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@Laurentoni Thank you so much for answering! I’m already going through withdrawal from biting my bottom lip since right now I can’t use my front teeth as they’re part of what needs to come out I can’t wait till I can do that again LOL
I’m planning on being put out myself (my dentist suggested it’d be best since I’m my anxiety is just that severe. Getting extractions while awake might be a run before you can walk scenario) so I’m glad to hear it went well for you! And thank you for being honest about how tough it can be. I’ve been trying to mentally prepare for that, and I’m definitely reminding myself of the beautiful smile I’ll get at the end of it.
You look absolutely stunning in your before/after photos! I’m so happy you got your smile back, that’s fantastic!
Hi Jodie, i was wondering if you or anyone else may be able to help me..
So i have my upper arch now which is perfectly fine but we are having alot of problems with the lower arch. Its been a few months now and two different lower arches made and neither will fit my bottom jaw. The dentist has said the teeth are far to big for my mouth and there isn't alot else she can do. I have been referred to one of her colleagues for a second opinion but my question is... what if they cant find a solution for this? What sort of options do i have as at the moment its impossible for me to save over £10k for a lower arch implantation and i wasnt aware this could happen so im feeling a little deflated x
Hi @Laurentoni, sorry to hear you are having some issues with your lower denture. This is unfortunately more common as there is no natural suction to keep them stable but instead a balance of muscles between your tongue and cheeks.
Although you are not yet comfortable with the lower please remind yourself that you are only 3 months into an initial 6 month process during which your jaw bone will change shape drastically.
At the 6 month mark it is more likely that a new lower denture will settle better and then 4-8 weeks to get used to it and for your muscles to keep it in place.
If it genuinely is because the teeth are too big then there should be an apotion to record your bite again and check the height to reconfirm. Additionally a smaller mould of tooth can be chosen if the height is found to be a little open and can therefore be reduced.
Long term it might be worth considering saving up over a number of years (if that instead could be an option and just not for right now) for the future to get implants if this continues to be an issue. But hopefully when your jaw settles and the opening height is checked they can make a set that is more comfortable.
On the positive side I am really pleased your upper denture has settled in so quickly. That is fantastic news.