When to wear dentures

Stafford, VA

#21 Mar 28, 2011
Update: I finally got the bottom implant healed and the lower is finally completed and it make a big big difference. Now instead of trying to figure out how to hold both dentures in place and eat I only have to deal with the top still lose. Much better. Now I have to get the tops done but I'm not looking forward to all the pain and not being able to eat again. Plan to wait at least a month to try and gain some weight back before I do the tops. I have to say I never thought I would see the day I could eat some what normal again. I still can't bite very well but hope that will get easier some time soon Good luck to everyone and thanks for all the advice.

Santee, CA

#22 Mar 28, 2011
Rick - I have 4 implants on the top. A procedure called "All on 4" made it possible for me to have a full BRIDGE installed on the top. I have NO palate. Yes, before the implants there was artificial bone packed in a couple of places where they needed to put the implants. It is a long process, but in the end it is so worth it. Also, on the bottom I had a partial. But then I didn't want to wear anything removable - so, I had 2 implants on each side inserted. The dentist created bridges on each side with them. One bridge has 3 back teeth, and on the other side there is 2 teeth bridged. So, I went from a regular denture, to a Snap-In denture to a full bridge on top (non removable). And on the bottom, from a partial to non remabable bridges. It is just like having my own teeth, I have to brush, floss and most importantly, I have to use a WaterPik to blow the food from beneath the bridges. The step I should have skipped was the snap-in on the top. I should have just bit the bullet and went for the full bridge in the beginning - but I thought I could live with a Snap-On denture .... but I hated it almost as much as I did the regular denture. The only downside to having your teeth bridged in is that you can eat anything you want and you gain on your weight back ... haha. Oh ... and when you do all of your work, make sure you tell your dentist that you want porcelain. In your head, they sound just like your own teeth .... I have to say this: and this is MY opinion only: dentures felt very barbaric to me ... nothing about them ever felt natural ... I pray that I never-ever have to wear one again.

Toledo, OH

#23 Jun 21, 2011
I have new dentures. Wearing them makes me feels as if I have something in my mouth everytime I try to talk. My speech is affected too, For some reason the roof of the dentures seem to be just too much. I have no ins now to get them fixed if this is the problem.. I was thinking about getting the roof part partially removed so i could feel my own roof,,maybe my speech would return to normal.. Please... any suggestions??

Santee, CA

#24 Jun 21, 2011
Shawna ... if you have a regular denture you cannot have the 'roof' removed as that is where the suction is to hold your teeth in. Unless you have implants put in and have a snap-in made, or have a bridge attached - this is as good as it will be for you. Read some of the other threads on the dental forum and you will be able to maybe get some tips on how to cope with what you have, or move forward. I have not heard of any insurance that will cover implants/bridges .... if you find one, please post a link - I bet there will be plenty of people who would love to buy it. I would have .... my teeth have cost me the price of a luxury automobile ... but I'd rather have the teeth!

Scottsdale, AZ

#25 Aug 5, 2011
I had 6 teeth extracted on top, bone leveling done, stitches put in and then immediate dentures put in 3 weeks ago. The first night was unpleasant until the novacain wore off, but after that I adjusted well. I am 58 years old. I was very scared to have it done, but I have to say I love my new dentures. I had a temporary reline done the other day and my dentures look just like me real teeth did before any cavities, fillings or crowns. I guess I'm one of the lucky ones, I never had any problem adjusting to biofocals either, just put them on and didn't see any problems. I think attitude is most of the battle. You have to decide for yourself that this is the way it will be and make the best of the situation and be determined to make it work. I already ate something crunchy last night. I still have the bottom teeth to go and I have no back teeth in the bottom, so eating is still a little difficult. I heard that bottom dentures are harder to get used too, so I'm still researching the best way to go about those, but for me, I think it will be the dentures on the bottom so I don't have to worry about the price of implants or the receding gum problems, but that will be another year or so away my dentist told me. I just wanted to give an uplifting comment to those who may be looking to have to do this down the road. Everyone is different, but his is my story so far.

