Apparently my dentist thinks he's funny…

posted 3 years ago in Money
Post # 3
4513 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

OMG! That’s terrible, I’m so sorry! That would be terrifying/stressful to face, especially with your wedding coming up.

If I were in your place I would probably really lean toward just getting dentures now if its inevitable in the short term anyway.

Post # 5
468 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@MrsWinTraining2014:  Your dentist is obviously trying to save as many of your teeth as he can. If you want dentures go for it, but a lot of people would NOT want dentures, and I know that if you suggested just going full dentures to a lot of people they would be upset.

It’s what dentists are taught, try to save as many natural teeth as possible.

Post # 8
1055 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2014 - Loft

Pas someone who works in dental, I think the treatment plan he has presented to you is genuine. There is nothing cosmetic in any of the procedures he wants to do. Also doing 4 partial dentures or flippers as we caLl them, is the most cost effective way to replace natural teeth. It sounds like the root canals need to be done regardless, and if he’s recommending extractions they sound like you haven’t got much otherchoices. Also an extraction is about the 10th of the price of a root canal on a molar with more than 2 roots. 


Im sorry you’re dealing with that. It’s really unfair when people do everything they can, but genetics play a huge part. 

Post # 9
468 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@MrsWinTraining2014:  I’m not a dentist, but my fiance is training to be one. If you really want to go with dentures you can, but apparently they can cause some issues as well. It really is a cost-benefit thing.

If you wanted to try to keep your real teeth at all, you could go to a nearby dental school? My fiance’s dental school is practically begging for people to come and get root canals (in fact, I think they are only charging $20/root canal right now).

I personally would want to save my real teeth because I’m vain, though obviously $5k is a lot for that.

Post # 10
213 posts
Helper bee

I hate to be “that person” but before you go through with any root canals, I highly suggest you research them. My FI is super anti-root canals because they’re so highly linked to cancer! 

Post # 11
1399 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@MrsWinTraining2014:  You could get implants later on?   I, like you, have inherited TERRIBLE teeth.  No matter what I do, they break, crumble, and disintegrate.  I’ve had 3 root canals, two extractions, and have two implants (soon to be three).  Getting implants, though expensive, will save your jaw bone, and prevent it from shrinking in the future.  I know it’s expensive, but I think it’s totally worth it.

I’ve been walking around with a missing tooth for three years, and soon I’ll be able to afford to get the implant put in.

Good luck.  I so feel your pain.  And it completely sucks. I wish we could all be blessed with the kind of teeth that my DH has.  No braces, no cavities, ever.  UGh.

Post # 12
11626 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Is there any way you can get work done and set up a payment plan?

Sorry you had a bad reaction to the nitrous — I love love love laughing gas when I have dental work done!  Never had a bad reaction to it!

Post # 13
5697 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I agree with a PP that you probably want to just ask him the cost and process of pulling them now and doing a bridge or dentures. So sorry you have the bad luck of having “bad” teeth. My husband’s teeth are like steel, never a single cavity. I’ve had a root canal, multiple cavities filled, and I have a ridge across my four upper (two due to having a cleft palate and never growing adult teeth and two becuse they rotted and had no support due to the cleft lip). I get it! I hate going to the dentist beacuse every time I’m afraid it’s going to be yet ANOTHER filling! No amount of flossing and brushing can fix it.

I’d find out if he does all this work, for 5k, and not to mention the stress time and pain it will cause you, how long does he then expect these teeth to last? Another 5 years? If that’s the case, what’s the point? Can you salvage some molars and get a bridge? Etc etc? I would certainly weigh your options. It sucked having a temporary bridge while we waited for my gums to heal and I still have nightmares that my bridge is going to fall out but at least now it’s permanent!

Post # 15
2078 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@brooklyn_bee:  I’ve never heard this before, care to elaborate?

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