New bottoms, need some advice

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. I’m exactly 2 weeks out today. I have had uppers since I was 24 years old due to a condition I’ve had with my teeth. I have done everything possible to keep my bottoms, but without dental insurance I had to get them removed and had a new upper. It was only 20 YEARS OLD. yuck!!!! I was too focused on trying to keep what I had. . I’m scrimping and saving to get implants that will allow my bottoms to snap in. Anyway, I had 8 teeth removed on the bottom and an immediate put in. I think I’m healing nicely but I just feel raw. I have been twice to the dentist and am going back in Tuesday for another look. I’m guessing getting used to new tops and then the bottoms are just awful and awkward. My mouth just feels tired. Hard to explain, but I can’t wait until all this doesn’t feel alien to me anymore. I don’t remember having such a hard time with the uppers. Maybe because I’m old and worn out now!! It’s been 5 years since I have dated and I can’t wait to be able to be confident enough to go on a date and have a nice conversation without sounding like I have something in my mouth, or to not worry about sneezing, or chocking to death! Thank you for allowing me to vent to someone who has been there. Any advice good or bad is so much appreciated
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  • Anxious about how they feel, look, and how it feels to eat.

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Barbara G

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SHANNIE
It's not you  Bottoms are  always a problem  They slip and they slide and drive people crazy
You are  too young and too good  looking to put up with this

You have to get your self clip on's at a minimun

How much are thy quoting for clip on's and with how many implants/
Consider going  to  a Dental college or going to Mexico or Costa Rico
Borrow the money or   Get a new credit card  (Discover ??)  that gives you one year with no interest
Figure it out
Let  us know
Good Luck
Barbara

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SHANNIE

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How very nice of you.
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Karen M Augustine

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I am going through the same thing. Believe it or not I had the same upper for 35 years. It is ground down on one side and a hole on the other side, yet I still find myself popping the old one in my mouth, for comfort’s sake. I just can’t get used to the new ones. Now, I’m 60, and guess I’m set in my ways. My smile is so much nicer with the new ones in, but by the end of the day my mouth is just sore and tired. I hope you can adjust, you have a lot of life to live and smile for. Hugs
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SHANNIE

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I agree 100%. It’s like a tight pair of jeans you just can’t wait to get out of. However this I will not take off. Ever!!!
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DR. CHAT

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Hello, Shannie. Sorry to hear about your trials and tribulations but you are literally amongst your dental family here and we all totally understand your issues. In my case, my teeth were falling apart due to my genetics and decided to extract them all in one shot and go full uppers and lowers. Did a total extraction of 27 teeth on July 18, 2018, and got immediate dentures. I have a great dentist in Mexico, just six miles from Yuma, Arizona, and it cost me almost nothing compared to what they wanted in Phoenix. Like Barbara G suggested above, I highly recommend my dentist in Los Algodones, Mexico, for cost and great abilities on her part, her being my dentist. 

That said, what you are facing is actually quite normal for the lowers. You have had uppers and you are lucky they fit so well and invisibly but it also spoiled you because the lowers are nothing like the uppers. The uppers will  usually work fine for 90% of the people without any adhesives if they are made to fit well. But, the upper jaw does not move much at all in anyone, the lower jaw moves for everything like eating, talking, kissing, smiling, laughing, you name it. Hence it is taking longer to adjust to the lowers. It is only after two relines and getting used to the teeth I am now able to eat 90% like a normal person after seven months this week. And, you will notice that your incisors will not have the same bite pressure as normal teeth any more, I can bite pretty much anything but I think biting corn on the cob or apples are a thing of the past!! I do use adhesives too in the lowers and they still dissolve by the end of the day thus loosening the lowers a bit for heavy chewing or biting and I do carry a small tube of adhesive which I use rarely if I am out and the lower starts moving around (yes, always have adhesive on you). But I will tell you that it was beyond worth it and I am so glad my days of dental pain are over FOR EVER.

So, here is my suggestion. First get them relined so you know that both the upper and lower are made to fit YOUR ACTUAL JAWS. Then relax and allow the teeth to become YOURS, as in forget you have them. Being self conscious is the hardest thing to overcome. It is in your head that you think "EVERYONE KNOWS I HAVE FALSE TEETH AND ARE STARING AT ME". I am so comfortable now that at bowling last week someone said that I should drink less Coke as my teeth will be damaged. He had no idea I had false teeth and he was standing two feet from me and he bowls with me three times a week. Next, if money is the issue, go to my dentist in Mexico as I know she is good and very very reasonable. Let me put it this way, what was quoted at $21,000 in Arizona she did for $1600, including two re-linings, and I am 100% satisfied. The office there does amazing implants too for cheap. I just am done with any more drilling in my life and dentures are fine and work great, no implants for me. I will be glad to give you their USA 800 number. The Mexican dental office is literally 400 FEET from the parking lot in AMERICA, with the border gate in between. It is that easy. I know at least 20 people near me who go to this place in Los Algodones, Mexico.

