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Post by FGP » Thu Mar 11, 2004 7:37 am

Can people with false teeth (dentures?) play the flute
successfully. FGP
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Post by Kim » Thu Mar 11, 2004 6:13 pm

Hmmm good question. I don't see why a person with dentures
couldn't play the flute as long as they were secure in the persons mouth and
not moving around a lot. Kim
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Post by dancingflutist3000 » Thu Mar 11, 2004 8:15 pm

I don't see why not. As Kim said, as long as the dentures are
secure and don't move and shift constantly, playing the flute with dentures
should be fine, no different than normal teeth. In fact, dentures could even be
some what an advantage because the teeth are straight and align; some people are
unable to play the flute or other wind instruments because of bad over bite.
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Post by FGP » Sat Mar 13, 2004 6:02 am

[quote] ---------------- On 3/11/2004 6:13:01 PM Hmmm good
question. I don't see why a person with dentures couldn't play the flute as
long as they were secure in the persons mouth and not moving around a lot. Kim
---------------- [/quote] Kim and Dancing Flutist. Thanks for taking the
question seriously. The poor response perhaps suggests a shortage of opinions or
more likely informed knowledge (from those with dentures!). I had hoped that
someone in my present predicament might have offered advice. However, thanks for
YOUR encouragement. Fifteen years ago I was a proficient and advanced flute
player just about to take a Trinity College Diploma (London, I'm in UK). At
that time (and I don't need to go into details) I lost my lower front teeth. I
also completely lost the ability to get a sound out of the flute. So, for 15
years I haven't touched the instrument - until a few days ago and for some
unknown reason I tried and tried and tried - lo and behold - a sound! There's a
great deal of physical pain as the flute presses against my chin and I haven't
yet produced anything like an 'acceptable' flute sound. But with each day
there is progress. My reason for contacting this forum was the hope that I might
make contact with a person in a similar position. There must be a successful
flute player with dentures don't you think? I'm now thinking of putting my
problem onto a dental forum just to see if there's a kind flute playing dentist
in the world. Again, thanks for replying. FGP
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Post by Kim » Sat Mar 13, 2004 12:54 pm

FGP~ I think that may be a good idea to check the dental forum. I
was also wondering if the wax that they give to people with braces might help
you ? Well I hope you are able to find some answers to your situation. I would
have to imagine that there are people that still play the flute with dentures.
Do please let us know what you learn. You just never know when one of us could
be in the same position. Personally I have had lot's of dental problems and I
am guessing that it is only a matter of years before I end up with dentures and
I certainly wouldn't want to have to give up my flute playing. Good Luck, Kim
[quote] On 3/13/2004 6:02:12 AM I'm now thinking of putting my problem onto a
dental forum just to see if there's a kind flute playing dentist in the world.
Again, thanks for replying. FGP [/quote]
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Post by alisonf1972 » Wed Mar 31, 2004 7:35 am

Hello. I have just found this site - bought a flute yesterday! I
have a full upper denture and with a good adhesive have no problems playing - go
for it [:)] Ali xxx

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Post by graceyl » Wed May 05, 2004 1:54 pm

[:bigsmile:] Yes!!!! I have both upper and lower and I play
flute. What's the question? What are you having problems with?

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Post by nicki_flute » Tue Jul 13, 2004 12:23 pm

FGP: I think it is great that you are trying to play the flute again after what must have been a devastating loss. I think you should be able to, hmm, I don't know anybody who does, maybe ask a dentist. Give it a go and let us know how it goes. Good luck!

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Post by OrangeGal4 » Sat Jul 17, 2004 6:38 am

[quote="FGP"]Can people with false teeth (dentures?) play the flute
successfully. FGP[/quote]
Hmm.................. I you could....................maybe!
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Post by FGP » Wed Feb 23, 2005 10:55 am

I would like to thank those people who kindly responded to my dilema regarding 'dental status'. Six months have passed since I posed the query and I am happy to report I am making good progress. You may rightly ask how this has been achieved. Well, in all truth, I've concentrated on other things in flute playing (especially the use of harmonics as a means of perfecting tone) and have gone about my practice as though the problem didn't exist. So, if there are other 'old timers' with similar problems trying to continue flute playing after dramatic dentistry - just pretend everything is okay. It works.
Fred in UK.

