Asking for any opinion or experience on reline

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Asking for any opinion or experience on reline-- I have only had my upper and lower dentures since August. It is now the end of January and my lower denture is causing pain on one side. The dentist tells me the denture needs to be relined and her discounted price to me is $343. I'm clearly upset that she has a charge to correct a denture that I have had only for 5 months. Any thoughts on this?
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Joan K

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Gina

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It sounds like this is a hard reline that will be done through a lab and not a soft reline done by the dentist. The way my dentist explained it to me was that any adjustment that could be done by the Dr in the office (including a soft reline) was included in the cost of the dentures. Any adjustments requiring work from a lab, including the hard reline after 3 months to 1 year, we're extra. They quoted me $800 for a same day hard reline for uppers and lowers when the time comes. If this is indeed a hard reline, it sounds reasonable to me, but it seems to me they should have informed you of this up-front. Hope this is helpful. There are probably others that may have better information than me as I have only had my dentures since December 18, but that's my take on it.
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Joan K

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Thanks so much for your response!! If it was explained to me, I didn't retain the information!!  I guess I find it sad and overwhelming that I need to pay even more 
to get satisfactory results.  The cost has been stifling for our budget. Thanks again.
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$300-$400 dollars per denture is normal in Canada........Remember, after the hard re line you are good for years.......done right it is great
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Kevin Demas

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PS....I am due for a hard reline next month on my lower....cost is $400.
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Joan K

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Thank you for your helpful comments, Kevin.  
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Nancy Ironside

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Where do you live. My dentist says in 6 months my hard reline will be $150 at the lab but that's 3 days. With no teeth (uppers) my soft felines ate free
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Joan K

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Thank you for your response!  It is a hard reline and I live in the Cleveland, Ohio area.  The good news is that the dentist promised me the denture back the next day.  Dentures have been very difficult for me to adjust to and I'm overwhelmed with the cost.
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Hi Joan, I am really struggling to eat with my dentures, only uppers thankfully!!! They don't hurt and fit pretty well but eating with them is such a drag. Hopefully we'll get used to them eventually. Right now I eat with them out if nobody around. :(
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Joan K

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Hi Nancy, I would suggest keeping them in when eating trying smaller bites and chewing with food on both sides.  It will become easier, it's just a hell of a life changing experience!!  Have you tried adding a little adhesive to the denture to give you a little more chewing power?
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Nancy Ironside

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Hi Joan, I picked up some powder and it certainly does help. Taste of food and the feel of the teeth is so awful!! I think if you are working in public I guess you force yourself to wear them. I'm retired and just finished a year of cancer treatment. A year from hell. I think my tolerance for discomfort is pretty low. When under treatment for a major disease, you learn quickly small ways to help yourself feel better. I find the dentures so annoying I would do anything to have my teeth back. Here's my new dentures. Not a great pic
Thanks for your reply :)
Nancy
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Ken

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Nice smile Nancy
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Rosie

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Agreed! 
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Nancy Ironside

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Thanks! They look so real people don't know. Still a battle to eat :(
Nancy
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Rosie

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They really do look great! We are glad to hear that you have found the powder adhesive that helps. In case you missed them, here are some powder application tips:

To apply Fixodent powder adhesive:

  • 1) Clean dentures
  • 2) Wet dentures
  • 3) Apply powder in thin layer as shown on the bottle or carton
  • 4) Shake off all loose powder
  • 5) Insert Dentures and hold briefly in place
  • DO NOT use more than 1/4 teaspoon. Shake off excess. If powder comes off denture in your mouth you are using too much.
  • DO NOT use more than once a day. With proper use this bottle should last at least 9 to 10 weeks.
  • DO NOT use excess powder for poorly fitting dentures.
  • Consult your dentist regularly to ensure you have properly fitting dentures. Poorly fitting dentures may impair your health.
Hope this helps!
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Hi Nancy!! You are beautiful!  I'm with you 100% about adjusting to the feeling. Still very difficult for me, and I've been at it since June.  Eating and speaking is just not the same! I'm so glad to hear that some adhesive is helping you eat.  So important for nutrition--especially for a cancer survivor. Hang in there--progress will come.  Thank you for your encouragement to me and I hope I have helped you.
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Nancy Ironside

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Hi Joan, thanks so much for the encouragement. Hopefully things will improve. All the best and keep me posted!!
Nancy
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Ken

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My dentist (affordable dentures) in Tennessee told 200 per plate for a hard reline . If you got the package deal a hard reline is included as s well as new dentures in a year.
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Rosie

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There are a number of questions that you should be comfortable asking before you get your new dentures: 
  • Are there different types of dentures? If so, what kinds are there? How do I know what kind I need?
  • Are there any advantages if I keep some of my teeth?
  • What will dentures feel like?
  • Will I be able to eat and drink the same foods and beverages I enjoy now?
  • Will foods and drinks taste differently?
  • Are there any foods I should avoid to prevent damaging my dentures?
  • Will I look different with dentures?
  • Will dentures hurt?
  • Will dentures affect my speech?
  • How long should I wear my dentures each day?
  • Are dentures easily breakable?
  • How much do dentures cost?
Based on everyone's comments about the different costs, it should be made very clear to you what is and isn't included in the overall price. There are some great posts about what was and was not covered in their dentures. Be sure to include asking about potential issues that may come up. You should feel very comfortable and not intimidated by your oral care provider. :)
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I had my teeth pulled and my immediate place 2 days ago I'm a total mess emotionally but after reading everyone stories I'm hoping that I get better the cost of my dentures was $1,798 for the top and $1,798 for the bottom that includes the dentures and as many adjustments Andre lines as I need for 6 months then I will get my permanents the cost is staggering but I am hoping that I find it well worth it right now it's questionable I hope this helps it helps me I know to be able to talk about it and read the stories good luck and thanks so much
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Ken

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Joan,
I don't think you said when you had your extractions. Are these immediate dentures that were put in right after your extractions or has it been a while? The correct answer to your questions depends a lot on how long it has been. If you got your dentures immediately after extractions, your gums have been undergoing a lot of changes, and a poor fit can be expected.

Hang in there
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Have you tried Seabond?.  I just have the upper denture and the Seabond cushions and  holds very well..  I get the original not the mint flavored.  A pack of 30 is about $6.00 and you don't end up with the gooey residue like the tub adhesives.  The adhesive lasts all day.  I can finally eat again.
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My first hard reline was done after 6 months, and it's now another 2 years down the track and I've just had my upper hard rejoined again! It's ended up being a night and day result. I too didn't want to have it done again so soon, but in the end it's been well with it. In all honesty, I don't think my mouth had settled with all its changes after 6 months, so for most of the time I've had to use a fair bit of adhesive to hold them in. But since my latest hard reline I haven't had to use adhesive once!

But the prices I'm seeing you guys pay is bringing a tear to my eye! Mine was done same day, but cost me over $900 (in Australia). Saying that, I know I also go to the top shelf prosthodontist around. Also comes with 6 months of adjustments, but so far haven't needed any.