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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Hi David
Thank you for answering.    I understand now about the partials and your decisions.

I am amazed   however at your cost.
Isn't $7,800 very expensive?   I thought people on this site were  paying much less.

Then there are those that buy mail order from RK. RK's are so inexpensive and people on this site say they are Great

So David isn't   $7.800 very high in cost??
Barbara   
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Hi Barbara,

The dentures themselves were about $2600 sans tax for both upper and lower plates.  The rest includes the extractions (which weren't exactly "routine"), some additional surgery on my jaw, the temporary dentures, relines, and any adjustments throughout the process.  I needed quite a bit of work done, and a LOT of sutures.  

Sadly, I always had good dental hygiene, but crowding always meant if I did get a cavity, it would inevitably work its way to the next tooth quickly.  Once I developed dry mouth (runs in the family), the problems became exponential.  Essentially, I underwent minor oral surgery to get everything cleared up (though it certainly didn't FEEL minor). 

Most of the cost was for the "prep work", you could say, but it was a one shot deal.  The x-rays of my jawbone look good and everything has healed properly.  I won't deny I might have been able to get the work done slightly cheaper elsewhere, but I really liked the dentist.  He stood by his work, didn't "beat around the bush", and there was the convenience of being able to get everything done in one location.

As far as the cost, yes my dentures were a bit more expensive than some (though I've seen them even steeper).  Dentures really vary in price depending on the materials/process used.  What I now have are heat-cured custom dentures.  They are designed to last longer, fit better (a wax try-in is created with the teeth and an additional mold made for the best possible fit), and appear as realistic as possible.  There are minor anatomical details on the upper palate added so chewing is more natural.

Many dentures use a cold-pour process.  This makes them more porous, less stain-resistant, and slightly less durable.  However, they can be vastly cheaper as well, depending on what one gets.  It doesn't mean they aren't well-made or won't last long, but I went high-end.  To give you an idea of the variance in prices:

  • Custom heat-cured dentures ~ $1300 per plate ($2600 for both)
  • Custom cold-pour dentures ~$1100 per plate ($2200 for both)
  • Classic cold-pour dentures ~ $500 per plate ($1000 for both)
  • Basic cold-pour dentures ~ $300 per plate ($600 for both)

Though I simply couldn't afford implants, I was able to plan for dentures ahead of time.  As you mentioned, I'm quite young for dentures, so it was important to me they be as realistic, comfortable, and durable as possible.  I'd post some pictures showing the differences, but don't want to violate anyone's copyright.

That being stated, perhaps I'll take a fairly close-up shot of my new smile (more of a smirk) so others can see the level of detail, and realize there "is a light at the end of the tunnel".  I think many will be surprised at how natural they look.  Even many of the cold-pour options can look very realistic, so I'm certainly not demeaning those options whatsoever.  Once one has dentures, there are more choices available, and ordering online is an option.  For me, it was more of an all-out ordeal.

I truly hope these posts help others.  There are a lot of choices and options, and it a particularly difficult road when one first gets a full set of dentures.  I'll say this much to those who worry about their temporary dentures, your permanent set WILL be better, temporary dentures are like "training wheels".

David
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Hi Rosa,

I actually live in Ohio now.  If you are noticing some "wobbling" or "wiggling" it sounds like you need a reline as you mentioned.  My location charges $150 for a soft reline, $250 for a hard reline, so it isn't unreasonable.  I'm not a big fan of chains, but Aspen Dental is pretty good for that kind of work, it is just important to check the reviews on your location: www.aspendental.com/find-an-office

Hope that helps!

David
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Thank you David, I'll keep it in mind for when I return from my trip in May.  They are all out of my city but I'll explore them and if they're worth it I may manage to go for a consult.  Again, enjoy your new teeth!     :)      Rosa
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Thanks Rosa!  I know how it is looking for a new dentist, hard to know who to trust.  I found mine via some personal recommendations, and checking a lot of reviews on the Internet.

