I’m a wreck. I just finished a second horrible round of cancer treatments. I was supposed to see my dentist during my treatments. They told me it was bad for my teeth. They told me to stay on top of it and I didn’t. I just felt so horrible all the time I didn’t go. During my second round of treatment, I knew my teeth were struggling, but I just didn’t have the energy to go. Now I’ve gone to the dentist and he says I have to remove all my teeth and get dentures. Dentures! I’m 26. My life is a living hell right now. I started crying and he just started texting and said, “What did I expect when I ignore my teeth after I was told not to.” Then he walked out. I can’t do this. Please, please tell me there is another option.
I want you to leave this dentist and find another one. Aside from the blatant and ridiculous insensitivity, there are other issues. I realize your teeth need work, but taking out all your teeth at 26 without trying to save them is ridiculous. First, find out which teeth can be saved. Then with the remaining teeth, you’re still not condemned to a live with dentures. In fact, there’s a much better option which your dentist had a responsibility to share with you.
If you end up with teeth which can’t be saved, dental implants are a much better treatment option, if you’re a candidate. They’re like having healthy teeth in your mouth. Dentures slip. Dentures are removable. Dentures limit your ability to eat. Dental implants take care of all of that.
The most important reason for you to get implants instead of dentures is facial collapse. When your teeth are removed your body, being the miraculous efficient entity it is, begins to reabsorb the minerals in your jawbone in order to re-distribute them elsewhere throughout your body where they will be more useful. Eventually, there won’t be enough jawbone left to sutain the dentures.
Dental implants prevent that from happening. The roots implanted let your body know the minerals are still necessary, which preserves your jawbone.
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