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Old 08-10-2010, 01:27 PM   #1
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top front teeth extracted and partial put in! So scared! Still have my own teeth!

I am so scared! I have 3 little boys and I am so busy. I really don't have time for this "drama" in my life, but I am scared to death. I have been told that I have to have my 6 front top teeth extracted and have a partial placed. HELP! I just cannot fathom that! Especially having to take my teeth in and out, ya know? Much less the whole procedure and not knowing what to expect. I am so scared. Can anyone help? What do they do? What is to be expected? So scared! Has anyone been through this before? Would so love some help and advice and what to expect. Thank you, thank you.

 
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Re: top front teeth extracted and partial put in! So scared! Still have my own teet

Hi,
I know the feeling. I had my top front four done. I went the implant route, but used a partial while they healed.

What I had done was this. I had the teeth extracted and the implants (yes, they are expensive, but worth it if you can afford it) placed all at the same time.
The oral surgeon then placed the removable metal partial I had had previously made right in my mouth before I left the office.

Because of the implants, I had a bit of swelling that was the worst on the third day but then went down quickly. I was never once without teeth! I ate with the partial in (soft foods at first) and slept with it, too. I only took it out to rinse it off after I ate, when I showered and when I brushed my teeth. For me it was easy to do privately.

The partial teeth looked GREAT! No one knew because the wires were far enough in the back that they couldn't be seen. You do have an opportunity to have the teeth of your dreams when they make the partial. If you go to a dentist that has a good reputation for them, I think you'll be happy.

It was adjustment, yes. But not too bad of one. I was a little bit tender because of the implants being placed but never once had a problem and the partial was both comfortable and great looking.

I was so upset by my little "drama", too. I cried for weeks. They were my TEETH!! My front ones, too. Mine turned out fine, though and if I had had to stay with the partial, it would have been OK. I do love my implants, but my partial was pretty nifty, too.

Hope this helps. If I can help you further, please let me know.

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Re: top front teeth extracted and partial put in! So scared! Still have my own teet

Hey Gellia! Thank you so much for your kind words, insight, advice and support. Very helpful to me. Unfortunately I do not have the option for implants right now. I even went for a second opinion to an oral specialist and he totally agreed with my dentist -- having the extract the 6 front upper teeth and having a partial placed. As I said, I don't have an option for implants -- severe bone loss in gums -- but the oral surgeon said we can try and do bone grafting later on and find a more permanent solution (?) -- however, I know what you mean about breaking down and crying -- losing your own teeth! Yes! I cry now! I even feel like I am hyperventilating just thinking about it. So scared. People say you won't be able to talk for awhile -- and have to take them in and out for cleaning. Do you HAVE to take them out often? Can't you leave them when you sleep? And obviously you can brush them like real teeth, right? Have to take them out? Can't even stand the thought of having to take them out -- much less look at myself in the mirror without teeth! Just can't. And I've heard horror stories about sutures, swelling and unable to talk -- true? How long does it take to recover? Don't even want anyone around me -- especially my "new" husband (old high school sweetheart) after this is done. Don't want him or anyone seeing me like this. I just know I won't be the same. I am just horrified. I go in for my first impression next week -- then second one on Sep 3 -- then the big horrific day will be mid sept. - so right now I keep feeling my front teeth knowing with each day it gets closer to losing them -- and me. Did you feel that way? Thank you so very much for your words and any support or advice you have to offer. How do you get yourself mentally prepared to face this and go through with it? I have such extensive infection in my gums that it can eventually kill me if I don't have these teeth pulled -- that is just putting it out there, huh? So needless to say, I don't have a choice. Somehow need to get myself mentally prepared and try and find a way to accept this and live with it, I guess. Thank you so much.

 
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Re: top front teeth extracted and partial put in! So scared! Still have my own teet

Hi again,
Yes....I went through exactly what you are. I cried for months. When I found out, I still had work to do before the teeth came out and it was a terrible time for me, too. Truthfully, you sound just like I did. I also obsessed about it all the time. Drove my poor DH nuts! LOL

Here's what I found. First off,...the teeth coming out was very easy. Don't worry about that at all. No pain whatsoever and the came out plink, plink, plink. I had already gotten my partial made just as you are doing now. I picked it up before I went for my appt with the surgeon. I did hate the way it looked out of my mouth!! I was sure I was going to look either like a Mr. Ed or a monkey!! I was sure I wasn't going to be able to talk or eat or do ANYTHING normal EVER again.

