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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

3 y ago

Heather Welberry Fewell
So you think it might work to get a very inexpensive mail order denture (Russell Kay type) and  use them as a temporary immediate upper (only when you go out in public) and then in 3 to 5 months get your permanent dentures made???

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740 Points

Absolutely that would work. I finally got my dentist to see how poorly my immediate dentures fit and he finally (after several threats ,a bad yelp, google, and dentist review) told me he was just going to start over with a new pair of permanent dentures that would be made the right way with the correct impressions, a wax try in pair, and all of that was to make up for telling me to put the immediate dentures in a drawer and learn to live without teeth because immediate dentures never fit right !! I would ALWAYS recommend letting things heal with a set of temps or immediate dentures from somewhere like Russell Klein to just wear out after extractions if you are not wanting to go toothless while you heal for about 2or 3 months and then start the permanent dentures process on healed gums with a set that fits your mouth AFTER teeth are removed. I wouldn't do it any other way.

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I wish I had gone for something temporary from Russell Klein just to wear out in public, even just an upper one.  I used to be a dental nurse and we found that immediate dentures always cause problems. My boss always recommended that patients wait until they have healed. My current dentist didn't even suggest immediate dentures.  

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120 Points

3 y ago

Seriously - a mail order denture?  How would that ever work?
I'll be transitioning to full dentures within a year.  I have had partials for several years but wore them only four hours a day.  And that was because I had a denture that stopped conforming to my mouth because I didn't wear it enough.
I'm wearing my partials all the time now and am always uncomfortable.  I'm watching the clock and counting down the last ten minutes until I get to take them out.
More than anything, the situation is just really really lonely for me because I'm finding that no one cares.  If I was about to lose a limb - which is what full tooth extraction is - people might care a bit more.  All that anyone has to say when I say that I'm facing this is "My mother/grandfather/father. . .|.
Well, my mother too.  And she never complained about it.
So I guess the thing is, just buck up.  But I'm not feeling particularly strong.  Rather, I am feeling totally terrified.    

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I also am feeling totally terrified, and in no way particularly strong!
By now it's over a year for this thread/posting.
However, perhaps someone else is also , as I, anxiously awaiting E-day, and reading all these helpful,
informative posts! Thank you.

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Hi  Theta
What are you having done?

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4-hour dental surgery 7am-11am- noonish, 86 miles away;
General anesthesia;full-mouth extractions = 23 teeth, which unfortunately for me includes 13 very good and fine teeth :(
and 4 implants upper+ 4 implants lower inserted into jawbone,in prep for snap-in dentures;
the implant-abutments will be added 4-6 months later, post-successful osseo-integration.

I go from the surgeon's office then to the denturist, for immediate dentures --- which she says will also be my final/permanent dentures.
(I dont like that; but she says they don't make temporary dentures "as it costs more".)
I am not ' happy' about any of this; lots of doubts, fears, worries, anxieties.

It's a lot of trauma for this 60s+ old gal!
And I'm unsure re: trust in the denturist to do right by me and provide a proper less-bulky,
excellent fitting 'final dentures' made from the 'immediate' dentures.

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Hi  Theta
You said:
"dental surgery 7am-11am- noonish, 86 miles away;
General anesthesia;full-mouth extractions = 23 teeth, which unfortunately for me includes 13 very good and fine teeth"

Stop  for a minute right here at removing "13 very good and fine teeth"

why in the world would anyone remove 13 good teeth??

I would recommend that  you go back to your dentist and tell him you do NOT want 13 good teeth removed and you want another plan

Perhaps it should be a plan for a partial bridge instead of this over denture
This sounds like a very Bad idea to remove 13 good teeth
You need to re think this over invasive plan
Tell your dentist you have thought it over and do NOT want to remove these 13 good teeth 
It is ridiculous

Go to another  2 dentists that offer free consultations and tell them that you want a consultation that plans some thing that does not include removing these 13 good teeth and tell your original dentist the same thing

Tell your original dentist you have thought it over and want another plan without removing your 13 good teeth
This should be a much better plan and a cheaper plan
Get it all spelled out with the costs all noted
How much is your present plan supposed to cost???
Barbara

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Thank you, Barbara.
It is good to have someone to discuss all this with, even online.
I am financially committed by now, 50% paid to secure the surgery date.

2 of 5 dental consults resulted in basically, "given your budget constraints . . . ". (!!!) . ..
the le$$er - costly (still $$,$$$) treatment plan options were:
extract all teeth, full dentures upper and lower.
(At least the surgeon/anesthesiologist/implant specialty guy offered me the implant-snap in dentures option, at about the same 5-figure cost as the prior dental consult resulting in "full dentures"; no surgeon, only 'conscious sedation'; and 3-4 mos with no posterior teeth.)

