Why are my dentures turning black?

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I came across this site after I searched for “Why are my dentures turning black?” I never realized so many people were going through/had gone through, this trauma! I am 59 years old and have had full top and partial bottom dentures for nearly 30 years and it doesn’t get any easier!

My trouble started when I got pregnant at the age of 18, when my teeth would become painful and brittle. Up until that point my teeth were near perfect. I went to a dentist who removed 7 at one time. I was so traumatized and developed a morbid fear of dentists. Subsequently I had more removed until I just decided to have the entire upper teeth removed and replaced with dentures. Initially I felt and looked better but I could never shake the stigma and shame of having dentures at such a young age and never spoke to anyone about it and no one EVER saw me without them in. Nothing repulsed me more than the thought of them soaking in a glass beside the bed, (I would soak them in the morning during my bathroom routine). I am now paying the price for NOT doing so.

I remarried at the age of 41 and never ever discussed my “problem” with my husband. A couple of times I have had surgery and told the nurses not to let my husband into the recovery room so that he wouldn’t have to see me without my dentures. Obviously he knows now because I needed to tell the doctors beforehand, but I refuse to talk to him about it. Over the years my dentures have had to be replaced for various reasons, i.e. broken, loose, worn etc. It has only been the past couple of years that I have discovered the damage I have been doing to myself. Because of my fear of dentists I go only when necessary. Recently I looked into the possibility of getting implants, because my features were changing, I was losing my confidence and I didn’t like to smile. I found a new dentist to make me some new dentures and asked about getting implants done. When he examined me he told me it was impossible. As a result of me not removing my dentures at night my bone had worn away so badly there was not enough bone to hold any implants. I was also informed that by not removing dentures at night could also cause oral cancer. This was a huge wake up call for me. There isn’t anything I can do now because the damage is done, even a bone graft would not be possible for me. So to all you young folk going through this traumatic experience, take care of what you have and try to develop a routine that will preserve your features and oral health. I only wish I knew the consequences of my vanity years ago.
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lisa j Llewellyn

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That is a very sad story, but one that you can empathize with. Vanity is something we all hide behind. Please take care of yourself and best of luck with the situation.
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Thank you Lisa
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At the age of 17 I had my first child and had nine teeth removed shortly after. I was born lactose intolerant and back in my day they did not have calcium tablets. I might add that I am 61. At 25 I had the last 17 teeth pulled at one time and put dentures in and since that day there has been many ups and downs. But I can tell you Denise that as we age all of our bone structure breaks down when we have dentures. Because the teeth are not there to support it anymore there for every one of us will lose our bone structure. It is not because you didn't like to take them out at night. So don't blame yourself for something that's naturally occurring. And yes thank God that cushion grip is back on the market because I was really getting scared.
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Thanks for sharing Diana