Guess what? I had the teeth out, the surgeon put in the partial and why.....I looked BEAUTIFUL. The partial teeth were much prettier than my real teeth which had started to twist and go crooked. I was amazed. I went home and had some mashed potatoes and gravy and my DH thought I looked GREAT!

OK, I did get really swollen a day or so later (it was Halloween time so I fit right in....looked like a Pumpkin Head! LOL) but it went away quickly. I don't think you will swell nearly as much but you may have some especially around your nose where the canines come out. Just know it will go away. I took advantage of it and gave myself a good facial!

Now,....your partial. I kept mine in almost ALL the time. NO one was going to see ME without my teeth and they never did. I wore them at night when I slept and had no problem. Would get up and take them out while I took a shower (dropped them in some dental cleaner) and brushed the rest of my teeth. Truthfully, I hardly looked at myself in the beginning, but later it got to be no big deal. After my shower, in went my teeth and they stayed there except when I would run and rinse them and my mouth after eating. Then at night, I would brush my teeth again and brush them, too. Back in they went and off I went to sleep. I had NO problem doing that at all. My DH never saw me without my teeth and the only person that did was my dentist and me! And, who cared about him??? LOL

I had stitches that just dissolve, so none to come out, and the partial covered them so I couldn't see them much less any one else. I had NO problem with the partial and like I said, the teeth, well, they were beautiful!! Really. People told me I looked younger and prettier and wondered why! That was OK by me! Let them wonder! I ate with them and they never hurt me at all except in the very beginning because of deep palate novocaine shots for the implants. You may have that to a lesser degree on the roof of your mouth but it goes away quickly.

The most important thing is when they are doing the impressions...stay very still so you get the perfect match for the partial. It will be so much more comfortable. I had very little problem with adjustments.

As for speech, all I did was practice for a short while. I lisp more with my implant teeth than I did with the partial. I never had a real speaking problem. I could even whistle!! There are techniques you can do to help and the mouth does get used to it in a few days or so. Wearing your partial at night helps that tremendously.

Sometimes I think I would have liked the partial better than my implants. I do love the implants but the crowns are not nearly as gorgeous as that partial was!

It won't be as bad as you think. I promise! I think I did all the worrying for you already and I can tell you it wasn't NEARLY as bad as I thought it would be. You really will do fine and remember you can get your new teeth to look exactly as you have always wanted. I even got mine a shade lighter and it brighten my features alot.

All in all, I looked much better with it than before with my regular teeth. My dentist said I may like the partial better than the implant teeth and for me, he was right. My partial did look nicer, but I'm OK with the implants anyway. There are advantages and disadvantages to both.

You'll do fine. Rest easy. Once you see yourself with the partial teeth and you're all healed up, you'll go,....hmmm,....I look pretty darn good! I can deal with this.

Hang in there. If I can help answer any questions you may have, I'm here!
Best to you.
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Old 08-12-2010, 09:34 AM   #5
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Re: top front teeth extracted and partial put in! So scared! Still have my own teet

Gellia!

