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Will Dentures Make Me Ugly?

My dentist said if I got dentures, I’d end up ugly. My teeth are falling apart so I need to replace them. Are dental implants my only option to still be attractive? I’m 32 so I don’t want to be hideous, but they’re so expensive. Missy Dear Missy, I’m curious about the motivation behind your dentist’s statement that you would be ugly with dentures. If he’s saying the dentures themselves […]

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Brand New Dentist Doesn’t Stay In

I had to get dentures. My dentist did the impression and then some wax try-ins. It was hard enough losing my teeth, but even though they are brand new, they will not stay in. I talked to my dentist about it and he said to give the gums time to adjust. That didn’t work, so now he’s talking about doing a reline. What good will a reline do if it […]

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I Need a Soft Denture

I am fairly new to dentures and I’m just going to say bluntly, I’d rather gum everything than continue with this. I am gagging on the dental plate constantly. It’s actually made me vomit. Please tell me there is a soft denture. Otherwise, I don’t know what I’m going to do. Laurie Dear Laurie, There is such a thing as a soft liner, but that is likely not what you’re […]

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Who Should Extract My Teeth for Dentures?

I have absolutely horrible teeth. Most are broken. Some are missing. Now, I have another cavity that seems to be getting infected. When this quarantine is over I’m going to be finished with them. I want to have them all extracted and get dentures. Do I go to a dentist for that or an oral surgeon? Ben Dear Ben, Before I address your question, I want to make sure you […]

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Why Do Dentures Get Bigger Over the Years

I’ve had dentures for quite a few years now and it seems like the longer I have them the bigger they get. Do dentures stretch out? If so, is there a way to get them back to their original size? Sandee B. Dear Sandee, It’s not your denture that is stretching. In reality, as frightening as it may sound, it is your jawbone that is shrinking. When your teeth were […]

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Should All My Son’s Teeth Be Removed

My son is 25 years old. He’s in recovery for drug addiction. He’s doing really well in his recovery and now we’re trying to get the rest of him into shape. I’m writing to you specifically about his mouth. It’s a complete mess. We’ve already taken out six teeth while he was in rehab. He’s home now and we’re going to our family dentist now. He wants to remove the […]

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Are Dentures Really that Bad?

I don’t want any judgments. I went my entire childhood without dental care. My parents just didn’t have the money. I used to blame them, but now that I’m a parent I completely understand what it means to not have money. I had two kids by the time I was twenty-two. I spent all my money taking care of them. I started having a seriously painful toothache and went to […]

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What Can I Do If Dentures Won’t Stay in Anymore?

I’m over 60 and have had dentures for a bunch of years. I’ve been having trouble keeping them in. I did notice my ridge is almost gone which I’m guessing is why I can’t keep them in anymore. Is there anything I can put under them which will make a ridge again? Evelyn Dear Evelyn, You are right that the ridge in your jawbone is why your dentures won’t stay […]

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Is a Pretty Smile After 20 Years of Dentures Possible?

I’ve had dentures for about 20 years. I’ve never liked how they looked, but what could I do. Dentures are dentures. I’m wondering if it’s possible to get a beautiful smile now. I’ve learned about dental implants and think they’d be awesome. Margaret Dear Margaret, I’m sorry you’ve spent this many years disappointed in your smile. That had to be hard for you. Fortunately, you won’t have to stay that […]

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Husband Refuses to Wear His Dentures

I’m at my wits end with my husband. First, he went for a few years with no bottom teeth. I finally talked him into getting dentures and now he won’t wear them. When he does, he takes them out when we eat. It’s disgusting enough at home, but when we’re out, he just sets them on the table for all and sundry to see. When I ask him why he […]

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