Hi, I’m Emma, a 27 year old mum of four boys and I wear full uppers and partial lowers! I’m a stay at home mum.
Read on to learn more about Emma’s denture story!
|What caused you to need dentures?||All sorts of problems really. Bad diet as a child, having braces on my teeth as a teenager and not caring for them properly. Gum disease. Having 4 kids drained me of calcuim. Bad genes|
|How did you find your current dentist and why did you choose him/her?||I had a dentist originally but she was awful. Made me feel like crap every time I went in. My partner needed a dentist and found one nearby. he had a positive experience there so I went and signed up to go there. They were great|
|How much did/will the procedure cost?||It was on the NHS, so for me it was free|
|What type of work will you have done?||I had all my top teeth extracted and lowers apart from the front 6. They were surgically removed as some were just stumps|
|What were your feelings before getting dentures, if it applies?||Scared, nervous, apprehensive. I wasn’t sure what to expect but i thought it couldn’t get much worse than the state i was already in!|
|Have those feelings changed? If yes, how so?||Yes. I’m glad I did it! The pain wasn’t really pain. More of an ache. Yeah, i looked weird for about 2 months as in the UK you don’t always get temps so I had to walk around toothless for months, also my bone got infected cos my teeth were so bad but now I have my teeth it was all worth it, i can smile!|
|What type of challenges do you face? Share any strategies you might have for handling these problems.||Not sure right now, I’ve only had them a week! I do know I’m going to need a reline soon though|
|How does your partner feel about it?||He was fine, in fact he was great. He helped me through every step of the way. He saw how bad they were, how they affected me and he has been really supportive. Now he’s glad to have me smiling and happy :). He was freaked out a bit though when I was toothless, i won’t lie!|
|Describe your support system, if you have one.||My partner has been my rock. Honestly. He’s seen me look like crap, giving birth, vomiting. This mans for life lol. And he still wants to kiss me!|
|What is your care regimen, both at home and dental visits?||Again, not sure, I need to go in again in two days to get a bit shaved off as they are cutting into my top lip a bit. I look after my remaining 6 teeth really well! Flossing and brushing. And my dentures get soaked every night|
|Do you have any favorite products?||Fixodent food seal really grips them in for me, They are a bit loose right now cos my gums are still shrinking. I use a generic cleaning tablet for them. Oooo, and I use cushion grip once a week, literally feels like a cushion on your denture|
|Please share any other thoughts or relevant information you may have.||Look after the teeth what you have and don’t be afraid to get dentures if you need them. I wish I had years ago|