I'm 27 and I wear dentures

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I sincerely hope I am not violating any terms of service in doing this, I looked and didn't find anything. December of last year I received full upper and lower dentures at age 26. It was a very emotional process for me but I made it through and am now happier than I ever have been. I made a channel on YouTube dedicated to my journey with dentures, along with offering emotional support to those who need it. I do this out of the kindness of my heart because I know the psychological impact that comes with having bad teeth, and then having to have them all removed. If anyone is interested in checking it out you can look me up, my sn is kalinjax. I respond to pretty much every message I get. My goal is honestly to just help others through this process. It makes me feel like my ordeal wasn't in vain when I am able to help others through my experience! And I encourage everyone else to make that step and speak up about their situation because until we start talking about it, we will never be able to remove the multiple stigmas involved with dentures.
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I have had the opportunity to view your videos! I think they are very informative & give a clear view of the benefits of dentures. In this day & age, you were able to accomplish something that some of us were never able to obtain at your age. As I believe you do, becoming "toothless" with dentures is the best thing that happened to us! Good for you and I applaud your efforts!
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Hi! Where do I find the you tube videos? I’m 32 and having my dentures finally put in next week and I need any support or information available. Thank you!
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I'm 24 getting all my teeth pulled also in a couple weeks and I am a nervous wreck. They are putting 12 metal implants on the same day. I'm going to try to look her screen name up, kalinjax
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I’ve been watching her vids for about 6?weeks. Have watched every single one, some twice! A TON of great information!! She has maintained her channel all these years and some of her content is now even being sponsored by a denture manufacturer. And rightfully so. She is awesome... informative, relatable and incredibly brave if you ask me.

(Kudos to you Christie!!! Thank you for every single video you’ve made!!) I cannot begin to tell you how much they have soothed my nerves in the face of this decision...

My E-Day is May 23rd (4 / 5 weeks away), and yes, I’m still extremely nervous but definitely feel a lot better off for having watched her videos.

Also check out “thegirlwiththesmile*” and “beachchick” and from there you’ll see an entire community of people sharing their stories, experiences and knowledge .

I see your post was 3 mos ago. I hope everything went well and you’re loving your new smile!! :)
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Nice to meet you! I'm 28, and I just got an upper partial yesterday. Like you, I was worried about the stigma of having false teeth at such a young age, but I'm also focusing on the positives. I have a full set of teeth again. I look much better when I smile. Once I start to heal and get used to my partial, I know life will be getting easier.
Since I've had my partial for only 36 hours, I'm still very much in the healing and "getting accustomed" stage. Fortunately, I've had no pain throughout all of this, but the swelling creates a bit of discomfort, and, since it's too early to wear adhesive yet, my partial does a bit of "rocking" back and forth when I try to chew, since it's staying in place just being hooked to my natural back teeth. But my dentist assures me that I'm healing well, and, actually, somewhat better than expected, considering I had to have 10 teeth removed.
What brought me to dentures? Three reasons:
Neglect. Long history with mental health issues - doesn't really matter why, but what's done is done.
Bad health. A few years ago I started having serious problems with my kidneys, and this was about the time I noticed that my teeth started to seriously deteriorate. However, I was so busy dealing with those problems that I wasn't able to focus on fixing my teeth as much as they could be fixed.
Accident. At the end of this past February I slipped on some ice straight on my mouth, and I knocked out two incisors.

Suffice it to say, despite the discomfort I have now and the learning curve (getting used to this foreign object in my mouth, learning how to properly care for them, getting over the stigma mentioned earlier, having to learn how to talk properly again), I have to say that I'm very glad I finally got this done. I know it's the right thing, and that my partial is going to help me live a better life. I'll look better, I'll eat better, and I'll certainly be more confident about myself.
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Hi, I just got a full set of dentures Thursday, May 5, 2011. So far so good, just uncomfortable. I had 14 teeth pulled and received a temporary set for now. I was told to wear them for 24 hours, take them out, clean them and put back in. I didnt remember if I was to use adhesive or not, so I did anyway. I hope that was the right thing to do. I had really bad looking teeth, many were missing. I am so happy to smile now. Do you think it was OK to use the adhesive?
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Of course it is okay to use the adhesive!  That is why it exists.  I use a tiny dab in three separate spots on my lower partial.  It holds just fine that way to keep food from getting stuck under the denture.  It holds the denture down while I chew.  It pulls right out of my mouth after I eat (the little bit of Fixodent adhesive doesn't really put up a fight when I go to remove the denture).  No dentist ever told me to use adhesive!
But, again, why does it exist?  Because it helps so use it.
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Hey Kalinjax,
First let me start off saying I really enjoyed watching your video's on "YouTube". You are an inspiration to new comers to having immediate dentures. I have not quite finished watching all of your video's but will get back to them over the weekend. I will be having dentures put in on May 25th "Hopefully"... I'm hoping a couple days sooner. I am going to Affordable Dentures in Macon GA, I had a consult a week ago so now I'm waiting on my check from my 401k account from my job to come in. I too am very nervous, but I have really been hardcore researching the internet so I pretty much know what to expect afterwards. I would like to ask you a couple or few questions regarding how many teeth did you have removed? did you get a shot for every tooth that was pulled? and how long did the entire procedure take until you were able to leave the dentist office? I goat 8am to have impressions made and then I will get to leave and come backat 2 pm for the extractions also how long did it take before you started having feelings coming back to your mouth? I would greatly appreciate any information that you can give me. Your dentures looks great they really don't even look false and you can tell you take really good care of them. I tried to send you a message through your youtube video butwas unsucessfull. I was thrilled to have seen your name on this forum. Also I am taking a week off from work, do you think this will be long enough? I sit behind a computer all day I don't do alot of interacting with other people I think this will probably help with the talking part? What did you eat afterwards (what type of soft foods?) I apologize for rambling on I just really would like to talk to someone that has been through this procedure. I hope to hear back from you soon.
P.S.You need to be a National spokesperson for Denture wearers!!! you are a very detailed person.
Thank you so much for taking the time to read my post. I will look forward to reading your response!
Donna
Macon GA

