Bad Teeth

United States
December 6, 2008 12:07pm CST
Hi Everyone. I need some advice. I have always had bad teeth. I was born that way. They are super sensitive and I have lost quite a few already. I know that I am heading in the direction of dentures and it scares me. I have one tooth that is decayed really bad and it is starting to bother me. Should I see a dentist? I am scared to death to go to a dentist because it is a painful experience because they are so sensitive. I know they are going to want to pull this one out. I hate that I am losing so many teeth. I still have most of top teeth though. Thank god. This one is on the bottom. I cant wear partials cause it hurts. You know, you have to fasten the partial to another tooth and that is what hurts. Cause the others are so sensitive. WHat should I do??
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4 responses
@TheCatLady (4695)
• Israel
13 Dec 08
Some people are born with weak teeth. I have a friend who adopted a child and was told by the dentist that her teeth were week due to poor prenatal nutrition. She had the teeth coated with something and they are fine now. She will need it gin on her permanent teeth. Look for a dentist that's gentle. May one that uses gas. I had a really great dentist in San Francisco, but that's a bit far for you to travel. Try calling around and asking questions like; Do they have gas or will they put you out? Some will put you in a twilight sleep. They cost more, but it's worth it. Do they deal with overly sensitive patients? Ask any and every question you can think of and tell them all your issues. When you find one that you like, make an appointment and keep it. After you mouth is all better you can start the process of getting implants to replace the lost teeth. It's expensive, but after you heal, there will never be pain and you won't have partials.
• United States
13 Dec 08
Hi catlady, I am a cat lady to! I think my teeth problems were from my real parents. I was adopted, and I think it comes from them. I have been looking for a dentist but I haven't had any luck. I live in a small town so there isn't alot. But I haven't checked out them all yet. It would be great if I could be put to sleep for it. What are implants? I would have to check and see if my insurance would cover that. I get medicaid. I am guessing they probably wouldn't. If thats the case, then I am in trouble. There is no way I could ever afford it. Thanks for adding me as a friend!
• Israel
13 Dec 08
Unfortunately poor prenatal nutrition can cause soft sensitive teeth in the offspring. If you don't like the limited choice of dentists in your town, you can check out the ones in a larger town nearby. I also live in a small town. I travel 1 hour by bus to go to my dentist. He's worth the traveling. Implants are permenant false teeth implanted into the bones in your mouth. I doubt implants are covered by medicaid, but dental schools do work for much less than private dentists. Before you even think about that you need to get your mouth and teeth in good shape.
@rocketj1 (6957)
• United States
6 Dec 08
Well, a bad tooth will NEVER get better on its own. Decay can be filled. If you wait longer, you need a crown. Longer than that and you need a root canal too. Longer than that and the tooth can not be saved. I hate to tell you, but no one is born with bad teeth unless you have some birth defect which caused you to not have enamel on your teeth. Enamel is the hardest substance in the body. Some people have more sensitive teeth maybe or they tend to have stickier plaque which left unbrushed could lead to decay. Some people eat a more sugary diet, don't brush well, avoid the dentist and don't floss. Those are the things that lead to tooth loss. We reap what we sow. Don't avoid your dentist. Tooth decay will NEVER heal itself. I was a dental assistant for many years. There are good dentists out there who specialize in painless dentistry. Try to find one of those. Good luck!!
• United States
8 Dec 08
I have been looking for a good dentist for quite some time. A few months ago I went to one and he sent me to an oral surgeon. This guy was so rough I will never go back to him again. It is still not healed that well after he pulled this tooth. It is getting there, but it is not healed yet and it should be by now. After 3 months. I think its been even longer than that. I hope that I can find a dentist that is gentle and not so rough. I don't think I had a birth defect. I dont know my health history. I was adopted. I just know I have always had problems with my teeth and I have brushed. Maybe not as often as I should, but I do. Thanks for the advice. I know I need to get over my fear of dentists.
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@rocketj1 (6957)
• United States
8 Dec 08
I am so sorry that you had a rough oral surgeon. Guys like that give all the good dentists a bad reputation! Dental fear however, is very common. You are certainly not alone in that! When you are able to see another dentist, you should ask them before you schedule your appointment if they will let you use nitrous oxide (laughing gas) before they give you the injection. That can really help a lot! Tell them of your fear and that you will require some extra attention because of it. When the doctor gets started, you may say "May I raise my hand if it hurts?" Dentists worry that the patient will grab their arm and bump them. It's helpful for him to know why your hand is going up. You may also want to ask the person on the phone if you can bring some music. Earphones or buds can help block out the noises that may bother you.
• United States
20 Dec 08
Yes, definitely see a dentist! The longer you wait, the more traumatic it will be when you do go! If you are really worried about the pain, perhaps a sedation dentist might be a good answer? Or look into other options of pain-free dentistry. I don't know what insurance you, and it might be a little more expensive, but you can't put a price on having your teeth!! I also wanted to add that dark green vegetables and minerals are really good for the teeth and bone structure. I would try to avoid sugar as much as possible, and eat more dark greens. This will help your teeth out a lot, although it won't change the situation overnight so it's best to just see dentist!
• United States
21 Dec 08
I know it will get worse the longer I wait. What is a sedation dentist? I am not sure what that is. I have medicaid. I live in Iowa and it is covered. I know you can't put a price on teeth, but I know that I am going to end up with dentures. I have lost quite alot of teeth already. I only have 5 or 6 left on the bottom. I can't eat any greens. I have a stomach condition and my stomach won't digest vegetables well.
@Shar19 (8236)
• United States
11 Dec 08
Definitely go to your dentist. Not going will just make things worse. At least if they have to pull some teeth they will numb your pain first and eventually you will have a better mouth and be pain free. Think of the long term effects.