Santee, CA

#26 Aug 5, 2011
GREAT ... I'm pretty sure you also posted under the name HOPE IS ALIVE on another thread ... It is good to know that people are reading all of the threads in the denture forum ... You are so well informed for a new denture wearer ... you must have been doing your homework ... eating something crunchy with a new denture and no back teeth to chew with ... that sounds pretty dang difficult - and amazing ... My stitches weren't even taken out for 14 days ... You're right ... everyone IS different - and you are one of the luckiest we have heard from - Thanks for posting .... Please tell me .... how does gum receding affect your ability to have implants???


#27 Aug 15, 2011
I have no teeth for almost ten years.I have dentures which fit well and are cofortable. I seldom wear them. I prefer the feel of my smooth gums. I do not mind my lisp and can eat almost anything withou my teeth. I waited six months before I got dentures so the selfconcious bit was over by that time. If I was to do it again I probably would not bother with dentures. I certainly would not want natural teeth again. There are social ocassions where I feel I need to wear my dentures but I go out shopping etc without them and never wear them at home.I am thirty years old with a wonderful husband and the mother of two children. My husband has a partial front upper denture ( 7 teeth) since his teens after being hit in the mouth by a hockey stick. He wears his denure more than I do but he has a very public job.

East Rockaway, NY

#28 Feb 23, 2012
I realize what you are saying because I experienced the same thing. I do really feel though, that with time you will feel differently.Everyone adjusts at different rates. You may feel that the time you have had them is sufficent to adjust but maybe not. I think that with even more time you will grow to completley adjust. You will talk more and more normal with time, and feel less aware of the "hunk of plastic" in your mouth. You will have to change your attitude though. A positive attitude goes a long way. If you continue to dwell on what you hate you wont even notice it getting better. If you try to stay positive it will make the adjustment come quicker. Also try to resist taking them out every chance you get because that is going to slow your process up. If you push past that you will soon find they feel a lot more natural. So much of it is a mental thing. I speak from experience!
Thommy wrote:
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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".

Munich, Germany

#29 Aug 1, 2012
Steve wrote:
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.
My wife feels the same way. She says that going without her teeh is like going barefooted, the way she goes around the house all the time.She only puts them in when she goes to work or when she goes out shopping.

Bellows Falls, VT

#30 Sep 14, 2012
Hi everybody !It is very bad that all dentists will never tell the truth about wearing dentures because they make a lot of money on extracting teeth and making dentures and then they will prepose to put implants and to do other things that will cost you a lot of money. Money is the most important for them and hell with people who have to suffer from the mistake they have made by extracting all their natural teeth.
People,if you are told that dentures will make your life happy and you will enjoy eating food , DON'T believe!
It is a LIE!
littledenturemak er

Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK

#31 Sep 15, 2012
I just wanted to say "hi". I'm a girl in my forties who has been wearing dentures since my early teens due to a rare genetic syndrome. I also work in a denture laboratory in the UK, making hand crafted dentures, including hybrids and overdentures for implants.

I know people who put in their denture and never return for review until they want a new one, and I know people that we have to adjust time over, despite the dentures fitting the models and the patient perfectly. We have lots of tricks to sort things out, and if we have made the denture (and often even when we havent!) we do the best we can until the patient is happy, we know that people adjust at different rates to wearing their teeth.

I know its been said that dentists often encourage patients to have their healthy teeth out so that dentures and implants can be fitted. In the UK, at least dentists arent allowed to remove healthy teeth, there are strict regulations on this from the GDC, and anyone doing this can be reported, and should be. As a technician, having any good teeth remaining can help retain a denture.

I dont know about in the US however, so I cant comment. "/

In addition, whilst I agree that over the passage of time bone does resorb from the upper and lower ridges, this is nothing to be scared of. If you need to have those teeth out due to periodontal disease, infection, etc then they have to be removed. As your dentures are replaced, at the bite block (wax block) and impression stage measurements will be taken to build up the ridge height, lower the length of the teeth ( we can even craft the acrylic to make your gums look fuller) and we can build out the lateral sides of the denture within reason to fill out the face.

Just wanted to wish everyone goodluck with their teeth, anyway.

