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I'm entertaining getting dentures.

I'm in my late 40's, and my teeth are really starting to show signs of age.

Previous Issues:
- I had a root canal in one of the front teeth when I was much younger
- About 8 or 9 years ago I had a lot of bonding (?) work done in five teeth (one of them the front/incisor). The dentist drilled out the cavities and filled the holes in with filler.
- Re above, since then my cigarette smoking has discolored the real teeth from the filler. The difference is noticeable with a close smile.

Long story short, I never really took care of my teeth when I was younger or as an adult.

I would typically do one brushing in the am, and that's it. Snacks throughout the day, ice cream at night, and never brushed before bedtime.

I've been cigarette free for the last five months, and now I'm noticing a significant difference in my overall health, including more sensitivity in the teeth.

Back to the teeth..

Pending/Upcoming Issues
- I've got three cracked teeth in the back that I will need extracted
- One of the front teeth is chipped. A small chip, and in the "right spot" (between the two front teeth, and almost symmetrical with the other front tooth), but will need attention soon
- Some of the other front teeth, the seam between the real tooth and filler is becoming more defined
- Those same teeth are "pitting" where the filler is (probably not the best word to describe it, a better analogy might be like touching your finger to wet concrete before it dried). This is a recent issue, and not awful at the moment, but left unattended will get worse

I'm on the bubble regarding whether or not to drop significant coin on a lot of repairs/root canals/extractions/fillings, or biting the bullet and having most of my teeth extracted and get dentures.

I'm probably looking at spending at least $6,000 on what will need to be done to get my current teeth repaired. And that's assuming there are no other issues (for now).

Dentures would cost about $1,500, not including the extractions (average $100/tooth).

If this were a car, I would view the problems with my current teeth as "it's time to get rid of this car", and be done with it.

At the same time, this is my mouth.

I would be interested in hearing from any of the members here that may have them. Pros and cons, what they might have done differently, etc.

I welcome all responses, input, advice, and suggestions.

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02-25-2020 04:54 PM
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RE: Anyone Have Dentures ? Full or Partial ? Tell Me More.
If most of your teeth are broken down and you don't want to spend the money and time to fix them, then yes you could have them extracted and have some dentures made. Ideally if you have some lower teeth that can be salvaged like your canines or molars, then a partial denture would be better on the lower. Lower full dentures are tough to wear and most people have trouble with them. Upper dentures have more suction and are easier to wear. PM me if you want some more info.
02-25-2020 07:42 PM
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RE: Anyone Have Dentures ? Full or Partial ? Tell Me More.
Damn, I feel for you OP. I sometimes brush up to three times a day and still have recurring nightmares about my teeth falling out or getting fucked up. Must’ve been the stint of work in West Virginia that traumatized me about teeth
02-27-2020 07:40 PM
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I am about your age also with problem teeth due to bad habits. If you can do it, I highly suggest you travel to Poland to get your dental work done. They are far more advanced than the US and much much cheaper. (For instance a root canal cost me about $125 USD. The cost to whiten my teeth was practically nothing. ) I was there last and they put together a plan for me after doing the best xrays I have ever seen. I'll be back again this year for veneers for a chipped tooth and to cover a patch job I had in the US 5 years ago after I face planted during a bike wreck. Europeans travel to Poland quite often just for dentistry. I would certainly go to Poland before I'd let a US dentist pull out all of my teeth to give me dentures. It's worth the flight cost.
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02-28-2020 12:11 AM
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RE: Anyone Have Dentures ? Full or Partial ? Tell Me More.
brushing/flossing/fluoride have NOTHING to do with tooth decay
02-29-2020 11:12 AM
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(02-29-2020 11:12 AM)buja Wrote:  brushing/flossing/fluoride have NOTHING to do with tooth decay

Can you elaborate? I'm completely onboard with conventional health advice being wrong (do cardio to burn fat, eat lots of grains, avoid saturated fat and salt, etc.) but I feel like my teeth would be in considerably worse shape if I didn't brush and floss them regularly.

I would like to hear more thoughts on dentures and tooth loss in general. I end up needing periodontal tissue grafts to repair my gums about once a decade. I recently had my third and to my relief, the periodontist claims I probably won't be looking at any actual tooth loss until I'm in my 70s in twenty years ago. Still, it's a good topic to hear about and I like to get the opinions of people on this forum to balance with the mainstream.

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03-01-2020 10:23 AM
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(03-01-2020 10:23 AM)bucky Wrote:  
(02-29-2020 11:12 AM)buja Wrote:  brushing/flossing/fluoride have NOTHING to do with tooth decay

Can you elaborate? I'm completely onboard with conventional health advice being wrong (do cardio to burn fat, eat lots of grains, avoid saturated fat and salt, etc.) but I feel like my teeth would be in considerably worse shape if I didn't brush and floss them regularly.

