Question by Clare: Question to all those out there with false teeth?
Im 20, have really bad teeth which cause me a lot of pain. Have loads of fillings.
I wear a partial denture for 1 of my front teeth which had to be pulled out.
Tonight i managed to snap the side off one of my teeth without realising.
Im just fed up of my teeth, i want to go to the dentist and say pull them all out and give me false teeth. Everything i eat hurts my teeth, crunchy things hurt, cold things hurt, hot things hurt.
If you have false teeth wot would you say are the advantages and disadvantages of them?
Answer by grandpa walleye
It is a shame at age 20 to have to have false teeth. You should be aware that you will have problems with them also. Think of them as you would having an artificial arm. It is better than no arm, but will never function nearly as well as your own arm did. The upper is easier to get used to and fits with suction. The lower just floats around and the tongue and floor of the mouth is constantly working against it. That is why it is always much better to save some teeth on the lower to clasp to and help make it more stable. If that can’t be done, perhaps placing a couple of implants that the lower can attach to would also be great. (You can place implants on the upper and do the same thing, but if you were to make a choice, the lower should be the most important). You will have to learn talking and new ways to eat with them. They also will periodically have to be relined to make them fit better as your gums change with time. I wish you good luck and it’s too bad you have had to come to this.
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