implanted dentures vs traditional, difference in what you can eat?

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This is my second post, the first being about what made me so 'adverse' to Dentists in general (I am pretty sure most are decent people, it's just so hard to really know which are)

Long story, short. I got full dentures the end of May. The very last thing i wanted to do. But, here I am.

I have traditional full dentures, eating is a trial and off putting to say the least. The Denturist mentioned implants or 'snap in' type dentures. Those come at a considerable cost that i just couldn't cover at the time, but the type I did buy can be 'converted' (I guess, that's what they told me)

My question is

Is it easier to eat with dentures that are 'attached' that traditional? I love food, and many different kids that are, at this point so off putting (trying to chew with plates floating and not gagging myself in the process)

Can more 'permanent' plates allow me to eat easier? Can you eat more varieties of foods? Can you eat a sandwich?

I thank God, I own dairy goats, at least I can get a complete, sweet, protein without gagging myself.

I can handle 'no', I am just wondering if that $$$ investment is worth considering

It is a very bleak time in my life right now. I tried to keep my teeth nice, it wasn't in the cards for me to keep them 😥
 
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There are some people on here who have the snap in implant dentures. I would imagine it would be easier. I currently have four implants (3 molars and one front tooth), and while I am awaiting a crown on one, the others are just like real teeth with no eating restrictions.
 
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There are some people on here who have the snap in implant dentures. I would imagine it would be easier. I currently have four implants (3 molars and one front tooth), and while I am awaiting a crown on one, the others are just like real teeth with no eating restrictions.

I have scoured the internet looking for a forum for (basically) dentures. This one touched me, because I have/had a morbid fear of dental work with a 'stranger' (I know it is kinda oxymoron, you need to 'meet' to not be a stranger so to speak) I get that, doesn't solve it too much.

I can only find 'forums' that are tied to a dental practice and seem to be specialized for their stuff. I imagine it would be 'easier', but then, I never imagined the severe (to me) limitations on what can be eaten (or should) It never crossed my mind, nor was I told eating a sandwich would be a thing of the past. My front teeth have a gap (top/bottom), don't meet, so taking a 'bite' is a thing of the past now. I did ask about it and was told the 'why', I get that(mostly) but that doesn't offset the disappointment and discouragement. I was lead to believe this would help and 'things would be better. Hard to see that right now (though, my smile is 'pretty', I am told.... Pretty is as pretty does, and this ain't 'doing it')

Sorry I am such a downer, it is not what I want to be, optimism has faded as I've healed since the end of may. Thank you for your comment, I do appreciate it.
 
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@LittleLynnie, do you happen to know who is running the group now? It’s moved several times, and at one stage appears to have been bought by some internet company specialising in dental websites, but it seems that it’s become more grassroots again? (Sorry about hijacking this thread, BooBoo)
 
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Hi BooBoo. I don't have dentures, but am really close to needing partials and am extremely nervous about that and everything else. My dental phobia is severe. I have an appointment this Wednesday and am expecting bad news. My fear of going in the first place is overwhelming, and the dread of the bad news is making me weak. Anyway, I have been scouring the internet for happy ending stories with dentures and found the following:


I will warn you there are good stories and bad stories. Right now though it sounds like it takes a lot longer than it has been for you so far.

Are you wearing temporary dentures? My mom chose to have all her teeth pulled at the age of 39 because of her fear and dread of the dentist. She did complain some over the years when her dentures got old and less effective until she got a new pair. I was born when she was 34 so I wasn't probably very aware of if she struggled to adapt. She is 85 now, but I know she ate sandwiches and steak and most anything she wanted over the years. Why are they telling you that you can't eat a sandwich? Also, my father wore partials for ten or twenty years before his full dentures a little over two years before he passed and neither stopped him from going regularly to his favorite steakhouse or eating corn on the cob. I hope things get better for you and soon.
 
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Hi BooBoo. I don't have dentures, but am really close to needing partials and am extremely nervous about that and everything else. My dental phobia is severe. I have an appointment this Wednesday and am expecting bad news. My fear of going in the first place is overwhelming, and the dread of the bad news is making me weak. Anyway, I have been scouring the internet for happy ending stories with dentures and found the following:


I will warn you there are good stories and bad stories. Right now though it sounds like it takes a lot longer than it has been for you so far.

