Post # 1
Monday night i got two hours of sleep because of a toothache that spread from my jaw up to my hairline. Tuesday morning, i made an appt with my dentist and upon arrival, he confirmed my worst fear. I have my dad’s teeth. No matter how well i take care of them, theyre rotting from the inside out, and there’s nothing i can do to stop it. Its a genetic disorder. My dad had a full set of dentures by his 30th birthday, as did my grandpa, both grandmas, and several aunts and uncles. Im 24, and ive had four teeth pulled (five now) due to the rot, and exposed nerves. Ive also noticed two other cavities in my mouth, one of which is bad. The tooth he pulled yesterday actually broke, so he had to cut it out of my gum.
He made a treatment plan for me, saying it was the best he could do to save my teeth. It included
– 4 root canals
– 6 fillings
– 2 normal extractions
– 4 wisdom extractions
– 4 partial denture plates, one on each side top and bottom
All with a nice hefty price tag of about $5,000. And he wants to do it all within 6 months.
Im getting married in 5 months! And still owe over $2000 to finish out the wedding. All i could do was laugh, thats a completely inconcievable notion. For $5,000, i could save myself a lot of pain and just have them all pulled and get dentures, which is where im headed anyway, regardless of whether i get all those procedures or not. The only thing the procedures will accomplish is a little more time with my teeth, and a lot more pain.
Then to top off this wonderful dentist visit, he used the laughing gas on me for the first time and didnt tell me it would make me sick, so ive been puking my guts up for the last two days, unable to keep anything down except chicken broth. God, i seriously hate the dentist…
Post # 3
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 # 4
@adoc86: yeah thats what im thinking too. Maybe just get some pricing estimates and save up the cash post-wedding, have a mold of my front teeth done, and have the dentures made to look like my current teeth so that after theyre pulled, it wont be immedately noticeable.
Post # 5
@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 # 6
@Cornmuffin09: i know that, but if im going to lose them anyway, what’s the point of trying to save them?
Post # 7
@MrsWinTraining2014: You have my sympathies.
Post # 8
- 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
@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
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
@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
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
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 # 14
i dont want a root canal, from what ive heard they are incredibly painful and only save the tooth for a little while anyway. My old dentist actually speeded up this process by using pliers to remove one bad tooth, and they slipped and cracked the two teeth above it. That’s the bad one i mentioned earlier. He said that all of my teeth are rotting from inside, and the enamel is getting softer so that they are easier to break.
Post # 15
@brooklyn_bee: I’ve never heard this before, care to elaborate?
Post # 16
@MsJ2theZ: After he finished all that work, there would be no molars left, including wisdoms (which i thought were good because they grew in straight). He would replace them with partial dentures. But if the tooth he would anchor the dentures with is rotting too, then what’s the point? I would just lose that tooth later and have to have the dentures redone