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Hawaii_Jake's avatar

Do you or someone close to you wear dentures?

Asked by Hawaii_Jake (33943points) 2 weeks ago

I’m having dental work done. I’m wondering if it is best just to cut my losses and get full sets of removable dentures now.

What do dentures feel like?

How does your life change after getting full dentures?

What were the options presented to you by your dentist, and why did you choose dentures?

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chyna's avatar

How much have you spent, how much has been done, and how much will the rest cost?
Then compare with how much dentures will cost.
I have never had dentures, but my mom had them since she was 30. She had a gum disease I think. She did very well with them.

kritiper's avatar

They insulate your mouth some so it can be easy to burn yourself.
If you take too big of a bite of food, you can choke.
You can’t feel too much with dentures.
It is better to keep your real teeth.

(What I know I learned from a co-worker who had all of his teeth removed. I have a friend now who has no teeth and can’t chew anything. It takes a while for the gums to heal and the swelling to go down.)

jca2's avatar

My stepfather had all of his teeth removed around 25 years ago, to get dentures. I remember he had to spend a week in the house to let his mouth heal, and he was too embarrassed to go out with no teeth. Just recently he’s gotten dental implants. He’s in his early 70s now and said he wishes he got the implants 25 years ago.

I know when we would go on vacation, when he had the dentures, he would put them in right away in the morning so nobody saw him without teeth. I know when people have no teeth their faces look very drawn and sunken, like a different person. It’s amazing how your teeth really fill out your face. My former landlady had a full set of dentures and when she didn’t have them in, she really looked like a different person, like 20 years older.

Hawaii_Jake's avatar

@jca2 Do you know an estimate of how much he spent on his whole mouth implants?

jca2's avatar

No. I can tell you that about 10 years ago, I spent close to 5k on one implant.

Pandora's avatar

I have a partial for two molars, in the back and I will tell you something that dentist leave out. Your gums will recede as you lose bone.
As for implants, there is no telling how long they will last and if they will take and are very expensive.

I know with my partial I often have to take them out to chew properly and know what I am chewing. When you bite down you really don’t know what you are chewing. So if you have a hard bit you can hear it crunching before you would sense it.
There really is no way around paying for dental work no matter what you choose. But if I had known that dentures could do more damage, then I would’ve chosen the implant.
The loss of the bone under those molars has also caused my bite alignment to go off and my teeth above to loosen. Apparently the teeth below hold the teeth above in place.
I can’t sleep with the dentures on or for too long. It irritates my gums.

Patty_Melt's avatar

Something very important is to know what lab they use, or if they do their own prosthetics. You can find a dentist with all kinds of great reviews, but end up with terrible dentures. That would be the fault of the lab. You need reviews specifically referring to their lab work.

Partials are indeed a nightmare. A full set is better, if they are well done. I’m not kidding, if a person must travel some to get them from a dentist highly recommended for dental prosthetics, it is worth the time and cost.
Gums do shrink. Expect to need a new set in fifteen to thirty years, to adjust to the expected reshaping.
At first they are uncomfortable. That is inevitable. Don’t let that discourage you. Not wearing them makes it take longer to get used to them. It could take three or four months.
One unpleasant side effect, you do more drooling in your sleep without teeth.
Another is food getting in there with other people around. They have to leave your mouth to be cleared. Ew!
My lowers fit badly on the sides. They pop up when I blow cig smoke, cough, yawn, and more.

At first, dentures feel bulky, but that doesn’t last. One thing which surprised me was temperature. Food and beverages can make them cold but the rest of your mouth stays warm. A good thing is, if you take a bite of food which is too hot, you can hold it between your teeth and open your lips until it cools.
A well fitting set is great to have.

Inspired_2write's avatar

Had three teeth taken out and got a partial to fill in that empty spot.
Could not stand that arifice in my mouth but stuck it our dor a few months to get used to it.
I didn’t get used to it and took them out and they presently sit in the case in my bathroom for years now!
Hate it!
I looked into dental implants and the costs are going down plus they have payment plans available.

I am conserding that but now ( In Canada) they are proposing a dental plan tht would pay for it offered by the Government.