Are you wearing temporary dentures? My mom chose to have all her teeth pulled at the age of 39 because of her fear and dread of the dentist. She did complain some over the years when her dentures got old and less effective until she got a new pair. I was born when she was 34 so I wasn't probably very aware of if she struggled to adapt. She is 85 now, but I know she ate sandwiches and steak and most anything she wanted over the years. Why are they telling you that you can't eat a sandwich? Also, my father wore partials for ten or twenty years before his full dentures a little over two years before he passed and neither stopped him from going regularly to his favorite steakhouse or eating corn on the cob. I hope things get better for you and soon.


They skipped the temps for me, these will get relined as needed (?) Adjusted is the word they used. These were made with a (for biting through something, even very soft) sizable gap so I really don't have a way to bite unless it is with the 'molars', they 'meet', but only in the back. Thank you so very much, seriously, thank you. You have my deepest gratitude, and are also my hero today, not kidding or saying lightly, I'm in a not good place right now, and I have no words for what it means to me, you taking time out of your day to reach out and help me, thank you.
 
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@LittleLynnie, do you happen to know who is running the group now? It’s moved several times, and at one stage appears to have been bought by some internet company specialising in dental websites, but it seems that it’s become more grassroots again? (Sorry about hijacking this thread, BooBoo)

No worries, I see these things like 'conversations' of sorts, no hijacking happened 😉 😊
 
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They skipped the temps for me, these will get relined as needed (?) Adjusted is the word they used. These were made with a (for biting through something, even very soft) sizable gap so I really don't have a way to bite unless it is with the 'molars', they 'meet', but only in the back. Thank you so very much, seriously, thank you. You have my deepest gratitude, and are also my hero today, not kidding or saying lightly, I'm in a not good place right now, and I have no words for what it means to me, you taking time out of your day to reach out and help me, thank you.

You're welcome, of course. I'm only so sorry that you are suffering. I read through more of your story on another post. You have been through so much. I wish I could help alleviate it. You were so brave to get the extractions and move forward to what you needed to do.
 
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You're welcome, of course. I'm only so sorry that you are suffering. I read through more of your story on another post. You have been through so much. I wish I could help alleviate it. You were so brave to get the extractions and move forward to what you needed to do.

Well, it was between my bone deep fear and making sure I'm doing what I can to be around as long as I can. (I have more than a few health 'issues', my teeth being only 1, but may help some of others)

My Son is married and they have started 'baby talk', I lost my Granny when I was 11 and miss her to this day.(my Dad's Mom) We were blessed to have my Grandparents (Mom's) until my Son was a Sophomore in college and both of my children had wonderful relationships and times with them, just like I did as a child (and adult). Being here and healthy for future (Hoping sooner than later) grandchildren was the 'carrot' and eye on the prize.

Plus, to be honest, I was hoping for relief from years of struggle and not smiling openly (I can smile now, and that part is good). You wouldn't know it reading my posts, I enjoy having 'fun' and bringing 'fun' to others. Laughing and smiling is good for your soul.
 
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@LittleLynnie, do you happen to know who is running the group now? It’s moved several times, and at one stage appears to have been bought by some internet company specialising in dental websites, but it seems that it’s become more grassroots again? (Sorry about hijacking this thread, BooBoo)

I'm not sure, but I believe that it is a dentist with his own practise. You would never know it though, because he doesn't post and I haven't seen any of his patients post either (overtly anyway). Everything there just seems to be regular dentures wearers, new and old, helping each other through the process and issues for those with life in dentures. Very supportive group.
 
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Be very careful about joining groups on fb. 🙄
 
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I want to thank you all, especially those that posted the links, I have been through both and after girding my loins, called the oral surgeon who would be doing the implants and spoke with their coordinator for implants. (side note, my teeth were pulled in 2 rounds. They did the first round, were very kind so I 'know' them. And for me, best part, had a sense of humor across the board and 'got' my 'dark humor' (defense mechanism for me)) She quoted me a price and really answered a lot of questions I have. I have an appointment for a consult 3rd week of August (they want 3 months healing) If my husband isn't on a fire, he will go with me (He works very hard to be my rock through this, I am blessed, I know) I don't think it will be this year, the insurance we have is bargain basement, and when October rolls around, I will choose a different option (we generally get 3 companies to choose from through my husband's work) Again, thank you all for reaching out, i truly appreciate you.
 