David
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I am 5 1/2 years in and I can say my experience is that I will never get used to them, nor like them. I hate them and if I'm not in public they aren't in my mouth. And whenever I want to lose weight, I just use my teeth to eat and voila, food intake is dramatically decreased so fewer calories consumed. And even if I had the random funds lying around to pay as much as a new car I still don't think I'd get implants. I'd probably also hate those and taking those out would mean having metal posts sticking out of my gums and causing even more hassle. Had I known then what i know now I'd have kept the real teeth I had left. I can't stand having to have them in the 8 hrs I have to work every day. I hate the gastrointestinal issues due to the roof plate causing excess nasty tasting saliva that makes my tummy feel horrible. And it's really sad that the only way I can truly enjoy meals when we have the random bbq's at work or free lunches from vendors is to shut my office door, take my teeth out and actually enjoy the taste of whatever I'm eating. Forget about going to a business dinner. I've already had my teeth in too long and eating in a restaurant is usually a horrible experience as I leave 90% of my food on my plate and often (even worse when I have adhesive in) is the trips to the bathroom to get a spec of food that made it's way under my dentures and have to go into a stall and use toilet paper or my tongue to remove the particle because god forbid someone walk in while I'm rinsing my teeth and my mouth at the sink. I'm so happy for those that have no problems. My mother (rest her soul), my brother, one of my coworkers don't have the issues I have. I think it's a percentage thing. Most people find them beneficial and a handful don't.
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Hi  Tamera Deuel
This is so sad  and I am so sorry to hear this
I don't know why you have settled for it?    It sounds like complete torture!!
There has to be a solution and you have written off any way to  solve it.
Why??  There are ways to make it better but you won't attempt anything

you are still working so you are young. 
What about   a horse shoe upper? 
What abut a clip on ?  

No matter what any one   says you have chosen  to settle for gloom and doom
Go to a Dental college Clinic
Go to Costa Rica
Try RK dentures
Do something more for yourself because you are worth  it

Stand up for yourself
Barbara
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 Hello Tamera Deuel

I hope  I  did not sound harsh  but I want you to take care of yourself
Life is just one time around.   This is a quality of life issue for you
Money is not important.  You are important

If it were someone I was close to I would say become an expert on your problem
Go back to that original  dentist and tell him how uncomfortable you are and
see what he suggests. 
 
Go to 2 dentists in your area that advertise free consultations and see what they say

Read over this blog. 
There is a great Costa Rican blog and David Hahn on this forum can tall you the name
 of that site
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There are people  on this site that have gotten open horse shoe uppers.  Read about that

I think  the least expensive solution that I like is the Clip on over denture/  I would go to 
Costa Rica or Mexico or to a dental school for it because price is a problem with you.
Reseach it and select a qualified implantologist with a good price

You can Solve  your problem and  you can do it
Let us know
Barbara
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Hi Tamera,

Like Barbara said, this community is here to help, she is very passionate about helping others.  She comes on strong, but it is only because she cares.  We all have our stories, and many are very difficult, just like yours.

I had partials for about 3.5 years, and full dentures for 7 months now.  Without getting into all the dental issues I had prior, some of the things you are experiencing are not uncommon.  However, in your case, they do seem to be a bit more extreme.  As Barbara said, it is really worth getting a second/third opinion, it can make all the difference.

I suspect you have a low upper palate?  Your symptoms with saliva and taste would lead one to  that conclusion.  Like Barbara said, that is where implants can make a difference, and there are different types.  I do agree that for some, standard dentures are far from ideal, I was simply fortunate there.  However, a good dentist or prosthodontist can make all the difference.  Frankly, I was never happy with my partials, but I do fairly well with my dentures.

I will say this much, when I'm not out and about, or eating, I often take my dentures out, nothing wrong with that.  I have always had a bad habit of clenching, and with dentures, I can make my gums sore when I'm stressed.  However, when I have them in, I'm able to eat without issue, and my sense of taste is only minimally impacted (upper plate tends to cause that).  If you have a low upper palate, that certainly could be a culprit.

As far as food getting stuck, I have the occasional issue with that, but usually taking a drink after I eat will dislodge it.  Like Barbara stated, it is worth getting looked at, as it doesn't sound like you have the right fit for you.  Horse shoe uppers are certainly an option if your upper palate is an issue.  There are always options, but finding the right expert is the key.

Believe me when I say I know all about depression and anger of dealing with dentures.   I learned to direct that anger to drive me to "get it right", I wasn't about to end up with something that didn't work for me while some smarmy dentist made off with my money.  All in all, I'm pleased after a long road, and I take mine out too when I'm in private.