I would like to hear more thoughts on dentures and tooth loss in general. I end up needing periodontal tissue grafts to repair my gums about once a decade. I recently had my third and to my relief, the periodontist claims I probably won't be looking at any actual tooth loss until I'm in my 70s in twenty years ago. Still, it's a good topic to hear about and I like to get the opinions of people on this forum to balance with the mainstream.

Pretty sure they do...Basic teeth cleaning can prevent a lot of problems. Although a lot of teeth is genetics and diets. I have a friend who's mom takes good care of her teeth but has had a lot of issues and now he is having the same problems.
03-06-2020 11:39 AM
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RE: Anyone Have Dentures ? Full or Partial ? Tell Me More.
(03-06-2020 11:39 AM)BlastbeatCasanova Wrote:  
(03-01-2020 10:23 AM)bucky Wrote:  
(02-29-2020 11:12 AM)buja Wrote:  brushing/flossing/fluoride have NOTHING to do with tooth decay

Can you elaborate? I'm completely onboard with conventional health advice being wrong (do cardio to burn fat, eat lots of grains, avoid saturated fat and salt, etc.) but I feel like my teeth would be in considerably worse shape if I didn't brush and floss them regularly.

I would like to hear more thoughts on dentures and tooth loss in general. I end up needing periodontal tissue grafts to repair my gums about once a decade. I recently had my third and to my relief, the periodontist claims I probably won't be looking at any actual tooth loss until I'm in my 70s in twenty years ago. Still, it's a good topic to hear about and I like to get the opinions of people on this forum to balance with the mainstream.

Pretty sure they do...Basic teeth cleaning can prevent a lot of problems. Although a lot of teeth is genetics and diets. I have a friend who's mom takes good care of her teeth but has had a lot of issues and now he is having the same problems.

By "twenty years ago" I meant "twenty years or so" in my last post. Just noticed the typo.

Yes, I think it's true that genetics are a major factor in how your teeth turn out. Just the other day I was at the dentist and the assistant remarked that I seem genetically disposed to tartar build up and should probably come in more often than the standard twice a year. Another dentist once told me that refined carbs are also a major factor in tooth decay. He said that he gets refugees from African countries where they don't eat a lot of refined carbs and their teeth are often better than Americans' in spite of not taking care of them very well.

Regardless, everyone should probably brush and floss.

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03-07-2020 04:32 PM
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RE: Anyone Have Dentures ? Full or Partial ? Tell Me More.
Yes, everyone should floss, and brush with a fluoride-containing toothpaste.

Dentist here- I’m happy to answer any questions.
03-11-2020 09:19 AM
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I was never a fluoride skeptic, but I did find out that until fairly recently fluoride was only meant to be a benefit for hardening teeth in formation. Now they say there's benefits to adults as well, but I haven't really dug in to those studies. It just shocked me to discover that after a lifetime of just assuming that fluoridation was good I realized that the science at the bottom of the whole thing was actually much more limited in scope than the "truth" that laypeople (and the "influencers") pass on to one another.

Personally I switch between a fluoride and non-fluoride toothpaste. When raising kids I think I'll have them brush with a non-fluoride toothpaste their early years (to stay clean and develop habits) and only get some fluoridated toothpaste as their adult teeth start developing.

I floss like a motherfucker, though. Throughout the day, really, whenever I eat. Flossing and just the physical act of brushing (with just a wet toothbrush) feels like it does 99% of the job at least.
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Yes, you’re right, fluoride is helpful when teeth are forming. However it is also helpful for re-mineralization of incipient carious lesions– in other words, small cavities that are just developing can be re-mineralized by fluoride in toothpaste.

That’s the main reason why we use fluoride as adults, because when it gets incorporated into the semi-dissolved hydroxyapatite crystal of a small cavity that’s starting to form in enamel, that mineral becomes then becomes less soluble in acid; i.e. less chance of that cavity forming from acid-producing bacteria (following a sugary or starchy meal, of course).

That’s pretty much it. The foam that forms when you brush your teeth and the grittiness you feel is more for “washing” your teeth. The foam is due to a mild detergent and the grittiness is an abrasive, both of which are used to remove plaque (a biofilm containing bacteria) from the teeth. The “washing” helps prevent periodontal disease (“gum disease”, which is different than cavities) while the fluoride helps to prevent decay. The final component of toothpaste, at least the tartar control type, are compounds that make the saliva less alkaline because calculus or “tartar” forms under alkaline conditions.
03-12-2020 01:43 PM
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