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Well, it was between my bone deep fear and making sure I'm doing what I can to be around as long as I can. (I have more than a few health 'issues', my teeth being only 1, but may help some of others)

My Son is married and they have started 'baby talk', I lost my Granny when I was 11 and miss her to this day.(my Dad's Mom) We were blessed to have my Grandparents (Mom's) until my Son was a Sophomore in college and both of my children had wonderful relationships and times with them, just like I did as a child (and adult). Being here and healthy for future (Hoping sooner than later) grandchildren was the 'carrot' and eye on the prize.

Plus, to be honest, I was hoping for relief from years of struggle and not smiling openly (I can smile now, and that part is good). You wouldn't know it reading my posts, I enjoy having 'fun' and bringing 'fun' to others. Laughing and smiling is good for your soul.


I hope only the best for you and a long life enjoying grandchildren down the road. :)
 
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May isn't that long. Give it time. There were some tricks I learned to my first chewing attempts. Work up to harder to chew things. Start soft, cut things up very small and put two tiny pieces in your mouth so you can chew equally on both sides at the same time. Within about 4 months I was eating everything but nuts this way. I still can't really bite into an apple two years later, but sliced I can bite off a chunk and enjoy that way.

By 6 months I was nibbling on nuts.

It's just a different way of learning to chew. You are still healing and will be for a while. I still have swelling occasionally. Surgery is weird that way.

But don't lose heart. Normalcy is on its way. It will just be a tad different of a normal than before.
 
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I have scoured the internet looking for a forum for (basically) dentures. This one touched me, because I have/had a morbid fear of dental work with a 'stranger' (I know it is kinda oxymoron, you need to 'meet' to not be a stranger so to speak) I get that, doesn't solve it too much.

I can only find 'forums' that are tied to a dental practice and seem to be specialized for their stuff. I imagine it would be 'easier', but then, I never imagined the severe (to me) limitations on what can be eaten (or should) It never crossed my mind, nor was I told eating a sandwich would be a thing of the past. My front teeth have a gap (top/bottom), don't meet, so taking a 'bite' is a thing of the past now. I did ask about it and was told the 'why', I get that(mostly) but that doesn't offset the disappointment and discouragement. I was lead to believe this would help and 'things would be better. Hard to see that right now (though, my smile is 'pretty', I am told.... Pretty is as pretty does, and this ain't 'doing it')

Sorry I am such a downer, it is not what I want to be, optimism has faded as I've healed since the end of may. Thank you for your comment, I do appreciate it.
Adding...(mods delete if not allowed) when I was on Facebook I was in a group for denture support. They have some questions you have to answer to get in since they had a few people join who had fettishes for dentures and gummies. But the people were very helpful when I first got dentures.
 
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Adding...(mods delete if not allowed) when I was on Facebook I was in a group for denture support. They have some questions you have to answer to get in since they had a few people join who had fettishes for dentures and gummies. But the people were very helpful when I first got dentures.

First, let me say ICK......... And then, thank you. The link above seems to be a decent page and the first post I read went to the heart of my questions. So far, so good, but I will pay attention.
 
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May isn't that long. Give it time. There were some tricks I learned to my first chewing attempts. Work up to harder to chew things. Start soft, cut things up very small and put two tiny pieces in your mouth so you can chew equally on both sides at the same time. Within about 4 months I was eating everything but nuts this way. I still can't really bite into an apple two years later, but sliced I can bite off a chunk and enjoy that way.

By 6 months I was nibbling on nuts.

It's just a different way of learning to chew. You are still healing and will be for a while. I still have swelling occasionally. Surgery is weird that way.

But don't lose heart. Normalcy is on its way. It will just be a tad different of a normal than before.

Thank you, in truth, I was relying on what the Dentist said, not what the Denturist so much, but then he didn't address it much. Thank you for the encouragement, I will take a breath, and move slowly.
 
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