respects I was still unable to determine weather the teeth the dentist gives you immediately after having your teeth pulled are the same ones that you have after this is all over are the teeth that the dentist gives you the first day the plastic teeth that he's trying to get fitted properly are these the final set of teeth that you get or do you get a whole nother set after this which are called your permanent teeth. I'm going back to the dentist tomorrow at 9 and intend to have a very serious conversation with my dentist because I am for the most part very unhappy with how this is going

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      Sharon 7 weeks ago

      comments have been most helpful. Thank you!

      i am going to get dentures in a few months. but right now i have two parcels upper and lower. and i have a lot of problems chewing.

      i do have 3 of my teeth for biting surface but the rest is biting with plastic partials.

      I have had some challenges in chewing my food enough so that i don't get digestive problems.

      Health is so important to me so i put raw veggies in my vitamix blender and blend them to look like relish that way I can still have raw veggies in my diet. I eat them with each of my meals . I am 74 years old and have had partial most of my life and now i have to make the plunge into full upper denture

      I just wanted to share this with those that are interested in getting raw vegetables into their diet.

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      Heather 7 weeks ago

      I had my teeth taken out on Monday. I love to eat so that's been the hardest part for me. I haven't smiled with my mouth open in years and I'm only 29. I didn't know that I had two very bad infections In two teeth and I'm glad I had them out. I'm on my 7th day with them and they are getting loose because my swelling is going down. I go back Monday for a check up and to have new ones because where I went the first time didn't fit me right so now I kinda look like Mr. Ed lol my top lip is sticking out a little because the teeth are to big. However the Dr I used is ordering me new ones that will fit because he is not happy with them being to big that he is even paying for them to get fixed out of pocket because he wants them to be right. The second day I questioned myself. Why did I get this done but now the 7th day I'm still having to eat soft food because the teeth are to big and don't line up. Other then that I'm smiling with my mouth open while just walking through the house cuz now I can show my teeth. I didn't find this until after I got them done and even know the teeth are to big I still don't have to use any glue and that's a good thing. You were right on. I'm so happy now that I got them done. No more toothach and finally as being young I can smile again without embarrassing myself.

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      Shelley Lemmond 7 weeks ago

      I really liked your article, I do have dentures and I'm going today for another adjustment, hopefully it's the last one. I want to tell you about a YouTube channel I have been watching. He is fabulous. I have watched from extractions up to now and there's a product he used or uses, it's called Densurefit. I'm going to order some. He doesn't even wear adhesives anymore, his name is Bill Westlund. Look him up on YouTube, really great and informative and a sense of humor too. Thank you for posting your article about dentures.

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      Lisa 8 weeks ago from Central USA

      Thank you for the positive feedback! Carol, I wish you luck and please understand, that it is a different ball game but you will adjust to it. If you have any questions that I may help you with, please feel free to come back and either message me or I will respond to your comments.

      It's pretty much just a matter of dealing with the understanding that dentures are not the same as your real teeth; but if you had bad gums or bad teeth, you will be much happier.

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      Carol 8 weeks ago

      Having my few remaining upper teeth pulled Tues. And denture put in right away. Thanks for article. Removed lots of fear and answered lots of questions. Appreciate the info on the procedure and the denture adjustment.

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      Lisa 2 months ago from Central USA

      Thanks for comment! Yes, seeing humor in not so humorous situations, can really help get through the rough patches. There are so many other problems that are sadly incomprehensible, that getting having to get dentures is not all that bad.

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      Debbie 2 months ago

      Awesome and funny, humor is best medicine no matter what.

      Tx

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      Lisa 2 months ago from Central USA

      You're welcome and thank you for the comment! If you are still having a ton of trouble, you may need to go back to the dentist and let them know. I had a really bad experience with my second set of dentures, unfortunately.

      I had to make several repeat visits because he just would not listen to me that my teeth were way too big and I couldn't even talk.

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      Lisa 2 months ago from Central USA

      I wouldn't give it about a week and less it is totally excruciating and you think there may be a problem… Unfortunately, I am not a dentist or a doctor, so I don't have any answers or suggestions except to perhaps make a visit back to the dentist.

      I do know that my mouth hurt quite a bit for about three or four days because they just got done extracting teeth! I don't know how many you had pulled on the bottom that may be causing you more pain!

      I can tell you this; my husband's teeth that were extracted, had part of his root left in his gum that they did not see or get, and it started to come out the gum about a few days later and he had to return… They did say that it's not uncommon for that to happen; I just remember he was in a lot of pain

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      Lisa 2 months ago from Central USA

      Elizabeth..so sorry you are having trouble with your partial Denture. I am so sorry, I can't really offer any advice or experience since I had full dentures. Perhaps a visit back to the dentist may be in need to either discuss your problem or a future full set.

