How much did they cost?
$2,500 total, not including surgery. Insurance is good - they pay 80% up to $1000 total…plus I have Flex, and that helps.
What can’t I eat?
I can’t eat anything incredibly hard…like I can’t chomp through ice or candy…but I never liked doing that with my regular teeth. Anything chewy is iffy. With these if the material sticks better than the adhesive…grip is a gamble. Also, I eat a lot more candy now that I don’t have teeth to worry about than I ever did before.
I like to sleep without them in. I leave them soaking in a rinse and when I wake up I run them in hot water for a minute, brush them, dry, add adhesive and they are good to go. I try to avoid coffee for the first 10 minutes they are in. Same cleaning at night.
Can I sleep with them in?
Absolutely. If I clean them before bed they are fine. If you were not to…it would be just as gross as if you didn’t brush before bed. Maybe worse…don’t plan to try.
Denture for Denture?
If these go bad I can upgrade early…I have the luxury of good dental, flex, and cash to do so. They are STURDY though. As mentioned I would like to get the mini implant horseshoe type.
Did it hurt?
Don’t be awake for the surgery. I consider myself a tough person, and I had quite a few pulled already, so the remaining few weren’t that bad…but an eye tooth was really in deep…lets say I can feel bruising next to nostril for weeks. It was emotionally jarring to have them pulled. I remember when the eye tooth shattered the 3 time the dentist tried to pull it, I nearly passed with fright. No pain at all. Get them done while asleep like when I had my wisdoms pulled. I don’t remember discomfort then.
They look GREAT. I mean compared to a mixed tooth smile; unreal. compared to my real teeth? 90% I’d wager good money you’d never know, and if I had the mini implants I’d guess 99%.
I eat all the time. I’m thin but I really lay into it. These things slowed me down for a week, but now I chow through it just the same. However I am young and heal quickly. For an older woman that may not be the case. There are still sometimes where my mind goes GET THESE OUT OF HERE. Almost like a claustrophobic feeling if that makes any sense.