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What to Expect When You are Getting Dentures From Start to Finish

Updated on March 03, 2017
Getting dentures is better than being without your teeth at all.
Getting dentures is better than being without your teeth at all.

Thinking About Getting 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 are all freaked out. That gave me an idea to write about it, so I am. Please note: I am trying to be a little funny in here at times to lighten you up—because although the horrible, nightmarish, and funny things I say are true, it will be worth it in the end. Smile pretty!

For any of you out there who are honestly worried about getting dentures, read this little story (with a little added humor). This will enlighten you on what to expect and how to handle different things 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, that gets into your blood stream. So, if that isn't enough information to keep reading on why you should think about getting dentures, then maybe you should re-think your thoughts.

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 you are even talking about getting dentures. I don't recall ever worrying about whether it was going to hurt; I was more concerned about waiting for my dentures to get done after I had my teeth pulled. I thought I would actually start off the story with this information.

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 set" of dentures immediately. 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.

Impression of Your Mouth and Teeth
Impression of Your Mouth and Teeth | Source

Dental Impressions of Your Mouth-What to Expect

After you have decided you want to get dentures, your very first visit (or two) 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 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.

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

Waiting for Your Dentures to be Made

Now you 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 works. When they set up the next appointment, it will be to start pulling what teeth you have left out.

Getting All Your Teeth Pulled so You Can Get Your Dentures

Well, this is not pleasant, and I am not going to lie and say it is. They usually pull five to eight on each side at once and then you go back again the following week and get five to eight more pulled on the other side, then wait a week, go back and get five to eight pulled on the other side top/bottom, and then so on. However, if you don't have that many teeth to begin with, then you are already a step ahead. The whole pulling of the teeth process is about a month (if you have most of yours). Keep in mind, every dentist does it differently. Some may pull them all out at once if you don't have a whole mouth full of teeth. This is just how my teeth pulling went.

Get Ready for Your 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.

Dentist making a denture.
Dentist making a denture.

Learning to Talk Again

Get out a book and start reading to learn how to talk with dentures. I got out a book and read aloud. This really helped me to learn how to talk with a mouthful of plastic. It isn't hard, it is just something to get used to. I was so irritated that I got the dentures, and I was just plain pissed off. But 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 dentures and teeth pulled, stuff a sock in your mouth and try to talk.

Eating With Dentures

Eating with dentures is very tricky. It will never be the same because you can't eat things you used to in the way you used to. Most food will be fine to eat, but trying to eat a raw carrot or celery is out of the question. However, I do know some other people with dentures who eat these items with just smaller bites. It really depends on how good your new dentures are. Eat smaller 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.

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 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 with a mouthful of food. After all, you have a mouthful of plastic in your mouth.

How to Take Care of Your Dentures

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! Some people take their teeth out every night and let them soak in Polident or Efferdent or 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!

Clean Your Dentures Well

Every day, I make sure and clean my dentures. I have a denture toothbrush, with is a harder bristle and has a very small end on it to get in the rim of the denture. I use toothpaste when I'm not soaking them. Do not use bleach to whiten 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

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.

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 to show off the smile God gave them. I promise, you will get used to them and yes, they still are a pain in the ass. The bottoms will "float." That means, they just kinda come up in the middle of talking or eating. However, that is why they made Poli-grip and all those other adhesives, so you don't have a floating denture.

A Beautiful Smile 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. 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. Heck, you will look like Smiling Bob over here to the right you will be so happy.

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.
Don't use too much adhesive. Using too much glue will make it ooze down your throat.
Don't use too much adhesive. Using too much glue will make it ooze down your throat.

Using Denture Adhesive

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. Tip: Do not put too much denture glue (such as Poli-grip) on your teeth! 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. But, I needed teeth, and by golly I'm doing what I can to wear them.

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!

Get Your Teeth Taken Care Of Today
Get Your Teeth Taken Care Of Today

Still Debating 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?

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      Lisa 9 seconds 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 2 days 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 2 days 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 11 days 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 13 days 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 13 days 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 13 days 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 13 days 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 13 days 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 3 weeks 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 3 weeks 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 3 weeks ago

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

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      Melanie 3 weeks ago

      Thank u so much for being real and honest about this. I m going in 2 weeks to get top dentures and was stressing somewhat but this article made me feel better and more certain about my decision. Again thank u

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      pam1713 3 weeks ago

      Just got back from the dentist. Im feeling hope. Turned out there was a bone chip that was cuasing me the most intense pain. That is taken care of, altho sore at the moment, but the biggie is, they took a long time adjusting the bite. Well....there we go. For so many reasons, that made all the difference. While the novacaine was still in action, I headed straight for a big mac, to see if things might have changed, and if, when not in pain I could finally eat. Downed that baby with dentures in...no glue, and I dont have bottom teeth in back...yet. 1st real food in a month. Its now hurting where he had to dig around, but at least I know, when that problem is fixed, life might be a little more normal than I ever thought. wew....breathing easier.

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      Lisa 3 weeks ago from Central USA

      Pam: i'm really sorry that you're having so much trouble with your dentures! If you believe the teeth are too long, you have to be your own boss and tell the dentist your concerns and if you don't think they fit right or something is just too big, you have that right as a patient to get them fixed! After all, you paid for them and you need them to fit right… You will find that you may be able to eat your vegetables but you may need to eat them steamed and not raw, or somewhat steamed and cut them into smaller bites.

      I totally can feel that you are not happy with your dentures or your new lifestyle.. it will take a while and pretty soon, you will just adjust to it. Life never goes as planned and I am the first one to admit that because I've had many health issues over the last 10 years and I have tubes and I'll kind of apparatuses on me that I was not expecting to happen or even could imagine what life has brought me. I am not demeaning ANY of your frustration at all! I'm just trying to let you know that determination and just going with the flow of life is going to be your best way to look at it. My husband still takes his teeth out every time for dinner and it drives me batty! But that's just the way he deals with it and you will find your way to! Good luck!

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      Lisa 3 weeks ago from Central USA

      @Brooke: Hang in there! You will get used To your dentures! If you practice speaking like I said with reading a book out loud and talking to yourself, you will quickly learn what words and letters you need to practice on. It took me a few days to get "S's and "th" down but I did it and you will too! Good luck!!

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      Brooke Banks 3 weeks ago

      Thank you for this! My process is going a bit different: all the rest of my teeth removed at one time, temp dentures and then perm ones in 6 months. But I still feel better reading this and all the comments.

      I'm in SO much pain and this is the only option to fix it. I'd love implants but good lord, those are so expensive! And I thought dentures were bad...I had to save 2 years to finally get them.

      I'm so excited and nervous. It's so important being able to talk as a Call Center Rep, but one of my supervisors has them and you can't even tell unless she tells you.

      For all the "I'm too young for this!" - I'm 26. So, it could be worse....

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      pam1713 3 weeks ago

      I was just not prepared. Like you say, eating will never be the same, and not eating certain foods again . Thats a big deal, as so much of social activities are centered around food and the dining table. I wish I had come to terms with that before hand. I have such pain when I put them on, every time the dentist works on them, they feel better, so I can try them more. It hard to keep them in at home, when it is so easy to not worry. Its like wearing panty hose around all day. My point was to get your mind wrapped round what is about to happen to you, before you do, not get slapped in the face afterwards. The teeth are also to long and I think tht is problem trying to eat, Im going in to have that worked on. On the bright side, they fit like a glove around the teeth, I dont have to wear any kind of glue for just talking. I now know this is going to be a work in process. For healthy, no crunchy veggies, salad, its the healthy things that are the hardest. Maybe that will change. Im still looking to see about getting this thing implanted or... well I dont even want to think about not being able to do it. I m grateful for every day, even these days, its just a much bigger mountain than I knew I was going to be climbing.

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      Lisa 3 weeks ago from Central USA

      @pam1713 first and foremost, I'm so sorry about your open heart surgeries and your illness… I have a lot of health issues myself so I understand completely the addition of adding trying to get used to your dentures.

      If you can be more detailed on the problems and that you are having with your dentures, perhaps I can maybe give you some tips. If you are truly having that much trouble, I would go back to the dentist and explain to him what your problems are. I had to go back like eight times in the first three weeks for adjustments and to get them cut down, to get them shaved it off because they were too big or too long etc.

      And yes, you are right; eating will never be the same with dentures. You will figure out soon, what you can and cannot eat. You may have to cut foods in smaller bites. I know people that can eat an apple or celery with theirs! I cannot; however, it's a small price to pay for health ( especially if you have heart problems as it is)- you don't want bacteria damaging your heart.

      Let us know what all the problems you are having. Most of all, make an appt with the dentist that put your dentures in and tell him your concerns!

      So a poor fitting venture will definitely cause you eating problems. It will take about six months for your gums to totally heal and then you will have to go in for a reline which means they will add/take away some of the thicknes or size of the dentures since your gums won't be as swollen and they will fit better.

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      pam1713 3 weeks ago

      I got top dentures three weeks ago. I have had two open heart surgeries and a pacemaker, and nothing is as bad as this. Your life WILL change..forever, and not for the better. I could eat when I went in to get them pulled, I still have some teeth on bottom, and now I can eat nothing. Oatmeal and ice cream for a month. Cant go out with people, Im already worried about Thanksgiving and Christmas and its only February. Im starting to look in to what I can do to correct this horrible mistake. Does anyone have any ideas. Can I still get implants. I hope anyone getting dentures for anything except an emergency...really thinks it thru, and do what I didnt do, get yourself good with the idea that you are about to change your life, most of all, things you do with other people and events. I would say looks would be the very last reason, the reason I did it, and I will never ever forgive myself. Think long and think hard. Getting the teeth pulled, and after, no problem, just that wod of crap they put in your mouth and call teeth. These are not dentures from afordable dentures either. Im going to be paying for years for this horiblness.

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      Lisa 4 weeks ago from Central USA

      @Sue YES! you do have that right if you want to get dentures! Not only physically will dentures help you look better, but it will help you feel better mentally; if you know what I mean.

