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I am a 30 year old women who had all my teeth removed around 28. My tops fit fine, but I do have a bit of an overbite I was told. Now the bottoms, I have had two sets done, both were around 300-400 dollars a piece, so nothing high grade. both sets do not fit, look like I have rocks in my mouth, and forget about eating with them. My mouth is really small and seems like the equipment they take molds with is too big itself. How should I go about at the next dentist I see that they make me a pair that fits properly and what should they be doing?
Ok..I have three cardinal rules for the patient to follow when going for new dentures.
(1) Understand that Dentist don't make dentures and most have little to "Zero" hands on training in actually making a denture. (2) If the impression or jaw alignment procedure has to be redone more than twice, your in the wrong office and (3) Dentures, after the impressions and jaw alignment procedure should be "First" created in "Wax" and placed in your mouth to make sure the jaw alignment is correct, the teeth are in proper balance, and "YOU" like how the look (size, shape & color)...That procedure is called a "Try-In"....and there is "NO" limit as to how many Try-In's can be done...They are done until "Everything is RIGHT and YOU approve the appearance, then and only then should the denture be completed and turned into plastic. The fit will depend on how precise the impressions of the gums were and how balanced the denture teeth are placed in their proper position.
As for cost..."Cheap" is relevant to the kind of materials used, but may not be relevant to the quality of craftsmanship and artistry the technician uses in the actual creation of the dentures.....High Dollar (great quality materials) can be poorly handled to the point the denture will look bad, fit bad and function bad...In the end it's the artistic hands on skill level of the person taking the impression, establishing the jaw alignment, selecting the proper teeth and the assembling the materials into a the final appliance.....Like any other business, there are those in the Dental field who sell a cheap poorly created product and declare it's the highest quality available.....When you talk to who ever is going to make your denture tell them you want denture teeth that match the quality of IPS and Swissedent....those are two brand of really quality teeth. AND ask about the "Try-In" procedure and insure their will be no limit on how many can be done...By you bringing up those two issues it will be assumed you are not someone to be messed with....Now, the highest quality single denture cab be made for $225.00....the dentist should have no more than $20.00 of office materials involved and a max of two hours office time....The retail price should be no more than $850.00 per denture. $1700.00 for the set.....and that's for the BEST quality materials.
Thank you for writing, and feel free to respond with a comment and ask additional questions.
F.Spiva jr. CDT MDT CD
The Denture Pro.
I have a partial denture and the wires that are hooked to my own teeth are really hurting. I have had them for about 12 years. Is their anything I can do at home to fix this problem.
Given how long you have had the partial, the issue we find that is almost always the problem is two fold.(1) the gum bone has shrank from under the partial allowing the section with the teeth on it to sink and place stress on the teeth the Clamps are designed to attach to. (2) The teeth on the partial will no doubt have become worn adding the necessity for closing the jaws closer together for chewing than the partial was originally designed to function at.
To correct the situation there are three options (1) the section that sits on the gums can be refitted with new plastic that raises it back up to a proper balance position. That however may require the teeth to be adjusted so as to maintain a proper balance with the chewing surfaces...The Dentist will know what and how to accomplish that, or (2) The the plastic portion that has the teeth on it can be totally replaced with a new plastic section that reestablished the proper jaw opening with new teeth or (3) It may be you need a totally new partial.
Having a partial that doesn't fit properly can put stress on the natural teeth they attach to and in doing so can cause the bone around the natural teeth to shrink away. If that happens long enough it could cause the necessity to extract the natural teeth due to lack of stability..If a tooth gets loose, the movement of that tooth actually causes bone loss quicker than would other wise take place.
I would suggest you get the partial examined immediately to determine which process you will take to correct the issue in a manner to protect the natural teeth you have left....Thank you for writing. Please feel free to respond with a comment and ask additional questions.
F.Spiva Jr. CDT MDT CD
The Denture Pro.
I had my teeth extracted a week ago and had my dentures right away. I went in Tuesday(two days ago) for a spot that was digging in. The dentist told me I had a ulcer in that spot and I could leave my dentures out when I was at home to help with healing. I am having problems putting my dentures in because of the pain in my jaw joint. I can't open my mouth wide enough to get both uppers and lowers in. What can I do so that I can open my mouth to be able to put both in? I hate leaving the house without them and I need to get out and do things.
