I am a 28, at 13 I was in a serious accident and had alot of facial trauma and reconstruction surgery and so on. Since then my teeth went downhill literally almost overnight, I was always sick, abcesses, fevers & infections! I had all my teeth pulled out this May and have had dentures since mid June and will get my permanent porcelan ones in about 5-10 months.
I needed about 15-18 root canals and all had to be crowned and had 3 opinions done in trying to save my god awful teeth. If I would have had the root canals and bridges done they figured at most they'd last is 1.5-2 years then I'd have to go back and pay to have teeth pulled or crowned again. So I made the decision instead of putting about 40 to 50 thousand and still be sick and later have to get it done again, I got mine pulled.
Do I regret it.....not really. Yes it's different it's a change and no one likes change...but if you go into with a positive attitude it'll truely help.
If you really can save them and not for a short time only, save them.
The other word of advice, yes I know to each their own but when/if you finally decide dentures is the way you are going, get your teeth pulled then wait as long as you can to start making them. Your mouth/gums shrink the most in the first year of getting teeth pulled.
I did all my impressions 2-3 weeks post op so here's an example;
May 27th teeth out
June 6th made impressions (about 5 appointments in a two week period)
June 17th ready and in my mouth
Well just from June 6th to 17th wow they were too big. I am now 3 months post op and am still healing/shrinking so they one day fit great then the next they are to big to the point no glue or powder helps. The reason being is they were made at 2-3 weeks post op and I was swollen so by end of August think how much difference their is in your mouth/gums, I never ever thought of that when I was making my dentures I just thought yay teeth!!!!
So if you can wait till your denturist feels your healing is done to about 60-70% wait, you'll get better placement of how/where your teeth sit, size of denture, the longer you wait the less bulky it should be and the more you feel it fits..mentally you do better.
So ya if I didn't have to work and if I wasn't so self paranoid and I also got married 3 weeks ago and I wouldn't do it toothless so I wanted my teeth and now I wish I had a bit more patience and waited to make them.
I am so sorry for rambling but it is a serious decision and if it's just for looks don't pull em, look into veneers or fillings,caps whatever there's nothing like you'r real teeth
Good luck, let us know how it goes