jennifer_mercado's profile

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Wed, Apr 11, 2018 4:28 AM

Getting full top and partial denture in eight hours immediately after extraction

At Aspen Dental at 7:30am on 4/11/18.
I have a mix of emotions, fear of the pain from new dentures, fear of not being able to communicate properly when I return to work on Friday 4/13/18 @ 7:30am... Yes, I am aware that it's Friday the thirteenth, I am not superstitious but concerned it may be too soon. My dentist office said I needed to be off from work for only 48 hours... so that is all I requested to be off.
Has anyone gone back to work so soon? How long does it take to be able to speak "normally"? Is there a lot of saliva having the new dentures in... do I need to wear a bib at work?? Any suggestions regarding coping, specific over the counter pain medication that I can take while at work. Thank you for your time and input.

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4 y ago

Jennifer Mercado
Hi Jennifer
Yes I think it is too early to return to work
Call your office and tell them you are too sick to come in Friday
If you have discomfort make sure you return to the dentist office before you return to work
and insist on an adjustment
Drink lots of seltzer and see what other people recommend that you eat and drink
Let us know about your progress so other people will know what to expect
Keep in touch
Good luck
Barbara

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Use really bags at night on gums will help with pain

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4 y ago

Hi Jennifer, you are in good hands with Aspen Dental! We do not have the time to discuss all that they have helped me with! And Lisa! OMG, the best! Everyone is different with pain and the time it takes to heal and those two go hand in hand! Ask the Dentist in the AM to give you off, usually a week! Because if you feel better before then at least you will be covered with a doctors excuse!  The first 2 to 3 days will be ice, ice ice and little 4x4 guaze and packing to handle the bleeding! Ask also in the am to write down what you should take for pain. They will have all this done for you! But always have a question list made out for them to answer before you leave! They are really great! I used ice pack for days and drank icy drinks. The ice helps stop the bleeding and stops the pain! But take what they want you to take!   There are some meds that cause bleeding and that would not be good, so go by their list and instructions! Try to get some rest!! I know that is hard but it really will do you good, you are in excellent hands, donna curley!

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Hi Donna, I am curious which de ture you chose from Aspen Im thinking of switching to them for my denture and need help deciding the comfylites look like they might be the best optjon?? Any input would be appreciated. Thank you

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From the internet:
 Implant Supported Dentures:
  • Provide tremendous support and fixation so you can comfortably speak, chew, and smile.
  • Keep your upper and lower jaw bone from receding which prevents facial shape changes like the “shrunken” look.
  • Perfect option for patients with dentures who do not want to go through the expense required for individual tooth implants

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Barbara not all of us can pay for implants and are stuck with what i surance will pay for unfortunatly

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Patricia Meyer:
Patricia are you sure your insurance will pay nothing toward  the implants??? 
Do  they just pay for the denture??
My insurance (when I had it)   also did not pay for my implants but they did give me some money toward everything else like the crowns and extractions etc

The over denture can have as few as 2 implants and I don't
think they need crowns? 
  
Most  people have the most difficulty  with the bottom denture because they float.  So they will  pay for the bottom denture and end up not being able to use it at all
I am not saying that will happen to you.

Most of us  pay for cable TV and cell service for years which ends up costing much more then an over denture or clip on

Dental colleges are usually a good way to go cost wise with implants

Why don't you  take a look at the actual cost of a bottom over denture and make sure it is out of reach

What ever you do I certainly wish you well
Good luck
Barbara

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Pat 
Do you have a partial bottom denture?
If so I think the bottom should be perfect.
If so that sounds fine for the bottom

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4 y ago

I was in a similar situation. I will say everyone is different. I would agree take the Friday off. That will give you at least tell Monday. I felt great the first 2 days. I thought wow what a breeze the the 3rd day hit. My gums swelled a !of and I was unable to wear my dentures for several days. I found it very hard to talk, my husband said I sounded like I had a retainer in. Some spots were even still bleeding. I would say don't plush it. Not sure what you do for work but talking all day might not be easy. I am 2 weeks and 2 days out and am talking better but eating is still very hard, its either soup or something easy to chew. I would tell your boss that it might be a day by day for a bit. Since you have no idea how YOU are going to feel be cautious. I am so glad I had my teeth pulled and immediate dentures. I was so scared and nervous about pain etc.
Not 1 regret, my mouth was so infected I didn't realize how much the rest of my body was being effected. Best decision ever. Remember take your time don't force getting better. Good luck
Lorrie