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HI, I am Jesse, i see your from Macon. We are in Albany. My Granddaughter has terrible teeth for many reasons one being most devastating which is the drugs she has to use on her severe Rheumatoid Arthritis.  She told me today she has two that need root canals several with decay, several needing caps. Was told that she would probably be in again shortly after spending some $12,000 to repair now. Her desire is to have all pulled and go for dentures. the R/A is enough pain to endure not to add on the teeth problem. The problem is that the dentist does not want to do dentures due to her age of 26. She can not work due to the flares that come with the illness. 
Can you share with me the dentist you use in Macon. Or can any one offer some thoughts. Grandfather terribly concerned about granddaughter. 
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She can try flexible dentures. They are inexpensive, very comfortable, and no one can notice that she is wearing. Search google "flexible dentures".
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i would like to thank you for your information. i am almost 47 yrs old and had to have all teeth removed just recently. i know your post is from last year, i was just hoping that you will read my response. today is day two for my new denture's and i am filled with so many conflicting emotions. i think one of my biggest issues is having to have denture's to begin with and it all has to do with my vanity. i know so many other's are going thru what i am. i have been looking on the internet for information ever since i decided to have denture's. let me tell you, i had gotten so bogged down with useless sites i started to get dizzy. i am already tired of "soft" foods. my mouth wants to chew on something but that is out of the question with me still healing. i didn't get too much information from my dentist either so that was my real reason for looking on the internet. i wanted to know what i'd be expecting, how long for recovery, and just basic questions that every other person must have. i am sorry you had to go thru this at such a young age honey. i too have had problems with my teeth for so long that i just lived with all the pain from having such crappy teeth. and yes, it is a huge emotional process for anyone. i dont want to look at myself in any mirror right now. and i for sure will never be without my teeth when anyone is in the house. i am fortunate that i have a loving and supportive husband. but it still doesnt make the process any better. most times i am okay with it, but then there are times where i just want to hide in a closet and cry my head off. i live with pain every day so its not the pain that has me down, but like you said the stigma involved with dentures.i dont want to let anyone know i have had to go through this. i have only told my most immediate family members. maybe one day i will be more comfortable with telling more people and sharing my journey just as you have. you have such a great sense of self and courage that i hope to have for myself. thank you for sharing your story i really do appreciate you posting this. i will be looking forward to watching your youtube videos.

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I'm 27 and I have had a full top plate since I was 15 anda bottom plate since 20. Im a identical twin and was born only 3lbs and have many health issues, but my mom was raised on a farm with well water that wasn't great and she had a calcium defficentcy when she Brest fed we didn't get any nutrients and my first teeth came out yellow and brittle. By the way my twin has had full dentures since 20.
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I am 35 and have dentures, am recently married and pregnant with my first child. The stigma is very tough. I tried implants twice and they failed both times. The first time I had implants I had a severe abscess as the dentist placed a cheap implant into an infected socket. I ended up in the hospital with cellulitis and everything had to be drained out by a tube. When I take my dentures out at the end of the day, my gorgeous husband insists that he doesn't mind my half smile. I am determined to find a softer and more comfortable denture that doesn't give me lisp. Any ideas anyone? Aside from this I have been very healthy and grateful for everything I have. Having this happen two months after getting married was tough. I try myself if this is my one bad health reality to deal with in life I am very fortunate!
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I'm 28 and have to have my teeth out. I'm so scream, nervous. Really wanna back out. But I know if I do. I'll be in pain a lot more. My teeth are bad, and my dentist thinks I would benefit from full dentures. So some time in the next 3 weeks I get to have all my teeth pulled all 26 :(. I'm scared of it all not just one thing. And need support. So I have come one here. I have looked everywhere for support. My husband, friends. Its just not the same. I need support from people that have gone threw this before. I'm very scared of the dentist, they will do the I V sedation. And I guess its under a local anestic. I don't know what to do. I'm so nervous, and scared and have the worst dental anxiety :(. Please help. I have watched your videos. They are awesome.
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I am 29 and I had 16 upper teeth removed about 3-4 mths ago. I have found much support at Denture Support Group it is completely free! There are plenty of good resources out there for those of us with dentures, just do not be afraid to ask. There are no stupid questions. They pulled all 16 of my upper teeth while I was awake with 5 bottles of lidocaine injected into my gum tissue. The entire process was over in 20 minutes tops. Really the pain you get from a toothache is far worse than the pain of your mouth healing from extractions. You should not fear the dentist. Maybe fear his prices. :D But dentists do not want you to fear them, they are there to help you.
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I've had toothaches that put me in tears. And the last two teeth that I have had pulled. Hurt I swear worse then labor. I felt it all. All pushing the pulling the grinding to break my teeth so they could get them out. I was 4 months pregnant with my oldest and I haven't gone back since. 4 years ago its been since I have went to the dentist. I think getting 26 teeth pulled is what scared me the most. And this local anestic. I'll be awake. But my dentist says I won't remember. :( I hope its true.
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i would love to hear from some of you who had your dentures a few years ago ,how are you now and h.as dentures changed your life like ynot being able to eat and your face changeing . sinking in and wrinkles . i whad my teeth pulled 8 months ago i am very thin and my dentures are horrible so my fase looks complely diffrent
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I have to get all my teeth pulled to I am so nervous every time I think about it I want to cry.
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I was 32 when they told me I had to get all my teeth pulled out...I did it at 34, and I'm 35 now. Ive been wearing dentures for almost a year. Its horrible...but I'm slowly getting over it. It is very depressing, but I have managed. People think the worst of you, but all that is irrelevant because this denture living is a new way of life...of living..and most don't understand. You'll be fine; just remember that you...are still you.
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not sure if your still here as this was 3 years ago you posted this - but would be great to know how you are now, 3 years later!
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I .. Am 23. I think the youngest out off commenters. I just recently got all teeth removed except bottom 6 for a partial on the bottom. I know being young there is going to have a major psychological effect on me because here I am sitting here typing this as I heal. I did not receive "temporaries" or "Immediates". I am not sure if it is due to me being so young or what. I have to wait 5 more weeks till I go to my dentist and get a final impression done for my dentures. But all in all, I keep telling myself that this is going to be better for me in the long run, my teeth have gone down hill 4 years ago due to SO MANY medications that I am on, the teeth were deteriorating and I had so much pain, but now the only pain so far is the discomfort of the swelling. But MAN do I love Jell-o this past week!  (I am heading over right now to look at your videos on YouTube.) 