Does it bother me some days?  Yes, I won't lie, I get self-conscious and think "45 with no teeth, geez".  Heck, my dad is 87 and he still has most of his, so that doesn't help either.  Regardless, most days I'm just happy I'm pain-free and can eat again, and no one can tell I'm wearing them, doesn't mean I like it though.

The point is, yes it is a struggle sometimes, but don't give up because we are here to help you however we can.  You'll find a lot of recommendations here, and a lot of stories of both struggle and success!  You are not alone.

David
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It makes me feel sad to read the posts on here from people who aren't happy with their dentures, and especially those in the US because all things dental there are just so expensive. (I am a Brit living in France where dental work is more expensive than it is in the UK but much cheaper than the US and a lot easier to budget for).  I can't imagine anything more disheartening than spending a fortune, going through a lot of hassle and aggravation, and still being unhappy with the results.

I am nearly four weeks into wearing dentures. I had extractions in July, no immediates,  and my first impression eight weeks later.  My upper denture felt like my own teeth right from the start and ,my lower denture is getting there.  I had some pain and discomfort and had to do a bit of light sanding to remove some areas that were causing sore spots, and I also had to use Medijel to help numb the gum to make it easier to put the lower denture back in. (Someone on here recommended Medijel and I am very grateful to them because it really has helped).  I can now just about eat with both upper and lower in but if I am on my own, I take the lower one out so that I can enjoy my food properly. Only four weeks in, I think I have been lucky compared to some of the stories I have read on this forum.  

My dentist told me I could go back at any time if I wasn't happy, but I haven't needed to visit him once since I had my dentures. I wish it was the same for everyone. I would tell anyone who is unhappy with what they've spent their money and time on to keep going back until they get the results they deserve,  We pay good money to the experts, the trained professionals, and that should ensure that we get a professional result for our money.

Incidentally, I do a lot of online university-based courses and am currently doing one called Discovering Dentistry. I was a dental nurse in the UK for six years but even so I have learned a lot from this course.  One of the modules was all about making dentures and we were shown exactly how they are made from start to finish, which I found fascinating. The technicians that make them do a wonderful job and they work hard, but they can only produce their results based on the impressions that the dentist gives them so, although having impressions is unpleasant, if you feel the impression move in your mouth as it sets, tell your dentist so that he can take it again. When it comes to the try-ins, they can be uncomfortable and painful when they are in the mouth, but those are the stages when you should be as fussy as possible to ensure the best result. Don't say to yourself 'well, it feels sort of OK so the final denture should be OK'.  You want better that 'should be OK' when you spend your hard-earned money.

I wish everyone who is struggling with dentures the best of luck but would urge you not to put up with pain and discomfort. Keep bothering your dentist until he gets it right. You deserve it.
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HI Kathy
It sounds like you are doing perfectly with your uppers but your lowers
should be better  You should talk to someone that gave that course for some  suggestion on how to improve the lowers

YOu should also go back and speak to your dentist about  improving the lower denture 
 
I think you should explore retro fitting   the lowers so they
 snap on to 2 or more implants so they do not rest directly on your gums
A Clip on denture
Thanks for sharing
Good Luck
Barbara
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Thanks for your kind words, Barbara. As it turns out, just this last two weeks I have found that both uppers and lowers  now feel like they belong to me. Needless to say, I am thrilled. It's almost exactly three months since they were 'installed'. I can eat with them (although I have yet to try ripping into a steak, but I can live without that for a while longer!), I don't need any fixative, and I am back to talking normally. One of th4 things that really helped me get used to the lowers while they were 'bedding in' was Bonjela. I tried Medijel which was pretty good but the Bonjela really worked exceptionally well. I used it every time I cleaned my teeth and last thing at night, just leaving it on. It soothed the gums and I am pretty sure that it helped to harden them off.  

