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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inertia40

Where are you??  What ever happenned to you

No Implants do not cost $75,000

You can find much less expensive implant systems

I have  all implants and really love them.  There is Nothing to get used to as they feel and work like your old real perfect teeth

Let us know how you are doing now that it is one year later

Your experience is very important to us and it is how we learn and help people here on this blog

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The cheapest implant I can find is 20 grand for upper and lower
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Barbara G

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Hi  debra bemis
You can get over dentures secured by implants for much less then $20,000

Read the blogs  here on implants
Barbara
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HHi Debra

Thia

hi debra

 place in Mexico had a very low price for implant secured dentures

You might  want to check them ou

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i am almost a week to having my top teeth taken out and have a denture fitted.How long does it take for a denture to feel right ? It`s really strange having a foreign object in my mouth plus it feels like i have load of marbles  in there Does it get easier ?
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It will get easier, Jackie. I have had partials in the past and they didn't take long to 'settle in'. It takes some adjusting to but it's so worth it.

I have just got back from the hospital after having ten teeth removed under a local anaesthetic. Not the best way to spend a morning but at least it's over and I am waiting for the numbness to go. I haven't had immediate dentures. My dentist said he can start making dentures after two to three weeks of healing time,
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I've had a complete upper and partial lower for almost a year now. I have to glue them in with polygraph and they won't bite through or chew certain foods. The bottom ones hurt all the time. I went back to the dentist so many times he hides from me. I've done some work on them myself with my dremel tool and made them a little better but not good.

Implants are out of the question because I almost died from a blood infection I got from one of them. I just feel like they should be able to make them feel better than this.
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To  Peggy Angeline

Have  you thought of getting a refund from your dentist since these are killing you and go somewhere else to have the lowers made???
The dentist should make you more comfortable

There is a dental techniction on this blog who might be able to help
Look for him

I never heard   of  anyone getting a blood infection from an implant?  Did a qualified implantologist do the work???

Tell your dentist if he can  not make you comfortable you are going to sue or go to the Dental Board in your state
Good Luck
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Below is from the internet if you want a refund from your dentist because the dentures do not fit
First work with you dentist and see if he can make the dentures fit correctly


How do I request a refund from a dentist? - Q&A - Avvo
www.avvo.com/legal-answers/how-do-i-request-a-refund-from-a-dentist--544533.html

Send a certified letter to the dentist and explain in basic terms why you want a refund and how much you think is fair. This step would be a precursor to a lawsuit anyway, and you may find the dentist agrees to your request or is at least willing to negotiate a "settlement" with you.

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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 3 1/2 weeks post op with immediate dentures. I'm adjusting very well considering. There are times where they feel big and irritate me, and of course sometimes when I focus on them being dentures I feel a little gag response but it's not all day thing. Usually at night just before taking them out for the night.
I have been able to eat hamburger, chicken, pretty much anything that's not cooked tough. I use a lil bit of adhesive down the middle where the denture sets against roof of my mouth. Because my muscles havent adjusted enough to hold in place that I feel secure it wont come out. I also had no difficulty what so ever with speaking. You can not hear a difference in my speech except for a few words and mainly when I try to talk fast. From day one you couldn't hear a difference which I'm extremely grateful for.
For me I think most of my success was mind set. I have been unhappy with my smile for over 2 years because I only had 8 teeth left on top and one missing was a canine tooth. I had visited multiple dentist to get quotes and their feedback on whether or not I should get them. Some wanted me to spend $5k to $10k to fix them. But that would not fix a gap in front of my mouth from missing so many teeth. At one time I had perfectly straight beautiful teeth and I never wore braces. I was blessed.
I was set on the fact that I would be successful and I really wanted them because I was so unhappy with my smile, the pain from my remaining teeth, and knowing I would keep loosing teeth, plus not being able to afford fixing them just to loose them in 5 to 10 years
I try not to focus on them being plastic, not feeling normal, the difference in how my mouth feels, or not being able to eat certain foods.
I wish everyone the best of luck and understand not everyone has same experience as me. But I can share what I think has helped me the most and what I do struggle with and how I try to overcome the struggles. Good luck everyone!
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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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Susie

