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marzipanni Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-21-10 04:10 PM
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21. My mom is 95 and has had dentures since she was ~55
Edited on Sun Feb-21-10 04:34 PM by marzipanni
Her dentist made them to match her own teeth, even a little less than white (she smoked a bit of tobacco in those days) and not perfectly aligned. People my parents knew said they
thought these teeth were artfully done because they looked the same as the teeth she had since she was 11 or so! (I think that's when the last molars come in, other than wisdom teeth)
My MIL, on the other hand, is 85, and was just complaining about spending $3000.00 on getting her own teeth fixed.

I think it makes sense to get dentures, but, as others have said, find someone who makes natural looking well-fitting ones.
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  -Facing down dentures at age 37. Moral support needed,please? AlienGirl  Feb-21-10 05:10 AM   #0 
  - Good vibes to you.  Wapsie B   Feb-21-10 05:36 AM   #1 
  - ...  laylah   Feb-21-10 06:52 AM   #4 
     - I couldn't have said it better!  Demoiselle   Feb-21-10 01:44 PM   #15 
  - Good grief.  TicketyBoo   Feb-21-10 05:59 AM   #2 
  - The big cost would be hyperbaric oxygen treatment to heal after extraction  AlienGirl   Feb-21-10 06:41 AM   #3 
     - why the hell would you need hyperbaric treatment?  backwoodsbob   Feb-22-10 05:37 PM   #43 
        - Bones are damaged from radiation treatment for cancer, healing severely impaired.  AlienGirl   Feb-22-10 07:49 PM   #51 
           - Are you talking abut "Dentures" or "implants"?  SoCalDemGrrl   Feb-24-10 01:34 AM   #62 
  - Get the dentures! Paying for years of pain makes no sense and...  TreasonousBastard   Feb-21-10 07:38 AM   #5 
  - I agree with that. Get the dentures!  zanana1   Feb-21-10 08:18 AM   #7 
  - "Can a woman with false teeth still be pretty?"  Sky Masterson   Feb-21-10 07:49 AM   #6 
  - I know someone in her forties who has an upper denture.  undeterred   Feb-21-10 09:12 AM   #8 
  - it will be ok...  Maine-ah   Feb-21-10 09:47 AM   #9 
  - Are implants out of the question?  MilesColtrane   Feb-21-10 01:21 PM   #10 
  - One doesn't need a whole mouthful.  Deep13   Feb-22-10 08:28 AM   #27 
     - It might even be less than eight.  Arugula Latte   Feb-22-10 11:31 AM   #32 
  - My mom got dentures when she was only 32.  azmouse   Feb-21-10 01:29 PM   #11 
  - My mother got full dentures when she was in her early twenties. She has lived  grace0418   Feb-21-10 01:29 PM   #12 
  - This is something I may be facing in the future.  demtenjeep   Feb-21-10 01:31 PM   #13 
  - People seemed to find Clark Gable attractive.  noamnety   Feb-21-10 01:38 PM   #14 
  - $30,000 seems a bit on the expensive side...  hayu_lol   Feb-21-10 02:20 PM   #16 
     - It's an unusual situation  AlienGirl   Feb-21-10 03:57 PM   #18 
        - If you are needing this work done  TicketyBoo   Feb-22-10 06:31 AM   #25 
        - "support the "snaps" that attach the plates in"...  dysfunctional press   Feb-22-10 04:07 PM   #39 
           - perhaps she is talking about these pins that help hold the plates  merh   Feb-24-10 09:45 AM   #66 
  - What about dental implants.  texanwitch   Feb-21-10 02:24 PM   #17 
  - I'll ask--but last time I asked around, the theory was my bone wasn't good enough  AlienGirl   Feb-21-10 03:59 PM   #19 
     - that's what prevented me from getting implants...  dysfunctional press   Feb-22-10 11:29 AM   #31 
  - Don't think you'll be a toothless yokel. Just make the best decision for your overall health. nt  BlueIris   Feb-21-10 03:59 PM   #20 
  - My mom is 95 and has had dentures since she was ~55  marzipanni   Feb-21-10 04:10 PM   #21 
