Monthly Archives: September 2014

I can’t wear my dentures

I don’t know what to do. I got dentures last week. They were uncomfortable. My dentist said I would get used to them, but I haven’t. They hurt so much I can’t even wear them. I got a second opinion and the other dentist said the dentures were made incorrectly. He suggested I get dental implants. I wanted to get a third opinion from someone who lives too far away to get my business. Are dental implants really that much better than dentures?  They certainly are more expensive.

Amanda P. – Florida


You’re in a difficult situation. I will say, I haven’t examined you, so I can’t judge the quality of the other dentist’s work. However, I do agree with the second dentist on the other point. Dental implants are better–far better–than dentures.

Let’s say you got the best pair of dentures you could. I mean they fit great. Even the best fitting dentures mean that you lose about 50% of your chewing capacity. They will move. You will get food under them. They will slip and sometimes fall out.

Unfortunately, that’s not the worst part. Your jawbone will begin disintegrate. Once your teeth are removed, the minerals in your jawbone redistribute throughout your body. After about ten years or so, you will not even be able to wear your dentures.

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My dentist gives me nightmares

The last few weeks I’ve been having nightmares about my dentist. He’s the nicest man in the world, but the last few appointments have been pretty rough. The last one was so bad, I didn’t think I could handle much longer. Now I’m having nightmares and I’m a little too afraid to go to my next appointment. Do you know of anything that can make these appointments less painful?

Lisa Marie L. – Connecticut

Lisa Marie,

Your dental fear is not uncommon, especially after a difficult appointment. Your apprehension is probably what is leading to your nightmares….unless of course you subconciously think your dentist is an undiagnosed psychopath.

There is a solution. What you need is an appointment where you don’t feel any pain.  See how simple that is?  I know, you’re thinking that is impossible, but I promise it isn’t. Ask your dentist if he offers sedation dentistry. If so, you can have a totally pain free appointment.

There are three levels of sedation that are generally available. The lowest level is nitrous oxide, commonly known as laughing gas. the second level is oral conscious sedation. This involves taking a pill. The deepest level is IV sedation.

The first level relax you. The second two are so strong that you’re not likely to even remember the appointment.

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