I've come to accept that my knees are going to complain when I bend over. I'm okay with the fact that I can't get through a night's sleep without a visit to the loo. While I don't "embrace" my reading glasses, I've stopped complaining about having to wear them. I can still laugh at my short-term memory losses, most of the time.
But now, on Monday, I'm about to (in my mind) become an "official" older guy. I'm about to get a full upper denture. My dental problems began in childhood when I knocked out the two front teeth playing hockey back east. Over the years, I've had a variety of "permanent" bridges in my mouth, which did their job pretty well over the years. But at last, there is no avoiding the fact that a new solution is needed, and I had to choose between a denture and implants.
Given that implants are $3,000 for each tooth, I've elected to have the denture for now. The procedure comes in a few days. I'm dreading it - because I'm dreading the process of getting used to them, and because I hate the idea of taking out my denture and letting it soak overnight.
I read on one website that it takes about one week per decade of life to get used to the appliance. That translates into a six week process for me, if true. I'm worried about speech, the gag reflex, and losing much of my chewing ability (I read that with a denture, a person has 15-30% of their chewing "power" left). I also read that once my remaining teeth are removed, my mouth, jaw, and appearance would begin to deteriorate rapidly.
I'm quite disturbed and feeling pretty awful about the whole thing. I don't see an alternative, so I will get the procedure (they've already made the denture and I do admit it looks pretty good). Does anyone have any experience with this they're willing to share with me? What am I really in store for? How long does it take to adjust to dentures? Do they really pop out unexpectedly from time to time? Will I have a lisp for a while? Do I need to get some PolyGrip?
Oh how I hate this!