Does anyone EVER get used to wearing dentures?

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It's Day 4 post surgery: removing my remaining 12 teeth and inserting the temporary upper & lower dentures.
My question is: Does anyone EVER get used to this?
The feeling that my mouth is so full of plastic; I feel like I want to gag all the time.
I'm feeling really depressed when, prior to surgery, I thought I'd be so happy to be able to smile again.
I know it's very early days for me but it feels like I'll never feel 'normal' again.
I've just found this forum, and I'm hoping that someone whose been through this can reassure me that these foreign objects will eventually feel, if not a part of me, then at least a minimal hindrance.
Thanks to anyone in advance who takes the time to respond to this post.
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  • depressed, concerned, and very unattractive!

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NOT ME.......and I have only an upper partial now for 7 years.....It had been uncomfortable since the day I got it.....It's awful, but I don't have an extra $75K laying around for implants. 
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I have this week started my partial denture journey, receiving an upper partial. I appreciate that the journey can be challenging and literally feel forgein at first. But, given the extraordinary expense of implants, weighed against my age, I have had to be pragmatic. In time I believe, based on others experience, the partial will feel more natural. I am blessed that I have had very little pain from either my extractions or the partial plate - and I can smile. As I look around at all the various challenges people face every day, my journey with a partial denture is nothing. People with canes, artificial limbs, walkers, wheelchairs get on with life everyday - a partial plate is nothing - I am blessed and I trust in time, you will feel so too.
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I like your philosophy. I agree that it's good to remind yourself of the challenges that other people face. It puts things into perspective. Having said that, everyone deserves to have as good a denture experience as possible especially as it's not cheap! It is still early days for you but things will improve. I had my new dentures last September. Within a month the uppers felt like my own teeth and by the end of November the lowers felt almost as good, too. It's simply a matter of waiting for your mouth to shape itself around the new teeth and the fact that you say you have had little pain is a real bonus. I will never be able to rip with abandon into a steak, but I can live with that!  I am thrilled that I can eat more or less normally and even more thrilled that I can smile with confidence.  Good luck to you!
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I have an upper and a bridge on the bottom. I love the bridge but I hate the upper denture. It feels like I have a big plastic brick in my mouth. I read your post and thought that sounds just like me. I know nothing will change, it will always be like this. If I am not eating or going somewhere, the teeth come out. . All I have is my smile. I can't hardly talk because of the plastic brick in my mouth.It is horrible. I regret what I have done but I really had no choice.
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Melody
The soloution is to have a few free consultations with different dentists discussing getting  your upper bridge secured  by implants
You can get it financed and  just pay it off and you will be one happy person
Just pretend it is your cable or cell phone 
You deserve not to be tortured
You might even think about going  to Mexico or  Costa Rico to have it done less expensively
Let us know what you think?
Barbara
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Melody:
I can certainly relate to how you are feeling.
I knew that full-mouth extractions and full-dentures were wholly unncessary for me,
and NOT the best, nor the choicest treatment plan for me --- nor inexpensive!!
It was always the easiest default-plan for the dentists/their 'business managers', simply
" given your budget constraints". (!!!)
This riled me; because $14,000 - $18,000 is NOT inexpensive, nor chickenfeed!
No dental practice offered any financial payment plan --- other than the usual $2,000 max Care Credit Co. --- for which I do not credit-qualify.
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I'm on day 12 with a full upper and a partial lower. It's getting easier every day. The first week was hard. I had to force myself to keep them in. It's still not natural, but I can see the light at the end of the tunnel.
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lol Tammy, I think the nose is intentional
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I wish I could.
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I'm on day 2 and had 17 teeth pulled feels uncomfortable with new dentures..and sore when will I get better??? Ughh help????
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Dont go out of the country for any work. If it's wrong you have no recourse and it could cost more to get it fixed
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Sorry still having a very hard time after 8 months of upper only although it does get a little better with time. According to my dentist they are not real teeth and will never feel like real teeth but I do have to say that they look great. On a positive note, I am eating better than at the beginning. Good luck....


