A Personal Story: Pain and Discomfort – Lillian, West Lebanon

Lillian lives in West Lebanon, New Hampshire. Now 63, Lillian got gum disease and had to have her teeth removed when she was in her early 50s. The dentures she got to replace her teeth fit well, originally. But the original dentures have aged and worn down with time, Lillian’s gums have changed, and the dentures have never been re-adjusted. [It is recommended that most dentures be replaced every 5-7 years.] Lillian can’t use adhesive anymore because her gums are very sensitive and the adhesive bothers them. But she can’t go without the dentures, because then she won’t be able to eat. ‘“My dentures are now worn down in the back where I don’t have cutting teeth, so even with them there are things that I just can’t eat anymore…and  they get in the way of my speech a little bit.” She has no resources to replace her dentures, so she simply lives with the pain and discomfort.

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