I have a dilemma and I would love some feedback. I am about to have extensive dental work. On my upper teeth I have to decide between a full denture or a 6 tooth fixed bridge, 1 or 2 implants, and a partial removable appliance. Although it would be a relief not to have tooth problems, the thought of not having any upper teeth frightens me. There is also a financial factor-many thousands more for the fixed bridge, etc. I would love to hear from people (especially women) with dentures, and how they feel about them. Thanks for your opinions about this.
I have an upper partial and only didn't get a full set of upper and lower dentures due to money at the time I had it done. I am anxiously awaiting the time when I have saved up enough to have the full set done. I have had problems for as long as I can remember (I was 3 when I had my first partial, how sad is that!). It will be nice to not have any pain when I eat or breathe or drink. I don't regret having it done. Sure it's a little scary knowing that I will never have my own natural teeth but somewhere down the line should I come across the money I can have a full set of implants put in and they can act just like my own set of teeth. My partial is wonderful and doesnt' cause me any pain, no sensitivity, nothing. It's great! I can't answer to a full set of dentures...yet, though.
Mom (Bipolar, OBS & Sleep Apnea) to 2 boys:
ages 6 (Autism & Asthma) and 8 (Bipolar and ADHD)
I think you will find a full set of upper dentures the best and less expensive.
I had mine done 7 years ago and have no regrets. The best thing is no more pain.
The most important thing to do is go back after 6 months to get them refit.
Since the refitting I didn't even have to use glue to hold them in, and they
look much better than my real teeth ever did.
Thanks to you both for your feedback. I think that I am leaning toward a full upper denture. can anyone out there give me an idea as to what questions to ask and/or what to discuss with my dentist before I go ahead with this?
There are lots of things you should ask. I will try to run down the list as I remember my experiences.
Get everything in writing- the entire plan not only the cost of things but the general timeline too.
You will need to know how much for extractions- per tooth.
How much for the immediate denture or dentures and if the cost for adjustments and relines is covered in this cost, if so for how long or how many?
Will this denture be replaced with what is commonly called a permanent denture (it is still removable) but made to fit better on healed gums?
Ask if you may see pictures of patients he/she had placed dentures in- preferably someone close to your age and same gender.
Talk to family and friends- find out who you know that wears dentures- talk to them in private about their experiences and if they are happy with their dentures and the dentist they used.
It is a big change and if you have never worn a removable dental appliance you need to know it takes time to get used to. Having your teeth extracted is surgery and you need time to recover from it. You will also go through some emotional changes, you are losing a part of your body...forever! You will be learning to use a prosthesis and everything you did with your mouth that you never thought twice about will require some thought and some effort for a while.
be sure to bring those close to into the loop, use them for support. The more they know and understand about what you are going through the better they can support you.
I have dentures and they are not the worst thing in the world. They took some time to get used to but now I think about them more when they are out than when they are in.
top dentures are far better to get on with than lower dentures !!
i have a partial denture up top ,the suction of your roof of your mouth holds the denture in !!
i know plenty of people who have full dentures and say its the best thing they done !!
lower dentures are far worse to get on with as there isnt any suction there to keep them in place and you have to learn to keep them there or use adhesives
a partial denture uses as much in your mouth as a full one ,
so rather paying more money out for bridges that can cause some many problems
also dental implants arnt as simple as many think !!
they need extra special cleaning and doesnt always take for many reasons and once implanted if they dont take you dont get a refund
not that i know of anyway !!
pain i know loads about ive suffered for years and a top denture you be fine with as long as you get a good dentist to make you a good pair thats a good fitting
they do say its better to have the teeth out and wait for the gums to heal before having the denture !!
but ,i couldnt go without teeth i be too embarrassed ,so i elected to have my dentures ,put in straight away and it was only tempory until my gums healed and i had to go back for a permanant denture once they were healed
what you got to think about is whats your teeth at the moment like now ?
are you embarrased to smile because they look awful?
and are in pain?
well in my opinion i would say go for full denture !! if your teeth look awful at moment and are in paina s well as bridge and implants may not be the answer also cost lot of money and be wasted if they dont work for you !!