      I do remember the dentist telling me that if I had two teeth, One left on each side on top and bottom, a partial is a better way to go… I'm not sure. Please keep us posted on what happens if you could please!

      Wishing you the best of luck

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      Priscilla 2 months ago

      Thank you! I had my extractions 4 days ago dentures wouldn't even go in. I'm mortified and regretting. But after your story I have hope!

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      xialle 2 months ago

      Hi. ) Thanks for the article! I got dentures about a week ago, and learned a lot from what you wrote. I do have a question... I went to one of those "dentures in a day" places, specifically because I wanted it all done quickly and didn't want my face flapping around. LOL My gums are still swollen and I have bruising down my chin from where the shots were given. The top dentures hurt when I put them in, but once in, they're comfortable and cause no trouble. However, my bottom set causes excruciating pain the entire time I'm wearing them. Should I just endure this or should I wait a while until the swelling goes down some? My impressions were taken before any teeth pulling, so I suppose technically my gums are larger than they were. Any advice?

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      Elizabeth 2 months ago

      I've got partials now that I absolutely hate , thought the full denture would b a better choice but wow I'm pretty scared now, I think I'd hate them even more. Now considering financing snap in dentures

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      Lisa 2 months ago from Central USA

      Thank you so much! I'm sure there's a few things that I missed that you may need to know when you're getting dentures, but I try to give you the gist of things...

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      Tam Anderson 2 months ago

      Great article. Very relatable and honest account.

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      Lisa 2 months ago from Central USA

      I got my impressions before I got my dentures because I was given immediate Dentures. It really depends on the dentist. It could go either way… My husband, had all his teeth pulled and then did the impression six weeks later after his mouth healed. I had a job where I did not want to go without my teeth because I don't with the public daily. Even though he was out teeth for a total of four months (that's what his dentist recommended because of his gum disease), his denture fits him absolutely perfect. He hardly has to use any denture adhesive because they fit him like a glove and it really is irritating to me; because I do have to use it daily

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      Lisa 2 months ago from Central USA

      You will feel like you have a mouthful of plastic for a little while when you get dentures or even have a partial, however; you eventually will get used to it and you will not even notice. My husband is different though, as he still takes his teeth out to eat which makes no sense to me! But he says he can't enjoy the flavor of the food as well. Whatever makes you happy I guess!

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      Bubbles 2 months ago

      Great advice ,very helpful although I have just had a partial fitted and I am feeling as tho I have a mouth full of plastic

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      Linda 2 months ago

      Can u tell me do u get impressions before or after teeth pulled. Just starting this scary event in my life

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      Lisa 2 months ago from Central USA

      You are so very welcome! I'm glad I helped you get through the process!

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      Lisa 2 months ago from Central USA

      Good for you! Remember: don't get discouraged; you got this! You have already done the hardest part of the process of getting your dentures. Wish there was a way for those of you that have seen my blog, to send a picture!! Go get 'em!

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      Avis 2 months ago

      I cannot thank you enough for this article. I took the plunge Friday and am waiting the six weeks before I can get dentures. Unfortunately temporary ones are not authorized by my insurance so I have no choice. I found your article today while researching how horrid my new teeth would look! My teeth,what was left of them, were BAD. Infected everywhere. I haven't smiled in about 30 years. I can't WAIT to smile!! Thank you again!!

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      Jodi 2 months ago

      Thank you so much. I loved the humor and it seemed like everything you talked about, I was going through. It has helped me so much.

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      Lisa 3 months ago from Central USA

      Thanks Tony for the compliment of the article. I added the humor in hopes that it may not sound like a procedure that would sound torturous to a human being. Although, at the time you are actually in the chair, it may seem like you are being tortured. 99.9% will live and get through the process just fine. Not saying dentures aren't a pain in the rear; they are! With that said, being determined and have an attitude knowing there are worst things in life besides having a plastic mouth... should help you get a new perspective and deal with living with the new you!

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      Lisa 3 months ago from Central USA

      You are more than welcome! It's hard to know how you are going to feel after getting dentures- my experience may not be yours, however; telling my story can give an idea of what you may go through. I do believe the pointers will at least help! Good luck!

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      Trixy 3 months ago

      Thanks for your help. I was dramatize after having pulled out didn't know what to expect.

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      Tony Gadaleta 3 months ago

      Thank you Lisa for taking the time as well as displaying your positive humanity in authoring this most clear, informative and well presented guide.

