I'm 35 years old and I elected to go the traditional route of waiting for four months after have all my teeth extracted before being fitted with dentures. I'm two months into the healing period now and my gums continue to shrink and I will hopefully be ready to have dentures fitted in about two months or so. I am interested in corresponding with people who have had a similar experience and who like me have decided to face the challenge of being toothless for an extended period after having their teeth pulled and then being fitted for dentures. Getting used to being without teeth was somewhat of a challenge as I find that chewing on my gums causes quite a strain on my facial muscles. I do tend to rather eat alone and away from everybody as I feel quite self conscious when I do. Also going out in public and speaking has been awkward as I get frustrated at people staring at me when I start talking. My husband has thankfully been very supportive throughout the whole process. I imagine it must be quite difficult adjusting to new dentures and would like to hear from those of you out there who are new denture wearers.
Don't know if I can be of much help as I had an immediate upper denture plate. It seems few people on this board go the route you took and wait until healing as taken place to get their denture(s).
The things I am sure you will probably have to deal with that are the same as immediate denture wearers:
1. Need for adjustments.
Sore spots will most probably develop while you are adjusting to your dentures. If these go on for 24 hours or more, I go for an adjustment, where the dentist locates the problem and grinds down the area of the denture causing the sore spot. Althuogh I doubt you will need nearly as many as an immediate denture wearer, you will probably need a few.
2. Learning to eat. It takes time and patience to learn to eat with these artifical teeth. I am still learning, taking it a small step harder every few days. It is best to chew on both sides of your mouth to help keep denture(s) stable. Biting is something I haven't mastered yet, as I still have some pain when I try to bite.
3. Taste difference.
Nothing tastes the way it did prior to having a denture plate. Although I am told you eventually get the taste back, I have as yet after a month. I now know why so many older people like to spice up their food with hot suace !!! :-)
Thanks for the reply. Just knowing that there are people out there to talk to certainly goes a long way in dealing with being toothless. I guess I must be the only one to have chose the route I have. I have however reconciled myself to the waiting period and am happy with my choice. Thanks for the advice on wearing dentures and the problems I might encounter in the beginning. I will keep you posted on my progress once I finally have them
1 cent - I needed more adjustments for my hard reline than I did when the immediates were first put in. I think this is because the initial immediates were more flared around the gums and wouldn't have had as much contact with them as a final denture would. Charmaine, you won't have to go through the ordeal of sore spots twice
2 cents - I found that I "lost" some of my ability to taste as well although other people said it was in my head because all the tastebuds are on the tongue. This is not true. I found this at a website discussing "taste": "In mammals (people are mammals) taste buds are located throughout the oral cavity, in the pharynx, the laryngeal epiglottis and at the entrance of the eosophagus." and "In addition there are 2500 taste buds on the epiglottis, soft palate, laryngeal and oral pharynx." So it's not my imagination and no you don't get the full taste back if much of your palate is covered all the time. However, over time you do gain some taste as other taste buds around your mouth that you never paid much attention to "wake up" - something like a blind person who's other senses become enhanced.
I have my teeth pulled out 17 days ago. I can't afford and inmediate denture, I need to wait several weeks, without teeth. Is no easy I understand you. Im only 31. I count all the days since my extracctions. Its not easy to socialice, and eat. But I'm positive.
I put a goal, in Christmas I'm going to be a new person. I start a diet (it's more easy now), I want to lose 29 pounds, I start to make exercises, take very good care of my lower teeth, and i'm saving money to go to see my parents, and my friends in Christmas or on January next year, and I'm going to start college to become a LPN. My husband is very supportive and he is helping me so much.
You are not alone!!!
My mother wait for several months (6 months) to have her dentures. I remember all the process, she is wearing dentures for almost 10 years and many times she forget about it. Many time she was looking everywere for her dentures, and she was wearing it lol.
Now Im wearing glasses too, but I don't care. I know the coming weeks are going to be hard, but everyday I'm more near to have my new Denture and my new SMILE!!!!
It gets easier as time goes on to get accustomed to socialising without dentures. At least you have your lowers which must be slightly easier. Great to hear that your husband is so supportive. Must admit that was one of my greatest concerns, that my loved one would be totally repelled by my toothless state. Thankfully he wasn't. I socialise a lot and my friends and family have come to accept me as I am, being without teeth does not matter to them. I look forward to getting my dentures though. Take heart you're not alone and this site has been great in that we are able to speak to others in similar positions. Hope your gums heal real well in the coming weeks and that you get used to your denture.
Hi, I have an appointment today with my dentist, I feel just great. I can't believe i had all my upper teeth pulled out, because I don't feel any disconfort. I can eat almost everything. It was almost a month and I feel great. The dentist need to take my wisdom teeth out (maybe today) but I'm not scare. My dentist is wonderful.
Take care Charmaine, I can't post frequently, because we move to another apartment and I'm waiting for the hook up of my cable internet. Today I'm using my sister computer.
Hope to read about you soon, best regards,
I'm a little confused. Did you have your teeth pulled a month ago? If so were you without uppers for this time and are you going to the dentist today to be fitted with dentures? If all your uppers were extracted does that mean that the wisdom teeth you having pulled today are at the bottom? Sorry, I'm just trying to clear this in my mind. I went for my impressions on Tuesday and must say that claylike substance feels kinda strange against the gums. I go for the wax try-in next week and am looking forward to finally having my dentures. Slowly but surely I'm getting closer and am really excited about finally having the falsies.