Need dentures at age 26

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I'm 3 weeks shy of my 26th birthday and a few years ago my teeth just started to rot and fall out. I have always taken good care of my teeth aside from having a HUGE SEVERE fear of the dentist. I have come to terms with the fact that dentures is my option at this point. I got a quote to get my current teeth fixed and it was just shy of $30,000!!! That is not even an option. My current smile is literally ruining my life. I am so depressed. I don't like to socialize anymore. I feel like I'm missing things in my childs school because of embarrassment. I won't even kiss my husband anymore, and it's taking a toll. While I do have a few questions, I think I'm more here to vent. I know my husband tries so hard to be a wonderful support system but he just doesn't understand how I feel and unfortunately that makes it more upsetting. Reading a lot of stories on here has been encouraging, and that helps a lot. Vent over lol. Now for a few questions.
I need to have about 19 teeth extracted. We're you put under for this?
How did your recovery go?
What was your overall cost after everything?
I'm going to call and make an appointment for consultation this week, I just like hearing other people's experience. So please list any questions that I should ask at my first appointment. I'm so nervous I probably won't remember to ask anything unless make a list.
Thank you!!
Also, I live in MI, US.
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Danielle

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Pauleena Sawyer

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I completely understand how you feel. I'm 37. Got my teeth out in April of 16 & dentures in Aug. The worst part was waiting for so long. I have medicaid so I had to wait. I was fortunate to not have to pay anything for mine, though. My husband wasn't much of a support because he has near perfect teeth. He doesn't understand. He's been trying harder, though. The hardest part is getting used to the dentures. They are fake. Foreign & your mouth knows this. I still gag. However it's going much better & I love my new smile. Despite the obstacles it's worth it. Good luck to you! & get ready to SMILE!!! :)
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Danielle

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Thank you Pauleena! We're you sedated for the extractions?
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Wendy Whitter

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I can relate to the gagging. My pharmacist advice was to use a sore throat spray when I am putting them in.
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Danielle

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Thank you so much!!
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Nancy Ironside

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I wish I had kept my old teeth, awful as they were. My brother has no problem with his dentures but I just can't stand them. I read that some people never adjust. I should have found a way to get a loan and fix mine. This is my experience. Hopefully you will adjust . Good luck and don't rush into anything.
Nancy
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Danielle

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Thank you Nancy. I want to hear everyone's experience- good or not so good. I hope things get better with yours!
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Like Joan, I would do anything to save my teeth, knowing what I know now. My uppers were pulled with local and had no pain. I took painkillers for a week afterwards. No issue there.
My problem is getting used to wearing and eating with them. Some days I don't put them in at all . My dentist says that 30% of people never get comfortable with them. So, you have a 70% chance of doing well.
Seriously consider every alternative first, me personally, the dentures are worse than the Cancer treatment and surgery I had. Maybe you could repair some teeth and get bridges?
Anyway, all the best.
Nancy
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Nancy, maybe find another dentist that has Free consultation. It's hard to say but some dentists cut costs to make money or are just not compassionate enough. And daniell, the quote for my teeth was 20,000. When I would tell people that, some thought I was just telling a white lie because I was just scared. Well, I was...but still I didn't have 20k for anything. But, I did find a doctor just by chance. I had an infection, and they had free consolultations. Many charge lots for consultations..and not liking dentists...well your out of money. Free consultations give you a "feel" of the doctor and staff as well. If you feel comfortable that takes away stress. And also gives a chance to see how to handle the cost. I got mine down to 7,000. Still a lot but I'll be paying a little each month for 6 years. Whew!! Nancy, I've found that different dentists handle things different. Go through calling docs to find free 1st visit and maybe they can help you. They may of had a bad tech at your dentist that messed up...they won't want to tell the doctor that. Everyone is different. This site has helped me tremendously ..so everyone reading this, give Nancy some help!! I have a lower jaw that goes to the left so I only wear my uppers and cannot afford permanent..that is ALOT of the cost. So I will have to live with the temporaries.. And might cost a little more. And I still can't eat with them...since april'16. I wish I didn't have to have it done, but at least now, I won't have to worry about my health since bad teeth and gums can cause that. Ok, my girlfriend is going to try my dentist today and she is scared like I always was, and I hope she has a good experience. And Nancy and Danille...keep trying. I'm 57....so I tried a lllooonnnggg time, but wish I started sooner and kept with it. Take care.
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I would try to save my teeth at all costs.  Having dentures is another world.  Not easy to get use to them.  There is no going back one you pull them out.  Don't jump into anything just get opinions.  I hope if you have them pulled sedation is the best.
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I have to say given the chance I would have done more to save my natural teeth. I had a bridge fail that was on the upper front. When it came off one of the anchor teeth was very badly decayed. My teeth where bad and the bridge coming out made me think dentures, like you restoration of my natural teeth was expensive so I went the denture route thinking I could not afford fixing my natural teeth. I just have uppers now, and holding on my natural lowers as long as I can. Think about it and get several opinions.
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Hi Jim, me too. I know lots of folks are good with dentures but it's worst decision I ever made.
Nancy
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Hi Danielle, I work at a Denture Clinic. Try and save your natural teeth as long as you can. They are bone and much stronger and a part of your body. We have people walk in often saying they want all their teeth out and we recommend them to go to their Dentist for a check up and try and save their teeth. Thankfully most of them take our advice. Yes we make dentures but our priority first is what's best for the person. Doesn't hurt to get more than one Consultation and also if you have a Denturist in your area I'd recommend that too.
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Jim, I understand about lowers. I just wear uppers, but no on even noticed unless I brought it up. But. cant eat with the. I want to an all you can eat buffet SO bad. Just for fun. Someday.
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Hi Josie, My husband would go to dentist and get work done to try to save the teeth But, as time went by it was getting out of hand. We went to other dentists to get any other ides...long story short, he had to get all out and dentures. All that money that we wasted to save teeth. There were implant options, but we had already spent so much. thousands for teeth long gone.. I have dentures too now. We are both 57. Sad to say there are some dentists that go one route to make a bit more money. We got as much opinions as we could..couldn't go to every dentist. But, We look pretty. Not the most compfortable thing. But alot I know have no problems at all. To keep the teeth I think it must have to be those regilar check-ups we are told about since childhood...and then never miss one appt.
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Hi Theresa, It can get very frustrating. Especially if someone invests in saving their teeth and it doesn't work. We just don't like people to think we are trying to "push" them to get dentures. Having your own teeth is always best but many suffer from pain etc so I think what ever the person decides in the end should be best for them and hopefully makes them happy and feel healthier.
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I'm only 33 and I have a complete denture on top and a partial on bottom.