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Norwich Girl
Tell your dentist you are too uncomfortable and ask him to make an adjustment
Barbara
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Ken

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My dentist said people think dentures are like putting on a new pair of shoes but its more like a wooden leg! Well... at least he was honest. ..
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I wish my dentist was honest with me!
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Jennifer Burnstein profile pictureJennifer Burnstein just asked this question in DentureLiving(Thinking about dentures?):
Is there anyone who just refuses to wear their dentures?
I just refuse to wear my full upper & lower dentures because they are beyond uncomfortable.

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My sister never wore hers. She refused to get used to them. But I wish she would've given it a chance. It takes awhile to get used to. I have a hard time with my bottom partial but I've gotten use to the full upper
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I hate my lower partial and upper denture , my gums were healing from extractions and i couldn't stand to wear them and now that they have healed I still hate them , they put a liner in them that tastes awful :( im miserable with mine 
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Kimberly
Go back to your dentist
Tell him there is something wrong
Especially with your lower partials
Ask him to fix them so you can wear them otherwise you want a refund
Let us know
Barbara
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Well, I'm not sure that dentures will ever feel normal. BUT I think you're question really is " will they ever stop dominating my every waking moment?"


I am 14 months in. I have a full upper and a partial lower.. It is easy to forget about the partial lower. However, the full upper continues to consume every waking moment. It's bulky, it's plastic, it tastes bad and I'm allergic to it. There is not a single moment that I forget that I have a full denture.


The difference really is size. A full upper takes up so much space in your mouth. It's really difficult to forget it's there. But, you are also early in the process.


Also, if you feel like gagging, go back to your dentist and ask him/her to trim the back portion of your denture. This is a common issue where the palate portion of the denture hits the gag reflex zone of your mouth.


Consider also that losing your teeth is a devastating event. It has significant impacts on your emotional and mental well being. It's like an amputation and most people will grieve the loss without really understating why they feel the way they do.


You are only now 6 days in. Give it time. You have to find a new normal. It will happen. Just be patient.
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Joe Canna
Hi Joe
Do not despair there is hope for you
That hope is probably with an over denture  A clip on denture/  where your denture is clippes on to 2 or 3 implants and the denture is then stable and feels like our regular teeth
It costs a little bit of money but this is a quality of life issue
I would start by going to 2 or 3 dentists that advertise free consultations and ask them about this and how they would proceed with your mouth and over dentures and the cost
I would seek out a dental college in your area or the next town and get a consultation there   I would get a price on each option that they reccomend
 I would ask them what is wrong with your dentures
Sure it is a little more money but you pay money every month for your cell phone and computer and other essentials and this is an essential
Let us know what you think and do because we are a learning blog
Good Luck
Barbara
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To Joe Canna

Clip on Dentures
 
They 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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Below is from the internet:

===============================What are Implant Overdentures?

For patients looking for a better, more comfortable way to wear a lower denture, the implant supported overdenture establishes significant denture stability and retention by snapping the removable denture onto at least two dental implants. As a rule, it is not necessary to use more than two implants to achieve the desired result. In fact, utilizing more than that can create issues with ease of insertion and removal. An "implant attachment" on the top of the implant is used to create a snapping mechanism, which is strong enough to keep the denture in position during chewing. It also allows for a relatively easy removal of the denture for daily cleaning and maintenance.


Dental Implant Overdentures

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 











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Mary J. Bennett Sharp  wrote:  

Whatever you have to do to afford implants, 

DO IT! Dentures are a hard transition. Very hard. 