I am more than happy now but am prepared to seek other options should I have any problems in the future. For now, being able to smile and eat with confidence is fantastic and well worth the extractions and so on.
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i just go new dentures that are horrible. ny mouth looks so much wider and look terrible. will they feel better after a while,
paid so much becuse i have no bones. i still; lhave to weear adhesive .do they feel losser because i am sick?
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Hi  norma
It is not you Norma it is the denture
Go back to your dentist ASAP and tell the dentist
you have paid a fortune and they do not fit
Tell the dentist he has to make this better for you
Keep in touch with us
Read everything on this blog and our other blogs
you are entiteleld to a denture that is comfortable
Barbara
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Probably not..I lost all my teeth at 19 from taken the medication Dilantin for my seizures and all that did was make me have more seizures which I almost died from and make me lose my teeth. I went up until 10 months ago without teeth so about 9 1/2 years without teeth. I got so use to eating and talking without teeth that now when I try to put in the dentures they hurt my jaw because it feels like the teeth are too long and the bottom one's hurt to keep in. The top one's make me gag I've went back many times to have them adjusted to the point I just gave up with them all together. I am 28 now and well I don't really care anymore that I don't have teeth none of my friends judge me for it some of them even are jealous that I don't have to deal with cavities or any of that tooth pain. My jaw just got stronger over the years so I can eat steak,ribs though I can not eat corn on the cob or fruits that are whole that's why they make canned ones. Sure for years my confidence was lowered by not having teeth but now I'm at a point in my life that I am very confident even without them teeth are just there to look pretty for the most part. They help you eat but if you go as long as I have without them you'll find your way. 
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I have a full upper denture which i have had nearly a year ago,  still feels uncomfortable and gets me down most days .i take it out on night then its been out ten minutes I want to put back in .This is the worst thing ever to wear,It feels like i have a chuck of bubble gum stuck in my mouth.i think you have tolerate itI dont think I`ll ever get use to it. 
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jackie Howard
You  should return to your dentist for another adjustment
Perhaps they are too long or too thick?

You deserve to be more comfortable
It is a quality of life issue
Good luck
Barbara
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Jess and Jackie
If there is anyway you can afford yur upper denture  being secured by implants that would be a way for you to feel comfortable
If you had an over denture which is also known as a clip on denture then you would probably feel comfortable
It is possible that they could use your current denture
and retr fit it for the implants??

With an over denture you would not have the plastic  pallet that gags you

I would go  back to my dentist and discuss it with him or her

I would go to a few dentists that  advertise free consultations and ask them about it also

I would read all  about implants on some of these blogs and on the internet
Read  everything  about implants.   
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I have had my upper dentures in one month while happy with the results I had teeth out before my dentures giving time to heal , I can eat but will never be the same how can it with a lump of plastic in your head implants too invasive and way too expensive for me end of story the journey continues I’m still alive taking steps to try and save secure my bottom teeth as heard they are even worse to get used to
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You need to allow more time for your mouth to get used to the upper dentures. I was in exactly the same position as you last year and it took around three months for the uppers to feel like they really belonged to me and to stop feeling like a lump of plastic. You are right about the lowers - mine fit perfectly without adhesive but, if I need to eat on my own, I take them out, and if I have to eat in company I stick them in to keep them secure and eat carefully!

I would be really interested to see how you get on. At the one month stage, my uppers felt like a lump of plastic in my head but by two months, that feeling had eased considerably and, as I say, by the end of the third month, I had forgotten that they weren't my natural teeth!  It's surprising just how much the mouth adjusts.    Good luck.
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Hi  jane labrash
Hope it gets better
Yes keep us in  the loop so we know how you are doing
Yes bottoms are more of a problem
Read this entire page and see if anything fits for you
Good Luck
Barbara
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Hello, It has been 9 days since my sedation dentistry removing all teeth and immediate dentures.  It has been so hard, and I knew it would be but oh my goodness.  I still cannot talk, cannot eat with them, and feel like I have too big of a mouth now.  I have seen the dentist, who is wonderful, twice since the initial removal of my teeth and I see him again on Tuesday.  He lined them or relined them, I don't know the proper language and it seemed good the first day, although not great, but still not good and not sure if he will reline them or what he will do.  In January I will have the implants and pray that will make this all a bad dream.  I just feel like I cannot go anywhere because I can't talk and can't eat, etc.  Thank you for listening and glad most of you are having a positive outcome.  I pray I will too.  I thought by now I would be further down the road.  Thanks again to everyone.
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Rhonda dear 
You have been thru a lot and this is a very expensive procedure  You will be wearing these first dentures for a long time so insist that they work for you  Once you get the implants you probably have to wait 6 months before they are loaded with the permanent denture so have your dentist get this denture  right so  you can wear them comfortably   

What kind of permanent denture are you getting.  Is it an all on 4 or 6? 
Is it an over denture?   
How much are you paying? 
  