My husband tried to be understanding before, but he never quite got it. Since my surgery 1 month ago he has been incredibly supportive and understanding.

I had 20 teeth removed on Dec. 7th. I only had local anesthetic. I wasn't given an option for anything else. Even with some complications, I had no problems doing it that way.

I personally love my dentures. I wish I had done it sooner. It will be 5 weeks tomorrow and I'm already eating food I couldn't with my natural teeth. I'm making myself a burrito right now, which is something I haven't been able to eat for the last few years.

The first 3 weeks were hard, then I got my reline. After that everything has been going well.

I took this picture a couple weeks ago. It shows how good my teeth look now. It's so nice to smile again.
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They look great! And your making me hungry, a burrito sounds pretty good!! Lol! I also will only need a partial on the bottom the front 6 of my teeth on the bottom are good but every other tooth needs to be removed. I only have a few that are actually missing, but I just want to smile again! Thank you!
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Thank you! And the burrito is delicious. It's so nice to be able to chew food again.

I have 7 teeth on the bottom and one of them is a crown. They were the only ones that were saveable. I was missing my canines on the top and most of my molars were badly broken. That means I was basically eating with only my front teeth. Also it is nice to not have the 3 and 4 year olds I teach innocently ask me what happened to my teeth.
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Congratulations Mary, you look awesome!!
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Mary Dellea

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Thank you! I feel awesome as well.
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I had all 14 teeth pulled in May 2016.  I did it under novocaine and got full (top and bottom) immediate dentures.  I healed quickly (within 2 weeks) and was eating solid foods within 5 weeks.  I have dental insurance but my out of pocket was over $3,000.  The total cost of the procedure was a little over $4000 (I live in Michigan too and went to a private dentist). My cost included all the impressions, procedure, soft relines, 1 hard reline and all the adjustments I needed.  I only had to pay a small amount for the pain meds (less than $10 thru insurance).  Make sure you get a post op care sheet in writing of the do's and don'ts.  Be sure to express how you are feeling and what you are comfortable with and not.  Good Luck!  We are here for you!
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Thank you!!! What area of Michigan? And if you don't mind me asking where did you go? I'm looking for some good recommendations. I don't know many people with dentures that can refer me somewhere. I believe my insurance covers 50% up to $1500. So I know I'm looking at a bit of out of pocket expense.
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I am in Belleville. I went to The Lakes Dental Care
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I had 27 teeth and I was not put to sleep. Had a lot of shots which hurt more than the extractions. I'm one year in and I had no clue about what I was getting into. Now I love my smile and I couldn't b happier. There are so many things I can eat now that I couldn't have before. Don't rush the healing process. Don't use adhesive until ur holes close up and start off with soft foods. You may get irritated with eating the same things but once u heal it'll be worth it. If u have any questions just ask.
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joan rosenblatt

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you look great so happy for you
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Theresa Benoit-derry

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Looking good!! I'm 57. So I won't look that good..but when I smile..I think I do...good for you!! Thanks for sharing