      And good for you, making the step to get your dentures! It does take a little bit of time getting used to; but you seem to have a very strong will and determination; that is all you need.

      I have a friend that has TMJ, and they take their dentures out at night when they go to bed just because of it. I also have a friend that grinds their teeth when they sleep so they also take their dentures out so they don't break them (they really grind their teeth!) but I leave mine in and I just clean them real well once a day. A few times a week I do soak them in Efferdent cleansing tablets to get rid of the bacteria on the denture.

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      Sue Geurts 4 weeks ago

      I have tmj but can cope most of the time. The bigger problem is that I have had successful gastric bypass surgery 2.9 years ago and my cross bite is making it more difficult to chew properly. I have a consultation very soon regarding upper dentures and am looking forward to a wonderful smile which I have never had.

      I have 11 upper teeth that need to be pulled as some of them are crooked and make my bite even worse. Some dentists will not pull healthy teeth but I have made up my mind to try it. I, as a consumer have the right and I alone will assume the benefit or consequences of that decision.

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      Lisa 5 weeks ago from Central USA

      @jess good for you!! You started your journey! Put it this way, you can't back out now so you might as well finish with a positive attitude and determination. If you took a week off work, that should give you plenty of time to learn how to speak again.

      Please take heed of the lesson plan about reading to yourself out loud. You will quickly learn what words and letters you need to learn to enunciate with. Your body is amazing, and your mind will teach you quickly. My husband honestly didn't have any trouble at all! I took a few days of reading out loud in a room with the door shut. Your mouth may be swollen for a few days, but it will go down! So don't freak out. Please let us know how it goes and good luck!

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      Lisa 5 weeks ago from Central USA

      @bobby well, let me first say how proud you should be for doing this for yourself. Not only will you look better, you will probably feel better if your teeth are that bad. Each dentist had their own way of doing dentures.

      My dentist pulled 8 or so on top, 5 on bottom then waited two weeks and did the other side and then immediately put denture in. For me, I had so much trouble going back each week (sometimes two times) to get adjustments. As you read in the article, my husband had his pulled on one side (except the front) then went back 2 weeks later and had the rest pulled. He didn't have that many teeth to pull though in the first place. I had about 29 total.

      His dentist insisted on him waiting 4-6 months for his gums to TOTALLY heal. The dentist told him the dentures would get a better fit; he was right. He hardly needs to use glue and it makes me crazy!

      I know you don't want to be seen without your teeth. Tough guys are human too!!! That doesn't make you any less prone to your pride! With that said, do what you have to do for yourself! A few months of your life is nothing compared to hopefully 70+ years of life.

      My husband was scared to death and was shaking like a leaf. It is a little nerve wracking, not goin to lie. BUT...... it's the best decision he had to make. I didn't really give him a choice; I just made the appointment. He still thanks me to this day-

      Eating will never be the same; (unless you are one of the lucky who don't have problems). But, you will learn to adjust and/or eat smaller bites of food. You will catch on faster than you think!

      Let us know how you are doing!! Good luck!

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      Bobby Mack 5 weeks ago

      I'm getting all of my teeth pulled in 3 days. Which is 34 or so which I really am not looking forward to. But 98% of my teeth are all bad like really bad. Is there anything I should expect after getting that many teeth removed at once ? I'm 29 and according to the oral surgeon. It's from bad genetics and I had some dental work done in the army that has failed. And the oral surgeon said I will not have my dentures for 2-3 months. Is that normal I'm a little worried honestly. Kinda funny because I'm a 6'5 220lb lots of tattoos and scars ex afghanastan us army infantryman, who rides a harley road king and a lifted black chevy. But I'm still nervous any ideas on how bad this will suck ? I'm expecting the absolute worse and kinda psyching myself out. Any input would be greatly appreciated and thank you.

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      Jess 6 weeks ago

      Thank you for this post. I'm only 26 and getting an upper denture in a couple of weeks. I have had 11 teeth pulled already and will have the remaining 6 pulled and have an immediate denture put in. I'm terrified. I will be taking close to a week off work, but i'm so afraid it will fall out while im talking or that I will sound different and it will be obvious. My teeth are horrible and im excited to talk to people confidently again. So i keep telling myself its worth the trouble. Also i have a very sensitive gag reflex and the nurse was very helpful. So to anyone who is worried about this. she told me to breath through my nose and wiggle my feet...worked like a charm. Thanks again!

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      Lisa 6 weeks ago from Central USA

      Jamie, I'm so sorry for some reason I missed your comment! I hope you're doing well and I'm sure you're going to look great! But again, remember, dentures are not really meant for appearance, although; it does make a big difference! They I really meant More for your health and able to eat. Please let me know how it's going!

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      Lisa 6 weeks ago from Central USA

      Suzanne, I'm so glad that you are already accepting your dentures. If you don't go into the mind set that you are going to figure them out, you won't ever be happy. Pretty soon it will be like brushing your hair or taking a bath. Make sure you don't leave your dentures sitting on a table if you have an animal. They smell the food on the dentures and your dentures will quickly become a chew toy

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      Lisa 6 weeks ago from Central USA

      Teresa – there is really no right or wrong way, I believe; I would imagine as long as all the gums are healed around the same time, it shouldn't matter much, but I would think that you would want to get them done all at the same time as far as getting The impressions done. Also, please don't worry about the talking part of it! You'll get to where you can say anything. When I say to read a book out loud, I mean it! You will learn what words you need to work on and then you'll be amazed how your body just adjust to things

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      Lisa 6 weeks ago from Central USA

      Syd: I'm so glad you are feeling better now! After getting the dentures put in after they pull your teeth, The swelling will take some time and you will probably have to go get an adjustment when the swelling starts to go down. I had to go back like five times within the first six months. And before you know it, it will be second nature and you won't even realize that it something different it's like combing your hair after a while

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      Lisa 6 weeks ago from Central USA

      I'm so sorry that you're having trouble… And eating will never be the same with the dentures, just to let you know. You will have to probably take smaller bites of food and perhaps cut something in a smaller slice that is hard to eat; such as, take carott. Perhaps maybe you need to steam the carrots or celery or what have you. I just Learned quickly that if I wanted some vegetables such as carrots, I would have to cook them. I have a friend who has dentures, and she can eat an apple with her dentures. Personally, I don't know how the heck she does it. Perhaps you need to start thinking of them in a different light, sort of speak. Your health is the number one issue here, not what you eat or how you look. Having bad teeth and gum this is not good on you at all! It can cause infections and problems Just keep working at it and don't give up – my husband needs without his dentures because he likes to taste his food and he will give it a chance May I offer a suggestion, and try to eat more than just your top denture in without your bottom. My bottoms still don't stay in and I have trouble, so I just really don't even wear my bottom denture and less I'm going out somewhere. Also, if your top denture isn't fitting quite right, then maybe you need to go back and see if you need an adjustment or a reline. Please let me know how you're doing!

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      Lisa 6 weeks ago from Central USA

      Lisa, I'm so sorry you're having so much trouble! Have you gone back to the dentist and tell them that you don't think they fit right? They may need to do some adjustments. Please don't give up on having them! It's not the same as your teeth, no! I will not tell you that they are even close! But you have to be determined and get the mindset that you are going to wear these and you are going to get used to them! However; you may have to go back and get an adjustment. Please let us know what happens --good luck

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      Lisa 6 weeks ago from Central USA

      @overaveragejoe first of all, let me congratulate you on your first step that you made in making a decision in getting your dentures! I understand you do not want to be without your teeth for 6 to 8 weeks as it seems like it's a long time! But, if it makes you feel any better, like I said; my husband went without his teeth for 8 to 12 weeks actually because there was only one dental lab that his insurance went through and it was in another state. Also, the dentist wanted to make sure his gums were really healed because gums weren't good as he had pretty bad teeth himself.

      It took him a few days to come out of the house, but you know what? 6 to 8 weeks goes by quickly! He also has the advantage, because he did have to wait, that his dentures fit him like a glove! I still have trouble with mine and they don't fit right. He really does not even have to use any glue, and I do get really irritated that fact, to be honest!

      So, you will learn very quickly how you talk to people without your teeth and you will notice yourself laughing with your hand over your mouth probably, and not smiling and less your mouth is closed. But believe me, it's not something that you will have to remember! It's automatic.

      You also will not believe the amount of people that will say something to you after you get your dentures. The best part is, no one will really say: " hey, did you get new teeth?" More than likely, they will say: "You are looking nice today!"

      It's been a few years since my husband has had his teeth done, and whenever we are out and someone sees him that has not seen him in a while, they always mention how good he looks. So, just hold on for the ride and be ready for the change not only cosmetically, but physically you will probably even feel so much better.

      Having bad teeth and gums, is not healthy at all! Especially if you have gum disease! No more pain in your mouth, you can eat ice cream without grabbing your tooth, you can bite down on things without having shooting pains going through your head.

      If you find yourself having a little bit of trouble, it's totally normal! You will find out what food you can eat, what you cannot eat, and what words and letters you need to work on speaking. But I am totally serious about grabbing a book or just talking out loud and practicing after you get your dentures. The same goes for reading as it does eating. You will learn and your body is amazing, it will adjust.

      Just give them a chance and give yourself a break and don't get discouraged. They are nothing yet like your own teeth, but if your teeth are bad, what do you have to lose? If you are needing some support or have anymore questions, please feel free to comment and I can maybe give you a few pointers! If not you can always re-read the page just to get some ideas.

      Good luck! And let us know how it goes! You got this!

