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Sun, Mar 1, 2015 6:24 AM

I'm having top teeth removed soon...

I have significant bone loss, had expensive laser surgery six years ago to try and improve it but it only succeeded in causing me a bad case of dental phobia and didn't help the bone situation.

My teeth don't look bad. I've lost two so far on top and one on the bottom, all in the back so they aren't noticeable. I currently have pain though in a couple and there's not enough bone left in the top to salvage the remaining teeth. I go in March 12th to have all the tops removed, the back molar on each side on the bottom, and a deep root cleaning to save the remaining bottom teeth. The bone loss isn't as significant on bottom and the dentist wants to make sure it doesn't get worse since according to him, lower plates are much harder to live with. I'm 47. My dentist is an anesthesiologist so I'll be paying an extra grand to be put completely under by IV sedation.

I'm upset, scared of the procedure, worried about how I will look and to a lesser extent, how they'll function. I don't want to even think of how I will look when I have to take them out. I don't want ANYONE to see me without teeth, especially my husband. He's great, has assured me time and again that it doesn't bother him a bit, it changes nothing, and will be better for my health. He travels constantly, has his own business, a partner and a few employees and has made arrangements to be home for at least a week after my procedure, which was a tough schedule to revise and I'm grateful for his support.

I don't really have a question I guess, just venting. I haven't told anyone but one friend and just looking for some advice I guess on how to handle this. Take care all.

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6 years ago

Good luck with ur teeth.my lower jaw has great bone loss.I am one also that won't let people see me with out my teeth.I use sea bond to keep them in.I am looking at implants for my bottoms.my smile looks good just can't chew with them.

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they say bone loss  for me too on bottem teeth I might  get  second choice  some bottom teeth removed  get particle  denture  on bottom  I don't know  yet  too much money  proboably

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944 Points

6 years ago

Stephanie,

I'm 28 and I just had my uppers done. I was extremely worried about not being sedated. I didn't have the extra 1-2 thousand for IV sedation. And my dentist at Aspen Dental was not worried at all that she wouldnt have a problem with local anesthetic. So the day of I went in and she used novocaine or what ever they use now and numbed me up real good. I put the loudest music on my iPhone ( I use Spotify ) and she did her thing. About a half an hour to 45 later the teeth were out no problems and I had my denture in place. If having no teeth for a few days is your biggest thing. That was mine too. Don't rush it. Find someone who will put one in right away. Or make one ahead of time. I'm on day 3 and have had very little discomfort. Still have the narcotic script sitting next to me. Only filled the Motrin for swelling. I have a great support system as well. My fiancé and I are getting married in 2 months and I wanted to be able to smile again and now I can. I literally haven't stopped. It's an amazing feeling. This message board answered all my questions and put me at ease. My teeth were messed up from 25 years of seizure meds and this was my option. If you look back at my post you can find the picture.

Best of luck to you

Joe K

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Stephanie so when are u going to the denist

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I had it done this morning, 6 am.

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How are you, Stephanie? How did it go?

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I'm ok. I'm pretty sore, I had the extractions and I guess they snipped some tissue off all around the top and stitched that up. I had full IV sedation but that's what they told my husband. They put in the temp upper I had made two years ago. It's stayed in overnight and I have no plans to take it out unless it just comes out on its own. I go back tues and he said I could leave it in or take it out for just a minute, it was up to me. I'm not ready to even attempt to remove it. He said I could start rinsing with salt water on day three and gave me an antibiotic rinse to use twice a day also.

The actual teeth do not look bad and seem to fit fairly well at this point although I think they are just a bit looser this morning and expect them to loosen up more. My family swears they wouldn't know they were not my natural teeth. They don't seem to change my appearance much. They feel awkward and I'm certainly not happy about it but a day in, it hasn't been too bad.

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well i supose too give it some time you will get use it im sure i have to have done soon also im ready for it

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6 years ago

I totally understand. I agonized alone for years till I found this site and such helpful support. As you cross each point in your denture adventure there will be people here to suggest and support you. Your good news is that your lower teeth are good. Just keep focused that you will be able to look good AND be healthy. I keep my upper in overnight and clean and rest my mouth for a while in afternoon. That works if I am not going out during day. At first you may be told to keep out overnight. Good luck..

