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Old Diver - New Dentures!

Discussion in 'New Divers and Those Considering Diving' started by Dilligaf32317, Aug 3, 2011.

  1. Dilligaf32317

    Dilligaf32317 Garibaldi

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    I am strictly a snorkeler (at my age and physical condition) and recently gave up all of my God given upper teeth for a full denture. I've tried 5 different mouthpieces with and without the dentures - All Results unsatisfactory.

    With Denture, have to bite down too hard - it hurts my gums!
    Without, just can't seal properly.

    Any advice (short of growing new chompers!) appreciated.:D
     
  2. scubassplayer

    scubassplayer Angel Fish

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    Hi, I know your pain......actually not quite.

    I got complete upper dentures about 2 years ago, I worried that my diving was over, but I have no problem using any mouthpiece that I have come across thus far. I don't use any adhesives.

    When I first got the denture it took about 6 months and a refit until it fit correctly without pain. There is alot of swelling at the beginning. Could it be that you just need to give it more time then get the dentures refit.....do you ever get pain eating....if so its the dentures.
     
  3. DivemasterDennis

    DivemasterDennis DivemasterDennis ScubaBoard Supporter

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    There are custom mouthpieces you can buy at most shops or they can order for you. Clear poly-something product that you put in boiling water for a bit then bite don on and let set- just like you would an athletic mouth guard. I believe they are less than $30.00, maybe a lot less. If you get one and size it to your dentures, you should have a much better experience. If this won't relieve the problem, nothing will.
    DivemasterDennis
     
  4. highdesert

    highdesert ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    SeaCure moldable mouthpiece is a great solution. Put it in boiling water for a few seconds, bite down, and there you go ... custom mouthpiece! My wife and I like ours so much that we bought spares and molded them too. They go along on every dive trip. Available from Scuba Toys and many other places, I'm sure.
     
  5. knotical

    knotical perpetual student Staff Member

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    There some less expensive alternatives to the Seacure such as Trident's R530, and Mares' Jax.
     
  6. Dilligaf32317

    Dilligaf32317 Garibaldi

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    To all who responded - Thanks!

    I'm going to order the Mares Jax to start with.
    I've done the re-fit on the dentures and they do not hurt when I eat (anything) so I believe I've got as good of fit as is possible.

    Wish someone would come up with something that would allow snorkeling or diving with Denture completely removed - Now That would be comfortable and safer!

    Thanks again to all who replied - I appreciate your insight and time!

    :D
     
  7. Steve50

    Steve50 Master Instructor

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    comfobyte mouthpiece = no biting down required
     
  8. rhigh

    rhigh Solo Diver

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    I use a mouthpiece called "Manta Bite" I don't dive with my dentures in as the risk of gagging and choking is to great.
     
  9. Dilligaf32317

    Dilligaf32317 Garibaldi

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    Thanks all,

    I appreciate your answers and Now I have some choices to make.

    Thanks
     

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