I need to hear from women who have had dentures for awhile...

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I am 31 and getting dentures in 18 days. My teeth have been problematic since I was a small child and have been told there is no saving them. While I have accepted this and have tried to stay positive (hey, I'll have pretty teeth for once! ) I am terrified about my face caving in. I am barely affording the surgery and dentures so implants are not currently an option. Google is full of sites saying how awful and immediate the bone loss will be but most of these sites are by dental clinics specializing in implants. I was really hoping to hear from people, particularly women, about their experiences. Especially if it's been positive!
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Embarrassed

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I was in same situation as you.i have had dentures since in my 20s in my 40s now .you will be fine .dont worry about face caving in. My hasnt yet
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Kathy Cuccia Griga

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There a group on Facebook called dentures before and after it's a great group and alit of help and very sweet people every has answered that your looking for
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Jeanne Stein

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Have had them for 23 years, and just spent $5000 on facial fillers, which will now be ongoing for the rest of my life.
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Melanie Baker

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Jennifer I haven't had dentures for a long while but about a year now. I'm 41 years old. I havent had the sunk in face but I think the sunk in is from NOT wearing ur dentures all the time. I wear mine from the min I wake up til right B4 bed. Now I know every1 is different but I've been completely happy since the moment I got mine. I had temp denture til the beginning of this month. And even with temp I was still happy. But now with my permanant I'm over the moon happy. I had bad rotten broken infected teeth prior. And was always so ashamed to smile or meet new ppl. Getting dentures has completely changed my life. And all for the good. It's so liberating to b able to smile fully and not hide ur teeth by keeping mouth closed or cover with hand. My best friend cried cuz she was so happy to see me smiling again. I hated having pics taken and now I take all the pics. Lol. Don't get me wrong getting dentures is a journey and has its ups and downs but for me it is so so worth it to not b hurting and in pain, have ur health immediately get better. And to b able to smile without shame. My husband my kids and all my family said they saw such a huge change in me after I got them. But it's all been positive change. I know ur scared and worried but girl B4 long u will b smiling and so proud of ur smile. Good luck and keep us posted on how ur doing. We r all here for each other thru the journey good and bad.
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A year and permanents? Happy Anniversary!
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Thank u Ken!!!! And get this... I HAVENT USED ADHESIVE ONCE since getting my permanents. I only have tops so I know if and when I get bottoms I will need adhesive then but wow it's so awesome to not have to use it!!!!
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Good to read this. I’m getting them in a week and I’m super nervous
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I was so nervous and scared too. Man I thought I was gonna pass out when I first pulled up to dentist the morn of. Lol. But I knew I had to do it and knew anything would be healthier and better looking than what I had. And afterwards, girl, I couldn't stop smiling or looking in the mirror. And I'm pretty sure my family and friends got SO tired of me asking how's my new smile look??? There were a few rough times but the good so out weighed the bad. I am so so happy now. U just gotta remember it's not gonna be perfect immediately and there will be adjustments made and getting used to eating and talking with them in. But I found reading out loud helped me so much learning to talk with them. Good luck amb next week and let us know how it goes.
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Thank you! It’s so nice to talk to people that understand. I hope my experience is just as good as yours. I haven’t smiled most of my life and they said I had a case of resting b face lol. My teeth were always crooked but they just got so bad. Dental care is too expensive. I’m just worried about going back to work. I took a few days off to be safe. I feel like my dentist didn’t care to tell me much or make sure my impressions were good. Could be all in my head. Thanks for the comment and I’ll check back in. :)
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This is just a hard week. I’m in a lot of pain and had my second adjustment Thursday. I know my dentist is good by the lady doing the soft relines seemed very new to me and didn’t make me feel she was confident in her job. For my first check up I told her my midline was off and she told me that it did appear to be and that they could adjust that when I get my hard reline or I would just be able to buy another denture in six months. How disheartening. She told me this again yesterday when the dentist told me in six months I’ll pay $500 for my hard reline. I honestly had no idea I would have to spend that kind of money. It was $750 for my current top denture. It hurts very badly to put in so he told me to wear only at work until the blisters heal. I know the dentist knows what he is doing but I feel lost and not informed. If it wasn’t for forums and web searches I would be beside myself right now. I plan to possibly visit a same day denture facility that actually has packages to choose from so I know what I’m getting. This dentist just took an impression, charged me $750 and gave me two soft relines and told me to call if there’s any issues. They also say this denture is a permanent that will get a $499 hard reline in 6 months.
The sores and the pain suck. I also don’t know if I will ever be able to chew. I know it’s only been a week but this is torture. And people have told me to have them change the midline, they won’t. I think I can live with it but is there any advice on how these sores stop? I don’t feel comfortable with the staff at this dental office even though I do think the dentist is good himself.
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You should be able to eat and chew and be comfortable.  If none of these things work out
meaning if you remain in pain, or you can not eat or
speak comfortably something is wrong.  They are
obligated to give you a denture that works both
cosmetically and functions so you can eat and wear them.
You never  can adjust to to pain.  Keep insisting that they are  obligated to get what you paid for.    You can always  call the dental society in your state and ask them to look at  your dentures  and
give you and the dentist their professional opinion.    They will  contact the dentist and assist you.
Let us and this blog know how you are making out  so everyone can profit from your experience
Good luck

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I got my dentures 8 months ago. Only I an allergic reaction to them and while we have been trying to find something we can use that I am not allergic to. I have gone with out teeth. No bone lose to date. I was told that it does happen over time. (Year's) keep positive your going to have a beautiful smile.
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Embarrassed

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I had a bad reaction .they foung out that it was the dye in the adhesives. Try dye free .
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Sue Buckland

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It's the teeth . I thought it was the dye also. 4 allergiy test later. No testing materials for teeth.
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DeeDee Revia

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I had chemo 2005 and heart meds 2013, mix in genetics and my teeth suffered.

