I’d never had a cavity before cancer. Though I never loved going to the dentist it didn’t cause me the fear I’m experiencing now. I’ve had two rounds of chemotherapy. My teeth have suffered greatly as a result. I know I need to see a dentist but my teeth already hurt and I am terrified. Is there anything to help a coward?
There are millions of patients afraid of the dentist who do not have near your reason to be, so please don’t be hard on yourself. Cancer treatment wreaks almost as much havoc on the patient as cancer itself. You’re in pain all the time. Your body suffers greatly from the chemicals that weaken your enamel and your immune system, and you likely have sores in your mouth making treatment even more painful. You are NOT a coward. But, even if you were, there are dentists who cater to cowards.
Because your teeth have suffered so much under the ravages of cancer and you’re already in pain, I’m going to suggest you see a sedation dentist. They can give you a pill which will completely relax you and allow you to have a pain-free dental appointment. They’ll have a consultation with you first to go over the medications you’re on and make sure nothing they give you will interfere with that.
Ask them to list out the needs of your teeth from most urgent to least. This way, if you do need a significant amount of work, you won’t have to pay for it all at once and at the same time won’t end up with a dental emergency. From there you can space out your treatments in a way that meets your budget.
If You Have Teeth Which Can’t Be Saved
It sounds like you’ve always taken great care of your teeth. You probably have a beautiful smile. I don’t want you to feel despair if you end up with a tooth which cannot be saved. There are incredible and beautiful tooth replacement options these days. You no longer have to worry about the obviously fake looking teeth of your grandparents day.
The ideal tooth replacement is a dental implant. It uses a prosthetic root which stands in for your tooth root. Then, after a healing period, your dentist will place a beautiful porcelain crown on top.
This blog is brought to you by Huntsville Cosmetic Dentist Dr. Steve Murphree.