Thank you, thank you, thank you. You are so awesome and so sweet. I can't tell you how much better I feel hearing something positive about this experience. I tell ya, I have read some horror stories. I cannot thank you enough for your supporting words and advice and sharing your experience with me. It is so wonderful to actually talk to someone who has been through it. I wish there was a way to stay in touch with you and become friends -- through email maybe? But, thank you for taking the time to write me back and share your experience with me -- and so relieved to hear some positive things about it. But you say it did kind of mess you up mentally, right? Did you feel different? No attractive anymore? Not the same person? How long was your healing time? People say you have to put a sock with rice in it in the freezer to help with swelling for first 24 hours -- then heat? You sleep and pretty much keep to yourself holding that sock on your mouth for days? Like I said, I was planning to send my husband away somewhere -- don't want anyone seeing me like this -- and it sounds like I won't be worth anything for days? But my mom says, no, he needs to be there for you. Yeah, right -- I don't want to go through this myself -- much less anyone else seeing me like this, ya know? Did you feel that way? Feel like less of a person? As much as I have been through in the last 5-6 years with a horrible and nasty divorce from my kids father -- I feel I can go through anything -- but I actually think this will be the worst. But, after hearing your story -- I think I might be able to survive it and live through it. You are lucky though -- you have implants now? And they are permanent? You don't have to take them out? See -- that's what I wanted -- something permanent that I don't have to take in and out, ya know? Again, I don't even know if that will be an option -- they would have to do bone grafting, etc. -- but, moneywise -- there's no way -- but to have something permanent instead of removable -- I think I would rob a bank or something to do it (LOL) -- or at least try to get a loan or something, ya know? Anyway, Gellia -- thank you sooooooo much. You are a dear person. Again, it is wonderful to finally hear something positive about all this -- starting to think that I might make it -- but I don't have a choice -- that's a bad thing too. I have scheduled this horrific event on a weekend of 3-4 days that my ex has my boys for the weekend -- hoping that will enough time to get over the worst before I get them back -- what do you think? Also running into I might have them for a little while (few hours) after this is done -- before he picks them up -- probably not a good idea? Should make other arrangements? Because I won't be able to talk and will be in pain and hugging the couch? I should make other arrangements? How was it when you first came home? In pain and comatose for days? What did your DH do? Leave you alone? Be there for you? You couldn't talk, right? Sorry to be such a pain -- I know you have a life -- but whenever you might have any time -- would so love thear hear back from you -- you are actually giving me a little bit of hope and making me feel that I might actually get through this. I appreciate you and your words of support. Thank you so much. I hope to hear back from you. How are you doing now? How long ago did you do all this? Still feel like the same person as you always were? But you have implants now, tho, right? I think I would love to have implants -- because you don't have to take them out, right? Again, thank you so very much for your time and your help. So appreciate it more than you know. It certainly helps me a lot. Dreading this with a passion. I cry now -- I know I will cry a lot afterwards, huh? Thank you Gellia! Hope you are doing great! Take care. ShelbyLynn5

 
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Re: top front teeth extracted and partial put in! So scared! Still have my own teet

First off, you're not going to cry. Your partial teeth will look BEAUTIFUL. YOU will look beautiful. I came home from the entire procedure feeling great. They used novocaine and then nitrous oxide for the implants. Seriously, the teeth came out easily. If you are loosing them to bone loss, like I did, all six will be gone in, oh,...15 minutes or so. They come out easily with very little trauma because they are all long but single roots. Most surgeons use instruments for an "atraumatic extraction". . They only reason I had some serious swelling was because of the implants going it. Otherwise, I think most of your swelling will be on either side of your nose due to the canine extractions. They are our mouth's longest root.
Rice in a sock. Heck!! That sounds like me! That's what I used and it worked GREAT. It was just the right temp for the right amount of time and you don't get wet. Take the rice in a sock and drap it over your nose when you go to bed. It will feel good and help with swelling.
Also, get one of those ice packs you can buy that you squeeze to activate. Use it as soon as you can. In the car on the way home if possible. Someone is going to drive you, right?

I went to my regular dentist the next day by myself and no one noticed a thing. Appearance-wise, I looked pretty normal. I did swell the next day. Sleep sitting up a bit, too, for a few days. That's VERY important. I didn't and that may be why I swelled as much as I did.

The partial will help with any bleeding after. I had none except when I removed it to brush my teeth that first night. There were traces on the partial, that's all. I came home from the surgery and made dinner. I did eat soft foods for a few days (mashed potatoes, pastas) but by day six, I was eating chicken and ribs.
Remember, I had implants, too. I had no bruising..

My partial hurt a bit where I had the deep palate shots. I would sit at the computer and pull it down a little to relieve the pressure, and if my DH came around, just close my mouth and it popped right back in place. He never knew a thing. Actually, he though I looked alot better. My teeth had started to go into lateral rotation and even I thought the partial was much better looking.

