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From: Becky ( -75.245.231.77)
Subject: Losing Teeth
Date: February 21, 2010 at 12:44 pm PST

I used to have these terrible dreams where I would be losing my teeth. In my dream, I would just all of a sudden feel a tooth or two teeth sort of fall out of my gums, and I would put my hands to my mouth, and drop the fallen teeth right into them. I would be so horrified, and feel so sick that my teeth were falling out for no apparent reason.

Well, guess what? In the last month, I have lost two molars! I'm so depressed about this! These two teeth were side by side, way back in my mouth, on the bottom right. Both had root canals and crowns, and were not too stable to begin with, so it's not like this was just totally random. But they broke off very close to the gum line, so there is no saving them, or re-crowning them. I lost them about two weeks apart, and when I lost the second one, I was even more despondent than the first time.

So I went to a local dentist (we are only in this are for a few more days), and he said there was no emergency and I could wait until I get back to Sacramento on March 2nd and have my regular dentist take over. I guess my options are a bridge (if they can even find anything to bridge to), a couple of false teeth (eek!), or dental implants (outrageously expensive, even with dental insurance).

I guess I should have seen this coming. All my molars have deep fillings, root canals, crowns, or a combination of each. There are hardly any real "teeth" left among my molars. Despite taking really good care of them, flossing, brushing, regular check ups, all recommended treatments, I still have this going on. My mother had all her teeth pulled when she was 16 and was fit with full dentures at that time. She had never been to a dentist in her life, and all her teeth were decayed right down to the bone.

Is this just part of growing old? Mentally, I felt like I aged several years when this happened. Anyone else experiencing any dental issues at this point in your lives?

Becky



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