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Old 08-22-2013, 10:13 PM   #31
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I just looked over this whole thread, sounds like a lot of good ideas. I just can't imagine losing my teeth. Larry's snap-in implant suggestion sounds wonderful, hope it or something like it might work for you.

Sure hope you can get some help, Whiska.
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Old 08-22-2013, 11:25 PM   #32
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Shrek called and asked about implants. First he would need bone grafting, we didn't find out how much that would cost. EACH implant would cost about $1300.00, that's a mouthful of cash.

I had immediate dentures done, they are my permanent ones and they still fit well. Dentures are not the end, but they are a game changer.

I cook pasta until it's almost mushy, but not quite. Cabbage is fine shredded, fine chopped for Shrek. We eat more burger and chicken than before. Dark meat chicken is more friendly to gums than white meat chicken. Not sure if it's the dentures (or hormone changes) but I can't eat the hot peppers like I used to. Lettuce is a problem, the crisper the better. Celery hearts can be munched with dentures... beware of outer stalk celery sticks (that IS a funny story), matchstick carrots.

Since I actually wear my dentures, I cook to my taste and then further cook or process for Shrek, since he won't wear his.
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Old 08-23-2013, 12:55 AM   #33
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Hugs, Whiska! I am big on eggs and Italian Wedding soup. The other soft foods I'd go for would be polenta, grits, oatmeal...but I'd probably want them at room temperature and neither hot or cold. Good luck! A friend went through that. She ate a lot of puddings and risotto.
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Not sure if it's the dentures (or hormone changes) but I can't eat the hot peppers like I used to.
I hope it is the dentures! I would hate to give up my hot peppers!
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Old 08-23-2013, 01:31 AM   #35
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I hope it is the dentures! I would hate to give up my hot peppers!
Well, I'm past menopause and I never stopped liking hot peppers.
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Old 08-23-2013, 05:59 AM   #36
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Good luck at the dentist Whisk!

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Iíve been putting this off. I need new teeth. Degenerative bone disease. I hate things that associate themselves as diseases. Makes me feel like its communicable and I should be in quarantine. Or perhaps I forgot deoderant this morning. I ainít no whiner. I am a guy and I do not take well to pain. I guess that makes me a whiner. I am also a slacker. Rationalizing my predicament today, I say , the last time I saved up for new teeth, my furnace needed an unplanned immediate replacement. In November. So thatís where the money in the coffee can under the mattress went, and itís taken several years to save up again. We enjoyed several vacations in the interim so the excuse is moot. Of course, today, I develop pain because 2 teeth, one upper L, one lower right want to play tennis volley serves across my tongue, and while the teeth are wiggly/wobbly, they are jutting on some nearby nerves. Hence, itís all a PITA going straight to my brain.

Truth be told, I never said this here. I have been having teeth drop out after short bursts of looseness and just some assoiciated pain which is relieved as the tooth falls out or I wiggle it around enough to pull it. I can see via dental xrays bone loss over time and essentially quit going to a dentist only for them to say, yep, we need to pull this one or that one. Luckily, I never developed any infections as the teeth got looser. I have always grown a beard/ mustache, so my mouth changes are not necessarily observable to others, unless you are presenting at an office meeting and a tooth spontaneously decides to expel itself while talking. I suppose itís like guys who do comb overs when they are bald, I just grow a bigger walrus across my upper lip. Learn to smile with your mouth shut and seldom offer the full happy grin you want to give. Over the last five years, I am down to 6 teeth.

Yes, I eat steak, corn on the cobs, I slice it off with a sharp kinife, Ribs, I cook until the ribs are so tender they fall off the bones. I used to like a little give to them, but hey, I guess a little irony & you get what it is in this instance. Are they is or are they isnít meant to be finger licking good. There is almost nothing I can not eat, or make do. I can up to this point, chew, but I no longer have teeth for cutting , hence a sharp knife and pre cut into very thin slices. Things that have dropped off over time, which I like, Most nuts, Hard salami, raw carrots, celery, pretzels, beef jerky, al dente is a term I avoid in cooking. Surprising things I would not think about until attempts. Cold Chicken (salad) spaghetti noodles unless chopped, fine teeth cutting and the noodles do not know when to stop, other pasta is just fine, pop corn Hulls, tomato skins, cucumber peels, the fat end of asparagus. I compensate, Rationalize? Soft pickles, so what if they didnít get crisp. Cut a burger into 6ths so it is bite size, rather than in half; Absolutely Mince jalapenos, raw onions, I forget what I suck the flavor out of, and not actually eat the food itself, Happy if a restaurant has Onion Strings/ guitar strings/ whatever rather than Rings to go w/ a burger; too crisp French fries, order the alternative fruit, well thereís a calorie savings unless itís pineapple. probably quite a few things. Plain M&Mís and guacamole are still pretty much good. One of my favorite summer salads is taco salad, now minus the crisp tortilla. Soft shell tacos, well I like those anyway. I eat more salads without adding lettuce this summer. Sometimes lettuce works and sometimes not, whether crisp or soft such as spinach or butter lettuce. I never know, So I mostly make a salad w/o. In Sept I need to plant a 2nd crop of arugula. That always works.