Did I know all this in the beginning. Heck no! I was sure I would look in the mirror and not know who was looking back. How was I going to deal with that? Would I still even be the same person? Feel the same... Was I scared...you bet!

If I had to do it over, I'm not sure I would even do the implants. I really love them, but as for looks, the partial had it all over the crowns on the implants. Looks wise, get the teeth of your dreams and they will be your real teeth! They're yours. You bought'em!
And, they will look gorgeous! LOL

So, you will be the same person inside, but on the outside, ...you're going to look better.
The small inconvenience of brushing your teeth in your hand instead of your mouth will be worth it when you see how great they look back in all clean and perky. LOL

Do smile alot at yourself. I'm pretty sure I've done all the worrying for you and can tell you it really wasn't as bad as I had read/feared and obsessed about. I got one of those little balls that you squeeze and took it to the surgeon with me. The shots were the worst. And, anyone can stand them for a short period of time. After that, nothing much except quick plink, plinks. Implants in...they took awhile, and then I was looking in the mirror and really nice looking teeth! They looked like they did when I was a teenager. Was I happy...uh, yeah.

You're going to do fine. Start thinking about what color teeth you want and what they will look like. Start dreaming about a nicer smile where you won't have any problems like there is there now. The partial will ADD to you, not take away.

Seriously, don't cry. I did it for you and it was a waste of time! I really didn't need to either.

If you want you can go to the upper right hand side of this page and there is a place for private messages. I'd be happy to answer any questions you have now, or later, if I can.

My very best to you,
Gellia

 
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Re: top front teeth extracted and partial put in! So scared! Still have my own teet

i have a question, i got all my top teeth pulled surgically and i had some of the bone taken out, and i got 11 stitches, i go back in a few days to get them taken out, is there any problems that could happen when the stitches come out? and also how do you stay so calm when gettin your teeth pulled? i cried alot, they gave me Valium and nitrous oxide and neither of it worked i was still scared more than ever!, do you have any ideas on how to not be so scared? cuz i have to go back and get all my bottom teeth pulled also! please let me know cuz i hate bein scared cuz it seems like it takes forever!?

 
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Gellia -- hey its me -- getting 6 front teeth pulled.

Gellia,
You don't know how much you are helping me! You are so wonderful. You are a blessing! You are actually helping me get "a little bit of a grip" on what I am about to endure -- actually helping "accept" that it has to be done -- and that it just might not be the end of the world after all. You really don't know how much I need to hear all of this positive info. from you. Thank you so much. And I don't see where it is that you said to find "private messages" at? Can't find it anywhere? Sorry -- totally new to this -- (?) -- I actually go to my dentist this Weds. (8/18/10) for my first impression -- I think I told you that. I am hoping to be able to actually "talk" to my dentist and hopefully he will answer some questions for me also. He really hasn't told me anything -- but haven't been back to see him since he gave me the "shattering" diagnosis. I guess I really hate the thought that I don't have a choice in the matter -- and I know you said I will be the same -- maybe even better -- just can't imagine that. There is a "little" part of me that is kind of anxious to have prettier teeth with a pretty smile -- assuming all goes well -- and not dealing with this constant pain and living on antibiotics -- but, will they actually show me how to put the partial in? And take it out? Give me info. and instructions as to what to do when I leave the office? And what to expect? And I heard about that rice trick -- put rice in a sock and put it in the freezer? Then what, just when I get home put it over my nose? Or over my mouth? For what, 24 hours -- then put the same sock in the microwave for heat after that? My boys will be with their dad that weekend -- so, again, I am hoping I will be over the worst before they come back. Wonder whether they will notice anything? I might still be swollen? And why did you take the partial out when you took a shower? And you say the worst pain was the shots? Oh gees -- don't like the sound of that -- or any of this for that matter -- but with your help -- and you have been soooo very helpful -- thank you -- I am trying to get myself in the right frame of mind before I go in there. I think I will have a heart attack when I walk in there, ya know? Oh my gosh, I am so scared. Was it hard getting the partial in and out? I am so afraid I will be able to get it out and then not be able to get it back in -- and I will totally FREAK. Is it easy? Is it secure enough to stay in place? And eat? And talk? I know, I know, I know. I need to calm down. I know I am asking you stuff that you have already told me -- but, man, I think as each day gets closer to it happening -- I think I am accepting it -- then I start panicking, ya know? Sorry it has taken me so long to write back -- didn't even know there was a page 2 -- and didn't realize you had written back -- told you I was new to this. But, would so love to hear back from you again. How are you doing now? And how long ago was it you had this done? I know you said the implants were expensive -- so much per tooth? Anyway, thank you sooooo much -Thank you so much, Gellia -- you have so been a godsend. Bless you girl. Please take care -- and I cannot thank you enough. ShelbyLynn5

