I’m 49 years old and have had a lifelong fear of the dentist. That’s has amounted to a mouth full of rotten, broken teeth. I know I need to have them removed and get dentures before I end up with a serious infection, which has happened before. I just need to know whether I go to an oral surgeon or dentist to have them removed.
I’m very sorry you’ve been struggling for so long with dental anxiety. Please know you’re not alone. Many people, especially those who faced difficult appointments in childhood, feel just the way you do. Before we get into your extractions, I want to make sure you know your options.
With dentures, especially at your young age, you’re in great danger of facial collapse. When your teeth are removed, your body reabsorbs the minerals in your jawbone to use elsewhere where it perceives it will be more useful.
Before long, there won’t be enough bone density left to retain your dentures, essentially making you a dental cripple. There is an alternative which can save you from facial collapse. But, before we get to that, let’s discuss something which can change your view of dentistry.
Dental sedation has saved those with dental anxiety. Using oral conscious sedation, which is a simple pill, makes you completely relaxed, allowing any numbing medication to work more effectively. Most patients are so relaxed, they simply sleep through the appointment.
Saving Yourself from a Life with Dentures
The first thing I’d suggest is saving as many teeth as possible. You can see a dentist, using sedation of course, and see what can be done to save your teeth. I’m sure a lot of work will be necessary. Ask your dentist to list the work from most urgent to least. That way you can phase out your treatments in an affordable manner.
If possible, instead of dentures, you should look into dental implants or implant overdentures if you do end up losing all of your teeth.
These put titanium implants into your jaw which tells your body the bone needs to stay in place. This is the absolute best solution for replacing lost teeth. Whichever procedure you decide on, go to a dentist for both the extractions and replacements.
Best of luck to you. This blog is brought to you by Dr. Steve Murphree.