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      Theresa 7 weeks ago

      So yesterday was rather traumatic. I had my last 4 teeth pulled (I did the extractions in stages for financial reasons). They were the front 4. The first 3 were difficult but finally came out. The last one, with the most surface area which we thought would be the easiest was just the opposite. She tried for over an hour and it wouldn't come out. I had to go to the oral surgeon and have him take it out. So after all that I finally got the denture in (only doing the upper). I look horrible. The space between my upper lip and nose looks so odd, like an apes face. I now have an over bite which I never had before and the denture hurts the roof of my mouth every time I swallow. Don't get me wrong, I'm not expecting perfection right away, I know there is adjustment time, healing and swelling. But should I call my dentist about the denture hurting the roof of my mouth or wait a few days for swelling to go down some?

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      Overaveragejoe 7 weeks ago

      Hi, I was browsing for a soft food menu when I came across your article. I enjoyed it very much. It gave me a better heads up on dentures and the procedure. I'm scheduled next week to have my left side (9 teeth, 6 stubs) removed. The following week, the right side (11 teeth, 1 stub) removed. I've had many problems with my teeth since childhood. At 57, there's nothing but rotted teeth and pain. Unfortunately, I can't afford the temporary set of dentures right after surgery, nor to have them refitted. I have to wait 6 - 8 weeks for my gums to heal before I can get my permanent dentures. After reading your article though, I feel more confident about the whole thing now. Thanks for the info.

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      Theresa 2 months ago

      Thank you for your article, it was very helpful! I am 49 years old and had to come to the decision for my health to accept that I needed dentures. I have spent probably 1o years dealing with many infections related to my teeth. The last infection caused a growth inside my cheek requiring surgery from a plastic surgeon to remove it. I had 17 teeth pulled at once- while awake. Yes, apparently I am crazy :) Only 6 teeth remained on the top(referred to as the smile line) I'm fortunate that the way I smiled my bottom teeth never really showed anyways. I chose an option of having 2 post put in the bottom so it snaps in to prevent them from moving. It has been a long journey but I finally will have the last 6 pulled in 2 weeks! An immediate or healing denture will be placed in the top over the stitches until it heals. I have the same concerns as many here about talking-your article was very helpful! Looking forward to smiling again!

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      Lisa 2 months ago from Central USA

      Thank you very much Sheena! Do you have dentures or are you getting them?

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      Sheena Christensen 2 months ago

      I love love love this it was so funny and truthful....

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      Lisa 2 months ago from Central USA

      @josh - so glad things are working out for you! Like I stated in the article, dentures do come with a little struggle; but, if you hold on tight for the ride and do what you have to do, you can do this. 80% of the problem is your outlook and determination. Thanks for your addition to the advise!

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      Josh 2 months ago

      I'm relatively young to even be navigating a site such as this, but here I am. As a 30 year old man, I feel there might be a very unique set of additional challenges to overcome when learning to concede to the fact dentures might be necessary. It was for me, at least. I had my remaining 23 teeth removed as well as the angioplasty (no idea if that's correct) to shave the jaw bone to better accommodate the upper plate. All while awake, might I add... I chose to tough it out and not take the immediate denture so I could wait for everything to heal prior to impressions. I understand that's not an option for many. I just received my full upper and lower dentures one week ago today. Everything stated in this article is accurate. But, one week later, I am getting used to them. Im speaking relatively well, eating and staying active without many issues. I guess my only bit to leave young people and everyone else is, stay the course!! A smile is priceless! Never underestimate the enormous impact is has on your life! It is not as horrible as I'm certain you are making it out to be in your own head at this very moment... I assure you!

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      Lisa 2 months ago from Central USA

      My husband had none coming out of his jaw also after getting his teeth pulled. It was about 2 of them I think. When he went back to the dentist about it, he said it wasn't unusual but not abnormal. They said it would work his way out and it did. It took a couple of months. I can't answer the question on what will happen, I'm sorrry; I'm not a professional.. I would perhaps check with an oral surgeon? Please let me know what happens. Sorry you had a bad experience! It's not an easy process, but hopefully things will work out…

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      Lisa 2 months ago from Central USA

      Good luck! When I was getting my impression for the dentures, I really scared and kept gagging; when the assistant told me what to do to help stop the gagging, I felt like an idiot with my feet and toes stretched and pointing at my face, but I'll be honest, it worked for me! Please just take the time and mind set on having the plastic in your mouth. It really does feel awkward and feels very very weird! But, if you give it about a week, the foreign object feeling will lesson. Also, reading a book or just taking out loud, will give you a little boost and you will shortly know what words and letters you need to keep practicing on

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      Beware of some problems 2 months ago

      My wife just got upper dentures. All of her upper teeth were pulled and she got a denture made and began to use it. Her pain continued for 2 weeks. She went back to the dentist and he said her bone is moving and it is a rare occurence. He now wants to cut her gums and shave the bone in her jaw to accommodate the denture. We were never made aware this could happen and are even more afraid of other unknown side effects. Will her bones continue to move? Will she eventually degrade all of her bones. We are very concerned.

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      Mike Collman 2 months ago

      Many thanks, I just had, (20th December 2016) 18 teeth and roots removed under general anaesthetic following tounge cancer and 30 doses of radiation treatment,

      I am dreading dentures, but want to smile again, gone are the zombie teeth not of my making, I have the gag reflex and the trick to overcome it will come in useful. So thanks.

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      Lisa 2 months ago from Central USA

      It's. It easy, you're correct. It's more of a mind set thing. You have to be determined and willing to accept that: you have to eat smaller bites, perhaps change your favorite hard to bite down foods, etc. I cannot eat apples, carrots, etc. however; I learned that if I steam them really well, I can eat them or buy canned which is already cooked. I completely get what you're saying,I do. Sometimes life just isn't fair or perhaps what you perceived, what it's the acceptance that gets you through those times. Good luck!

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      Lisa 2 months ago

      You will never be the same. Dentures are good for cosmetics only. Eating has become a chore, especially dinner, when dealing with them all day you are ready to rip them out of your mouth after a day at work. Putting them in the morning is a real gag fest... Nine months in and weekly visits to the dentist... your life will never be the same. I can smile pretty.. but never really feel like it.

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      Lisa 2 months ago from Central USA

      You have to take the time to get used to them… There's nothing wrong with taking them out to eat if you feel more comfortable, my husband will not take them out if he is in public to eat at a restaurant, of course, but when he is at home, he takes them out and he spends 15 minutes cleaning the denture to take all the glue off. I told him just to wear the top denture and eat, because of the bottoms are always going to be a pain in the butt

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      Lisa 2 months ago from Central USA

      I really could not honestly answer that question since I'm not a dentist. If there are quite a few teams that perhaps you don't need to be polled, they may recommend a partial… It just depends on if the teeth themselves are bad. Have they mentioned perhaps able to get braces?

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      Lisa 2 months ago from Central USA

      And you will continue to get used to them! Eating is not the same, I totally agree; but I sure bet you aren't afraid to smile and your health was worth it!

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      Dennis Kuun 2 months ago

      Hey guys

      I was looking for some advise. I still have all my teeth and to be fair they are not in a bad condition, but are terribly crooked and jammed up in my mouth. I't kills me to walk around with them, and I really want to go for both upper and lower dentures. My question is that will a dentist pull all my teeth if they are not loose, or rotten but just badly crooked? Is there any other alternatives should that not be the case? I'm 25 years of age.

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      Lisa 2 months ago from Central USA

      It will be a little difficult at first, yes.... but I strongly suggest you do the reading exercises. You will be so thankful you did! It will let you know what letters you need to work on. It doesn't take long, it really doesn't. You will find yourself quickly knowing what words and/or letters you need to practice on. It took me about a week to feel comfortable saying every word I knew, but just a couple hours will get you through the anxiety part knowing you aren't going to embarrass yourself like you think. Also, you mustn't forget that your mouth is swollen and once it goes down, those words you are reading will sound even better in a about a week. I went to work the day after I got my teeth - just tried to say the words I knew I could say and avoid the ones I knew I could've yet. Practice your S's and F's! Keep repeating those hard letters until you get comfortable. Then, after you practice the letters, try them in a word like "sushi" or "France." You will know what words to practice with those sounds in it... let us know and good luck! You can do this!

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      Lisa 2 months ago from Central USA

      Thanks for your comment! It does take getting used to eating with your denture. It's not "wrong" to eat without them! I personally, look like a mouse with no teeth trying to eat a sandwich because my mouth caves in! I have seen him choke on food before, so please be careful if you choose not to eat with your dentures.

      If you give it time, you will get used to eating with your dentures. I do have to tell you, my bottom denture does not fit right and so therefore; I just don't even wear the bottom denture unless we go out somewhere. I have taken the bottom teeth in 8 different times and they still can't get it right. They are too big! The gum on the denture is the size of my chin practically. I have to literally turn them sideways and stretch my mouth open. Maybe try eating with just your top denture. Let us know how it worked! Good luck!

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      Taking teeth out to eat. 2 months ago

      When I saw Lisa's comment about her husband taking his teeth out to eat, I wondered about it. I got my new dentures today and I can now understand it. It was much easier to eat without any teeth at all than with the dentures.

      I've been told to wear them in the daytime and to take them out and soak them overnight. I think I might reverse that and wear them to sleep at night, so that they retain their fit, and take them out in the daytime unless I have to go somewhere with people who think teeth are important. I don't eat many heavy meals, but I eat a lot of healthy snacks during the day, so taking the dentures out to clean them every time I eat would be impossible. I'd have to spend most of my day cleaning my dentures and wouldn't have time to do anything else.

      The dentures seem to fit okay, and I can talk, but they seem to be more designed for appearance than for usefulness, like eating. I'd always thought that the purpose of teeth was for eating, but I guess most people disagree.

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      Syd 2 months ago

      I had my teeth (all 22 of them) pulled yesterday. Temporary dentures put in at same time. I'll be honest, yesterday was rough, my entire head throbbed. At one point I had to take the dentures out and sleep a little. All I wanted was to not feel "anything". Waking up this morning I was already feeling a good bit better. I've been able to keep the dentures in all day. I still can't touch top and bottom teeth because of the swelling, but I am able to close my mouth today (put my lips together). Just another chapter in my life with Diabetes.

