At the age of 48 and having bad teeth most of my life, I'm finally realizing I have no other choice but have them all removed and get dentures. I'm not as scared of the extraction process as I am scared of the transition to the temporary dentures, talking, eating, etc. How long after does it take before semi normal eating and semi normal talking? Appreciate any input.
My husband just had 17 teeth pulled on Tuesday. He says to not get the temporary teeth, your gums will not heal right. His dentist offered them to him, but he didn't want them and the dentist told him they are more trouble then they are worth.
I had a totally different experience from the above poster. I found the temporary dentures extremely helpful. My dentist put them in right after my total mouth extraction and told me not to remove them until my next appt with him 2 days later. They help to control the swelling, help the blood clot and in doing all that, help greatly control the pain. By helping to control the swelling, it allows you to get your permanent denture more quickly and with an initially much better fit. They will have a "soft" liner that can be periodically trimmed and adjusted as your gums heal and change shape. Different people heal at a different rate so it will be up to you and your dentist as to when you're ready to have your "hard" liner put in. The mold for your temporary dentures are done a couple days before your extraction so they're ready to go in immediately following.
I found having it done this way made the whole extraction and healing process much less painful than single extractions I'd had in the past. It's a tremendous level of protection for your healing gums and holes. No more having to eat pudding and mashed potatoes for weeks waiting for painful holes to heal. Since you do have a foreign object in your mouth, it takes only a day or so to learn to talk without a very slight difference than your regular speech (more of a slight lisp than anything else). Like you, I've suffered from dental problems all my life. Immediately after sitting up in the dentist's chair he gave me a mirror and I smiled widely for the first time in more years than I can remember. I really almost burst into tears because I finally looked like everyone else and didn't have to hide behind my hand, or look down. You will be so happy you've done this!
I just got all of my top removed on the 6th and got my immediate denture plate put in that day. Talking came pretty easy and quickly however I would definitely recommend getting at least the economy plus package at the minimum and I'm so glad I did the plate I have in now does not line up correctly with my bottom teeth and makes for eating and closing my mouth correctly difficult and my jaw hurts from it as the top molars and my bottom molars are not in alignment and my plate is to big and if you do the economy plus package you get to try out your second denture and and see it before you get it and make some adjustments to it which is great where as the regular economy package you do not get to do that with at least not at the place I went but the economy plus packages and up you do and in that package it also includes the relines of the first denture and everything you need for it to keep you comfortable as you are healing until you are ready for your permanent denture hopefully this has helped
Whoever Lisa is - she has had the easiest recovery I've ever heard in my life!! For me, I am in the 2nd month, still don't talk plain. I still can't eat anything other than very soft food (never expect to eat apple slices again in my life!). Adhesive simply doesn't work, period. Seabond sticks to the dentures, but doesn't stick to the gums nor roof of my mouth. Fixodent sticks great to my gums and the roof of my mouth, but doesn't stick to the dentures at all. Polygrip doesn't stick to anything (gums, dentures, roof of mouth?! Basically the bottom denture just floats around loose in my mouth. The top stays in place sometimes, except don't try to whistle (dislodges it), eat from a spoon (dislodges it) or move your tongue to either side (dislodges it). The entire experience has been a nightmare and I seriously regret the procedure. I guess I should have just continued to break 5-6 teeth every year.
At least I would have had a few teeth to chew real food with and I could still taste - because your sense of taste is greatly diminished with dentures as well. I have implants on the bottom dentures, so I'm hopeful that when I actually get to use these (at the 3 month period) - the bottom denture will stay in place. Until then, soup and Ramen noodles is about all I can eat. Hey, but I've lost 25 pounds so that is probably a good thing... lol. Oh yeah and the pain is significant when trying to eat anything solid - not sure at what point the pain is supposed to go away, but 2 months hasn't been long enough.
just got 19 pulled a week ago the first day my teeth bled for 20 hours. They put the dentures in the next day the top go in ok but the bottom gums are still sore. So taking my time to adjust before actually wearing them all the time. Everyone is different so good luck to all
Jerseygirl, I know the feeling. I finally had it done one week ago today. I had my last 9 teeth pulled and had studs installed for dentures. Dentist did not tell the whole story, otherwise I probably would not have gone through with it. The first week was pure agony, no other way to describe it. The Dentist put my temp teeth in that day but I had to remove them even before I got home. I have tried to put them in but no dice. I finally went to the Dentist again today, even though I wasn't supposed to go back for another week. He made adjustments to the teeth enough for me to get them in, but I can't imagine eating with them.
Dentist was impressed with how much healing I had done and said I was doing really good, so I guess everyone should have the same luck as I have.
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