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80 Points

Mon, May 6, 2019 3:21 PM

Should I get dentures at the age of 27, I've had multiple root canals, fillings and bad teeth

I have had a phobia of going to the dentist basically all my life. Due to an underbite issue, an orthodontist had recommended I get braces to fix this. But i ended up not going back to him after getting my braces done and left it in for so many years that is caused dental issues (decaying & all). When i got into my late teens, I had bulimia and the purging cause my teeth condition to worsen. I had multiple root canals, filling and I can never smile properly. Not sure if this is the right place to post I am only 27 now but I'm considering getting dentures. Knowing that this is going to be permanent I'm not sure if I should make such a rash decision or if I should wait till I'm older.

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112 Messages

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2.3K Points

a year ago

Hi Clara.  You have found the perfect forum.  It sounds as if you have had a lot of problems over the years. You are right that leaving your braces in for so long was not a good decision, but that is in the past and you now have to look to the future.  The bulimia has obviously compounded your dental problems, but that is in the past now, too. 

The first question to ask is when was the last time you visited a dentist?  I think your first step now is to make an appointment with one to discuss all your worries, the problems you have had in the past, and how your teeth are affecting you now both with eating and with smiling.  You might find that some of your teeth can be saved but, if they all have to be removed, you will find that you are not alone. Others on this forum have had all their teeth removed and replaced with dentures (or implants in some cases) at a young age. It's not the end of the world. What IS important is making that first step towards getting a healthy mouth and a confident smile.  There is no right or wrong age for dentures. Whether or not you have them is down to the teeth themselves.  Make yourself an appointment with a dentist and see that as your first step towards sorting out the problems once and for all. Please keep posting so that we can see how you get on.  Good luck.

1.1K Messages

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19.7K Points

a year ago

clara
Do NOT have your teeth removed.
There is no going back from there. 
Get a good cleaning and a consultaion (from a dentist that does not charge for a consultation)
Go to 3 dentists that do not charge for a consultation
Then get a plan that preserves as many teeth as possible and 
run it by this forum before you commit to any plan
Good luck
Barbara

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3.2K Points

great comment-i never should have had the teeth pulled that the so-called dentist advised me to-in 1990-can't go back-i only needed a partial-top and bottom but he pulled 8 good top teeth because he said it would be cheaper and i'd have a perfect smile-if i could take back ONE decision in my life-it would be this one-i have a full upper and lower partial-both need replacing now.  i live in so. cal. and have learned SO much through the years-dentists and even prosthodontists don't make dentures-they take an impression or have an assistant take one-it HAS to be good or it will never fit-then they send it to the lab. and 'hope for the best'...if you have teeth worth saving-just get a partial-anything but pulling all your teeth.  if anyone does need dentures and lives in one of the few states where denturism is legal-go to one of them-they're trained to make dentures-unlike dentists who make the $ and send it to a lab.  lot's more but i'll stop here-i feel for anyone who's gone through or going through 'this'...i'm looking for someone in so. cal. who 'has a clue' how to make a natural looking upper denture and to replace my lower partial.  we CAN and SHOULD be able to have a great smile.  

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Donnie
Could you consider an over denture or a clip on denture attached to implants?
I think you would be very happy with that if you could afford it

Would you consider having the work done in Mexico since that would be much cheaper???

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Donnie
I see Brio dental in Mexico advertising implants

What would they charge you for an over denture attached to 2 or 3 implants?

Of course they are only one place and there are others
You are very experienced and know what you are doing.
If you get any information   or do any research please let us know
Barbara

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3.2K Points

at one point-long ago-i thought about getting a couple of implants but it would still be a 'denture' attached and my thinking on that is-if i spent that much on implants and then the denture didn't look good-what a waste-what i've learned is:  finding a good denture dentist/specialist is like any other profession-like beauticians-how many have gotten bad hair cuts/colors?  mechanics?  any profession-they ALL say they can help you but finding someone who can make your denture 'fit' without adhesive and give a natural looking smile with teeth the size/shape/color we want-THAT is what i am hoping for an i know it's possible.  i've seen people who have it but they're in different states.  i can't afford to travel or i'd find which of the DENTURISTS is best and go to one of the states where they practice and they work WITH YOU/ME-as it should be.  i'm glad i found this group-hoping to help and 'find some help' here.  what we all want/need to know is:  who got good results and where did you go?

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4.2K Points

My dentist doest have an in house lab so I brought in pictures of my old smile I picked the color and shape of my teeth right there in her office and she sent the photos off to the lab with my impressions, the denturenis almost exactly like my old smile. Nothing will be the same but I honestly think this is as close as they could possibly ever get

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118 Points

a year ago


I had a similar problem. worrying about should I get dentures or not. I went to several dentists all had the same results cavities in crowns  I had put in years ago. I was told they were not able to save or repair them. I went to the dentist finally and am glad I did.

