I Couldn't Adjust to Dentures!

Some of us, no matter what we do, cannot adjust to dentures. We simply can't wear them. I'm one of those people. I tried for YEARS to find a solution to my missing and broken teeth. Traditional dental implants were WAY out of my price range and the process was long, daunting, and painful, requiring a number of invasive painful surgeries such as sinus lifts and bone grafts. So that wasn't an option. The full denture option wasn't an option for me because, as I said, I can't wear that big bulky thing that moves around in my mouth. I have been blogging about my dental "adventure" here if you're interested (the link is on my profile). I talk about my PTSD and how that relates to why I cannot wear a removable denture.
Anyway, gagging was the reason I could not tolerate a full removable denture. And the thought of adding oozy adhesive makes me want to hurl just thinking about it. (I tried and it didn't work). So with dentures I had to find a way to tolerate a big bulky full upper and lower denture in my mouth, and then if I wanted to eat, I had to add food too?? Are you kidding me? How much can fit comfortably in a mouth? No way. Couldn't do it. Just could NOT.
I finally decided to go with what's called the All-On-Four dental implant system, no bone grafts, no sinus lift, no big bulky denture, no adhesives. I had this done a week ago, and I am so happy I did. I was scared, not sure what to expect. I absolutely love it. I don't have to remove anything, don't have to glue anything to the roof of my mouth, the roof of my mouth isn't covered. The only temporary inconvenience I'm having is getting used to having a full set of teeth in my mouth again after being virtually toothless for all these years. It feels strange to have all my teeth again and so I'm having a bit of trouble pronouncing some words properly haha, but that will fix itself in time.
I thought I'd share my story with you all because I had no idea this option was available. None of the MANY dentists I went to over the years looking for a solution to my missing teeth mentioned the all-on-4 as an option. Probably because they don't know how to do it, so obviously they're not going to offer something they can't do.
I wonder if anyone else here has the all-on-4? I'd sure like to hear about your experience with it.
(from Franca)
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  • Thank you for sharing your story. After reading it, I must say, I have the same experience as yours. . . I could not adjust to dentures.
    Right now, I'm in the process of being evaluated for dental implants (upper). The lower has no denture and is still ok, hopefully it lasts for a while since I cannot afford both upper and lower implants at the same time.
    I would appreciate it very much if you could explain what the all- on- 4 dental implant system is. Where was your procedure done? How
    much did it cost? Who was your Dentist? Looking forward to hearing from you. I hope I could also have the same all-on-4 dental option. THanks again.
    Ron

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  • I read your message and was interested in this. I have not got centures yet but it is recommended and I am dreading it just for the same reasons you have stated. I would like to know what other name these may go by other than all-on-4 and if there may be a web site for this. Thank you
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  • I also have a problem wearing my new dentures...just the lower ones (the upper plate is fine). The lower dentures cause verypainful sores and rinsing with salt water, using numbing gels, and even adjustments by the dental techs hasn't helped. My dentist has mentioned"mini-implants" where he puts 4 metal posts in mylower gum then retrofits my lower dentures to "snap" on and off. I really don't see how that would help the irritation caused by the dentures. Iwouldliketo know more about the all-on-4 option including the cost, the procedure in general, and what dentists will provide this service.
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  • My full dentures will be put in on the Same day as my extractions next week. I have never been so scared in my life, especially after reading all of these posts. Truthfully, they are NOT helping me- or, the beginning of my panic attacks! I don't mind the fact that I won't be able to eat what I love BUT it's the NOT being able to TALK! HOW LONG WILL I HAVE TO HIDE myself from my friends or the public???!!!
    The ONLY thing that 'sort of' gave me a glimpse of Hope was this 'All-on-4' that you mentioned! Will that CUT THE TIME IN HALF, as far as being able to talk legibly in front of others, or eating better? CAN SOMEONE OUT THERE GIVE ME A GLIMPSE OF HOPE or tell me it'll be ok? signed... SCARED to death!!!!
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    • I have had upper dentures for 6 years now. I was scared to death. But I have a wonderful smile again and no more teeth aching and breaking. They were put in a soon as the others were pulled. Yes it is an adjustment, but I did it. Keep going back to the dentist for adjustments. It's so worth it.
    • I had my lower teeth, the 7 that were left, pulled 3 weeks ago. Yup that was even more scarey than the first time. But I made my mind up I could do it. I was scared to death I wouldn't be able to talk. My husband say she doesn't notice any difference at all. And they look so much better than the real teeth I had. These are much harder to adjust to but I read somewhere that said, put them in and forget them. You know, it works. I haven't conquered eating just yet and have a lot of sore spots still. I've going tot he dentist once a week for 3 months in prep for this. I will be glad when it's over.

      I'm not an implant candidate as I've had major bone loss. I have a very small mouth and right now at age 56 it's sporting the most teeth I've had since I was 18. A full house it is. But I'll get the chewing accomplished sooner or later.

      Keep positive and you can do it. You don't have to hide. The first couple weeks while the gums heel are the hardest but then it starts getting better!
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  • The all on 4 dental implant system is basically getting partial implants. Depending on how long your teeth have been missing, you may need bone grafts first. I'm having mine done as I've had teeth extracted. If you do it later, they have to take the bone from your hip or behind your knee. Instead of getting all implants or just dentures, the all on 4 means you get 4 implants on the the top, bottom, or both. Then they put a full denture on that. Because you have some implants, the denture kind of locks onto the implant and no adhesive is necessary and they are sturdier. The top denture is removable by you and the bottom one actually locks in and is only removable by the dentist. The other positive with this method is that they will last up to 4 times longer than just a denture. Your bone will shrink over time and the dentures will become loose without an implant. You'll have to replace them anywhere after 5-10 years. The downside is the cost. Just doing the all on 4 will cost between $14-22K. That's just for the top and this includes tooth extractions. I had been saving for this but unfortunately I'll not have enough and am out of time. I'm scheduled for surgery in 2 weeks and am just getting a full top denture for now. I am having bone grafts done as well in case sometime in the future I can finally afford the implants. I've been fighting this battle for 20 some years and am now 40. I still have hopes of someday doing the all on 4 so if you can do it now, do it!
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  • Would like to know how people have done with implant supported removable full dentures... trying to decide after years with nightmare upper dentures.
    • I have ten implants, they just won't be attached to my dentures until next August. So, until then I have the blue plastic on top of my gums to protect the implants. I can't wait for the dentures and implants to get joined up! I am doing fine with the dentures, top naturally stays pretty well, bottom is loose but I am choosing to not us adhesive since it may get under the plastic and cause me issues.

      BTW I have 6 on top and 4 on bottom.
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