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5.2K Points

Sun, Oct 1, 2017 11:48 PM

Who are you comfortable letting see you without your teeth?

I'm still less than a week into having all my teeth pulled, and I'm wondering how people feel about having the dentures out in front of people?  Do you let your family see you with your face sunken in?  The postman?  Anyone?  Nobody?  I'm not comfortable at all, partly because my mouth is full of stitches etc.  I haven't even looked at it with them out. (Dentist suggested that I not look and I said no problem!)   I'm taking the bottoms out to sleep because most of the rubbing spots seem to be around the bottom ones and I need some relief.

Does the self consciousness get better?

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992 Points

3 years ago

I've had dentures about 5 years and NOBODY sees me without. I can't even stand to look in the mirror.

233 Messages

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5.2K Points

Thanks for answering Sharon.  I suspect that will be me too.  Do you sleep with them out?

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992 Points

No. I'm very uncomfortable without them as my mouth wants to overextend to close. I used to have TMJ problems, which makes that jaw joint very sensitive.

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2.4K Points

I had to go 5 months with. Onteeth bc my insurance didn't cover temps! I avoided everyone I was a hermit! My husband and son were the only ones but I wasn't sunken in but you could def tell! Now that I have my perms those suckers stay in until I go to bed! Bc now with the dentures my face looks normal and when I take them out it's very noticeable! I just take them out to go to bed!

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216 Points

Just immediate Family knows but everyone else doesn't need to be all in your business. you have to be carful when you take them out cause one day just one day you'll  get to comfortable and forget you took them out at night to clean them  and be running late for work and forget them, O My you'll have to act sick to go back home and either get them or stay home. it will be funny to you later but at that particular point you'll be so scared to even look at any one just put your hand over your mouth and they will look at you and figure you have a toothache. Trust me you'll never forget them again. 

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530 Points

3 years ago

No one sees me without it. I’m not vain, however I don’t want anyone to feel sorry for me. I’m getting implants in about six months, so I’ll deal until then.

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3.5K Points

3 years ago

My mum and dad see me without them in. I have both uppers and lowers. I will go out in public without my lowers in as you cant tell they arent in but uppers have to be in in public. . Sone family members have seen a photo without my dentures as i look like my departed grandmother without them . Other than that noone else will see me without them . I sleep without them and eat without them .

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Hi Cassie,

Do you eat without them because it is easier?

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3.5K Points

Yes it felt funny eating with them in and food kept getting cold .now i eat without as they are too loose . .im about to get a perm reline down on my lowers next week so i will try eating with them in again.

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216 Points

Some food you can eat with them and some with out, but continue to eat with them it will get easier and you'll know how to eat with them more, it takes a lil while but you have to keep practicing, know i can eat with them in and with out the fixodent hold on the dentures. 

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I have been aithout teeth for 5 months , Ive just started to wear my denture a few hours a day Im still healing and really struggling. Ive had to go to dr appts vet appts had to have minor surgery go to the grocery store walk my dogs see my dad, all my neighbors see me, its life you go thru things my friends understand, they want my outcome to be good. Yes Ive been home a lot, no I am not eating out, but when this process is over and I can wear my dentures on a daily basis all day I will make up for lost time and everyone will soon forget that I had no teeth at one point. So stop worrying so much a lot of the poeple I do see when Im out I will probably never see again. And friends and family and husbands DO UNDERSTAND. GOOD LUCK EVERYONE!!!!

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1.1K Points

3 years ago

Hi I had all my remaining teeth pulled aswell, i wouldnt be taking them out for the first 2 weeks that includes sleeping in them, this is to allow your tongue to fully get use to your mouths new set up after doing this i found my speech was perfect, i appreciate an adhesive isnt going to last 2 weeks im simply saying when there loose remove clean properly rinse mouth with an antbacterial mouthwash and put straight back in again, good luck with your new teeth and its honestly not all doom and gloom eventually you will have great pride and be like hey my teeth look great and no one is any the wiser.

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Hi Alex,  Was that a while ago for you?  Are you past all the early difficult stuff?  My tongue is getting sore from banging around the lower one and I just have to get some relief periodically.  This is a temporary setup for me because eventually I am getting the permanent dentures attached to implants.  Still trying to figure out how to navigate all this.

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well 7 months ago i got  all my top removed then when i went back for my 6 month check, i said to the dentist you know what to do? pull all the lower ones aswell, so im still transitioning anyway, but i use to have speech problems untill i realised it was far easier to keep them all in for at least 2 weeks, i stocked up on macaroni and cheese tons of it the little microwavable packets and good cheese slices and lived of macaroni and cheese and snacked on cheese slices throughout the day untill i could handle harder foods on my lower teeth, now im seeing a  light at the end of the tunnel and i wouldnt say getting them implanted was even necessary, with reliners and transitioning to permanent dentures the fit should be fine depends if you want to spend the extra cash i suppose.