Implants save the day! You will never regret it


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How much??
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I have been wearing dentures bottom partial top and it has made me less social and I don't enjoy being around people.  I think I am really devasted?  I was social and now I hate the way my mouth feels its like the bottoms are always reminding me about how I feel not good.
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I understand because that’s how I was at first. Now with my permanent dentures I’m getting more social and my self confidence is coming back. Give it time.
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Joan

Consider implants
I have them and they are perfect
Barbara
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joan rosenblatt

Secure the denture with 2 implants and you will love them
Barbara
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Before I scare the newbies too much with that comment about the dentures being like a wooden leg, let me say that it does get better if you got a decent fit and you're not allergic to the material. I had 27 extractions and immediate dentures a little over a year ago December 17th 2015. They fit great for about a week then the swelling went down and they got real loose. I saw a video on youtube and ordered the dvds and watched a lot of youtube to learn how to make a set. I've been wearing them for 10 months now. They aren't much to look at... see profile pic... but they function! I can eat pretty much anything I want. I even ate corn on the cob the other night just to see if I could, but I can't bite into an apple. That polident commercial is a bunch of crap! Lol
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Ken, how did you make your own dentures? with what material? 3D printer? Maybe I am misunderstanding your post.
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Hello Ken, I hope you get my comment being that you wrote one year ago.  Did you really make your own set of dentures?  Or did I misunderstand your comment?  If you did, could you explain how?  You're a real soldier huh?   :)
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Ken
Have you thought of implants to secure your dentures especially for your
Bottom denture
Barbara
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Are you getting a kickback for plugging implants or are you that fanatical about them?
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Myridian DeMornay

Implants are progress 
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Hey Ken, I haven't been on this board at all lately. My Denture the only one I have top denture will be a year on January 25 my teeth removed my top teeth that I have left on October 30, 2015. After the hard reLine, I was very happy because I did not need adhesive then I had to start going for and more adjustments so now I'm back to That horrible adhesive which I hate so my answer is no they are fake. They definitely look better but as far as the feel and not being able to think about anything else while you have them in your mouth is very hard for me .
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Hi MGD, ok I can see now that Secure is a denture adhesive.  I may try it but I too hate adhesives of all kinds.  My last dentist even went out of his way to get me a sample of an adhesive that comes in strips, but I  hated even those and learned how to be relatively happy with them as they are.  In fact, after 7 years of wearing them I could stand some relining of some kind, but I won't do it unless my own dentist who did everything I have and he....has retired on me!!!  Hence I asked on this forum if anyone knows of a competent and sensible prosthodontist in NYC.   :)  
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Rosa
Are you up to trying NYU in New York on 16th street
They are great and cheap
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Hi again Barbara, no, for the reasons I just stated in my answer to you just a few  minutes ago.  You probably didn't get it yet.   :)
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Hi Rosa
Would a dental Lab work for what you want???
Barbara
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Hi Barb, I suppose it would, provided the lab worker had a good sense of esthetics besides being a competent one.  Another reason I'm delaying getting adjustments is that I know that just as it happens right after being fitted with a new set of dentures, rebasing or even relining them may cause all those blisters-like and lacerations that
need adjustments like every week or 2.  

Thanks for your good suggestions.  Are you in charge of this thread?  How kind of you to do it and help so much those of us who have to endure dentures!  Are there threads on other subjects as well?
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Elizabeth same here
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I also feel like you.  Are you candidate for implants?  If you are look into it sometimes a clinic is cheaper.  If I was a candidate I would take out a loan or borrow money, but I am not so I use SECURE paste and they also have liners.  Look up their website they will send samples.  Fixodent awful.
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Joan
How do you know you are not a candidate  for implants??
Where do you live??
Barbara
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I don't  believe I will ever get used to all the plastic in my mouth.  I have my upper and lowers for about a month and am experimenting with adhesives.  I am trying to eat but am scared of choking.  I was given a sample of Polydent but just bought a tube of Fixodent (gum care) as my bottom shifts and lifts when I eat.  I am constantly biting down to secure the bottom.  I am going to receive a sample of Secure.  I am afraid to try strips and powder.  I think I need an adjustment on the bottoms for a better grip.
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Try secure denture adhesive, I just got my free tube (if you call them they'll send you a free full size tube) you can google their number! I have tried dixosenr and this seems to work much better!
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Not easy maybe the secure will help.  I have tried the strips they hold very well.  I will never get use to my dentures.  I hate wearing them hence I decline a lot of invites.
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Cheryl 

I found these prices on the internet

Do you have a medical tax set aside at your job???

