Sheila is a 26 year old wife and mother of three from Florida.
“My dental problems started when I was little. I was hurt and my top front tooth went THROUGH my lip. Luckily it was my baby tooth. But when my adult tooth grew in in that spot, it grew in almost completely sideways. My mouth is small so all my teeth are crowded/crooked. I’ve always been shy and self-conscious for that reason. Plus having acne as a teenager.” Â Read on to learn more about Sheila’s story!
|What caused you to need dentures?||My teeth are not beyond repairable I guess you could technically say, but TO fix them would cost atleast $10,000 that I just don’t have. I have 3 children and I babysit. I don’t have the time or money to go get 2 root canals, 2 extractions, 1 filling, and then 3 years of orthodontic payments.|
|How did you find your current dentist and why did you choose him/her?||Found one close to my house, they were on my Aflac provider list. He told me before I get braces I’d need 2 maybe 4 extractions first so that my teeth have room to shift and straighten with the braces, I’d need 2 root canals on my two back molars that have been causing me pain, 1 filling, and referred me to an ortho.|
|How much did/will the procedure cost?||Altogether to fix my natural teeth would be $10,000. Not to mention all the other dental work I’d need throughout the years, I’m only 26.|
|What type of work will you have done?||I’m actively trying to get extractions and just get dentures so I don’t have to worry about it anymore. Drove 5 hours away for the dentist to tell me I’m stupid and he needs IN WRITING what the other dentist told me, and said he’s not risking a malpractice suit. I figure, it’s MY teeth, MY money, so it should be my choice. Not some doctor that barely talked to me for two minutes, he just glanced at my xray, didn’t even examine my mouth, and told the nurse to check me out, and went on to the next patient. I am trying to find a dentist that will just do this for me so I don’t have to worry about my stupid teeth and all the problems they’ve caused. We live on one income and only have aflac dental (which is for claims, you pay upfront, and MAY get a small reimbursement). I don’t know what to do anymore. I’m at my whit’s end and I need advice.|
|What were your feelings before getting dentures, if it applies?|
|Have those feelings changed? If yes, how so?|
|What type of challenges do you face? Share any strategies you might have for handling these problems.||I’m trying to find a dentist that will actually listen to me and take into my account my feelings and my familys status. I know it’s not medically necessary, but if I don’t get them done, my teeth are going to rot bc I don’t have the money to keep up with them, and I’d need dentures eventually anyway. I’m so frustrated.|
|How does your partner feel about it?||My husband just wants me to be happy and supports me either way. I just don’t want to stress him out with ONE more monthly bill, for 2-3 years. :/|
|Describe your support system, if you have one.||My family has been very supportive.|
|What is your care regimen, both at home and dental visits?|
|Do you have any favorite products?|
|Please share any other thoughts or relevant information you may have.||Does anyone have a similar experience or have any suggestions for me. Please, spare me the lecture of “it’s worth the money” The simple fact is… I don’t have the money. If I WANT dentures, thats my choice and a dentist should not be allowed to tell me no. I need help!!!|