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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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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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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Lauren Leary
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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Lauren Leary
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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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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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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estella estella

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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!!