Hyattsville, MD

#32 Jan 20, 2013
New snap in upper denture, took 6 years to complete. Had been without upper teeth since 14. Now in my 60's. I had to have surgery from lower front jaw,only to fine no bone down there. Then had bottle bone put in. 8 upper implants into new bone. Then bar screwed into implants,now upper denture. Felling the most natural I have felt in many years. Problem I can not pull denture out, it is so tight. Was to come out so I can keep my mouth clean with water pic. How do I get this out to clan? Any ideas? My dentists says it is a miracle we have been able to do this snap in with all the bone loss I have had. I still believe in miracles!!
Thank You

Cimarron, KS

#33 Jan 20, 2013
I'm not really sure how to use this site, and was looking for a response to my last posting.
Anyway, it's been 5 days now since I got my new dentures. Both upper and lower. My dentist really did a number on my lower gums while trying to make them fit. The first night, I wore them to bed almost through the night. But with all the pain, I ended up taking them out. When I woke up again, I put them both back in for the day. The bottoms were really uncomfortable due to the sores that she had made. I took them out at night before bed, like the instructions she gave me to read had said to do. It was on the 3rd night, I took them out, and in the morning went to put them in. I got the top ones in, but not the bottom. I am still unable to wear the bottom dentures. I can get them to fit on one side or the other, but can't get them to fit down on both sides at the same time. I'm really afraid that I have left them out too long. I'm going to call my dentist today to see if he can get me in and hopefully get them adjusted right.

United States

#34 May 29, 2013
Steve wrote:
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.
I'm glad you posted that positive feedback...nothing like having the best of both...enjoying yr dentures & the feeling of being without them looking back at u.

New Port Richey, FL

#35 Jun 17, 2013
I'm miserablewith these things. It wasn't so bad when my husband was alive, but I refuse to go out with anyone new. The paste, the food that gets stuck in it, cleaning my mouth with papertowels every night, and looking at myself without it in. i'm done.

Ripley, TN

#36 Jul 25, 2013
can someone tell me how to make good lower impressions? what do I do with my tongue ? the last impression was messed up today I have to go do it again, please help!

Marysville, WA

#37 Mar 25, 2014
Im getting my dentures this Thursday, and I guess this was the wrong one to look at. Im excited to get mine. I am 50 years old, and had bad teeth all my life. Im looking forward to having beautiful teeth :) Im sorry if you all have had such bad experinces. I have been without teeth for 6 weeks, and have 2 more days to get my dentures.

Tucson, AZ

#38 Mar 25, 2014
Toni, try reading the "Cheer Up New Denture Wearers" thread. It's very long, but there is a lot of encouraging information on it that you might find helpful. Best of luck to you with your procedure and new dentures.

Oklahoma City, OK

#39 Apr 16, 2014
I agree with the person who said we have so much inovation & tecnology today that it's hard 2 believe someone in the field of dentistry (or elsewhere) can't develop a more comfortable, affordable denture when a person's natural teeth are lost. And, contrary 2 popular belief, not everyone who loses their natural teeth are just lazy caretakers of themselves. But, that's beside the point. Eye glasses have changed from heavy glass that made terrible, sore indentions on the nose & ears. Hearing aids have become smaller, smarter, & better nowadays. But dentures have lagged behind in inovation & improvement. And, whatever advancements ARE available are outside of the average person's price range. To me, that's pathetic. There are brillant minds all over the world, and we buy a ticket on a rocket ship to Mars, but we can't make an affordable solution for tooth loss. Duh, and duh. It looks like people in dentistry have become complacent, and, frankly, just don't care. The loss of your natural teeth is devastating, no matter why it happens. People long for some understanding about that. I have found only dismissive, condescending dentists who are only interested in the treatment plan that makes them the most money. I get it- I really do, but what about a personal sensitivity to integrity, and good ole us invention? Am I to believe there's NO ONE in dentistry who has a desire to be an inovator and hero to so many. Wow. Gut wrenching. I hope none of them require dentures in the near future. O, sorry, that's right. They will have made enough off of their patients to afford the VERY BEST. Whatever.

Tucson, AZ

#40 Apr 17, 2014
Amen to everything you have said.

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