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Thanks Mary. I'll persevere (no choice now but to!). I'm glad it's getting better for you.
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Everyone is different. I have a partial on top and full on bottom.  The bottom are difficult for me.  I wont say anything negative now it takes time.
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I`m also on day 4 with full upper and lower, the extraction of all 23 teeth was done with just Novocaine ( wouldn`t recommend that to anyone) my temporary set seems to work fine, had some minor adjustments on the follow up the next day, now i have about 6 weeks til the next visit. the only issue I have right now is really my speech..i just think I talk funny ...is that normal ?
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Yes its normal, you have to relearn how to form words with your new smile
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I’m 8 months out from having my last 12 pulled and immediate dentures placed. I just got my new “permanent” set and it’s like day and night! I can’t believe the difference in my appearance and talking! Sooo much better! Hang in there everyone. If I can get through it anyone can!
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I as well got my permanent yesterday. A lot of different mixed emotions, new ones lighter but no soft liner to help sore spots. I already have had 2 issues but had to come back home so I suspect another appt. Good side, I was able to ask for some pronounced eye teeth and the not so straight aross dentures.
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Mom of two girls 2017
Hi Mom
Good for you
Don't stop  complaining until they get everything tight
that's what you paid for
Barbara
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Hey Mom, your upper lip looks so beautiful filled by your new teeth!!!   I too had asked my dentist to make them a little bulkier in front to smooth my lips' wrinkles.  :(
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Omg what happened to your nose I’m so sorry what you’ve gone through
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inertia40

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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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MGD

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Hahahaha! Good way to explain it! The more I wear them the less they bother me.
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MGD

Hi 
 I went into hock and went for all implants
They are perfect and just like regular teeth. Ir Feels the same as regular teeth.  I had had them for years and years and never had a problem with them.
I eat the same and brush the same as I did before.
It's the best money I ever spent
I just shut my eyes and pretended I was buying a Mercades Benz
Barbara
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Ken
Easy for your dentist to say but they are not his teeth
Barbara
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How much for implants?? Full mouth?? And where???
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Hi  dawn smith
Well do you want a full mouth because that is the top of the line

The over denture or the clip on denture is the least expensive approach

In between there is all on 4 and all on 6.

What is  your pleasure??

You   can also check out dental colleges
Let us know what you are thinking about
Barbara
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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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Thanks Heather.
I totally agree that it is a grieving process that I'm/we all go through. It's unexpected though. As I said, I was looking forward to smiling again. I underestimated how huge this is emotionally.
I'm also wondering about the future:
I'm single but had had hopes of one day meeting someone ... Now, I can't imagine anyone wanting to kiss a mouth full of plastic! I can't imagine letting anyone go there either!
So much for my 'new life'!
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So very true Heather it is nice to see that many people feel the same way. It is devastating. I'm about 8 months in and there is not a second I forget about the dentures. I have uppers only & cannot seem to get use to them. They do not hurt as much as they did in the beginning and I am having another pair made although very upset about this. My dentist said I had allot of bone loss and I trust him so I am going through with this expense once again. Also I am so afraid if the denture breaks, then what do I do? I am not a candidate for implants both for financial reasons and something with breaking the sinus bone which sounds too catastrophic and am not sure there are any other options. I cannot believe that my parents never complained about dentures at least not to me.
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I am going on 4 months from extraction and I'm also have a horrible time adjusting to the dentures (full on top and partial on bottom).  The bottom won't stay in to save my life.  I feel like I just eat Fixodent because I have to add it so often...about every 2 hours.  I don't want my husband to kiss me because I'm afraid of my teeth falling out of place.  My bottom gums hurt CONSTANTLY.  I go back tomorrow (12/5/17) to, hopefully, get some relief from the pain.  I've been in so often because of pain that I feel like the dental office dreads to see me.  If I could go back, I'd just wait for my very loose teeth to fall out and then do something.  I'm sick of this and right now I hate life.
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Donna, I'm so sorry you are having a rough time. I feel so sad when reading your post. It's been about a month since you posted this, has it gotten any better at all? I really hope so. I've read it can take a long time for some people to get used to them and it takes allot of patience. I'm just at the beginning of the process but I'm hoping I will have the patience needed and the ability to be kind to myself throughout it. I really don't have any choice but to do this and I am kinda excited at the moment because I want to smile again and I want to never feel a toothache again as long as I live but I also know I am trading those things for something different like denture sores and pain. I'm thinking of you and really really hoping you are okay. Kim
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Hi Kim, things are a little bit better.  I had crowns put on three of the four remaining teeth....one already had a crown.  The one that already had a crown will need to be pulled when I go back for the permanent crowns because it is very loose.....that's why I had to have all of the other teeth pulled, because they were so loose.  I've had some significant pain the past couple of days from the bottom dentures rubbing again.  I'm just PRAYING that when I get all of the permanents (crowns and dentures) put in place that things will feel so much better....I've been assured it would.  I have to say that the first thing I do when I get in my car after work is take the bottom dentures out.  I hate not being able to keep them in because I don't like for my husband to see me without them....although he's told me that he loves me, not my teeth.  :)  I won't let him kiss me either if I don't have my teeth in so that puts a damper on everything, if you get my drift.  :(  I'm also praying that by having this other tooth pulled, it doesn't put me behind in getting my permanent  teeth, which should be in March.  I guess I'll just have to wait and see.
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Donna...I have had my dentures full set since November 2017...I hate them....my bottoms also never stay in and I should buy stock in fixodent. I always feel my uppers. It is still hard to eat and bite down on foods. I also feel my dentisf is tired of me but I payed out 8400 to have my teeth pulled and dentures. They owe me to make them right. I just don't know if I will ever like them
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Try SECURE and I feel like you.
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MGD

