Wow... I haven't been on here in quite some time. I found my way back though and my username/password still worked. I took a little sabbatical after having serious dental issues, and then finally got my upper teeth fixed - but yet the hard way, permanently.
You guessed it... A full upper denture plate. I thought my days of playing brass instruments was over. But where there is a will, there is a way. I talked to my dentist and my concerns about playing trumpet, trombone, french horn, etc... and even clarinet, sax, and all sorts of varieties of instruments. I was advised to allow, at minimum, about a month for my mouth and gums to heal and to get used to dentures, before I even think of trying to play an instrument.
Long story short, I started experimenting with all that nasty denture adhesive junk like Super Polygrip and Fixodent and stuff like that. Both myself and my dentist found a way to secure the upper denture plate in place to allow me to start playing my trumpet again without problems. I'll admit... I had to start slowly, and play a low C up to a G, and things like that, just like a little kid learning for the very first time. Once I learned to adjust my embouchure and compensate for the denture plate, I increased my range and tone little by little. I played a regular concert Bb scale, going up and down, over and over. Again, once I got that pretty good, I increased my range even more. As it stands right now, I can only reach a high G at the top of the ledger line very quickly, as I can feel the denture plate getting loose.
Here's a You Tube video that I made for anyone who might be facing the same type of dental problems in the future.
Trumpet and Trombone sample - YouTube
With my old 1967 Holton Collegiate trumpet, I have a Bach 3C and a newer Schilke 14A4a. I find that when I use the 3C, I have hardly any range and can only hit a regular high C or maybe D with the denture plate. When I use the Schilke 14A4a, I can make it up to a high G (top ledger line) clearly.
To sum this long winded post up in a nutshell, like I said in that You Tube video... NEVER GIVE UP! Even if you face getting dentures, you can still do it! You can still play trumpet and all other brass instruments and woodwinds and things!