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      Theresa 2 months ago

      Thank you for the excellent article and what to expect! I start my process tomorrow. I am only getting a full upper, and then later down the road a partial on the bottom. My anxiety level is sky high already, but at 50 I have to do this for myself. I miss smiling. 10 teeth in total have to be pulled, 3 by an oral surgeon. I'm trying to do it in stages (for recovery and financial reasons) 2 teeth tomorrow, two next Friday, then the oral surgery with a week break and the final 3 the day I get my dentures. In my head this seems smart because I will have time to heal and won't have a whole mouth of swelling. Is this smart or wrong? I am concerned about talking afterwards, it's a big part of my job, and not something I can avoid.

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      Lisa 2 months ago from Central USA

      @suzanne so glad you are doing great! It's not an easy process; however, you CAN get used to them and just have to set yourself mentally, a determination

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      Susanne 3 months ago

      Just got my tops done. Bottom in Feb. SO glad I stopped by. I need to go buy a soft toothbrush and stop using the one they told me to - Which was for the teeth gums, not the whole thing. AHHA!! The adhesive. Those tips too, thanks.. I like them so far, will like them more once I add adhesive. I already feel healthier since having the tops done. Thanks for the help.

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      Nunyaz Biznez 3 months ago

      Nice to see mentioned of fitting, before losing all teeth... but what was not seen, was anything of after teeth were gone, or almost gone... would be nice to see some info about that stage of getting fitted for dentures... just saying...

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      Jamie Palmer 3 months ago

      I am going tommorow for my consult with the Oral surgeon and have my apt next wensday for my immediate "new teeth" lol not saying the D word I'm only 28! My wife has beautiful teeth I did till army injury and now just pieces so I'm excited but nervous !!

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      KathyInCali 3 months ago

      Great article. It's nice to hear this information from somebody who has been in our position, rather than a dentist. I'll be receiving my temporary dentures next week. I'm anxious-excited, and anxious-nervous. I could care less about what I will or won't be able to eat again, (not really) but I am terrified of them coming out when speaking to somebody. I also don't want to disclose to everybody that I actually have dentures, so what excuse can I use for speaking weird? Clearly I'm an insecure, self conscious person...lol, but I am what I am. Do you know the difference between temp dentures and permanent? Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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      Lisa 3 months ago from Central USA

      Unfortunately God did not bless me with a singing voice except in the car or in the shower! My dog even runs out the door, LOL...but seriously, I would imagine it would take time, but I'm sure there a lot of singers who have dentures, dentures are more common than one would think; but a lot of people just don't disclose it. I would imagine if it was a professional singer, then they could afford to get dental implants which would probably make it easier. But please don't get discouraged because it will take you a while to get used to them and, as I said in my article, reading a book or talking to yourself is a very good place to start because you will perhaps talk with a lisp or your will have to learn how to enunciate words. I DID get very agitated, I will admit, after I got my dentures and I did cry like a baby. I was very angry that I could not talk right… But after I sat and took a deep breath, I started to read a book or anything, and I would try to enunciate the words and then it finally just caught on. It will become second nature and you will talk regularly again and it won't take that long. My husband, he was someone that never had a problem; it only took him a couple days to talk right; however, his dentures fit right from the beginning where mine had to be adjusted several times. I hope that helps! And I would appreciate it if you would follow up after you got your dentures and tried singing again! But please! Do not get discouraged! You will get there! Good luck

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      Jackson Spender 3 months ago

      Does anyone have experience with singing after getting dentures? I do surprisingly well for having had all my teeth removed and I am wondering what I can expect after full dentures.

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      Mary 3 months ago

      I am finally getting dentures and happy that I'll have a nice smile once again, but I'm a little confused. I got 3 teeth pulled this week and have to go back and get the other 7 pulled (for the top only). Of course, I'm swollen and sore, but that'll heal. My dentist wants to pull the other 7 in a few weeks, but didn't mention making impressions until AFTER they heal (about 4-6 weeks). The thought of being without anything is very upsetting, but I guess it has to be done. Just wondering if he shouldn't be taking impressions of the few teeth I have left BEFORE pulling them. They are actually caps, but would like my new smile to look somewhat like my old one?

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      Lisa 3 months ago from Central USA

      Just give it time Chris, keep practicing reading a book and eventually it will feel right. Remember how you had to learn to adjust after your top denture 10 years ago and your gums had to heal? Try to think about how you had to learn how to talk with your top denture, if you can remember back that far. If it continues and you feel your bottom denture isn't fitting right, wait for about a month or two and then I would go back to the dentist; but they won't do anything for a while unless your denture is cutting your gum or if it's painful. You may just need an adjustment. I had three adjustments in one year after I got my dentures because as my gums shrink as they healed, the dentures needed to be adjusted ( FYI, bottom dentures usually float, in other words, you may have to glue them in three or four times a day like I do ) and other people are fortunate enough where they don't have to wear any glue! My husband is one of them and I get so angry… I only wish I had that problem.

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      chris 3 months ago

      I have top dentures for about 10 years and never had a problem. Now I just got bottom dentures and after 3 weeks they finally feel okay and are not killing me but I now lisp. Does anyone else lisp and does it go away?

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      Lisa 3 months ago from Central USA

      I had a friend who had a similar situation with not being happy and the insurance problem. She contacted the ins company and also asked for the regional home office of the dental company. I would contact them and you can always contact the BBB. Hang in there! Let me know what happens! You have rights and I had problems with my dentures too. (Not like yours) I contacted the owner of the dental lab and the head office of the dentist and complained. They took care of it

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      Dave 3 months ago

      So I had all my uppers pulled and most bottoms. I have six left in the front bottom. This was in June 16. I was told not to smoke for at least 72 hrs (that was hard) had to eat mostly soup or mashed potatoes yogurt things of that nature. That was really hard as I am a steak person 3+ times a week. I had to go back in sept for impressions they said for dentures. They avoided my messages and I didnt get any return call backs until I had to go in in person telling them i needed an appt. So they made an appt in November for impressions then I go back just a few days ago to get the denture. The Dr tells me that the denture doesnt fit right and I have to see the oral surgeon AGAIN to have my gums cut back open so the dentist can remove the remaining teeth that were left in the gums during surgery (not the bottom six mind you) but fragments of what was left after the uppers were pulled and they may have to file bone down to make the denture fit properly. I have already been through so much from the beginning and for me to come this far and have to go through the whole surgery and healing process again makes me wonder if they messed up in the first place. Im really scared about going back to this same dentist however my insurance will not cover me going to soneone else since the process has already been started and the dentures have been pd for. What should I do? I have asked around to other people I know who have been through this and they all told me that nothing of this sort has ever happened before. Please any input would be very helpful as I dont know if this is common practice.

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      memawwv3 4 months ago

      I am currently in the process of getting my dentures. I have had dental issues since the birth of my last child 26 years ago. I am currently 52 and finally taking the plunge and fixing my dental problems. I have had no upper teeth for many years now, so being without them is not a real issue for me. People can accept me for me or not at all, it is their loss. I had the last 9 teeth from the bottom removed on the 4th and it will be 8 weeks before I go back for the next step of making the impressions. So be it, it will be worth it in the end to be able to smile again. Of course the health benefits out way the discomfort of getting adjusted to dentures. For me the actual pulling of the teeth was not painful. The biggest discomfort for me at the moment is the swelling. But with proper care, such as rinsing with salt water and using ice packs periodically all will be well. I know in my heart and soul, I have made the right decision and will be so much happier.

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      penny tainter 4 months ago

      Yes I got my dentures but the part I hate was the teeth pulling that was the most pain full part and I'm learning to talk all over agin but it's wroth it's. Thank You for you .

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      Ann 4 months ago

      After pulling your teeth, do you get another set that's tailored to the adjustments of the first set? Anyone?

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      Lisa 5 months ago from Central USA

      @tazzy I understand fully how you feel and don't want to go without your teeth! From what I've experienced, it seems to depend on your dentist about how they do temps or make you wait several months. My husband went 4 months without his teeth because the dentists lab was in another city. You can try to find a dentist who has their own lab. Perhaps that may help speeding things up. Regardless, if you have to go without your teeth for a while, you will live. My husband was without his like I said. At first he didn't want to come out of his room or go to work. But let me tell you, it was so worth it in the end. He couldn't eat hardly anything because his teeth were so bad. People like you for who are you are, not because you don't have teeth. Please take care of your health first!

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      tazzy63 5 months ago

      Am waiting on my call for the date were i get all my teeth removed, But they told me i have to go 4 to 8 week WITH OUT TEETH, So am shopping around to see if this is rally true. If so am going to be real nervous how am going to look with out any teeth for that long, In a way am glad to work at a 3rd shift job were am not seeing out side to much. But i think its up to your insh company if they cove the temporary dentures . I Don't think mine dose . So it will be a month or two with out teeth. Unless this outer place am checking out and offer my insh a package deal were i can have a Temps in place. So is it true .. Do i really have to wait that long for Dentures If so can i still have my fav foods or am i cut off untill i get my New Smile. Mite say am Nervous But i all ready told work mite need a few extra days off to heel. the day of surgery and 3 days after , then my 2 normal 2 days off, so be like 4 days to be good to back to work tooth less. What kind of foods can i eat as i waie. Mean no chicken wings any thing like this.. Is their a web site were i can read up on. What to excep whats going to happen for real. I hope someone out their tell me to keep myself not in a high crazy state of mine.

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      Lisa 5 months ago from Central USA

      @ROBIN Great question! it depends on your insurance company about the temporary dentures. Moreover, it depends on your dentist on how he handles the denture billing. Some dentists give you your full set right after pulling and adjust and do religns later down the road. (That's how a lot of dentists are doing now).

      I have spoken with others who get a temp set while waiting for Gums to heal. It will take a good 3-4 months for gums to heal. It really depends on how you, as a person, will heal but mainly how bad of shape your gums were in the first place. You can always ask your dentist as well.

