Needing Dentures at a young age,HELP

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by tandy, Jun 29, 2006.

  1. tandy

    tandy New Member

    I don't know if its the FM thing attacking my teeth but,....???
    I'm 43 yrs old/young and I'm this close to needing dentures!! I was told today by a new dentist that I have so much wrong to fix that it might be wiser to just get dentures.
    I'm bummin,..I'm devastated :(

    Just wanting some support from others who have been thru this.

    Do I get the work done?? lots of it!! or give in to the dentures or at least partials?
    I'm so sad that I'm in this predicament.
    I have 5 older siblings who have'nt gone thru this yet.
    Why me?

    Have you been satisfied with your dentures? do they fit/feel ok? Do they LOOK good?what age were you? and last,..did you feel like I'm feeling? bummed out
    any help or suggestions is apreciated~

    Happy or not with your teeth/dentures,..I'd like to hear from you.
    Thanks for reading/replying
    [This Message was Edited on 06/29/2006]
  2. barbarak

    barbarak New Member

    I was 28 when I had to get my upper teeth removed and 46 for the lowers. the dentist doesn't know why I did everything I was suppose to to be able to keep them. I don't know if it's related to fms or what I'm just glad I can eat without pain and distress.
  3. foxglove9922

    foxglove9922 New Member

    Hi Tandy,

    How's everything thing going on in the Rome/Uitca area. I'm now in Syracuse.

    Anyway, I had my upper teeth all removed when I was 31 and immediately had dentures put in. The same thing with my lower dentures at age 40. It was the BEST thing that ever happened to me. No more dental pain and my teeth are beautiful.

    Make sure you see someone who makes good, natural looking dentures. I saw Dr. Kessler in New Hartford.

    Best wishes...........foxglove
  4. tandy

    tandy New Member

    from the bottom of my heart~

    I was feeling like my lifes over. well,...cause its kinda embarassing to me.
    I've taken extra care of my teeth and it did'nt make a difference :( somethings making my teeth decay.
    You all have given me hope and made me feel a little bit better~ I hope I adjust to them ok.
    I don't wanna lose to much weight. ( a few lbs is nice tho :)
    Hugs to you all,
  5. jhmitch

    jhmitch New Member

    Like my father, I've had a constant struggle with my teeth despite doing everything in my power to keep them healthy. When I was in my 20s and early 30s, I endured a constant stream of root canals and fillings.

    Things got so bad that when I brushed my teeth, a tooth would crumble but the filling would stay in.

    Like you, this really depressed me: partial plates were a waste of time and money since the teeth they gripped would also crumble.

    Finally, I had all my remaining teeth extracted and replaced with both an upper and lower plate. It was a bit uncomfortable (at first) but this has turned out to be one of the best decisions I've ever made.

    Through the years, dentists have tried to interest me in implants but (due to having FMS and a ton of allergies) I've thought it wise for me to leave that idea alone.

    Best wishes in whatever you decide to do! You aren't alone.
  6. AnneTheresa

    AnneTheresa Member

    When I lost my teeth, my dentist (such a sensitive man!) told me the grief of loosing one's teeth is similar to that of loosing an arm or leg.

    Still I did not expect the level of depression and sadness I felt when I lost my teeth. Even though my new teeth fit, felt and looked great, I was emotionally devastated for about three months.

    Once I got over the grief I felt wonderful. They have truly changed my life in a good way. No more dental pain, easy to keep clean and they look great!

    God bless,
    Anne Theresa

  7. tandy

    tandy New Member

    I do have another question:
    please :)
    When you get dentures,...Do they make them JUST like your old teeth,shape and size??

    or do you just get a new set,..all perfectly straight?
    (I'm very curious about this)
    and I did'nt even know that they come in different shades of white!!??? cool :)

    Thanks again and again


  8. PVLady

    PVLady New Member

    I agree with you, so get a second opinion. Even a third and fourth.
    You have a whole life to live with dentures if you do this now.
    Get some other opinions. Even if it costs a fortune, you will eventually pay it off and be so happy you avoided dentures.
    Yes, you might need a lot of work but once its done I'm sure you will take very good care of your teeth.
    Follow your instincts, try to keep your teeth if possible.
    They now have dental implants you might check out.
    Lastly, go to a university dental school and see if you can get the work done free or at a reduced cost.
    I don't know where you are located but my aunt went to UCLA dental school (Los Angeles) and had implants.
    I really can appreciate everyone's opinion but before you make the final decision at least get some other opinions. It is a lot to go through either way.
    My dad hated his dentures because he said he could not taste his food as well. I know it does not make sense but always having plastic in the roof of his mouth really bothered him.
    I just am saying before you make this decision, ask two or three other dentists.

    [This Message was Edited on 06/29/2006]
  9. jhmitch

    jhmitch New Member

    Hi Tandy!

