I searched the internet for months looking for someone who could help me get dentures, I tried every search possible with so many key words , then there you were looking right at me. I then realized I was looking in all the wrong places, I changed my perspective and that led me to your forum. The stories of your members resonated so much with my discomfort and feelings. I always tried to take good care of my teeth with dentist appointments at least once a year. Then about 15 years ago I lost the good jobs that allowed me dental insurance. I am an alcoholic and have been sober for 6 years. Unfortunately when I stopped drinking I became a sugar aholic and changed from southern comfort to ice cream. Since I made the great big mistake of going to bed without brushing my teeth they started to deteriate rapidly. I also have acid reflux disease and suffer extreme pain in my esophagus every night, I take some medication for it but can’t take it all the time because it is very expensive, for years I vomited at night and my doctor told me the acid from my stomach was eroding my front teeth away. They get smaller every month and my front teeth are now just stumps, and when I try to force a smile it looks like I have no teeth in the upper front of my teeth. Now I don’t even want to smile because I know it looks so bad, is very bad for myself esteem and am depressed about it, when people tell me , why don’t you smile, I am embarrassed and shamed about my appearance. I went to the county dentist last week because I can no longer can stand the pain of my front 6 teeth, and he told me he could only pull one at a time. They took exrays of my front teeth and told me he found a fracture along the roots of my 2 front teeth and that they were dead, he said that this fracture could have happen a long time ago and only now it is causing me pain and discomfort, and that my only option is to pull them he said a root canal or even if I had the money to pay for caps, they would have nothing to anchor them properly. This was very depressing for me, because I felt my appearance would be totally shot. He gave me anti-bionics and told me my county dental insurance just covers extractions. My dentist estimated is would cost thousands of dollars to keep my teeth. My only option to feel good about myself and my smile is dentures, but how would I even pay for those? Because I have been without work for almost a year and don’t even have the funds to survive day to day. From what I have found online dentures would have a base cost of $700 dollars plus any additional costs on follow up appointments and extractions.
Nancy if you have any suggestions for me would be greatly appreciated. I live in Flagstaff Arizona and have done research of dentists here in town and there are none with no programs for people looking for free dentures. There are free programs , but only for children. Pain is definitely an issue at this point. I take Tylenol and aleve, but cannot even chew regular food without extreme pain. My teeth are now lose and my gums bleed when I brush.
Thank you very much for providing this forum and all your readers/writers, I almost feel better just sharing my story with you , and getting it off my chest. I feel if there is some way to get dentures and treatment I have found the right place to ask for help. God bless you. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org and my number is (928)-0327