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210 Points

Mon, Jun 18, 2018 9:46 PM

Scheduled 26 Extractions and Immediate Dentures, July 10th. What to expect??

I'm 43 yrs old and just scheduled my appointment for 26 extractions for July 10th. I will be getting immediate upper and lower dentures. I haven't smiled in almost ten years because of my teeth being so horrible. So I am excited knowing I will be able to actually look happy when I am happy but also scared of the process.  I have chosen IV sedation due to a month ago having 2 infected molars and a wisdom tooth pulled and hearing the cracking almost sent me into a panic attack. I'm not too worried about the extractions, more about what comes after. I go for impressions tomorrow. How bad is that? I'm told the taste is the worst. My concern is that 8 days after the surgery is my son's wedding and 2 days after that we are supposed to leave on vacation to Colorado which can't be rescheduled. I don't expect any complications from the extractions. I healed pretty quickly from the last ones and others I've had in the past. I had to choose this appointment or it would have to wait until August, at which point school will have begun and I will be back at work and unable to take time off. I have read material and watched countless youtube videos and know everyone's experience is different and I won't know until it happens to me how things will go. The dentures are my main worry. I know adjustments have to be made, sore spots develop, and so on. Am I crazy to think I can manage a 9 day vacation 10 days out from extractions and immediate dentures? Any tips, advice, suggestions will be much appreciated.

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19.7K Points

2 years ago

Hi Bobbie
Well I guess it will be like Russian Roulette
but maybe it will be OK
Some people are fine and I hope you are on  of those people.
Speak to your Dentist ad get some pain medication  to  take with you on  the vacation just in case

In the 10 days before the vacation  tell the dentist he will have to see you  any time you have  a problem because you do not have any extra time to wait.  Just go sit in his office if you need an adjustment during those 10 days
Let us know how it goes
Good Luck
Barbara
 

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210 Points

2 years ago

Thanks! I'm going to roll the dice and see how it turns out. I'm also concerned if I don't have it done before the vacation, I'll end up with another infection. It's a time bomb waiting to happen. And the last one was awful, lots of swelling, intense pain, and fever. I can still change the appointment....conflicted; take days off from work or miss our vacation. I've talked to my dentist, he didnt agree or disagree other than I need to have this done soon. He will give extra pain meds and I intend to go in to the office for any and every problem before we leave. Thanks for responding!

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Hi Bobbie, my eday is next Monday (25th) and I have the same fears, can't afford the IV but will be using happy gas, all my uppers removed,then immediates put in .. and worried about pain, swelling, ability to eat afterwards, will have headphones so hopefully will be distracted from sounds of crushing teeth ( :( )  Will let you know how it goes, altho' I know that it's different for ev'ryone ... the more 'good' stories I read, the better I feel about it ... in my case, I think this anxiety may be the worst part of it all, certainly hope so ... good luck
Maggs

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Waaaay toooo much for me to go into in a few words
You're welcome to call 631.578.3238..Rich. I had 8 extractions and full uppers 2 months ago w/o too much pain and no complications (immediates)

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I'm in Oz, or would be on phone right now, lol !

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If u eva come back to earth......
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Hi Maggs
Thanks for responding! The entire process is pretty overwhelming. I'm normally an optimistic person but am getting extremely anxious having actually scheduled the appointment now. Sitting waiting to get impressions done...I've got a terrible gag reflex so hoping it won't be too bad.
Good luck on your upcoming procedure. Please keep me posted on how things go.

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270 Points

2 years ago

Immediate dentures will cause pain. I had 17 extractions and although I was given immediate dentures I didn’t not wear until 3 weeks out. 26 is a lot of trauma to your gums. I was in pain for 2 weeks. Invest in all the numbing gel, cream and liquid you can get. My pain was not wearing immediate dentures I can only image what the pain would of been like if I worn them. At 3 1/2 weeks my gums still haven’t completely healed. Good luck to you. I found that Aleeve works they best for pain. Best of luck on your vacation.

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Thanks Hank! I'm expecting pain but I'm hoping that it won't be so intense after the first week. After the infections I've had, my pain tolerance has improved somewhat. The immediate dentures is my biggest worry! Did you choose not to wear them or instructed by the dentist? I'm curious. I'm thinking if the dentures cause to many problems on vaca I can take them out. Im not so vain that I won't sit and enjoy the scenery toothless. :) Another question for the dentist. LOL I've got a long list going.

