Are there any members in the dental field OR who can I send a pm to inquire about partials or dentures? This is embarrassing so please don’t respond to say that you have good teeth. Thanks!
No reason to be embarrassed here
I have upper dentures and lower partials. I’m not in the dental field and I don’t know what kind of advice you want but maybe I can help out with a question.
I dont know if you know her but MWilson works in the dental field I believe.
I’m a dentist and have been for 31 years. I’d be happy to try and answer any dental questions you may have but I’m hesitant to post an email address. Let me know if you‘re for real?Thanks.Cindy58
Hi Frannie, thank you! I will send you a pm.
Hi Dianne, thank you! I realized MWilson is one of my friends so I will send her a pm.
Hi Cindy58, thank you for responding! Welcome for joining today. Sorry to say, but I’m offended that you think I’m not real. We are allow to post questions as anonymous. Since your profile doesn’t have a send message feature I won’t be able to send you a pm. Thanks for your interest in helping me with any dental questions.
I understand about being embarrassed, my main health issue has ruined my dental health and while I have a bottom partial and one of those flipper devises for one upper tooth, I want to go get rid my own teeth but don’t think I’m a good candidate for implants. I’d like to know if denture construction has improved any?
Frannie, does your upper denture plate stay secure? I’ve thought of leaving a couple back teeth for a partial that runs across the front. The bottom gums are a train wreck so a full denture is what I plan on.
One thing that bothered me was I had to have frequent cleaning trying to save teeth and I hated being treated like I was lazy, though they were informed of my health issue with a long list of environmental toxins. I’m already freaking out about losing my teeth and I get treated like that by the dental hygentist? I still went because I’m vain, I don’t want a toothless mouth, up till the divorce started and no money for dental care.
Thanks for any information you all can share with me.
Oh Cathie this makes me sad that you have been treated this way golly. :( We are very compassionate in our office.
Anonymous~ I have sent you a PM :).I would love to share any information I can!
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@Cathie, yes my upper denture does stay secure with the Adhesive cream. I can still eat corn on the cobb but without any pain now.
I had to get dentures and lower partials because of health issues also and I knew there was no way I would be a good candidate for implants. Plus I know someone who does have implants and they complain alot about them. So I am happy with my dentures and partials.
I have an upper & lower partial and I hate them so much, but I would probably hate full dentures even more. The upper with 4 teeth is such a pain to get out that I am constantly finding different ways of wrenching them clear, and the bottom has only 2 teeth, so it’s a snap going in and out. I always have to rinse my mouth out after eating anything because no matter what something gets caught in the front. Two different dentists did these partials, and the upper was done by a rookie dentist which even my DMD said it looks like he was just out of dentistry school. That was my fault because the only reason I selected that office was because it was near where I used to live. Not a good enough reason and it is evident in that damn upper partial.
Thanks so much, Frannie! I was worried about talking and laughing with people and having it fall out. I might be able to do a partial or bridge on top, but maybe not? Do you have any gum irriation from the adhesive and what brand do you use? I have to be Super careful of chemicals.
Our dentist always suggests leaving any teeth possible and going with partials rather than full dentures. However, an upper denture gets the full pallet to get suction/stability. And so many people struggle with lower full dentures, but thank goodness they are available for those needing them!!
In about 27 years I’ve had one tooth that has had two root canal treatments. I see that as a success since I still have the tooth. However, it is one of my large bottom molars and should it need a third treatment I may opt for removal (and a funeral to boot!) and go with a bridge~ they are amazing! Unless a person knows what they are looking at know one would know by simple talking to you. They look perfectly perfect...
If I had a front tooth knocked out I’d consider a bridge there too, primarily because of cost. But, our dentist is such a perfectionist. I feel I would walk away with my OWN smile in tact.
Our office has seen so many beautiful successes with implants. We do not do them, but refer them to oral surgeons or gum specialists that take care of them. We do the crowns on the implant tooth afterward and I can think of only one person that had some negative experience. Because she suffered a bone condition and lost her implants.