Elections are going on at the moment in Canada an I wait for the results about this particular plan.

Link to U.S. Dental Group can order an e book online to review costs etc here is the link:
https://services.personalcaredentistry.com/dental-implants/?gclid=CjwKCAjwvuGJBhB1EiwACU1AifwxY2Bi1gbBVZ8HJNKAVwlJ7Hr7kRKQhEJMH9rjoq7VY1WKNf5rPxoCErkQAvD_BwE

Just checked out that implant cost$300 approx for one tooth..so for me that could become $1200 in total..so not bad if one only needs partial not full upper and lower teeth.
Either way they have a dental payment plan thats afforable.

janbb's avatar

^^ O Canada!

AthosToo's avatar

I am a good poster boy for partials. I have worn one for 13 years now, very successfully. Have added teeth to it over the years. Here is a tip: for partials to work you have to wear them every day after soaking them overnight. If you don’t wear them regularly, your teeth gaps change and they don’t fit and need to be modified. Also, the earlier in the day you put it in the better. If they don’t fit, go back to your dentist and have them changed until they do.

Jaxk's avatar

I have two implants and they are just like your original teeth. They cost me between $3000—$5000 per tooth. I went to Smilecare about two years ago and they quoted me $50,000 for full mouth implants. Not cheap. I don’t know where @Inspired_2write got his number but in California, it doesn’t work. I would highly recommend implants if you can afford it.

janbb's avatar

@Jaxk @Inspired_2write got her numbers from Canada where health care is made to be affordable.

My Dad got dentures when he was somewhat older and they made his eating seem a bit messy. Also, he lost them when he was older and in a nursing home. Personally, I think full dentures would make me feel very old. I had 4 teeth in the front whittled down prior to crowns and I felt awful looking at those stubbly teeth – even though I have other crowns. I also got one implant for about $3000 a few years ago and it has given me no problems.

Inspired_2write's avatar

@Jaxk
It shows place as :
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Here is another that I looked at in the U.S.

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jca2's avatar

My first two implants were from Columbia Dental School around 1995/6. Both of them are still in, totally fine. The crowns were from there, too. Columbia Dental School is in Manhattan, part of Columbia Presbyterian, and the students who do the surgery and make the crowns were all graduated from dental school and then specializing in the specific thing (i.e. endodonty, etc.). At the time, the cost was $700 for the surgery and 700 for the crown.

The third implant was from a regular periodontist and that was like 1800 for the implant, 1800 for the crown and 500 additional for a mouth scan from an x-ray place.

If you have a really good dental school around, I wouldn’t hesitate to go to it. The issue with going to the dental school is that it takes multiple visits, which for me meant getting a ride down to NYC – a bit of a hassle but definitely do-able. With the third implant from the regular dentist, it takes less visits. If you have the time but not the money, the dental school is a good alternative.

Also at the dental school, 25 years ago, I had a defect filled, which is a bone loss, that was between my back two teeth on the bottom. They fill it with cadaver bone, and then it (hopefully) solidifies) and it’s just like your own jawbone. That was included with the 700 for the implant.

I always recommend implants. For me, they’re great – as someone said above – just regular teeth, eat what you want, they don’t rot, no taking them out, no dealing with teeth shifting around in your head. Once you’re done with the hassle and the cost, you never have to think about them. The downside is the cost, as you know.

Brian1946's avatar

I’ve had three bad teeth extracted, and they were replaced with bridges.

I’ve had no discomfort or loss of oral function with them. I just have to floss the gaps between their undersides and my gums.

SABOTEUR's avatar

I own a set of dentures but I rarely use them. I use them mainly for cosmetic purposes.

1. The “glue” needed to keep them in leaves a tingly minty taste as long as I wear them.

2. The crappy denture adhesive must be reapplied because it doesn’t hold the dentures in very long.

3. It takes awhile to get used to the denture plastic (or whatever it is) covering the roof of the mouth.

4. The denture adhesive is a hassle to remove from the mouth.

The only other time I use them is when it’s absolutely necessary to chew. I tend to favor foods I can break up sufficiently with my gums to swallow. I don’t know anything about implants but they have to be a better alternative than dentures if you can afford them.

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