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      Robin 5 months ago

      I only have 3 teeth left on top, how much more does the gums and bone need to shrink, is it worth it to pay for a Temp plate til a perm can be made?

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      Lisa 5 months ago from Central USA

      @Jodie I totally understand your concern about not wanting to go without your teeth. I have been there. If it makes you feel any better, my husband had to go 4 months without his. His teeth had to be made on another city and they took forever. He refused to go out in public. After realizing there wasn't anything he could do about it, he just said, " oh well," I'm still me!" In other words, don't worry about what people think or how you look. People love you and like you for who you are, not what you look like.

      There are a few things you can do to just help if you are really having a pride issue (and I get it!). If you smile, just keep your lips together and make a subtle and gentle smile. I Did that anyway when I had bad teeth. If you want to laugh at something, go for it! Just raise your fist up to your mouth and laugh. There are ways you can get by with. Besides, 2 weeks isn't really that long. Good luck!!

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      Jodie 5 months ago

      Hi

      I live in U.K. And have very bad teeth I have been told the dentist today to be told I need all my teeth out and full dentures I already have a part denture on bottom teeth my problem is my teeth are too weak to do the impression so dentist wants to pull them all and me go without teeth for two weeks then have impression and wait again for dentures this is what I'm scared to do as have family don't want them to see me with no teeth And I work on reception talking to customers.

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      Weezyschannel 5 months ago

      Hi Jeanette! Thanks for the question. More than likely, you will have to do the one, BUT it depends on the dentist and how long you've had your denture, etc...

      I so get the gag reflex... BUT!... if you read the whole article, I mentioned the fact of pointing your toes straight towards your head when you're laying in the chair and for some reason that helps stop the gag reflex,… Trust me; it works! It worked on me and I'm horrible at a gag reflex

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      Jeanette 6 months ago

      I have a question, I already have an upper plate, I need a lower plate how will the impressions be done?

      I have a bad gag reflex and am happy with my upper plate can the dentist just take an impression of my bottom teeth with my upper denture in?

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      Cassie 6 months ago

      Hi. Thanks for the info. I'm getting 16 teeth pulled in two days and getting my temporary set of dentures. I'm excited but nervous having so many teeth pulled at once. I can't wait to have a smile I won't be embarrassed of. I'm really glad to finally be getting this done and gaining a smile I can be proud of. Sounds like I'll have a lot of work to do once it's done but it'll be worth it. I'm 37 years old and I feel like I'm too young to be going through this already but my family blessings are rotten teeth, my grandma had false teeth at the age of 32. Thank you again for the advice. I'm really grateful to have some insight on what it's going to be like. I've had so many questions on what I'm going to need and what it will be like after. Wonderful article!

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      Melissa 6 months ago

      There was one thing I found confusing about this video! You said the 1st part would be 5400 and then to get the permanent or what I would think are the real dentures was 22grand. In the end you paid 4150.00 and it seams you have temporary dentures. Are the NOT the dentures ppl use while waiting for their permanent ones to come in. Will these only last a short while. It seems that comparatively between 4150.00 and 22 grams most of the 4150 really was paying for your extractions not for a per ant plate. Can you please explain this better! Thank you?!?!?

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      Charlie Stuckey 6 months ago

      I inherited bad teeth, my dad had dentures in his thirties. (We're not from the Appalachians either!) I've been putting off the inevitable for years, but now, it MUST be done. I AM SCARED TO DEATH! I've never done well after any extraction, and even though my Dentist gives me plenty of gas, I'm still nearly shaking in the chair. As a child, I had HORRIBLE experiences with my Dentist. I was afraid of him right from the start. His nickname was "Crabby" -maybe amusing if you're an adult, but to a little kid? Frightening!- I KNOW I need 'em, I can't smile, and, oddly, after my last extraction I can't whistle. I used to be able to whistle exceptionally well, I enjoyed it, and my wife enjoyed it, too . . . HAS THIS HAPPENED TO ANYONE ELSE? WILL I BE ABLE TO WHISTLE A TUNE AGAIN WITH MY FULL DENTURES? If anybody can tell me, please post it! Thank you, and give me a push to make that phone call for an appointment too, would ya? -Charlie

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      Shelley2655 6 months ago

      Hi, just had my 4th visit for my dentures today, so frustrated. Could it be that they can't get the teeth right because I have a small mouth and also had smaller teeth than normal,? Also I was wondering, I went to a sliding scale pymt.dentist and my dentures were fairly cheap, $400.00. The gums fit good, they just can't get my tooth size right

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      Jill Keith 6 months ago

      Thanks for video. Two weeks to marrow. Still learning to speak etc.

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      Lisa 6 months ago from Central USA

      Honestly, I would try baby food like Hawaiian delight is really good, cream of wheat or Coco wheats are really good ideas or oatmeal, or you could go the other route and purée your own food you don't really have to make it liquid, but you could just lightly blend it so you can at least chew it. All you need is the magic bullet or a blender which most people have; if not, run to Goodwill and grab me one for a few bucks (just enough to get you through!) You're going to do great

      Food particles… You're going to have to mess with different adhesives- I use Fixodent original, it seems to do well for me. Other people use poligrip, you're just going to have to try them and maybe add a little bit more and but don't make it go to the edge of the denture or you're going to swallow it.

      My husband actually takes his teeth out to eat, and it drives me absolutely bonkers! He says it feels like food is smashing in his face! I don't get it, you have To test the waters and get used to it.

      As far as comfortability goes, that will just take time and you'll get used to it; it will be second nature, just tough your way through it for a few weeks; it will get better! If you don't feel your dentures are fitting right, you'll know that in a couple weeks or longer depending on when the swelling of your gums go down. You may even have to go in for an adjustment in four or five months when your gums finally recede back to normal. Great questions!

      @Alice thank you so much for your comment and your compliment at the same time! Feel free to message me or comment if you have any questions or concerns I try to do the best I could at explaining it, but remember, my story is not going to be the same as what you go through but at least it's the basics! Good luck!

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      PK 6 months ago

      Thank you for this article! It was pretty spot on!

      I had a full mouth extraction almost 3 weeks ago and received a full set of "immediates". I will get my permanent set in about 6 months. I had suffered for 13 years with broken teeth and not smiling because of my now ex-husband. Which is kind of sad because I have one of those smiling personalities...LOL. So I learned to put my hand over my mouth, not smile as big, turn my head away so people wouldn't see all of my mouth....but sometimes I did embarrass myself like when someone told a really funny joke...but I don't have to worry anymore! I lost over a decade of fully enjoying life because of my broken teeth so I have a lot to make up for!

      Even though it was pretty expensive I know it will be worth it! I had nausea and headaches afterwards as well. The pain meds made me really sick so I suffered without. I only used the ibuprofen that was prescribed. Also, I am still trying to get used to the whole palate piece...it just feels so weird.

      I do have a few questions. First, my dentist recommended NOT using toothpaste on my dentures? Is that due to the type of material?

      Second, I am still in the liquid diet stage and I am starving! LOL Any suggestions? It is especially difficult because I have to carry my lunch to work and the choices are so very limited.

      Third, I have tried a few solid foods but particles seem to get under my upper plate - and yes, I do use some adhesive.

      Fourth, my dentist mentioned something about putting cushions in, any idea what that is about?

      Fifth, when will this feel normal or at least start to feel normal?

      I am going to go to the dentist next week because these dentures are hurting me again, so much so that I hate to put my dentures in, but I have to because I need to go to work. The dentist is really helpful there, so hopefully a few minor adjustments will do the job.

      Thank you again and God Bless!

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      Alice Johnson 6 months ago

      I found the article extremely informative. I've already had all my teeth pulled and have had two impression appointments. Should have my dentures in my mouth in 3 more visits. My dentist wanted most of my swelling gone before doing impressions so that when I got the dentures I would have a good, snug fit. I couldn't have imagined anything in my mouth right after having my teeth pulled. The swelling is mostly gone but I still have 6 or 7 spots where the bone needs to flatten more. As much as it hurt having the teeth pulled, I would do it all again so I can finally smile normal and not with closed lips.

      I have been concerned about wearing the dentures to talk and eat. No one has ever explained as honestly as you did about that ptocess. I knew from the beginning it would be a learning process, after all eating and talking with two pieces of plastic in my mouth sounds crazy. You however have helped with some of that anxiety. Thank you so much for being blunt and honest!!!!

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      Lisa 6 months ago from Central USA

      Good luck Angela! Remember, it's a short process to get through and it may not be pain-free, but it's pain you can tolerate and it will be so worth it.. Make sure to remember, the only pain is coming from the tooth extractions and dentures do not hurt! . I would love for you to comment a few weeks after you get your dentures

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      Angela 6 months ago

      Thank you for the information I am going to go through this process soon and need all the help I can get!

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      Lisa 7 months ago from Central USA

      @steve thank you for taking the time to comment... I'm sure you just helped a lot of people

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      Lisa 7 months ago from Central USA

      @KerryAnn I really could not tell you the difference in settling. I'm sorry, I have no experience at all with a partial. Perhaps someone may comment and tell you. Also, sorry but I'm a little confided. Are you going to be getting a full denture soon? Or is only a partial?

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      Lisa 7 months ago from Central USA

      @Maronne I had the same problem with my husband. He had to go without for 4 months! Honestly, and this is raw honesty.... You MAY not look as bad as you think (ask a family member!) if you ask a friend, more than likely they just don't want to hurt your feelings). OR.... You can do what my husband did; he just didn't open his mouth to smile or laugh. IF he found himself in a no way situation and had to laugh, he would put his hand (fisted) and bent slightly over as if he were laughing hard. You will figure a way out. And another HONEST answer is..... Who cares! You will feel so much better and there is a lot of people walking around with NO teeth and/or just a few and they are more likely than not, wishing they were you. Please don't worry

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      Steve 7 months ago

      Just had the bite test, next visit to dentist I get new teeth. Had full upper extraction, I'm in UK, honestly can say I haven't been in pain from start to finish, so glad I've had it done, no longer afraid of dentist and I've seen the new uppers in, they look great.

