So Afraid And EmbarrassedI am 35 years old and have had bad teeth all of my life. Both of my parents and their parents had bad teeth as well. My mom has had false teeth since she was 12. So i am going to blame heredity for it. I always brushed my teeth, maybe not the best as a kid, but a lot of kids don't do a great job. I've always had a fear of the dentist, at 5 years old i needed to have a tooth pulled and my dad tricked me by telling me we were going to the zoo. Ever since then i have had a huge fear of the dentist. I haven't been in a long time, i am going to assume about 5 years or so. I went due to an infected tooth and got antibiotics and it never came back. Now I have more damaged teeth, and the infection has returned and am currently taking some antibiotics for it. I know it will return if i don't get it taken care of. The last time I went to the dentist he told me they would all have to be cut out and referred me to a oral surgeon. I didn't go to that appointment because my neighbor at the time was sent to the same doctor for his wisdom teeth and woke up during the middle of the procedure and was in extreme pain, not to mention he had a law suit filed against the oral surgeon. So that increased my fear a lot.
So now I have been able to find some sort of dental insurance for a low cost per month, and i'm almost positive it's not going to help me, but i figured it was better than nothing. I can't go see the dentist till March 1, 2011 and I am already scared to death.. i am in tears just thinking about it. I am afraid that i am going to die if i don't go or get in soon to see him. I know that's silly but i also know it can happen. I am just worked up and thought maybe this might help me, maybe not get over my fear but to lessen them knowing that i'm not the only one with horrible teeth.
It's mainly my back teeth, but my front teeth will soon follow. I don't care if i have to get dentures, i just want to be able to smile and not wonder what the other person is thinking about me. My husband has no idea that i am this scared, and i'm not sure he even knows the extent of the damage my teeth have.
I am just ready to get it fixed, hopefully at a god price, or on a payment plan. I don't make a lot of money, and thats another reason I haven't really been in a long time.
Does anyone have a general idea on how long it will take to get dentures done? I know every case is different, but i just was hoping to get some insight.