I  know you like your dentist but he is your dentist and we want him to get this right
Keep us posted and Good Luck 
Barbara
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Thank you so much, Barbara. You are so kind. I paid around 11000 to have sedation removal of upper and lower teeth and these dentures and then in six months I will then be healed enough to get the implants. If I am understanding everything he will use these dentures and add the attachment to go on the the implants. I am guessing 9 days is not too bad but I just thought I would be further along than this. I cannot go out or talk very well. I will miss my second church tomorrow and I just don’t want to go and have someone talk to me and I look and feel so strange. I will let you know Tuesday what the dentist does but my guess is the liner needs to be added to or the one that is there taken off and a new one because they are slipping all over the place. Everyone have a wonderful holiday weekend.
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To   Rhonda Oxford McDowell
Yes I see. 
 It is of course very expensive
You should get a better under standing  of your dentist 's  plan for you.  You should ask for a print out of what you are having done and the price for each procedure
There is a lady somewhere on this site named Josie (who worked for a denturist)  that could help walk you thru some of this if you can locate her 
I am confused about what your dentist is planning 
I wonder if it is a clip on denture??  If he is using this as a final denture all the more reason that it should be exactly right
Try looking at the internet about clip on's and all on 4 to get some information on what you will be getting??  Have you paid the complete $11.000 and is that all you need to pay?  If there are additional charges you should have a clear picture
I hope you are feeling a little more comfortable and when you see the dentist tell him how painful  this is and also tell him you need a complete plan and costs spelled out in addition to the time line
Good luck   and take care of yourself
Barbara 

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Barbara, I do have that information.  I will look at it and tell you, they were very exacting at giving us all the options etc.  When I have a chance to put my hands on it I will let you know.  I have paid the money but not for the implants.  So I go to him for as long as it takes to feel comfortable with these dentures and then in January I go for an MRI or something like that on my head to see exactly where the implants are to be placed and I am pretty sure he uses these to do that.  It just is that he will be able to cut away a lot of the denture so it will no longer be as gaggy for me.  I will get back to you on Tuesday and also If I find my paperwork which I am sure is just sitting on the dining room table I will let you know. Thanks again, dear!
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Hi Rhoda
I feel much better now that I know you have that information
Yes  when you no longer have the pallete on the top   denture  you  will feel  much  better but many people have dentures with the pallette and the dentist should be able to fit them so they are much more comfortable then you are right now

So the dentist will have to make these  dentures  more comfortable for you  and hopefully he should be able to do it

Since  this is the final denture make sure that you like the way it looks and fits

I have implants and I love them

Take care
Barbara
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Oh, Barbara, I am so glad to know you have them and love them!  Did you have any problems when you were at the stage like me?  It just seems like I have Halloween teeth in my mouth like we had when we were kids.  So far I am very pleased with my dentist and he, along with all the many worker bees in the office have been very helpful.  But I guess that is to be expected since we spent so much already.  I think I put those papers downstairs and tomorrow I will try to find them and then can tell you exactly what it is, etc.  How did you get so knowledgable?  Did you start this site?  I was just googling things like Will I ever be comfortable with my dentures when I found it.  I live in Illinois, across from St Louis.  Are you here in the states?  Have a great evening.
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HI Rhonda Oxford McDowell

No I  am not in  charge of anything
Just trying to help keep this site alive  because I think  it is so important

I came on it trying to help a friend who has had a disaster with dentures and lost all her money

I had my implants in 2 stages ( and 5 yeas apart)  so that was easier for me
The uppers were gone first about 16 years ago

When they gave me the  upper denture before they did the implants   I thought they were so terrible that I sat there and  cried  The dentist stayed late (after 5)   with me and kept on trimming the denture for a long time until i they were  acceptable as a temporary
5 or 6  Years later all my bottom teeth had to be removed and I did implants there

I was very lucky and the dentist was very good and I never really had any  real  pain or problems but every one is different

 So if you can stay on and help people that would be a good thing

Tell your dentist you paid a lot of money and you have to be pain  free and the teeth have  to look better
Good Luck
Barbara
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Thank you, Barbara, et al, for keeping this site alive. Yes.
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Theta
Let us know how   you are dong and  what you have decided
We all handle everything differently an it is good to hear how everyone made out
Thanks
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Hi Rhonda,

