Does getting dentures hurt?
20. Reply to Reply to Does getting dentures hurt? by bettygoodbody
Posted: June 12, 2010 9:33 pm
The dentist who did this to you should have his license revoked, so he can't do it to anyone else. That is not the way we are taught to do "immediate" dentures.
We learn that we must remove your back teeth first, and allow the gums and bone to heal completely. If we don't do it this way, your dentures will be falling out of your mouth in just a couple of weeks. Complete healing takes about 12 weeks. If we it this way, your dentures will have a strong firm ridge to sit on when we deliver your dentures. They will also stay in much better.
After your back gums have healed, we make impressions of your remaining teeth and the back ridges. From this, we can make your dentures. Once your dentures are finished, we only have to remove the remaining six top and six bottom teeth, and seat your dentures. The dentures have a strong, firm back ridge to keep them in, and for them to rest on while the relatively small ares if the front heal.
As the bone heals from extractions it shrinks a lot. So, after your gums heal in front, we have to refit (reline) the front of the dentures
This is the way we were taught to make "immediate dentures in dental school. Immediate dentures are a wonderful service. I have done these hundreds of times, and the next day when my patients come in for their follow-up appointment, they are smiling and thrilled with their smiles.
Unfortunately, I am now retired and no longer get the thrill of seeing these beautiful smiles.
19. Reply to Reply to Does getting dentures hurt? by bettygoodbody
Posted: June 11, 2010 2:11 pm
18. Reply to Reply to Does getting dentures hurt? by bettygoodbody
Posted: June 11, 2010 2:11 pm
17. Reply to Reply to Does getting dentures hurt? by bettygoodbody
Posted: June 11, 2010 2:06 pm
16. Reply to Reply to Reply to Does getting dentures hurt? by blue-eyez
Posted: May 25, 2010 8:14 am
You don't say where you live, but if there's a Dental School near enough to make it worth your while, that's a way to get things done with less expense.
Everything about getting dentures hurts, except the actual extractions. You only have the pain of the anesthetic shots there. The pain comes in afterwards. I didn't get pain pills that were strong enough, so they pretty much took the edge off the pain, but it was still plenty to give me two nights of almost no sleep.
800mg of Motrin is equivalent to one of the Hydrocodone pills, and that helped me a lot. The single overdose shouldn't hurt you, but there's a limit on how much Ibuprophen you can take in 24 hours, and if you take 800mg (4 pills) every six hours every day for a week, you might have some kidney or liver damage (I forget which).
I was told repeatedly to wear my temporary dentures as much as possible, and of course they hurt a lot when they were in. It took about a week for that to slack off significantly, and another week before I could say that the pain was a constant irritation, but not severe unless I tried to bite down on something or chew something.
You're going to feel strange trying to eat a hamburger with a knife & fork, but that's what it will take to get hamburgers eaten for quite a while. Pizza too, since you'll probably be able to chew things long before you can bite things off (like a piece of pizza).
Yes, you get Temporary, or Immediate dentures as soon as your teeth are all out. They take impressions a week or two before teeth begin to come out and make temporary dentures from them. So you have temporary dentures sitting on the counter before the dentist ever starts on the first extraction.
Don't count on being able to really EAT much anything with them... my dentist kept referring to them as "Party Teeth".
They make you look and speak fairly normally while your gums are healing and and the swelling is going down, but really aren't much good for eating.
Until you have NO teeth in your mouth, you don't fully appreciate how valuable they were for eating. That's when you find out that with no teeth, your gums can't really even be made to touch each other except in the very front.
It turns out that you do most of your eating by chewing, not biting. You're pretty much on soup, peanut butter, and oatmeal when your dentures aren't in.