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Post by Shoyu » Wed Feb 23, 2005 3:33 pm

Glad to hear it's working out for you. I used to play in an orchestra with a chap who had dentures and he made a great sound (probably still does!)

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Post by Burke » Thu Feb 24, 2005 2:10 pm

FGP wrote:So, if there are other 'old timers' with similar problems trying to continue flute playing after dramatic dentistry - just pretend everything is okay. It works.
Fred in UK.
I don't know how I missed this one. I have upper and lower dentures and they don't seem to be a hindrance. I've started using denture adhesive to act as a cushion between the dentures and gum though, or I create a sore spot on my lower gum that really hurts when I play. Also, I didn't start playing until after I had my teeth extracted, so I had no basis for comparison.

Funny, it never occured to me that anyone else here wore dentures. I noticed that one poster said something about it a long time ago, but I think that person is gone.

Whaddya mean by "Old timer"? :lol:

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Post by flutegirl49 » Sun Feb 27, 2005 10:57 pm

wow.. lots of people have dentures!

anyways.. in the middle of my flute playing years up to this point.. i got a cap on my front teeth and i dont think i evne thought of how it affected my flute playing.. which makes me wonder if thats why i was having trouble w/ my sound one year... hmm... well now its fine so i guess i got used to it!

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Post by Burke » Mon Feb 28, 2005 1:14 am

flutegirl49 wrote:wow.. lots of people have dentures!

anyways.. in the middle of my flute playing years up to this point.. i got a cap on my front teeth and i dont think i evne thought of how it affected my flute playing.. which makes me wonder if thats why i was having trouble w/ my sound one year... hmm... well now its fine so i guess i got used to it!
Maybe that was it, since your problem is resolved.

Fewer and fewer people have to resort to dentures now, thanks to modern dentistry methods, except for those who can't afford to avail themselves of that level of dental care. It was destiny for me, because I started having root canals when I was twelve. I'd had that done to nearly every tooth by the time I had them extracted last year. They just did all they could, that's all, trying to stave off the inevitable. I was able to hang onto my own teeth for a long time thanks to the root canal procedures. Even though I'm in dentures now, I'm still grateful. I don't have even one regret about the money I spent for that work.

I'll just take this moment (if nobody minds) to say please, please, please do everything you can to keep your own teeth. Do all the stuff you're supposed to do, including floss. I did, but my situation was different. I was going to lose mine. For most people though, the old saying applies: "You don't have to floss all your teeth, only the ones you want to keep." Trust me, dentures are not the same as your own.

Okay -- I'm off my dental hygiene soapbox. And now, back to your regularly scheduled program. :wink:

I feel for the people here who talk about the changes they go through with the flute when they get braces.

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Post by flutegirl49 » Mon Feb 28, 2005 3:59 pm

Burke wrote:
flutegirl49 wrote:wow.. lots of people have dentures!

anyways.. in the middle of my flute playing years up to this point.. i got a cap on my front teeth and i dont think i evne thought of how it affected my flute playing.. which makes me wonder if thats why i was having trouble w/ my sound one year... hmm... well now its fine so i guess i got used to it!
Maybe that was it, since your problem is resolved.

Fewer and fewer people have to resort to dentures now, thanks to modern dentistry methods, except for those who can't afford to avail themselves of that level of dental care. It was destiny for me, because I started having root canals when I was twelve. I'd had that done to nearly every tooth by the time I had them extracted last year. They just did all they could, that's all, trying to stave off the inevitable. I was able to hang onto my own teeth for a long time thanks to the root canal procedures. Even though I'm in dentures now, I'm still grateful. I don't have even one regret about the money I spent for that work.

I'll just take this moment (if nobody minds) to say please, please, please do everything you can to keep your own teeth. Do all the stuff you're supposed to do, including floss. I did, but my situation was different. I was going to lose mine. For most people though, the old saying applies: "You don't have to floss all your teeth, only the ones you want to keep." Trust me, dentures are not the same as your own.

Okay -- I'm off my dental hygiene soapbox. And now, back to your regularly scheduled program. :wink:

I feel for the people here who talk about the changes they go through with the flute when they get braces.
well.. actually I think that might be why im having a bit of trouble w/ my tone.. if u've read my topic i think u would know wat im talking about.. but then again i dont think something as small as a cap would make a difference?... Im sry about all those u had to get done to ur teeth.. it must have been such a hassle..and hard

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