OK, if the sore was located at the very back of the jaw that would indicate you could have an infection in the socket that could be affecting the jaw joint...You must not let this possibility go undiagnosed, See the Dentist ASAP....As for getting the dentures back in, it may be due to swelling and to deal with that Ice Packs is best....Never use Hot packs on fresh extraction areas as it will cause swelling. The ice packs may allow the jaws to open more freely. Because your extractions are fresh and the Immediate dentures are as well, I'm going to attach one of my articles you need to read. While your waiting to see the Dentist you should rinse your mouth with warm salt water in a ratio of 10% salt to water solution at least twice a day.. Thank you for writing. Please feel free to respond with a comment and ask additional questions.
F.Spiva jr. CDT MDT CD
The Denture Pro.
The Temporary Soft Liner Series For Dentures
F.Spiva Jr,. CDT MDT CD
Revised Copyright 2009
The Temporary Soft Liner Treatment Series is a system used to protect, cushion and stimulate the healing process of gum tissues. In some cases the Soft Liner is also intended to refit a dental appliance as it performs the other services.
There are three instances when the Soft Liner Series is the best way to proceed. One is when the gum tissues under a dental appliance has become irritated and sore do to an ill fitting dental appliance.The soft liner material is applied over the inside of the appliance in a honey like consistency. As the appliance is seated in the mouth, the liner spreads out and creates a new fit and a cushion over the gum surface, eliminating pressure points. With the liner in place the tissues can heal. Once healed the appliance can be replaced or refitted with permanent material....In most cases the liner will have to be resurfaced about every two weeks until total healing has taken place.
Another reason to use the Soft Liner Series is when a person has had all their teeth extracted and "Immediate Dentures" put in place. About two to three weeks following extractions, the gums will begin to have gone through changes in both the size and shape of the gum tissue and underlying bone. This change will be shrinkage making the denture loose. Because these changes take place on a continuing basis, the denture can cause abrasions to the gum tissue and allow the jaws to end up in a mis-aligned position unless the soft liner is used to prevent it.
When the Temporary Soft Liner is used in Immediate dentures it needs to be serviced every three to five weeks during the healing period. The liner will keep the denture cushioned , fitting and properly aligned. Once healing has been achieved (5 to 6 months)the denture can be refitted by relining with a permanent material.
An older ill fitting denture can cause the bone to shrink away leaving soft flabby tissue. This type of tissue will not allow a replacement denture or relined denture to achieve a suction fit....Getting a denture to suction on to soft flabby tissue would be like trying to get a plumbers plunger to suction on to a mattress or carpet. By using the temporary soft liner treatment series in the older ill fitting denture, the tissue can actually be firmed up and the denture replaced or refitted. HOWEVER...if the flabby tissue is excessively thick, the series will not work, and in such cases surgery is required to remove the excess tissue.
Now, no doubt cost will be a factor to some degree so let me tell you that the major expense is labor. The material it self will cost about $5.00 per application...Adding a new layer should not take over fifteen minutes. In some cases it's necessary to remove the existing liner and place new material in it's place, that will require more time...On average given today's fee schedules and actual material and labor cost, I would anticipate an average complete series should be an additional cost of $150.00 maximum.
If you have questions about the soft liner series or any other dental issue, feel free to contact The Denture Pro.
Also should i leave them out and let the blisters heal.
I recieved both upper and lower new dentures, is it normal to have 9 blisters from both upper and lower. Or could there be a problem on how they were made? I have never had this many at one time from new dentures, my other ones where 4 years old. They adjust one area and a new blister forms somewhere else.
While at least some adjustments can be expected with any new set of dentures, it sounds as though you are having more than your share....As for leaving them out, that is a good idea since this is not the first set you have had...Rinse your mouth at least two times a day with a 10% salt to water solution as it will both sterilize and promote healing...However, given the number of areas you are having issues with I would have to question the fit of the denture base and the tooth balance...Unless the person you got them from can provide a positive answer as to why your having the sores and guarantee a quick fix, it would appear your next move would be to see someone else for an evaluation.
When a person has had old dentures that gave them no significant problems and decided to get new ones due to the age of the old ones. I would not expect problems like you mention to come up....If the previous dentures were really old and the new ones were designed to correct problems such as balance,chewing ability and appearance, and corrections were significant, that can create issues such as jaw pain and gum sores. However, those issues should be dealt with pretty quickly.
Thank you for writing and feel free to respond with a comment and ask additional questions.
F.Spiva Jr. CDT MDT CD
The Denture Pro.
I had two teeth extracted on 28 November and they are totally unsuitable in lots of ways. My dentist does not want to know and brow beats me with there take on the Case. they do not
fit in my mouth are too big bite is not right far too thick for my mouth etc etc. 14 weeks without a bottom denture this thursday