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902 Points

2 years ago

I had uppers done.  I was scheduled to have the whole mouth done but it took too long so I have to go back to have the lowers done yet.  You'll be sore at 9 days out yet but as long as everything goes pretty smooth it's tolerable.  You'll just have to figure out soft food options while you're away.  I had mine done on the 7th.  The impressions didn't taste great but it was fine.  For me the worst part was having all that gel fill up your mouth and trying not to move while still swallowing.  Whatever you do make sure you keep biting down and don't move.  If the impressions aren't clear they will make you do it again which you definitely don't want to do.

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The actual impressions and bite didn't bother me at all, even tho' my front tooth (only unbroken  one) is very loose ... it's the thought of needles, pain afterwards which bothers me 

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Just had the impressions. OMG! Boy did my gag reflex kick in. Did the upper first to get the worst out of the way. Even being prepared for it I gagged. The lower was easier. All turned out on the first try! Yay! And I didnt leave with anymore broken teeth.

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Right?!  I was not opening my mouth for anything.  He was talking with his team for awhile before he came back in and I was silently yelling "come on" while trying to swallow.  Good luck to you!  I'm not sure when my lowers are coming out but my impressions were all done for them.

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Maggs the pain wasn't too terrible for me.  It hurt but it was on par with all the dental work I've had in the past.  It's manageable.  The limited ability to eat while it heals is the hardest part for me.  I really want something other than soft foods but am living off of soft stuff.  When are you scheduled for?

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I had 21 teeth pulled, upper and lower on July 18th and got the immediate full upper and lower sets. I guess I have a high threshold for pain and crap. I joked with the dentist during the impressions that she needs to order better tasting ice cream. For the impressions I said I can do Elvis! I actually talked to her while she was doing my extractions, like "how many more to go?". I think I got about 12 shots of Novocain but I lost count. The denture part is the annoying part, learning to eat again, first now through the pain and the new way of biting, mashing, cutting, etc.,using the incisors and molars after having almost no molars, or decayed molars, for years. I am delighted I did it as the toothaches are gone, health is better. I will say that the change is huge in eating and I am still on yogurt, mashed potatoes, rice, but finally Shepherd's Pie and yaaaaaaaaaay, meat finally. Keep the faith, this is the best thing anyone can do if you have bad teeth,

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5.2K Points

2 years ago

Ask your dentist to prescribe the 6 day course of steroids starting the day of the surgery. I had 28 extracted under sedation, took the steroid pills, and I think the healing went well. I also had implants and bone grafts done in the same surgery so my mouth was pretty traumatized.. and plain old ibuprofen managed the discomfort fine. I took it around the clock for a couple weeks and didn’t need the prescribed painkillers.

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Can you tell me how the steroids help? With swelling? I'll be sure and ask my dentist about the possibilty of getting script.

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It's nigh on impossible to get steroids prescribed here ( mydentist isn't allowed to prescribe anything stronger that Panadeine forte ...Australia's so backward/regulated)  so I'm hoping that a combination of ibuprofen and panadol will see me thru'...even  had to order Benzodene cream from US ebay... thankfully that arrived last week ... i'm wondering if I can order steroids online?
Due to my anxiety, dentist suggested I take 5mg of valium beforehand ... my Dr. reluctantly gave me a script for 2 x 2mg tablets ( yes 2 tablets, only lol) ...went back and now have a script for 5 tablets of 5mg) it's a joke here , 

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6.1K Points

2 years ago

The impressions is like having a mouth full of silly putty but breath and you will get through it.  I has 14 pulled at one and immediates and I was good about a week out. Be sure to rest, do your salt water rinses and sleep with your head slightly elevated.  If you didn't have any problems before you should b fine. 

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942 Points

2 years ago

It might be a little different for me I have two partials. After it is done your mouth does taste a little like blood but not bad I washed my mouth out with crest pro health mouth wash it helps with pain also a cold ice pack don't drink out of a straw after the surgery. eat soft foods good luck to you. I know I feel better getting my teeth fixed

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434 Points

2 years ago

I had all my remaining teeth pulled in December 2017 and had temporary dentures made. I had this process so built up in my head and it was not near as bad as I thought it would be. Yes it took about a week for my gums to "close up" but I could wear  my top denture right away. I did have problems with my lower denture as I had more issues with the teeth on the bottom when they were pulled. I did get perscription pain meds from the pharmacy but I only used a few. I used mostly OTC meds for pain. I did sleep in the recliner for the first few nights after as I felt more comfortable there. I also used frozen pea packs the the 24 hours--those helped a lot!!  I just received my permanent denture today!! (6/19/18)---you have to wait about 6 months to let you jaw and tissues heal and shrink before getting permanents. The wait was worth it! They fit extremely well and are much lighter than the temps. Just do it-you will be happy you did!! Your smile will be great!!