    You should have a choice when it comes to the design of your new plates. Since most of us have tiny imperfections on even the best natural teeth, plates usually are designed to reflect this - plus fit a patient's bite and mouth.

    One thing my dentist always has stressed is that while you can choose the color and shape of the teeth on new plates, it is usually best to stick close to what you had before.

    I did opt to have a slight overbite corrected with my new upper plate plus got the teeth several shades lighter than my originals, but not a blinding "Hollywood white".

    No one noticed, by the way.

    As for fit - I love them! I go in for a reline ever so often.
  10. girlfriend_2006

    girlfriend_2006 New Member

    Hi Tandy,
    I came across this article today and thought it might be of interest!!

    Ottawa - Snaggle-toothed hockey players and sugar lovers may soon rejoice.

    Canadian scientists said on Wednesday they have created the first device able to re-grow teeth and bones.

    The researchers at the University of Alberta in Edmonton filed patents earlier this month in the United States for the tool based on low-intensity pulsed ultrasound technology after testing it on a dozen dental patients in Canada.

    "Right now, we plan to use it to fix fractured or diseased teeth, as well as asymmetric jawbones, but it may also help hockey players or children who had their tooth knocked out," Jie Chen, an engineering professor and nano-circuit design expert, told AFP.

    Chen helped create the tiny ultrasound machine that gently massages gums and stimulates tooth growth from the root once inserted into a person's mouth, mounted on braces or a removable plastic crown.

    The wireless device, smaller than a pea, must be activated for 20 minutes each day for four months to stimulate growth, he said.

    It can also stimulate jawbone growth to fix a person's crooked smile and may eventually allow people to grow taller by stimulating bone growth, Chen said.

    Tarek El-Bialy, a new member of the university's dentistry faculty, first tested the low-intensity pulsed ultrasound treatment to repair dental tissue in rabbits in the late 1990s.

    His research was published in the American Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics and later presented at the World Federation of Orthodontics in Paris in September 2005.

    With the help of Chen and Ying Tsui, another engineering professor, the initial massive handheld device was shrunk to fit inside a person's mouth.

    It is still at the prototype stage, but the trio expects to commercialise it within two years, Chen said.

    The bigger version has already received approvals from American and Canadian regulatory bodies, he noted.

  11. tandy

    tandy New Member

    that sounds familiar does'nt it?

    Thats interesting~
    and probably an arm and leg!!
    I'll keep my limbs.
    falsies can't be that bad~ ??

    Its odd,...because on some people I can tell right away if they have dentures. But I know a a few people that have em and I could'nt tell!!
    they looked VERY real.

    I will of course get another opinion.
    But I know its probably whats gonna happen.(I can feel it) intuition?
    I've had tons of problems with my teeth since getting FM.
    also,... I wonder now if being on Depo injections contributed to the teeth problems? (6-7 yrs on depo)!
    for treating endometriosis.
    I'm gonna google that.
    Thanks again~
    If anyone else can add,....? please do!
    I need to hear from you. It helps

  12. 1975jet

    1975jet New Member

    Do it - make yourself feel better- I was about 40 and had upper dentures- they sure do look alot better and I used have alot of pain with abceses(sp) - anyways I know it is hard- but believe me bad teeth I found out can affect the ole heart and you don't need that- they do wonders now days.

    Good Luck
  13. hanna4175

    hanna4175 New Member

    hi there.. i am 36 years old.. due to horrible night terrors.. i was clenching my teeth soooo bad at night time.. i had loosened all of my upper teeth.. and last summer i had to have all of my upper teeth removed and i now have to wear a denture.. it kind of sucks.. but i had no choice.. it all depends on your eating habits.. or sleeping..or problems with your jaw.. i think this is very common.. dont fret.. i do know how you feel.. however.. i am very much happier with my new smile..take care hon

  14. cindy41

    cindy41 New Member


    I had 5 teeth pulled and 2 root canals done 2 weeks ago. If I had know how easy it would have gone I probably would have gotten all the uppers pulled and got a full plate but I opted for a partial.

    I am 95% back to normal with the talking, I made it to my daughters softball game the next day, and barely had to take the pain pills the doc gave me.

    My teeth were crumbling and breaking all the time. I did not realize how much pain I had been in until they were all gone.

    I did have the dentist put me to sleep, and shopped around for a good dentist. The doc I went to volunteers at a home for seniors and at a home for hanidcapped kids, so I figured he must be gentle and he was.

    I was depressed about it, I am only 45. But now I look better and I think I feel better.
    Good luck and keep us posted.

  15. tandy

    tandy New Member

    Your posts/replys are helping me get thru this`

    Most of you DO sound pleased with your results,..
    Thats a good thing~ :)

    So, each of your opinions, your dentures look natural?
    I guess I was just hoping I would'nt hafta cross this road till I was maybe 60. 60 came at 43 :)
    Big Thanks/Hugs

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