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Tue, Dec 20, 2016 5:49 AM

Does anyone EVER get used to wearing dentures?

It's Day 4 post surgery: removing my remaining 12 teeth and inserting the temporary upper & lower dentures.
My question is: Does anyone EVER get used to this?
The feeling that my mouth is so full of plastic; I feel like I want to gag all the time.
I'm feeling really depressed when, prior to surgery, I thought I'd be so happy to be able to smile again.
I know it's very early days for me but it feels like I'll never feel 'normal' again.
I've just found this forum, and I'm hoping that someone whose been through this can reassure me that these foreign objects will eventually feel, if not a part of me, then at least a minimal hindrance.
Thanks to anyone in advance who takes the time to respond to this post.

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4 years ago

NOT ME.......and I have only an upper partial now for 7 years.....It had been uncomfortable since the day I got it.....It's awful, but I don't have an extra $75K laying around for implants. 

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inertia40

Where are you??  What ever happenned to you

No Implants do not cost $75,000

You can find much less expensive implant systems

I have  all implants and really love them.  There is Nothing to get used to as they feel and work like your old real perfect teeth

Let us know how you are doing now that it is one year later

Your experience is very important to us and it is how we learn and help people here on this blog

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60 Points

The cheapest implant I can find is 20 grand for upper and lower

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Hi  debra bemis
You can get over dentures secured by implants for much less then $20,000

Read the blogs  here on implants
Barbara

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HHi Debra

Thia

hi debra

 place in Mexico had a very low price for implant secured dentures

You might  want to check them ou

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i am almost a week to having my top teeth taken out and have a denture fitted.How long does it take for a denture to feel right ? It`s really strange having a foreign object in my mouth plus it feels like i have load of marbles  in there Does it get easier ?

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534 Points

4 years ago

I'm on day 12 with a full upper and a partial lower. It's getting easier every day. The first week was hard. I had to force myself to keep them in. It's still not natural, but I can see the light at the end of the tunnel.

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Thanks Mary. I'll persevere (no choice now but to!). I'm glad it's getting better for you.

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Everyone is different. I have a partial on top and full on bottom.  The bottom are difficult for me.  I wont say anything negative now it takes time.

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I`m also on day 4 with full upper and lower, the extraction of all 23 teeth was done with just Novocaine ( wouldn`t recommend that to anyone) my temporary set seems to work fine, had some minor adjustments on the follow up the next day, now i have about 6 weeks til the next visit. the only issue I have right now is really my speech..i just think I talk funny ...is that normal ?

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316 Points

Yes its normal, you have to relearn how to form words with your new smile

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I’m 8 months out from having my last 12 pulled and immediate dentures placed. I just got my new “permanent” set and it’s like day and night! I can’t believe the difference in my appearance and talking! Sooo much better! Hang in there everyone. If I can get through it anyone can!

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4 years ago

Sorry still having a very hard time after 8 months of upper only although it does get a little better with time. According to my dentist they are not real teeth and will never feel like real teeth but I do have to say that they look great. On a positive note, I am eating better than at the beginning. Good luck....


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Norwich Girl
Tell your dentist you are too uncomfortable and ask him to make an adjustment
Barbara

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4 years ago

My dentist said people think dentures are like putting on a new pair of shoes but its more like a wooden leg! Well... at least he was honest. ..

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186 Points

Hahahaha! Good way to explain it! The more I wear them the less they bother me.

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MGD

Hi 
 I went into hock and went for all implants
They are perfect and just like regular teeth. Ir Feels the same as regular teeth.  I had had them for years and years and never had a problem with them.
I eat the same and brush the same as I did before.
It's the best money I ever spent
I just shut my eyes and pretended I was buying a Mercades Benz
Barbara

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Ken
Easy for your dentist to say but they are not his teeth
Barbara

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How much for implants?? Full mouth?? And where???

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Hi  dawn smith
Well do you want a full mouth because that is the top of the line

The over denture or the clip on denture is the least expensive approach

In between there is all on 4 and all on 6.

What is  your pleasure??

You   can also check out dental colleges
Let us know what you are thinking about
Barbara

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4 years ago

Well, I'm not sure that dentures will ever feel normal. BUT I think you're question really is " will they ever stop dominating my every waking moment?"


I am 14 months in. I have a full upper and a partial lower.. It is easy to forget about the partial lower. However, the full upper continues to consume every waking moment. It's bulky, it's plastic, it tastes bad and I'm allergic to it. There is not a single moment that I forget that I have a full denture.