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Very well said!!
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MGD

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Secure saved my sanity with the temporary set. So far I don’t need to use anything in my permanent set!
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Hello joan rosenblatt and MGD....what's Secure please?  Thanks.
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Hi Bonnie
How about asking your dentist for a refund?
You have 2 years to sue for dental damages
Barbara
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Bonnie Simpson
Bonnie keep complaining   to your dentist until they adjust and fix them
Barbara
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bs bs bs and more bs. I am over 3 years in and they still feel like shit. Multiple adjustments from the dentist and all. I look "normal" on the outside sure, but the feeling of them being there in my mouth is almost unbearable. Getting dentures worst mistake of my life.. EVER.
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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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Barbara G

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Joan

Consider implants
I have them and they are perfect
Barbara
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Barbara G

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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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Great to hear Ken things are still going well. Hope you slobbered enough yummy butter on that corn. Merry Christmas! Hope you don't have to work on Christmas like Thanksgiving and get to enjoy the whole holiday and help the wife with Christmas dinner. :)
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Merry Christmas
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You mean you made your own teeth??  I have to tell my dentures story.  I had 22 teeth pulled Sept. 8....3 days before my 52 birthday on Sept. 11.  On Saturday (Sept.10) I started running fever.  I thought it was normal after having all of those teeth pulled so I didn't think too much about it.  On Monday (Sept. 12) I was still running fever and, other than my mouth hurting, I thought I was doing ok.  At around 2:00 AM on Sept. 13 I woke up and felt like I was having trouble breathing.  I got up and went to the kitchen to get a drink of water and to settle down a bit....I was a little panicky  from not being able to get a good breath of air.  I went back and sat down on the side of the bed and was trying to decide if I wanted to lay back down in the bed or go recline in a recliner.  My husband woke up and saw me sitting there and asked if I was ok.  I told him I felt like I couldn't breath so I was going to go sit in a recliner.  I did so for a very short time and then I went back to the bedroom and told my husband that I thought I needed to go to the ER.....it has to be bad if I ask to be taken to the ER.  He took me in and, after running some test and doing a chest Xray, it was determined that I had double pneumonia.  I was taken by ambulance from the ER....it was one of those ER's not associated with a particular hospital...to a hospital.  My doctor told me later that I was just on the verge of being septic.  Thankfully, I'm all better now....except for still trying to get used to having dentures.
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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 Elizabeth. Hope all is well. Sorry to hear about your upper. Maybe you and Joan below this comment need another Reline? When did you get it? Maybe it was too soon?
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I got the reline in May exactly 6 months after I had my seven top teeth extracted. Also, I think I'm allergic to all the adhesives and even Benzodent because when I have them in my mouth with that stuff which is the only way they'll stay I noticed I'm coughing a lot and I don't normally cough.
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Oh that's too bad that you are having a reaction. I wonder how well the Reline was? Having it done at 6 mths and if it was done properly you should have great suction on your upper. :(
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Josie I agree. If adhesive is needed try Secure! It’s 100% all natural and easy to get off your gums when you take your dentures out.
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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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joan rosenblatt
You know if you went to NYU dental school they would evaluate you for implants
Now almost everyone is a cadidate
They are very good
Barbara
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Can they help you even after you had your extractions done by someone else? I'm midway in the process of extractions and scared to death by what I read about how hard they are to get used to. But I'm not sure if my clinic does implants and I'm on a very limited budget
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Hi Cheryl
You have come to the right place for informtion
you ask:

