ah, the no teeth life..

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Hi everyone, and Merry Christmas! I'm Lauren and i am a 32 year old woman....with dentures.. They're still relatively new to me, I've only had them since the 14th of this month. I got used to seeing myself in the mirror with straight teeth relatively quickly...i had a fairly large gap between my two front teeth my whole life so i honestly thought that I would cry because i didn't know how i would look with straight teeth. But the tops, now, are great..the problem is with the bottoms.
I feel like they're too big? And by big I mean tall. when i put them in my mouth, my mouth is still very much open and its hard for me to put my lips around them without, what my mom refers to as Jagger lips hahah. Do you think its a possibility that they are too tall? I mean...theyre just the temporary set, right?

Also. Im finding that Fixodent makes my saliva really... thick and...slimy? I dont know how to explain it, so hopefully someone will know what I mean. After a few hours my mouth gets reaaaaallly dry. Then a few hours later, its , literally, like sand paper. Has anyone else had these type of issues with fixodent? I love the hold/strong bond i get with it, but thats all i like about i. I tried polygrip but that provided almost no hold for me =/
Im also wondering, can you leave your dentures in polident? I mean, obviously its a cleanser for your teeth overnight, but since i dont wear my bottoms, im wondering if i can leave them in the polident for an extended period of time?

Thanks in advance for any advice and.or suggestions!

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I am on day 5 and am your age as well, hang in there and Merry everything to you.
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Make sure you stay well hydrated and add fruit smoothies and pureed vegetable soup to your diet to promote great health, healthy gums, and and a speedy recovery.
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Yes, fixodent does that.  Try putting less.  It's gross, that thick and slimy feeling and taste I know what you mean.  Try putting less and then smearing it with your fingers so you don't have a clump that can ooze out and get in your mouth.  What I did for a while was to put just a very slim layer of fixodent, smearing it around and then put a tiny bit of the powder on top of that, I think I was like two months out when I tried that and it worked.  YES, they absolutely can be too tall.  If you feel like you need to work hard to close your mouth then they are too tall.  At your early stage, I would tell them that they need to fix it.  After about a year, you can use a fingernail file and fix most defects yourself.  I can't believe that when I was in the chair and they made mine, the lowers, WAY too short so that my mouth over-closed and I looked like Popeye the Sailor Man or my great, great grandmother and they actually told me that, yes, that is the way they are supposed to fit, well I could not have been more freaked out.  I was like, these are the fuckers that I paid to do this?  wth?
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I got an issue with my 2 week old temporary upper dentures. My gums shrank so much the roof of the denture is too deep. And it causes my dentures to rock left to right. I told them this. Tried my first soft liner. It's coming out because they rock left to right. I have exposed bone also. Told ,Aspen dental btw, them before my soft liner. But I guess it's no big deal. So I hope it was just cause of the holidays the service seemed so unproffesional. I can understand the human aspect. But it a lot of $$. I am starting to lose patience with these fuckers! And yeah someone said in here to remember the dentist is a person etc,etc... If I paid someone 8 grand and am not happy. They better make me happy with my fit. PERIOD. That is what they all advertise. Happy fit,comfortable, well it's all bullshit if they wont listen. With that " that's the way its supposed to fit" B.s. Kinda hard to be respectful. When someone is robbing you of services paid for.
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Ps...is it me or dentists seem barbaric in ways. I mean people we are using lasers on our eyes. Why the heck are we still drilling,ripping,cutting,andbreaking our teeth ?? I mean for real. It may lower overhead and more people could afford nicer teeth. It would atleast get rid of that damn drilling noise! Lol
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Jeff McAfee

hi Jeff
Do  not let Aspen get away with your money
Get what  you what you paid for

Go back to them and put it to them.
Tell  them something is radically wrong  and you want it fixed or you will have to
ask for a refund so you can go somewhere else

You might be better off putting that in writing and sending it certified with a return receipt which will sure get their attention