Ask you lawyer  employer to give you one

I think it can be either back dated or something like that

Investigate that as it will save you money in taxes  (about 20%?) and reduce your cost of dental work

Below are some implant prices although it might be less at NYU

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Although you might get sticker shock when you find out how much a dental implant costs, it helps to look at the big picture. While implants cost more upfront than dentures, you are less likely to need to replace them. The success rate of implants is as high as 95 percent.

Meanwhile, dentures tend to wear down over time. They usually need to be replaced every few years, which adds to their total cost. You might pay $2,000 for dentures one year, then need to pay another $2,000 to get a new set in a few years.
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Cheryl:
 This is high but it sounds awfully good


It is my understanding that NYU Dental  college     prices 
over dentures or clip on dentures at  the following  prices
That should be a clip on denture over implants:

Lowers  start  at approx     $4,500
Uppers  start  at approx     $6,500

Let me know what you think?
Have you paid for all your tooth extraction at Harlem clinic??
Barbara
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Thank you for all your good advice Barbara. I've been doing my own research. Unfortunately everything but standard Dentures are so far out of my price range it's sad. There would be no time for a savings account to help even if I had the money to put aside, which I definitely don't. I have a few thousand saved and I'm going to have to pay off the rest. There's no way I can justify a five-figure or Worse debt. Not for something that I don't need to live. I wish it were otherwise, but I still have family depending on my income. I still have at least a couple of months before I get even my temporary Dentures, but will keep checking back to this forum for company in my misery. At least I have the knowledge that I'll only have to pay for this first set, cuz by the time these wear out I'll be on Medicare, LOL

In all seriousness, I won't even be able to get a medical insurance policy when I lose my current at the end of this month until after the teeth are paid off. But reading all of these comments from so many people that have had to work with the dentures, at least I know I'm in good company and there can be light at the end of the Tooth tunnel.

By the way, I still have $600 of extractions left, but that's a deal they're giving me because that's for 12 teeth. Once I'm off insurance, they're only charging me per visit, not per tooth. That will make later tweaks a little pricey if I need many, but I'll cross that bridge when it's necessary
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Cheryl Godfrey
Thanks for getting back to us Cheryl
 I  wanted  to  tell you that  Columbia Dental college says they give free Dental consultations   

I was unable to talk to  Columbia Dental Clinic   as they have a terrible telephone system but you should check them out.  Maybe they have some dental system that is cheaper then NYU
Check out Columbia before your final decision

NYU charges
$4,500 for lower clip on to implant dentures

Lowers are the most difficult to get right and most of the people on this blog have so
much trouble with their lowers that they never wear them so they end  up never wearing them and leaving them in a drawer.  So all the money they pay for lowers is lost/
Please try to read as many comments on this blog as you can

Have you thought of only getting implant lowers    and regular dentures for the top??

So what are you paying at the Harlem clinic for your lower denture?
If you are Paying $1,000   (for both the temp and permanent lower denture)    for  the lower denture  then  NYU would cost you  only  $3,500 more
and your uppers regular  dentures should  just be the same price as you are paying at
Harlem.  

Please excuse my nagging like this but  I am worried that you will not be happy unless you get the lowers secured with implants

I know you have to do what ever is best for you but let us know how everything goes

Good luck to you
Barbara
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Barbara is right about implants to secure a lower plate.  I've read a lot about them and most people are very happy with them.  Uppers remain in with suction (if they are ill-fitting ask about a reline), but the lower plate can be a problem for some.

I have a very narrow mouth, which though was a problem for my real teeth, made my lower denture an easier adjustment.  The wider one's mouth, the more likely it is to move around.  In my case, adhesive handles my lower plate, though that doesn't mean one day I won't consider micro-implants to hold it in.

