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im getting dentures for the first time and have some questions can anyone help me?

i am getting dentures shortly, and im a little scared. i am not even 30 yet and have noone to answer my questions. i called and talked to the denture place i am going to and they said that i should wait on getting my top teeth pulled but wont that make it harder to adjust to the dentures? also, does it affect anything to get teeth pulled and have dentures right away? does it hurt to wear them right after getting everything pulled? what are the best dentures?
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  • Getting dentures put in right after the extractions has many benefits. The denture acts as a pressure bandage to help control bleeding plus leaving the office with teeth as opposed to toothless does wonders for your body image and self esteem. There is going to be some pain and discomfort in the early days but if you follow the dentists directions, you should be able to tolerate it. If the pain is extreme- go back to the dentist. Use ice packs for the first day or so to help with pain and swelling.
    Be sure to get as much information up front as you can, get your plan in writing including all costs associated with getting dentures. Try to maintain a positve outlook. It is going to be hard at first but you are not the first nor will you be the last to go through this. There are plenty of people out there that can help- just ask.
    Best wishes
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  • Elaine, I've had dentures now for 21 days. I agree with the earlier post, immediate dentures are best. I had to wait 4 days to get back to the dentist after having 20 teeth pulled in 1 sitting. I had pain pills which helped a bit, but when I left the dentist after my visit, the pain was all but gone! You will experience periodic pain for about the first 4-6 weeks, until the swelling is totally gone. When that happens, go see the dentist, he will adjust the dentures to alleviate the pain. After the swelling is down, the dentures will feel loose, but when you are healed & ready, he'll line them & they will fit better (My re-line is 1 week from today.) This is a life changing decision, so please seek as much advise from professionals as possible. And be prepared to be patient. It is a long process and it'll feel like the days are dragging. Much luck to both of us and much thanks to the posters on this web site. They were life saving!
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  • i am 36 years old and had dentures for a year now i hated going to the dentist i think more than anybody which is why i needed dentures i felt terrified going in and coming out. i went to aspen dental they were really nice made me feel more comfortable about the whole thing, they recomended doing the top and bottom at the same time so i had it done, i couldnt afford to be put to sleep for it so i just had novacane and had all teeth. i wanted to be put to sleep for it but it wasnt as bad as i thought it would be thankfully wont have to go through again it was only one time i had to through it so glad i got it all done at once cause it would have been hard for me to go back to do it again. i got the dentures that day, it hurt really bad but the pain killers worked fine i was a smoker at the time and couldnt smoke for three days which made it a little worse. i ate mostly soup, oatmeal, scrambled eggs for a couple weeks the gradually started eating more things. i dont regret getting it done i am so glad no more abscesses no more pain i could eat things i havent been able to eat or had a hard time eating since i was like 13. it was hard at first but it does get easier.
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  • I went to Aspen Dental and I was told that I could have as many adjustments as I needed for the first year so I think that means that the actual "temporary" dentures will be fitted to be the actual "permanent" dentures. I recommend Aspen, theyhave four different styles of dentures and costs. I looked in to many different places and found that Aspen had the best price and service.
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  • I turned 40 in November, I got all my teeth pulled out and got my dentures the same day. (The day afterValentines day) Yes it hurts but I was glad to have pretty new perfectly straight teeth. It gave me a reason to smile again.
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  • I am getting 22 teeth pulled this month,,,i worry about the pain,,,but that wont stop me from getting this done,,, I wont have any teeth for 2 months until i heal totally,,,then back to the dentist for my teeth or what ever comes next I am excited to have good teeth, no more cavities or tooth aches,,no more missing teeth,,,just a nice smile,,,I know its gonna take time to adjust so my plan is just to take things one day at at time
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  • Hi. I've had my upper dentures for 2 years, and I just got my lower ones done last week. Both times, I got immediate dentures. I think that's the best way, for a few reasons. As the other post mentioned, it helps slow the bleeding, but it also helps control the swelling and helps the gums conform to the dentures as they heal.
    Not gonna kid you about it, kiddo...it's gonna hurt, and you'll need to be a trooper. The first 3 or 4 days are the worst, but then things will slowly begin to get better. The afternoon of my surgury, when the drugs and gas and novacain wore off, was real intense. If you get immediate dentures, you should be told not to take them out for the first 24 hours. My dentist actually had me come back the next day so he could help me take them out the first time. Once your past that "first time", things begin to improve, a little at a time. You should expect to make a number of trips back to the dentist for awhile for adjustments.
    Stock up on soft foods and juices. (Soup, cottage cheese, soft scrambled eggs, yogurt, etc.) Try to do what the doctor says, and be patient. It's a slow process. Good luck, and be strong!
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