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Tue, Dec 20, 2016 5:49 AM

Does anyone EVER get used to wearing dentures?

It's Day 4 post surgery: removing my remaining 12 teeth and inserting the temporary upper & lower dentures.
My question is: Does anyone EVER get used to this?
The feeling that my mouth is so full of plastic; I feel like I want to gag all the time.
I'm feeling really depressed when, prior to surgery, I thought I'd be so happy to be able to smile again.
I know it's very early days for me but it feels like I'll never feel 'normal' again.
I've just found this forum, and I'm hoping that someone whose been through this can reassure me that these foreign objects will eventually feel, if not a part of me, then at least a minimal hindrance.
Thanks to anyone in advance who takes the time to respond to this post.

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8.7K Points

4 y ago

I also feel like you.  Are you candidate for implants?  If you are look into it sometimes a clinic is cheaper.  If I was a candidate I would take out a loan or borrow money, but I am not so I use SECURE paste and they also have liners.  Look up their website they will send samples.  Fixodent awful.

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Joan
How do you know you are not a candidate  for implants??
Where do you live??
Barbara

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I am really liking this forum and I hope I can get some guidance from you folks.  I just had a temporary full upper put in yesterday, and while I know it is going to take time, I am seriously considering getting the snap on dentures with the implants in the future.  Can anyone give me an idea of what I am looking at price wise for an all on 4? Also, how was the process of having the implants places and what type of pain did you incur during and after surgery?  Thanks everyone!

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@joan_rosenblatt   Hi Joan, I don't know whether you addressed to me or not (it's been 4 years now lol!) but I'm not eligible for implants as my gums are extremely shrunk and thin.   If I were....I'd put into them ALL my savings and more.  I'd advice those who are eligible for implants to definitely do them; however the upper denture doesn't need them in my opinion, as the suction keeps it firm.  If you feel it a little loose, just swallow saliva and this will reaffirm the upper denture to your palate.

Regular dentures are much better than nothing but the lower dentures are a continuous sad problem as there's no suction and they don't keep down.  I was lucky that my great dentist (who retired) used the few not so healthy teeth I had in the lower front to make a partial via a bridge.  This is as good as an implant.... unless the partial is too old (as my case) and then there are problems.  I'm fighting to keep them even though I should make a new set, because I'm afraid the bridge may come out or break in the process, and then I'd have to have a full lower with the atrocious problems I mentioned above.   :(

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4 y ago

I don't  believe I will ever get used to all the plastic in my mouth.  I have my upper and lowers for about a month and am experimenting with adhesives.  I am trying to eat but am scared of choking.  I was given a sample of Polydent but just bought a tube of Fixodent (gum care) as my bottom shifts and lifts when I eat.  I am constantly biting down to secure the bottom.  I am going to receive a sample of Secure.  I am afraid to try strips and powder.  I think I need an adjustment on the bottoms for a better grip.

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Try secure denture adhesive, I just got my free tube (if you call them they'll send you a free full size tube) you can google their number! I have tried dixosenr and this seems to work much better!

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4 y ago

Not easy maybe the secure will help.  I have tried the strips they hold very well.  I will never get use to my dentures.  I hate wearing them hence I decline a lot of invites.

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joan rosenblatt
You know if you went to NYU dental school they would evaluate you for implants
Now almost everyone is a cadidate
They are very good
Barbara

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Can they help you even after you had your extractions done by someone else? I'm midway in the process of extractions and scared to death by what I read about how hard they are to get used to. But I'm not sure if my clinic does implants and I'm on a very limited budget

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Cheryl Godfrey
Hi Cheryl
You have come to the right place for informtion
you ask:

"Can they help you even after you had your extractions done by someone else? "

Yes they can help you.  You can have your extractions done in one place and select a specialist in another pace and do anything you want

 "I'm midway in the process of extractions and scared to death by what I read about how hard they are to get used to."

Well if you are midway in the middle of extractions just stop right ow and find out if all your teeth have to be extracted right now
Because if you can save any  your teeth at all that might be good because you could get partial bridges or dentures and partials are always much better  then dentures
Speak to your dentist and clinic and see if any of your teeth can be saved for bridges or partials.
If they can not be saved you definitely should consider implants.  Implants are 200% better and like having your real teeth  Yes dentures are very   hard to get used to and mot people never get used to lower dentures  and most people  can never even wear them and just put them  in a drawer instead of using them So lowers become a complete waste of time and money.   So if you can not afford implants you must at least make the leap to have at least your lowers jaw arch  supported by implants


 "But I'm not sure if my clinic does implants and I'm on a very limited budget"

Even if your clinic "does"  implants you should not  use them because you should go to an implant specialist
If you are on a limited budget discuss your budget here and also compare it to the cost of your dentures and denture upkeep 
You might have to settle with doing only doing the bottom denture secured by 2 or 3 implants which would work

So where do you live???  Do you have a dental University near you??
Think of getting implants like buying and financing a car
Let us know where you and in what State?
What is the name of the dental clinic you are useing?
How old are you??? 
 What you want to do about your dentures.
How much are your dentures going to cost???
 What clinic are you going to and how much have you paid so far 
This is a learning and sharing blog.  We help each other and we can share and learn from  each other. 
You are going to be alright because you are asking for information before it is too late
So keep in touch ad let us know what you deceide to do

