I have been dealing with dentists ever since my teeth came in! The first dentist I had striped my teeth because he gave me fluoride when there was too much iron in the water, or something like that! Growing up, I had a lot of cavities and fillings. I was always trying to save my teeth, but I am a dental disaster.
As an adult, I have spent thousands of dollars trying to save my teeth, pulling my teeth to relieve the pain and eventually, trying to replace my teeth.
At 33 years old, I was told by my former dentist that my only option was to get a full denture on the bottom of my mouth. This would entail pulling multiple teeth, crowning one tooth and then, making the denture itself. Now, we do not have dental insurance, so what doesn’t come from out flex account comes directly out of our pocket and you know how expensive dental work can be!
I was told that the enamel never fully formed on my adult teeth, so they had been decaying at a rapid pace and the bottom teeth that I had were no good.
After discussing it with my husband, we decided to move forward with the crown and denture. The crown that my former dentist put in came out twice in 2 months and then, he said he wouldn’t put it back in. The denture that was made for me was crooked and too large for my mouth. They had to make me a second one. The second one was still slightly crooked and didn’t fit in my mouth the way it was supposed to.
After all of this, I went to see my former dentist about the “crowned” tooth and find out what we should do and he told me that he couldn’t help me anymore and I had to go to an oral surgeon.
So, I had paid them thousands of dollars only to be sent away with no teeth and no denture. I mean, I had the denture, but it is crooked and doesn’t fit, so I can’t wear it.
I decided to look on the internet to see if I could find a more reputable dentist to help me with my issues. After researching, I found a dentist in my city who has been running his own practice for over 17 years. He is highly trained and highly recommended, so I made an appointment.
At my first appointment, he took care of what my former dentist said that only an oral surgeon could do and he shook his head as he looked at my broken crown and crooked denture. He explained to me that I would need a new denture and that he could make me a better one for my mouth.
Now, I was extremely hesitant and have put it off because of what happened at my former dentist and the fact that we would have to PAY for all of this for a second time. I had convinced myself that I would just live without teeth. My new dentist didn’t judge me. He treated me with respect. He explained my options and told me that I could do it whenever I was comfortable.
Well, I went in last week because of severe gum pain and found out that it was caused by not having any teeth or dentures on the bottom. Knowing that I could not live miserably, for the rest of my days, my husband suggested that I just do it. So, I called and made the appointment.
I will be getting implant dentures, which will fit better in my mouth and be easier to get used to.
I start this process on Tuesday, but I am still extremely nervous. I am nervous because of my previous experiences, I am nervous because of the pain and I am nervous because of the price!
Committing to something, for a second time, that costs so much, is extremely hard for me. It makes me feel selfish. Like I am taking opportunities away from my husband and children. I know that this is my own anxiety and thoughts convincing me of this, but I can’t help how I feel!