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4 y ago

I agree with everyone else. I had my teeth pulled a long time ago but I remember it as if it were today. The one thing they told me to do was to try my hardest to wear my denture. It helps in stopping the bleeding and helps you to not get what is called a dry socket. . A dry socket iis wherr the blood clot comes out of the hole where your tooth came out of. It leaves a dry hole which is very painful. Its caused from sucking. Like sucking through a straw, or smoking, or going without your teeth because you automatically get a sucking motion in your mouth without your denture. . I would recommend wearing your teeth. If it becomes to painful, which mine didnt go to you dentist for adjustment. A dry socket hurts worse then a abcessed tooth. I would at least take a week off. I would eat soups, soft food and get yourself some ensure for nutrition. Also ibuprofen helps with pain. Just remember and think about how beauitiful your gonna look. Go to your happy place. It really doesnt hurt that bad if they numb you right. Take care and God Bless Ask your dentist about a dry socket and how to prevent them.
Sharona

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4 y ago

I did the same thing.  I had 22 pulled at the same time them immediate dentures put in.  I had it done on Thursday and went back to work on Monday.  I did just fine. Everybody is different.  Talking was weird for awhile. Didn't have a big issue with saliva.  I kept my dentures in for the first 2 days all the time until the dentist removed them and cleaned my gums good and put them back in.  The first few months I was thinking I had made a mistake but it got better.  I am 2 years out and doing great.  I am on my permanent dentures now a year this month.  It took alot of adjustments over the time but things are good now. I tried to wear mine all the time but my jaws get tired and even sore sometimes so I take them out at night. You will become a pro before you know it.  Just hang in there and dont give up.  It definately gets better.
Renee

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4 y ago

I know I am wring to late I hope went it went well. I have two partials. I took the next day off two. I was fine. Eat soft foods ice cream is great. Also soup. Don't drink with a straw also crest mouth wash helps with pain also act

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4 y ago

Leeann Beattie
Leeann
Could you rate your satisfaction level for the partials??
Could you tell us the cost of each partial and the town you are in
Are the bottom partials very comfortable???
Thanks
Barbara

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10 I love them 600. 00 a pair eau claire wis bottom are very comfortable. I did have to get them adjusted. I went to aspen dental.

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4 y ago

I had 17 extractions and immediate dentures on Friday, March 23, 2018. I work in an office where I am on the phone all day long. I returned to work Monday, March 26, 2018. I did have a little difficulty with the s sound. Everyone else said I sounded fine but I think you hear it so much more inside your own head... if that makes sense. Take ibuprofen and drink lots. I think you will be fine, but everyone is different. I am on day 18 and am truly amazed at how well I have adapted. I was told after my extractions that I could use powdered adhesive and that it would not disturb the stitches. So that's what I did and it helped alot. Practice talking and singing. Say your words slowly and deliberately and you will get the hang of it. Wishing you much luck.

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4 y ago

I had my extractions on a Thursday. I took Friday, Monday and Tuesday off and returned on Wednesday. You may not sleep well the night you have the extractions done and the meds they give you may make you sleepy.  On E day there was a lot of saliva but I was pretty numbed but the next day when the feeling returned, I could control the saliva.  Be sure to do your salt water rinses!

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4 y ago

Well the extraction went well, all things considered. Had to have a few rounds of extra numbing, so my gums & roof of my mouth are extremely tender... not to mention that it looks like one of my canines were ripped out sideways instead of pulled out as there is a jagged tear going up my gum.
An hour following surgery, on my way home had a bit of an emotional break down. The temps were too big and everytime I talked or opened my mouth they would slip around and easily come out. Called Aspen Dental and they had me come back right away. They said I was supposed to bite down on gauze for 2-4 hours... but no one told me that. The sheet they gave me said "if excessive bleeding" to do that... the young assistant had only been there for four months and did not want to get her in trouble... and I was honestly very nervous and having a difficult time concentrating on anything other than these large foreign objects in my mouth. The tech Megan could have been nicer, instead of telling me I needed to have "realistic expectations" & criticizing my intelligence could have been more understanding that this was all very new for me and understanding that things were obviously NOT explained very well.
Less than a week prior to the surgery, they called me saying the impression had something wrong with it and had to come in right then & there. Explained that I was serving in church and could not just leave. Asked why it took so long for them to figure this out and no one could tell me. So I asked to speak with the manager and talked to Cinderella. She assured me that everything was fine and there was a discrepancy with a tooth which was irrelevant because they were all being removed and told me to disregard. Then after I brought up that I did not like the size of the teeth was blamed because I did not come back in.
I paid for the comfilytes which are the top denture with 7 year warranty. I asked for the temp to be remade because the teeth are half the size of my real teeth and looked funny to me BEFORE any teeth were removed. I was told to talk to the dentist, which I did. They refused and stated I "can be more picky in 6 months - October 2018 - once they make my permanent denture".
Got the same answer from 3 different people including two dentists. I honestly felt like I was promised perfection & satisfaction PRIOR to paying for everything but now that its done, I am just to deal with it and "be realistic". Initially had serious regrets as they looked horribly fake to me.
The first night I was in and out of sleep and lots of pain meds. Thankfully I went to Walmart and got clay icepacks with strap so I could wrap around my head, mouth & jaw while I slept. They were less than $10.00 each, so I got two so one would always be frozen in the freezer.
Yesterday went in for adjustment and they shaved some off due to sore spots. When I asked for different spot to be shaved, she refused and told me to wait a week and if it's still bothering me, she will shave some off then. I understand that my bones will begin to shrink and they do not want to take too much off. I know this is not meant to be a cake walk by any means however the lack of compromise or even attempting to ensure I am happy or even remotely satisfied is beyond disappointing. They get PIF up front so what motivation do they have to make sure I am happy... None! I am not sure what to do or who to talk to... feels like I have hit a dead end and at their mercy to do what they want & when they want with no options or input of my own... needless to say, I am frustrated and tired of being treated like this.
After insurance I am paying $2,811.45 + interest and they are treating me like I should be grateful for what they've done... am I missing something here? Am I being unreasonable?