Barbara


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I live in New York City. I'm going to Harlem clinic right now. I have 12 extractions left. They were originally going to try to save three bottom teeth but now say they can't save anything. It's really the top plate I'm concerned with because it seems from everything I read that's the one that's the hardest to get used to. I don't even know who to go to to talk about implants. But does anyone have the idea of the difference in the price from Dentures to implants? Is it double or triple the cost? A lot of people seem to be younger women that have to live with this a lot longer. I'm 61, so don't know if that makes a difference in that I won't have to deal with it for as many decades. I'm not even concerned with the way they look or anything, it's just all the horrible stories I hear if people not being able to control their gag reflex that scares me. I really appreciate these forums and any advice will be gratefully received

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Cheryl Godfrey
Hi Cheryl
NewYork City
You are in the perfect place
Go to NYU Dental clinic

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342 Points

4 y ago

Hi, I've been wearing mine (the temporary) for 4 months now and I HATE them.  I've been told by various ones in the dental office that the permanent will be much better but, right now, I have my doubts.  I can't keep my bottom plate secure and it drives me NUTS!  Yesterday, I applied a denture adhesive 6X.  My bottom gums are also constantly sore and I'm sick of that as well.  This morning I had my husband adjust the metal band (not sure what it's called) and as long as the dentures don't move, the pain isn't as bad.  I'm sorry, I'm sure that's probably not what you wanted to hear but, that's how it is for me so far.  Please post if you find a solution to getting used to them or to not having the denture move around so much.  Oh, and I have had soft re-lines done several times and it helps for a day or two and then it's back to being loose.

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Donna
Hi Donna
It  has been one year since  we heard from you
We need to know how your permanent dentures worked out and how you are doing
This is a Learninng Blog and we learn from each other
Please update us
Thanks
Barbara

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4 y ago

My bottoms denture makes me nuts no judgements here.

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4 y ago

Feel better one day at a time.  Are you allergic or was it just a freak thing that had nothing to do with your dentures.  The best thing about this site is networking,

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smart flex 

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what is smart flex?

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4 y ago

Wow! I am on month 3 full lower and upper, still waiting on my permenant dentures, but I was totally misguided by the dentist and all the BS jist to get me to spend $13,000. Ive gone back 3 times for adjustments and I asked if there was a way he could just make the tops come in a little more, he replied "no, you jist have to deal with it" what the hell? Deal with it? I just out your kid in college and Just deal with it is your most scientific answer? Ugh! Just all the garbage about getting your smile back and confidents, ya OK. I was in a car accident and couldn't afford proper dental work for 4 years I dealt with that, and I was more social then then I am now. I pray that the permanent set looks less like a horse and more like a human. My point is they need to sit people down and give them the real story.. Its not gonna make you feel good, its alot of work.... They told me I could go to work 2 days after... Lol! My job is communicating with people.. 8hr shifts, but I can't even keep those in for more then 4hrs... Just the whole deal with it thing set me off... I really hope it gets better...

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Did your Dentist send them out to a Lab?
Most Dentists, unless they specialize in Dentures and have an in-house lab, do.
I am fortunate to have a GREAT Dentist who has her own in-house Lab/Denturist.
Not a chain place like Affordable or Aspen where the experiences of many seem to be hit or miss?
You can also get a set made online if you're handy with a Dremel and a DIY type person.  
Cheaper, Reviews are Great and I know MANY people VERY HAPPY with Russel.
I plan to get a set made by hime soon.
He has a new material:  Karadent by TCS that looks interesting!
https://www.etsy.com/shop/denturestore

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Mine were sent out to a lab! And I just posted a question bc I have always had an underbite, which obviously nothing can be done about them! My dentist did say it would take some time getting used to my bite and allifnment because I have t had it in so long, due to missing back teeth and cracked and failing teeth and on top of that going 5 months without teeth! So I'm basically on my full 4th day and still really just getting used to them!

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So Ted I looked at the Russell page and what is it! You sent in a set of impressions and he makes the dentures! Or you send in the impressions and he sends the materials to make them!

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HE makes the Dentures.
You make the impressions and send them to him.
Message him.... great guy!
Join this FaceBook Group if you're interested.
https://www.facebook.com/groups/665953346934771/

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It says the page I sent run by him though

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4 y ago

I had all teeth extracted under sedation and full top denture and partial bottom denture inserted immediately 6 days ago. My teeth over many years became looser and looser. This outcome was inevitable, was only a question of when! I convinced myself it will all be great. No more teeth issues, hallelujah. But post surgery has turned out to be as excruciating as child birth (sorry fellas this doesn't help you.) The PAIN. The DISCOMFORT. Its relentless and the ONLY relief (of sorts) is while the strongest painkillers you can get your hands on are active or they've put you to sleep. I have 2 weeks off work and am hoping it will be significantly improved before I return to work. I see the denture man in 2 days and hopefully have some little adjustments made to dentures to make them more comfortable. As for eating. Im starving and longing for some texture. Living on smoothies, soup, yogurt. Loosing a few kilos will be an indirect reward. Patience patience patience... one very long day at a time towards a livable recovery.

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Jac
Hi Jac
Please update us on your problem
This is a learning blog and we  must learn from each other
We want to know if you are OK and if the dentist addressed all your oblems
Please let us know
Barbara

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Jennifer Burnstein profile pictureJennifer Burnstein just asked this question in DentureLiving(Thinking about dentures?):
Is there anyone who just refuses to wear their dentures?
I just refuse to wear my full upper & lower dentures because they are beyond uncomfortable.

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156 Points

3 y ago

Thank you for this post, so glad I’m not alone. I’m two weeks post op now and just started adding back more solid foods. It’s so hard. It has completely consumed my train of thought. I’m sure it will get easier though. Thinking about it like a loss of a part of who you are makes a lot of sense. I have to get used to a new identity almost. We have beautiful smiles now and no more pain from our teeth. That’s a good thing.

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I am like you. All I can think about is this denture and how it feels. It is so hard for me to not just take them out.