Just a question to all who read this, how long did it take for your oral surgery? To get your teeth removed? I had 24 teeth to remove and the surgeon did it in I do believe 30 mins.. Does that sound normal? It just keeps boggling my mind! lol 
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I have gone through the exact same situation as you. I will be 24 in a week... Full upper and a partial in the bottom with 6 remaining real teeth.. It will be a week tomorrow that I've had the surgery and I know you posted this months ago... I just wanted to see how you were doing at a nine month mark. My surgery took about 45 mins or so.. I left with immediate dentures and I am healing well (I'm a type 1 diabetic) I'm just wondering what your healing journey has been like. Because one week out I've lost 10 lbs and I have no will to eat normally again.. It's been super depressing like there is no hope for eating again :/
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Taylor, I know you were hoping for a response from Tory above, but I feel it is unlikely as I have never seen  him posting since I joined in September. However, I didn't want your post to go unnoticed. Although you may be young, your experience is one that is shared by everyone here. I am curious about your healing process. My son is also Type 1 diabetic so I understand the challenges you face in terms of lifestyle and healing and other health disadvantages.

I think I'm pretty safe in saying that weight loss is a benefit (or not depending how you look at it) that will quickly correct itself once you resume normal eating patterns.

I have to admit though that it was several weeks before eating became something other than a chore for me. The pleasure seemed to completely disappear. Dentures will affect the taste of foods in the beginning. BUT this will change over time and apparently food will taste good again. So, I believe there is hope. Remember you are only 1 week out. This journey takes time and I'm sure you must miss enjoying a burger and fries or whatever your favourite foods are, but you will be able to have it all again. In the fullness of time. Patience will be your best friend. Don't rush introducing foods that will slow your healing. Particularly since you are Diabetic. Rinse often and take it one day at a time. Feel free to ask any questions you like. There are plenty of people here willing to help guide you through this denture wilderness. :)
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Taylor, hang in there. It WILL get better. We promise! HeatherP has great advice for you. Let us know how you are doing.
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Hi Taylor, I went through the losing weight and no appetite the first week. Hang in there, it will change. I am 64 and I still regret having to lose my upper teeth. It depressed me also. I swore I would go to my grave with my original teeth. So it is no wonder at 24 you are overwhelmed. It's only natural, but keep your chin up Sweetie, it will get better. I have said a prayer for you. Good luck & God Bless!
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Had 24 removed..took about the same time.
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I'm 38 years old and just got home from a consultation. I'm crying as I read everyone's comments on this page but at the same time hopeful because of all of you. I will need all my top teeth removed and a few from the bottom. Don't know yet how I will feel then but right now I'm not feeling too good.
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How are you doing now? Better I hope
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I am 34. I am having 8 teeth removed on Saturday with an upper and lower partial. It's weird to explain to people that I'm excited to get these teeth pulled...no one seems to understand...exclaiming, "why?!" Yeah...Yeah...my friends have had a toothache here or have bit into something and, "OH MY GAH, OUUUUCH!" pain. But do they REAAAAAALLLLLLLLYYYYY know this pain I speak of? The most mind numbing, makes you want to punch babies kinda pain (no offense to babies....I love em'...I got one.....just a saying) anyway, back to the story. Do they all "really" understand what it's like when you would rather lose em all then to be in that kind of pain again. When no amount of narcotic will help. I would be a liar if I said I wasn't anxious as hell. Scared that what if.....what if.....the partial sucks and I hate it....am I destined to have a full beautiful mouth of "teeth"....fake or real? Am I destined to be able to eat a big juicy mid rare  filet and starburst for a desert?! Awwwww....the possibilities orrrrrrr will I hate them? Will the pain be horrible? Ugh....I say shoot for excited. I am positive that I will be happier after than I ever am now. So....put DOWN the oragel, ambesol and  13 tiny bottles of dentek! INFECTED TEETH BE GONE! I'm ready to EAT....I mean SMILE :)
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I hope to be pain free and actually smile
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and how did it turn out?
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I'm 30 and going to begin my journey next Monday. I'm terrified but nothing can be as bad as this right?!?
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I went through it all on 1/21/2016. Had ALL of my too teeth removed as well as all my lower back molars. I'm 29. I'm imaging you're at about a similar stage in the process as .e
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I'm considering having it done as well. I'm 27 and I worry about it every single day of my life. Were you all happy with your decision?
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Ashley, there are many reasons people get dentures. By and large it is usually a necessary evil. For many, it is a decision more than a choice. If your teeth are at all saveable then I would suggest you pursue that. There are few things more valuable than your own teeth. Visit your dentist to discuss options. He/she is in the best position to give you advice going forward. It's also a deeply personal matter that affects self esteem. If you choose to seek professional advice there are many here who can help you ensure you ask all the right questions when you visit your dentist so you can make an informed decision.

But to answer your question, from what I have read, people are generally pleased with their new smiles, but are sad that they had to get them. It's a double edged sword. Please let us know if you need more help.
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It truly is a very personal decision. I can tell you that I have no regrets. I tried for many years and many, many thousands of dollars to save my teeth. Unfortunately, I take a lot of medications that have caused the majority of my dental problems and I would have been better off saving my money and just getting dentures years ago.

You haven't said why you are considering having this done. Has a dental professional told you that you need it? Are you losing teeth?