you are in lot of pain ? but they look ok??
if this is the case ,well see about sorting out the teeth that hurt you ,maybe take the nerve out so no pain ?
its a big decision and in the end only you can make that decision as i know myself you got to ask questions and then make a decision then just go for it and dont look back
as once your teeth are out thats it? well apart from if you dont like the denture implants be the only thing you can get
or mini implants !!
which is all expense
good luck and i hope what ever you decide your happy with the outcome
I just had all my teeth extracted yesterday, May 18, 2009. I had no choice as I had been having gradual bone loss since 1989 and now had almost no bone left to hold my remaining teeth (14). I cried a lot last night. My teeth may have been wobbly, but they were MINE. And I miss them more than I can say.
If you have any teeth that can be salvaged, do NOT have them pulled. Do anything you can to preserve your natural teeth, even if only a few! There will be bone loss over time with full dentures. To quote Dr. Spiller:
"As soon as the natural teeth are removed, the face begins to age rapidly. When new dentures are inserted for the first time, your facial appearance remains the same...at first .... But as soon as you walk out the door, the bone that held your original natural teeth begins the process of resorbtion (disappearing) which begins the process of collapsing your facial appearance."
Implants can, however, prevent bone loss as they osseointegrate with the bone. I will have mini implants done after 6 months to hold my dentures in place. 4 upper and 4 lower. Hopefully, there will be less plastic in my mouth (unnatural feeling and loss of taste) as dentures can be created in an arch rather than covering the entire roof of my mouth.
Estimated cost for implants alone are $3,300. Cost for general anesthesia, extractions, temp. dentures, perm. dentures, relines etc. is $5,918. I'm on a payment plan called CareCredit which allows me to spread payments out over time. Thank goodness for that or I would not have been abke to afford it.
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How many implants are you having put in? Your pricing sounds incredibly reasonable. I just went to peridontist with my mom --two implants and set of dentures 10k, 4 implants with metal on top and dentures 20k, 6 implants with metal on top and permanent dentures 35k!! Or is they guy we went to ridicuous?? lagunaniguel
appreciated your comments. My mom is 82. Dentures on top, lots of bridgework on bottom. She has 9 bad looking brown teeth. Doc says to weak. If he tries to make her bridgework it will last a couple of years at most. He said the good news is she is in excellent health and on no medications, no osteoporosis. Therefore he can do implants on her. We are looking at 4 implants with metal on top 20k or 6 implants with metal on top and teeth are permanent for 35k. It is a lot of money. I want mom to feel comfortable, smile without worry, eat in a restaurant without worry. She does not like the idea of cleaning implants (dr visits), what if implant goes south, what about if food gets stuck --permanet ones she can't take out and clean. Now she is saying maybe she should just get regular dentures and use the paste to hold them in. Forget implants.
It seems if she has trouble with her upper dentures being a bit loose what will she do with bottoms --glad you mentioned bottoms are harder to wear. lagunaniguel
Upper dentures can be relined to fit better. My husband has uppers and lowers and does not need paste, which I understand is really sticky and hard to clean out of the mouth. My dentist says it takes from 2 months to a year to get used to lowers. Hope your Mom finds a comfortable solution. I am still deciding.
I am having dentures put in the top of my mouth for $2300. The prices I am seeing on here seem a bit extreme, unless they are based on not having dental insurance. My dental is covering $1800. I am not buying the most expensive ones, but I am also not buying the cheapest.
I am not sure I buy the whole "aging rapidly" theory. I know people with dentures, they look younger than me. I think dentists will say anything to get one to keep their original teeth simply because there is more money in it for them. A root canal then a cap is a lot more profitable than pulling the tooth and putting in a replacement.
it depends on what your real teeth looked like..i got uppers a week ago i had 5 upper teeth left and have 4 lower left....got 5 upper pulled and dentures put right in...dentures sores are the worst of it...i love the look..before i looked like some half wit with big spaces on each side now i have a pretty white straight teeth smile...would do it over in a heartbeat...well i will be in a few months when i get my lowers...yeah if your have nice teeth you definately do not want dentures,,,but for me it was 100% improvement