I would like to be a part of it also, i need work done badly
hi. I was wondering if I could get that info? O.o
shawna, I don't know where you're located but if there is a dental school near you you'll often find that the students are willing (in fact required) to work in the school clinic (under the instruction of one of the professors) and if your case is really unusual the prof may do it themselves as a demonstration to the class. Charges are usually pretty minimal.
Hello Downtown Julie,
Please let me know if you come across any answers because I am in the same boat as you are.
It would be really nice if a Dentist could help me, but why should they? Even though I would gladly make payments or even clean their office or do whatever I can not seem to catch a break, but if I was a frickin Kardashian, or was on some god forsaken reality show and could show the dentists office on t.v then Im sure I'd get a $50,000 smile makeover. But life isn't the "Swan" or "Extreme Makeover" and I'm not Oprah Winfrey,Bill Gates or Warren Buffet. so I guess until I win the lottery I will be stuck with these teeth. I'm not even asking for brilliant white Veneers, I just want to look normal without this jank ass Crown that this old as dirt jack ass Doctor put in (not well I might add) that is a little bit longer than the one next to it, and thicker and has a brown stripe type fissure down the middle.
Now mind you that is only the LEAST of my dental nightmare, but at least if that was fixed I could smile. Ah if only people with nice teeth knew what it was like to not be able to smile or to talk to people without feeling self conscience, then maybe they would take better care of their teeth and teach their children to take care of their teeth so they wouldn't have to deal with the pain and agony of dental disharmony.
To anyone who reads this and thinks I'm feeling sorry for myself, I'm not.. I just want to be NORMAL!
cosmetic dentistry grant programs are bullshit
do NOT use the cosmetic dentistry grants. It is a SCAM to get you to think they will give you grant money, but really they just send you to some jank doctor who more than likely will charge you more than the grant. I've seen so-called thank you letters that funnily enough seems to be written (well written I may add) by the same person , using the same verbiage. One day I swear I will make a difference for people like myself and you.
Please please please do not hurt yourself. I can sympathize with you about this as I am having problems also at a young age but please do not do anything so permanent. I found a nice dentist that does payment plans and I was able to start on my journey to get help so that I can eat properly and smile without feeling so horrible. I still feel bad but I have to be optimistic.
DieselBug, I agree!! They are quite possibly the most uncaring of all in the medical profession. They go to different countries to volunteer their time but here in the states there are people all around that could use a fraction of what the give to these third world countries but of course finding a dentist who is willing to do such a thing is basically unheard of. When I graduate from school I will be giving a huge portion of my income to establishing a place for people like us to go to. I will devote all of my extra time to creating this type of non profit business. Any and all comments or suggestions are welcome!
The staff has seen much worse, trust me. Every dentist I've had a consultation with has told me that. If Aspen Dental exists near you, they gave me incredible prices to surgically remove the bad teeth (13) and give me top and bottom partials. $3,200 overall. $800 cash down $800 over the next year, would have got my bottoms done. Then the same thing for the tops. That's without any insurance. I was getting ready to do that and my car died, so now I'm tied up in 3 years of new used car payments. Good luck! Hope this helps a little.
I find so many of your stories relatable, I just wanted to add mine.
Im 31, I've always had bad teeth. Both my brothers and my mother have bad teeth. We don't talk about it. As a child I remember noticing that one of my baby molars was turning black. I told my mother and she said that we would wait and see what happened. I kept it a secret, and watched in quiet fascination as the tooth turned black and fell out. I wasn't taken to the dentist until I was in my teens.
My adult teeth came in weak and crooked. I have the impoverished vampire look down. I went to the dentist two or three times in my teens, and got a mouth full of those metal fillings. I felt a little hurt and scolded when they would tell me to brush more. I brushed three times a day and rinsed! But I couldn't tell them that, after all, look at the state of my teeth.