Best of luck!
David
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Hi, I've been wearing mine (the temporary) for 4 months now and I HATE them.  I've been told by various ones in the dental office that the permanent will be much better but, right now, I have my doubts.  I can't keep my bottom plate secure and it drives me NUTS!  Yesterday, I applied a denture adhesive 6X.  My bottom gums are also constantly sore and I'm sick of that as well.  This morning I had my husband adjust the metal band (not sure what it's called) and as long as the dentures don't move, the pain isn't as bad.  I'm sorry, I'm sure that's probably not what you wanted to hear but, that's how it is for me so far.  Please post if you find a solution to getting used to them or to not having the denture move around so much.  Oh, and I have had soft re-lines done several times and it helps for a day or two and then it's back to being loose.
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Donna
Hi Donna
It  has been one year since  we heard from you
We need to know how your permanent dentures worked out and how you are doing
This is a Learninng Blog and we learn from each other
Please update us
Thanks
Barbara
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My bottoms denture makes me nuts no judgements here.
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Feel better one day at a time.  Are you allergic or was it just a freak thing that had nothing to do with your dentures.  The best thing about this site is networking,
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smart flex 
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what is smart flex?
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Wow! I am on month 3 full lower and upper, still waiting on my permenant dentures, but I was totally misguided by the dentist and all the BS jist to get me to spend $13,000. Ive gone back 3 times for adjustments and I asked if there was a way he could just make the tops come in a little more, he replied "no, you jist have to deal with it" what the hell? Deal with it? I just out your kid in college and Just deal with it is your most scientific answer? Ugh! Just all the garbage about getting your smile back and confidents, ya OK. I was in a car accident and couldn't afford proper dental work for 4 years I dealt with that, and I was more social then then I am now. I pray that the permanent set looks less like a horse and more like a human. My point is they need to sit people down and give them the real story.. Its not gonna make you feel good, its alot of work.... They told me I could go to work 2 days after... Lol! My job is communicating with people.. 8hr shifts, but I can't even keep those in for more then 4hrs... Just the whole deal with it thing set me off... I really hope it gets better...
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Hi Melanie Renna....DO keep them in water or they'll change their shapes.  No big deal!  :)
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Rosa

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Hi Melanie Renna....DO keep them in water or they'll change their shapes.  No big deal!  :)
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Hi Mike
Why don't you ask for a refund if he is not doing what he is supossed to be doing
He is supossed to be giving you a denture you can wear
You have paid good money
Proceed with him and if he insists you have to get used to garbage send him a demand letter and sue him
Let us know what you want to do here???
Barbara
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Hi Mike
Why don't you ask for a refund if he is not doing what he is supossed to be doing
He is supossed to be giving you a denture you can wear
You have paid good money
Proceed with him and if he insists you have to get used to garbage send him a demand letter and sue him
Let us know what you want to do here???
Barbara
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Mike Ricci
Hi Mike
Mike you must update us on your dental issues
we are worried about  you
What has been going on with you dentures  ??
Barbara
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I had all teeth extracted under sedation and full top denture and partial bottom denture inserted immediately 6 days ago. My teeth over many years became looser and looser. This outcome was inevitable, was only a question of when! I convinced myself it will all be great. No more teeth issues, hallelujah. But post surgery has turned out to be as excruciating as child birth (sorry fellas this doesn't help you.) The PAIN. The DISCOMFORT. Its relentless and the ONLY relief (of sorts) is while the strongest painkillers you can get your hands on are active or they've put you to sleep. I have 2 weeks off work and am hoping it will be significantly improved before I return to work. I see the denture man in 2 days and hopefully have some little adjustments made to dentures to make them more comfortable. As for eating. Im starving and longing for some texture. Living on smoothies, soup, yogurt. Loosing a few kilos will be an indirect reward. Patience patience patience... one very long day at a time towards a livable recovery.
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Jac
Hi Jac
Please update us on your problem
This is a learning blog and we  must learn from each other
We want to know if you are OK and if the dentist addressed all your oblems
Please let us know
Barbara
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Jennifer Burnstein profile pictureJennifer Burnstein just asked this question in DentureLiving(Thinking about dentures?):
Is there anyone who just refuses to wear their dentures?
I just refuse to wear my full upper & lower dentures because they are beyond uncomfortable.