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Re: Gellia -- hey its me -- getting 6 front teeth pulled.

Hi again,
The nice thing about a partial is that you get the teeth you always dreamed of having. Mine looked SO much better than my real teeth had and my real ones weren't so bad! I got the teeth made a bit whiter and it really brightened my whole face. The partial teeth were very pretty and I really did look better with it than my real teeth had been.

The partial attaches itself to your back teeth with these little wires like hooks. When I took mine out for the first time I was really scared. Shouldn't have been. I just pried it off by hooking my finger on the wire and pulling down over the back tooth where it was attached. Getting it back in was even easier. Just line it up and "snap" it went right into place. It's really easy, just a little nerve wracking the first few times. You really can't hurt it or yourself so don't worry about that.

After my surgery, the dentist put the partial in for me and I left it in till the next day. It actually helps with any bleeding. I didn't bleed at all except for the teeniest bit that rinsed out with warm salt water (which you should rinse with anyway - it's really good for your gums). The next day I took it out while I showered only because you should take it out to allow your gums to "breathe". It was just more convenient for me and NO ONE would dare come into the bathroom. Like I said, no one ever saw me without my pretty teeth at all. I would use a partial cleaner and let it soak while I showered. Then after, just rinse it off and pop it back in. I was good for the day!

The rice in a sock will help with swelling. I used it the first day almost continuously. Remember to sleep sitting up a bit. Just not flat. It really will help reduce any swelling you may have. I think it may be most noticeable for you on either side of your nose.
It shouldn't be too bad when your sons come home. Just tell them they should see the other guy and to watch their step...Mom can handle a good sock in the face! LOL
It really shouldn't be too bad for you.

If you want to switch to heat (ask the dr), the rice in a sock goes right in the microwave. It will also hold heat for about 20 minutes. Ideal temp.

Pain. I really had very little even with the implants in. Ibuprofen (Advil) worked great and helped with its anti-inflammatory properties, too. If you can take it, do. I don't think I would have needed anything more and I'm a pain wienie!
With the shots. Yes...they do hurt, but if you just say "I can handle anything for a short period of time" maybe three times slowly...it will be over. Anyone can handle it for a short period of time. Once it takes affect, you will feel nothing at all. Like I said, the top teeth come out Sooooo easily. All four of mine took about 5 minutes, tops!

A little hint.....go get a squeeze ball (like harried executives use )and take it with you. My dentist gave me one and I was so nervous, I popped it and the little balls inside went everywhere! The next one really helped though. It gave my hands something to do and I could concentrate on that instead of anything else.

Thing is, just concentrate on how pretty you will look with your partial teeth. No more pain or infections. Is it an adjustment? Sure, but when you see how pretty you look, it will be hard not to smile at yourself in the mirror. The very WORST part is your own imagination that it will be terrible. It won't.

Your teeth extraction will be easy, the partial will fit (stay still when they make the impression!) really well, and you will go home looking well,...gorgeous!
Get out the rice in a sock from the freezer when you get home (make two of them) and just sit with it on your face. When it gets warm, switch with the other. Eat something soft for dinner that night, like pasta, and sleep sitting slightly elevated. Those are the very best things to do to avoid as much swelling as possible. Leave the partial in all night. Don't use a straw to drink (causes too much suction and you want the extractions to heal) and when you rinse with salt water (make it taste like the ocean - 1/4 tsp per 8oz of warm water) let it just fall out of your mouth....NO spitting and NO smoking.