My dentist knows of several cases of implant recipients that went bad in some people over 25 years ago. Or so. I really would not be afraid of them- but I do hear they are quite expensive.
Anon, I have sent you a private mssg.!
Have a great day!
Oh...and if a person has a loose denture and if the adhesive doesn’t seem to help. It may be time for a lining in the denture, which can sometimes be done on partials too. There are soft linings and a harder permanent lining.
Thank you for all your expertise!
Mindy! I sent you a reply.
Awe you are so welcome~ We all do need to take care of our dental health it does directly effect our overall health.
yes, you do need to get your dentures or partials adjusted now and then to fit your mouth. I am happy with mine and it’s true that food particals do get stuck in them and especially if your out and about, it’s kinda hard to go into a public restroom and rinse your mouth. But I am happy with mine and I love my dentist and his staff. They are all sweet and know what they are doing.
Oh dear, sorry that I inadvertantly offended you, anonymous. Sad to say but I have had mailboxes trashed by scam posters in the past - not from this site - but to the point of having to abandon mailboxes that became overwhelmed.In any event, I generally tell my patients not to fear the upper full denture but to throw all resources at maintaining some lower teeth if at all possible. The upper denture generally is a secure prosthetic due to palatal suction. Upper teeth actually interfere with the suction but do allow for much less palatal coverage when a partial denture can be used.The lower full denture is the problem child for most. Retention comes from learned muscle activity - the tongue, cheek and lip muscles all work together to hold the lower denture in. Chewing is different with full upper and lower dentures; it is more of a mashing. I always try for at least three point contact in any chewing maneuver - this helps hold the lower denture in place - as well as a relatively flat chewing plane. Implants are ideal to retain lower dentures but both their cost (around $3000 per implant in Northern CA) and biological requirements make them not an option for some.I find it critically important that you do your best to not adapt to chewing with fewer and fewer teeth. It’s possible and while many people do exactly this, they also shorten the life of the remaining teeth and usually have a terrible time adapting to prosthetics.A thought - if you have advanced periodontal disease and are going to lose all of your teeth, understand that delaying their removal allows for further bone resorption, leaving your eventually toothless ridges very flat - especially the lower. The flatter the ridge, the worse the retention. Periodontal disease is an autoimmune disease. This means it is progressive and incurable but it can be controlled to different extents in different patients. I do not believe - nor does the literature support - the notion that hygiene lack is the CAUSE of periodontal disease. However, for those with the disease scrupulous hygiene protocols must be observed to aid in control. This is similar to the way that sugar doesn’t cause diabetes but for diabetics, controlling sugar intake is a huge means of helping control its progress.Hope this helps.
Apology accepted. I’m sorry that you’ve experienced problems with your mailbox in the past. I see that there’s a send message feature on your profile now so I will send you a pm.
I’ve received support from a dental assistant and members who were willing to share their story about partials and dentures. To receive valuable information from a dentist is truly appreciated by me and all members who could benefit from it.
Again, welcome to fab40! Thank you for your concern and support.
Thank you again for your concern.
Hello, I am very new to this website. Looks like you got all the right info. something i would add is that not everyone will get the same results. Upper denture do do well because of suction, but if you are taking medication that causes dry mouth you may have a problem with suction because you need saliva to have good suction. also if you have problems with a partial you do not want to use adhesive on the partial because it will cause cavities in your teeth. And, if you are someone using a lot of adhesive, please just get your partials tightened and dentures relined. also new implants are amazing, we do them in our office and have not had any problems. if you have ever been on an IV bisphosphonate drug, do not get an implant ever, no matter how long you’ve been off of the drug, the implant will probably fail. If you do go with dentures and do not have much of a boney ridge, the dentist can place implants and a bar so that your denture snaps onto it and is very secure. Hopefully you make the right choice for you and everything will fit well. Good Luck!!
i meant bisphosphonate drugs. sorry:)
I thank you both, Mindy and Cindy. This information helps in being informed to discuss it with my new dentist after the divorce is final.
Welcome to fab40!!! Thank you for your valuable information. I’m so appreciate of all the responses.
Hope to see you around. Have a great weekend.