      Thankyou whoever you are for writing about this, and to anyone with bad teeth for whatever reason...... GO SEE A DENTIST, they work miracles

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      KerryAnn Kelly 7 months ago

      Hello, thank you for your post! It's very insightful. I needed a partial plate for three upper left, and two upper right. I had my impressions done this morning. Very excited to be getting new teeth again!! I used to have a beautiful smile, and despite always looking after my teeth, I ended up having extractions due to abscesses. Now I'm so paranoid and insecure about my smile. I have a huge gap on my left hand side, and am very insecure about it. How different is a partial denture to a full denture??? Am I likely to experience similar 'settling in' problems?? I have a first fitting in about 10 days, then my final proper dentures 10 days after then. Super excited to have my smile back :-) Many thanks xx

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      Wendy 7 months ago

      I would like to say that I'm thankful you wrote this article I myself have to get dentures it's genetic my sister who is 50 just got dentures about 2 months ago and another sister who's 46 got her dentures about a year-and-a-half ago and now it's my turn and I've been scared out of my mind I've been in pain for weeks taking Motrin trying to deal with it until I work up the courage to go and have the Dentures put in over the past eight months it's been horrible but I was afraid to get the Dentures so I dealt with the pain I've lost over 20 pounds in the past 8 months due to this it's one of the reasons why I ended up going to the dentist 2 weeks ago to see what we needed to do I ended up going to a second dentist and getting a second opinion and he recommended the same thing all my teeth need to be pulled, let me tell you to hear that you need dentures is devastating it takes your breath away I cried the entire night it's been two weeks since I found out and I'm trying to stay strong I'm going to see my primary care physician to get a full physical and check up before I go under the procedure to have my teeth pulled I just want to make sure that I'm healthy before I take on such a task part of me is concerned that the weight loss may not be because of me not eating well this past 8 months due to a lose tooth. I'm concerned that maybe I lost all this weight because something else is going on so I just want to get a check up before I get dentures. Your article was amazing you really helped me to see that it's necessary and I need to do it. I'm still scared so very scared but as soon as I get the all clear from the doctor I'm going to go get it done and I'll come back to your article and let you know how I made out thank you so much for taking the time to write this it meant a lot God bless you

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      Din 7 months ago

      My husband was mortified of dentures. He had an anxiety attack just when I mentioned the word dentist- it's not is bad as you think, and believe me… You will get used to those dentures or the partial in your mouth! If your teeth are very bad on the bottom, why don't you just get a full denture? If there is bad as they say you are, you're going to end up with one anyway it sounds like, but I'm not a doctor or a dentist…

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      Erunner 7 months ago

      Thank you for this site. My name is Allan and I'm 62. I have agoraphobia and panic disorder and the dentist is the biggest challenge for me over everything because of my panic attacks. After 2 and a half years I went to the dentist two days ago. I have a partial on the bottom front and one of the anchor teeth became very loose and the day of my appointment fell out of my mouth. I told the dentist I was too nervous for dentures as mt mouth is the focus of my panic attacks. I hadn't removed the partial for over two years because of my anxiety and my teeth are a mess. The dentist suggested I get 9-10 teeth removed and she'll place partials on the top and bottom of my mouth. I had full X-rays and they did a deep cleaning on the bottom teeth. They cleaned my partial and it's not 100% secure due to the missing anchor tooth with a piece of it remaining as well as the root. The pain isn't an issue for me it's the afterwards that frightens me. How will my tongue respond to a permanent in my mouth? Will I have continual panic attacks? Reading the article suggested I would be in for huge issues if I got dentures. So do I go with the partials although I'll probably have no more than ten teeth left in my mouth? Have you or someone else dealt with people who deal with severe panic as I have. Right now I'm hoping to get some encouragement while dealing with the reality of my situation. Thank you so much

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      Maronne Anastar 7 months ago

      THANKS for sharing your experience and tips RE becoming a denture wearer. I so very much appreciate this! Due to not having much money AND being in excruciating and relentless pain from the multiple infected teeth in my mouth - I found a dentist who would extract my almost full mouth of teeth and refine the inside of my mouth so that I could use dentures. I didn't have the time (or - more importantly - the money) to pre-plan what happens immediately after (and I had them all out just five days ago).

      I DO go back to work the week after next - and I will be returning to my job as a cashier in a grocery store - WITHOUT TEETH! I was told today that it is too late to "do the Tempi Denture" thing - and that I'll be without teeth for at least 6 months.

      Any supportive comments will be appreciated. I was in so much pain that I was considering putting myself down if I didn't find relief soon. So - while I'm a little vain, THAT pain had me desperate.

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      Lisa 7 months ago from Central USA

      Denny.... I had the same problem with my dentist, I was insistent that they were too big and they had to shave them down you have a right to get them done properly!

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      Denny 7 months ago

      I had all of my teeth (24 of them) pulled on June 20th.

      I've already had my impressions taken and had what the dentist said was a final fitting, before I receive my permanent dentures. Well I can't express how unhappy I was with the way the temporary ones looked. Way too big. My lips didn't even touch together, when I closed my mouth.

      Now the nurse there told me that this was the visit to let the dentist know if I didn't like the style/color or overall appearance. When I told the dentist that teeth looked too big, he said they will look better after time.

      I also asked him about the style/color that nurse said I could change. He pretty much said that he couldn't do anything and they looked good.

      Sorry for rambling on. I just hate the idea of getting dentures that I have a feeling I'm not going to wear, because I look like a gorilla now...

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      Latoya 8 months ago

      I had my consult today. Im excited about my new smile and new social life but is it just me but the expense of the whole deal is soooo exspensive. Over $12,000 thats just for the oral surgeon and complete extractions after my insurance. What im i to do

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      Sandy 8 months ago

      I am getting my teeth pulled and temporary dentures in 2 weeks. This article was very helpful to let me know what to expect. Just wanted to say THANK YOU.

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      Lisa 10 months ago from Central USA

      Yes it's true then it's not is bad you think it is.. It seems to beyour first few days are rough, but they will become a part of you after a few months and you won't even notice the difference of something in your mouth. It does feel very weird and some people and just faster than others My husband still takes his dentures out to eat even anything soft, because he says it feels like food is smashing up in his facec. I still don't understand it, and I will never probably.

      The most important thing, is that you do it for health reasons, but the gift you get is being able to smile and laugh in front of people without covering your mouth because of embarrassment

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      Nicole Young 07 10 months ago from Chicago Illinois

      We all may be needing dentures in the future, be it partial or complete, unless you have the money to have dental implant. After all, a life without a complete set of teeth can be depressing, it may not be that interesting to a lot of people but dentures will be your helping hand when you start losing your teeth. This is because having no teeth will affect your speech, your appetite and your social life. According to my mom's dentist at the Kyrene Family Dentistry, when she first inquired about having dentures, she was told that the first few weeks of wearing dentures may feel odd and unnatural because when a drastic change happens in our body, our brain responds and signals that there is something different or off with e specific part of the body.

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      Deb 14 months ago

      I had 12 teeth pulled 3 months ago to complete the rest for my dentures. My dentist never told me I would have bone fragments and they still haven't come out. Hurts to touch them I'm afraid when I put my dentures and it's going to be very painful. Last visit when I got my impressions he told me I could have surgery to get those bone fragments out. At the time I had considered it but didn't want to have the surgery and have to wait another 2 months before I could wear my dentures and this is very frustrating to me. Has anyone ever been through this for this long of a time?

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      Lisa 14 months ago from Central USA

      It's so wonderful to know that I have hopefully gave both of you some insight as to what to expect; But, just remember, my outcome and my story will not be the exact same as what yours may be, but it will give you the gist of things And I would love it if you would get back with me and let me know how you're doing.. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask and I'll see if I can help you or tell you where to look for information, but basically, you will have to figure it out on your own because what works for me, may not work for you…… Good luck!

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      SundanceG 14 months ago

      I'm getting mine pulled tomorrow after years of dental problems due to severe early childhood illnesses. This has helped me a lot. Still nervous, but ready to actually smile again

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      Racemom 14 months ago

      I too had to have all my teeth pulled about 3 weeks ago 28 in all. I immediately had both uppers and lowers put in same day. It wasn't as bad as I thought. Reading your story really helped with my anxiety. It wasn't as bad as I imagined. The pain is very minimal the hardest part is waiting for the dentures to fit really good and be able to eat food other than soft food. Thank you very much for your article I really enjoyed reading it.

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      Lisa 15 months ago from Central USA

      The bottoms can be a bit tricky at times. I find myself using my Fixodent about 3-4 times a day on the bottom denture. If you feel them coming up when you are eating, you will find out quickly you need to add more glue, especially if youre eating a chip because it will poke your gum and that's a horrible feeling!

      The good news about having dentures is being able to eat chips and not worry about stabbing the roof of your mouth. My husband still chooses to eat without his teeth in. Drives me bonkers! He said it feels like food is smashing up against his face?? Makes NO sense but hey, who am I to tell him how he should eat but it just really is funny watching him eat without any teeth in. He is gumming his food and cheeks collapse. Oh well!

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      Annette T 15 months ago

      I got my top dentures 5 years ago and now i go on Dec. 28th to get my bottoms done.

      I have mixed feelings about it. But i am ready to get them done.

      I really enjoyed the sense of humor in your article.

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      Lisa 17 months ago from Central USA

      That's great to hear! They aren't the same, but if you're willing to just slap them in and go with the flow, you'll be fine! My husband just got his and never had a lick of trouble talking.

      He's doing fantastic (which actually kind of ticks me off ) especially after I told him he'd need to read a book and learn how to talk for about a week-

      I do have one thing up on him though--he takes his teeth OUT to eat! Yes, that's right. He says it feels like the bread from a PBJ sandwich is smashing all up in his face. He eats steak, chips, tacos etc without teeth.

