Partial dentures for molars

My teeth are a mess! Should I consider dentures?  July 3, 2012 – 08:12 am

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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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Those teeth dont have anything to do with wisdom unless its a test to see how wise we are in making the choice to get rid of them or live with the pain...The pain at times is almost unbearable. Stupid me let em all grow in because of the same reason , money . I suggest you rinse with warm salt water (that you make ) invest in a water pick and like the other pearson said " Brush Em " Pearsonally im on the uncomfortable delemah of having most of my grinders / molars removed and having dentures or a partial. Food for thought also is to pay attention to your diet. Last but not least , find a career with dental benifits

Dental: I need help deciding

I've had good oral habits my entire life, no cavities as a kid, and don't smoke. Other than having mild GERD for which I take Prilosec, I don't have any other medical conditions. I was diagnosed with periodontal disease when preg with my first child. I'm in my late 50s.
My (new) dentist says the disease affected the gums and jaw bone and I need 1st and 2nd molars (both sides) needed to be removed due to past infection - everything else looks ok. My upper molars have crowns. My other teeth haven't had any work done to them. Over time, the canines have chipped to the height of the other teeth (but that seems natural, I suppose)

Dental work in Mexico---don't be afraid

I have had a LOT of dental work done in Mexico. I broke a tooth while I was in Georgia, the dentist I saw there wanted $750 for a root canal, and $750 more for a crown. Since my tooth was not hurting and I was going to south Texas I decided to wait.
I paid a total of $400 for the root canal and crown. The dentist's office was extremely clean. I did not need an appointment. I only waited about 5 minutes in the waiting room.
I had 4 more root canals and 4 crowns done while I was living in south Tex. (It was only 8 miles from the border). My husband wears dentures. His first pair were purchased and produced in Georgia

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