"Can they help you even after you had your extractions done by someone else? "

Yes they can help you.  You can have your extractions done in one place and select a specialist in another pace and do anything you want

 "I'm midway in the process of extractions and scared to death by what I read about how hard they are to get used to."

Well if you are midway in the middle of extractions just stop right ow and find out if all your teeth have to be extracted right now
Because if you can save any  your teeth at all that might be good because you could get partial bridges or dentures and partials are always much better  then dentures
Speak to your dentist and clinic and see if any of your teeth can be saved for bridges or partials.
If they can not be saved you definitely should consider implants.  Implants are 200% better and like having your real teeth  Yes dentures are very   hard to get used to and mot people never get used to lower dentures  and most people  can never even wear them and just put them  in a drawer instead of using them So lowers become a complete waste of time and money.   So if you can not afford implants you must at least make the leap to have at least your lowers jaw arch  supported by implants


 "But I'm not sure if my clinic does implants and I'm on a very limited budget"

Even if your clinic "does"  implants you should not  use them because you should go to an implant specialist
If you are on a limited budget discuss your budget here and also compare it to the cost of your dentures and denture upkeep 
You might have to settle with doing only doing the bottom denture secured by 2 or 3 implants which would work

So where do you live???  Do you have a dental University near you??
Think of getting implants like buying and financing a car
Let us know where you and in what State?
What is the name of the dental clinic you are useing?
How old are you??? 
 What you want to do about your dentures.
How much are your dentures going to cost???
 What clinic are you going to and how much have you paid so far 
This is a learning and sharing blog.  We help each other and we can share and learn from  each other. 
You are going to be alright because you are asking for information before it is too late
So keep in touch ad let us know what you deceide to do

Barbara

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I live in New York City. I'm going to Harlem clinic right now. I have 12 extractions left. They were originally going to try to save three bottom teeth but now say they can't save anything. It's really the top plate I'm concerned with because it seems from everything I read that's the one that's the hardest to get used to. I don't even know who to go to to talk about implants. But does anyone have the idea of the difference in the price from Dentures to implants? Is it double or triple the cost? A lot of people seem to be younger women that have to live with this a lot longer. I'm 61, so don't know if that makes a difference in that I won't have to deal with it for as many decades. I'm not even concerned with the way they look or anything, it's just all the horrible stories I hear if people not being able to control their gag reflex that scares me. I really appreciate these forums and any advice will be gratefully received
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Hi Cheryl
NewYork City
You are in the perfect place
Go to NYU Dental clinic
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I'm going to look into them before I finish the extractions. The clinic I'm at made me a very good deal with the extraction so I'll complete them with them. It also buys me some more time as my next appointment isn't until next month and I have two more appointments to go just for the extractions. I can make some sort of reasonable payments on the implants, but have no idea if I'm talking about a 5 figure bill or not. I guess it will depend on if NYU can even fit me in. Also, I also signed a payment agreement with my as yet unreceived dentures that I'm not sure if I can get out of. But looking at the invoice it doesn't appear to be a contract so I can probably not be held to it long as I don't receive it. But I'll check that out as well. Fortunately I work for a very nice lawyer. But I'm definitely going to make them some calls tomorrow while I'm still home from my last set of extractions. These forums are wonderful for people that need to share with real people and not just someone trying to sell you something. So thanks so much for sharing
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Cheryl Godfrey
The NYU dental  College has this regular clinic and an implant clinic 
I went there for my implants more then 10 years  ago
They did a perfect job 
The dental implant clinic is not cheap (althugh much cheaper then a private   dentist)   
SO
Do NOT go to their implant department because that is very expensive
Just go to the  regular clinic
If I were you I would go now before you have anything more done at the Harlem clinic

