Should i get dentures?

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I went to dentist just finished fixing teeth last october 3,000..  Now a treatment plan long term is made .  4 crowns .....   4 fillings.   $4500.00 ....I was thinking of dentures.  The dentist tried to talk me out of it saying it is not a good thing to do that i can save the teeth.   I also have no enamel on my teeth ... Can i get some opinions ? Thank you Sheryl
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Sheryl Greenfield

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Cassie Duff

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Personally its up to you as to what you want to do. In the long run can you afford to keep going back to the dentist for fillings etc? Are you in any pain? Due to a serious illness i had 2 options fix them or remove them . In the long run they wouldve had to come out eventually wether 10yrs or 20 so i chose get them out. I dont regret it but i do get frustrated when they get loose etc but at the end of the day im pain free can smile again and i love my new teeth . Some have a hard time with dentures some have no problems at all.
The best thing you can do is a pro and con list for both and decide from there what you want.
My dentist didnt want to pull my teeth but once i told him why i needed to do it etc he done it but he wasn't happy about it.
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Hi Sheryl

The first thing I would say is to get a second (& perhaps third) opinion re the state of your teeth and find a dentist you trust and can really talk to.

Personally, I would put off having dentures for as long as possible. It's certainly a 1 way option; you can't go back to your own teeth once they're gone!


I have full upper and bottom dentures, and while they do look nice when I'm wearing them, I dislike eating with them in as they affect taste incredibly. (Surprisingly I can eat most things without my teeth in- in the privacy of my own home of course.).


I still find my dentures quite uncomfortable to wear too.


I would be asking myself: what am I hoping to achieve with dentures?

If it's primarily cosmetic, I would caution against it.

If you're suffering dental pain, are there any other possibly less expensive options?

If you can manage with your teeth as they are now but are considering dentures as you think you'll end up with them in the longer term anyway, I would counsel waiting.


My one consolation after having my dentures done (about 8 months ago) was that I had left it to the very last minute I could to get them. My natural teeth had been severely affected by medication and were literally crumbling in my mouth.

Had I done it any earlier, I personally would have been upset.


Certainly, do your research!

It's not only what they'll look like. That's actually the least of it.

Try talking to anyone you know who wears dentures or people online, about how they FEEL, how much work they are (frequent adjustments when they rub - they all do) and affects on other parts of life such as kissing!


Best of luck with your decision Sheryl. Just make certain it's the right one for you!

Susie
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It's really a crime what these crooks charge. There is no regulation of the Dental industry. Dental Insurance pays for nothing and if they do pay it's maybe 30 or 40%. You go to these guys or gals are in the chair less than 30 minutes and you get billed over 1000 grand. On top of that most do very poor work and some even incompetent. The entire industry needs an overhaul. 
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Lisa Snook

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I'm with Susie, she said exactly what I would have. If your teeth can be saved, keep them as long as possible.
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Wendy Atkin

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Save your real teeth for as long as you can. Dentures are no fun ,and there are many everyday things that you will miss if you get dentures. 
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If you trust your dentist, 4500 is alot cheaper than dentures . You could find other dentists that offer free consultation and then consider your options. If unsure, don't rush in, but if your dentist was unethical I think He/she would charge more for the work. My dentures were going to cost 20,000. I found a dentist that did for 7000. I can only wear uppers...have jaw problem. Sometimes dentists do "try to save the teeth" and it costs alot. So 4500....seems reasonable.
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It is up to you but I would save my teeth if I could I have  I saved my teeth I could and I got two partials I am happy with them. Try toothpaste for sensitive teeth
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joan rosenblatt

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Try and save your teeth.  Partials hold much better than dentures. If you have good bone the dentures will fit much better.  Dentures are another world bottom dentures are the hardest to deal with.  Mainly because they don't stay in even w denture paste.  And for me I hate  them.  Sorry but that's just me.  Sometimes I  eat without them when I am home.  
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Me too Joan, I can't even eat with mine in since I can't wear bottoms . But still better than an unhealthy mouth. I agree...if they can be saved then much better
In my family we all have bad teeth
Out of 6 kids, I'm the only one with dentures (had chemo) the rest have partials and 1 with implants..much better. But, I understand when that much money is involved, it gets you thinking and some are in it for the money. Sheryl sounds like she had reasonable dentist.
Oh, I Really Miss going out to restaurants to eat. Have to get take out
Yeah...try to save teeth.