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Thank you for this post, so glad I’m not alone. I’m two weeks post op now and just started adding back more solid foods. It’s so hard. It has completely consumed my train of thought. I’m sure it will get easier though. Thinking about it like a loss of a part of who you are makes a lot of sense. I have to get used to a new identity almost. We have beautiful smiles now and no more pain from our teeth. That’s a good thing.
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Nicole Miller
Hi Nicole
How are you
Give us an update on your condition and progress
This is a learning blog and we learn from everyone
and from each other
So we need your input
So where are you now in your dental jourey?
Barbara
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Nicole Miller

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Hi Barbara, thanks for asking. Well it’s not bad anymore. I’m pretty well healed up and I really do love my new smile. I still don’t like having something stuck in my mouth 24/7 but It better than what I had before.
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David Hahn

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Great attitude to have Nicole, I know that feeling.  You love the smile, but could do without the prosthetic in your mouth.  Whenever my dentures bug me, I go look in the mirror, and remember back to how I used to look when my teeth were a mess.  In the end, I always end up feeling positive.
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Renee Ware

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I agree David and Nichole, I’ve had my full dentures for only two weeks but my teeth were crumbling like chalk from a genetic issue..I even ended up having emergency surgery once from an abscess , my face and neck swelled up with infection melon sized in three days and I ended up in er... and yeah I would love to be lucky and have natural pretty teeth.. I’m having issues most with trying to learn to eat again, BUT I have gotten past the lisp I initially had
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Hi, I am just about to turn 30, and I have had dentures since I was 19! The whole thing was emotionally traumatic!
But over time it becomes YOUR NORMAL. You will get used to it, I look in the mirror and don’t see myself looking back still to this day, but to everyone else I look normal.
All the best
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David Hahn

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First of all, to those transitioning to dentures: It WILL get better, but it takes time and you must be patient.  My dental problems began in my 30's due to dry mouth and crowded teeth.  I had root canals and crowns initially, but eventually it simply became to costly when existing work began getting damaged.  Implants were not a logical or cost-effective option, so I went with partial dentures.

Though that was a VERY big adjustment, the most difficult was when I transitioned to full dentures six months ago at age 44.  My prior dentist warned me it would likely be the eventual outcome, but nothing can truly prepare one for such a change.  As others have said, it is very emotionally traumatic, and a very big adjustment.  Keep in mind, when you get your temporary set, they are just that, temporary.  Personally, I always thought my temporary set looked "obviously fake", though others could not tell.

While I was healing, I had to learn to eat and speak again, and there was the obvious initial discomfort.  I had a lot of mixed emotions, and was very self-conscious about how I looked without my dentures in.  Though I've never been vain, I still have my pride.  Nonetheless, I never gave up, and adapted to the point I could eat and speak with no problem.  One thing I learned is to leave the self-consciousness behind.  There have been occasions where I have was out shopping without my dentures and someone stared at me.  I simply gave them a harsh look and said, "Haven't you ever seen someone without teeth before?  Perhaps you'd like to take a picture, it will last longer!"  It was they who felt shame in the end, not me.

I only recently received my permanent dentures yesterday after healing for six months.  Once again, I am having to learn how to eat and speak again, as they are slightly different.  However, they are VERY realistic and even I cannot tell they are prosthetic, even close-up.  I highly recommend a heat-cured set of custom dentures if one can afford it, they are worth every penny.  They fit better, look better, and last longer (mine come with a 7 year warranty).