I'm a little over three weeks and am having implant supported permanent overdentures both upper and lowers in 2 to 3 months. Im in sales so the speech part was difficult but everytime I feel a little down about it and believe me it's not a lot because I'm not wired that way I think back how miserable I felt and looked and that this temporary situation keyword temporary is going to be worth it. I'm fortunate my temps came out okay but as my gums shrink I have learned that a good adhesive gets me through the day. Although I have never had dialogue with her Barbara G 's post are terrific and informative. You're past the toughest part be nice but firm with your dentist and do what I did post a picture we are always far more critical of ourselves good luck and congratulations.
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Gary, how great you are doing!  I just feel like I am stuck and need a denture coach! Haha, I really do!  I see the dentist Tuesday and each time he is very helpful and says not to get frustrated, we will keep tweaking it till it's right.  I am 10 days in and believe me you wouldn't want to sound like I do being in sales.  Eating is the pits.  I use the glue and it just doesn't stay but maybe I am doing something wrong.  I will let you know what the dentist says Tuesday.  I cannot find my paperwork they gave me for the life of me so I will also ask if I can get a copy of it so I can say exactly what it was they are doing but as far as I know these dentures will be used for my mini implants.  I paid for the sedation, teeth removal and the dentures and care and then in January will pay for the implants.  I guess I could do so well I change my mind and stick with what I got but really, I doubt that.  I may not be too good at this but I can't tell you have dentures at all.  A great, winning smile. Sale-worthy!  Everyone, have a great Labor Day!!
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Tuesday   find out what the plan is going forward?

Find out what type  of denture your dentist is planning?

Are the implants regular or Mini and how much are they?
Is this your permanent denture???
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Rhonda Oxford McDowell

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Barbara G:  I have searched for my paperwork and can't find it so tomorrow I am going to ask for a copy but I do know that the implants are mini and he will use the dentures I have now.  As for the cost around 12000 I believe but that was for the sedation as well as extractions and dentures. Not for the implants to be done in January.  Thanks, Barbara!
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Rhonda Oxford McDowell

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Barbara G and Gary, and anyone else. Haha!  Well, it is almost 2 weeks, and I am doing much better.  Not all well but headed there.  I went to the dentist yesterday and he shaved off some more to the back of the tops and I am not longer gagging.  Great improvement.  The suggestion someone said to eat on both sides of your mouth was a good one.  The dentist told me this, too, but I misunderstood him and thought he meant to take turns from one side to the next, not at the same time. This has helped greatly, so thanks! I never did find my paperwork, I am sure I will someday but asked for a copy and here is what I had and paid for:  Sedation Dentistry, Upper and Lower extractions and immediate dentures $9343, that is phase 1 which is done and I can come back whenever I feel I need the dentures looked at, as I had been coming in every day or so for the sore spots.  Now none so yay for my team.  Phase. 2 is 6 upper mini implants $6366 and 4 lower mini-implants $4244, after 6 months healing period. Sorry to be so unsure, I just didn't know all the terms, I am learning now. So eating better, I still feel like they are too big but was told by the technicians that before we do the implants if I still feel this way they can be sent back for a checking. Anyway, thanks guys for your invaluable input. I know this is not done and I will be checking often in case there is something I can answer as well.
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Barbara G

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TO  Rhonda Oxford McDowell
Ok you are coming along

Rhonda you said  " I still feel like they are too big but was told by the technicians that before we do the implants if I still feel this way they can be sent back for a checking.

No you should not wait for the implants
Go back  and tell the dentist that the dentures are too big
Tell him they feel too big and they look too big and no one likes them and you can not wear them like this

Tell him  you  can not wear them like this and you want them adjusted NOW
Tell him that before you do anything more these current dentures have to be adjusted to you liking
It is not a good idea for you to go ahead and spend a additional money without getting every thing adjusted NOW
Barbara
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Gary Pearce

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Hi Rhonda I went for my one month check up and got my dentures relined big difference but was told that one more visit in October for my gums will still be shrinking and then we start the permanent over dentures in Nov. I mentioned your case to my dentist and he said that you need to make sure the temporaries continue to fit properly and your dentist has a responsibility even if it's only dentures to make sure what he's done is correct because dentures shouldn't hurt. He says his practice has that policy and to be honest it's exactly how it's been so far. Good luck and I hope you can go with the implants it just seems like the right way so far.
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Rhonda Oxford McDowell