The next day, when you go to brush your teeth, take out the partial by prying it down from your back teeth by those little hooks. It really will come out easily, but it takes some practice. DON'T get scared. It will come out and go back in. Honest. I was SO scared the first time. I went through a litany of the "What... if's" (What if I couldn't get it out?? What if I couldn't get it back IN!???). Didn't need to. Then, when I brushed my teeth, I just brushed the partial and put it back in. During the day I left it in except when I ate and then I would rinse it and my mouth.
That's it!

No one,....and I do mean no one, even knew I had anything done at all,...just that I
"hadn't changed since high school" Now that made me a happy camper, because high school was a long time ago! LOL

I felt the same as you. Panicky at times. I was terrified when the day finally came, but I marched on, on faith alone, I think, and I squeezed the heck out of that little squeeze ball. I was floored that the teeth came out so easily. The implants took longer but well,...when it's done, it's done.

Then the surgeon asked if he could place the partial for me (he was such a SWEETHEART!!) and handed me a mirror. OMG! Who was that??? I looked SO much better than before. Nice, straight white teeth instead of ones that had started to twist and go crooked.

Was it worth it?? You bet! I have no more infections, no more sore teeth or gums and quite frankly, look better than ever!

You will too! All totaled, there was about one week were I was a bit uncomfortable with the swelling and pain of the implants, but it was certainly bearable and besides,...
I looked MAHVALOUS!! LOL Your swelling shouldn't be nearly as bad. You should look marvelous right away!!

I know it's silly of me to say don't be scared, but honestly, don't be scared. You will come through this just fine and look great after. When you think about it....this will be a good thing in your life. You're going to look great. The week will be worth it.

We can adjust to anything. You will be able to do this because you can adjust to it. Give yourself the luxury of time and everytime you see yourself in a mirror, smile. The partial will make you really like the person you see.

If you plan on whitening any of your other teeth, do it before you pick your partial teeth color. They can't be whitened so you want them to be the way you will love them.

If I can help you more.....let me. I found my whole experience to be a positive one and the anxiety I put myself through more than was necessary.

Again,...don't be scared cause you will end up beautiful!!

Best to you and I'm here.
Gellia

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Re: top front teeth extracted and partial put in! So scared! Still have my own teet

To jlhaynes,
Get a little squeeze ball (the kind they make for harried executives) and squeeze away! Take the valium one hour before your appt and then right when you get into the office. Remember it takes about 20mins to 1/2 hour to work. When you use the nitrous oxide,...remember to breathe in through your nose. When we get nervous, we have a tendency to mouth breathe. That won't help you, but will make your dentist happy. Make a conscious effort to breathe in slowly, in and out through your nose. It really helps!

Remember, you too, can handle anything for a short period of time. If you tried all those things with the top teeth, and still had problems, ask if they offer intravenous sedation.
It's a much bigger deal to have it, but many find it useful.

When the stitches come out, it shouldn't bother you at all. It may pinch or feel like your gums are being tickled.

Loosing your teeth is a very emotional experience. You have had them as your friends for a long time and to loose any of them is traumatic. Try and separate the loss from the actual extractions. Were you crying from the pain having them pulled? Or, the pain of loosing them, your friends? If it was from pain, your dentist needs to do more to make you more comfortable. If it is from the loss of a friend, it's OK. But, it will be easier for you to mourn in private. It's OK to mourn your loss.

I hope you too will be getting gorgeous dentures that will transform you into the beauty you can be. You are in a unique place that you can pick a gorgeous smile.

And, do try to focus on the future, instead of the short term. You will heal and go on healthier with a nicer smile. That's a positive thing.

My very best to you and hang in there. You will do fine.
Gellia

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Old 08-17-2010, 05:12 PM   #11
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Talking Me again Gellia!