Things took a really bad turn when I was 17. My wisdom teeth started coming in, so my mother found me a dentist we could afford. I was to go in on two separate occasions, to get right and left side pulled. I immediately got a bad vibe. The first time was fairly painful... I asked for something for the pain and he denied me... strange since I know my peers were getting pain medicine or nitrous. I was given a few shots of novocaine and they were pulled out. It hurt, but it wasn't unbearable. Soon after, I started getting excruciating pains shooting up from my jaw into my skull, along with terrible headaches. My mother called the dentist for me to ask for pain medicine, and he told her that he would only give ibuprofen since I was a minor (I was turning 18 in two weeks). I was in horrible, horrible pain, and my mother called again, maybe making herself a pest to him.
When it was time to go back to get the other set of wisdom teeth removed, I was in trouble. When I walked in... there was this dark, cold look over him. Now at 17 you don't always know that if something doesn't feel right, you can just walk out. I should have.
On the chair with your orifice gaping open to a stranger is a very vulnerable spot to be in. He had all the power, he moved slowly, deliberately. He asked if I was still in pain and I told him I was. He took his time with the tools. He got the novocaine needle ready and gave me a shot. On the other side he did four shots. On this side he only did one.
I was screaming as my gums were ripped open, as my teeth were pulled. The pain was intense, but the terror was even worse. When he was done I was sobbing and he told be that he hoped that didn't hurt too bad.
I haven't been to a dentist since. My teeth have steadily been chipping away, a couple of the molars are turning dark and one broke off entirely. I have extreme crowding that is pushing my front teeth into a weird angle. I try not to smile, but I get nervous, which makes me smile. Which makes me try harder not to smile which makes me more nervous. Not only do I try not to smile or show my teeth when I talk to people but I also don't want to get close... I can only imagine what my breath smells like with a few rotten teeth in there.
I'm getting up the nerve to go see a dentist... at least for a consultation. But a part of me just doesn't want to know what the damage is. Implants look beautiful and I do have insurance, but I'm sure it will only cover a tiny fraction. And I fear being judged. I know its a little dramatic, but I imagine the whole dental staff recoiling in horror from the cesspool that is my mouth. But more than that, I have a real, real fear of being put under anesthesia.
Just venting here. Thank you all for listening!
Hey man, my teeth are pretty bad as well. After looking up Perio, it's definitely what is going on with me. The half broke canine in the front that's missing all it's enamel is starting to hurt as bad as the other broken 7. It's always held me back from smiling. I often have my tongue over my front teeth. Now I don't always cover my teeth and I'm comfortable enough with my coworkers to smile normally in front of them. However, a week ago, one of my coworkers who I've worked with for months asked me what happened to my front teeth, like it happened recently. So that just shows how little people truly pay attention to someone else's teeth. We won't ever be in a magazine or on TV with teeth like this, but our friends, family and coworkers aren't criticizing us about it behind our backs. (Just don't let your breath stink lol) Even still, I couldn't imagine the self-confidence I would re-gain if my teeth were fixed. I understand. Not to mention feeling healthier and being pain free. My god, to be pain free. You get hungry, but your teeth hurt worse if you eat. Then your stomach hurts because you eat once or twice a day. Some advice I think needs to be given is start brushing and cleaning often. Sounds like you haven't lost chunks of teeth yet, like I have. Which is why I avoid brushing. I have to rinse my mouth out after every single thing I eat. Huge inconvenience, but it prevents the pain a little. At night I use a toothpick and clean every bit of plaque from under my gums and in the holes. I'm sure these infections are hurting my heart in some way as well. Smoking a pack a day doesn't help either (Not my heart or my teeth, I just smashed the cigarette I was smoking, thinking about it) I'm sitting here crying while reading, realizing there are so many other people going through this shit.
My Wants: Hold up a dentist until he fixes everything for free or get rich quick with lotto.