Are they are good as real teeth?  No, but they are close enough and look better than my original teeth did!  Most importantly, they are functional and allow me to eat without the agony I once endured having dental problems.  Yes, it is a BIG adjustment, but it does get better in time.  The key is communicating with your dental team, being patient, and accepting you have a long road ahead of you.  If your dentist is rude or not compassionate, take control and remind them YOU are the customer, most offices have a money-back assurance.  My dental group was very helpful and accommodating.

All that being stated, I am VERY happy with my permanent dentures and don't regret my choice.  I chose a very good dentist that was honest, caring, and worked to make sure I got what I wanted in the end.  My goal was to be able to not only have a functional set of dentures that allowed me to eat, but a set that looked natural and would not attract attention.  I have that now, and though I'm still learning how to speak with my new dentures, it won't take as long to adapt since I've done it before.

Think in terms of months, not days or weeks as far as adaptation.  In fact, from start to end, figure on a whole year.  After a year, you should be used to dentures to the point they no longer feel quite as foreign.  See your dental professional for sore spots, or situations where one has dentures that fit poorly.  In addition, don't be afraid to take them out for a while if your mouth gets sore.  I still have a subconscious habit of clenching my teeth (dentures), and that makes my gums sore.  Every now and then I'll leave them out for a day and simply eat soup, cottage cheese, and ice cream for dessert.  It gives my mouth a much needed rest.

I truly hope my story and suggestions help others, as I know how traumatic and depressing it can be adapting to dentures.  I cannot stress the importance of patience and dedication to the adjustment process.  Keep in mind, dentures are a prosthetic, like an artificial limb, it is not akin to getting glasses.  Skills one used to take for granted have to be learned again, it takes time and effort.
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Thank you for this David, you actually gave me hope it’ll get more pleasant.. I’m still eating soup and mushy stuff ..howling until I can eat a bacon cheeseburger again??? Lol I miss food ..also what particular denture did you get for your permanents , and about how much will a full good set like that cost completely??
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Wow,what a great description of the experience,and the wise words as to overcome.I needed needed the pep talk,Im 10 months into full upper,lower partial,I had real trouble gagging.I took my Dremel and cut half an inch off the back which helped a lot.had 2 relines.looking forward to the so called permanate ones.I still have lots of problems with comfort.they actually look good,improved my smile 90%.yet depleted my confidence level by that same number.the taste is terrible,I refuse to use ant types of adhesives,because that taste terrible.I again have gained lots more confidence in the ability to overcome,thanks to numerous post in this forum,thank to you David,Barbara,and everyone else who shared on here
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David Fleury

Thanks for your input

keep your comments coming  We need input

You are very lucky you have partials on the bottom  Take very good care of them because bottom complete  dentures are usually a big problem and partials are  so much better

About your top  denture and not Liking glue (and who does):  Well your answer is implants.  You  say you can not afford them??  Maybe you can not afford to be without them or without  implants

There are many creative ways to cut back on other expenses to pay for implants and we can discuss it here if you are interested   Implants  are  the next best thing to your own teeth and there many   ways to get a less  expensive implant approach

You can shop implants and you have the time to do it now   You  have the time because it is before you are paying for your permanent dentures and after all your extractions have been taken out

Do  not rush.  Just have your current dentist do everything to make you comfortable with these upper dentures

Do you have dental insurance?Right now your dentist is the one that should make you comfortable with these temporary upper dentures

Do not tell your dentist you will be exploring implants but ask him for his opinion and advise and price

Do not tell your dentist you are thinking of shopping  for implants because that will make him unhappy but certainly ask his opinion  Remember you may like your dentist but you are not going to marry him or her

Good luck 

Barbara

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Hello David and thank you for your interesting path to your great dentures!   I agree with you that dentures can be most useful, natural and comfortable and...it does take some reasonable time to adjust to them.  I have mine for 7 years and outside of some little moving here and there I can eat 95% of food, including corn on the cob, some nuts, seeds, etc.  Is your dentist a prosthodontist?  If he is in NYC would you mind giving his name and contact?  My dentist retired so I'm looking for a good one now to have them examined as they may need some relining or similar.  