If you've been told that it needs to be done, you may want to get a second and even (if necessary) a third opinion.

If you've been told that you need it, would you mind sharing the reasons with us? We are all here to help one another.

I hope we hear from you soon!
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I'm going weds for my surgery and will wake with my top denture temporaries and 2 bottom partials. I'm excited one minute and anxious the next. Ahhhhh!!! I was in a bad accident that left me with a broken jaw and most of my teeth were broken. I ignored the dentist and this is my only choice. I'm very lucky to have a great dentist and surgeon. I truly hope to have a healthy happy smile
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We wish you the best and please know that you are never alone. Here are a few normal questions to ask immediately after getting your dentures:
  • How do I take care of my mouth now that I have dentures?
  • How do I clean my dentures?
  • Do I need to do anything special to take care of my dentures?
  • Will my dentures ever need to be replaced?
  • How often should I visit the dentist now that I have dentures?
  • My dentures don't seem to fit my mouth very well anymore. Why?
  • Can I adjust my dentures myself?
  • Should I use a denture adhesive?
  • How much denture adhesive should I use?
  • What's the proper way to apply denture adhesive?
Please stop back when you are feeling up to it to let us know how it's going! Thanks.
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2 hours and I'll be starting my new life! I will be posting as soon as I'm able. Good luck to everyone else out there suffering and going through this
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I'm good and wasn't anything like I had feared... I woke up this morning with less pain than I had daily for years. I did throw up coming home (from meds) now I'm on Advil and feel good. To anyone questioning if they should.... DO IT!
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Frankie, I signed up for dentures a new smile back in January got an email in February but I did not see it until March I clicked on it and it told me I had to click on another link because that one had expired so I did that and nothing so far and it's going on May so I'm thinking maybe they don't want any new people but. I am not sure.
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I went through the same thing... finally got in. The site is ran by one lady with a full time job. they are only allowed 10,000 people and she has to manually remove old inactive accounts to make room for new ones. 
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Am 41 years old.i pulled all my teeth out it was impossible to save them.3 days i start my dentures journey and i cried. because it is a new thing for me. I hope one day to be back to normal.
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Hang in there Jo. It's a normal feeling. I am still dealing with my emotions over my loss. Time is the answer .
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Exactly time is the answer I was so depressed and thought I looked like a monkey lol
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I'm going through it right now also. I know it's alot to handle. We have totake it one day at a time. Praying for you Jo. I'm having a hard time with it also.
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We going to be fine one day.some. people facing the. Dentures now some at 60 or 70 but at the end everybody will face it
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My parents are 90 and 91 and they both have all their original teeth. They aren’t great looking teeth, but they work great. My dad always told me how important it is to hang on to your teeth. So I march into the dentist and get every one of mine pulled. :-( I held on to them as long as I could. He is not well grounded in reality any more so he has no understanding of what I have done (thankfully).
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Omg Melissa I just got mine done 12/2017 and I cried all day because I thought I looked like a monkey from planet of the apes and a whoville from the Grinch movie. It's day 3 the swelling has went down some. I'm beginning to look like me again. I thought it was just me thank you
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Glad to see a recent comment. I just got my upper partial in today and it feels horrible. Im not in any pain from pulling the teeth but the chunky plastic makes me want to gag at times. I don't even want to eat because i dont want anything getting stuck under them.. the thought of it makes me want to puke. I am only 30 and have dentures :(( the only good part is i finally have my front tooth back that i had to live without for 3 months
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I know how you feel. I got my upper dentures out in on feb 2014 i was only 28 years old. I felt so horrible both physically due to the pain and mentally n emotionally with the fact that here i was so young and having to get dentures. I have taken a medication for seizures since i was 5, and the medicine eats away at tooth anamal , so i had no choice. The physical pain goes away, the mental pain n affects on the self esteem never go away but with time it will get easier 
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I really hope it will get easier. I am looking into flexible dentures and a implant for my front tooth once i got used to all of this. I have to go back to get my partial done on the bottom...They were supposed to do it today but the dentist used 10 vials for numbing only on my uppers due to all the infections i have going on. I'm just super bummed right now :(
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I know i was the same way, i still am at times. I have yet to get my bottoms done. But when i do i think to myself a 31 year old having full dentures, yeah it kills your pride, your self esteem everything. 
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Terra just keep in mind that we will be pain free! We will get used to them and hopefully they will become a normal part of our new life! Lets stay positive! ❤
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Hi all, this whole process has really sent me into a depression. I have a full denture and I just can't seem to get the swing of things. I feel like now that i have dentures that I will be alone forever and no one will ever look at me again cuz my teeth are gone. I feel like the dentures are very uncomfortable and I can't get used to eating with them for the life of me. I just need to find a way to dig myself out of this depression over my teeth and get back to living life. But i don't know how to get used to all this.
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Hi Jennifer I was just wondering what caused you to lose ur teeth so young ? Im 23 and my teeth are in pretty bad condition. I’ve had 3 extracted and 2 filings. My dentist said the others won’t need filling as long as the surface remains hard and not sticky. Although i kind of fear losing the rest I’m depressed like urself ik it’s probably worse for you rn. But just to let you know that there’s more ppl than you think your age with fake teeth. I think that’s what’s getting me through it. I think having dentures you’d get use to. But like you said it’s living with the fact nobody will date you again. That’s something i feel now and i ain’t even had them all out. It’s when you have to go sleep with nothing in ur mouth Have u thought about implants ? Ik they’re costly but ik some places you can pay monthly
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Hi Jennifer, why don't u try flexible dentures. They r inexpensive and very comfortable and no one can notice that u r wearing as others say. U can search google. U r so pretty. There r people without eyes, legs, arms. Have we thought about what they feel. At least u have a option. But do they ? Think positive. No one have perfect teeth. We see others have perfect teeth. But who knows ?
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meg