      In trying to suppress the urge to reveal my history leading to the requirement to have dentures I concluded that there have been and are countless others who have undergone the experience each with their unique albeit not too dissimilar feelings and emotions.

      I've recently had all my top teeth extracted and currently awaiting the extraction trauma to settle before entering the next step in the process in attending a denture technician after spending many hours and dollars in the dentist's chair.

      This after going contra to the advice of my long term and trusted dentist and friend (since retired) who initially recommended full extractions which resulted in practically all of my natural teeth undergoing root canal.

      As may be adduced I'm elderly and highly suspect the problem with my teeth was a combination of poor dental hygiene education and the era of pre-fluoridation.

      That said I am comforted if not delighted that my children and grandchildren enjoy beautiful natural teeth which I mainly give credit to my life's partner of 56 years who remarkably has never made a mistake in her life :)

      I will follow the steps you have posted assiduously as they resonated as well considered, sensible and accurately penned tempered with appealing humour.

      Thanks again :)

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      Lisa 3 months ago from Central USA

      I'm so glad that you are accepting the fact that you have to push forward. Getting dentures isn't the easiest task we all hoped it would be. As long as you realize that there is no turning back and now you are basically forced to adjust, it makes the process of acceptance so much easier!

      Please keep us updated and/or you have any questions or comments, leave a comment. Kudos and congrats; you are on your way!

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      Chris 3 months ago

      I had my remaining seven teeth pulled today and got my upper denture. I got the lower one last week. I went looking for an article like this and so far, you're correct on all counts. My mouth is very sore tonight although the pain meds help. I expect to be on ibuprofen and aspirin in a few days. We'll see. I am going to keep the dentures in for the recommended 24 hours. My doc says it helps the healing process. Then I'll take them out for an hour (just for a little relief) and to clean them and put them back in.

      Anyway thank you for sharing your experience. It's just what I needed.

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      Lisa 3 months ago from Central USA

      Do you mean your dentures will make your lips protrude and push them out? If that's what you mean, then, no. If they do, then you need to get them fixed. The gums and teeth on the denture would have to be made very big to make that happen. I'm not a dentist, but I know about 6 out of 10 people have dentures (rough estimate)

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      Elba 3 months ago

      Won't dentures protrude your upper & lower lips? That's what the dentist told me.

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      Lisa 3 months ago from Central USA

      First of all don't be afraid! Everyone is afraid of a regular dentist and going to get all your teeth polled just makes you want to cringe. You will be fine! It will be better than what you're going through now if you need dentures, evidently your gums are bad and you won't have the pain anymore that you presently have if you have bad teeth

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      Irene 3 months ago

      Having new top denture made at present,but it's my jaw that's hurting,people say the jaw as to ajust to them as there just changed after twenty years?

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      T. 3 months ago

      Can you come with me? I am scared to death

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      Lisa 3 months ago from Central USA

      I'm so glad you are getting used to your dentures! Would love to get an update after a few weeks

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      Josh 3 months ago

      I am 2 weeks into the process today. It's going pretty well. Better than I'd imagined. I had the soft liner installed day before yesterday and am now using Fixodent cream, which helps immensely. Thank you for the article. All info is much appreciated.

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      Lisa 3 months ago from Central USA

      wow that's great! I wonder if you're still going to have to have adjustments done to your dentures later on though?

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      3 months ago

      Kd, that is messed up. It took me a total of five days for everything. From impressions to extraction and dentures. Received my dentures immediately after extraction.

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      Lisa 3 months ago from Central USA

      So glad you are having such a great experience with your new dentures! That's awesome that they fit great. Some people will just constantly have issues with the bottom denture. My top denture fits pretty good; the bottom denture, not so much!

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      Lisa 3 months ago from Central USA

      My husband went through the same thing. First, the dentist said his dentures would be back in 2 weeks. He went to go pick them up and they didn't even come close to fitting him so they sent them back to the lab. It was 2 more weeks and he went to go pick his teeth up again.

      Low and behold, the dentures did not fit right so they did another impression and sent it back to the lab.

      The only good thing about him having to wait longer was that his gums were almost competely healed and now his dentures fit him like a glove. He hardly uses any denture adhesive to hold his teeth in. I, however; have to use the Fixodent Superior Hold (which I do testify it works great for me). I had my dentures in immediately after they pulled the last 8 teeth.

      You could always ask to speak with the manager and find out what exactly is going on. You will be better off in the long run if you wait for your gums to heal.

