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Since: Jun 09

Morrison, CO

#735 Sep 3, 2010
SMP, Since you smoke, and if you cannot quit, I'd suggest you add a good healthy dose of Vitamin C to your daily intake of things that are good for you.

I'm not going to rag on you for smoking. We all know it's a rotten habit.
Angel

El Cajon, CA

#736 Sep 3, 2010
MerryMac wrote:
SMP, Since you smoke, and if you cannot quit, I'd suggest you add a good healthy dose of Vitamin C to your daily intake of things that are good for you.
I'm not going to rag on you for smoking. We all know it's a rotten habit.
SMP ... MerryMac is much nicer than I am. I am going to rag on you about smoking and trying to have implants. I have read tons of stuff about implants and all of the research agree that smoker's have a higher failure rate - I was told in person that my dentist would not even place an implant if I was a smoker. Having said all of this, let me tell you that I am an ex-smoker of almost 30 years - and I quit. Cold turkey. 20 years ago and I want a cigarette everyday. But I want a lot of things everyday ... lol
somuchpain

Coppell, TX

#737 Sep 4, 2010
Angel wrote:
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SMP ... MerryMac is much nicer than I am. I am going to rag on you about smoking and trying to have implants. I have read tons of stuff about implants and all of the research agree that smoker's have a higher failure rate - I was told in person that my dentist would not even place an implant if I was a smoker. Having said all of this, let me tell you that I am an ex-smoker of almost 30 years - and I quit. Cold turkey. 20 years ago and I want a cigarette everyday. But I want a lot of things everyday ... lol
I know......I know!! I really need to quit! I guess right now i use it as a crutch for being so upset, mad, frustrated, etc..... Lousy excuse, huh? It has got to be the single most difficult thing I have ever tried to do.....quitting!! But, I am going to keep trying! My overall health not to mention gum problems would be soooooo much better if I would/could quit!! Not going to give up! I too have smoked for probably 30 years!! Hopefully, this time I will be successful. Feel a little better today so I am hoping I am finally turning that corner on the healing process!
PamK

Memphis, TN

#738 Sep 4, 2010
Hi All!

I just went back to work this week. I am a teacher.
I was so scared having all teeth extracted back on July 27. I did not have immediate dentures because I also had 2 implants put in the bottom. Dental surgeon said that since I was not working in the summer, I may as well, not put in dentures and that would help gums heal quicker.

So, this week, on Monday, I finally got "temporaries" - at a cost of $1100! My perms will cost $2200 EACH!
Prosthodontist said try not to use adhesive cream like fixodent...but since I had to go back to work and talk and talk and talk, I did buy fixodent on the way to school. Used it. Lower dentures felt so much better.

But eating is still MISERABLE! These teeth do not feel hard enough to chew anything.

Anyway, that fixodent did not taste good at all and
really made me kinda sick.

Earlier this week I order SECURE cream on line.
Just opened a few minutes ago. I dried the lower denture and put on the 3 strips just like instruction.

So, now they are in...I had just decided to leave lowers out, they were hurtin' me so much.

I can feel a little of the SECURE oozing down, though.

My permanent dentures will not be ready til Late October. It's a good think, cause I've just run out of money!

You know, we really should start a fund on this site...

Since: Jun 09

Morrison, CO

#739 Sep 4, 2010
PamK, if you haven't tried the powder yet, give it a try. It is so much better, the taste doesn't make you feel sick and there is no oozing.

I know where you are coming from on the eating. I could eat better and more things with no teeth that I ever could with a denture.

Since: Jun 09

Morrison, CO

#740 Sep 4, 2010
somuchpain wrote:
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I know......I know!! I really need to quit! I guess right now i use it as a crutch for being so upset, mad, frustrated, etc..... Lousy excuse, huh? It has got to be the single most difficult thing I have ever tried to do.....quitting!! But, I am going to keep trying! My overall health not to mention gum problems would be soooooo much better if I would/could quit!! Not going to give up! I too have smoked for probably 30 years!! Hopefully, this time I will be successful. Feel a little better today so I am hoping I am finally turning that corner on the healing process!
This is in NO way meant to keep you from trying to quit smoking. However, since you smoke, here is another little tidbit that will help you while you are quitting, in addition to adding a vitamin C supplement to your diet. This also works for gum disease and anyone who has been told they have gum disease should do this even if they are planning to have their teeth extracted.

