Flexible Nylon vs. Thicker Acrylic Partials

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My immediate partial just doesn't fit well at all.  At this point, they've shaved so much of it away from the part of my gum that was swollen, that the part that's supposed to cup your gum has been taken all the way down to the tooth line - I can see the space between my gum and the false tooth. 

I paid nearly $800 for this temporary so my insurance would pay for the greater part of the permanent partial.  I'm seriously considering purchasing a partial from Russell Klein on Etsy because I'm so sick of not being able to smile.  If I do, I have to make a decision - do I want acrylic (cheaper) or nylon (lighter and thinner).

So my question is - which would you choose?

At my next visit with my dentist, I'm going to advocate for myself and tell her I have to get value for that $800 or get my money back. They should either make a new partial for me that really is for my mouth (the other one felt like they made it for someone else) or refund my $$$.

I doubt seriously they're going to refund it all, but if they refund even half of it, I can afford to get one from Russell.

Thoughts?
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janet

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Kind of off topic but I had no idea one could get teeth on Etsy.  I have an Etsy shop and they have never crossed my radar.  How interesting!
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I just learned it today - I'm having a conversation with him and I'm learning that the most expensive one he makes is around half of what I paid my dentist for my temporary.  His acrylic is 1/4 of what I paid for my temporary.  I feel like I should have done more research and gotten him to do my temp AND my permanent.
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He has nice reviews so that's always good!
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Schelly

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New fact about vinyl denture - it cannot be relined.  This means it will fit perfectly because it's injection molded - as long as your gums/bones don't change.

To me, that means it isn't viable for a replacement for my immediate partial - does that seem logical?
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I'm not qualified to have an opinion about any of this yet because I just started this journey week before last.  It's all brand new to me.  It does seem logical what you concluded.
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I got stuck paying nearly $2000. for an upper partial on 2/1/2017. Aetna dental declined coverage for it because I had one made in 2013 which they declined to pay because of a so-called 5-year rule. I had my first made in 2009, hence the 5-year rule. But Aetna then had the balls to claim the 5-year rule for the one I got in February and claimed the 5-year rule, even though they declined to pay 1 penny in 2013.I am still fighting them going through the ridiculous process they have, hoping you will just give up. 
Back on point, my new partial had clasps on my 2 back teeth and an implant on the right side that held in the partial without the use of adhesive. Then the fun started, first, the clasp closest to the front of my mouth caused the crown in which it was attached to came out. This was no doubt caused by the clasp putting pressure on the crown whenever I ate, causing it to loosen and the tooth stub under got a cavity. The crown right in front of this clasp had the veneer come off causing the crown to look black.  So I go back, once again to the dentist and his idea was to put in 2 new crowns to the tune of $2500. This dentist should have seen that a problem would arrive putting a clasp on that crown. These clowns are all the same, greedy, incompetent fools. I asked about maybe bonding the crown that is now black and his reply was "that will cost $600.and it may last a day, a week or a month or maybe make it a year. WTF? Don't these clowns warranty their work. If you get a new transmission put in your car and a week later the company that has done the work has to repair it. Why is there no regulation on the crooked dental industry? Everything is overpriced and the consumer is price gouged at every turn. There has to be reform, someone needs to reel in these overpriced clowns who prey on all of us. I have become a recluse because of my dental problems. In the past 5 years, I have paid out of pocket over $15,000, and I have dental insurance and my mouth gets worse and worse. The disgusting greedy dentists are closing in on Lawyers as the most hated profession.
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Schelly, Everything I've read or heard about Russell Klein has been fantastic. Several people on this board have his teeth. I've looked into him extensively and he seems like a real artist and someone who actually cares about his end product. I honestly don't know the difference between the acrylic and nylon, but if the nylon is equally strong and much thinner it's bound to be more comfortable. Please let me know if you go with him and what you think. I see a set of his down the road for myself as well. 
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Hi Lisa,

Yes, I see myself purchasing a nylon set from him in the future.  Today is the 3 week mark with this horrid acrylic immediate and I'm not sure how I'll make it work until my gums quit shrinking - but I know I have to. 

I'm hopeful that I can get a hard reline in it in two weeks - I want to wait that long because they just cut my gums open yesterday to clean the roots of my remaining top teeth, and I'm all swollen again.

At the point where I am told it's time for a permanent denture, I'm definitely buying from Russell.  I'll probably still go ahead and get a permanent from my insurance, also - but I'll get the cheapest possible and use it as a backup.

At least, that's what my brain is telling me right now.  LOL!
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I've had my flexible nylon upper dentures for about 18ys +...and they are still working for me....keep them clean......and free of particles....they will work marvelously.....the best part is they feel good on your gums and conforms to the shape of your mouth...i'm in need of lower dentures now and I cant imagine going to the choice of those hard acrylic ones.....the flexible nylons are great