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My immediates will also be my permanents ..just have to wait 6 months for a 'hard reline' ... it was more affordable for me to go this route as I don't have private insurance and public health only covered the extractions, else I'd have to go on a waiting list for possible 12+ months for dentures and the thought of being toothless horrifies me, plus I'd rather get it over with and I've saved for ages, going without other stuff just for this purpose ... if only I could ease my nerves, I'd be much happier about it :(

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Same here, Maggs: my denturist says that my immediates will also be my final/permanent dentures..
How did that work out for you?
I'd be interested to know, as 'everyone else' seems to get 'temporary' dentures, followed by much better, lighter/less-bulky, all around 'nicer' permanent dentures.

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512 Points

2 years ago

Hey by day 8 you'll still have some swelling but hopefully not to much. Most of mine was gone. You will also still be healing. I have been eating normal since day 5 just smaller bites and your fine. I couldn't eat as much as I used to because after a while my gums would be sore. The thing with adjustments is it just seems to make a sore spot somewhere else.

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740 Points

2 years ago

Wow.. I'll tell you the truth because most people won't but I had all my back teeth pulled in February then had all my front teeth pulled and immediate top and bottom dentures placed at the same time in April. Worst mistake I ever made. Should have had all my teeth pulledin February and permanent dentures placed after new impressions of my healed gums could be made in April. They cannot make a denture using an impression with teeth in it that actually fits a mouth one those teeth are removed and they should be completely honest about that. Immediate dentures rarely fit and they usually don't come with soft relines which you will HAVE TO HAVE every few weeks after the surgery for them to even stay in. My oral surgeon who pulled my teeth and then placed the immediate dentures made by my actual dentist felt so bad about the horrible fit right over wounds that he puts free soft liner in the top and bottom right there in the surgery suite just so they would fit and not hurt me too bad when I woke up. They still don't fit and I've had to buymy own soft liners and apply them and after threatening to sue the dentist they are making me a new set based on my gums now so they fit. Immediate dentures should be outlawed. They tell me they rarely fit because it's a guessing game what your gums MIGHT look like after surgery. I hate to say this but would urge ANYONE neverto do immediate and give yourself a couple weeks to heal and then do impressions and permanents after your teeth are out. I've not met one personin and around my area that's had luck with immediate dentures. They are a nightmare. I've been waiting for my new set and trying to wear these imitator immediate in the mean time because I don't want to go without teeth at 45 years old I'm not a vain woman but I just want teeth you know so I wear these horrible things but can't eat with them at all. They finally took new impressions last week and are going to make the new dentures over the next few weeks but first I geta try in a wax replica of the dentures to make absolute sure they fit correctly and then they make them from that wax replica. This is the only way to have dentures made in my opinion. IF YOU GET YOURS AND THEY DON'T FIT... don't panic.. toy will, with the help of a soft liner that you can buy yourself on Ebay (I recommend prosoft) and really good glue (I recommend secure .. it's actually water proof and doesn't move for at least 8 hours.. if it can hold dentures in my mouth that don't even fit and and wobble all around without the glue, they can hold anything in) you should be able to go on your vacation or wedding plans or any of that but DO NOT EXPECT TO EAT with the teeth in unless you are one of the lucky few who got the one lab tech who CAN see into the future at what your gums will look like without teeth and made a pair of dentures for you from the impressions WITH your teeth still in that fits once they are out. And ask your dentist (the one who is pulling all your teeth) up front in surgery what they do if the teeth don't fit right after... do they put a soft liner in right then and there ?? They should but most don't. AND if your dentures don't fit right after surgery when your gums are swollen then theres no hope of them fitting once shrinkage starts a week later. I wished I had asked more questions from the dentist up front. I wished I had known that a hard reline at 6 months was all that was included because a soft reline several times during that first 6 months is crucial to fit and wearability AMD they are 300 bucks if the dentist does them. 25 if you do then so get some prosoft it's too have before you even get your teeth. That's how they get you.. yeah you can better afford immediate dentures until you have them and they don't fit and then you are desperate and will pay for liners just to be comfortable . Mine is a horror story but you need to know the down sides too.
I wish someone had warned me..i would have had everything pulled in February and then had teeth made now so they fit right. Hope this helps. Let me know if you need more info.

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Yes well, I guess it's different for ev'ryone ... I'm preparing for the worst but hoping for the best outcome, my dentist has assured me that I can go back to him ev'ry day for adjustments if necessary and soft relines are included for first sixth months,as needed....  I believe that some discomfort is to be expected with new dentures whether they're immediates or not.
old days of having to be toothless for months are gone. there's been lots of advancement in dental technology in recent times  and only hope that my own experience matches a lot of others' good results
So sad that you had this horrible experience, good luck in future