They'll Try To Scare You Into Not Going Through It
Dentists will never be on board with you getting dentures. Here is a person who already has partial dentures and only four teeth left that are rotting away and they are still not being recommended dentures:
So it's pretty much up to you to decide when the time is right and to push a dentist to go along with it.
Dentures can happen at any age. I've known that I needed them since I was 28. I am now 30. I put it off for a little while and took my time finding the right dentist. Lots of dentists have given me this speech about not getting dentures.
The speech is hard to hear. I'm sure you've heard it if you are on this article. They tell you how miserable you will be if you get dentures, how much it will cost, how much of a mistake you will feel like it is. But I disagree.
Only dentists say these things. If you talk to actual denture wearers, like in the videos below, you'll find that most of them are happy about what they have done and regret putting it off.
But it's important only to get dentures if they are right for you, so I made a list of things that might indicate that you need dentures. If you have only one problem on this list, then maybe you don't need them, but the more that apply to you, the more likely it is that you do.
You Have Problems With All Of Your Teeth
Every single tooth in my mouth has an issue. Having a cavity in every single one of your teeth doesn't mean you necessarily need dentures. My teeth are a mixture of extractions, root canals, and crowns, so it's not just mere cavities. But if you're young and have cavities in all your teeth, then it's likely you'll need dentures someday. It's important to keep that in mind.
Your Dentist Is Making Ridiculous Demands
This sounds like a weird one, but the worse my teeth have gotten, the higher the demands of my dentists have become. They see my teeth failing, despite the best efforts of everyone, so they encourage me to do ridiculous, over-the-top things more and more to try to prevent my teeth from decaying as quickly.
When I was a child, they told me that all I needed to do to keep my teeth clean is brush twice a day and floss. I did this most of growing up.
A couple of months ago, a dentist told me that I needed to rub a weird cream in my mouth every day to produce more saliva, brush six times a day, floss twice, buy a special toothbrush that gives a deeper clean than my normal toothbrush, and come in once a month to get my entire mouth numbed to get a deeper cleaning than most normal people get (a cleaning deep underneath my gums.) And I need to do this for the rest of my life, in addition to spending tens of thousands of dollars on fixing my teeth.
It's just too much. At this point, it feels like they are doing whatever they can to put bandaids on my teeth and try to delay the inevitable. I need dentures, I can hardly chew right now, I might as well get them now.
You Fix Your Teeth And They Quickly Decay Again
This is what convinced me I need dentures and made me feel like so much money has been wasted. My parents and I have spent so much money on my mouth.
I've gotten six root canals, fourteen teeth pulled, and about thirty (or so) cavities filled in my lifetime. Many of those things were done in the last five years.
All my cavities are back. A lot of the root canals have failed and now need extractions instead. All of my old cavities need crowns at the very least to cover them now.
I could spend a whole lot of money doing this and wasting more time when they rot away again or I could just accept that nothing is going to stick with my dental work and get dentures instead.
The dentists like to claim it's always better to keep your teeth. But what if your teeth are just the worst? What if they never cause you anything but misery? Then maybe it really isn't better to keep them in your case if they just want to rot away despite your best efforts and cause you pain every day. You don't have to stay in a dysfunctional relationship with your teeth forever just because other people do better keeping their teeth. You're not other people. You're you.
You Can't See Yourself Keeping Up With All Your Dental Bills
Getting dental work constantly is mentally difficult, but it is even more financially difficult. Dentists will always tell you that dentures are expensive, so you shouldn't get them. Basic dentures, they told me are $8,000 and the dental implant ones will be $30,000. Expensive? Yes, but still cheaper than if I try to keep my teeth.
A crown is $1,000 and I need a crown on every single one of the teeth I have left after exctractions. That's already over $10,000 by itself, not including any of the other procedures they need to do or the partial dentures I need. And that those procedures won't stick.
Dentures are a one time operation (or maybe two if you're getting implants) and then it's over. It's cheaper automatically because it's permanent.
