Wearing my bottom partial to work for the 1st time

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Wish me luck. I kinda got my speech lined out over the weekend. I still don’t have it back 100%. I hope no one can tell, or that I don’t get tongue tied. If I stress about it, I sound pretty rough. I gotta stay cool.
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Good luck, I'll be thinking of you, and cheering you on.
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So far so good
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I bet you did fine!
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I was a champ. Had to talk. A LOT. Confidence is up right now
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Awesomesauce! Good to hear! Why do I keep calling you Chucky? I thought I read that somewhere in the past...sorry Charlie.
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Chucky is cool with me
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I’m actually doing quite well with it. It had to have some serious adjustments, but it is much better now.
For a permanent, what type of partial do you recommend? Chrome, acrylic (what I have now), or the semi-flexible?
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Good news. For the Partial Lower you should go with Chrome (Cast Metal aka Casting). There will be some acrylic on it where the teeth will be and look like "gums" . Acrylic teeth can't bond to metal.  A Partial Lower Casting is actually thinner and stronger than just a pink acrylic partial. It's stronger as our bite is with the lower jaw. It does cost a bit more for the Partial Casting but trust me...it's way better to spend the few hundred more as it will last longer and won't feel so bulky in your mouth like a Partial Acrylic will feel.

Please do me a favor as Dentist's tend to do this a lot and we've learned over the years not to fabricate this kind of Partial. Actually many Denturists fabricate them here as well as that's what they're taught in school.  Don't let them make you a Partial Casting -Lingual Bar. It causes a lot of pain for people as it will dig into your gums over time. I'll show you a pic. We don't make them anymore. We have many people come in that had it made from a Lab through their Dentist and it causes a lot of discomfort.  I grabbed this pic online. Look how low the metal bar is in the center behind the teeth.
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That’s great info. Do you have a pic of what I should ask for?

When this happens to you, you really go in blind. You don’t know what to expect, what’s good, what’s bad. And from my experience they don’t tell you much. I assumed I’d be getting a chrome partial, not acrylic, although I assume that’s because I’m going through a lot of changes and acrylic is easy to adjust
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Sorry I was trying to download another pic of what you should get and the pics are kind of crappy. This is what I found. You will want to ask them to make you a Lingual Apron...It looks to me as I was googling pics they call it a Lingual Plate in the USA. Look at the pic and do you notice the difference of how the metal rests? This one rests more against your gums/natural teeth and not "digging" in.
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The metal clasps that anchor your teeth are common to get loose from time to time. Please don't attempt to tighten them yourselves as if you break it you'll be responsible. We don't charge to tighten the clasps ever as it takes two minutes but hopefully the Dentists don't that people deal with on here.
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Pretty clear. Looks wider, but thinner. I guess it’s flat and doesn’t rub
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IMO I don't think you should go with a flexible. There are several types out there and many of them can NOT be repaired if you break it. They can't bond back together nor use new material to bond them. That means having to get a whole new one. We don't make them in our Clinic because of that reason. I'm not here working to rip people off. I've had a few people come in here with a broken flexible made somewhere else and they were not told it can't be repaired if it breaks. Soooooo make sure if that's the route you take ask the Dentist if  the type of flexible one they would make for you is repairable if it breaks.
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That sounds scary. Maybe the metal is the best route
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Yes Chucky but I've seen pics of permanent acrylics on this forum and people having issues and they don't know why they weren't giving a Casting. I shake my head quite a bit seeing those posts....unfortunately.
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Yea the 1st pic is a thin flat "bar" where the 2nd one is higher. If you put your tongue under your front lower bone it's kind of soft before you can't go any lower with your tongue. Imagine the 1st pic "bar" digging into your gums in that area. Yeaaaa NO THANKS!
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Good info. I still don’t know why we aren’t told these things. I will pay a little more for comfort lol.
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And I have the acrylic version of that bar now. I hate it’s location. Easy to get your tongue under it.
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Here's a better pic (I think) of what you DON'T want.
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YASSSSS! That too. So many people complain of that and also easier for food to get stuck because the bar is thin.
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I've said on here several times in the past. It's our mouth and we are the boss and don't hesitate to ask them questions. Unfortunately most of us are not educated much about teeth, crowns, dentures etc so we don't even know what to ask. We "trust" them and hope we are in good hands and expect them to educate and teach us. People often tell me the same thing in here and our motto is to try and provide the best service and educate the people so they know all their options before making a decision.
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Wait....Chucky did you say you have an acrylic version of that bar????!!!! I'd love to see a pic of it some day.
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Awesome!