The Reality: One of us that's going through this bullshit is going to have to get through it legally in order to carry on and find that way to help anyone else dealing with this. Prevent it from happening to future generations. Maybe I'll end up going to college, become a Dentist, volunteer. I really wish there was someone there to do that for me.
I'm 21 years old. My teeth are horrible and now, you are the only people who know. I haven't been able to smile since I was 16. When I was a kid I had problem after problem to the point that my parents stopped sending me. Now I have what is known as perio, gaps in your teeth at the gumline, and part of two teeth have broken off. my heart skips beats a couple of times a day. I feel like killing myself when I think about it and the ridicule I'd face if anyone were to find out. I feel like it's my only way out. I don't go anywhere. I have few friends because of my self esteem. They don't hurt much but I know when they start, or fall out, it's only going to make me want to pull the trigger even worse. I don't want anyone to know. the fact that they might have to makes me want to cry every day of my life. I've gone through 3 year relationships without my girlfriend knowing. simply by not opening my mouth wide enough for them to see the gaps. 180mph on my ninja as I run my toungue across the face of my teeth, reminds me of how easily that one jerk of the bars can make everything go away. I don't have much longer to figure this mess out :(
Portland oregon has an incredible dentist who does it all charges 1/3 FOR IMPLANTS ETC AND TAKES PAYMENTS
Not true...my dad is a dentist. Some are way overpriced but most have to earn a living pay their staff insurance labs and materials. Dental insurance is what sucks. It covers sooo little. Apply for a dental discount card. It pays so much if the cost. Also there is a dentist here in oregon who does amazing work for so cheap. My dad doesnt do implants and so I found this guy. He did 5 upper implants plus a fixed overdenture for 8 grand instead of the normal 20 to 40 grand plus he takes payments. You can contact me for his info if you need it
Dentists are the most uncaring of the medical profession. They are money grubbing people that only donate their service to people of other countries (they only donate then to make themselves look good), there is people right here in America that can benefit from dentists if they cared. Same goes for insurance companies, like the unscruplous BLUE CROSS BLUE SHIELD.. Dentist are the scumbags of the medical world.
If you find some place please let me know. Mind are rotting away from the medicine I have to take and my teeth are alway making be sick, and the VA. won't help.
I will keep in prayer and C.V.S needs help here near HWY 6
I Have Bad Teeth As Well Constant Pain Medication 2 In The Morning And 2 At Night To Keep It At Bay Just Over The Counter Cheap Stuff. I Read Online CareCredit Takes Even People With Bad Credit I Haven't Tried Them But It's A Major Thought I've Read Some Reviews And Horror Stories But They Do Pay For Dental. And You Can Search Your Zip Code For Dentists That Accept Them. And In A Pinch And Last Resort I Guess It Could Work.
Umm For Just Looks You Can Try The "Snap On Smile" or Snap On Veneers (Fits Over Bad Teeth To Give Appearance Of A Perfect Smile) .. I Would Look It Up On Youtube It's Something New And For Looks Only But Wow Do They Look Good.. As With Everything On The Net Weigh The Options I Myself Will Prob Be Going Down The Road Of Dentures And Care Credit Since I Can't Get Help Or Assistance From NH
Hope It Helps At Least One Person
I know how you feel. I have had bad teeth all of my life. Runs in the family! Unfortunately, no fault of my own. I have had 4 crowns in the front since I was 15 years old. I am 41 years old and they are now starting to fall. I feel like there is no hope of a beautiful smile, ever. Every dentist sympathizes with my situation, but then at the same time gives me quotes in the thousands. It's really sad! I have a 20 year old daughter in college and was a single parent until she was 15. So the solution back then was to have the teeth pulled. I then married my now current husband who is in the army. We now have an infant and my step-son lives with us as well as my nephew who we now have legal custody of. As I type this, my front tooth is loose but has already fallen out. I don't know what to do! I feel so ugly and depressed! So yes, I can totally relate!
Sandra Perez Morales