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Jennifer
They should not be treating you like this
You have to make them understand this is unacceptable
Tell them you have spoken to people and have been told that you should ak for your money back
Is any of this cost on a credit card???
Tell them you feel somethng is very wrong and you are going to send them a letter  asking for for a refund

You ill see how they change their tune immeiatly
You said:

"When I asked for different spot to be shaved, she refused and told me to wait a week and if it's still bothering me, she will shave some off then. "

Call them now and tell them the pain is too much and you want to come in now and have them shave  more off NOW

If they are acting this way now and you put up with it they will never do anything right going forward.  
If they do not shape up now Get a refund and get out of there.
If you put the money on a charge tell your charge company to put it all in dispute and stop the payment
Let us know how you do
Barbara

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Jennifer
Call your insurance company an tell them you are not getting what you paid for here
Ask them for some assistance
As far as your temps being wrong they must fix them now or they will never get the permanents the way you want them

These people have to take  care of you now or they will never take care of you later
Why are they mistreating you and pushing you around???
You are the customer.  
Barbara

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$2,000.00 was applied to Genesis credit and the rest I paid with HSA and cash. I tried that already yesterday and that is when Megan stood in the doorway, with the door open for everyone to hear her telling me to have realistic expectations and how these are not going to be a replacement for real teeth. I wish I knew. No one is listening to me there. When I asked to speak to Cinderella, I was told she was working at the other office. When I called the other Aspen Dental office was told she is on vacation till next week. Then when I asked to speak with the manager there was told I had to work it out with the office where services were rendered.

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Jennifer Mercado
Jennifer first you have to sit down and deceide what YOU want to do
to be 100% good.

When you figure that out,   all of us on this site will try to help you get what you want and need.
Did you ask Genisis if there was any way they could  assist you?
What is HSA ??
What state do you live in?

Barbara

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Jennifer
Since they are avoiding you
Send them a letter certified and ask them for a refund
That will certainly get their attention and you will see how quickly they suddenly respond
Did you say you have insurance to cover part of this dental work??
Well certainly call you insurance company and tell them you r not getting good dental  care
and you want to get away from these people
Ask if the insurance company has paid them??
Barbara

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4 y ago

So sorry you are going through this I feel somewhat in the same position as you, I just got 28 extractions and immediate dentures 3 days ago and my top denture teeth are HUGE, i look like a horse when i wear them, they are extremely painful, the teeth lap over my bottom and I cannot even close my mouth while wearing them.. my dentist has offered to make a new top set for me for free but I have to wait close to 2 months, I am an emotional wreck.. just thinking that I either have to go without teeth or go with teeth that look this awful, he tried to reassure me that they did not look " that bad " and that people that didnt know me who not know that these teeth are too big for me, also stating that he has seen worse real teeth, but none of this makes me feel better at all, now I am sitting here with no teeth in, tops or bottoms because the pain is so bad and I cannot see my dentist until Monday and I already know he will not do anything with the current set I have because he has said so. I really hope that all your issues are fixed for you in the right ways. Good Luck 

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4 y ago

I am so sorry you are in so much pain Jennifer. I do not understand why you would have to wait so long. Unless they want to make sure you are fully healed?
The first day, I cried uncontrollably. Then I was angry. Now I am better, it helps being able to vent on here and talk to people that know what you are going through.
I was very self conscious about the dentures... now I am just thankful I am able to tolerate the pain to keep them in while working with the help of Ibuprophin.
Maybe see on Monday once the swelling goes down, in the dentist office so they can make adjustments so you can wear them while the other set is being made? Its no fun putting them on, but once they are on hopefully they will adjust it enough that you can comfortably wear them.
Are you using ice packs at night? That has helped me immensely! I hope things get fixed right for you too!