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I believe if someone's pride, self esteem loose because of having dentures. It's not true. It's totally wrong. We gain our pride our self esteem from what we are doing. To our family. To our society. Everyone value our hard efforts. Our knowledge. Our friendship. You can be still the way you were. Nothing can change you or your path. Except for GOD. Now you have a great smile. Your beautiful life with your family. What else you want ?
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Anyone have advice or any insight on this soft liner in my temporary plate? I got my first soft relign last night and it's wretched. I can get through anything I HAVE to and I know this is one of those moments but god lord! The smell and taste when the mold got done, *gag*. Also now everytime I get my plate close to my mouth I cam smell it and have to hold back the heaving. On the plus side my plate does fit better and is more comfortable so for that I'm grateful. I'm just wondering when or if this smell and taste will wear off. Also can I use the adhesive on my arch or no because of the liner? I still can not put the adhesive on my gums because I'm only 3 weeks since the removal of all my tops and my lower molars.
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Michelle,

I know exactly what you mean about the soft liner. I had a similar reaction after every one of mine -and I had several.

My solution was to soak my teeth (as soon as I possibly could get them out) in cold water and about 3/4 cap of mint mouthwash WITHOUT alcohol in a separate container than the one I clean them in. I let them soak for about 3-4 hours, give or take, rinse them quickly under cold water and pop them in my mouth. After doing that for a couple days and soaking them in minty cleanser each night, it would go away after a couple days.

I always keep 2 bottles of mouthwash on hand: a bottle without alcohol for soaking (I still add a little splash to them if I'm having a lazy day , after they soak all night I brush them really well, rinse them and put them in water with a splash). And then I keep a bottle of Walmart brand listerine to help remove any remaining adhesive out of my mouth.

Hope this helps!

Alicia
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They put fixodent powder adhesive on mine the day I had (27) extractions and got my immediate dentures, so I kept using it. You just don't wnt to force them off. Swish warm salt water and if they still feel tight, swish again. The pastes are harder to remove, and I wouldn't advise them during the first couple of weeks.

I got some (Dollar General) cleaning tablets that contain baking soda to help absorb the taste and odor from the reline to soak my teeth in.
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They say patience is a virtue, and in the case of extractions and dentures, it is a darn necessity! It may seem like forever, but it will get better. Be sure to speak up and see your dentist as often as you need to for adjustments. There is plenty of amazing advice on here so please take advantage of the many people who have been down this road. Take care all!
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im 31 and i have my top plate, will be getting bottom set of dentures soon. The medication i take for my epilepsy , which ive had all my life ate away at my tooth anamal . I really feel like less of a person, especially with my husband having dentures
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Claudia Rhoton

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How are you doing with dentures? I'm in pain.
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Melissa Gordon

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I'm doing better after a month of having them I still think I look funny but I find that cleaning them and sleeping with them in is making them look better
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Melissa you must be very critical of yourself and are seeing a different image of yourself in a mirror that just isn't there sweetie. You look BEAUTIFUL! I'm dead serious. I see a perfect mouth, a beautiful smile on a very pretty face.
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Kimberley Williams

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They look great!
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Rachel

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Melissa, you look absolutely beautiful!! Wow!!
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U look beautiful, I'm in the UK, I've been to 3 dentists who have said 3 different things, I don't know what to do . Implants isn't a option it's to pricey. I'm worried to get dentures . He said if I get them now my mouth will shrink , and when I'm 50 it will shrink more . And that dentures will no longer for. Is this true ? I'm worried people will know i have dentures . I'm 36
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I just got the top dentures done I'm saving my bottom ones I think idk this dentist didn't tell me anything about any of this that's y I'm here lol here's a pic when I first got them
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So I think they look better in the first pic right? It takes a while to get used to but I really love mine now ❤️❤️❤️❤️Good luck sweetie
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meg

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Wow Melissa, Pain free but with a great smile for the rest of your life. How fortunate you are.
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Claudia Rhoton

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I pray I can get used to mine soon.
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Me to I've had mine for almost 6 weeks and from day 1 I've expressed how I felt about the top having to much gum everyone at the office says it'll show less as the health but so far no change
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Natasha, they totally made my upper partial wrong.  The gum line is way down where the natural teeth end.  It looks like halloween teeth or something.  But I'm doing something about it and NEVER trusting my dentist's lab again.

Hope yours is just from swelling, but mine was from the dentist taking the impressions wrong.  :-/
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Hello everyone! I am 30 yrs old and very upset with myself. I have 2 kids (9 & 1yr old) my teeth used to be beautiful. I feel like it wasn't that long ago as I look through pictures of me holding my youngest there was absolutely NOTHING wrong with my teeth. Now they look horrible. I don't even smile anymore. Some are broken and in the midst of breaking. Very painful, etc. having bad teeth really lowers my self confidence:( anyways I had went to the dentist about a month ago.. just to be told that basically they can not save my top teeth .. ugh boyyy did I cry. Now my bottom teeth are fine. Top are bad! So the dentist I went to gave me two options .. dentures or implants (let's be real, I don't have $20,000 for implants) so I'm obviously leaning more towards dentures. When I tried talking to my dentist about my decision it's like he didn't say NO to my choice about go with dentures but he was trying to persuade me to go more towards implants. AGAIN I can't afford them and don't think I'll ever be able too. Not sure if I should try another dentist or go back and basically put my foot down about the choice I made? But then I'm afraid bc I don't want him to do "a half ass job" I don't know it's weird. It's just a HUGEE decision to make.. very sad and depressing. I'm sooo torn I just don't know. But I do know I don't want to walk around not being able to smile either. Please help.. I need advice :(.
TIA - Megan
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Hi Megan,

First off, I'm so sorry you're having to go through this - but please get them taken care of before they begin affecting your health.

Secondly, choosing dentures now doesn't mean you can't get implants in the future, if you decide you want them (or win the lottery, in which case please adopt me). 

Lastly, please do your homework, speak to multiple dentists, and don't stop looking until you find the one you're really confident has your best interest at heart.

This is a very long process - either way you go, the better prepared you are and the more realistic your expectations are, the better you will handle the changes you are going to experience.