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6 years ago

I am getting an immediate denture the day of. I'm a little worried as I had it made two years ago when I had a tooth removed. I was supposed to come back and have the tops done then but chickened out. The dentist said he'll make it work though so I don't have to get a new one. I figured if it doesn't work I'll use it until my gums heal then get another temporary made. It was $500, so I'd like to try and use it but if I can't then so be it. The dentist said he knew I'd be back eventually so they just stored it for me. I think he said in six months (or eight?), they'd have the nicer permanent one made.

Thanks for the replies. The closer the day gets the more anxiety I have.

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My total with extractions and my temp and permanent was 3800. I took an Ativan the night before and day of. Ask your PCP and let then know what is going on and your extr anxious. It really helped me with nh nerves

Joe

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That's closer to my total spent. I first spent 30K having my whole mouth done over only to lose them all. Lots of money in the trash.

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im getting  teeth out  too  so scared  all my front upper teeth  and having  new denture  im praying it wont behard  to get use to  .  that I can breath  and  talk  and feel o in my roof  of my mouth  need  someone  too reassure me  help

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When are you having your procedure done? Mine is a week from tomorrow. I'm nervous too. The folks on here have been great and I just keep telling myself that like anything, I'll get used to it. I don't have a choice, I have to.

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Shelly you will get used to it. It feels strange at first. First few days just eat soft or liquid. Dentist will make adjustments if you have any sore spots. Keep in touch here and we will help you with suggestions. It is a difficult process, we all understand how hard it is. When you have new denture .....Smile in the mirror and your new smile will encourage you. I eat carefully, eat slower, lost a few pounds, nothing all that bad. You can get through it.

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6 years ago

Gosh my upper cost over$2000.O0 this September......hmm wonder why such a difference.

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I have  Medicaid  but  there  not gonna  good  probably  my new  denture  but  anythings  better  than none 

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I have Medicaid they covered my new dentures plus the Last six teeth being pulled.

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I didn't know Meficaid covered dental.

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Yes they cover tgem or I wouldn't have them.u need to get approval first depending on ur insurance I am on a spend down.so my teeth were over my spend down so they wrre covered with out any money out of my pocket.

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wondering how they look  there  nice  im so afraid  they be  so hard  plactic  it will hurt  a lot  and  do they loosen up a lot  and have  to use paste  omg  what a an ordeal  but if my smile looks better  its worth it

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6 years ago

Good question - I don't know. I have dental ins but it typically doesn't cover that much. Two years ago they said the permanent denture would be around $900 if I'm remembering correctly. After ins, extracting 17 teeth was $500 plus the extra thousand for sedation so day of its supposed to be $1500. I don't know much about dentures so I hope I'm not getting a bad product.

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Wonder if anyone on here knows if there is a difference in price levels. My dentist is pricey but that's a big difference. What state do you live in? I had mine done in Delaware.
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Iam in michigan but my dentures come from a lab in florida.my teeth are dull I think that's why I can't chew food.

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I shopped around before I found and chose my dentist. I live in the tri-state area of Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana.

The first 5 or 6 dentists I called gave estimates of approximately $5,000 to $6,000. I was paying out-of-pocket, so I thought I was doomed to live with my crappy teeth until I hit the lottery. I was very disappointed. Then, I made one more call ...

I found a dentist across the state line in Kentucky. Over the phone, he quoted me $2,000 for a full upper and lower, including  21 extractions. Once I actually got in the chair and he did an exam, he decided that my lower teeth in the back were in fairly good shape and that I only needed a lower partial - leaving 10 teeth on the bottom (5 on each side in the back).

So, I had 9 extractions on top and 2 on the bottom with just local anesthesia. I got a full upper denture and a lower partial for the 4 front teeth and my total cost was $1,400 out the door.

The entire procedure took less than an hour. I went in early afternoon for the exam and impression, then returned 5 hours later for the extractions and new dentures.

When I go back in 6 months for my final reline and fitting, there will be an additional charge of $400. In total, I will have paid just $1,800 for everything. That also includes any and all follow-up appointments for adjustments now and for 1 year after my finals.

