Coping without teeth while waiting for new dentures
I am in my mid-sixties. I have had partial dentures, upper and lower, for a few years now. My dentist has told me that I need to have my remaining teeth out . I have had a panoramic x-ray done, and have an appointment later this week for a consultation with the surgeon who will be removing the teeth. The dentist has said that two or three weeks after the teeth have been extracted, he will be able to start on my new dentures. I'm not too worried about the extractions and I am also not too worried about getting used to full dentures. I am hoping that, because I have already had partial ones, full ones won't be too difficult to get used to - hopefully! What I am worried about is how to cope without any teeth at all while I wait for my new dentures (apparently two to three weeks for healing and about four weeks for denture-making appointments), both in terms of eating and for the sake of my vanity. The dentist has not suggested immediate dentures so I will have no choice but to wait. I have visions of not being able to eat much and of hiding from friends and family! Fortunately, I don't have to worry about work as I am retired. I would love to know if anyone has any tips for coping during this stage. I can't wait to get my new dentures because my existing teeth have been bothering me for a while, and I haven't been proud of my smile for a while, and I know I have to be patient, but any advice from those who have been through the living-without-teeth stage it will be welcome. Many thanks.