Sorry to be long winded, but I wanted to make sure you know you have a dental family here and we are here with you and for you. Let me know if I can be of any help as I have no idea where you are geographically. Good luck, and keep smiling, you look great and your teeth look great, now let us get them fitted and totally comfortable and make them your own so you forget you have false teeth, and no one else knows. I sometimes sleep in mine, depends on my mood. No one needs to know you have false teeth unless you decide to share. Hope this helped, and good luck, again.
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Oh my goodness this was so helpful and thoughtful. Thank you. I am in Tampa Florida area. So it’s a little haul BUT something to look into. Always have been apprehensive about another Country, but with good references and reviews it may be something I will do. I absolutely would LOVE the number. Again thank you for the time you spent making me feel welcome!
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SHANNIE
Look at Patricia's  post  below
Going to Costa Rico   might be closer then Mexico and there are some excellent dentists there
You can research them on the internet and get a firm price from them by writing to them
They are very competive

You are very young and very good looking so it is an important thing for you especially

The bottoms are really a problem with out implants
Let us know how you are handling this
Good Luck
Barbara
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Hi Dr C
Thanks for your advice
Do you know what your Mexican doctor charges for implants?
Do you know what his experience or training is in implants
Anything you tell us will be a big help including his name and number 

Barbara
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Hello, Barbara:

Thanks for the kind words. My dentist is quite well known and established in Las Algodones for over twenty years and he is Dr. Franco, and he has three other very qualified dentists there too. My personal dentist is Dr. Victoria Quintero, DDS, and not only have I used her, but so has my whole family and lots of friends. Their receptionist is Mary Lou, and their main assistant is Raphael, and they both speak fluent English and so ask for them when you call. The dentists are fairly fluent in English too and so no issues there.

Their USA toll free number is 877-218-1758. Their Mexican local number is 152-658-517-3496. Their web site is www.defrancodental.com. Tell them I asked you to call, DR CHAT, they are like family now since I take people there often, my personal work has been complete since last September. I may get new higher priced non acrylic dentures there at some point. I do like the ones they fitted me.

I am not totally sure on their implant rates as I am not looking to do implants right now but I have talked to their implant patients in the waiting area while I was waiting and they all said they were happy. Their labs look very professional and I can go only by my personal experience and those of my family and friends who have done crowns, root canals, extractions, full and partial dentures, upper and lower, etc. I cannot say anything but good things about them. And the low low prices are phenomenal. And they are literally 400 feet from the AMERICAN parking lot, you can see your car parked on the gated American side from their waiting room, which is surreal. By the way, parking fee is $6 PER DAY in the HUGE parking lot in America, which itself is so cheap. And the crossing takes minutes in either direction, very easy customs and immigration lines.
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Hi, I am so sorry at such a age you had to go through all that, and it was not your own doing either. May I say you are very pretty, so I think having your teeth sorted out may make you feel sort of complete. I have had all my teeth out, and not by the dentist, it was in marshal arts, but never mind, it happened in a fight situation, although I feel I know how you feel, it was worse for you because of your problem you had. I am sure, that once this is sorted, you will feel fantastic and enjoy life to the full, including eating.  

Warmest Regards Den x
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Thank you Den. It sucks but you have to move forward. I am now about 5 weeks out. The eating is the worst. On the other hand I have lost 15 lbs I didn’t need! Trying to at least drink protein shakes and vitamins. Hope you have a fabulous day.
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Hi Shannie, I have only uppers, but I would love to complement you on your teeth!  Who ever made them, made a fantastic job, and you have a beautiful smile.  Going through the next phase of having to have had your lowers out, would have been traumatic for you (I'm doing the best to keep mine as long as I can), and I just wanted to wish you all the best for learning to adjust with them.  You will get there in the end :-)
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SHANNIE

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Wow! Thank you. This page has certainly been a mood lifter! I’m so grateful I expressed my feelings. I rarely if ever speak about having dentures. I’m embarrassed
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Hi, my name is Patricia Thomas, I have had false teeth on the uppers since the 1970 1970's, I had all my lower teeth pulled in the last 2 years and the lower plate just did not fit and if I tried to eat or talk they would just pop out of my mouth. I am 77 years old and my young dentist has several implants under his belt.  I had the screws put in last Wed, I have literally no pain!!! We will wait for my mouth to heal and then place the teeth into place.  I just can't believe they don't HURT!!!! What I am saying is that if I can do it at 77, you can do it at 40, go for it! My dentist is right here in the USA Central Illinois and this works for me and the price is not outrageous. Don't let the opportunity get away from you.
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Wow! Awesome! So happy for you. The pain is definitely a fear. And the cost. I believe they want like $15,000. That’s just outrageous to me. Was hoping in a few years it wouldn’t be such a “specialty” and more of the norm. As the price will hopefully come down. I’m in Tampa Florida area. May be why it’s more expensive? Idk! Thank you for the kind words and knowledge.
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Patricia Woolums Thomas\

Y0u are 77 years  young
I have  implants for more then 11 years old and they are wonderful
Please tell us if you are getting  an over denture clip on or what ever your dental plan is
If you  could share the cost that would help
You will never regret getting  the implants
Good luck
barbara


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That is my major problem now, I have no insurance for this type dental work, my cost will be around $4,000.00 for the finished dentures. He uses my existing dentures and has placed 2 screws where my canines were and then put a cap on those,  right now I am rinsing my mouth with a prescription rinse until April 3, then go see him again to see if they have enough bone grown around the screws and if so, he will take the caps out an if nothing else is necessary he will attach permanent anchors to my dentures push the down and hopefully no more problems, I will keep you informed afterwards.
Good Luck everyone!
Patricia
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Hi Patricia
Sounds like you are getting an overdenture or a clip on to 2 implants denture
The price does not sound bad
Hopefully the dentist has experience in   implants
This should work out well for you  
No more slipping and sliding and much more comfort
Will your dentist be waiting about 6 months??
I am sure you have made the right decision/
keep  us informed
Good luck

Barbara