Now, you are asking, 'Why so inexpensive'?  Well, my dentist is (was?) retired for several years. He told me that when he retired he got bored, so he bought out the office/practice he is in from an old friend he went to dental school with. He owns it - lock, stock, and barrel, so he has no overhead so to speak. He told me that he doesn't have to pay a mortgage, all of his equipment is paid for, his associate pays him rent to use office space, and his staff doesn't have to have fancy uniforms and a high-tech facility.

He told me he truly loves what he does, it keeps him active, and he likes to help out the 'under-dog' (poor people) who can't afford the New and Improved dentists.

He has been in business over 53 years and he is 85 years old. He is 'old school' and he knows what he is doing! He tells it like it is, doesn't mince words, and holds my highest respect as a doctor.

My dentures are beautiful and I have only had to go one time for a small adjustment where I was having some sore spots develop. Since he works basically 'when he wants to', all I have to do is call his cell phone and if he isn't in the office, he meets me there.

So, the reason behind the vast differences in what dentists charge for their services is primarily for the overhead it costs to run an upscale, overstaffed facility that herds clients through like cattle. Also, the location tends to cause prices to fluctuate... which state you are in, as well as what part of town/county you are in.

Shop around! Get estimates. Take notes, and interview your dentist before making such a drastic decision!

If it wasn't for Dr. Kenneth Estes, I would still be sitting here suffering with bad teeth and no smile!

Fyllis


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He sounds like a great dentist. Mine has had his own office for decades also. It's a small office, nice and clean but not huge either. I probably should have gotten more estimates but my anxiety is through the roof and I couldn't tolerate someone else looking at my mouth and potentially poking around. He agreed not to touch anything, just to do X-rays and a visual exam. With bone loss the nerves are so sensitive that poking causes painful zingers and he didn't need to anyway. It's obvious from X-rays what needs to happen. He is so, so, nice. I blubbered the entire appt and he just handed me a tissue and reassured me that no one would be able to tell and although it's an adjustment, I would get used to it. I'm trying to tell myself that it will be a relief to get it over with. Everyday the last two years has been a stressful game of is this the day I start having pain in a front tooth and have to face the inevitable?

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Stephanie, I suggest you consider acupuncture asap by a certified 4 year trained acupuncturist. It will help your nerve pain and anxiety. It helps wiqh other issues too but these seem to be the most pressing to your current situation.

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6 years ago

Hadn't thought of acupuncture. It's funny, I'm not typically prone to anxiety, depression, or any emotional issues. For some reason though, the dental thing has just become an actual phobia. I know I'm letting my mind get the best of me and I need to stop going over it in my head.

Thanks so much for the comments and reassurance!

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You are not alone. It's more than the dental issues, there are always other issues involved. Very hard to accept. I agonized for 4 1/2 years. I still hate to have my dentures out in front of my husband but he acts like he doesn't even notice. I recently went on vacation with my daughter and 7 yr old grandson who is very observant and vocal. I could not avoid a short period each day without dentures. He never noticed. We are still the people they know. Was very hard for me to believe this. I found if you keep lipstick on you look better even if denture is out for a while. This applies even to how you see yourself. Bottom line you can and will return to a healthy attractive person, that is a good thing. It's emotionally tough going through so you have our thoughts and prayers with you.

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6 years ago

I will pray for u.

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patti ive seen you on here a lot I need all my front upper teeth out  soon im kinda  scared  not of the  pain  but  the  results  with my denture are  they really that hard to get use  too ?

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Not realy it is different but u get use to them.I would be happier if I could est with them.I also need to have the bottoms screwed in. I have no jaw done on the bottom.

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no jaw ?    I have  jaw  pain all the  time  have  to live  with I guess  I have  bottom teeth  but need  a lot of work  they want  to pull  them  but  I sad  no   so thy said ok  e

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I have a tiny bone on the bottom.but its enought to put the svrews in to hold the plate. Hold on to what u have for as long as u can I sure wish I could have but no luck.

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6 years ago

I had to wait 3 months from the date of the extraction to get my dentures.  Therefore, everyone saw me with no teeth.  They told me I talked differently but did not look that different.  People that did not know me probably did not know I didn't have teeth.  Since my natural teeth were in bad shape before I had them pulled, I was used to not smiling.  Now that I have my dentures, it feels really good to smile again.

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Smiling is a great thing now.I love it.

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952 Points

6 years ago

that's sounds  wonderful  glad  u can smle and  feel cofindent