Thing i always remind myself was my grandparents were fine i couldnt remember thinking, hey gran talks with a lisp she cant eat right as none of that was the case, so i take comfort from knowing its totally doable and will be a massive improvement longterm no more trying to hide my missing teeth.

Im not sure if implants are the best approach i think it would depend massively on how good your oral hygeine was, or anyones for that matter were you always brushing your teeth did you have them gleaming if the answer is no they would most likely look bad over time as old habits die hard, its far easier to take them out look at them make sure there fully clean soak at times and there all brand new again, but again its personal preference i suppose.

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216 Points

Yep Absolutley

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348 Points

Can you kiss with them in?

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140 Points

3 years ago

I haven't even told anyone I'm getting my teeth removed and replaced with dentures, nevermind show anyone without them in. Who knows though. After it's done it may not be as big of a deal.

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216 Points

Actually it's not,  well eventually the feeling you have will go away and you will be normal. Hey its for your benefit only and they will look great. I got the Hollywood Whites the number 1 and every one says your teeth look Great so white and perfect. I said to my self if i have to do this then I'm going to get the  perfect TV looking Teeth as when you see to stars of TV and Just immediate Family knows but everyone else doesn't need to be all in your business. you have to be carful when you take them out cause one day just one day you'll  get to comfortable and forget you took them out at night to clean them  and be running late for work and forget them, O My you'll have to act sick to go back home and either get them or stay home. it will be funny to you later but at that particular point you'll be so scared to even look at any one just put your hand over your mouth and they will look at you and figure you have a toothache. Trust me you'll never forget them again. Theres  look perfect a so white and shiny, O yea I got them Hollywood Teeth. 

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2.2K Points

3 years ago

I can handle letting my husband see me without them in. I still cover my mouth if I yawn or laugh in front of him. Nobody else sees me without them. A good friend lives upstairs and even she has not seen me without them. I don't think I'll ever be comfortable with the general public seeing me without teeth. I'm pretty self-conscious about it with the dentures IN. I'd lose my mind if they were out. I just hate the way I look and talk without them. 

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88 Points

I am exactly the same except I don’t even let my husband see me without them.
I agreed to wait for my dentures(only uppers) for 6 weeks after extraction let me tell you it was a nightmare I cried all the time I felt so old and ugly I didn’t leave the house unless it was unavoidable and even then I wore one of those face masks that the drs and nurses use. I tried that wax they give you when you have braces but my gums were so sore I couldn’t pull it off I even tried mouth guards that they use for hockey and other sports but again because of my sore gums I couldn’t use them. I’m not even 100% comfortable with my dentures in but I can get through it I always feel like I’m slurring words and they don’t fit right yet so I understand and sympathize I pray it gets better or easier to live with for us both im sure there are many others that feel this way too I pray for us all

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2.2K Points

How long ago did you get the denture? Do you think healing went faster without the immediate? I'm at 5 weeks with immediates and my gums still hurt sometimes. 

The worst part is the fatigue though. I get so tired of having them in. My mouth is just screaming for them to come out so it can rest. I've been good though, put them in by 10 and out just before I go to sleep.

Speech, especially later in the day, is still pretty difficult for me. I also feel like I slur everything. And my bottoms float up while I'm talking and make my voice sound weird, kind of like I have a bubble in my throat. Then after a full day of talking to others, all I can do is be silent when I get home. Husband probably secretly likes it. But by the end of the day all the muscles in my face and mouth are sore and barely working. I'd never imagine that having sore face muscles would affect your whole body, but it certainly does make you overall exhausted. 

I also hope it gets easier for us. Every day is a little better than the last for me, as far as pain goes. Time's going to pass anyway, so I may as well take it and get adjusted to wearing them. 

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Hi Lisa,

I'm glad you mentioned the facial muscles and physical exhaustion.  I'm exactly two weeks in and while I've healed remarkably quickly, I feel that exhaustion and "can't wait to take these things out" attitude every single day.

I went back to work Monday this week and felt like everybody could tell.  The teeth felt too long because my gums were too swollen for the pink part to fit over correctly.  I bit myself constantly on the inside of my cheek with no intent to chew at all.  I sound like I have a lisp, to my own ears, but everybody at work was gracious and told me I sounded just like normal.

My first reline was a week ago today and I thought I'd get another one today, but I didn't.  She did make a couple of adjustments and filed/polished the teeth down so I wouldn't bite myself.  I'm up to chewing turkey sausage bits and I can have a breakfast burrito now, if the tortilla is very soft.  Chewing is still painful, but I'm forcing myself to do it.

Next Thursday I have to have an osseous flap surgery on my six remaining top teeth.  I understand this is going to set me back because they're just going to cut my gums open, clean up the roots of those 6 teeth, and get sewn back up.  No more chewing for a while. 

