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Saying "Enough"

Monday, September 10, 2012

I went to the dentist the other day for my 6 month cleaning - yes, every 4 to 6 months I have my teeth cleaned. Although I brush and floss and rinse religiously, my teeth need to be scrapped and prodded and polished that often. I have a mouth full of crowns, caps and bridges. There is not a "bare" tooth in my head. Big bucks in my mouth already, certainly 30 to 40K.

After X-rays and an exam by the dentist, they have a treatment plan to take care of some cavities and , of course replace the bridge and two crowns that said cavities are under. For only a little more than $6000.

I have thought long and hard about this and prayed for guidance and have come to the conclusion that I am not going back down that road again. I will do all the right things to keep my teeth as long as possible without replacing these crowns and that bridge, because I know in my heart it is only the beginning of another big, big bunch of money and there is no guarantee that I won't have to have dentures eventually anyway.

I remember when my aunt made that decision and when the time came to get her dentures she said it broke her heart every time they pulled a tooth and she heard that expensive crown hit the porcelain bowl.

Sometimes I really feel my age!
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    I go to the dentist about as often as you, and I too brush, floss, and rinse with a pre-brush rinse.

    2575 days ago
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    Very hard decision; my stepmother's dentist came to our house to plead with her to have her gums scraped a third time, to keep her teeth! She did and claimed she was never sorry. My husband doesn't like pain and had his pulled in his 50's and went the denture route; now at 69 he's about use to them but he's not a complainer. I'm inbetween; I was raised, taken to the dentist every 6 months for my checkup and I still go but I'm getting the mouth full of crowns, etc. and the front teeth capped such that I look like a vampire when the caps fall off every 5-10 years, etc. :-)
    3185 days ago
    Keep the teeth and YES on the Waterpik. I use it once a day with warm water.
    3237 days ago
    Here's a big hug Mo! I know your decision was not an easy one.
    3244 days ago
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    Smart girl. My dentist was trying to do the same thing to me. I put a stop to it 8 yrs ago and I still have my own teeth with no complications. Think twice, spend your money once.
    3245 days ago
    I had a friend who had the same thing told her that Vista's friend did: the waterpik. That was 15 or so years ago and she still has her teeth. She travels a lot and takes that thing wherever she goes.
    3245 days ago
    For what it's worth, dh was going to have all his pulled. The hygienist suggested a water pick. That was over 10 years ago and he still has his teeth. Might help. Vista
    3245 days ago
  • JEANNE229
    Oh, my sweet friend, I can SO identify with this dilemma. My entire mouth is full of caps (I still have one molar that is "mine" but it is cracked and needs a cap as well.)

    Sometimes it just (as you say) gets to be too much. Only you know when you reach that point. I'm getting closer as well.
    3245 days ago
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    I absolutely agree with you...I also have a mouth like yours...and inherited my dad's "soft teeth"...so I undeerstand. My dentist talks to me every 6 month visit about "implants"...NOT Today's world is too geared on MONEY and I'm sorry to say I no longer trust much of anyone except my Lord and dh...so my favorite word is "NO" also! God bless you!
    3245 days ago
    You are making a wise decision. You know how to take care of your teeth.
    3245 days ago
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