When to wear dentures
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Steeler

Fishers, IN

#1 Apr 25, 2010
Question to be raised - despite the fact that my denture fit soundly, have no problems with them, no sores and eat very well, I want to remove them from my mouth at every opportunity.

I realize these are not my natural teeth. they were created to assist us in living a normal life as any manmade item (glasses, hearing aid etc) so why do I want them out of my mouth.

Does any other denture wearer feel the same way?
Angel

Santee, CA

#2 Apr 25, 2010
ALL OF US .... LOL

No, probably just EVERYONE I know .... except my mom - she never wanted hers out ... even during surgery she hated the fact that the good docs would make her remove them and that was the first thing out of her mouth in recovery was to put them back in ... NOW.

I will tell you that I have implanted permanent bridges on the bottom and a snap-in denture on the top ... I cannot tell my bridges from my own teeth .... my snap-in? I take it out every night ... my mouth justs gets "tired" from wearing it .... BTW - I hate wearing my glasses too, so I have about 50 pair of magnifiers lying around everywhere in the house, probably 5 pair in my purse, and I can't tell you how many in the drawer next to my bed .... weird-o.

Since: Jun 09

Longmont, CO

#3 Apr 25, 2010
While I am no longer wearing my denture, I felt the same way. It sounds as though you've adapted to them well, but like with anything man made that we wear or use in every day life, I think we want to set it aside when we don't need them. I don't wear my glasses or contacts to bed, those with artificial limbs remove them when they settle in for the night; most people I know do not sleep with their hearing aids in. Unless someone has had a boob job, I think it's natural to want to remove the man made item.

Since: Oct 09

Plano, TX

#4 Apr 26, 2010
Steeler wrote:
Question to be raised - despite the fact that my denture fit soundly, have no problems with them, no sores and eat very well, I want to remove them from my mouth at every opportunity.

Does any other denture wearer feel the same way?
I feel the same way. My dentures are out as I type.

I have very well made snap in implant dentures, both uppers and lowers. I hate wearing them.
I can chew very well with them, and I have no sores as a result in wearing them. But I am despondent at how constantly annoying they are...throughout the day I have attention on the big piece of plastic in my mouth.
They also impede rapid speech or prevent articulate naturally fast expression,...
food always clings to them or under them...with the only remedy being to take them out and rinse them and also rinse the mouth...which can be tough in social situations, especially when food is stuck which can not be sensed by the fake gums.

I could go on and on about the many aspects surrounding dentures which I do not like.
I feel like every dentist should make their patients aware that many liabilities and problems exist for denture wearers.
When a dental website or office ONLY promotes the "joyous aspects of dentures", I want to scream in public protest that the dentist is a con or stupid.

For some people, dentures might be a step up from a current bad situation. Then, dentures might be a welcomed change.

In my case, the periodontist painted dentures as a wonderful cosmetic remedy instead of veneers. The ONLY liability I was tol:"There is an adjustment period to learn how to chew." That was 20 months ago.
I am miserable...all day and last thing at night and first thing in the morning, I am bugged and at discomfort and at discomposure and frustrated with having to wear dentures. My life style has completely changed. It is hard to enjoy the simple pleasures such as a walk or working in the yard, when I am thinking "how nice it will be to take these out of my mouth".

Since: Oct 09

Plano, TX

#5 Apr 29, 2010
Steeler wrote:
Question to be raised - despite the fact that my denture fit soundly, have no problems with them, no sores and eat very well, I want to remove them from my mouth at every opportunity.
I realize these are not my natural teeth. they were created to assist us in living a normal life as any manmade item (glasses, hearing aid etc) so why do I want them out of my mouth.
Does any other denture wearer feel the same way?
No one is laughing.
Keep exploring other options...try to keep your teeth.
Read the posts on the other threads. Dentures or implant dentures have many drawbacks. If you decide to go in that direction, you might end up in a worse situation.

Merry and Angel have great insight. Go way back and read these other threads. See other professionals. If some dentist fails to tell you about potential liabilities which exist, then leave that professional's office. You want to be aware of all the possible negative outcomes...that way, you will have an idea of what to expect.
I hate wearing my 'pretty' implant dentures...hate it everyday, moment by moment. They have messed up my life. For some people, dentures are an improvement to their situations. For me, dentures made things in my life much worse.
Steve

Mongkok, Hong Kong

#6 May 28, 2010
I don't think there is anything wrong with wanting your dentures out of your mouth.

