About to get full immediate dentures....and terrified!
Posted in the Dentures Forum
#1 May 26, 2012
Well after years of dealing with all the pain and problems that come with bad teeth, yesterday my dentist lowered the boom on me and told me that at this point, the only option for me was dentures. She said that immediate dentures were the way she was going to go, that they are my best option, and I left her office feeling as low as I have felt in many years. After I stopped crying, I did what I always do faced with a new situation, and hopped online to see what others in my situation might have to say, and I found this forum. It's been a mixed blessing. I have a better understanding of just what immediate dentures are, and of the hell i'm about to face. I've deduced that it may not be as bad for me as for many others because I only have 9 of my own teeth left, so the extractions won't be as bad as those who have had more of their own teeth to remove. I've learned that my medical doctar will probably be happy with me because he's been yelling at me for a long time that i'm not losing weight fast enough to suit him...sigh. The combination of my coming inability to eat and the use of my new Gazelle Edge may shut him up for a while on that score when I weigh in at my next appointment with him, but it sounds like it's going to be a miserable diet all the same.
I've read that my face is going to collapse, and at 56 i'll look 66 or worse soon, but i've also read that that won't happen if I suddenly discover a long lost wealthy relative who will pay for implants for me. I don't see any wealthy relatives on the horizon, but it's nice to dream.
I've read that once healed, a lot of denture wearers can eat what they want, and that others still can't get used to eating. I've learned that it's a good thing that i'm retired from the job I used to do,(I was a radio DJ)because speaking clearly, or at all apparently, can be an issue with dentures. This depresses me, because though I no longer get paid to talk, it's something I do a lot (much to the chagrin of my family, especially my long-suffering husband) and get a lot of enjoyment from.
I've learned the experience is different for everyone, and i've learned a caring dentist can be a big help and make a big difference in how this upcoming experience will be for me. I have no problem there, she's been superb up to now, and I have no reason to believe she'll be anything but compassionate and caring now, but I am still terrified about the whole idea of literally being the "toothless, bearded hag" the Rolling Stones sing about...did I mention that i'm also in menapause, adding to all the fun.
I'm glad I found this forum, i've learned a lot, and it's given me a list of questions I would otherwise never have known to ask my dentist about before having this drastic step done. I suspect i'll go through with the process despite the depression I'm feeling about it as there is no other option out there for someone whose mouth is as bad as mine has been for years, and I would love to be able to smile again without being afraid i'll scare small children when I do. I'm going to keep reading, and may post again as the process continues...bottom line, I knew I was not alone of course, thousands of people wear dentures, but what I didn't know was how caring and compassionate so many of them were, and how willing you all are to share your experiences to help all of us who are going through, or are about to go through what you've all lived through. I'm glad you're all here.
Since: May 12
#2 May 26, 2012
Good post. I understand how you feel I started this process back in March. My final exaction day is May 29th. I have my finished full dentures (top and bottom) sitting on my desk next to me to take with me to the oral surgeon to place after he completes my final extractions (front teeth).
My process included the removal of my back teeth first. One nice side effect is that I have lost some weight. My bras fit better.(haha). I still could loose another 70 pounds.
Good luck to you. Keep posting.
#3 May 26, 2012
Thanks SandySmile, i'm still in shock about this whole thing...knowing it's coming "sometime in the future", and actually starting the process are two different things, and I keep telling myself that i'm not alone, i'll survive this, and life will go on...with any luck. Thanks for listening!
#4 Aug 27, 2013
I sure wish you had followed up with how everything turned out...
#5 Aug 28, 2013
It's been hard, I wish I had not had to do it, but life goes on. My dentist has had a lot of trouble finding a good fit for my top denture, but the bottom is ok. She had the permanent reline done, and it's ok, but the top still gets very loose, so I wonder if the permanent reline was done too soon,(though it was about 8 months after my teeth were pulled and I got the immediate dentures). I have discovered powdered adhesive, and that helps a lot, and though it took a long time to learn how to chew again, I manage pretty well now. The whole situation has been depressing, but not as bad as I thought it would be, and now I just go about my life with dentures, and am glad to be pain free finally!
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