Excellent Article on the Realities of Getting Dentures

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Ted

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I absolutely agree.  Her experience has been mine.  First I should have acquired full dentures several years before I did.  Dentists universally condemn dentures even when they are by far the most sensible option.  I had the same lectures about brushing and flossing as she did.  Often. Dentures take some getting used to and there is a healing process to go through but each day sees an improvement.  After a few days you will be free from pain for the first time in years.  Don't be frightened of having adjustments, you will need many in order for your dentures to fit properly.  You no longer need to be froghtened of dental appointments as they do not hurt.  You will have teeth you really like.  Dentures are much better than the bad or missing teeth they replace.  Dentures are a cost effective option.  The greatest cost is at the beginning (mainly the cost of extractions) and after that the cost is very reasonable and dentures are easy to maintain.  It is the exact opposite if you try to retain failing teeth.  Eating with dentures is the biggest issue but in time you will get there and, even if there are problems along the way, eating will not cause further damage or pain.

Her bottom line: Get dentures as soon as the signs say you need them and do not delay.  Ask dentures wearers rather than dentists.

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I agree wholeheartedly.  After spending THOUSANDS of dollars on Crowns and Bridges I was told AFTER they began to fail one by one that the expected life for them was around 5 to 10 years.  Sometimes longer, but I was a grinder (bruxism).

WTF?  Why didn't the Dentist tell me that in the first place?  Get off the Dental Money Train.  I'm glad I did!  All the horror stories the Dentist fed me about Dentures turned out to be B.S.  I really like my dentures and can eat anything I want.
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Agreed.  I can't spend any more time and money fixing teeth that will just fail.  I'm getting my dentures next week.  Met a young man (24) in the office who elected to get dentures rather than a life time of fillings and crowns. 
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Good luck with your procedure next week Ken.  You can read a lot of horror stories on this site, but honestly I didn't find the process to be that bad.  All but one of my teeth broke or cracked on their way out, so it took my Dentist twice as long as expected.  I was eating a Cheeseburger at four weeks and Steak around six or eight weeks.  

Early on I was thinking of 3M ESPE Mini-Dental Implants for my lower, but decided to try it sans-MDI's first.  I'm glad I did --  Another $1,700 my Dentist did NOT get.  

I be two years with my Dentures in mid-September and have ZERO regrets!  Hope your experience is as good as mine!