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      Kd 3 months ago

      I just off the phone with my dentist about my next appt Thurs. Had all my teeth extracted Feb 7, went in April, had first impressions of gums done, told to come back in bout 4 weeks. I asked about when would I be looking at actually having teeth. They said in about 4-6 weeks how I'm already one step ahead by having teeth extracted, I'm healing very well and quickly. Well now the office is telling me the appt is for a 2 and impression and I'm looking at another 4-6 weeks still with out teeth!! I have already gone long enough!! I have already lost so much weight I look sickly. When I first went and discussed getting dentures it was 3-6 weeks healing time, it'll be 12 weeks, and now they're gonna add on another 4??? Could this be that they referred me to a oral surgeon and now they need to make there's?? Let's drag it out with a lot of appointments. Omg I'm so sickened!!!

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      Nunyaz Biznez 3 months ago

      Just a small update to having gotten my dentures, last week. The top half fits like a glove, no adhesive needed... but... am having to go back an have some adjustments made on the bottom one. Am getting rubbed raw in 2 small areas on my gums...just 2 small areas that will need to be corrected, other than that, they too... are fitting rather well an appears to be that no adhesive will be needed, though that may or may not change after the adjustment is done... will see...

      Not having too much difficulty in regards to talking, though... going to have to learn to whistle... *chuckles*

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      Lisa 3 months ago from Central USA

      Well kudos to you anyway for even taking the first step! Hoping you will do a follow up and let us know how you're "knock out" dentures are working for you

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      Lisa 3 months ago from Central USA

      First of all, don't panic! Remember, this is a new ballgame. You were not born with plastic in your mouth. It's important that you get your head set knowing you can't go back and change anything..

      You Will Get used to your new way of life. As stated in the article; grab a book and read out loud. You will find what letters you have to work on and words. If will be about 4-5 days and you will learn how to say them with your dentures.

      Please give yourself more credit; you have got the hard part out of the way! As far as eating:

      You will have to just take smaller bites of food and chew it up better. You won't be stuck with mashed potatoes the rest of your life. You may have to wait for your gums to heal before your can go eating a steak or something.

      It's just a different way of eating and doing things. Put it this way: it's just dentures; think of someone who has to get used to using a prosthetic leg? You'll be fine!!

      Good luck!!

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      Chrisseego 3 months ago

      I just received my top dentures, I really wish I had of seen this before the procedure, a you say is what it is.... The worst part for me is eating I am starving, and sick of mashed up food! Am I expecting too much too soon as it has only been 11 days since the extractions and all 15 were removed the same day, with immediate dentures put in.

      I am a little depressed too, as I ask myself will I ever be able to eat again?? I start my new job in 4 days and am terrified, that Ill fumble my speech, what can I possible eat at work?

      Thank you for your little write up on what to expect. :)

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      Christine 3 months ago

      I just received my top dentures, I really wish I had of seen this before the procedure, a you say is what it is.... The worst part for me is eating I am starving, and sick of mashed up food! Am I expecting too much too soon as it has only been 11 days since the extractions and all 15 were removed the same day, with immediate dentures put in.

      I am a little depressed too, as I ask myself will I ever be able to eat again?? I start my new job in 4 days and am terrified, that Ill fumble my speech, what can I possible eat at work?

      Thank you for your little write up on what to expect. :)

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      Lisa 3 months ago from Central USA

      Thanks for your input on my article. I tried to cover everything; but yes, you are right! I should have in included information on the dental impressions before you get dentures.

      Please hang in there! You will be getting used to them for a few weeks. As stated in the article, I would wait every couple weeks to see how you will need your adjustments. Each person is different.

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      Nunyaz Biznez 3 months ago

      4 months ago, I posted about not seeing any info on what happens if you had all teeth pulled & no impressions could be made of teeth before they were pulled... which all you mentioned about was 1st visit or 2 being of impressions being made 'before' having teeth pulled or the remaining ones pulled... never got an answer to that one, but... C'Est la Vie *shrugs*

      Since then, have had the last of my teeth pulled as of 12/20/16, an am now waiting to pick up my dentures next week Thur., an starting the process to start getting used to them. I'm hoping that they fit well, an will not have to use much if any adhesive, can only hope I don't, but am prepared if I have to.

      1 other thing, to mention... was told by my dentist, to 'not' use toothpaste, or baking soda & hydrogen peroxide in cleaning the dentures, just remembered that bit of info, which you mention using toothpaste to clean them.

      Must say that reading the article was, informative & humorous, so thanks...

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      JillRN 3 months ago

      Thank you sooo much for sharing your story! I'm what I like to say a 50 years young Registered Nurse. My brothers and I always had regular checkups, fillings etc growing up and as adults....as kids, our dentist literally told us we'd have dentures before our 40's! Thanks mom and dad for the awesome gene pool!