You're Already Missing A Lot Of Your Teeth
If you're missing a lot of teeth, if you know they're going to wind up having to pull out the rest, why not dive in completely and get your dentures?
I have missing teeth in my mouth and it's not fun. I don't have partial dentures to cover them up and they're just holes. I can't chew with them or do anything with them. Food gets stuck in them constantly.
If you have so many holes, then why not get rid of the rest of the teeth and fill the holes with false teeth? Everything will be easier to eat once you get used to them.
You Can't Chew Very Well
This is one of my biggest problems. I pretty much can't chew anything. My molars are the worst part of my mouth.
I'm supposed to eat low carb for my diabetes, but this is difficult when I can't even chew salad or eat chicken unless it's baked, cut into tiny pieces, and smoothered with gravy.
Chewing hamburger hurts. I have to douse it in sloppy joe mix and cover it with bread or it gets caught in my teeth shards and hurts really badly.
Forget eating steaks or bacon like I used to love. Forget eating asparagus, which I desperately miss.
I'm tired of suffering. I'm tired of pain. I'm tired of every meal being a battle.
They say that getting dentures will only give you 1/5 of the strength of normal teeth. From the videos I've included of denture wearers in this article, that doesn't sound like it's true. But even if it is, there comes a point where 1/5 of the strength is better than what you already have.
You're In Pain A Lot
I don't like talking about this subject, but my teeth have caused me enough pain before to send me into massive convulsions. I've been unable to eat or even drink before because of the pain. I've been unable to even watch TV at times because it hurt so bad.
If you have severe dental pain, you've been there and you know what I mean. They aren't worth keeping and suffering like this.
You Have Complications
If you've had any complications because of your teeth, it's better to just get rid of them.
My teeth are affecting the rest of my health for instance. I have diabetes and they make my blood sugar higher.
I also got an infected nerve because of one of my teeth. It caused spasms in my face and extreme pain. Although I've healed from it, I still experience spasms on that side of my face when I am exhausted.
Teeth can actually kill people if they're constantly full of bacteria like bad teeth are. The bacteria can spread to other parts of your body, give you sepsis, and then you have a high chance of dying (even if you immediately go to the hospital.)
Keeping teeth isn't worth getting super sick. It's not worth dying. Taking your teeth out can save your life.
The Opportunity Presents Itself
If you just happen to have the money right now to get dentures and you won't have it later, you might consider using that money to get dentures.
As someone with severe teeth problems, I've felt hopelessness about it before and I've read stories from other people online who have also felt hopeless about their teeth. Some of these people were unable to get dentures. They just don't have the money and insurances/the government doesn't take dental problems seriously, even though they can lead to a lot of health complications.
Yes, it's scary, the idea of getting dentures and then regretting it.
But what's even scarier is knowing you need dentures and that you had the opportunity to get them in the past. Yet you didn't go through with it and can't now.
You Have Other Health Problems That Effect Your Teeth
I have diabetes. Diabetes makes my teeth rot faster than someone without diabetes. There are a lot of health conditions and situations that cause teeth to rot faster.
There's no point, when you know you are prone to decay, of trying to patch up your teeth when you are so close to losing them all.
Dentists are a business and they will always encourage you to keep your teeth so they get more money. But you know your body. You know it's limitations and deep down inside, if you have these kind of health problems, you know you need them.
If this is a problem you struggle with, then you are likely only looking at this list because you are scared of the unknown. You are scared of how your life will change if you get rid of all your teeth. But when you need something, it doesn't help anything to hide from it.
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Getting dentures is a huge life change, so it doesn't hurt anything to look into your options, look into the possible complications of getting dentures, and prepare yourself for any problems that would arise.
But don't talk yourself out of getting dentures, if you need them, in the process of the research.
In my opinion, medical procedures work best if you go into them with a positive attitude. Your body senses that you feel good about it and heals faster. You also push yourself harder to cope with the changes and handle it better, instead of getting depressed as easily.
You want to be educated enough to handle anything you go through, but hopeful as well.
Whether you do or don't need dentures, be proud of your decision. It's your body. You're just trying to take care of it.