      Everyone is different, so just because I had this experience, you may or may not, but it's a general idea!

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      Brenda Burton 17 months ago

      I am 37 and a mom of 5. 4 months ago I had all my top teeth pulled at once, and several lower pulled , I still have 8 bottom. I went today and had my impressions done. I decided to have teeth pulled and let them heal, I could not imagine the pain of having dentures put in right away!!! Any ways I see light at the end of the tunnel!!! I can't wait to smile again!!!! I know it will be frustrating trying to talk, but I overcame the language barrier of not having teeth, and my children and husband love to nitpick me about how I talk, lol so if I can give advice to anyone, I would go toothless and wait for your gums to heal it's really not that bad, just learning how to eat was aggravating but I'm now a pro!!!! Steak and porkchops are easy now cut small! So when I get my new choppers I will be back and let y'all know how I'm doing

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      Lisa 22 months ago from Central USA

      Well, yes you definitely need to get dentures it sounds like ; But also remember, food taste a little different at first- you don't seem to get the original case is you are used to. It will take you a little while to get used to eating with them, in fact, I know someone who just got dentures and have had them for a month and they take their teeth out to eat. I told her she had to leave them in order to get used to it.

      It's definitely not the same, but you look so much better and you will feel so much better that it's totally worth it. Please come back and tell me how it went

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      Dave 22 months ago

      I had a bad infection that i let go too long and my teeth slowly deteriorated . Finally couldn't take the pain and had them all pulled at once. Painful to sure, but the mouth pain is gone and im grateful. My dentist is very good and am starting the next step for impressions soon. Real food will be a joy again.

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      Lisa 22 months ago from Central USA

      The longer on procrastinates about getting denture and are scared or afraid, the longer one gets used to not wearing the dentures, the easier it is to go without. That may seem fine, but your(mouth) smile is what people really noticed

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      Jackson Willis 23 months ago

      I guess that I've never thought about the possibility of going without teeth because I haven't had to get dentures, but it's crazy that people have to worry about that. I know that I would struggle with things like this for sure. It could definitely be difficult to figure out the best way to approach this scenario, and I'm sure everyone would have a whole list of concerns about them. I would hope that they would get all of those concerns resolved with the dentist quickly and easily.

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      Me,Issa 2 years ago

      You look great! Can't tell they're dentures. I recently got mine. I feel like have buck teeth lol I was curious if it feels that way at first and you get used to it or is it more so they need to be properly fitted. I just got them a few day ago so I'm still in the first stages getting them adjusted and all

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      Lisa 2 years ago from Central USA

      Thank you for the compliment just Kizzy- and yes, you were totally right about the healing process. I think that's why I have so much trouble with mine lately because I've had the same set for 13 years and it's time for a new set. Some dentists are doing things differently now such as waiting for the gums to heal before they give you your dentures while others are still giving you the dentures as soon after your teeth are pulled immediately or just a week later. In fact, my friend just had all her teeth pulled and will not have her teeth for three months before getting her dentures

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      Kizzy 2 years ago from Michigan, USA

      Thanks for this hub! I go next week to have all my teeth pulled for dentures and have been surfing the web for days gathering all the info I can. This was great, and the humor most appreciated :) While you know it happens all the time people don't want to talk about it, and I'm grateful for all the folks who commented as well! Just an FYI; in my 'research' I have found that the reason for going for so long between extraction and dentures is because the gums and bone will shrink and settle as they heal. This causes dentures made before, or too soon after, extraction fit poorly when the healing is complete. (apparently this continues as you age, requiring new adjustments and/or new dentures) I'm in my 50's and have waited so long for this opportunity that I figure a couple more months is no problem... I can't wait to get my smile back! :D

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      Claire 2 years ago

      I'm 34 and have full dentures, I love them. Best thing I ever did. They function well and look really natural.

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      Lisa 2 years ago from Central USA

      Glad I could help! Clenching try to stop or it will become a habit!!

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      SouthernTrouble75 2 years ago

      I wanted to thank you for the humor in your post! I just had 22 teeth surgically extracted Monday and had my dentures the same day (I'd come in a week before for impressions). After having so many teeth yanked out, I'm still at the phase of "holy hell if I wanted this kind of pain & frustration I coulda had more kids & shot myself in the foot!!"

      One thing I've not seen much mention of is problems with all of a sudden clenching my teeth at night. Like you, I'd prefer to keep my dentures in. But after three nights of repeatedly waking up to this horrid pain of clenching my teeth with my dentures but over the stitches! (I'd rather go for another c-section than that pain!)

      Good luck and thanks again!!

      -ST75

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      Jane Abbott 2 years ago

      My dad is old now and has some unhealthy teeth. My siblings and I plan on getting him some dentures, but my dad is worried that he will have to go without teeth for a while. I am happy to hear that dentists have temporary dentures so he can start having a great smile again. http://www.hornsbydentureclinic.com.au

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      Lisa 2 years ago from Central USA

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      Lisa 2 years ago from Central USA

      Sometimes people say things that they don't really mean to hurt your feelings especially your husband I'm sure it was all supposed to be taken in stride. If you think they're too big for your mouth then perhaps they may be but if they're not then don't worry about it. It's an emotional feeling anyway to have dentures and maybe he doesn't realize that

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      Sasy 2 years ago

      My husband laughed at me when I got my new dentures he said the teeth are to big for my mouth. I have had dentures for 33yrs and this is the first he laugh made me feel sad

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      Lisa 2 years ago from Central USA

      Since you got your permanent dentures you still may need to get some adjustments made. It will take you a good month or two to learn how to talk. get out a book and read out loud to learn how to say your letters and enunciate. It would not hurt to go back to your dentist and tell him you may need another adjustment: I went through several. Good luck and let me know how you doing

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      carol 2 years ago

      i had temp and permanent incerts put in 8 months ago now. i have permanent denctures now..my permanent denctures i had 1 month....but, i battle to talk, is this normal....my denctures clip in and out. i did not have bone and teeth were loose...i had all removed....what a business.....just the talking, i slur, is embarrassing too...thank u...

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      Lisa 2 years ago from Central USA

      I don't know if I understand your question correctly. You're not supposed to actually have an overbite. Since you just got them today I would call the dentist in the morning and you can go back in there and tell them you're not fitting right I had to go back six times within two weeks. They may just have to do a simple adjustment. Haying in there you will get used to them I promise

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      febbie 2 years ago

      I just got my final upper denture today and I'm not liking it at all it doesn't fit like my temp one..it had somewhat of an over bite and was much more comfortable...my per minute one touches all my teeth when I bite down...is this normal or are they not fitted right?

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      Lisa 2 years ago from Central USA

      Danielle please get back with me and tell me how it went

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      Lisa 2 years ago from Central USA

      @Danielle...hun I am so sorry you are going through this mess..TRUST ME...it will get better very soon and you won't even know you have them in..it does feel horrible and embarrassing and all of the above, but just hang on ! Always revert back to this page if you want to remember all I've said. Good luck and SMILE

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      danielle 2 years ago

      I really wish I would have seen this before I got my dentures. I still would have went through it but I would have known more of what I was getting myself into. thank you for this tho because right now its only been a little over a week and I am hating them mostly because I have no patients but this was very encouraging! THANKS

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      Lisa 2 years ago from Central USA

      Thank you for all your comments. Dentures aren't as bad as you think ; there's still nothing like your own still. Sometimes life throws you something that's not prepared for; but you can always deal with it

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      jtrader 3 years ago

      Voted up and funny. I guess all of us have to face this choice at some point.

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      sarahchase81 3 years ago

      No it's not painful. I just.noticed a while ago when I was feeling along my upper gum line that there is a couple small spots where the gum almost seems to have worn away and I can actually feel and scratch my fingernail along bone.

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      Lisa 3 years ago from Central USA

      If your dentures are not fitting properly they may be pushing in on your gums and on your bones. I would suggest going to the dentist. Is it painful?

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      sarahchase81 3 years ago

      I've had my top denture for over a decade and have had no real problems until recently. I have spots on my upper gums where bone is coming through. Has anyone else dealt with this or have any idea why this is happening?

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      Angela Joseph 3 years ago from Florida

      This hub was beautifully done. You took a subject that most people are embarrassed to talk about and wrote about it in a helpful and humorous way. I wear partials and am thinking of changing them because I can't chew my salads as well as I would like, but now that you mention having the same problem, I'm wondering if I should. Voted up and useful.

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      diana 4 years ago

      Great! I wonder how I can get in touch with you so you can rell me the name of the dentist. I am in Germany and it is basically illegal here if it is not all rotten. I can hardly stand my situation any longer.

      Thank you 1

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      kelly 4 years ago

      I like you am also fairly young (mid 30s) and my teeth have really taken the toll of having kids. After my 3rd my teeth said im done and went even further downhill from there. I have done the nasty stuff (mold) and I have had all my broken teeth removed. The 1st visit was horrific. They couldn't numb my teeth. They insisted they did but I knew differently. They kept telling me it was "pressure". I was in so much pain. I had many teeth pulled thru the years so I am well aware what it should feel like. I was crying screaming, and cursing at the dentist telling him to stop that it was anything but pressure. After that appointment he called to tell me it must be the infection in my mouth keeping it from numbing. I said "Gee really? Do you think?" So needless to say I was more than reluctant to return, but I did and made sure my husband was there with me to stop them if I needed. The last appointment went off without a hitch. So now I have 2 more appointments. I have the final appointment to get the remainder of my teeth removed and an appointment this Tuesday. I just am not sure what this one is for. We never discussed size or color or anything of that sort.