      I've just started this journey, having two teeth removed in my Dentist's office. The rest will be removed by an oral surgeon and I opted for the PUT ME IN NOW dentures. I only need full upper dentures...bottom teeth are fine now.

      As a nurse I've taken care of patients who have died from a dental infection spreading to their heart and/or blood stream. Well, I'm a heart patient now (shout out again to my parents) so I'm taking no chances!

      Thank you for your article! I'm scared but prepared!

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      Annette Field 4 months ago

      21 teeth pulled in two weeks and I am sitting here with a mouth full of sitches and NO teeth. The pain is horrid, eating mush is horrid and bone shards are horrid! There is no going back for me. I have opted for no temp teeth and hiding in the house for a few months. Do you think this is a good idea? I haved even chosen any type, style or brand of denture. Do you know of any useful articles for me to read? What do you think about the snap on bottom arch denture? I don't know anyone who has dentures to ask. Thank you for your article,it was very useful.

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      pam 4 months ago

      Following up

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      Sheryl 4 months ago

      It wad so nice rwading someone's honest opinion about this. My whole process for dentures has taken a very long time. I slowly had back teeth removed one by one over many years and then a year ago I had 15 taken a got once, I was left with only 7, 3 molars on top and four front bottom. It has been hell. I was so misinformed about the price and possible help I could get that I never thought I could afford teeth and have pretty much been without for the last year. There agotnffford resistance so many things that I haven't been able to eat and I hate the way my face shape has changed, although I'm aware that it isn't going to be easy to get use to, it will still be a welcome change for me. Simply having my teeth removed has improved my health so much,but not being able to eat or properly chew my food has caused some issues. To anyone reading this I highly recommend not waiting, if you need dentures get them as soon as possible. I've always hid my teeth even when smiling because I hated them so much (even when they were good i thought i looked stupid smiling and showing teeth)but not having any has been so much worse. Now I can't wait to have them and smile so everyone can see them.

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      Lisa 4 months ago from Central USA

      @Njdan sorry, I meant I would give it a couple weeks for your gums to start healing. After about 6 months, you may have to go in for a reline of your dentures. That's very common-

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      Lisa 4 months ago from Central USA

      @njdan I wouldn't give it a good couple weeks because you have to let your gums heal. If you have a sore spot, you can contact the dentist and he should file that down right away for you

      It's not an easy road… I never said it was; but I did say with determination and acceptance, you'll get through this after a while. Just hang in there and maybe you're not putting enough glue on and they keep coming off… Now remember; your gums will heal and if you have any weight changes, that will also affect the way did the denture fits

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      Njdan30 4 months ago

      Hello I hate what I'm going thru also with these damn things I only had them a few days and feel like I need them adjusted already because they feel too loose and very painful.how long do I have to wait until they adjust them ?

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      Veronica 5 months ago

      I wish I would have read this BEFORE I got my top done. I will be sure to send this to my family if they get dentures done!

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      Lisa 5 months ago from Central USA

      I don't know if you'll get this or not Pam, but I'm was curious as to whether anything has improved for you yet? It sounded to me like you needed some adjustments… I don't know though because I'm not a dentist, but I can just tell you through our own experience

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      Lisa 5 months ago from Central USA

      Oh hon! You will get used to talking again with your dentures and if you use my Tips in learning how to talk with dentures in, it will really help!

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      Lisa 5 months ago from Central USA

      That's so awesome that you are getting used to your dentures! As time goes on, it will be just like brushing your teeth ( no pun intended )

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      Lisa 5 months ago from Central USA

      I'm so glad Melanie! And is a different kind of protocol that you will be having; but you will! Dentures are hard to learn to talk and eat with at first, but… You will do it and you will get used to it

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      Lisa 5 months ago from Central USA

      That's so great! Good luck and if you have any questions or problems I might be able to help you with your denture starts to give you problems or you're having trouble eating or talking, please let me know

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      Lisa 5 months ago from Central USA

      @Melanie: thank you for your comment! So glad you are dealing with your new set of teeth and another chapter of your journey In life!!

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      Lisa 5 months ago from Central USA

      @Kayla: I'm so happy you have such a good attitude and outlook! Half the battle with new dentures is accepting the fact you have to learn how to speak and eat with them. However; anyone who is having a hard time coming to terms that you may need are or trying to Decide, there are so many things that can do wrong in your health, besides a bad set of teeth, just bite the bullet and do what ya gotta do

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      kayla 5 months ago

      thank you so much for this! I just had my upper denture done and this article has helped me relax so thank you