I am new to the forum and have found my way here because of my new partial denture.
I had spaces in my top teeth for years which no dentist ever did anything about. It's actually on my top teeth and is 1 tooth which is 4 over from the front at the left and 2 teeth which are 3 and 4 over from the front right if that makes any sense whatsoever.
I was eating a nut about 4 weeks ago and heard a horrible crack. Later that evening the crown right beside my front tooth came out. I was totally horrified. There was the stumpy bit which the crown attaches onto looking at me in the mirror. Of course my hubby has been trying to make me feel a bit better about the situation by telling me that I look like a pirate and saying pieces of eight! He said at halloween I will look great!!! Oh well, he's just trying to cheer me up.
I went to the dentist who told me that a new crown could not be put in as the stumpy bit had broken so it was now too small. I was told that I needed a partial denture and that it would include the other few missing teeth. He took an impression and to be honest neither my hubby or myself think he pushed the 'impression maker' which looked like a boxer's gum shield up hard enough but we didn't say anything as well what do we know.
I went back again and the dentist put something which looked like rubber or something into my mouth. I wasn't told what it was or shown it but hubby said it looked like the partial denture. Hubby told the dentist that we didn't want the plate to cover the whole of my palet so, with a scalpel, the dentist trimmed it down so that it resembled a similar shape to a very thin gum shield inside the mouth so the plate does not touch my hard palet at all. It took all of 30 seconds and I was sent on my way and told to come back in a couple of weeks when the denture would be ready.
I went back on Wednesday and the dentist put the partial denture into my mouth. It looked beautiful, no spaces and the teeth really looked like my own. Once it was in, neither us nor the dentist could tell which were my own teeth and which were false. That is where the problem begins and I do apologise for lots of typing but I feel that if you don't know everything that happened then its half a story.
The denture was very big when the dentist put it into my mouth. The dentist took what looked like a drill bit and filed away some of it and kept trying it back in my mouth. It got to a point where the dentist said that she couldn't file any more away as it was getting too thin and would snap so she drilled down 2 of my bottom teeth to try and compensate for the false ones on the top. I was told it was perfect and was sent on my way. I was told that I should keep it in and not take it out for a while and that it would take time to get used to it.
The plate stops about half an inch before my hard palet starts (sorry i have been running my tongue round to try and work this out and have no idea what the places are called). I suppose the best description would be if you held the denture in your hand it would be a similar shape to a horse shoe with a few teeth attached. The plastic of the pink part of the denture towards the inside edge in places is very thick and uncomfortable making it difficult to drink. I took a pain pill and it almost made me sick.
The tooth on the left and where the crown was seem perfect but the 2 teeth on the right seem too large for the gap. One of the teeth part covers my existing tooth as does part of the pink plate. I can't close my mouth properly because of this and if I bite, the denture wabbles from side to side as I feel that the 2 teeth are too large as is that part of the plate. It is slight but enough that I cannot bite not close my teeth.
The back plate also seems to be too big for the roof of my mouth. If I close my teeth, I feel it pushing up to where it wants to be and then when I release the bite, it comes back down again. It is slight but really annoying.
Please don't think I am rambling on but I didn't know how to describe it all.
What can I do? I have an appointment with the dentist on Tuesday but have no idea what I can ask for or what can be done. My treatment is NHS.
Thank you for any help