Re: Any young people here who have had dentures or implants?
Hi there. I'm not really sure how much help I will be to you but I'm new here and thought I would respond with my experience thus far.
I'm only 25 and go in next month to have a full extraction of my upper teeth with an immediate denture to fallow. I will also be having 3-4 of my bottom molars removed and some minor fillings on my bottom front teeth.
I grew up in a very poor home with a single income(mother passed away as a child). I can count the times I'd been to a dentist on 2 hands between 8 years old and 24 when I finally bit the bullet and started getting this stuff on track. My top teeth are to a point where only about 3-4 are salvageable and instead of attempting to save them we are going with a full denture and nice even teeth. Most of my problems stem from my childhood and was just work that was never done. The state of my teeth largely effects my life. I was a young mom after moving out on my own and without medical benefits getting the work done just wasn't an option. I'm also terrified of dentists so that's got some play into it. lol.
Anyways, back on track. Last year I did a lot of looking. I phoned and emailed many dentists. Told them my situation and got a feel for who I thought would be the bets fit for me. My son was referred to a dentist and as it turns out she's great. I decided to give her a try. I went in expecting the worst, because it really is a bad situation. Many of my teeth have broken and snapped, in a couple areas only roots remain. My first appointment was nerve racking but better than I expected. I filled out the questionnaire, they ask you your history and all of that, and then I had Xrays. She then talked about what sort of plan I would like to have in place. She looked at my Xrays and then went through my mouth looking. She made a list of all the teeth that had to go, the minor work that needed done and everything. I'm in a constant battle with infections in my gums. They come and go but she didn't seem TOO concerned. I also learned I've got an impacted wisdom tooth I was unaware of.
We decided I would go to the OR and be put to sleep and have it all done at once. I could have gone to a dental surgeon and had my work done much faster but it's twice as expensive. I could have had it done in her chair with freezing or gas but given my fears and the extent of the work it didn't seem like a good option. She will need to cut open my gums and surgically remove some teeth. It's a crummy time frame. I had my first appointment back last year, about 9 months ago, but the OR wait here in my area is so long I had no choice. I'm actually traveling out of town to save me a few months longer wait.
So over all the first appointment was very relaxed and was just a lot of talking and coming up with a game plan. I went back for a cleaning shortly after to deal with the plaque build up for the past 10 years. There was A LOT. Let me tell you it was a messy thing. MY gums were sore for a few days and there was a lot of blood. They offered freezing but I went without. There was a huge difference in the look of my bottom teeth that will be saved. They were also able to get a better look at the work that needed done there. Some areas had extreme plaque build up and it looked like a cavity but wasn't.
My understanding so far is that recovery will be long. I'll have the partial denture in right away so won't go without teeth but they can be a pain. They need to be kept in for 24 hours without removal which I'm pretty worried about. They are suppose to help keep food and stuff from the holes and should help stop dry socket is my understanding. I will have to go back a few times over the course of the fallowing year to have them filled/get a proper fit. All in all I'm looking at almost 4 grand for a the upper extractions, full denture, other extractions/work and a partial denture on the bottom. I am in Canada so pricing prob isn't too helpful to you.
I've read that I should take a good amount of VIT C and calcium after the extractions as this will help aid in healing. My jaw will probably never grow back to normal but there will be some healing with the bone loss from infections. If you plan on having implants I believe in cases they can do a graft to make the jaw strong enough to support the implant. I'm not sure of the process but have a friend that experienced this. Implants are sadly far too costly for me to think about in this stage of the game.