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Which Dentures?

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Dermot2927 Tue 16-Jul-19 16:08:44

Hi everyone.
I'm 62 and, over the past few years, have lost several molars, either through being extracted and not replaced, or simply by breaking. The last trauma was when a crown snapped off -it fitted back on the stump beautifully, but the dentist said she couldn't just glue it back on as there as some decay in the stump (quelle surprise - expensive treatment is the only alternative!)
I'd say I have 5-6 gaps where large back teeth should be. This last loss has made chewing noticeably more difficult - steak, apples etc are now a lengthy chore to eat, and I have visions of being fed Complan and Semolina for the rest of my days.
Rather than start paying for expensive implants, I enquired about dentures. I was quite happy…well, not happy exactly…with the prices quoted but was wondering which of the three would be best. I would like comfort (ie, not to know that it’s there) and efficiency (to be able to enjoy a steak again). As far as I recall, the cheapest was a simple plastic palate with two dentures attached to it. Those two replacement teeth would, I feel make all the difference. The next, slightly more expensive, option, was a thinner plastic. The third was what she described as a “metal” plate – I don’t imagine this is wrought iron, but presumably some very thin and flexible metal.
I don’t mind paying a little extra – is it as simple as it seems, that the most expensive option will be the best?

HildaW Tue 16-Jul-19 16:32:50

I have had one of those so called metal plates for a good 15 years and its been excellent. With the plastic plates you tend to need a full palate shape if its an upper plate - with the metal its stronger so there is less mass. I went for the metal one as I have quite a strong 'bite' and knew from my time as a dental nurse that it would be better in the long run. The metal is nickel based, strong but very light.
It has to come out at night as having a plate in over night can lead to more decay even with the most vigilant hygiene. Apart from that its been no problem at all and still fits very dentist I've just signed up with was most impressed.

Jane43 Wed 17-Jul-19 17:56:45

After breaking a plastic one when biting into an apple I had a metal partial upper denture. It is made of chrome and very strong and doesn’t completely cover the roof of the mouth so doesn’t adversely affect tasting food so much. It is about seven years old and as good as new. It was worth the extra expenditure.

may2 Mon 14-Oct-19 17:54:55

I too have lost several upper back teeth (from gum disease). I can still chew but only in one spot and am trying to decide whether to have implants or a partial denture. Do you have any experience of this, for e.g. do you think the implant makes it easier for the gum disease to spread? If a partial denture is a better option what do you think about chrome versus flexible? Because of the disease it is likely I'll lose other teeth in future - does that make one option better than another? Any opinions welcome.

phoenix Mon 14-Oct-19 17:57:55

The "metal" ones are actually chrome cobalt, very strong and long lasting.

KatyK Mon 14-Oct-19 18:10:25

My advice is be careful. I have had dentures since childhood. Each set I have had have been plastic from a local dentist. I hated having dentures but I had no choice. Two years ago I decided to go to a private dentist who had a website stating that his custom made dentures were marvellous and had videos of happy customers with their perfect smiles. To cut a long story short, a couple of months later I had my new teeth. I had to keep going back as they hurt. I never had that problem with the basic ones. These 'posh' ones are no better. I feel ripped off to the tune of over £2000.

felice Mon 14-Oct-19 18:20:57

I have had the metal ones for years, I found the plastic ones gave me mouth ulcers.I had new ones made last November as I needed 2 further extractions. I find them very comfortable and they do not seem to take up much 'space' in my mouth. I paid about 350euros for them.

Hetty58 Mon 14-Oct-19 18:21:59

I've lost several molars but I don't like the idea of dentures or implants. I just cut apples etc. into thin slices and tend to eat softer food. I don't have the steak problem as I'm vegetarian

Jube2 Wed 16-Oct-19 06:33:47

Have any members got partial flexible ( TCS) upper denture ?
I can’t imagine tolerating a full plate with just one tooth
I gag when brushing my back teeth .

kittylester Wed 16-Oct-19 07:37:06

It seems to me that a flexible denture might flex when you were trying to chew. Natural teeth arent flexible.

BlueSky Wed 16-Oct-19 09:03:25

I'm like Hetty58 now! After putting up with a partial denture when I was in work, now I'm retired I've chucked it in the bin! I'm a veggie too so no though steaks to have to chew, most food is soft enough and nobody sees my gaps when I laugh as I rarely socialise and then I smile with my mouth closed!

Barmeyoldbat Wed 16-Oct-19 09:43:32

I have tried everything, you name it I tried it. But I am now well and truly sorted with implants and you then attach specially a specially made teeth on a plate to the implants. Works really well, can eat anything, looks 100% natural but cost a great deal.

Hetty58 Wed 16-Oct-19 10:05:27

Barmy, the trouble is that I wouldn't want to gamble a lot of money on the chance that I'd get along OK with them. I seem to be either allergic or super-sensitive to so many things. I can't even wear my shoes, bras or glasses for long!

goldengirl Wed 16-Oct-19 11:30:11

I've got full dentures - plastic - and they fit beautifully though I have to admit I get through a lot of fixodent but usually I forget I've got them! I lost my teeth when I was very ill and was very upset about it. However they are a similar colour and shape to my old teeth and noone - even in the family - could tell the difference which has been very gratifying. It's been worth every penny and -touch wood - it's been several years now and they've lasted really well.

Jube2 Wed 16-Oct-19 19:04:12

I certainly can’t afford implants right now ...a very costly solution in the uk but agreed a good one and permanent
I just know I can’t tolerate a whole roof full of plastic for one little tooth and wondered if anyone had tried the TCS system
To date I have no dentures at all .just a missing tooth
Thanks for all replies ...