IF one has an allergy, one should know what to eat or not. I Neffer know if I might be able to eat some things today or not.

THE WORST IS I Seldom can eat BACON. Certainly not crisp, and sometimes not floppy bacons either. ARGHHH. I made a BLT the other day. Sometimes you just gotta suffer thru and then I had some Ice Cream to sooth my gums after. Double scooped. Toot Sweet.

There are several DC threads about eating / soft diets. Iím not exactly looking for food advice. Of course, this is much appreciated too.


What bothers me is Ė IS THERE really a 6 week wait to heal before they fit you with new teeth. That is, if I have the few remaining teeth pulled. The two teeth playing mumbly peg in my mouth will re-adjust in a day or two. ( I hope.) The soonest appt I could get with my dentist about new teeth is a month from now. This could be a bit of a stretch.
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Shrek called and asked about implants. First he would need bone grafting, we didn't find out how much that would cost. EACH implant would cost about $1300.00, that's a mouthful of cash.

I had immediate dentures done, they are my permanent ones and they still fit well. Dentures are not the end, but they are a game changer.

I cook pasta until it's almost mushy, but not quite. Cabbage is fine shredded, fine chopped for Shrek. We eat more burger and chicken than before. Dark meat chicken is more friendly to gums than white meat chicken. Not sure if it's the dentures (or hormone changes) but I can't eat the hot peppers like I used to. Lettuce is a problem, the crisper the better. Celery hearts can be munched with dentures... beware of outer stalk celery sticks (that IS a funny story), matchstick carrots.

Since I actually wear my dentures, I cook to my taste and then further cook or process for Shrek, since he won't wear his.
$1300 EACH! Hell's teeth! Thank goodness for the National Health Service. We complain about it and we have to pay a portion of the cost but at least we don't have to take out a mortgage to pay for health care.

Don't lose heart though. I have fond memories as a little girl of my favourite uncle who wore dentures but took them out to eat. It fascinated me that he could eat anything with his gums including toast. Years of practice, I suppose.

I think the hot peppers may indeed be an age thing. I can't be doing with anything with chillis in it these days regardless of a mouthful of natural choppers.
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Apropos of nothing in particular - there used to be an ancient pony at the stables who had no teeth. When they started falling out when he hit 30 his owner thought she would have to have put him down (no, I'm not suggesting you should do this with Shrek!) because he wouldn't be able to eat. He very soon learned to cope and by the time he had to be put to sleep due to other age-related problems, aged 38, he had no teeth at all but could eat hay, chaff and even chunks of carrot!

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Shrek called and asked about implants. First he would need bone grafting, we didn't find out how much that would cost. EACH implant would cost about $1300.00, that's a mouthful of cash.
When shopping around for implants , be careful , and read the fine print ( and ask questions), just like you would with any major purchase.

A dental implant is just the component ( screw) that is being surgically placed in the bone. In addition ( depending on treatment plan) you will need some kind of additional components which attach to the implant and make it functional:

1) special attachments for a denture to snap on with
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2) abutment ( like a post) , and the crown itself

So I see many advertisements that quote a price for the Implant ($399 - $800) , but leave out the prices for the other components which without them, the implants are basically useless.

The abutment + crown could cost as much or more than the implant itself.
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Old 08-23-2013, 08:07 AM   #40
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Whiska, I have the same problems, including osteoporosis. When I was still seeing a dentist I asked about implants, and he said that there is nothing to attach them to.

I refuse to go to another dentist because I'm very afraid that removing the remaining teeth would give them too many opportunities to break my jaw!

I eat well, but I really do miss my bacon.
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