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Thank you, he told me at my last check up that as soon as I healed enough for him to take some impressions he would get on it but it will take 4 weeks or so because he is making them from scratch - not 100% sure what that means considering he had to send my last impressions off to be made for the immediate dentures but I am impatiently waiting and cannot wait to get my new set in very high hopes that they look better than these, and I have not used ice at all and was unsure which would be best.. the ice or heat but I can say that when i use a heat compress it helps greatly with the pain. 

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Ice is best only the first 24-48 hours for swelling then once bleeding has subsided as well, heat is best after that. Hope you feel better! Good luck!

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Thank you 

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Hi Jennifer's - I just want you to know that it takes a long time to adjust to all of this. It was so hard for me to accept that I will forever have these awkward, unnatural things in my mouth. And I couldn't go back to work for almost a month with the temps. I have my permanent now, and I have the anchored ones with implants, but they are still miserable and am out $20k to Renew. The whole purpose of the anchored ones is to not have to use adhesive but I've still had to daily. The pain I have is not related to my teeth much anymore but my gums and palate and tongue stay so irritated - it is very debilitating to trying to live a semi-normal life. Being in pain constantly tends to affect us in everything we do. I have asked about this several times and have been told repeatedly that it just a matter of adjustment. No, it is not. My mouth Burns all the time and it hurts! I have been so disappointed with the entire process. I am an RN and I can't wrap my mind around how, once they're paid upfront, you have to wait weeks to even be seen. Unbelievable - and most lawyers won't take on dental cases.

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Robyn
Lawyers  will not  take   the case and that is  True
but you can take him into small claims court and win

Send your dentist a demand letter and then take him into court

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4 y ago

As I have said a few times i have alot of experience with dentures. As far as having to wait 4 weeoks to take impressions to make new teeth is ridiculous. I dont know where you had them done but if they were done at aspen or affortable they advertise how you dont have to wait for your dentures they can be done in one day. So them saying 4 weeks doesnt make any sense to me. To anyone who are not happy with there teeth when they get them make sure you let them know because they use the same teeth in your permanent denture. They only make the gumss from scratch. There not gonna give you new teeth. Its a waste of money and the teeth is whats experience. If your still in pain get some Orajel or Anbesol. It works great for pain and actually helps with the healing process. Take a q tip and put it on there and them wipe it on the swoolen areas. It might burn alittle but it will take the pain awhile and will help in wearing them. I hope this helps and I didnt make to many mistakes my eyes are blutty today.
Take care and God Bless
Sharona

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Thank you, he knows that I am unhappy with my top denture and has offered to remake them, he told me the teeth size isnt the issue but more that the teeth were put down to far in the gum part of the denture causing them to look to big, and man i hope he knows what he is talking about because the amount of disappointment I will have if i get a new set and wait and the teeth are just as large as the ones I have now. I am on day 4 now and the pain is beginning to get a little better to handle, I have also found some orajel mouth wash that helps greatly. 

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Jennifer
Hi Jennifer
I hope he is not talking about giving you your permanent denture??
He should be adjusting your temporary dentures until they it properly/
If he can't fix your temporary dentures I  certainly would not let him do
 my permanent dentures

Sharona knows a lot about dentures I would certainly ask her opinion

Perhaps you should confer with another dentist.  Many give free consultations
Please let us know what you re doing to help yourself
Do you have a Dental college near you?
Barbara

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There are 2 Jennifers on this blog
I have gotten them mixed up somewhat
I think Jennifer does NOT  lives in   the USA??
Perhaps she live in England???
In England   treatment and dental costs are different then in the US. 
I think Jenifer Mercado lives in the USA
Could they tell me
Barbara

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I live in Wisconsin.

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4 y ago

I am from the USA as well :) Oklahoma

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4 y ago

I was just wondering how everyone is doing as of today? I hope not too bad! I am on day 6 from my surgery and going to Aspen dental for my 2nd adjustments in the morning because I have sore spots the Dentures have rubbed from being too big and or rough spots. I will let you know how that goes too. I had 29 teeth extracted and asked for a detailed print out from billing but will demand it tomorrow. I got comfylites for my permanent Dentures as well but paid close to $8000 for everything. I think it was way too high and they should I would receive some sort of a refund but have been told nothing else since before surgery. So we will see...good luck all