Problems with new dentures...and I hope this post doesn't disappear.

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I had my extractions done Sept 11...uppers only. Kind of a long story...originally wore a partial upper denture. Got hit square in the face by a bathroom door at work, knocking out a front tooth in January. Originally workers comp only wanted to pay for damage to the injured tooth...however I could not wear my partial missing a tooth and was told there was no guarantee my partial would fit it they did an implant. From the start I wanted a full upper denture since they could not guarantee the fit. Workers Comp insurance company dragged their feet ...ended up with a huge infection which severely loosened my already previously capped front tooth. Finally they agreed and I was sent to a general dentist, one that seems more interested in wrinkle smoothing injections and invisilign than doing dentures. (With workers comp you don't have a choice where you go.)
I have had the dentures 6 weeks...I still cannot chew without them slipping from side to side. My teeth are not level....the dentist says that is because of my teeth on the bottom. (Would you not take this into consideration when making the dentures???) I have to use the max amount of adhesive to make them stay in place while at work. There were several sharp edges...he told ME to file them down with a nail file. Isn't that HIS JOB?? I was in to see him today...I was only given 3 visits post extraction for adjustments. Without adhesive they simply fall out. The back left side was still painful and he filed the heck of it down and then gave it back to me with sharp edges...I asked him to smooth them out which he did but again told me to file any other spots with a nail file. He seemed more interested in my further treatment plan which I would have to pay for including a reline for this denture. No offer of a soft reline...nothing. (Like I would really consider going back to this guy even with my new dental insurance!)
Before I get on my attorneys back about this, I wanted to ask others is this type of treatment normal?? I have teeth and a pretty upper smile although crooked but to what expense?? Cannot chew, I cut my food into tiny pieces and swallow, lisp terribly, and they are always uncomfortable.
I live in SW Florida...there are lots of denturists in this area but they choose to send me to a general dentist. It is like sending someone with a broken leg to a urologist.
Thanks in advance.

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Joy Coon

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This is definitely NOT normal. While a general dentist is probably fine do fit dentures in most cases, you're case is not typical and you should be seeing a prosthodontist. I don't know anything about Worker's Comp law in Florida but you might consider finding a Worker's Comp attorney. You should not have to put up with this treatment. Good luck.
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I am having the same problem and am going to a person who only deals with dentures and partials. Had 20 teeth extracted mid July 2013 and still cannot eat without my mouth hurting to having to reapply adhesive ( I have to reapply the adhesive at least 5 times a day to keep these things in my mouth). What should I do? Should I just ask for the rest of the money be credited to my account and go elsewhere, I was charged and billed 4000.00 and after 4 months would like to be able to go out to eat in public. Don't think I should have to do anything like filing or sanding as the keep telling me I am supposed to do. Am so tired of not eating and constantly being in pain. This was done in Wilsonville, Oregon at Affordable Dentures. Does anyone have any idea of what I should do to get this taken care of properly. Any help would be more than appreciated. I can be reached at my email kathiscallihan@gmail.com.
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I went to Aspen dental and I cannot rave about them enough ,, I only had the extractions and immediates on Monday and have already called them three times for adjustments and each time they helped ...I went to a general dentist then he sent me to a gum doctor who then wanted to send me to an oral surgeon to have them extracted.. at aspen everything is done right there.. I will even get snap ons in 6 months when i am ready for my permanent ones... If you have an aspen dental in your area i would highly recommend them .. I couldnt be happier even though the adjustment to having them is a little trying .. Some people have commented that it has taken years off my appearance... Good Luck !
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Thanks much. Actually I have a friend who went to Aspen & he is very satisfied. I financed through Care Credit and spoke with them yesterday & filed a dispute to have all funds minus the amount for extractions credited back to my account & if this goes through I will contact Aspen. By the way for the snap ons, are you being charged additional fees because where I went the would want an additional 3500.00.
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The snap ons are extra but think they will be worth it at least for the bottoms ,, havent asked for a price yet long road ahead before i get there.
I am just happy to be able to smile again and loving the diet can tell the difference already by the way my pants fit ...
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I would definitely file a dispute for your money ,,,
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I've gone to Aspen Dental in Central FL and they are amazing. You are NOT getting the normal treatment. I've been told to not file or do anything on my own, but to call back and if it's that urgent they'll fit me in as a walk-in. I've even called with crazy questions because this is so new and I don't have anyone to ask. They have been extremely helpful!

As for the implant dentures. It's the actual implant of the metal into the jaw bone that costs the most. The over-dentures that snap on or screw into place are fairly cheap, about the cost of dentures themselves. The implants are what hurts the wallet so bad.

Good luck on finding a new dentist that will treat you properly and take care of your soft realigns and fittings!
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Thank you so much. I am still waiting to see if the money will be credited back to my account so I can go elsewhere. They already have done 3 soft lines a rebase and they said a hard line but when watching them it seemed to be the same as a soft line and yesterday a piece of the plastic ot whatever came off in my mouth. Let me ask this how tall are the teeth on the inside of teh denture, mine are about 1/8 inch is this right. I don't think they should be that way. Also on the inside the teeth do not touch nor are they the same left side to right, they are crooked. Will have to see what happens, if they will credit my account as I cannot afford to go some place else till they do. Again Thank You
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Keep pushing and hopefully they will. The temp or healing dentures won't line up perfectly, but the soft alignments should help even them out some. Good luck!
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Ok day 5 and i cring when i have to put my bottom teeth in ,,, my gums are so sore ,, i kind of feel like an idiot going back to the dentist ,, do i just have to adjust ?
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I WOULD GUESS YOUR GUMS ARE SO SORE DUE TO THE EXTRACTIONS THAT PART HAS TO HEAL FIRST BUT IF NOT SURE DO CALL THE DENTIST THAT IS WHAT THEY ARE THERE FOR