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    Default Permanent Dentures

    I was wondering if anyone here has any experience with permanent dentures. I'm asking for someone who at age 63 is facing the decision whether to go with braces (invisaline sp?) & many caps which would be about a two year process or to go with full mouth extraction replaced with permanent dentures.

    Pros of the long process is that he keeps his teeth, and I hear caps look more real than dentures. Cons is the lengthy time period and I question how often these caps need to be replaced.

    Pros of the permanent dentures is the much shorter time involved. Cons are that he loses all of his teeth.

    Prices for the two are about the same.

    What he is wondering is how people have adjusted to the permanent dentures. People say when you get them you'll feel like there is something in your mouth, but he's wondering if you get used to that and get to the point where you don't notice them.

    Also, if anyone has had any other problems with them, your input would be greatly appreciated.

    On the other hand, if you know of anyone who has had extensive reconstruction with caps, and they've either had a good eperience or bad, we'd like to hear those stories, too.

    Of course, we've talked to dentists involved, but most seem biased to what they do -- either caps or dentures.

    Thanks for any help you can provide.

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    I'm looking forward to seeing what people say. I have lots of crowns, but that's been over the course of years, and they do wear out or you can get cavities at the roots. That I know about.

    There are commercials, where the patient goes in one day and leaves with a full set of teeth. I don't know how that works either.
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    I 've had bad teeth most of my life & was always needing visits to the dentist. My Mom & Dad had a family of 5 kids & money was always tight. Fast forward to 2 years ago...my FIL & MIL passed within 3 weeks of each other & from that my DH received some money. Because of my dental history, I decided to bite the bullet (no pun intended) & have the remaining teeth extracted & got dentures. I have never been able to get used to them & complained to dentist that I was unhappy & tried to get them adjusted to no avail. I told them I wanted to be able to eat as in the past. They asked what I wanted to eat I just replied "anything, even if it's just a sandwich". I can't bite or chew with my dentures in so most of the time I don't wear them. It's very upsetting but with the health issues I've had the past 2 years, I don't put dentures on my top 10 things I stress over.

    Having said all that, if the person's having a choice of the 2 things just from my own experience I say go for the braces. If at a later time dentures become medically needed, well, I don't know what to tell you. Having your teeth pulled out...all at once....yowzer. The process was VERY painful even with novacaine (sp?) . I hope I haven't freaked you out because every patient is different & each has his/her own issues with things. I'm being honest. Who's to say what kinds of problems I'd had if I hadn't had my teeth pulled. Just, if you can, take your time deciding which you do. One last point, they won't tell you that you lose your sense of smell/taste when you lose your teeth.

    I'll be thinking about you as you go thru this process. Hope all goes well.

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    Default Re: Permanent Dentures

    I asked this question a couple of months ago, but it was understanding they are called implants. I'll go find the thread. My mom and aunt both had dentures and I noticed how bad their breath was. They had them done in a 'home' office. I remember sitting in the living room waiting. I think back now that it was so strange going to a regular dentists office. lol


    Here it is.
    https://forum.missouriquiltco.com/sh...light=implants
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    I've had dentures for 20 years. They are even MORE a PITA than they were when I got them. Look into implants. They have become MUCH more affordable.

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    Default Re: Permanent Dentures

    Ok, just to be clear, these dentures would be permanently attached. They apparently put four implants in your jaw, then screw the dentures into something. You'd have to go to a dentist to take them out.

    But I wonder about implants, too. I think they are hugely expensive, when you are talking a full mouth.

    I think they're saying he doesn't need implants because he does have teeth. They're just so worn down, he hardly has any front teeth left. So they're saying caps rather than implants.

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    I think those are called partial dentures? I lost my health insurance when my dh passed. I got health insurance back, but haven't looked into dental yet. I was going to go in for a normal checkup and consultation. Has your friend gone in for one?



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    I'm keeping my own teeth if at all possible! Over the past few years, I've had some of my crowns replaced due to decay at the base of them. I had one tooth extracted (a back molar) b/c I didn't want to pay for a crown & a root canal. I wish I'd had the root canal & had a new crown put in. I don't like the empty space there. This year I've had 4 crowns done. Two were new. My 2 front teeth had old crowns that were 43 y.o. & needed to be replaced. So that's 4 done thus far. I have one to go. I'm very pleased with how the new crowns look. Unfortunately, my dental ins. does not cover crowns or root canals, so it's all been out of pocket expense. At least $1,100./crown. My SIL had dentures for years & hated them. I hear people complain of not being able to chew meat very well. Also complaints of them not fitting well. I think the deciding factor may be what can you afford? Have you researched on the web? That might help you decide.

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    Default Re: Permanent Dentures

    I had two implants done on my front teeth. One of the implants was done incorrectly causing excruciating nerve damage. After six months of "non invasive" therapy while the pain steadily increased they said the only option left was to remove the implants. In the process of removing the implants they permanently damaged the four adjacent teeth.

    So long story short, go with the crowns not the implants.

    Around 1% of implant procedures carried out each year result in nerve injuries. If they didn't warn you about this possibility, shame on them.
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    Default Re: Permanent Dentures

    As I read about this, I think what the "dentist" is proposing is referred to as "all on four". They implant some, then bridge between them with permanent "dentures".

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