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Personally I think you generally know when dentures are going to be the sensible option.  If you have constant pain and dental restorations do not last, I think you are probably better going for the denture option sooner rather than later.  I had all my teeth out shortly after my fortieth birthday.  The transition to dentures is a challenge and takes time but most people master them in the end.  Yes, you will have to adapt to them to be able to eat effectively.  After getting dentures I realised that I should have opted for them several years before I did.  The freedom from pain was an amazing relief, And I felt healthy from the start.  Now I have been wearing full dentures for over twenty seven years I do not regret the decision.  It was the right one for me.  Good luck!
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Steve, how long did it take you to get used to them? I'm 42 and in need of full lowers. I've read how much your jaw shrinks that eventually nothing will hold it in (unless you get implants which is out of the question for me). Did you find over 20 years that's happened? Thanks
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Madison:

The biggest issue with getting used to dentures is getting used to eating with them.  Speaking and learning to keep the lower denture in place happened quite quickly.  With eating you have to start from scratch.  When I first got my dentures my bite was pathetic and I did worry whether I would ever really eat properly again.  Gradually I managed harder foods.  There are some foods that are too hard or chewy for dentures and others with pips or seeds which work under the lower plate so I avoid them.  Also, you need to cut food up with a knife and fork as denture teeth are not so good for biting through food.  But I can eat most things and enjoy my food. I really felt proficient using dentures after my dentures were given a hard reline after about six months after the final extractions as by then my gums had fully hardened and healed.

In the first months your gums shrink substantially, particularly the lower one.  Actually that is a good thing because it means that your permanent dentures when you get them are much less bulky than the immediates.  After that your gums go on shrinking but very slowly.  My lower gums are much smaller than they were but are still adequate for dentures.  That is after twenty seven years of denture wearing.  I have never had any intention of getting implants.  I hope that helps.
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You were very helpful and encouraging. Thank you so much
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Melanie Renna

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I struggled with that question myself! I had several missing teeth and the teeth I did have were cracked or had cavities. 2 months ago I had all my teeth extracted, it wasn't painful at all (for me atleast) I am 31 years old and didn't want to be embarrassed about smiling or laughing in public! The 2 months flew by and I had my first impressions done for my dentures on Friday and will have them soon! And I am so excited to have beautiful teeth that I won't have to worry about! I struggled like you should inor shouldn't I, and now I'm kinda ticked at myself I waited for so long, it's your decision but I am sure you will make the best one for yourself. Best of luck!
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Madison

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How long did it take you to talk and eat better? Do you have implants? I can't afford implants and so afraid the lower won't stay in place
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Madison:

Your lower denture will always be less secure than your upper.  That is in the nature of them as there is no suction with a lower denture as there is with an upper and movements of the mouth can easily dislodge a lower denture.  For all that you will soon learn to keep your lower denture in place with your tongue and lips and this will become second nature.  If occasionally the lower denture floats up it is easy to reseat it without it being obvious to others.  Some people use an adhesive to help to keep the lower denture in place.  I have never done so..
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I do t have them yet implants are expensive I am getting dentures, like Steve said there is definitely an adjustment period but I need to go into it with a positive mindset! There will be days hour sad but in the end it's the best choice I can make! I'll have my dentures on 5 weeks can't wait to post picture
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My teeth could have been saved, but the cost was around 8 to 10 grand.  Then there's no guarantee there wouldn't be more cost down the road.  The problem with the save the teeth at all cost idea is you're the one paying the cost, sitting in the chair, suffering through the work.  I had all my teeth extracted 4 weeks ago, the good and bad, and wouldn't change it for anything. 
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I'm 68 years and 15 years ago I had 11 implants put in and 4 veneers on my front teeth.  All to the tune of $50,000.  As of 3 years ago, all the implants have been lost and now my front teeth are infected.  I'm currently considering just having them all pulled out and getting dentures.  Don't know if this help you or not but I feel I wasted over $60,000 total over the years.
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do not get FULL dentures-if you have any teeth left-just get partials-i know of other people i've met online watching youtube videos who have spent what you have and are now miserable and looking for help-have you watched KALINJAX on youtube?  she had a great denture-but she entered a contest to win a new 4 in 1 at golpa dental in las vegas-we all voted for her and she won-they flew her there-she looked GREAT and then, the co. IVOCLAR reached out to her and said 'hey, we think we can make you look even BETTER'.....i thought-how blessed can one girl get?  anyway-she looks great-her pic. is on the website called MORE THAN A DENTURE-if you  haven't seen what's possible in dentures and implants-check out her youtube and f/b page-her name is Kristi Lind but her videos are under kalijax.  i hope and pray we all get the help we need.  it shouldn't cost all this money just to smile again.  
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If implants are an option go for it.  DENTURES are another world.  If you have good bone your chances of dentures will hold better, if not please read some of he blogs on this site BEFORE you dp anything.
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I wouldn't wish this journey on my worst enemy, however, having the folks in this group has made it survivable! I put off the lowers too long, infections, so do what is best for your health....just don't think this is the "easy" way out, it's amputation with prosthetics.