So glad you found this place - it's positively crawling with wonderful, helpful people.  Keep posting!

:-D
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I agree with Sherry. Do your homework on finding the right dentist for you. One you can talk to easily, one that listens to you and know they have your best interest at heart.If you are already doubting your dentist it is time to find a better one. It should always be about you. Not how much they can make off of you and put you into serious debt.
Good Luck and keep us posted
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My dentist was recommended to me by my wife (now ex-wife) as a "no-nonsense, tell it like it is person". She (my dentist) wanted to go the partial route and try and save as many of my permanent teeth as possible. My issues were due to illness when younger, my permanent teeth grew in with minimal enamel and were susceptible to breaking.  I thought about it for a split second and I reasoned with my dentist that it would be a waste of my money to go with partials only to come back in 6 to 8 months when the anchor teeth break. She was very receptive to my input. I had a total of 21 teeth pulled in preparation for the plates. (The others were pulled one at a time over the years). We worked from the back to the front so to others the lack of teeth wasn't as noticeable.  During this time once the healing completed and I just had the front teeth (6 Upper, 5 lower... not really sure) the molds for the dentures were taken. After the last 11 teeth were pulled, I was fitted with my permanent plates.  
 I got the full upper and lower and haven't looked back. This was in 2011. I now have the freedom to drink ice cold drinks without pain. I can chew ice (For the record, Sonic has the best ice for chewing, just sayin') without any issues.  
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I wear denrute s and i will put 2 implaints bottom and 2 upper no need to spend thousands
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can you just do 2 on the bottom and 2 on top???
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Jo C

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Yes and u can do the same.Be happy and smile abd leave sadness out because life is short.
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Rachel

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How much does getting the mini implants on top and bottom cost?
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I’m so worried about doing this! My teeth are hideous. Right now my face is swollen, just tired of the constant infections. I’m so scared to do this. I have bad bad teeth, they started to break off and turn black. I have no idea as to why. Growing up my parents never took me to the dentist and I just never went as an adult unless it was an emergency. I always had crooked teeth and couldn’t afford to get that taken care of and by the time I tried to set up some sort of plan, it was probably too late for braces and fillings would be it. I’m deathly afraid of the dentist and I’m so embarrassed. It’s changed my life for the worst. I had a good job a few years ago. I was a sales director and the company decided to have a phone conference about how they should be professional about who they put in front of their business. The example was for their staff with bad dental issues or teeth. At the time my teeth were just crooked. I feel as though I lost my job over that because not long after that call the corporate office ended up letting me go. I can do the job, just didn’t have the look for it. I couldn’t even be mad just hurt.
I can’t afford to get this done! I’m so scared. I really don’t know what to do. I want to be happy again. I want to get a good job again instead of working 3rd shift to hide from people. I can’t date. I can’t even meet people. I bought this slide on fake teeth cover on Amazon. They are the only things keeping me from staying in my house permanently. I’ll be 40 soon. I am so embarrassed and scared of how much this will cost. I feel lost. I hope that any of you that are going through this knows that if you are brave enough to get them all extracted that’s a good thing. I envy that. I hope the best for all of you and if anyone is interested in messages let me know.
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I know exactly how you feel. I went without teeth for two years, staying inside the house. I never got out except to get a drink at sonic. Even then I was embarrassed to be seen. Finally I applied for the care credit and with insurance I was able to get a set of dentures. I had six teeth that had to be cut out. I didn't have much pain to deal with. After a few weeks for going back and forth to the dentist I now have a nice smile that I am happy with. If I had this to do over, I would've went long ago to have this done. My advice to you is to just do it if you can. They are super expensive to get so if you don't have insurance, you'll have to use some kind of credit. Mine were twenty five hundred dollars but insurance paid over half of it. Now I just have to make that small monthly payment on them. I know all to well the feeling of not wanting anyone to see you. Please don't waste any more time, and just do it. Get the smile you want and quit living with tooth pain. You will feel so much better. If you ever need to talk to anyone just give me a holler. BTW, that was crappy what they did to you at your job. Prayers coming your way.
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Debbie, I went to the dentist today. He said dentures was my only route. I paid half of them today (my extractions will be paid for in full by insurance) and in two weeks I get 14 extractions and the denture I was fitted for today. I’m nervous but I want to smile. I haven’t smiled much in my entire life because my teeth were crooked. I wonder if any man will ever want to date me. I worry about a lot but mainly my health which is why I want to do this. Thank you for your message. You are very right and I appreciate you taking the time to comment to me.
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Thanks for the update. I'm sure all will be fine. Just remember that warm salt water rinses as often as you think of it will be very helpful. They will most likely put your dentures right in after they pull your teeth. The denture acts as a bandage on your mouth. I'm so happy for you!!! It feels sooooooooooo good to smile for the first time in my adult life and I'm sixty! You're going to love them after you get used to them. Took me a couple of weeks maybe three. Been three months now and they feel like part of me. You'll be smiling so much the  guys will flock to you to date them! Keep me posted girl. I'm in Oklahoma and used Denture and Dental Solutions. If I may ask, who are you going to? What state are you in?
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What made me nervous is just .. you could tell they were just kind of in awe of how bad my teeth are.  This might be lengthy but I want to explain how my visit went.  I could just tell they knew this wasn't going to be good and the insurance I used only covers the basics and fillings/extractions. I have crooked yet fairly healthy bottom teeth.  Two molars on each side were pulled due to horrible cavities.  He wants to do a special cleaning called a root planing to get them super clean so bacteria is not going to be in my mouth. 

They did a mold of my mouth, twice.  The first time the dental assistant pressed very hard and when she was done she said that it didn't take right and she needed to get the actual dentist involved.  He does it as well but he did not push as hard and it felt like it was a little crooked. Apparently the molds they use do not seem to be as close to my mouth size as they had hoped for.  I just heard him tell her to use one of them and throw the other away, but it seemed apparent that both weren't really that great.  I cannot imagine a dentist would send in a poorly made mold.  He molded them with my teeth still in, which is confusing but I guess that's fairly normal. 