Use peroxide: You can add a few drops of peroxide to the foam on your tooth brush -- a few drops for each quadrant of your mouth -- while you brush your teeth and your gums. OR you can mix 1 oz of peroxide with 1 oz of water and swish for 30 seconds, then spit it out. This mixture kills many germs and brings oxygen back to your gum tissue. This should be done 3-5 times each day.

If you are using a warm salt water rinse to help with swelling, do the peroxide regiment first, then wait a few minutes before using the salt water rinse.

Then, prick the end of a 1000 IU capsule of vitamin E and squeeze it out unto a soft tooth brush. Gently brush your teeth and gums for 4 minutes, devoting one minute to each quadrant of your mouth. This promotes healing.

For those who have any natural teeth left, you should still floss and use a waterpik.

PS The micro-organisms which cause gum disease can be transferred from one person to another via kissing...the reason why one should brush carefully before going to sleep not simply to bed.'-)(Just my mini rant for the day.)
PamK

Memphis, TN

#741 Sep 4, 2010
MerryMac wrote:
PamK, if you haven't tried the powder yet, give it a try. It is so much better, the taste doesn't make you feel sick and there is no oozing.
I know where you are coming from on the eating. I could eat better and more things with no teeth that I ever could with a denture.
Hey there MerryMac, thanks for responding. I have had the SECURE
cream in for a few hours now. I just back from the store where I
bought one of those already cooked rotisserie chickens - and some of those delish Bush baked beans. Well, long story short, I actually could eat. Teeth still feel kinda funny,'cause there are so many of them! LOL!

I had gone so long with so few teeth until now I feel like the "Teeth Monster!" Before I was having to line up a top tooth with a lower tooth to chew something, then the lower tooth went bad!

So, far, so good with the SECURE cream. I actually bought some fresh peaches from a farmers market - they were soft. When I got home, after I devoured the rotisserie chicken, I cut the peach into bite size pieces - and ATE THEM! Chewed them and everything.

For the past few weeks, I have basically been swallowing my food whole. So, now my digestive is really out of whack! I have something almost like diahrrea (sorry, I just needed to explain!)- and this happens 4-5 times daily EVERY TIME!
somuchpain

Coppell, TX

#742 Sep 4, 2010
MerryMac wrote:
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This is in NO way meant to keep you from trying to quit smoking. However, since you smoke, here is another little tidbit that will help you while you are quitting, in addition to adding a vitamin C supplement to your diet. This also works for gum disease and anyone who has been told they have gum disease should do this even if they are planning to have their teeth extracted.
Use peroxide: You can add a few drops of peroxide to the foam on your tooth brush -- a few drops for each quadrant of your mouth -- while you brush your teeth and your gums. OR you can mix 1 oz of peroxide with 1 oz of water and swish for 30 seconds, then spit it out. This mixture kills many germs and brings oxygen back to your gum tissue. This should be done 3-5 times each day.
Thank you so much for the info and advise!! I am sending my husband to the store for Vitamin C and vitamin E and have already rinsed with the hydrogen peroxide/water mixture!! I have another question that maybe you can answer......I keep reading where so many people are referring to their temp. dentures. I understood my dentist to say that the new dentures I now have will be customized (the pallet cutout) once the implants are connected to the denture. Is that common? Why would someone have dentures now and then other ones made for the implants? I thought i had done alot of research on all this but obviously I did not!! Just curious! Thanks.........
If you are using a warm salt water rinse to help with swelling, do the peroxide regiment first, then wait a few minutes before using the salt water rinse.
Then, prick the end of a 1000 IU capsule of vitamin E and squeeze it out unto a soft tooth brush. Gently brush your teeth and gums for 4 minutes, devoting one minute to each quadrant of your mouth. This promotes healing.
For those who have any natural teeth left, you should still floss and use a waterpik.
PS The micro-organisms which cause gum disease can be transferred from one person to another via kissing...the reason why one should brush carefully before going to sleep not simply to bed.'-)(Just my mini rant for the day.)
Thank you so much for the advise and suggestions!! I have already rinsed with the peroxide/water mix and sending my husband to the store for Vitamin C and E!! I have another question that maybe you can answer......why are some people referring to the dentures they have now (since their surgery) as temp. dentures? I understood my dr to explain that once the implants are connected to the new dentures i have now that they will cut the pallet out and secure the implants to it. I really thought i had done quite a bit of research on all this but it appears i didn't do enough!! Thanks for all your help!! It has been a blessing and has made this so much easier to deal with and understand!!
somuchpain

