It's been a while now since I last posted, I saw my dentist in May, he filed down the tooth which was hurting me and I haven't had much problems with it since then.
I got a temp partial denture fitted for the extraction sites to wear to a friends wedding in September. The problem is it's very bulky and feels like I'm eating plastic so I don't wear it often, I tried it last week after not wearing for a month but it didn't fit! I went to the dentist and he said the tooth at the back which holds the metal clasp had moved forward and that I really need to wear it more often or get implants sorted otherwise my teeth will keep moving and my bone will become less and less in the area. He filed the back tooth and filed a bit of the denture and now it's too loose. I'm going back to the denture place tomorrow for him to fix it properly.
The dentist advised me to wear it at least 2 to 3 nights per week (but the person who made the denture said not to wear it at night) and to wear it as much as possible during the day, but he also said that he didn't like these kind of dentures because they damage the gum underneath them. I'm confused as to whether it's a good idea to have this denture at all.
I can't afford a new denture or implants at the moment, my plan is to hopefully get implants eventually but not for a few years, I get the impression from my dentist that if I leave it too long I won't be a good candidate for implants? I'm a bit weary of putting anything in the area that was infected previously too, and also have heard some scary stories about the material used in implants being as bad as RCT and mercury etc. Do I really want to put more damaging substances in the area that I had such problems with. But then again I don't want my teeth moving and causing me more problems in the near future and maybe even more extractions.
I grind my teeth pretty bad, have ate through previous night guards (guards tailor made for me by the dentist costing hundreds of euros). A few years ago I got an NTI Device from a clinic, it seemed to do a great job stopping me from grinding, a few months ago the device broke, I showed my dentist and the person who did my denture to see if they could fix it, and they both said that this device was very bad for my teeth and jaw and would cause more damage than good, I stopped using it but have been grinding a lot since stopping. What is your opinion on these NTI devices and what alternatives are there for someone who eats through regular night guards!?
Would love to hear your opinion on implants and any of the above!
Thanks so much