The difference really is size. A full upper takes up so much space in your mouth. It's really difficult to forget it's there. But, you are also early in the process.


Also, if you feel like gagging, go back to your dentist and ask him/her to trim the back portion of your denture. This is a common issue where the palate portion of the denture hits the gag reflex zone of your mouth.


Consider also that losing your teeth is a devastating event. It has significant impacts on your emotional and mental well being. It's like an amputation and most people will grieve the loss without really understating why they feel the way they do.


You are only now 6 days in. Give it time. You have to find a new normal. It will happen. Just be patient.

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Thanks Heather.
I totally agree that it is a grieving process that I'm/we all go through. It's unexpected though. As I said, I was looking forward to smiling again. I underestimated how huge this is emotionally.
I'm also wondering about the future:
I'm single but had had hopes of one day meeting someone ... Now, I can't imagine anyone wanting to kiss a mouth full of plastic! I can't imagine letting anyone go there either!
So much for my 'new life'!

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So very true Heather it is nice to see that many people feel the same way. It is devastating. I'm about 8 months in and there is not a second I forget about the dentures. I have uppers only & cannot seem to get use to them. They do not hurt as much as they did in the beginning and I am having another pair made although very upset about this. My dentist said I had allot of bone loss and I trust him so I am going through with this expense once again. Also I am so afraid if the denture breaks, then what do I do? I am not a candidate for implants both for financial reasons and something with breaking the sinus bone which sounds too catastrophic and am not sure there are any other options. I cannot believe that my parents never complained about dentures at least not to me.

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342 Points

I am going on 4 months from extraction and I'm also have a horrible time adjusting to the dentures (full on top and partial on bottom).  The bottom won't stay in to save my life.  I feel like I just eat Fixodent because I have to add it so often...about every 2 hours.  I don't want my husband to kiss me because I'm afraid of my teeth falling out of place.  My bottom gums hurt CONSTANTLY.  I go back tomorrow (12/5/17) to, hopefully, get some relief from the pain.  I've been in so often because of pain that I feel like the dental office dreads to see me.  If I could go back, I'd just wait for my very loose teeth to fall out and then do something.  I'm sick of this and right now I hate life.

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Donna, I'm so sorry you are having a rough time. I feel so sad when reading your post. It's been about a month since you posted this, has it gotten any better at all? I really hope so. I've read it can take a long time for some people to get used to them and it takes allot of patience. I'm just at the beginning of the process but I'm hoping I will have the patience needed and the ability to be kind to myself throughout it. I really don't have any choice but to do this and I am kinda excited at the moment because I want to smile again and I want to never feel a toothache again as long as I live but I also know I am trading those things for something different like denture sores and pain. I'm thinking of you and really really hoping you are okay. Kim

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Hi Kim, things are a little bit better.  I had crowns put on three of the four remaining teeth....one already had a crown.  The one that already had a crown will need to be pulled when I go back for the permanent crowns because it is very loose.....that's why I had to have all of the other teeth pulled, because they were so loose.  I've had some significant pain the past couple of days from the bottom dentures rubbing again.  I'm just PRAYING that when I get all of the permanents (crowns and dentures) put in place that things will feel so much better....I've been assured it would.  I have to say that the first thing I do when I get in my car after work is take the bottom dentures out.  I hate not being able to keep them in because I don't like for my husband to see me without them....although he's told me that he loves me, not my teeth.  :)  I won't let him kiss me either if I don't have my teeth in so that puts a damper on everything, if you get my drift.  :(  I'm also praying that by having this other tooth pulled, it doesn't put me behind in getting my permanent  teeth, which should be in March.  I guess I'll just have to wait and see.

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4 years ago

I have been wearing dentures bottom partial top and it has made me less social and I don't enjoy being around people.  I think I am really devasted?  I was social and now I hate the way my mouth feels its like the bottoms are always reminding me about how I feel not good.

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186 Points

I understand because that’s how I was at first. Now with my permanent dentures I’m getting more social and my self confidence is coming back. Give it time.