Coppell, TX

#743 Sep 4, 2010
debbie555 wrote:
<quoted text>hi angel,well had a horrible appt. today ,tried having a more mature conversation with my dentist today but ended up leaving there not at all happy with the adjustments made...it's true what you all have been saying about feeling intimadated once you're in the chair....she did take some off the back ..feels smoother,but something is not right,they do not fit properly, got back to work and cried ,called the office back..Affordable Dentures...spoke to the receptionest and told her how unhappy i was with my visit today she said she'd speak to the dentist and call back..still haven't heard back...feel like i need to find a new dentist but these teeth are already paid for..please any suggestions? i'm having a break down
Debbie555.......Did you ever hear back from your dentist? Hang in there, believe me, I can totally understand what you are going thru. I have been battling this since August 5th!! The infection I believe it getting better but still without bottom teeth and still hurting!! When you tried the Fixodent powder did you coat them and then rewet and coat again? That's what i used to do on my old dentures and they would hold for over 24 hours and I ate ANYTHING AND EVERYTHING!! That's the only thing that would help!! And hold them!! Hope everything is getting better for you!!!!!!

Since: Jun 09

Morrison, CO

#744 Sep 4, 2010
somuchpain wrote:
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Thank you so much for the advise and suggestions!! I have already rinsed with the peroxide/water mix and sending my husband to the store for Vitamin C and E!! I have another question that maybe you can answer......why are some people referring to the dentures they have now (since their surgery) as temp. dentures? I understood my dr to explain that once the implants are connected to the new dentures i have now that they will cut the pallet out and secure the implants to it. I really thought i had done quite a bit of research on all this but it appears i didn't do enough!! Thanks for all your help!! It has been a blessing and has made this so much easier to deal with and understand!!
I'm not sure I have the answer here. When I got my first denture, which my dentist called temporary, it seemed to be that it was for the healing and adjusting period. However, had I loved them and been able to adjust to them, they could have become permanent. I was also told the palate could be removed if I got the four implants it would attach to. I might be wrong but I think these were not top quality dentures. I know for a fact that they only cost my dentist $260. My second set, made of paladon in hopes that they would not burn my mouth, were a much better quality but they never fit and were huge.

Now I have implants and a top quality bridge but it's still acrylic and is burning my mouth. This bridge is considered temporary because the final bridge will be porcelain. So I get why the bridge is considered a temp but on the denture, I really am not sure myself.

Since: Jun 09

Morrison, CO

#745 Sep 4, 2010
PamK, wow! You are on your way to success. I'm so glad you were able to eat and chew a yummy meal.
BTW, I love those already cooked chickens also.
Angel

El Cajon, CA

#746 Sep 4, 2010
SMP - well, the thing is ... you can't TRY to quit. You either quit or you don't ... no trying. I will tell you this - it is easier than dieting, or having to "watch" what you eat, because you can live without cigarettes (much cleaner and better in fact), but you have to eat and boy, that is so much harder. Good luck - when you are ready, you will quit - and you will NEVER REGRET IT. Meanwhile, concentrate on keeping your mouth healthy so that you can get on with the work - You will never regret that either... lol

PamK .... after my extractions because I wasn't chewing up my food, like you, I ended up setting off the biggest diverticulits attack ever ... oh, man,--- anyway, it is important that if you can't grind up your food to only eat things that are already digestable ... you know .. we are like babies without teeth ... but we don't treat ourselves that way ... would you offer a baby adult food? Of course not ... it's just that we want the foods we have been eating and we don't think about not being able to digest it ... I really identify with you .... I ate yogurt, Ensure, pudding, tomato soup, V8 for MONTHS ..... but at least it stopped my digestive tract problems. Good luck, you poor little thing .... I KNOW.

