Two years and a mess

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I am now over two years in my denture journey, $24,000 total, 10 implants supporting my dentures, 6 implants and a permanent denture on top, 4 implants, mental bar and bottom denture clips on the bar. I have only had these dentures for a little over a month, already had three teeth break, my dentist contacted the lab and they say they have a higher failure rate due to the implants and high bite force. I can tell y dentist is growing weary fixing things for free, I asked if the lab provides any warranty, not sure, My dentist hass worked on my bite alignment now three times to evenly distribute the bite force and I just broke another tooth off. I am at my wits end, don't know what to do next.
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Ruidoso Bill

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Patti

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I am so sorry to hear of your problem. I can imagine how stressed out and depressed you must be. What is causing the breaking? It can't be regular food unless they aren't made correctly. Don't they attach to posts that are imbeded in your bone?
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Ruidoso Bill

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Yes, the top is screwed in and does not come out, the bottom is removable, clips on to a titanium bar.
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Bill, no wonder you are discouraged. Implants are supposed to be the absolute answer to stable dentures. Have you tried getting another opinion?
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Ruidoso Bill

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I just called my oldest brother who is a retired dentist, his advice is to get a second opinion, problem is I live in a small town, my current dentist is 55 miles away. I think I will ask my current dentist if he could help me with a second opinion, he stated his lab is having some issues with implant supported dentures and breakage so what does he feel is the next step. Oh well, after paying for these not a lot left in the pot money wise.
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Did your dentist have expectations of them lasting longer? Seems as though a warranty for several years should be expected.
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Ruidoso Bill

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The bar has a warranty but not sure about the dentures, he hasn't charged me anything additional yet.
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Ruidoso Bill

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Implant supported dentures are absolutely the answer to stable dentures, the problem is bite force, since my bite is transferred to my jaw bone so it is now the denture acrylic material failing.
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Why wouldn't your dentist use another lab since they know there is a problem with them?
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Ruidoso Bill

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He actually uses different labs for different things, he says he has had the most success with this one so that's why he is so puzzled.
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Well I have some progress to report, I have my "old" lower denture back in, he was able to modify it to fit over the bar, New denture has been sent back to the lab. The idea is to add material to the new denture so it is in contact with my gums so I will will feel the bite force and hopefully that will help me control it. With no feeling one can generate a lot of bite force which is what he thinks is causing the breakage. Will wait and see.