Hey, thank you, thank you, thank you. You honestly do not realize how much help you are to me -- really -- I am actually starting to feel like I might make it through this. Hey, you said in your last post that you took your partial out when you were eating -- why? Don't you eat with them in? I definitely would not take them out when I am eating -- no way! Did you? And can you eat with them? And can you bite down on things with the partial? Like a sandwich or hamburger or something normal? I know, not an apple or anything like that -- but regular food? Did yours ever get loose or flop? When you talked or ate or anything? Thats a huge fear. And also, you said no spitting or smoking -- well, I do smoke now -- unfortunately -- had quit for 7 years -- then went through years of a horrific nasty divorce and still being "watched" and "monitored" by my ex, etc. -- unfortunately I picked up the bad habit again -- but why can't you spit or smoke? Like, the partials are covering up the "holes" where your teeth were pulled, right? How long can you not? I'll probably be chomping at the bit (no pun intended! LOL) -- to smoke -- especially after that ordeal -- so, how long do you have to wait to drink out of a straw, spit or smoke? Wow. See, they don't tell me any of this -- they haven't told me ANYTHING -- you are the only one who is informing me of anything -- GOD BLESS YOU, GIRL! I know I couldn't do this without you! Sorry, not much time right now -- will check back with you later -- thank you so much, Gellia! You were truly sent to me to help -- and you certainly have done that! Thank you so much. Take care! ShelbyLynn5

 
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Re: top front teeth extracted and partial put in! So scared! Still have my own teet

Hi again,
No, I only took my partial out when I showered or brushed my teeth. Never when I ate (DH was floating around too much). Eating a sandwich may be a challenge. The "pulling" is something you will just have to feel out as you go along. Many people have no problem doing that at all. I developed a painful nerve problem in my lower jaw so cutting my food with a knife and fork worked better for me. No one noticed that either. I'm really amazed at the stuff people just don't see. My Dad had a partial and I never knew until he died! He just never mentioned it and I never noticed.

With smoking, using a straw or spitting when you brush....doing those can dislodge the clots and then you are stuck with dry socket. Dry socket HURTS! With the partial covering the extraction holes I don't think you'd have a problem, but be aware that it can happen, so go lightly, that's all.

You're really going to do well with this, I can tell. I think you will be amazed at how pretty you look with a partial. I even had this small crease in my lip that they were able to pop out some how. For me the partial was like having a mini face lift!! It brightened my whole face! Pretty teeth can do that, you know!

Just try and take things a step at a time. I tried very hard to get a super positive attitude about the whole thing. I was going to look better if it KILLED my dentist! LOL
And, I did. You will too. Look at the whole thing in a positive light.
NO more pain and infections, a new brighter smile with straight teeth that are whiter and prettier and don't hurt.

Why,...it's a no brainer!! LOLOL You're going to do just fine. I'm around if you need me!

Best,
Gellia

 
Old 08-19-2010, 06:50 AM   #13
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Hey Gellia!

