I’ve had a horrible time with my teeth recently. My last three pregnancies made me completely and miserably sick the entire nine months. I’ve thrown up almost the entire 9 months, which has done horrible things to my teeth. I’d deliver and have a few months respite and get pregnant again and start throwing up all over again. Apparently, birth control doesn’t work for me. Anyway, my teeth are in such bad shape that I’m ready to be done with them. I can’t keep up with three children under five and all the work my teeth need. I want to extract them and get dentures. My dentist went berzerk and absolutely humiliated me. What other options do I have?
I’m sorry you’ve had such difficult pregnancies. Those really can wear on you. Having three children under five can wear on you too. You’re exhausted all the time and I understand why the idea of trying to squeeze in visits to fix your teeth is overwhelming to you.
Your dentist shouldn’t have responded the way he did. Even if you weren’t feeling on the edge, it was poor form. Instead of going berzerk, he should have explained the pros and cons of that decision along with your option.
I’m going to tell you that he’s right in saying that dentures are a bad idea, especially at your age. When you remove your teeth, your body interprets that as you no longer needing the jawbone to keep the roots of your teeth in place. As a result, your body redistributes the minerals from your jawbone to use elsewhere throughout your body.
Eventually, you won’t have enough jawbone left to even retain your dentures. They’ll constantly fall out. Your face will also be squished up and you’ll look 30 years older than you are.
Alternatives to Dentures
I know it’s hard, but you need to try an alternative. Truthfully, your own teeth are going to serve you better than any replacement. If there’s a chance your teeth can be saved, that’s what needs to happen. It’s almost impossible to get good, regular dental care when you’re taking care of three little ones. Not to mention the added cost of trying to get a sitter. The good news is there are dentists who are open on Saturdays.
If your husband can watch the kiddos on a Saturday, you can get to a dentist. I know it’s not the ideal time out for mom, but it will help you get your teeth healthy, which in turn will make your body feel healthier too.
But, what if you can’t save some of your teeth? In that case, I’d see about getting dental implants. They give you a prosthetic root to replace your tooth root. This lets you keep your jawbone intact. It’s also a solid means of retaining your teeth. You’d be able to eat and brush as you normally would, which you won’t be able to do with dentures or even removable partial dentures.
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