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Joan

Consider implants
I have them and they are perfect
Barbara

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joan rosenblatt

Secure the denture with 2 implants and you will love them
Barbara

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4 years ago

Before I scare the newbies too much with that comment about the dentures being like a wooden leg, let me say that it does get better if you got a decent fit and you're not allergic to the material. I had 27 extractions and immediate dentures a little over a year ago December 17th 2015. They fit great for about a week then the swelling went down and they got real loose. I saw a video on youtube and ordered the dvds and watched a lot of youtube to learn how to make a set. I've been wearing them for 10 months now. They aren't much to look at... see profile pic... but they function! I can eat pretty much anything I want. I even ate corn on the cob the other night just to see if I could, but I can't bite into an apple. That polident commercial is a bunch of crap! Lol

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Great to hear Ken things are still going well. Hope you slobbered enough yummy butter on that corn. Merry Christmas! Hope you don't have to work on Christmas like Thanksgiving and get to enjoy the whole holiday and help the wife with Christmas dinner. :)

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Merry Christmas

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You mean you made your own teeth??  I have to tell my dentures story.  I had 22 teeth pulled Sept. 8....3 days before my 52 birthday on Sept. 11.  On Saturday (Sept.10) I started running fever.  I thought it was normal after having all of those teeth pulled so I didn't think too much about it.  On Monday (Sept. 12) I was still running fever and, other than my mouth hurting, I thought I was doing ok.  At around 2:00 AM on Sept. 13 I woke up and felt like I was having trouble breathing.  I got up and went to the kitchen to get a drink of water and to settle down a bit....I was a little panicky  from not being able to get a good breath of air.  I went back and sat down on the side of the bed and was trying to decide if I wanted to lay back down in the bed or go recline in a recliner.  My husband woke up and saw me sitting there and asked if I was ok.  I told him I felt like I couldn't breath so I was going to go sit in a recliner.  I did so for a very short time and then I went back to the bedroom and told my husband that I thought I needed to go to the ER.....it has to be bad if I ask to be taken to the ER.  He took me in and, after running some test and doing a chest Xray, it was determined that I had double pneumonia.  I was taken by ambulance from the ER....it was one of those ER's not associated with a particular hospital...to a hospital.  My doctor told me later that I was just on the verge of being septic.  Thankfully, I'm all better now....except for still trying to get used to having dentures.

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Ken, how did you make your own dentures? with what material? 3D printer? Maybe I am misunderstanding your post.

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Hello Ken, I hope you get my comment being that you wrote one year ago.  Did you really make your own set of dentures?  Or did I misunderstand your comment?  If you did, could you explain how?  You're a real soldier huh?   :)

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4 years ago

Hey Ken, I haven't been on this board at all lately. My Denture the only one I have top denture will be a year on January 25 my teeth removed my top teeth that I have left on October 30, 2015. After the hard reLine, I was very happy because I did not need adhesive then I had to start going for and more adjustments so now I'm back to That horrible adhesive which I hate so my answer is no they are fake. They definitely look better but as far as the feel and not being able to think about anything else while you have them in your mouth is very hard for me .

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Hi Elizabeth. Hope all is well. Sorry to hear about your upper. Maybe you and Joan below this comment need another Reline? When did you get it? Maybe it was too soon?

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I got the reline in May exactly 6 months after I had my seven top teeth extracted. Also, I think I'm allergic to all the adhesives and even Benzodent because when I have them in my mouth with that stuff which is the only way they'll stay I noticed I'm coughing a lot and I don't normally cough.

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Oh that's too bad that you are having a reaction. I wonder how well the Reline was? Having it done at 6 mths and if it was done properly you should have great suction on your upper. :(

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Josie I agree. If adhesive is needed try Secure! It’s 100% all natural and easy to get off your gums when you take your dentures out.

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Hi MGD, ok I can see now that Secure is a denture adhesive.  I may try it but I too hate adhesives of all kinds.  My last dentist even went out of his way to get me a sample of an adhesive that comes in strips, but I  hated even those and learned how to be relatively happy with them as they are.  In fact, after 7 years of wearing them I could stand some relining of some kind, but I won't do it unless my own dentist who did everything I have and he....has retired on me!!!  Hence I asked on this forum if anyone knows of a competent and sensible prosthodontist in NYC.   :)  

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4 years ago

Elizabeth same here

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4 years ago

I also feel like you.  Are you candidate for implants?  If you are look into it sometimes a clinic is cheaper.  If I was a candidate I would take out a loan or borrow money, but I am not so I use SECURE paste and they also have liners.  Look up their website they will send samples.  Fixodent awful.

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Joan
How do you know you are not a candidate  for implants??
Where do you live??
Barbara