Getting my new teeth in 1 week and 3 days - and I am counting! Just the top for now as ny bottom teeth are not too bad. Am anxious about the pain and discomfort - but - can't wait to learn to smile again!
3. Reply to Waiting by rojobabe
Posted: August 7, 2011 8:11 pm
I am replying to any who are worried about what they will look like and feel like. I don't have full dentures (yet) but am thinking about getting them in future. I did get partials to replace a lower bridge (got infected in January 2011) and several upper teeth, including the two front ones and the bridge that was right next to them. THEY LOOK LIKE MY REAL SMILE! I have gotten used to talking with them and eating with them. When I meet people in person they do not seem to notice, and talking on my phone, the people I talk with can't hear a difference in my speech.
I do not like the fact that food particles get trapped so easily, but am leaning to full dentures to alleviate this problem. The partials also place a LOT of metal in my mouth that trap food and can be somwhat uncomfortable on my tongue. However, I am pain free and can live with the partials until I can afford full dentures. I do not have insurance, so the cost comes out of my pocket. Hope this helps. I'm learning a lot from the posts on this website.
2. Reply to Waiting by rojobabe
Posted: August 4, 2011 6:36 am
Most people do not look that closely and most will not be able to tell that you are wearing a denture or dentures. The best way to get used to them and become yourself is to get out there in the world and act as if nothing has changed. Do something special for yourself like change your hair style or get a new outfit. Let people wonder what is different. Getting used to dentures takes time and the only way to make the time go quicker is to be busy and be doing normal things in your life. Hiding just makes it harder to deal with. Be open with your family, they are your best source of support. Let them help you. If you have a really close friend that you can trust with this kind of information, bring them in to the team.
The more you do to get out there and be seen the easier this transition is. The eating part takes time too but be patient, try different things every day. Also keep going back to the dentist for adjustments when sore spots develop.
The sooner you return to your regular routine the sooner the dentures will be a part of you.
1. Reply to Waiting by lsm
Posted: August 3, 2011 9:25 pm