Yes, you are reading the title correctly. Yesterday I had my 12 remaining upper teeth pulled and an immediate denture placed. This has been something I have needed for years. Ever since I got dental coverage when I started my new job, I have been trying to mentally prepare myself to go and have this done. Two weeks ago my hand was forced. I woke up that Wednesday and the right upper side of my face was completely swollen. I had an abscess for the first time in years.
Since it was so close to christmas I couldn’t reach the oral surgeon my doctor had recommended me too and ended up going to Aspen dental. Once I was in there I explained my situation and when the dentist confirmed that I did in fact need a full upper denture I told him to get everything started. I was already in there, and I knew if they got it all scheduled I couldn’t back out.
They got it together so well, that I had my extractions yesterday. They gave me Triazolam, a form of conscious sedation, shot me up with Novocaine and out they came. Immediately after that they placed my denture and today this is how I’m looking.
I’m sure some of you might have noticed over social media that I’ve been fairly forthcoming about this whole thing. I think that if I can open up about it, and if I can help one younger person settle on the idea or feel more comfortable about it, then good. I found it really hard to find resources online that weren’t directed towards the elderly. But, now that I’ve done my research I’ve found there are a ton of people out there in the 20-40+ range that have dentures. Just most of them are too ashamed to admit it, and I find that sad.
It is what it is, and whats done is done, and you need to keep your health and happiness in mind. This is without a doubt the single best present I have ever given myself. And no one should ever be so ashamed they can’t give themselves this gift as well.
Since posting publicly about this I’ve even had a couple of people contact me directly to say they have a denture as well and that they think it’s awesome I can be so confident about it. So if anyone else has to go through the same thing, or has questions, don’t ever hesitate to ask :).
I’ve cross posted this in a few places, sorry if this is a duplicate to you.