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80 Points

Wed, Oct 2, 2013 8:30 PM

full upper denture, 3rd day, positive experience

Hi I'm 41 and had 10 upper teeth extracted and immediate denture placed on the 01 Oct 2013.
I had watched my partner do this about 5 years ago at a smile clinic and it was not a good experience for him.
I decided I wanted to go to a denture technician first and then to a specialist dental surgeon for the extractions. The technician was fantastic, I loved that we got to meet and he spent a lot of time talking with me about exactly what I wanted and even wanted to see photos of my teeth when they were healthy. This made me feel at ease as my biggest fear was that the teeth would be bad or not suit me. I hated the idea of going through a dentist to get the impressions and then him sending them away to a tech who would never even meet me.
I have now had the extractions 2 days ago and I either got the best surgeon ever or my teeth just fell out (I have advanced gum disease and all my teeth were attached to the bone by less than 50%, some as little as 10%). I have had very minimal pain, mostly a little discomfort where the denture is rubbing parts of my mouth where it is a little big. I see the technician today, so hopefully some minor adjustments will fix this.
The extractions were done under IV sedation, and I don't remember a thing :) The surgeon is an oral and maxillofacial surgeon. I did quite a lot of asking around about both surgeon and technician, and it has paid off. I LOVE my teeth, I can't stop looking at them. I am also still in a bit of shock about how little pain I am in.
some tips:
*If you have children and/or a working partner, plan ahead, I made a months worth of freezer meals, so I would have minimal cooking to do while I recovered.
*take a good close up "before" pic to look at when recovering and in pain, will remind you why you did it, and that it's worth it, I had this on my phone, and now have the after as well, good motivator.
*read through this site :) This has been invaluable, reading real peoples stories and the issues they face prepared me for the worst Huge thank you to all the posters that take the time to tell their story.
*Research Research Research everything
Good luck to all facing the same road.

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2K Points

7 years ago

Thanks for joining our forum and for sharing your experience.  Your tips can be so helpful to so many people.  I especially enjoyed your tip to take a "before" photo to remind yourself why you went through this.  Great idea!

I'd like to send you a little something to help as you continue to adjust to your new teeth.  Please send an email to smhc.im@pg.com with your name, your username, and your address, and mark the subject line, "Denture Living,"  and I'll get it on its way.  

I bet your smile is beautiful :-)

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420 Points

7 years ago

Congratulations on the positive experience. I went through the same thing a couple of months ago. I have a great dentist and my 10 extractions were done in barely half an hour. I was wide awake during it. I left with new uppers and experienced virtually no pain during or after. The discomfort will leave in a week or so - mine did - and now a few days short of 2 months later I'm eating Subs and almost anything I want.

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140 Points

Hi...I was wide awake too but pain was unbearable. 4 dsys brgore the psin subsided 8 teeth pulled. A nd a fter all I could d o was cry n throw up..the gagging was awful. I couldnt talk for a week.i was so swollen. And to fix it so I dint have broken teeth for my wedding it was done 3 dsys bfore it. Not a good idea. Shouldnt of listened to dentist.

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80 Points

7 years ago

Thanks Karen, I am happy to share anything that may be helpful, as I feel this site helped me prepare for this experience. I think knowing what to expect and being prepared for it is extremely important during this process. I was prepared for the worst, anything that didn't happen has been a bonus. Thank you for the welcome :)

Hi Charles, thank you and "WOW" bravo to you being wide awake, I am way too chicken for that. But I have been lucky like you, and am still suffering no pain. After seeing the tech today and getting some minor adjustments, they are feeling very good. Can't wait for some crunchy bread lol. Really happy to hear about your positive experience.
Cheers