Read all the complaints about them on the internet so you will have ammunition
Keep us informed
Good luck
Barbara
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Inerestingly enough, i also went toi aspen dental and so far have no complaints about them. HOWEVER, lol, I have an appointment on Monday where I'll attempt to tell them to fix my damn bottoms so i can eat. They're just the temporaries, but....i let you rip out all of my teeth, under the impression that i was going to be able to eat more/better..That has yet to happen. Unfortunately, i hate any type of confrontation and i'll just let them say whatever they want and then bitch about it after the fact 
*falls over laughing*
I'll have to have the boyfriend come back with me and say 'YEAH BABE, GIVE EM A PIECE OF MY MIND!'
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Bring your phone and turn on the video so that you have evidence.  You should hear the things my dentist and his helper said to me.  I told them that I had everything they ever said to me and about me recorded, including the times they were raising their voices in an effort to shut me up when I told them numerous things like they put too much soft-liner on and now I can't close my mouth.  I told them that right before I told them that they would be giving me a refund once they received my demand letter by certified, signature required mail.   I am in a one-party state though, check your state because if you are in a two-party state you need to get your ass out there and vote against it and you need to let them know that you are recording the conversation in order to use it in court. 
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Hi Lauren
You do have a complaint and that is that your lower denture does not fit  It is too big or too tall

Do not let them tell you to wait for your permanent ones
  
Why would  you want  to pay  for these when you can not   wear them ?  They don't look good and they don't feel good and you can not eat with  them

Go with your boyfriend or some one else because a witness and support is good

You do not have to be confrontive but be clear

How much have you paid Aspen so far and what  kind of contract do you have?
That's your next step
Let us know and let Jeff know
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well, all of my insurance was used up and we didn't want to wait until the new year to do this because, i only had my 4 front teeth left on the bottom and the top, and we were convinced i'd be able to eat once i had dentures. That was a really bad joke. (Did you see my other post with the picture??) so the boyfriend paid out of pocket...all of it. Aspen told me they needed 1,000 upfront as a down payment and the other 3,498 on the day the actual dental work was to be done. So he/we paid $4,498 in total for the dentures and extractions.
heres the sad ending to that story.
I live in Delaware,..but I had the work done at an Aspen in Indiana. My mom had gotten hers done there and raved about how good they were and blah blah blah. So I can't even go back to the dentist who did the actual work. I have to go to an Aspen in Maryland (its only 20 miles away so i'm not worried about that).
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Have you paid for the permanent dentures???   or was this just for the extractions and the temps???
Too bad you did not wait for 2019!!
But you will have more dental work done in 2019 anyway so that is probably OK or you.

Does your insurance ave a yearly cap on it??
Will your insurance pay you anything on 
implants??

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you know, i'm not sure id have to ask the boyfriend because it's through his work that im covered. i do know it DOES have a yearly cap of $1500. Yep, that was the total for everything! but here in Delaware for  extractions, immediates, and final set, the dentist i'd been going to out here, wanted something crazy, like $12,000. So imagine the delight when i went to indiana and got this new price quote.
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Ok so far so good with the insurance

When you go next time it would be good to ask them for a break down

Do not rush toward the permanent dentures just make sure they get these temps right
How much were the extractions and how much were the temps and how much did you pre  pay for  the permanent dentures? 
If you have $1,500 a year coverage that would pay for part of the implants if you 
go for the over denture attached to 2 or 3 implants for the lower denture
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Jeff McAfee







Full upper extraction, upper dentures 
Two tooth partial bottom. No extractions 
Credit for one tooth extraction on bottom. Root canal instead. P.s.I have and had crazy roots..sucks
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Hi Lauren
You must go back to  the dentist and tell him The lower teeth do not fit

Tell him You think they are too tall but whatever  is wrong has to be fixed.   It is a serious   problem and he  must fix these temporary ones  

Do not  let   him put you off and tell you the permanent ones   will be better

If he can not   fix these   he will never be able to fix the permanent ones.

You paid for these and now   he must deliver what he  charged you for
 They have  to work.  You did not pay for them to put them in a drawer
Let us know how this is going
Good Luck
Barbara
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Can you eat with snap on dentures?

Snap-on dentures don't rub against the gum and irritate them, causing bruises, grazes, cuts or abrasions. Wearers can wear these dentures without worry about hurting their gums. Snap-on dentures improve your ability to chew all kinds of food, so you can eat anything comfortably.



