Dentures are Ruining My Life

I feel like I made a horrible mistake and I’m afraid there’s no remedy for it. I tried to find affordable dental implants and I came up short. Most of my teeth were shot, and the dentist told me all of my remaining upper teeth had to go. I really wanted to go with dental implants to replace them all, or at least the ones that show when I smile, but I wound up getting a denture to save on costs. I knew I wouldn’t be overly-thrilled with the aesthetics, but I had no idea this thing would ruin my life. It hurts. I can’t eat. I can’t talk. I can’t smile. The dentist says I’ll get used to it. No. I won’t. Now the time has passed and I’m afraid I’m stuck with this thing for life. I really wish I would have gotten another opinion or tried to save my remaining teeth. Any advice?

-Lauren

Dear Lauren,

I’m sorry for what you’re going through.  In some cases, people do adapt to their dentures over time. Equally, your gums may be sore for a while after extractions, and as time passes, you’ll feel better, too.

It’s possible adjustments can be made to your dentures, which may help the soreness. Sometimes, just smoothing out a small area can make a world of difference in making dentures feel better to wear. Though, admittedly, even the best fitting dentures reduce your chewing capacity by 50%.

As far as affordable dental implants go, you may have one more option. You can get something called a “snap-on denture,”  which relies on dental implants to hold the denture in place. This gives you a firmer hold than traditional dentures, but without the expense of a full set of implants. It often only takes two for it to work. Depending on your preferences, you can also have more placed, and have a partial denture designed to fit around them. Either method is less expensive than a full set, and will provide a better hold.

It’s also worth noting that dentures can look beautiful and natural. If you’re not happy with the appearance of your dentures, it may be worth having them remade by someone with better cosmetic skill.

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Why Did I Throw Up With Sedation?

I needed a lot of work done, because I’m a total coward and wouldn’t go to the dentist. I found a dentist who caters to cowards and he suggested sedation. I thought it sounded like a great way to get my work done. I know I wasn’t supposed to eat before the procedure, but the appointment wasn’t until 2 pm and I got really hungry. I only had half a sandwich in order to take the edge off the hunger, but after they gave me the sedation, I threw up right in the chair. Was it because I ate?

Sam K. – Brooklyn

Sam,

It’s likely the food. You’re very fortunate. There is a danger of aspiration when you’ve eaten. In fact, many dentists would have refused treatment if they’d known you’d eaten.

I realize that that it is difficult to go much of the day without eating. And, some people with blood sugar issues have to eat more often.  If you’re in that position, you can still have sedation. Just make sure you schedule your appointment early in the day so you don’t have to worry about getting too hungry.

Sedation is  a fantastic idea for your situation though.

People with dental anxiety suddenly don’t mind the dentist. Plus, it gives you the added benefit of being able to get more work done in one sitting. A real bonus if you need a lot of work done.

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