I have worn full dentures for twenty years now. I am very satisfied with them and have few regrets about the loss of my teeth. But when I am at home I like to go without my dentures when I can. I like the feel of my mouth without dentures. Drinking, smoking and eating soft food is also very satisfying without dentures.
Tuffy06

Stafford, VA

#7 Jan 28, 2011
I hate my dentures. this is a nightmare, someone please wake me up. As I sit here and write this the tears are rolling down my face. I am 53 and have had my teeth out for 10 years. I have had 5 sets of dentures all costing different amount from cheap ones to expensive ones. The one I now have cost $4000.00 and they fit no better than the cheap ones. I have recently had implants put in the bottom but so far 1 out of 4 has failed.I hate the top denture the most because I can't feel the food in my mouth and everything taste nasty. Oh also I have lost 140 lbs sence having my teeth out because I just find it more trouble to try and eat and just don't eat. I worry all day about how I am going to eat a meal with my husband when he comes home from work. Some one please tell me how to get use to dentures???? PLease

Since: Aug 10

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#8 Feb 2, 2011
Tuffy06 wrote:
I hate my dentures. this is a nightmare, someone please wake me up. As I sit here and write this the tears are rolling down my face. I am 53 and have had my teeth out for 10 years. I have had 5 sets of dentures all costing different amount from cheap ones to expensive ones. The one I now have cost $4000.00 and they fit no better than the cheap ones. I have recently had implants put in the bottom but so far 1 out of 4 has failed.I hate the top denture the most because I can't feel the food in my mouth and everything taste nasty. Oh also I have lost 140 lbs sence having my teeth out because I just find it more trouble to try and eat and just don't eat. I worry all day about how I am going to eat a meal with my husband when he comes home from work. Some one please tell me how to get use to dentures???? PLease
hi tuffy06 my name is debbie555 i haven't posted since the holidays...i also am 53 yrs. old in july of 2010 i got a full upper denture..my life has been a nightmare since, i went to affordable dentures ,biggest mistake of my life!!!!,my major problem is the fact that my upper lip hangs over my teeth,i don't look normal, or talk normal ..i also have lost almost 25lbs.i hate food, nothing tastes right,i just hate having food in my mouth, i don't have asupportive husband, so i deal with all of this on my own...until i found this forum thank God for Angel....she is a Godsend....i stopped going to the dentist she ruined my life and my mouth,i still wear temps...need a soft relign,but refuse to go back to the dentist i just don't trust she'll help me...i don't think one ever gets use to dentures, the palate, the adhesive ,i too need someone to help me, in the 7 mos. since dentures i've changed so drastically that i don't like to spend time with anyone, i don't care to socialize, my marraige has suffered enormaously,...i do find comfort here onthese pages...thank you for listening...d555
Tuffy06

Stafford, VA

#9 Feb 2, 2011
Hi debbie555, Thanks for answering my post. I totally understand about what you are saying about how this nightmare really changes your life. I do have a supportive husband but in some ways that's not really good either because he care so much when I hurt he hurts all so. I all so do not socialize any more and my family has suffered enormanously. I spend most all of my time at home for I can't stand to wear the dentures and feel very selfconscious when I go out in public. Eating dinner out is impossible and embrassing. I just feel with all the technology we have today someone would come up with something better. As far as where you go to get your dentures made it really doesn't make any difference. As I stated before I have had 5 sets of dentures each costing more than the other and none ever fitting correctly. Honestly for what Affordable Dentures charges to make you a set of dentures they really don't do a bad job for I have all so gone to affordable dentures and they are the only ones who offer the mini implants at an affordable cost. The 3 implants that I still have on the bottom are doing good and healing and I am looking forward to when the dentist can put the caps in my denture that snaps on to the implants. Then I am thinking about doing the top implants if the bottoms work out for me. The part I hate the most is having the roof of my mouth covered and with the implants the can cut the top out so you can feel the roof of you mouth again and taste things better. Thanks for listening. Tuffy06
Angel

Santee, CA

#10 Feb 4, 2011
There is a lot of information that I think you guys may be missing ....

If you go to the bottom of this page and click on
See All Threads In The Denture Forum
You will see a list of threads that I believe can really be helpful to you ... here is one to click on - a lot of reading - but a lot of information.

http://www.topix.com/forum/health/dentures/TN...

There is lots of advice on the same problems that you are having .... all of it valuable ... I am going to post this message on several sites, so do not think I am crazy .... I just want to make sure everyone gets some information that may help them...
Tuffy06

Stafford, VA

#11 Feb 4, 2011
Angel,
Thanks for the info but I have read everything I can find about how to help with these dentures but have found out more bad than good. I feel like this is some kind of evil joke thats not funny. Also I find the more info I read the more depressed I get. These things are never going to fit right and with all the knownledge we have now a day you would think some one would come up with something better.. Thanks for your concern!!
Angel

Santee, CA

#12 Feb 4, 2011
Tuffy .... the snap-on's WILL make a world of difference .... Hang in ... be Tuff! ;)

But if you can ever afford to get a fixed bridge attached (looks like you've already spent about that much)... that will be amazing for you.
Hater

Paramount, CA

#13 Mar 4, 2011
I hate my upper dentures. I am 67 years old and held on to my upper teeth as long as I could. I fought the good fight against gingivitis until until Oct. 2010 until I lost. I, like most of you, had my upper dentures. Most of you are right about not feeling food on my palate but I find myself missing the taste of food on it. It's amazing how much your palate contributes to the lingering taste of food having been in your mouth. My speech is messed up, my taste buds are almost non-existent and the feeling of something on my upper gums is the pits.

