my story begins with years of having jaw problems ,im told its tmj and have been having weird problems associated with tmj that I never would have though of and wish I had seen a dental expert in 1999 when it all started. Ive had constant dizziness and vertigo, ear fullness and whistling or buzzing sounds in my ear. Mind you when the vertigo was checked I was told I have positional vertigo but thats another story. Last year I had a bad case of the spins ,i was told I had menieres, saw my ent and had also mention that my jaw and neck were very painfull,could it be tmj because I had read it somewhere, well he recommended a dentist that specialises in tmj and sent me for a mri, the mri showed liquid in my sinuses and that would explain why I was always conjested, he wanted to clean out my sinuses and I said no because I would always have sinuse problems do to enviromental allergies and it would just be making my sinuses bigger giving more space for more sinuse problems. I saw the dentist he recommended and he said it was tmj and that all the problems I was having was associated with tmj. I had to wear a mouth guard because I clench my teeth and have an overbite. Its been 8 months and ive been feeling worse. I saw my regular dentist and he checked out my teeth, took x-rays of jaw and teeth and have decided that my teeth need to be removed and full dentures are recommended. In a way im glad because my teeth have been bothering me for years, my teeth have many cavities but they are not seen from the outside and my teeth are pushing on the nerves because I clench so hard and that makes the pain worse.
Now you have my story. What I want to know is how long does it take to get use to denture and what should I expect from wearing them.....
I will be doing this in feb/05 and they will put me to sleep to have it done. I have to wait for my gums to heal and then they will do what needs to be done to make my dentures making sure I get the correct bite.
Would like to hear from anyone who is a denture wearer, thanks .
Hi,edna.Sorry to hear of your problems.Having dentures can vary from person to person.Some people get them and are fine from day one.Others need several adjustments over several months.Why is your dentist waiting for your dentures??I am a dental assistant and we always have immediate dentures for our full mouth extractions!So much nicer to wake up and have teeth,than none at all.I know that there is considerable shrinkage of the gum tissue in the first several months afterward,but having your teeth made immediately is so much easier for you to transition into dentures,than to wait several weeks and then have them made.This step does mean that you will need to have a new set of teeth made in the next year or so ,but our patients are more than happy to do this.I hope everything goes well for you.Patty
thanks for the reply. Thats what I wanted to do, have my dentures put in as soon as my teeth are removed but I wasnt given a deffinate answer as to why the wait , except for the healing and proper fitting, it has something to do with my tmj problem. I am on soft foods at the moment so that wont be a problem without the teeth, all I want is for a quick healing and less pain as possible. I would think it would be very uncomfortable to wear dentures when your not completly healed? Again thanks for the reply
Yes,there will be more adjustments when you have immediate dentures,but well worth it for the patient.We always give our patients immediate dentures after extractions.There is going to be soreness anyway and having some teeth is important for your self-image.Losing all of your teeth is traumatic and having teeth in place when you wake up is a definate plus.Good luck to you.Patty
Hello patty, its been three weeks since my teeth extraction and ive seen my dentist one week after and he told me that my gums were healing great but not to use salt as a rince to use diluted mouthwash. Ive noticed that when I slide my tongue over my bottom gum it feels picky (sort of bumpy like) and when I touch the gums they are still very sensitive, is it possible that piece of teeth are still stuck inside my gums? I was told that this could happen. I dont see my dentist till the end of april, I though it would botther me not having my teeth right after extraction but im glad I waited, I never would have been able to keep the dentures in when my gums were bleading for three days , it was gross but from what I was told the roots of my teeth were infected and it didnt show in the xray's. My dentist told me that it was a good thing to have them all removed, what I wanted to hear after 6 years of pain. Im still trying to get my jaw to relax , its been 16 months since ive been told I had tmj and it doesnt seem to get better, but since the removal of my teeth I have less pain in my jaw and havent had a headache , since the extraction, so thats a good thing..........
Sounds like you are doing well.Yes,small fragments of tooth could work their way up through your gums during the next few weeks.If it is really bothersome,your dentist should be able to see you to remove them.Glad it worked out for you!
how are you doing? Have you been fitted with your dentures yet and if so how are you adjusting to them. I waited 3 months post extractions and found that route worked better for me. My gums healed well and most of the resorbtion had taken place by the time I got my dentures which meant they fitted beautifully.
Hope you're doing well and that life with falsies has proved to not be too challenging.