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Thanks, Gary.  I have been to him several times, the dentures have stopped hurting for the most part and if I get a sore spot I am to call and they will get me in that day.  I did get the lining but seems like my gums have shrunk, too, so maybe I will get more down the line, not sure. I am able to eat a bit better now for sure. I guess it's a learning curve.  I am using a bit more glue than to begin with and that seems to help as well. I am wearing them all day, only taking out at night to clean.  I think he is doing a fine job of keeping me as pain-free as possible now.  In the beginning, I was struggling it seems more than you.  I am starting to get the hang of eating and sometimes it causes sore spots but I come in every other day or so and he checks that out and fixes it.  I went on Tuesday and have not been back.  He said anytime I need to just give them a call and they will work me in  I cannot remember, do you have implants or are you getting them?  What is the difference between Permanent overdentures and what I have?  He called mine Immediate dentures.  If you haven't gotten the implants are you going to?  And also I would like to know if you are just going to let them do the implants or are you going with sedation?  Just wondering, I have lots of time before I do that, as I still have to heal.  Hope you are selling whatever you sell like hotcakes!  Have a great week.
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Gary Pearce

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I had 8 implants put in immediately after they removed 20 teeth. I had conscious sedation which means they make you loopy but your awake. Permanent over dentures means they'll be making another set which will be fitted to my implants that snap in and out and that will begin in November. Glad your dentist is giving you the attention you deserve.
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Barbara G

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Hi  Gary Pearce
I  do not understand what you have
Are they regular sized implants or are they  mini implants??

What was the  charge fir each implant??

Are  their 8 implants all on one upper or  or are you saying 4 on the upper and 4 on the lower?
Barbara
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Gary Pearce

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4 upper 4 lower non mini implants 20 extractions upper lower temp all done on 08/08 dentures don't look like temps 3 months later permanent upper and lower over dentures(Nov) that snap on with o rings. All adjustments after the completion incl for 2 yrs o ring replacement $100 every 12 months. After the final procedure is finalized there going to turn my temps into a back up pair. After $2000 participation from insurance $13750 per arch $27500 total . Didn't have them break it down because it was in my wheelhouse budget wise. The care has been superb.
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Gary Pearce

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Also forgot they needed to do 2 bone grafts no extra charge
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Barbara G

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Hi  Gary Pearce

So the total was $27,500?   and your insurance paid $2,000 toward that???

It sounds like you have been very comfortable with everything and that is such a good thing

Barbara  
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Gary Pearce

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$29500 minus $2000 $27500. I'm very satisfied. I've been in the car business for 48 years 38 as the Gen Sales Manager at my dealership. I got to tell you some of the seven places I visited wanted to contract me right then and there the high was $60000 just crazy. Permission from my cardiologist was the only thing that slowed them down. I thought about Mexico but I just wanted someone local in case of complications. Could I have had the same results I'll never know and honestly I'm glad I didn't
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Barbara G

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To  Gary Pearce
Sounds very good
Barbara 
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Theta, NW coast USA

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Five weeks post-surgery (full extractions, 4 implants set upper, 4 lower) and immediate dentures. They will also be final dentures, once converted to snap-in removable dentures.

Find that I am accepting of these 'UFOs' in my mouth, but also must accept that they will always feel foreign, uncomfortable, awkward.

Even with every-week adjustments with denturist, an hour later they feel too-tight, like a shoe a size too small and too narrow.

Though supposedly my speech is clear to others, it always feels to me like an acquired speech impediment. That, I'll just have to learn to live with it.

I am grateful that these recent two weeks with a soft/healing liner, they are no longer horribly painful.

I simply cannot imagine that this ALL will ever become truly comfortable. I am I suppose getting used to the uncomfortableness of dentures.
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Barbara G

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Hi  Theta
The worst part is over
Now work on, with your  dentist  getting then to fit properly properly
You should end  up with the 
dentures being truly comfortable
I  assume the  top denture will  not have  a pallet when you  have it converted to the clip on and the bottom denture will be much more  stable when you have the clip on  there
Please share some information on  the cost
What did you dentist charge for each  implant?    What did  he charge you for the  dentures?
How do his prices compare to what other people on this site paid??
Talk to Josie on this site about your fit. 
Keep going to your dentist for adjustments
Good Luck
Barbara
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