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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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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HAPPY BIRTHDAY LIZZY! I hope your day I was everything that you wished for!
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Thank you so much!
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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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Happy Birthday Lizzy!
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Thanks ken
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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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Hi Deb, be careful about flexible or thermoplastic partials. They are not as stable especially if you're thinking for your lower which is a stronger bite and they are not repairable. Well they aren't in Canada so you may want to do your homework on that. :)
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Thankyou. I am 8 weeks into my full upper with my immediate denture. I paid more for a more "natural" denture with a 7 yr warranty and stain/odor resistant when I am all healed. I need a partial bottom..... the back teeth. I was looking at flexible so I will investigate more... but would you suggest I get the bottom partial made first or my final denture first? Not sure what order would be the best for my bite and for it to look nice. 
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Hey Deb flexible is an option for people with severe allergies but they also have the option of titanium. So like I mentioned before do your homework on that as your lower is a stronger bite. In my opinion at my work when someone needs a partial especially on the lower a cast partial is best. It's metal and thinner than acrylic and stronger. Do you have any severe allergies to metal? Also it's always best to get the set at the same time. When you get the set together you have an accurate bite. If you can't afford the set now then go with the upper and them get a lower but try not to wait forever to get it. I'm on my phone and can't see what I'm typing...lol I'll get back to you in a moment.
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Hi Deb sorry I can't change the color of my letters on this forum when I'm on my phone and it's a light grey. Ok as I was saying..so hopefully you have had a soft reline on your upper already and don't feel bad for going for adjustments no matter how many you need. I work in a Denture Clinic in Canada; things are different here and a Denturist is licensed but we are compassionate and understand this is a new object in your mouth. Honestly if you paid for a permanent denture for the upper you shouldn't get it no sooner than 6 mths. It takes up to 1 yr for healing but most pple are healed within 6 mths. A lower partial casting is paper thin, it is metal and no one will see the metal except you when you take it out. You will have metal clasps that anchor a cple of your remaining teeth (the farthest natural ones) but not very visible and some can make it where it's closer to your gum on those 2 teeth if possible. Remember everyones mouth is different and they will have to see if that will work. You can get thermoflex clasps that are like the color of your teeth but they are not stable. It's hard to explain but it's just the way the material is. I'm not sure where you are but in Ontario if someone breaks that it can't be repaired and the whole denture needs to be remade. That's why I want you to think about it. $$$$ And yes like I said and you asked it's best to get the set at the same time to have a correct bite. Not sure if I've answered everything? :) Do you have some more questions?
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It's so weird that we don't sell 2 sets here. Most places don't anymore.
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If you google lower cast partials images you will see some ideas. You should find out if you can get your hands on the thermoflex material and feel it in your hand to see how less stable it is. Sorry I don't mean to deter anyone on here but the clinic I work for we work to please the patient and make them happy and not make them "waste" their money.
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To be honest, I'm REALLY glad that they did 2 sets. Now, I realize that I had special circumstances, but I would have had 2 sets of great looking teeth no matter what, and I paid $1,015 for the whole thing (inc. All of the adjustments and relines that I needed).

This way, if something should happen to one set, I have a spare.

Just my 2 cents
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Yes and Alicia I'm not trying to say that bad for any of you that did that. It's obvious here that many things are done differently between Canada and the USA when it come to dentures and laws. I just hope all of you are happy aND that makes me happy. Any unfortunate experiences I read on here I wish I could help. :)
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I didn't think you meant it in a bad way at all! I just didn't want any newer people to think that they aren't getting a good, quality product at the end if they end up with 2 sets.

I should note 2 things-things - 1. The amount I paid was just for the dentures, not the extractions and 2. I was given an upgraded immediate denture when they screwed up my hard reline. But the most it would have cost is $1,850.

Someday I'll get the pics up!
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I am very happy i chose 2 sets. I am very active and you never know. I did get my soft reline just this tues and what a difference. I knew it would from my friends opinion. I have went into 3 or so dentists office and looked and held the flexible in my hand. I want to make the best decision so i was informing myself. I do understand the stability part of it. I will consider all when making my decision. I will not be getting the set together due to me not even wanting to go to this place for my top full denture..... but they had the best product for a full denture. So I will not be coming here for my lower. They will have to be done different times. My 1st denture that i have now is off center by 1/8 inch. May not seem alot to someone who does not have to wear it every day but that is all i see is how off center from my face it is. I get told "its only temporary" but in reality..... its not. If I had paid less and only got one set.... this would be it and i would not be happy. But i guess since it is one of two sets.... they think it is ok that it is off! I do not. I feel I paid for two decent pair of dentures. So i may make them remake this ..... not sure if I can get them to but I should not have to settle for Un aligned teeth because I dont want to hurt someones feelings for making them off line. I have to live with this.
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after seeing my healing on tues... the doc does want to get on the 2nd set but i told him no hurry! I want to wait the time I am supposed to. So thanks for your opionion on waiting 6 mo. I wanted to also so this confirmed it for me. I will make the dentist wait. They do realize the importance of waiting seen as I had a 6 place front bridge first. So they made me wait a good long time for that to heal between extractions and bridge installing.
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That's great that you are waiting. Like I mentioned earlier it's not the end of the world if you get them at different times. If it's done correctly they can match your bite to your new upper denture at the different place. Deb and I totally understand how you're feeling about your temp and you're right if it's off your mid line you should get  what you paid for and it should be corrected.. Things are just different here and dentures are not sold as 2 sets. There's also no costs in the fee guides for it. I've noticed recently a lot of people like yourself posting how much they paid for 2 sets and I think it's a great option to have and pretty good prices. You are right! If they are offering 2 sets in a package and saying one can be a spare why would you want it not matching your midline? That doesn't make sense to me either. I hope you can get it corrected or a remake.  :)
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Thanks. Not to change subject but I was always curious about canadian health system! Allthough I love your country and have been there long ago..(from michigan).... but I am not one who wants to move there! However I do think we need a universal health care system. We have way too many toothless people walking around that cannot afford the $1000 plus! It is quite sad. Does your health system cover dental at all?
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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.