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19.7K Points

a year ago

Rita
Yes it is one step at a time and we have to start with a few dentists
Barbara

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19.7K Points

clara
Dentures for your bottom are a big problem  Anything you an do there should be done  Like keeping a few teeth and getting a partial denture that can clip on to them

The  same with the top
If you can keep some teeth and just get partials you will be much happier then with complete dentures
Talk to your dentist about that

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8.7K Points

Bottoms are a horror.

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4.2K Points

Joan have you tried the powder along with an adhesive for your bottom denture, I am using a zinc free poly grip along aith the fixodent extra strength powder for my bottoms and if I eat something really crunchy I do have to reapply afterwsrds, but if I eat mostly softer foods, pasta egg salad, ect. My bottom stays in very well

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7.2K Points

a year ago

Hi, you are definitely going through a tough decision, one that should not be made hastily. I agree that you get multiple consults and I also agree that you should try to save your natural teeth (or as many as possible). At your age I would consider implants, but I understand the cost. Yes your young but things happen and unfortunately the consequences were detrimental. Only thing now is to move forward and leave the past where it belongs... behind you.
Take your time with this decision, it's a biggie. Best wishes

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3.6K Points

a year ago

Im not sure because we dont know the exact condition of your teeth. Finding a good, honest dentist also one that makes you comfortable and eases your anxiety is key!

I, like you, suffered from severe dental anxiety. By the time I found a great dentist it was too late for my teeth. I had many root canals and got a partial on my bottom at 26. I had dumped $10,000 into my mouth trying to constantly fix my teeth that were failing. At 29 my dentist was honest with me. Saying we could go forth with many root canals, crowns and caps, plus a $3000 bridge and that would work for now. Or I could get dentures now because he said eventually that's what I would end up with given my teeth were just that bad. I was done with sitting hours upon hours in the chair, done with the pain, done with being unable to smile or eat and having no self confidence so I opted for dentures and got them at 30 years old.

I tell you my story to let you know you're not alone. A lot of younger people have bad teeth and a lot of younger people have dentures. Like I said before though I would find a good and honest dentist and go from there. Its a big decision! I'm not sure where youre located but my dentist is in Indiana. He has 3 or 4 locations/offices. The staff and dentists there are the nicest people ive ever met. They made me feel comfortable and anxiety free going to the dentist again. I wish you the best of luck and in happy you found this community. They helped me out so much before I got dentures and after I got them!

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144 Points

Hello, I just joined this forum cause I'm about to go through this process. (July11) my question is the place I'm going to only does nitrious... and I'm getting full upper and lower. What did they end up doing for u.?? I'm trying to find someone that has gone through a full mouth extraction with just nitrouse and novacain. And see how the experience was for them.

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7.2K Points

Hi and welcome, I had full upper extractions,4 months ago with just novacaine, no problems as long as you don't mind the sounds.
A full mouth in one day sounds like a lot, but that's just me...I'm sure others on here have a better inside
Good luck, stay positive, and remember that this is a journey of many things; mental physical and emotional, lots of trial and error, but we're all here to help you through the process.
Lisa

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144 Points

That that what I thought it was too much. I'm no stranger to novicane. I'm just at the point that I cant take anymore needles!! I used to b fine and take 5-6 shits like a champ... but now thinking of needle makes me jump outta the chair. And I have a fear of it not working but the only reason I'm not doing iv sedation is i have to go somewhere else to have it done and i know it's not cheap just by its self and it's already gonna b about $3,700 procedure And nitrouse is only $85 extra

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4.2K Points

Greg, I had all my teeth extracted in one day using only novacaine and nitrous and half way thru I was getting nausaus from the nitrous so I stopped using it, yes you do hear your teeth cracking my dentist is a young woman and not very strong so a lot of wiggling went on but it was pretty much pain free

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144 Points

Yes that another thing even though ur num and they say u feel pressure... pressure can turn into pain I dont like cracking and stuff like that. My very last experience is i had a really bad infection and most and both my eyes swelled up with fever... they told me to get it pulled by a specialist cause they were scared for my well being... thext day he gave me a cortisone shot... awake and I felt pressure and cracking and it tramazizsd me. I'm also not doing the same day process I'm waiting a week to go back and get dentures made.

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4.2K Points

a year ago

Yes def, go get a few opinions I didnt and my dentist is young and she didnt advise me of anything or give me any advice or offer any other options, I wish I had gotten a second opinion and maybe could have saved some of my teeth and just had to get a partial, I dont know , I do know that I am 9 months into this and just now starting to wear my denture for more than 5 hours per day and I am finally starting to eat with them in, its a struggle and I have to cut everything very small, but I am eating. Be very dilligent on your research, check reviews on the dentist you pick. Good luck keep us posted

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19.7K Points

a year ago


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