Since: Aug 10

Location hidden

#747 Sep 7, 2010
somuchpain wrote:
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Debbie555.......Did you ever hear back from your dentist? Hang in there, believe me, I can totally understand what you are going thru. I have been battling this since August 5th!! The infection I believe it getting better but still without bottom teeth and still hurting!! When you tried the Fixodent powder did you coat them and then rewet and coat again? That's what i used to do on my old dentures and they would hold for over 24 hours and I ate ANYTHING AND EVERYTHING!! That's the only thing that would help!! And hold them!! Hope everything is getting better for you!!!!!!
hi ,somuchpain,it's me debbie555 ...going back to the dentist in the morning...i'm not leaving the office until she fixes this ill fitting denture...i wish i would have looked into Affordable Dentures before i went thru this nightmare..my front tooth fell out at work on a fri. my options were limited... soooo...we'll see how she treats me tomorrow...i am very angry since my last appt.,my aggresive side will be out and demanding for things to be right this time...what can be done about the way my lip hangs over my teeth ...can't see my teeth when i talk..it's more embarressing than before these temp.i don't even look like myself anymore...my husband does not like how they look,it's everyones comment what happened to your lip?wish me luck...and thank you for listening

Since: Jun 09

Morrison, CO

#748 Sep 7, 2010
Hi Debbie555, please let us know how it goes in the morning. Since you've got a tooth that has fallen out, you certainly have something big to complain about. Give 'em hell.
somuchpain

Coppell, TX

#749 Sep 9, 2010
ok, had another dentist appt. today and they removed the stitches from where the implant was removed. He will replace the implant in a month in a different location. Dr says that when he redoes the implant he will place in a different location and the healing should be quicker. The original implant was place in an extraction area which he says would make the healing process longer. so hopefully the next go around will be smoother and quicker!! Also, went to teeth dentist and had the soft reline done finally. Lowers are in but still feel and look like they sit up way too high. I think some of it has to do with gums still being a little swollen from the implant removal. Has anyone else had a problem with lowers fitting too high up? If so, do they eventually slip down some? I really don't want to have to wait 4 months until all this is finished.
Guess I should be grateful they are even in and i can somewhat eat normal food again, huh? But I still want my mouth and teeth to look normal for the next 4 months. Dentist tells me things will be soooooo different when snapins are finished. I am keeping my fingers crossed that all this has been worth what I have gone thru!! Again, thanks to everyone for advise and comments along the way!! It has helped so much!!
matt

Kingston, NH

#750 Sep 10, 2010
I am about to have what's left of my teeth pulled. I'm only 35, just bad genes. Reading these comments and it's hard to believe that dentures are that bad. It seems most of you are complaining about eating with them. I can't imagine it being any worse than trying to chew food with what's left of a few busted teeth. As it is, I can barely eat much of what I enjoy. I love steak, and I really miss biting into my secret recipe chicken wings!

Since: Aug 10

Location hidden

#751 Sep 11, 2010
Hi, Matt. I think I read that you can only put 15% of the pressure on dentures as you can with real teeth, so I guess that's part of the problem. Also, most of us here got immediate dentures, so we're trying to make them fit a constantly changing mouth with sore, weak gums. It gets better when the healing is done and the gums toughen up. That's just the price we pay for not wanting to walk around without teeth for 6 months.

When you first get your dentures, you'll see what we're talking about...:D They seem almost useless at chewing until you have a lot of practice. Our real teeth are anchored in bone and now we have to learn to chew with plastic things resting on our gums. If they're poorly fitted, you rub your gums raw when you try to chew. For most people, it just takes time and adjustments, but it's very frustrating in the beginning because you're hungry for real food and have to eat soft stuff. And even that hurts at first.

All of these posts have been a big help to me because I knew what to expect worst case and how to deal with it. If I'd gone through this with no hints or tips on how to make it easier, I'd probably be pretty depressed right now.

Good luck to you. I hope you have an uneventful transition.!

Angel

El Cajon, CA

#752 Sep 13, 2010
Hi ya' all ...
Just a quick note to let you know that although I love participating on this forum, I am only going to post to one thread. This one: http://www.topix.com/forum/health/dentures/TN...
There are several different topics but it is getting pretty time consuming to stay up to date with them all .... I hope you all will still join me 'over there'.... lol, Angel
eileen

Hull, UK

#753 Sep 23, 2010
Beware, I had implants and they all fell out after 2 years, dentist fit them 3times and they still fell out. Make sure your bone is good enough and your gum line is thick enough.
Dennis

Las Vegas, NV

#754 Oct 7, 2010
Just got 2 perm partials nylon type materal.The bottom one for 4 extracted front teeth does not bother me. The top one for 2 extracted teeth is another story. I can not stand it in. I think only
of it in my mouth. I am obesesive about it. I take it out. I constantly salivate with it in.I can not accept it. I think I have only 2 choices - walk around and look like a yahoo with it out or kill myself. I am 53 and feel so old and worthless with this in. Any advice would be greatly appreaceated.

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