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In all that you do remember dentist are human and try their best. Be kind, patient, and understanding. Trust the journey Know this is the beginning and thing will get as close to normal in due time. Happy healing
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Or, they just care about their bottom line and making their Porsche payments.
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Hi Lauren, Merry Christmas to you. I am Pete and I have had my dentures for 20 years and I clean them with and put them right back in, you will actually adjust faster that way. I do not use any adhesives and never have and my fit is good, there are some foods that knock them loose but overall the fit is good. It does get better, like with me I only have them out 20 minutes a day for cleaning. Oh, Happy New Year
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Do you sleep with them in?
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I do the same, take them out twice a day to clean them (or when there is food stuck under the lowers, and I wear them all of the time.  No denture face except my upper lip and I'm waiting to save enough to have another, better pair made.  I'm not using adhesive except the occasional special events for the lowers.  I used the densurefit for the others and tried the densurefit for the lowers but it failed but I will try it again another time.  I use the japanese tube of comfort lining type pink liner that I bought on amazon.  That stuff stays put fairly well on the lowers for a couple of days to a week or two then I have to take it out and put more.  
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I sleep with mine in
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Thanks.
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NTR: 
I am learning so much from all of you. I was wondering why my dentist chose not to do temporaries (I've been 100% toothless since the last week of September). I didn't ask many questions because I am benefiting from a Donated Dental program in my state, and my only expense in all of this has been transportation to and from the appointments. Wednesday is my last appointment before I bring my new smile home. 



Thank you all for sharing your experiences.
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Hi Lauren. I've had full dentures almost a year. They are huge and bulki, yes. Your mouth will adjust to the size, but it takes a very long time and commonly multiple adjustments. I had mine adjusted 4 times, so don't be shy about that, as Barbara said. I use Sea Bond liners on my lowers and they hold okay, but more importantly provide some cushion. I quit using fixodent because there is some toxicity to it, but not all fixodent products, I don't think. You just have to experiment to find what's best for you. Yes, they are very uncomfortable and do crazy things to salivating. But that tends to fade over time. I have tried just about everything I can and the only thing I can say is that in the end it's just learning to deal with the discomfort and pain for as long as you can. These things have torn up the inside of my mouth and I have drooled and bitten my own tongue more times than I can count. But the adjusts may be necessary, they commonly are. And yeah just play around with different products. It's a hard road, but you aren't the only one. Best of luck!!
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Try SECURE call them they will send u a free tube.

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Really? Is their number on their website or somewhere else?
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Cath Carney profile pictureCath Carney commented on a reply to this question

:Could someone answer a quick question about upper denture thickness?
Hi just thought I would let you all know in October dentist gave me a chrome pallet for my upper denture and wow what a difference I’m really pleased I can talk properly feel the roof of my mouth wonderful xx

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What is that?  Usually partially are made with metal pallets.  Do you have just partials?  Do you have a picture that you could share?  Sounds like you are really happy and I would like to be really happy.  Thanks for sharing. 
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Can you eat with snap on dentures?

Snap-on dentures don't rub against the gum and irritate them, causing bruises, grazes, cuts or abrasions. Wearers can wear these dentures without worry about hurting their gums. Snap-on dentures improve your ability to chew all kinds of food, so you can eat anything comfortably.
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estella estella
Dentists are people yes but they are in bussiness and we pay for their services

They in turn  have to provide proper and complete service to us   
We are people also and we pay them a lot of money
Barbara

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Yes, my immediate were too tall...but as guns shrink the did lower. But my dentist lowered the perms a bit anyway. Tell your doctor!!

