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270 Points

Sat, May 20, 2017 4:16 AM

Having 24 extractions and temporary dentures.

Hello, I'm new here and have been reading lots of posts and trying to learn what to expect. My teeth have been getting bad over the last few years and because of pure fear I didn't go to the dentist. A few weeks ago when my front broke, I found a little courage and went. After an exam and X-rays he told me I had moderate periodontal disease. To fix them all and treat the disease was going to cost 8000.00 but wasn't sure that it would even solve the problem. He suggested extractions and dentures. He told me about the procedure and costs. I didn't care much for the place or him. For someone who is terrified of even being there I wanted someone to at least act like they cared. I got a second opinion and they acted like they cared and it was a bit more comforting there. They pretty much said the same as the other one. She said the way she does it is, I go in for impressions first for my temporary dentures. Then I will be on antibiotics for about a week. She rights a prescription for a sedative and I take that 2 hours before my appointment . She will pull all 24 teeth and put in my temps. I will go back the next day for a check up. Over the next six months I will have check ups and fittings then after the healing and bone changes has happened I will be fitted for permanent dentures. Does that sound pretty typical? I can't get over the fact of being awake as she pulls all 24 teeth!! I am getting the implants in my lower. That also is freaking me out to think of them putting those metals screw things in my bones! I know I need to do this. All I have to do is make the call and tell them I'm ready....but I'm not ready!!

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422 Messages

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12.7K Points

3 years ago

Alesha all of that sounds exactly right. In about little over 2 months from having top extracted and top immediate denture and that's how mine went. Only I didn't have the sedative. Just the local anthestisia. I know its a very scary process but if ur like me its sum thing u really need done. I am so so happy with my new smile and not being in pain and having infected teeth all the time. Being able to drink hot coffee or ice cold drinks is amazing and being able to smile proudly is wonderful. Its good u went to a second place bcuz u DESERVE to b treated with care and to feel comfortable with the dentist u choose. Let us know when u decide to do and keep us posted. Oh and this site is awesome. I was terrified b4 I actually did it but everyone here is so kind and amazing and have been wonderful support. Good luck.

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70 Points

Can u drink hot coffee the day after I had all teeth removed?

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1.1K Points

3 years ago

I'm day 5 after extractions on my upper jaw. I also have 4 titanium screws for what will be my permanent denture. I did get an immediate denture.
I was lucky and my dentist does IV Sedation for these procedures. I don't know if I could have done it without the sedation.

Is that an option for you? I'm sure it would be an additional cost. If not, have you looked into a dentist that offers IV Sedation? I don't remember ANYTHING and that is fantastic.

Everything else you mentioned sounds typical as far as treatment expectations.

Good luck! I'm sure you'll do great either way!

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320 Points

I went with sedation I went full dentures its been 2 months now still going for fellow up and adjustments everything looks good and gums are healing for a week or less my gums were very sore and very tender I did not feel any pain from teeth being pull temporary dentures were put in right away its very hard to eat with the bottom dentures but I feel good smiling and feel healthier.

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70 Points

Can I drink a hot coffee the day after I had all my teeth pulled?

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1.1K Points

3 years ago

I'm day 5 after extractions on my upper jaw. I also have 4 titanium screws for what will be my permanent denture. I did get an immediate denture.
I was lucky and my dentist does IV Sedation for these procedures. I don't know if I could have done it without the sedation.

Is that an option for you? I'm sure it would be an additional cost. If not, have you looked into a dentist that offers IV Sedation? I don't remember ANYTHING and that is fantastic.

Everything else you mentioned sounds typical as far as treatment expectations.

Good luck! I'm sure you'll do great either way!

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270 Points

3 years ago

Thank you Melanie and Christi. No neither of the places I went to offer IV sedation. She did say that I have a choice between mild, moderate or strong sedation. I chose strong!

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1.1K Points

3 years ago

Just remember how beautiful your new smile is going to be! Positive thoughts!!!

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2.4K Points

I just got all my teeth taken out, I have mine now and won't for 8 weeks! It has hit me hard emotionally! I am embarrassed to talk or eat outside of my house! I feel like everyone is looking at mybtoothless mouth! I try to picture my beautiful smile one day! It's a journey that has proven to be more difficult emotionally then I ever imagined! Trying to stay positive! Did you feel any of the same feelings?

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452 Points

I understand that! It is so hard to talk or eat. Try not to get down. Think on the benefits. This is a process. I am having trouble also. I'm sad at how I look. But the teeth had to go and eventually it will get better. I hide my mouth all the time. I eat alone. Your not alone!

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2.4K Points

I want to say it's so good to hear that but it's not!!! I'm sorry your having trouble as well, atleast we aren't alone. It's amazing how much better I feel to see all of these posts. It's encouraging and also helps me realize I am not the only one going through this, because sometimes that feeling gets overwhelming. I went on vacation right after I had my last few teeth pulled and it hit me very hard emotionally, we had a big mirror in our hotel room and all I could do was keep looking st myself and it made me so self conscious. When I went out I wouldn't talk I would have my husband order my food, and I probably had some of the largest anxiety attacks I have ever had. I was so unprepared for how hard my emotions hit me. I have to say since readin these posts and getting replies like yours it helps me cope and look for the light at the end of the tunnel!!! Thank you and be well

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3.5K Points

3 years ago

I took a strong valium an hr before my lowers and by the time he pulled my 2nd tooth i was asleep .i too am petrified of dentists but the valium had me calm and relaxed and high as a kite :-)

139 Messages

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2.4K Points

Ahaha ha my doctor had to prescribe me Valium since I got my last teeth pulled bc every time I'm in public I have massive anxiety attacks!! I have become more self conscious than I ever was about my mouth!!

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8.7K Points

3 years ago

OK First welcome Second you are blessed that u can have implants especially in the bottom.  Yes u need to be put out.  Get a grip be put out then take the first step and follow her suggestion.  You can do this we all have been through many years of teeth pulling dentures etc, but the fact that u have enough bone foe lower implants a gift trust me the hardest part is dentures on bottom.  You are not alone and u can do this.  Being put out is the best part u wake up done.

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314 Points

3 years ago

I'm glad you found a dentist that you feel comfortable with. I am 5 months out from full uppers. I remember being totally freaked out at the thought of the extractions. I had Xanax on board. To be honest, the extraction part was not that bad. The fear and anxiety were 1,000x worse than the procedure itself. Please revisit your dentist often afterwards. Any pain and rubbing has a quick remedy. You should suffer. Getting dentures has changed my life and is so liberating. You got this. I encourage you to research. Watch videos of people who have been there. It really helped me get where I am. I now have a pretty smile and Dont even have to wear adhesive. Best of luck.

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1.1K Points

3 years ago

I too found the videos on You Tube very helpful! I told my dentist about them, so he is now recommending his new denture patients look at a few.

I'm still sore, but let me tell you....it feels SOOOO good to smile, not covering my mouth, laughing while throwing my head back knowing there are teeth there! My confidence just got a HUGE boost!

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1.6K Points

3 years ago

Pulling the teeth is no problem. It's getting used to wearing dentures and learning to eat with them. Consider fixing your own teeth if possible.