Great that you're so happy with them.  Keep enjoying them!   :o)
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David Hahn
Hello David Hahn
It certainly sound like a long journey to get used to dentures especially at such a young
age.
You have the right attitude and I am sure you will do well

There is something that I do not understand  You say:
"implants   were not a logical or cost-effective option, so I went with partial dentures."

Could  you  tell me what you mean by "partial dentures"  ???
Do you have  partial dentures on the  top and bottom??? 
I don't consider partial dentures as any where near as difficult to get used to as full dentures so I would like  to understand what you have??

You also say implants are not "cost effective or logical?"
I have all implants and Yes they are extremely expensive but I do think they are cost effective and logical.  There is almost no upkeep expense connected to them and they  last for years with no additional expense. Mine are over 10 years old.
My implants  are exactly like my regular teeth only better looking and Implants are not like a prosthetic,and  implants are not  like an artificial limb    When you have implants you do not have to relearn any skills.
On the other hand I do think partial dentures must be much easier  then complete dentures to get used to and would be most interested in your input on the Partials 

Good luck on your journey
Barbara
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Hi Barbara,

FYI on implants, one thing I am considering for the future is getting the micro-implants that allow for snap-in denture plates, at least for my lower denture.  Stage one was just addressing my immediate problem.  Once I give it some time I'll have a better idea if it is a good route to go for me or not.

I have an extremely narrow mouth with a high palate.  Though it was a problem for my regular teeth, it makes dentures a little easier for me to adjust to than some.  It also helps with ensuring my lower plate doesn't move around as much, and I don't have the gagging problem some do with such a high palate.

Still, micro-implants would be a "nice to have" one day.  

David
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David Hahn

Hi David

NYU dental Clinic in New York City charges approx $4,500 for  a lower dentures secured by full size dental implants 
 
Perhaps it is less money   if they can  use your current denture and can retro fit it to work with the implants

I think mini implants are to fragile to support  clip on denture

I don't know where  you live but you might have a Dental college in your area that would do it for that price or Less?   If they give free consultations you might think about it
Barbara
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David Hahn

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Hi Barbara,

As far as implants, they are an ideal alternative to dentures for many, but not for my personal situation.  I was looking at around $40,000 for full upper and lower implants, in addition to some additional surgery I already needed on my jaw.  In my case, it would have not been a logical investment, as it would have resulted in debt I would have been mired in for years.  My financial situation at the time was precarious at best due to my divorce (that was several years ago).

Currently, I have full upper and lower plates (full dentures).  Prior to six months ago, I only had partial dentures, 14 teeth were remaining (some upper, some lower), so I had a partial upper and partial lower plate at that time.  With partials,  one has various options like flexible materials, or metal hooks that anchor the partial into place, or go behind one's remaining teeth. 

What options are available with partials depends on what teeth are remaining.  In my case, I originally had a metal/acrylic hybrid.  I would say that partials feel less "bulky" than full dentures, and are easier to adapt to.  That is particularly true of the lower palate, as with a full lower denture, adhesive is usually necessary, whereas with a partial it may not be (depends on the teeth remaining and their location).  

Six months ago is when I made the choice to get full dentures.  My dental visit revealed that my remaining teeth were showing signs of the same decay the others had, and it was spreading from tooth to tooth.  I did have several options, including implants, but dentures were the best option for me, as it would have minimal financial impact (comparatively speaking).  My entire treatment, including extractions, removing some remaining decay embedded my jaw, temporary dentures, and permanent dentures, was around $7800. 

Personally, if implants had been viable for me financially, I would have considered them.  However, I am on a fixed budget, particularly now that I care for my elderly father, who is now 87.  Still, I don't regret my choice to get dentures.  I was able to deal with my dental issues while ensuring I would remain on track for eliminating my remaining debt without impacting my long-term budget or retirement plans.

David