My dentist keeps telling me it will get better, but I don't think so. He also keeps trying to discourage me from using the adhesive by stating the dentures should be held in by suction. NOT!!! I've tried no using adhesive but if I try to eat something kind of hard, they come lose. The removal of the adhesive is another thing I hate. I scrape my upper palate with the tip of my index fingernail, put the gobs on tissue and then wipe the palate with another tissue to completely remove it. It's disgusting. I'm also told that always using the adhesive is not a good thing.(I already knew about Fix-O-Dent containing zinc and that is wasn't good for you.)

I'm so glad I found this site so that I could bitch and moan. Oh, btw, I've been told by my dentist that since I smoke (I know, it's bad for me) and have lost some of my bone that implants probably wouldn't work. Woe is me. Thanks for letting bitch and moan. Hopefully, something will be invented that will help us.
Tuffy06

Stafford, VA

#14 Mar 7, 2011
FYI, I had dental implants done on the bottom on Jan 5,2011. Thats when the nightmare got worst. I had 4 implants put in bottom jaw,2 of which have now failed and now I have 2 more that was done on Feb.28th. The constant aching of my lower jaw is just as bad as having bad teeth. I really wish I had never done this and if I had it to do over I wouldn't recommend it to any one. I thought by doing implants it would help but all you have to go though to get them done it very hard to do. I have lost 35 lbs sense Jan. 5th and don't see things getting better anytime soon. Then when these are done they want me to do the tops?? I don't think I can handle all that again. My mouth stays sore all the time,I us the salt water rinse but the salt drys my lips out and seems to chap the skin inside my month, the teeth don't come together right so I am unable to eat very little with them and without the teeth in you have nails that poke into your top gums. A real live nightmare. Any advice would be greatly welcomed..Thanks...
Dane

Alameda, CA

#15 Mar 20, 2011
I was told that mt dentures would be a mostly cosmetic appliance. And that It could take many months to learn to wear them comfortably while eating. Mine were made by a student dentist and I am lucky enough to have Masticated meals available to me. I live in San Francisco and the dental school here is great. I do wish I could afford implants, but it looks like I must just get used to not eating outside my home for now.

Anyone who is told that dentures will be better than having 5 teeth left is truly being misled, other than for a cosmetic reason. But I was told of all this before I got them and had to decide for financial reasons to get them. Going out to eat is just going to be memory for quite a while.
Rick

United States

#16 Mar 20, 2011
Hater, I don't know what dentist or surgeon you had talked to and I could be wrong, (Not the first or last time ) but I am looking at getting an implant supported upper denture and I will require bone grafts prior to implants which from reading different threads from this forum I believe to be a common procedure.
Angel

Santee, CA

#17 Mar 20, 2011
Rick ... anyway you can get a bridge installed on those implants instead of a removable denture ... honest ..... it is just a few thousand more, but a million times better. And yes ...adding bone is very common with implants .... for me it was simply a matter of adding artificial bone and in about 6 mos ... voila`!! All implants successful. Good luck!
Rick

United States

#18 Mar 21, 2011
Hi Angel and all, There are only two maxofacial surgeons in my area so that somewhat limits my choices. The original surgeon I had that removed the remaining upper teeth and a tori about 14 months ago told me recently when I went for a consultation that a bridge would not be an option because of gum recession in the front where I had a bridge for many years. I only talked to the second surgeon's receptionist on the phone and she told me the bridge by itself would run an additional 18 K , I would have to check a little further to see if they would think it would be feasible, which I plan on doing before I make a choice. I'm glad to hear yours are working out for you, and am glad you are still helping others . Thank you.
Angel

Santee, CA

#19 Mar 21, 2011
Rick .... you are being very wise. Spend your money one time and get what you can ... I still don't really understand that the surgeon did not talk to you about shooting some bone in there. Again ... you are wise to get as many opinions as you can. You CAN negotiate the price of that bridge ... actually, you can negotiate all of your dental work ... I ask (and got) multi discounts ... first I asked for a senior discount ... then I ask for another one if I paid cash (and got it)... then you can also ask if that is the best price they will offer you. Do not be shy about telling the dentist that you are shopping around. Remember this guy is in business to make money ... he works for you. You just keep on keepin' on!
Rick

United States

#20 Mar 28, 2011
Angel, Thank you for the tips, if you don't mind me asking, do you have a full upper bridge supported by implants ? I know somewhere in one of the threads you mentioned what dental work you had done, but the threads are getting quite long in the tooth to read. I'm just wondering because if you had bone added on top and they could fit you with a bridge versus the denture, sans palate, I would think that would be a possibility for myself. Like you mentioned earlier, I hope to only spend my money once so your advice and experience are appreciated.

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