Partial Dentures for back teeth

My teeth are a mess! Should I consider dentures?  April 13, 2015 – 08:17 pm

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From Lynne B

Let me preface this by saying that if I had the money that has been spent on my teeth over the last 55 years, if it had been invested, I would probably have very few worries about retiring. I say that because when I ask the question I have to ask, most of you are going to think that I have neglected my teeth over the years and nothing could be further from the truth.

My teeth have always been horrible. I have 4 teeth in my mouth that have not been crowned. Every crown and every bridge I have ever had, the existing teeth decayed underneath. I have had one oral surgery after another over the years, spent hours in a dentist chair, wore braces in my 30s and on and on. SO that brings me to today. I year ago the denist I was going to suggested partials. They are awful. Now the 4 natural teeth that I have left are starting to decay. I am a professional and work in the public daily. I am about to loose my mind about these teeth. I understand that dental implants are incredibly expensive and in all honesty, I would imagine that I have enough bone loss that I would not be a good candidate for implants.

Does anyone out there have full dentures and if so, could you please share any advice that you may have. Any suggestions from anyone else that has had this same experience with really crappy teeth??? My mom and dad both had ALL their natural teeth when they passed away. I have no idea how I ended up with this mess!! Thanks so much – any advice or wisdom would be greatly appreciated!!

From jhl&f

EEK!!! Do Not Get Dentures. Dentures are NOT a substitute for teeth. Dentures are a substitute for No Teeth At All. Your teeth are part of your skeleton and when they are removed – no matter what a denture-pusher tells you – your face will begin to deteriorate. Your gums will deteriorate and your dentures will never fit tightly as the base they need to stay put will become less and less secure as time goes on. I don’t know where you live, or what your circumstances are, but you will put your overall health at risk by not finding out all your options – and that may start with finding another dentist.

Dentures are NOT a substitute for teeth. Dentures are a substitute for NO TEETH AT ALL. Your teeth, part of your skeletal system, are the foundation for your face and if they are removed-no matter what anyone tells you-you will NEVER look the same. Your gums will deteriorate as the underlying bone and tissue shrinks, so the dentures will never fit properly as the base necessary for them to sit on will erode over time. You may think this is a choice of economics. It most definitely is not. The health of your mouth is key to having good health overall. I don’t know where you live, or what your circumstances are, but you will put your overall health at risk by not finding out all your options – and that may start with finding another dentist. I am 60, have survived bad orthodontia, exposed roots, have several molars with caps, and am seeing my endodontist tomorrow for a 6-month follow up from an emergency root canal. Expensive? Depends on what quality of life is worth to you.

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Affordable Dentures

I used a high priced "normal" dentist and OS to get all but 6 teeth removed and dentures placed. The fit from them was "iffy" at best. I then went to Affordable Dentures (in Winchester VA) to get my permanent ones and the fit is AWESOME and the price was even better. It is amazing to me that what took my "normal dentist" 8 weeks to get back with such an ill fit was achieved in one DAY at AD with a perfect fit....to top it off, I paid less for my full upper and partial lower by HALF of what I was going to pay for just the upper alone. AD is a "big box" type of deal, but dentures are all they do

Denture help

The quickest way to get use to wearing and speaking with full or partial dentures is to read out loud. Ask them to put in larger teeth to fill the gaps. Either that they ground out to much to get the partial in. This is called path of insertion.....Yes wear them and go back for adjustments if needed....

Teeth

I work in a Dental office you only have a few choices:1:Implants they work great but cost 3-5k each
2:Partials work with what you have, and they rest is a partial of fake teeth, they work ok for many people 1,200 ea. 3: full dentures cost depends 2k and up. I agree with last poster if you have a dental school close, that could help, but takes a lot of time, but big savings. Otherwise ask friends for a good Dentist and try at least two, some a big $$ talkers some are not. Tell them what you want..perfection, or get the basics. We are here to help you, and yes we have seen everything, so don't worry about that

We need to know

...a lot more about your situation to answer. n Specifically--which tooth is this? How many and which other lower teeth are missing? What is your periodontal health? Is the tooth to be extracted biting against upper teeth? Are the upper teeth in good shape?
There is no way to know for sure how much you'll miss the tooth if it isn't replaced. The only thing I'll say now is IN GENERAL removable partial dentures that replace teeth on just one side of a jaw (especially if there are no teeth further back) tend to be difficult to get used to from an engineering standpoint. Often even well-designed removable partials like this are more trouble than they're worth

I would go the way you did

I would definitely go the route you are going. I'm missing several teeth and going in today at 4:00 to take the first step in getting my teeth fixed. I'm going with partial dentures versus having implants done. I have four teeth remaining in the back (one of each side, top and bottom). My daugther has been a dental assistant for 13 years and I have discussed this with her as well as several dentists and have decided to go this route. Good luck. Of course what works for some may not work for others. There is obviously no one way to do it, or there wouldn't be choices. Good luck again.

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