Melissa’s Denture Story

Posted on Wednesday, February 5th, 2014 at 1:30 am
Name: Melissa
Age: 31
Location: Canada
Marital Status: Married
Dentures: Yes
Tell us about
yourself.
 
I am a 31 year old mother of three, just finishing up the process of getting my dentures. I never had perfect teeth, as a kid I wore a retainer to straighten them. It wasn’t until I was pregnant with my second child that they started to take a turn for the worse. I really should have had them taken care of 12 years ago when they first started to deteriorate but I just could not afford it. Over the years I learned to live with my bad teeth until my husband convinced me to take the first step.
What caused you to
need dentures?
 
Mainly genetics. My family has a long history of calcium deficiency, receding gums, and weakened enamel. Several women in my family have dentures, most got them at an early age.
How did you find your
current dentist and why did you choose him/her?
 
I told myself a few years ago that I was going to eventually get all my teeth out and get dentures, but part of me never expected it to happen because I was afraid to actually go to the dentist…I was afraid they would try to convince me to “fix” my teeth instead. But my mother told me about her dentist…she spent some time talking to him about my situation and she convinced me to go talk to him myself…he was amazing, honest, funny, comforting…he really is nothing like I remember dentists being when I was a kid.
How much did/will the
procedure cost?
 
From start to finish, initial consultation and x-rays, to full plates it will cost me almost $8000
What type of work
will you have done?
 
I was given the choice to have my back teeth extracted and get a partial plate, then wait 6-8 weeks and have the rest of the teeth extracted and full plates done…OR have all my teeth extracted and get full plates after 6-8 weeks of healing. By the time I went in for my consultation my teeth were so bad I was practically on a soft food only diet so I opted for the full extraction right away. First I had my 10 back teeth extracted, then 2 weeks later my remaining 18 teeth came out. It has now been 6 weeks with no teeth and I have begun the process of creating the plates. I had my wax fitting today and am expecting to walk out of the office next week with a big smile on my face.
What were your
feelings before getting dentures?
 
I was fully prepared to get dentures a long time ago, but part of me was worried about what people would think.
Have those feelings
changed? If so, how?
 
During my post extraction healing process I have had a lot of time to think about what’s going on…I was so worried before I started, but now I’m happy. I had very little self esteem with my natural teeth, but now, even with no teeth I find myself having more confidence…I can only imagine how great I’m going to feel once I have nice bright teeth again.
What type of
challenges do you face?
 
At the moment I don’t face any real challenges. But after being on a mush diet for so long I can imagine it’s going to be interesting to actually eat real food again.
How does your partner
feel about it?
 
My husband has been great about the whole thing. We first got together before my teeth started to deteriorate, he’s been with me every step of the way. After years of watching me suffer and watching my self esteem fly away he told me to call the dentist…I tried making excuses about how we can’t afford it but he told me we would make it work.
Describe your support
system, if you have one.
 
My husband, my kids, my family…they have all been there for me every step of the way.
What is your care
regimen?
 
On top of the usual oral hygiene routine, I have adjusted my diet…I realized that on top of my genetic problems, my diet probably didn’t help my situation…so I have cut WAY back on the soda and sugar.

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  4. It is really good to hear that you were able to get good advice from your mom. It is always a good idea to ask your friends and family for references. That is definitely one of the best ways to find good dentists. It is insane how genetics have such a role in the loss of teeth. It is really great to hear that you have been able to handle these genetics so well.

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  5. Hi ….Ive made dental appointment to remove my upper teeth due to bad dental work done in Tijuana Mexico…Abnd because of that I need to remove partial and some of my teeth are bad..I used drugs for a long time and now I’m paying the price…I can’t afford implants so I’m going to do dentures….I’m very scared and nervous I deal with customers all day and I’m embarrassed that they going to notice but it has to be done. Wish me luck thanks

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