partials or bridges...can't decide. stressed

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Hi. I'm new here. I've been reading through a lot of post/questions and have somewhat ease my mind a bit. I recently went to the dentist because I knew I need some work done. I'm in my 30s and feel completely lost and stressed due to the financial cost and the idea of getting dentures. I was told by my 1st dentist that I need to get my front 4 and bottom 4 teeth remove along with my back 2 top and bottom. He said I will have to get partials done. My first thought was dentures?? I felt really scared and nervous.

Long story short, I went to a 2nd dentist that was in my insurance network to get a 2nd opinion. He said I could get bridges done for the front teeth and do partials for my back teeth later on if I choose to. I like the idea of bridges, not having to be taken in and out, foreign object in my mouth, etc. But cost wise it's like 5x more then partials and it doesn't even help with my back teeth. If I choose to go this route. How long can I wait it out before I have to get partials done to replace the back 2 teeth.

My question is should I just go ahead and get partials because it seems like the oblivious choice? I mean I will have to get partials no matter what later on so should I just go ahead and get it now? Or should I get the bridges done now and worry about partials later? How do I deal with this concept? I'm really nervous and scared.

Another question is how long should I stay out of work post extractions an all? If I get partials I know it will take some time to get adjusted to and all. I work in retail so not talking is not an option. Please help.
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Gina2

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As someone who had no options other than dentures, if you can afford it, go for the bridges. After having my final 15 extractions and full upper and lower dentures I took 5 days off but wish I had taken more.
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Whatever u do don't wait it out. I waited and waited And after 7 years my teeth got really bad. I just turned 33 today and I have a full set of upper and lower dentures. Do what u think is best for you. Yes ur in your 30's but life has a way of doing things and if partials are the way to go then go for it. A lot of people don't even know I'm wearing dentures unless I tell them. So good luck to you.
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AliciaP

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY LIZZY! I hope your day I was everything that you wished for!
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lizzy

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Thank you so much!
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Elizabeth Thompson

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Pang, if it was me and I could've afforded bridges I would definitely do that as opposed to what I had to wind up doing which is a top denture. I think you can probably wait on the partials just my opinion
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Ken

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Happy Birthday Lizzy!
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lizzy

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Thanks ken
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Deb Cartwright-Cronkright

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oh my have i got an opinion for you and i hope it helps! I too came to a point i needed my 4 front teeth pulled at 37 yrs old. I was given a choice... by the same dentist.... partial, bridge or crown each one. Well 3 price options came with that... partial being 2400..... bridge 7000.... crowns 10500. I was able to afford the bridge with help from Carington dental plan and that aspen took this. Carington cost 70 a year. Worth it to me and money back if you dont. I ended up paying 3100 instead of 7000! Told it would last 30 yrs. I could bite what ever i wanted. All though i did not quite go with this.... i was careful. They used my 2 canines to attach the bridge to. So I had a 6 place front bridge. Evenly front. I had been back for visits and all. Last july 2015.... just after 5 yrs.... it fell out!!! Luckily i had kept the front flipper they had made for me while my teeth pullings healed! Put that baby in and long story a little shorter...... I now have a full upper. I went for two other opionions after that and aspen should of not used 2 teeth to cement a front 6 place bridge. They should of used more teeth maybe. I should of chose the partial because they ground the crap outta my two, perfectly good canines to do this! Although gotta say..... i loved the bridge while it lasted.... versus this thing i got dealing right now. They gave me more options but screw it! I was just going to put off the inevitable. I investigated for a very long time on rather to get a partial or full. I thought.... "they are cloning sheep! Isnt there a cadillac of dentures." So I started looking into "flexible partials." Some are expensive but there are some that are not that bad. Well i only had 5 teeth left up top after the 2 canines snapped off that the bridge was attached to and the crown next to it that was put on the same time also snapped off! So i opted for the aspen full dentures. I hated going there but they had the best product! They have an option for comfidents.   A little more but you get 2 pair and seems like a good deal. I now am 43 and 6 weeks into my new full upper. I dont love it but what you gonna do. I definatly need them to adjust and have an appointment next week so we will see how that works. In 6 months or so they will fit me with my comfi dent. Now I need to address the back teeth on my bottom and I think i am going to see if i can try a flexible partial. I allready have a dentist in mind on that also. I hope all this helps anyone who needs it cause this is a very bad thing for people to have to try to figure out.
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Josie

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I wish we had dental coverage. That is something that's been discussed but i doubt it will happen.
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Hey Josie, I had 3 front teeth on the bottom pulled, numbers 24, 25, 26.I have 27, 28, 29 left on the right lower and 23 , 22, 21, 20, 19 on the lower left. If I have 30 replaced separately fo you think a bridge could be made for 24, 25, 26? ?? Should they be attached to the teeth next to them or further away?
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Deb,
When I say that they 'screwed up my hard reline', that is part of what happened - my midline was off completely. On my tops, evidently the mold shifted and there was a front tooth over the center. I have a pic of my teeth like that as well as BEFORE, w/TEMPS (taken on E-day), and AFTER.

I raised all sorts of h*ll! They remade the temps and gave me upgraded temps as well as top line permanent.

Good luck!
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Hey Paul before I continue we count teeth differently here. We count from top right 11-18 top left 21-28 bottom left 31-38 and bottom right 41-48. Give me a sec let me pull up the american tooth guide and read your post again. Thanks.
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This is what I found online for USA.  Paul you can get a bridge for the 24-26 and those teeth will be your pontics  and the 23 and 27 will be abutments. Check with your dentist. I haven't worked in a Dental Lab in several yrs. I work in a Denture Clinic now so only Dentures.
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Wow!  I'm so glad I found this site!  I have to decide on partials or bridge and crowns and the input from people here has been invaluable.  Thank you so much!

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Hey Kathryn if you decide to get any crowns and a partial as well make sure you get the crown first and then start the partial to make sure the partial fits over the crown. :)
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Kathryn Massey Rady, that's great to hear! We are thrilled to have you join us. 
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I'm so glad that I'm getting 2 sets. It's always good to have a spare pair and that's just my opinion. Like I said everywhere I looked they offered the immediate set and then the permanent set. Some places are just pricier than others depending on the quality u want or get. I chose the most expensive because for one I want good quality teeth. So far my experience with aspen has been great and I always read that people don't like the way their dentures fit or like how they were made, etc. mine came out great and I've only had to go in for relines which were free because of the package I got. I wish everyone the best of luck on their denture journey. Oh by the way, I've already set up my appointment for my impressions for my permanent dentures in June. So excited.