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What to Expect When Getting Dentures

I just got 5 upper teeth extracted. I can't seem to eat anything without pain. How do people do it? I have to go back to my dentist May 10, 2010. He will make my upper teeth then I bring them to the oral surgeon, he will then remove the last 5 uppers and put my dentures in. How long does it take to get the dentures made? Does this mean I will still be waiting for teeth after May 10th? I just don't understand.

By Christine from Hamilton, Ontario

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By Beth [25]03/25/2010

You may have a temporary plate while the permanent one is being made. Off hand I don't remember the name of it, but there is a mouth wash you can buy over the counter to help heal mouth wounds. Your dentist or oral surgeon may even provide it.

By Cindy [6]03/22/2010

First of all, I hope it is a quality lab that is making your teeth! I had 7 upper teeth pulled in Feb 2002 and they put my "temporary" in immediately before I even woke up. My gums formed to the denture. They had me leave them in for the first few days and they only take them out at night. It hurt like hell at first but gun numbing creams helped. Once they were in or out they were fine. 2 weeks later, all was well and 8 years later I am still wearing the "temporary" and they look great! it Will get better! Good luck!

By elva [1]03/22/2010

My mother-in-law had all her teeth pulled the same day and got some temporary denture, then later she got permanent dentures. You are going to have mouth soreness. Warm salt water rinse will help your gum heal faster. You could also just leave the dentures out for a while. You will have the pain even with the pain pill, but it WILL stop. But it will get better you will just have to wait it out. But the denture wearing you will have to adjust to also, you might need to make a trip back to the dentist for readjustment A couple of times.

By Elaine [129]03/22/2010

I have been one of the lucky ones I guess. I got my uppers about 5 years ago. They pulled all the top teeth at once and I was not put under. I don't think I would do it that way again but was trying to save a few bucks. But they fitted me for some temporary dentures right away and then after several weeks, I used the regular dentures. I think I had a good dentist for one thing. But as a reader suggested, if you can hang onto your old teeth. Do it. They are never as good as the real thing. I can eat almost anything except sticky candy or gum. I can even eat an apple without peeling or slicing too. I dropped mine a few days ago and now they have a hairline crack. Have to call dentist today to see if they can be fixed.

By kathleen williams [23]03/19/2010

Some people wait 6 months to get dentures after pulling all their teeth so the gums will be shrunk & well. They don't have as much trouble. You can get powdered alum from drug store,make a mouth wash with it. Mix teaspoon in a cup of water, wash out mouth with it several times a day. It heals almost every thing. I keep it all the time, good luck.

By Joan [13]03/18/2010

It depends on the dentist and the individual. I know people that have the dentures as soon as their teeth are pulled and have no trouble, but then on the other hand I know people that have had all kinds of trouble. As a whole I think dentists like to have the patient wait about 6 weeks after the last extraction. That allows for the gums to do a fair amount of swelling.

I got my dentures late 1983 and haven't had any problem with them I waited a minimum of 6 weeks before getting them. I don't like the way they feel, because the only teeth I had were all broken off at gum level or just roots. The only way I know how to explain how they feel is that it feels like I have a huge wad of bubble gum in my mouth.

They aren't loose and they don't cause me any pain or anything. I wear them when I am out in public. I can eat popcorn, steak, etc. without them. I can't eat raw veggies, but if I peel and slice an apple I can eat that. Most people that I know that have dentures have trouble with raw veggies.

The man I divorced a few months before wouldn't let me use money for dental care, so when I got my share from selling the house dental care was the first thing I got. I knew I would need decent teeth in order to get a job. Some people also have trouble with small pieces of bone working through their gums for several years. Dentures aren't everything they are cracked up to be but are sometimes necessary. You are bound to have some pain for awhile. Good luck!

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