I just feel scared.  I just turned 40 and though I am not always really concerned about my looks, I am worried about how this will age me and if I'll be able to get a good job again.  I've seen pics of people on here and their teeth look so amazing!  I have all kinds of worries! 

Trust me, I want to smile.  I am using a fake snap on thing I got that was like $30 and it helps but you can really tell they aren't real.  My real teeth are so awful, I can't show anyone but my parents.  Thankful to have this fake snap on thing. 

You've been so kind and made me feel hopeful though.  I am taking some time off from work after that happens.  I am in Kentucky and used a family dentist in this area.  I think out of pocket I am paying $750 for them, I really hope that I don't get something that looks like cheap horse teeth but I keep telling myself anything is better than crooked broken rotting chipped off teeth!  I promised my mother I would do what I had to do to stop infections, and though dentures were not the route I wanted to go, I also don't want to have horrible health issues or lose my job over missing work for pain.  We all know how awful toothaches are or when your face swells up and you look mutated lol  Sorry I wrote so much, I haven't been able to sleep I've had so much on my mind...I get this done February 8th.  If all goes well I will figure out how to share a picture!  Hugs and thank you!

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Oh and the dentist did NOT ask anything except for what shade I wanted.  I didn't get to pick a tooth shape.  I don't know if that's normal....but I hope if the dentist picks it's something similar to what I have.
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Good to hear from you. First thing, they have seen much, much worse teeth than yours I assure you. I think it's good to have the teeth cleaning done. It's good you have bottom teeth. 
I didn't get to pick out the shaped of my teeth either. Just the color. You would want to pick a shade close to your bottom teeth of course. I went a couple of shades down from the whitest they had. I wanted  them to look natural, not movie star white.
You are going to look fabulous! Just think, pretty white straight teeth. A beautiful smile, just what we all want.
The girl who made my top mold had to do it two times and couldn't get it. She had to ask another girl to come over and do it. After three tries they got it. 
I hated these things when I first got them. The top fell down and would not stay in without using a product on them. I went like that for a few weeks until I think my third visit there. They then put a "soft liner" on them. It was amazing! Like magic, there was suction on my top denture and the bottom stayed in too. I was so happy! Now I only use secure on the bottom when I eat. I don't have to use anything on the top. 
I am soo excited for you to get urs. Can't wait until February when you get them and see you smile. Hopefully you will post a pic for me to see. 
I truly believe you're going to be extremely happy when you get your denture. Remember, If it doesn't fit well, give it time for your gums to heal and they put the soft liner in it. The liner does have a taste for a couple of weeks. I soaked mine in mouth wash for a while each day. Keep me posted on your progress Amb and take care.
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I will keep you posted. I truly thank you for helping me. Honestly you’ve been a blessing! I lost a brother two years ago and my parents are very worried about my own health so I promised my mom I would do this and that’s the biggest reason I am. With increasing infections and not getting proper treatment she starter to worry about my health. I just want to smile. My teeth have held me back my entire life. I just want to live! It’s helping me to pray more as well too and that makes a huge difference in my life! I’ll make sure when it’s done to show you. I just keep looking at the bad teeth I have now and reminding myself it will look better soon!
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I've been down that road for many years. Far too many, so glad you're getting yours done while your still young. I certainly wish I would've gotten mine years ago. It feels so good to smile. I'm glad to hear you're praying. If not for the Lord, I would've been gone years ago. He keeps me going. Not long now and you're gonna be smiling with those new pearly whites..LOL..
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It is done!!! It was a traumatic experience but I think I’ll be very happy once the pain is gone and I can smile without bleeding all over the place! When I can I’m going to send a picture!! It looks good! I think the front line of the front teeth are a little off from the center of my mouth but I do think that can be adjusted. I hope!
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Oh amb!!!! I'm so happy for u!!! Remember ice ice ice for the next few days to a week. Days 3 to 5 seem to b the worst for most ppl cuz of swelling. And salt water rinses. Alot. Alot. I'm so glad ur ok and happy!!! My midline was slightly off too on my temp but once I got my perm they fixed it!!! I'm so excited for u!!!! Keep us posted on how ur doing and can't wait to see pics. Don't freak out if swelling makes u look weird in next few days. I joked saying I looked like a Dr Seuss character. Lol. It does go away tho!!! So happy for u!!!!
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Thank you! These are my perms. I think they look amazing but hopefully they can be adjusted a little. I have a hard time smiling because it’s a mouth full of blood lol but yea, it was a very emotional experience for me. I was not only embarrassed of my real teeth but when I felt them gone, it was really sad. Last night I took a bunch of pictures of my real teeth and reminded myself how awful they were and unhealthy. These are beautiful! I’m still numb and swollen but luckily I’m off work for 5 days. I can’t wait to show how it looks! I am having but a hard time adjusting to how I look now, it’s so weird! Thanks for being so kind, you are great!
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My midline is off. I have some soreness on my gums. I had my first soft reline the other day. It fells even worse after that. The dental tech or whoever she is told me that if I do not like the midline I can just wait for six months and buy another upper plate! That most people get a big reline at that point and that typically they’ll buy another plate instead. I can’t go around dropping $750 every six months lol. She said since the dentist gave me a discount even though I don’t have insurance it shouldn’t be a problem. I know she is young and doesn’t really know how to talk to people but basically I need to deal with my teeth being off on midline for 6 months and then buy another upper plate. Hopefully by then I will have a better job. I could probably live with it being off, I just didn’t know I was going to get permanent ones at the beginning. I just wanted to have a plate in my mouth after the extractions. I didn’t make a choice of temp or perm. They did. And while I’m pleased with the dentist very much, this part I’m not entirely happy about. I don’t want to send the teeth back because I cannot go to work without teeth. I work in face to face customer service. Just wanted to vent :P thank you.
Ps I am happy, I know this isn’t an easy road to go down...but I can smile!!! My face hurts from smiling so much!!!
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meg