All the restorative work added up to be so much more costly (starting low-quote ballpark was $20,000++++ on upwards to $36K, etc etc.

I believe I've been offered a truly good/fair price of $17,000 , for an oral surgeon /implant specialty, also a full-anesthesiologist.
That includes everything: general anesthesia, 23 extractions, 4 upper + 4 lower implants ($1200 ea) set into the jawbone for snap-in dentures down the road ~ 6 months, providing all goes well;
uncovering the implants & seating the abutments; all x-rays/panorex/cone-beam/CT-scans, etc.
Also includes the immediate dentures/final dentures.
Also includes all followup with the surgeon.

My original, first-dentist said he honestly could not treatment plan for my "complex, complicated" case (true, it is, sad to say); and all he in good conscience could offer was referral to a prosthodontist --- (both specialists are well over 100 miles away --- we're kind of in the boonies here on the NW coast). Consults with prosthodontists ranged from $196 up to $360 !!! (No go.)

The restorative work of crowns for my 'good teeth' , for bridges, etc , implants, whatever is simply way too costly apparently. And, I did not want partial dentures.

The surgeon's extractions : $79 ea., simple or surgical extraction.
( The non-surgeon DDS practice charges $295 per tooth!!)

The dental school in Portland, 2+ hrs away, 4 years ago also said "too complex, too complicated" for their undergrad dental students; no prosthodontic graduate clinic program.
No luck there.

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2.3K Points

3 y ago

If you look on this forum for 'Russell Klein dentures' you will find many really happy people who have ordered from him.  He has an Etsy shop - here's a link:      https://www.etsy.com/shop/denturestore

I haven't gone down this route because I live in France and dentures are not too expensive here - I will pay €1600 for my dentures but will get around €700 of that back via the state component and my private health insurance.  Not as cheap as on the NHS in the UK, though, where they would cost under £250!  I hope to move back there as soon as I can but I need dentures now.  If I had been quoted thousands I would definitely have tried Russell Klein.

Is there a chance that you could ask your dentist if he could alter the partials for you?  It's sad that you are having to endure them rather than just being able to get on with them. Or perhaps you could get your full dentures sooner?

At the moment, with my extractions due on 9th July and new dentures hopefully within a couple of months according to my dentist, only my husband knows my situation and he is sympathetic.  I will be keeping a low profile, though, until I get my new dentures.  If you are worried about the actual extractions, ask your doctor for a sedative. I am having mine done under local anaesthetic and my doctor has given me a sedative to take on the morning of the extractions. I didn't think I'd be too anxious because I've had to wait for three months between the consultation and the extraction appointment but, as the day is getting closer, I am definitely starting to feel anxious!

You will find a lot of sympathetic support on this forum which should help you feel less alone.  Good luck to you.

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3 y ago

As I said in an earlier post, I had my extractions on 9th July but with no immediate dentures. My dentist had initially told me that he could start the permanent dentures two or three weeks after the extractions but when I went to see him two weeks after, he said I needed more healing time, so I am now booked in on 4th September to have the impressions taken. I was very disappointed that I have to wait even longer but I know it's probably the right way to go. I had no pain at all after the first day and I am managing to eat most things (some with difficulty but it's surprising how inventive hunger makes you!). I wear a lightweight face mask if we have visitors and my husband is running all the errands.   I still have another five weeks to wait for the dentures to be started and a further two to three weeks until they are ready. My dentist said he will give me two appointments a week. I am counting down the days! I can't wait to get back to normal. It's all a pain in the neck but I know that it will be worth it in the end.

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Be prepared though...i am shocked and in despair over how difficultit is to eat with my new, very good fitting dentures they made that fit so well i don't even need glue or adhesive on the top plate... just the bottoms, and eating is NOT pleasurable and is horrific, time consuming, not very easy at all. I hate eating at this point and avoid it. I just had this idea in my head that once i got the permanent dentures i would put them in and it would just be like having my teeth again. Let me tell you. It's hard and sore and eating is not easy and some days i just want my teeth back.

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Having been a dental nurse, I know it's not easy and many people, probably most,  struggle but I also know people who really do manage well with dentures.  Have you asked your dentist if he can do anything to make it easier for you to eat?  How long have you had them?

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60 Points

13 d ago

Get Boiron homeopathic ARNICA MONTANA 30C and take two pellets immediately following the extractions as this is great for trauma