Not such a new topic for so many of us, but I’m facing a bit of an issue and won’t have professional answers for awhile- thought you guys might have some insight, suggestions and such.
At first it was a lower molar to be removed about every other year. We caught one in time (hahahaha) and took care of the cavity. 6 months later I woke to the feeling of pieces of tooth in my mouth. My insurance had just ended so I had to wait a few months to get into a new dentist. Honestly the pain wasn’t too bad, mostly no sharp edges so I didn’t rush. In October though I touch a front tooth with my tongue (normal activity) and most of my tooth fell out! So, one expensive dentist appointment later and two fully extracted teeth, no other detected problems. Ah, Thanksgiving, nice fall off the bone turkey, some creamy mashed potatoes and a weird feeling…part of my large front tooth began just sliding off on my finger until a bit more than half of it was gone. Got a coupon in the mail that would cover a new set of dental x rays at a new dentist- appointment set… questions how bad is this tooth, can we save it? Answer- it can’t be saved and here’s some great news… three more need to be removed on the bottom and I’ve developed 4 new cavities right next to the teeth that need to go. Oh, I could do root canals, but I can’t afford it- extraction is cheaper especially with no insurance- bye bye teeth.
There’s a dental school near by, they have two nights a month where they do work really cheap for those of us in between insurance plans. My plan is to have the 4 teeth removed (ouch ouch ouch)…but what about those cavities? Between Sjogrens and the medications I take for other things my teeth are just dissolving (two dentists have told me this). I’m not too sure about bothering to fix those cavities on the bottom teeth. Here’s the thing, I only have 10 bottom teeth, I’ll soon be down to 7 and the cavities are on the bottoms of the two tiny teeth right in front. I’m thinking of begging the dentist to just remove them so I can have a nice partial for a couple of years (odds are the rest on the bottom are going to go within the next couple of years). Am I completely nuts to suggest having the 2 with cavities pulled? Should I beg them to just remove all the bottom ones so that I don’t have to deal with shattered teeth, infections and extra pain? I’ve basically lost 6 teeth in 6 months, my mother’s and grandmother’s (both with same illnesses that I have and not even with the medications) had their teeth dissolve the same way right about my age. Advice, suggestions, personal stories…all comments welcomed.
Too bad medical insurance won’t cover this, dentists and doctors agree I take care of my teeth very well, it’s not hygiene it’s illness.
My apologies for such a long question and for such a sad topic on xmas- but it’s been really on my mind and just had to reach out before I headed off to bed. If you celebrate I hope you have a Merry one, if it’s cold out stay warm, take care and know love deep within.