Does getting dentures hurt?
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.
15. Reply to Does getting dentures hurt? by Fixodent_Mod
Posted: May 25, 2010 7:55 am
The simple answer is "Yes", but do you include extractions as "Getting Dentures". Simply getting impressions done so the dentures can be made will hurt quite a bit, because it involves Xrays (the film tabs hurt) and it involves quite a bit of hardware put in your mouth and taken out again. All of this is with no anesthetic, because it's not sever enough to warrant any, but it hurts (bearably) nonetheless.
If you're going to have teeth extracted, that's when "Getting Dentures" means REAL pain. Not necessarily while they're being pulled (God Bless Novocaine) but starting several hours afterwards, expect plenty of miserable pain, and expect the pain to outlast the pain pills you'll no-doubt be given.
For about two weeks, the pain will be barely bearable, especially if they put in "Immediate Dentures", which provide lots of extra irritation and pain.
But supposedly immediate dentures on the day of extraction not only gives you teeth (VERY Handy) instead of being without any for a couple of weeks, but they are supposed to make your gums shape somewhat to dentures during the healing process, giving you some long-term benefit in fit of later dentures.
So yes, "Getting Dentures" hurts, almost all phases of it hurts, some more than others. Expect to live in so much pain for 30-60 days that you'll lose weight. I dropped over 20 pounds in 5 months.
Not a bad thing, in my case, but a pretty miserable way for it happen.
14. Reply to Does getting dentures hurt? by Fixodent_Mod
Posted: May 17, 2010 10:19 pm
Yes it is very painful but it is worth it. i had my top teeth removed 3 weeks ago tomorrow and i had denture put in the same day. I went home like 30 mins after they pulled them and put in the dentures. It has been painful but i can manage.. Advice... drink the cambells "Sou St Hand". It is awesome for this and remember to take your antibiotics. That is all you have to do and it is great. THey dont hurt every much anymore. :) GL
12. Reply to Reply to Reply to Does getting dentures hurt? by affraid
Posted: April 11, 2010 12:06 am
The best thing I can think of that I done is just pick a day and go as fast as you can and get it over with. Just think how much better you will be when it is done and over with. Then you start the healing and it will be on the road to everything getting better for you. It does hurt but it will be better than haveing a tooth hurting or them poisoning your body. Hope it goes good for you it has been a month for me and I already know it was the smartest thing I have done.