Hi Gellia!
Yes, it's me again. I am such a pain, arent I? I have to tell you, I know you are repeating yourself -- trying to keep me positive -- and you truly do not know what that means to me. But, get this, just when I was just starting to get used to the idea of a partial -- with all of your supporting words and advice -- I went to my dentist yesterday to get my impression done -- well, it didn't happen. When I got there, he sat down and talked to me and showed me (on a skeleton head with teeth) what was happening. He had talked to the oral surgeon that I had went and got a second opinion with -- that surgeon did a CT scan -- to see more in depth -- and he told my dentist that the infection in my gums is more extensive than what my dentist saw with a PAN x-ray. Needless to say, I guess my problem is more severe than I imagined. So, my dentist wants me to go see an oral surgeon that he is referring me to -- and wants him to take it from here. In other words, the teeth need to come out -- but he said there is so much bone loss that the sutures and the gum will be so high, that a partial really wouldn't fit well, etc. So, he wants me to see this oral surgeon to see what would be the best solution. He said that the teeth need to be pulled and then they could put bone graft material up in the gums -- but that a partial or nothing is supposed to touch that -- until it heals -- about up to 6 months! Can you "freaking" believe that? So, I am on the verge of tears -- saying, "well, what are you saying -- I won't have front teeth for 6 months?" No way. He said they could probably do a temporary partial, but it wouldn't be able to touch the gums, etc. Talk about totally freaking out. Again, just when I was getting used to the idea of my teeth being pulled and wearing a partial -- that was devastating enough -- but now he is pushing me off onto an oral surgeon -- because he has my health and best interest in mind. What? I just don't know what to think or how to feel. I walked out of there thinking, oh my gosh, I am going to look like a deformed hairlip or something, ya know? So now I am really scared. The oral surgeon has an opening today, but I have my boys and I am babysitting my 4 mo. old little niece -- so, trying to get my brother to come over and watch them for awhile -- but, I really don't have time to bother with this -- and don't want to -- but they all say not to put it off -- so I am afraid not to go see the oral surgeon. Oh my gosh, what do I do? Where to turn? Guess I need to go see this oral surgeon and see what he has to say -- and see where my "life" lays from there, ya know? Now, after being scared out of my mind -- now have my teeth pulled with a partial sounds like a piece of cake -- like a dream -- compared to what he is saying now. I just hope and pray that being this is not his area of expertise -- that it hopefully won't be as bad as he is saying. So, my life and frame of mind all lies in the hands of this oral surgeon. Should I go get other opinions? They make it sound like I need to deal with this right away. Don't have money or insurance either -- but will rob a guy on the street -- LOL -- or get a loan or something to get whatever I need done, ya know? So, if I don't go see him today, then I'm not sure when I can get in to see him. Should I get more opinions? Or just go see this guy? So sorry to bother you with this, but wondering if you have ever heard of anything like this? So wonderful to hear from you. It truly makes my day to open up this site and see that you posted back. You take care, Gellia, and thank you again, for everything. Stay in touch. Thanks again.
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Re: Hey Gellia!

First off, don't panic. Do you have a "gummy smile"? Does your gumline show alot? If it does, you probably will need some bone build up but that is not that difficult. An oral surgeon is the one to see. I had to go to one, too.

I don't have a gummy smile. When I got my partial, it didn't meet my gums either but no one could tell. Only way you could see the partial part was if I pulled my lip up over my head! LOL
My partial didn't touch the gums because I had the implants that had to heal, so it couldn't. No one could see that at all.

Now, that said, if you have a gummy smile they will have to do some work for the best cosmetic results. It's doable though and again, you'll be looking much better.

Focus on the end result. Most of the time they use "bone in a bottle" and it's placed when the teeth are removed. I had that when I had the implants placed because I didn't have much bone there either.

Don't panic!! This can all be fixed. It's just that when bone in a bottle is placed, it should be done by an oral surgeon for the best result. I never regretted getting my extractions and bone grafts from my oral surgeon. He was great!

Don't worry. You are still going to end up gorgeous. This is a small speed bump. Get the name of the OS your dentist works with and make an appt. Take any xrays you have and information with you and get the evaluation.
This is all to make you look better. Don't be afraid of it.


Gellia

 
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Re: top front teeth extracted and partial put in! So scared! Still have my own teet

Hi Shellby Lynn and gellia et all

Just wanted to say your support you're giving each other is wonderful..

I only had ONE front tooth and one Side tooth replaced with a temporary
plate, was told to come back in a few weeks/months and go to an Oral
Surgeon the dentist suggested..

I went away for quite a long time, had a traumatic time myself, so my teeth
were of secondary importance.. ....

the next year I rang for an appt. was told by his secretary the Oral S. was
sadly killed in a car accident...
He was a very much needed/respected person, a lovely gentle man,
& I don't know if we have another one in our town..

I went thru a divorce as well so have no interest in my teeth at the
moment..
I know I'll have to get the partial plate replaced, but don't have any spare
$$$ to pay for them now..

I have had the plate wires tightened a couple of times or they slip out ..
when I SNEEZE sometimes they pop out , ( I manage to hide that)...

or if I eat something gooey it sticks on the plate till I can't speak !! Lol...

maybe some adhesive on the roof of my mouth will help.?

What ever, I wish you luck with your problem Shelley Lynn.. maybe I need
some too.. I'd like to hear what happens .. ?

Kind Regards CR.. xx

 
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