That procedure is meant to "save" my front teeth on top because the dentist convinced me if I didn't, my front gum and facial structure would collapse.  I'm not sure I believe that, but here we go anyway.

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992 Points

The facial structure collapse; I'm inclined to go along with that. I had a top partial denture for years. Then when I finally had to have the final few pulled, and went to a full denture, I felt like I've turned into one of those old ladies with the wrinkles around the mouth. I really hate it, But I'd advise you to go as long as you can with whatever teeth you can keep.

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4.9K Points

I'm sure it's true - I'm just frustrated.  I've finally gotten to the point where I don't absolutely hate my partial and every day is better.  It's difficult to face taking a giant step backward - I mean, even though it's not a step backward, it feels like it because I'll be back to liquid diet and dealing with painful gums/healing.  I'm okay, I'm just reacting badly.  :-)

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3 years ago

Thank you all for your replies. Now I'm 9 days post extraction and I'm spending as much time as I can with the dentures out. I can just do everything better from eating, drinking, taking pills and sleeping better with just my stitched up gums. Yesterday was almost a "what have I done" meltdown day. I'm lucky I get to stay home almost all the time and I think I'm comfortable enough with just the uppers in to run a quick errand. I'm hoping after my next visit to the dentist that adjustments will help. My only long outing every week is to my parents senior home and everyone there in 80s, 90s or 100s so I'm thinking they won't be passing judgement. Lol.

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184 Points

Hang in there. It was worth it. Takes time. You will get to a point where it feels normal and miss them. I took mine out for healing and things healed fast. People die of dental problems and infections, so we are good ,-)
No kidding, there was a petite mummy found,. They determined she was royal and beautiful and young and died of a very horrible and painful top tooth abscess. Love 21st century science!

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OMG Rocg that's an amazing story!

Janet how are you doing now - hoping you're doing better and that you've got a couple of adjustments done to your denture now that makes them feel better.

Let us know what's going on.  I feel like this is a cliffhanger and I'm waiting for the next episode so I can find out how it turned out.  LOL

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I got my stitches out yesterday and they relined the dentures so they certainly fit better. I'm still happier with them out though for eating and talking and sleeping etc at home. I can't really see that I am ever going to try to learn to eat with them because I will just put food in the blender and make it mush and eat it toothless until I get my implant dentures. I've lost about 7 pounds so far and that makes me happy.

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LOL!  I heard that!  I lost 6.5 lbs my first week and I was excited!  This process has certainly been good for shrinking my appetite, that's for sure.

:-D

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3 years ago

Well, I'm just over 8 weeks post extraction and no one has seen me without my teeth.  Just no need, though I do go without them at times, just for the break.  My immediate dentures fit great, so most of the time I don't even think about them.  

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Hi Ken, How is the eating going at 8 weeks?

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Well, it's now over 13 weeks, and I actually go out without my dentures in, more and more.  I'm letting my gums heal and a break at this point from wearing the dentures is good.  I wear them at work, but that's the only place I always have them in.

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490 Points

3 years ago

I am in my 4th week and my husband of 20+ years has not seen me with out teeth in, I get up before him and I go to bed right before he does (it's dark do he does not see me).

I have not gotten the nerve to look at my self. 

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992 Points

I won’t even look in the mirror while cleaning my dentures. I look like an old, old granny

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130 Points

3 years ago

***CHECK THIS OUT!!***  I got on amazon and bought disposable or even cute 4 pack of cotton surgical masks!.  I wear them all the time since i have temps in over a full mouth of implant abutments, and its painful and only wear temps when i see someone or run to the store.  GET the mask!
  Amazon 10 pack for 6 bucks! or you can find them anywhere...youll LOVE it and not have to worry someone will walk into the room and you are sitting there.  Heck i even wear them out on my dog walks....i cant believe i didnt think of it sooner.  hope this helps someone!

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I also went on Amazon right away and bought masks right away. Lol. But I vape and am always drinking something so I haven't used them. But I have one in my car and one in my purse just in case..

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130 Points

I didnt think Id use them that much either but i do!!    i always have one stuffed into my bra i can be upstairs and someone can come up quickly and i dont even hear them  lol. So i love mine they are a huge help.

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130 Points

Janet, i got the cotton ones that have cute faces on them was a 6 pack for 8 bucks they are so comfy, go around the ears,, and i keep it pushed down under my nose and only covers my mouth and chin.  if you want to take a drink push it up.  The cotton ones (come in white or black) with the little "fangs" or "smiley mouth" on them work perfect for that.

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https://www.amazon.com/C-Z-Emoticon-Mouth-Muffle-Anti-Dust/dp/B01N8X4Z43/ref=pd_sim_60_6?_encoding=U...

i have a smaller face and these are perfect, and they stretch.  I think anyone can wear them

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Those are very cute.  I saw the cotton ones listed but went with the disposables for some reason.