I HATED Fixodent and Poligrip!!! Slimy, and flavor....made my throat sore. SECURE is great!!! Holds much longer, takes less to use, and NO slime or taste. I still want to try SeaBond....just out of curiosity. ☺
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aaah sorry Lauren but it will in time be something better for you than previously.  Look at it as a way to have perfect teeth and never again a tooth ache!  I recently joined the same 'club'.  Had my tops done 3 yrs ago and did my lower just this past Friday!  cant even put the temp immediate ones on, too hard and painful.  But hang in there you'll do fine in time :)
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Hey Lauren, Just reading stuff. See you got yours on the 14th. Was wondering how is everything now??
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Oh haaaaaaay Jeff, lol

Everything is fine..for the most part hahah, What i mean by that ism my bottoms dont seem to fit at all. I feel like a caveman when i put them in. I still cant hardly eat anything, which is no bueno But otherwise, im healing well with no major complications or incident =D
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i think if people want  to  pay for immediate temporary dentures they should just get
the top done and leave the  bottoms  without a  temporary denture
  
Bottom dentures very seldom fit and are a trial and a bother and people end up not using them anyway

I think people  should save that money spent for the temporary bottom denture 
They should put that money that they paid for the temporary bottom toward a per,anent
clip on lower denture   
The lower would clip on to 2 or 3 implants and would be very stable.     

That would be a game changer for people and they would love the bottom dentures instead of hating them and putting them in a drawer
Barbara G
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I don't know about everyone but I have to work.  NO WAY could I just go a year or whatever without a bottom denture.  Not only is it gross looking, you can't hide the fact that you don't have your bottom dentures in, but it is just giving yourself permission to be a failure.  I know a lot of people can afford to be a failure because they are on real or faked disability or just living off of other people or society, but I can not.  No one supports me and as a 55 year old woman, I look after myself and to do that I need to work and there's no way in hell I'm going to work without a bottom denture in, I would get fired!  Get your bottom dentures and make the dentist fix them or get your money back and find someone competent!  No sticking them in a drawer people.  Get 'em in, get used to it and get over yourself that you can't wear lowers!  
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My bottoms are in the soaking water and I don't wear them unless I am going out to eat. I have had bad teeth for so many years and I finally had the bottom molars pulled several years ago, and listen to me, don't wait to get your full plate because the longer you wait the more the bone deterioates and you loose bone and nothing will fit to those gums. I just had my last 6 bottom teeth pulled a little over a year ago and the dentist left chips of root in there and I had to have that gum split open and the chips dug and flushed out and then my gums sewed up and I had to wait 6 months to get refitted for a new lower denture and we still don't get along. But now to make a long story short, we have now decided to put some half size implants in the front half of my gums and cheat a little and see if they will work as well as a full implant. My dentist has done this procedure one other time and it worked then, so with God willing I am going to try this procedure and I encourage any of you to talk to your dentist about this and see if it might work for you, there is always hope!!!
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Patricia Woolums Thomas

Before you get the mini implanta price out getting the clip  on 
dentutres secured   with full size implants  
With 2 or 3 full size implants

If you have a dental college near you price them out there
or go to a few dentists that advertise free consultations and
see what they say 
Of course research both procedures on the internet
Good  Luck
Barbara
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Yes, the mini implants have a pretty big failure rate.  Especially from dentists in other countries, like the ones being performed in Mexico.  Then, YOU would have to pay out of pocket to have them removed.
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Below is information from the internet on getting upper over dentures secured with implants

It is more expensive but some dentists charge a lot of money for pain dentures any way

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Advantages: The overdenture attachments keep the denture from pressing down too hard on the gum line, allowing an overdenture wearer to bite on harder foods without the typical discomfort a traditional denture wearer experiences when biting down hard. Most implant overdenture wearers report significant improvement the level of comfort and function that an overdenture provides versus a traditional lower denture.

A severe gag reflex can cause serious issues for patients wearing an upper denture. Since the fit of an upper denture is derived from the “suction” effect on the palate, coverage of the palate is a requirement for a good fit. When a patient has a gag reflex, it is impossible to extend the denture appropriately. In this situation, an implant overdenture can be a significant advantage and a comfortable remedy. With the retention of the denture coming from the snap mechanism of the implant attachments, the palate does not need to be fully covered, and thereby minimizes a patient’s gag reflex.

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Patricia Woolums Thomas
If your detist has only done these implants one other time I would not have him do my implants
You need an experienced implant person
to do your  implants

If you have a dental college in your town or in driving distance i would go there for a consultation on securing your lower denture with implants

What price did your dentist quote for the mini implants??
Keep us informed
Barbara
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