  - I had a 25-year-old girlfriend (when I was about 25)...  MiddleFingerMom   Feb-21-10 04:24 PM   #22 
  - Your health and happiness is more important than what you think  Dappleganger   Feb-21-10 04:25 PM   #23 
  - AlienGirl, first, it's so good to see you. I remember you from years ago here  Mike 03   Feb-21-10 05:25 PM   #24 
  - Good vibes to you. I had a boyfriend who had his upper teeth out--  raccoon   Feb-22-10 08:18 AM   #26 
  - Of course you will still look pretty!  livetohike   Feb-22-10 08:29 AM   #28 
  - I just went through this process--  The empressof all   Feb-22-10 10:28 AM   #29 
  - i can't believe how much dentures cost some people...  dysfunctional press   Feb-22-10 11:34 AM   #33 
  - The $30,000 price tag was due to the hospital costs  The empressof all   Feb-22-10 02:47 PM   #38 
  - i had all my teeth extracted AND my dentures done by my regular dentist...  dysfunctional press   Feb-22-10 04:10 PM   #40 
     - How many days' hyperbaric oxygen therapy did you require afterward?  AlienGirl   Feb-22-10 05:31 PM   #41 
        - i don't think that it's a standard practice for getting dentures.  dysfunctional press   Feb-22-10 07:23 PM   #49 
           - It was what the dentist showed me on his denture model  AlienGirl   Feb-22-10 07:48 PM   #50 
              - it sounds kind of like a cross between implants and dentures...  dysfunctional press   Feb-22-10 09:20 PM   #53 
                 - It seems to be the preferred system for patients without saliva, combined with cushioning adhesive  AlienGirl   Feb-23-10 04:16 PM   #56 
  - I had oral cancer. High doses of radiation to the entire mouth. It changes the options radically.  AlienGirl   Feb-22-10 05:34 PM   #42 
     - ah. you didn't make any mention of that in your op.  dysfunctional press   Feb-22-10 07:15 PM   #47 
        - Sorry, I thought I had. I think Empress's situation was something else.  AlienGirl   Feb-22-10 07:50 PM   #52 
        - No I didn't have cancer  The empressof all   Feb-23-10 07:17 PM   #58 
  - do you have oral cancer as well, then...?  dysfunctional press   Feb-22-10 07:19 PM   #48 
  - $30,000??? are you getting dentures or implants?  dysfunctional press   Feb-22-10 11:28 AM   #30 
  - It sounds like your real choice is getting dentures now and having them fit well and look good  hedgehog   Feb-22-10 11:43 AM   #34 
  - At least they will all be the same color.  Deep13   Feb-22-10 12:47 PM   #35 
  - 30K seems steep.  Iggo   Feb-22-10 12:53 PM   #36 
  - You have a PM. nt  BlueIris   Feb-22-10 01:12 PM   #37 
  - A friend of mine got dentures and says it's the best thing she ever did.  Kat45   Feb-22-10 05:39 PM   #44 
  - Denture wearer here.  SalmonChantedEvening   Feb-22-10 05:46 PM   #45 
  - I think you should spare yourself a lot of misery  JNelson6563   Feb-22-10 06:00 PM   #46 
  - Dentures are no big deal -  haele   Feb-23-10 12:05 AM   #54 
  - I am so glad you posted this thread. I am in a somewhat similar position.  FedUpWithIt All   Feb-23-10 01:02 AM   #55 
  - AlienGirl, after reading this thread & your replies, I'd tell every doctor priority #1 saving your  KittyWampus   Feb-23-10 05:11 PM   #57 
  - My dad has had dentures since he was in his 40s. No big deal.  Odin2005   Feb-23-10 11:49 PM   #59 
  - you might look into going out of the country for treatment  MrsBrady   Feb-24-10 12:12 AM   #60 
  - My mom got dentures when she was thirty-seven  mycatfred   Feb-24-10 12:32 AM   #61 
  - To me, the main thing to keep in mind is your overall health.  SeattleGirl   Feb-24-10 02:34 AM   #63 
  - I got mine when I was 42.  travelingtypist   Feb-24-10 03:37 AM   #64 
  - My sister had to get dentures at around the same age (if not a bit  polly7   Feb-24-10 04:45 AM   #65 

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