I refuse to believe that at 28 years old that dentures are really my only option. When I think of dentures, I think of my grandmother. I admit that I do not have the best oral health. However, pulling all my teeth just seems like an extreme plan.
Here’s the deal. I went in to see the dentist because I had a toothache that wouldn’t go away. The dentist gave an examination before he would address the problem. That’s when he told me that most of my teeth were in bad shape and he recommended having them pulled.
This was such devastating news. I literally broke out in tears. The dentist had a terrible chair side manner and didn’t even attempt to console me. He acted like I should be expecting this since my teeth were so bad.
I was so overwhelmed with the recommendation that I only let him pull the one tooth. Now, I’m supposed to go back and have the rest pulled in a couple weeks. Do you know if this sounds normal? I just cannot accept that I’m in this position. I don’t like this dentist, for many reasons, and am considering getting another opinion. What would you recommend?
-Lacey in Nevada
First off, this sounds like the dentist failed miserably at providing your treatment options. It also sounds like he was insensitive after providing such an invasive treatment plan.
Dentures truly are the last resort and typically the final solution recommended by a dentist. If any of your teeth are salvageable that should be the top priority.
For missing teeth, dental implants will provide you with a permanent solution to your missing teeth. There are many options and it all depends on how many natural teeth are saved. Sometimes, dental implants can replace one or two missing teeth. Or, if many teeth are missing, they can be used to stabilize the denture.
The bottom line is for you to find some hope in that removable dentures are not your only option. It sounds like this dentist may be a bit extreme based on how you described your visit. It would definitely be worth your time to seek a second opinion from a reputable implant dentist in your area.
At this point, the best thing to do would be to start over with a new dentist. Let the new dentist evaluate your needs and offer solutions without any prior knowledge of the treatment plan given by the first dentist. This approach will ensure that the new implant dentist doesn’t have any preconceived influence or bias when evaluating the condition of your teeth.
Hopefully, the end result turns out to be one that saves as many teeth as possible.
This post is sponsored by Petaluma dentist Dr. Rick Lane.