If you are eligible and want implants the regular clinic they will send you to the implant department themselves for implants and if you do it this way it is very cheap
Instead of the regular charge they will charge you as little as $200 (it was $200 10 years ago)
If you are on Medicaid you are really in luck

Tell them you are dissatisfied with your Harlem clinic and want to go to the NYU clnic
Good luck and please let us know what is happening
Believe me you will never like a lower denture
Good Luck
Barbara
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Hi Cheryl
i forgot to say:
Upper dentures are much   easier then bottom dentures to get used to
If you read over this blog you will  see that almost no one can wear lower dentures
They are a complete waste of money

I paid, I think about $25,000 for my upper implants (about 6 or 7 implants)   that supports  an upper permanent bridge
As I told you it is perfect  It is just like my regular teeth.
But that was before they started making over dentures clipped  on top of implants
Maybe only 2 or 3 implants to anchor a bridge so that is much cheaper then a permanent  bridge
You can call their implant department  (but don't go there first)  and ask what they do with over dentures and what the price is???
Please post  their prices here if they tell you
Barbara
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I'm going to call tomorrow. Because I'm still home from the last set of extractions. I already signed for payment of the Dentures at the Harlem clinic, but that's just a denture invoice so I can't see I'd be held to it if I don't use it. It wasn't a contract for services. But I was prepared to spend at least another $3,000. So it's worth definitely talkin to NYU which I'm going to try to start the calling process tomorrow. My problem is this all came on me pretty fast, and I didn't do any research before this week so didn't know what I was getting myself into. I bless all of you and these forums because I wouldn't even know now otherwise. I'll let you know what happens with my phone calls tomorrow. As for Medicaid, I actually was on it part of this process. But I got a job, and now lose it on the 30th. So all the rest of this comes out of my pocket. Even $10,000 would be beyond me. But if I can get it down to anything around 5000 or below I could do it
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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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joan rosenblatt

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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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Did your Dentist send them out to a Lab?
Most Dentists, unless they specialize in Dentures and have an in-house lab, do.
I am fortunate to have a GREAT Dentist who has her own in-house Lab/Denturist.
Not a chain place like Affordable or Aspen where the experiences of many seem to be hit or miss?
You can also get a set made online if you're handy with a Dremel and a DIY type person.  
Cheaper, Reviews are Great and I know MANY people VERY HAPPY with Russel.
I plan to get a set made by hime soon.
He has a new material:  Karadent by TCS that looks interesting!
https://www.etsy.com/shop/denturestore
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Mine were sent out to a lab! And I just posted a question bc I have always had an underbite, which obviously nothing can be done about them! My dentist did say it would take some time getting used to my bite and allifnment because I have t had it in so long, due to missing back teeth and cracked and failing teeth and on top of that going 5 months without teeth! So I'm basically on my full 4th day and still really just getting used to them!
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So Ted I looked at the Russell page and what is it! You sent in a set of impressions and he makes the dentures! Or you send in the impressions and he sends the materials to make them!
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HE makes the Dentures.
You make the impressions and send them to him.
Message him.... great guy!
Join this FaceBook Group if you're interested.
https://www.facebook.com/groups/665953346934771/
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It says the page I sent run by him though
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Ted

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The Facebook Page?  Yes, I think he runs that "Support Page" or you can contact him through the Etsy link above if you're really interested and would rather go that route?
You just got your dentures, correct?
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Yea 4 days ago and I can eat and speak with them great without the bottoms in! I struggle a little bit when I have tips and bottoms in but my dentist did say it would take time for my jaw and bite to be correct bc I have been without teeth for 5 months, I didn't have temps, and prior to that I had missing and broken teeth!
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I would get used to your new Dentures first.
At some point down the road, you may want to consider Russell?
IDK?
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Inthink your right my dentist even said both dentires in your mouth at once will feel like a lot you might just want to start out with the top and get used to it! I'm probably jumping the gun just because I'm freaked out and I guess expected to be used to a full set of teeth when it's been atleast a decade since I've had that and like I sai s5 months without teeth! Thanks Tes you've been so helpful!! And helped me a lot through out my journey!
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Yes one more question, since I won't be wearing my lower denture I've heard people say when not wearing your denture always keep it in water and I have heard others say they keep them dry, my dentist didn't specify and I truly didn't think to ask, which would u do?
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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 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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Nicole Miller

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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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Barbara G

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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