      I just thought I would tell you how nice it is to see someone who is not elderly getting dentures, as well as explaining it in detail as you did. Thanks

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      Lisa 4 years ago from Central USA

      Keep thinking positive honey..it gets better..you will be smiling withing a week and eating in 6...Remember, gum is virtually impossible and chew your food well! They are NOTHING like your own chops...like cutting a steak with a plastic knife...it just doesn't work as well..good luck and come back and let me know how you are doing! Congrats on going for it! You have nothing to lose (except your bad teeth)

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      MissingOut 4 years ago

      Well I'm 35 and about to take the plunge after 7 years of battling tooth decay. I have all my bottom, but all of my top is just plain disgusting, sometimes I think my teeth look like their scarier than those horror movie monsters teeth. I have not kissed my spouse in 6 years. Let me just say I was one for kissing more so than anything else. I brushed, flossed, did go to the dentist. But I have a debilitating disorder and caused my teeth to litterally break or just rot apart. I have gone to a great dentist did my consults and just completed the two appointments for getting the fitting done. The goo that they stick in your mouth and hardens did taste like you know what! When she first put it in I closed my eyes and tried not to gag, she told me to open my eyes and focus on something far away. It did help with the gagging. It only took about 3 mins for it to harden, then she had to pull it out. That kinda sucked because the teeth I do have are terrible and pulling on them with the suction from the goo was uncomfortable but was ok. I just kept thinking Soon I will be able to smile, eat and kiss. Now I'm awaiting the upper denture to be completed. I was shown many options of colors and shapes of teeth, so we could pick something that is close to my original teeth. So in 2 weeks I have to get my teeth ripped from my mouth and a temp immediately put in. And I am to sing and sing and sing on my way home. I imagine that is going to require a bib of some sort, and some of my humor injected into the ride home. My spouse will be escorting me so I will be embarrassed I'm sure, but I know in time it will be ok. I just want my life back, I've avoided family, friends, parties, everything just because of my mouth. So a few months I hear is the how long it takes to fully adjust. So I can't wait! Although I'm dreading the teeth being pulled. Thank you for your stories and help. I'll be back in a few weeks with an update.. Better Heath, better smiles in my future, and hoping my passionate kisses to return as well one day hopefully sooner than later. Good luck all of you, please do it too otherwise bad teeth lead to many other worse issues...We Can Do It! Say Cheese!

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      kjohn5 4 years ago

      This was extremely informative. I never realized there could be so many different complications with dentures. I looked a the site http://www.mybite.ca/denturist.htm to learn more about dentures and so with that and this article, I feel that I have a good idea and understanding of dentures now. Thanks.

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      shanon37 4 years ago

      wow..thank you soooo much!! I just went to the dentist 3 days ago for a tooth that broke only to get told all my teeth are actually breaking and he said i need to get them all pulled out asap (i litterally cried all day/night) i'm 37 and never thought this would happen ,he wanted to pull them all in one day but due to hard times i just don't have all the money up front so in 2 weeks he will pull all the top ones and put the upper dentures in they already did the cement thing and yes your right it was HORRIABLE..(i wish i knew your gagging technique then lol) because it took them 3 times to get it right because i was gagging so bad. I am still nervous but not nearly as bad thanks to you,i'm just terrified of the pain and hoping and praying no one can tell i have dentures i do know i am very excited to be able to smile again and will no longer have to cover my mouth when i talk to people :) iam hearing the worse pain is when i have to go back the very next day after the procedure is this true? and what is it that he will do on that visit?

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      Mind Warp 4 years ago

      I got all my uppers pulled on one day, the next day the dentist left for Hawaii for 30 days. The entire time, bits and pieces of bone/tooth came to the surface of my gums, and I had to pull them out with tweezers. OUCH. The dentures NEVER fit and she kicked me out as her patient because I did go back, again and again, trying to get her to reline them. All she'd do was grind on them until finally, she sent me to an oral surgeon - who removed my entire maxilla! NO bone now and no dentures will ever stay in place due to .. no bone! I think I'm getting so lucky when another dentist offers to fix things with an implanted denture except ... he never did it. Made me wait a year, past the civil suit filing date to sue the former two dentists, THEN kicked me to the curb. I'm not a big fan of dentists right now. I cannot eat, no uppers will stay in TO chew with and the lowers? Thank god, they're fine. The real kicker? Turned out - she didn't even NEED to pull the teeth. I only needed crowns, just like I got on the bottom. I wish I had the $8k to GET that implanted "All on 4" but maybe they'll be cheaper ... by the time I turn the 75 I now look! Skeleton-face indeed!

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      Rhonda1972 4 years ago

      Yesterday (11/06/2012) got all the upper teeth pulled, walked out with the temp. denture.. The nervousness was not getting my teeth pulled it was the way I was going to look when I get back to work.. It scares me.. I can't help but thinking are co-workers going to notice..That's what scares me the most..

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      DMVmimay 4 years ago

      ohh very useful hub, another useful hub i visited.. thanks for sharing this, you did very great.. blessed!

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      trish1048 4 years ago

      First, I have had dentures a number of years now. I still have 7 of my own teeth left, so I have partial dentures. I thank God my experience wasn't too horrible. I did have my teeth that needed removing all done at once. I did not get temporary dentures. Impressions were made and I went home.

      After about a week, my dentures came in. It did feel strange to once again have all the teeth I was supposed to have. I had most of my back teeth gone for quite some time when I went for the dentures. I did not suffer untold agony throughout this process, such as pain or infection.

      I did go for one or two adjustments and then that was it, I was good to go.

      The worst part of it for me was getting used to eating. Dentures tend to slide over things like apples, and steak was a bit difficult. For a while I too thought, what the hell did I do? I hate this. Since I had seven of my own teeth left, I would take the dentures out to eat, even if it was out at a restaurant. (of course, I was discreet about it). It took me well over six months to finally decide to wear my dentures when eating.

      I think what I was most upset about was that for my whole life, I had taken care of my teeth. I went for regular visits, had problems fixed, more crowns than I care to count, etc. etc. And still, ended up with dentures. Now I'm just waiting for my financial picture to get better to go and bite the bullet and have the remaining teeth taken out.

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      tc 4 years ago

      I am one of the very few people whose teeth never developed properly. All were brittle with no enamel whatsoever. I had all that had come in out at thirteen and the rest extracted (wisdom teeth ) as they came in. All gone at sixteen. I wear dentures and have fully adjusted to doing so. I also enjoy leaving them out at times and have gone for days without them including two weeks in Tukey for a dare. I can eat most foods and speak clearly with my dentures and I can also eat the same without them though I speak with a lisp. I am twenty five now and a wife and mother. Being toothless is not a problem for me and if I am honest I rather enjoy it as does my husband.

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      Lisa 4 years ago from Central USA

      Thank you! Glad you are doing well! Speech takes a little while, but you get used to it!

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      Atlantis142 4 years ago

      Brilliant, well written and respectfully witty. I have just got my dentures 3 days ago, I have partial bottom and full uppers. Bulimia stole my smile. I am having difficulty with eating. Soup with bread in has become my best friend. I sing the abc song too try and improve my speech and count from 60 to 100. The dentures are beginning to feel like a part of me but I've been looking up on how to avoid the dreaded sore spots and rubbing. I go back to my dentist on Tuesday and hopefully she'll realign them. Loved your article, just wanted to impart that my dentist reckons that having partials straight after removal of your teeth causes more trouble and rubbing and you have to get used to them twice, once with immediates and then with your permenants. I'm 43 and was mortified to think I'd be without teeth and as you said so well the face collapse for 3-4 weeks. I did go without however and you would be amazed at the support. Sincere support I received. Just one more thing, Julia Roberts has had falsies from the age of 16! Shes always looked great, so there is hope for the rest of us denture wearers, old or young. Thanks for a great article, Regards, Lisa / AKA Atlantis142

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      Lisa 4 years ago from Central USA

      Thank you and you too!

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      Marty 4 years ago

      God bless you

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      Lisa 4 years ago from Central USA

      thank you so much for the compliment for one. Second, I am sorry to hear about your banana. I have had my share of not being able to eat carrots and raw vegetables especially. I don't want to break them too!

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      Paul Richard Kuehn 4 years ago from Udorn City, Thailand

      This is an excellent hub and I can identify with everything you have written. I had all of my upper teeth and most of my bottoms pulled when I was 47. This happened because I didn't take care of my teeth when younger and I was afraid to see the dentist due to some bad experiences when I was a kid. Anyhow, the infection in my mouth was so bad that I wound up getting about 20-25 teeth pulled at one time while being knocked out. After I got the dentures, I tried biting into a banana, and it was the strangest feeling in my life like not being able to feel the banana with such a numb feeling. I struggled the first couple of months and can remember eating a lot of times without my dentures. It probably rtook me at least 6 months to get used to them. And yes, my health did appreciably improve. I had fewer colds.

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      Lisa 5 years ago from Central USA

      That's a good question. Some may just be because they didn't take care of their teeth very well. Others could be a genetic problem. People have health problems that can contribute to bad teeth as well. We had quite a few in my family that ended up in dentures early and I always took care of my teeth.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      I can see this hub as a real help to those faciing this procedure. You have taken a sensitive subject and covered it very well with great tact and wit. I wonder what some of the reasons are for people having to get dentures, and the common age for this event? Voted up.

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      Lisa 5 years ago from Central USA

      I'm glad you enjoyed my little humor. Tried not to make it too obvious.

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      jenubouka 5 years ago

      A very honest and funny story. I think it is very important to keep one's chin up in times like this. Dentures seem apparent in my future so this was comforting. As the tip about gagging, I was seriously laughing out loud!!! Awesome.

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      Lisa 5 years ago from Central USA

      Glad you caught that~thanks. Dentures are serious and important. I don't know what possessed me to write about it, but I thought I would. No one told me what to expect when getting mine, and so therefore; I was totally blown away. But I did recover from it and can be out of agony from the pain I had before getting them.

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      This is a subject that is not written about much, and it is a serious subject. You did a great job on this Hub, and I'm voting it UP, etc. Just a friendly observation from a fellow Hubber: Your first photo has a water mark, one photo is attributed to google.com the other photos are not attributed at all.

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