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Wow u look great. I feel that u r a teenager. Keep smiling girl.
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Hello, I wanted to let you know that u just need to shop around and I have known people who got the lower range of dentures for like 800.00, (top and bottom)they aren’t bad either . Will make u feel much better to have your smile again!! As far as being scared about getting all your teeth pulled, I was scared to death!! But I had 22 teeth pulled under local anesthesia and a lil happy pill to make me relax, and I did not feel anything but pressure. I am 2 weeks out and after the first 3 days, it gets better each day!! I definitely don’t regret it!! Good luck and reach out to the community for help and advice, this place is awesome!!
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Hi I really need some advice I am so so scared
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meg

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Hi Tina, hope u r doing fine. First you need to find a good dentist. And talk with him clearly what YOU want. You shouldn't be scared Tina. No one got perfect teeth. Think about what u already have. You have a beautiful life. Some people have illnesses that never can cure. But how fortunate you are. You have a option. You can try " flexible dentures." They are inexpensive. And no one can notice that you are wearing them as they say. Before go to the dentist you can search google for "flexible dentures" and what you want. Pulling a teeth is a minor operation. It's simple. Don't be afraid. You ' ll gonna be fine.
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Hi Amb
My teeth were falling out 1 by 1 they said it was hereditary starting with my mom. Its slowly affecting some of us.Same pattern then their gone.
I could not see me with dentures implants yes but cost too much. I had my teeth pulled last week I cried all day literally sobbing. Its been 6 days and im getting used to them. I have sore spots but after making very fine adjustments with fine sand paper they are getting better. The dentist did a good job picking the teeth. I told her i want them to be shaped as natural as possible. I know one thing im not going to hide my smile anymore. I guess im not used to looking at straight white teeth. Im glad i did it. I put it off so many years i wish i would have done it sooner. After insurance my out of pocket was 800 which i will pay in payments. Btw i didnt feel a thing they numbed me up pretty good.i was shaking so bad they thought i needed a blanket nope i was just terrified.
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How are you feeling now? I’m getting mine soon. The cost is roughly the same. Ugh not looking forward to this but my moth constantly hurting and infections is far worse I guess.
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I have to get mine all out I just find out o am so scarred to death how is it I was told I would be out. I am like really freaking out. And will there be lots of blood how will I feel after ?
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Most of my teeth are all broken off only teeth I have are 4 front up few bottom that are lose and right bottom like 7
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I won’t lie, it hurts. I’m still numb from earlier. The pain comes a little and I take a pill to ease it off. It’s so weird to see me wirh straight teeth and smile. I didn’t even realize but between the blood and crying I also laughed, with my mouth open! And it felt so nice. It does hurt. And there is blood. But it will be ok.
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How are they doing now? I'm 28 m and have let my teeth get really bad. I had braces and a filling or two when I was a kid and it definitely scarred me. I had been depressed off and on and didn't take care of mine, as well as drinking a lot of soda and eating sugary foods. And now my teeth are almost destroyed. Luckily no pain but several bad cavities. Most of my bottom teeth are probably saveable but the top are so bad.

I'll probably have to get full dentures within 5 or so years, maybe a little longer. It really depresses me and I can only imagine who would ever even want to be with me in a relationship because of having to have them.

How has your experience gone? Are they more comfortable? Have you gotten used to them yet? Can people tell you're wearing them? I know I probably don't have to get them for a bit but I feel like it makes me less of a person...
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Gwen

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Who are you asking?
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I was asking you Tamberine. Sorry about not being clear. 
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It’s taking some getting used to. My teeth were so awful looking. I had a snap on that I got off of amazon and used it but I was still getting infections. To have my teeth repaired a year or so ago it would have cost me about $5000_$6000 with good insurance and that would not have corrected the crowding of my front teeth. . I couldn’t afford to get all of the work done. I feel like I did the best that I could. I saved my bottom teeth and so far it works out ok. I have to face that with my real teeth I couldn’t get a good job again or even talk to people. It as pretty bad. I have to tell myself that when I date again it might be hard to find someone that will not accept me with dentures; that’s ok. I don’t blame them or even think it’s wrong. A person has a choice of what they want and if I don’t have it, that’s ok. I won’t give up on dating though in the future.

It’s not that bad right now. It causes soreness and I can’t eat still. I know in time I’ll get used to it because it’s not that bad honestly. The first week is hell and I know I will have rough times. I’m only 40 and I look pretty young for my age, and yea I like my smile even if the midline is a little off. It looks real to me in the mirror. I smile so much it hurts my face and my jaws lol. Just today when I got home from work I felt sore from the smiling but I can’t eat...I am losing weight lol. But yea if you ever have questions or to chat I’ll be around.
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And no one had mentioned it. None of my coworkers gave mentioned it, my friends say it looks great and I feel (could be perceived) that people like that I smile a lot. Not one person has asked me but I also do a lot of things alone and I’m somewhat introverted.
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Sorry for the late response. Glad it's all working out great for you. I'm in a similar boat, my top teeth for the most part are pretty bad. Bottom ones are mostly okay. Just had some hard points in my life, where I stopped caring about my teeth and now I really regret it, Only 28 and just trying to hold off until I'm about 38-40 which may be possible. I'd really like to get at least top implants but I don't know how long they would actually last. Just really concerned about facial bone loss and how that will change how I look. Really glad you could save your bottoms and your pic looks great. Congrats
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Charlene Grobler

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I am turning 37 this year...and having my 4 front teeth pulled. I know people will think I am crazy...as I have healthy teeth. But...they are horribly ugly. The older I get, the worse it gets. I always knew my teeth werent pretty, but I never really cared as I have always had giod self esteem...and no one ever said anything. Until someone did, and it was like looking at muself for the first time. I spend months crying and hiding myself away. Not smiling and getting to the point where I talk funny, so my teeth won't show. But, the idea of dentures freaks me out, as I feel I am too young. Am I being silly...