The cost was hard to swallow but in the end i have not regretted it. My face totally changed and i lost about 20 pounds (some from eating soups but mainly my body healing from the cavities.)

Im dealing with dry mouth and sore stomach but everyone hear tells me after the relining and new cream it'll be a memory.

My upper lip does feel a bit puffier and it took me awhile to get used to the palate but still worth it.

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I have had my dentures for a little over a year.  Bone loss and gum shrinkage is a normal part of the process.  Remember you are removing something that has helped hold your cheeks and lips in place for your entire life.  But you are replacing them with a set of teeth that will give you good support.  I will suggest that you go on You Tube and check out Bill Westlund, Beach Chick. Coley Reinvented and KalinJax.  They have made some amazing videos that helped me tremendously during the process.  They are real people who captured their journey and shared it with everyone.  They are not from dentist offices or implant places, just common folks.  I think it will help with your fears.  I watched a lot before my extraction day and felt much better going in.   
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I too have watched kalinjax going to look at the other people's too. I am the same age at the original poster for this feed. Just had my work done yesterday and I'm bummed bc mine don't fit my face. They push my lip out so far I look like a rabbit with two big rabbit front teeth. Hoping Monday's visit to the lab will help with this but so far I feel ugly and like I made a mistake. I could work before and although I couldn't smile big I could talk now I'm ashamed to see anyone and had to let work know I won't be back. I'm a single mom and not working is going to set me back. Stressed and could really use some advice from people on here. Thanks!
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'You'e done exactly the right thing
The lab will improve a lot of what you are complaining about BUT even if the denture is
better, even if it is an improvement unless it is perfect do NOT settle for a something that is just a little better
Be firm if it is not perfect  and tell them it is unacceptable and they either make you a new one that fits your face or gives you a refund
If they agree to make a new one you will wear the improved   one and go to work with it on.
Once they deliver the new one make sure that one is correct because you still have the right to
a refund if it does not fit your mouth.  You did not pay for something that distorts your face
Good luck
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Did you have extractions yesterday.. you may have swelling that will subside and the dentures may fit better.
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Barbara G

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Have you investigated over dentures secured by  mini implants??
Is that an option for you??
Do you have a Dental college near you that you can consult with??
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Hey ;) I had my top teeth pulled - and most had to be cut out- on December 16, 2017. I'm 34 years old and have a major calcium and vitamin d deficiency - pregnancy killed my teeth :( (I still have most of my bottom). I had immediate dentures put in and haven't had any issues except the normal adjustments and i haven't healed as quickly as most - but Drs suspect i have a bleeding disorder. I had to keep them in for first 3 days and swish with warm salt water. When i went back to dentist that third day - they took them out and i had to clean then twice a day and rinse mouth with peridex and warm salt water. I had to sleep in mine up until a few days ago because they didnt want me to hit one of the spots that wasn't healed while i was sleeping. I was told the chances of your face sinking in is slim and it mainly happens to those that don't wear their dentures long. Getting them done has made me feel so much better. No more hiding my mouth when talking and I'm not embarrassed to be seen anywhere. Plus i can smile in pics.
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Barbara G

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Sounds like you have done OK  You certainly look good
Good luck
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Sunk in???!!! They yank out your teeth and replace them with a "hockey Puck". Just kidding. I had 27 pulled in one day two years ago. I've had to tweek mine a couple of times. Your gums do shrink rapidly at first and then slow down. I've been wearing my permanent teeth for over a year and still don;t need adhesive.
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I've had lower dentures almost a year. Since day one to present, no reline or adheshive works, they stay in less than 30 minutes at the most. I still can't eat anything soft, they come loose immediately. What should I do ? The dentist told me it would get better. What & starve the rest of my life, drinking fluids, not being able to kiss my companion without them coming out.? Now that he's done, his techs tell me I need implants, they never told me until I paid them a few thousand dollars. I'm broke now. I have Medicare but no dental insurance. What should I do? I have been miserable for a very very long time. Help please.
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What adhesives have you used?  If you use Fixodent or Poligrip cream, you have to have a completely dry gum and dry denture.  If you use Fixodent powder, then that is wet denture, wet gum.  Put them in and hold them in place for a few (10) seconds then bite down for a few (5-10) seconds to seat them correctly.  Wait about 5 minutes before you eat or drink anything.  
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You have 2 years to take some action against your dentist
You should return and tell him your denture is unacceptable as you can not eat with it or function
You must get what you paid for and that is a denture you can wear.  Tell your dentist it has NOT gotten better and you want something that
you paid for and that is something that you can function with.  If he does not make an adjustment that works proceed with a dental society complaint int.  Call the   dental society in your state  and ask for assistance.  They will review your case