When I was a little boy, I fell off a swing and fell right on my face and one of my front teeth came completely out. The whole tooth came out, unbroken.
My mother took me to the emergency room and they were able to put the tooth back in, problem is, they didn't cap it. Come to find out, since my tooth came out, it was dead. Years later, I broke the tooth eating chicken.
Every since this event happened, which was about 20 years ago, I have not talked right and smiled right since.
The tooth had become more brittle, it should have been capped.
I went to a dentist and they were able to make some sort of temporary bridge in the the front.
I did not have dental insurance at the time because I had a small business and I was broke trying to maintain my failing business.
Eventually, it came out because another front tooth was destroyed due to the temporary bridge that needed to come out months or years earlier and decay set in due to food getting in it.
I found a free dental program and waited outside all night one night to be one of the first in line to get into the program because people get there a day early to get their place in line.
They didn't do any major work, they only did routine type of things, like cleaning, removals, fillings ect.
One of the dentists made me a new bridge to cover both 2 front teeth. It was not pretty in fact it was ugly. It looked like a big blob of something caked up on my front teeth. But it was free and it was better than nothing there.
Eventually I had built my credit score up while I was in college and I was able to qualify for care credit which I messed up because I was too poor to pay my bill while going to school and working a part time job.
Now I was able to get things right. At least I thought. I went to a cosmetic dentist and they said they would fix me up nice.
I was happy, I would be able to smile and talk again without looking funny, slurring and spitting. I wouldn't have to hear, "huh," "what did you say?"
There were so many things that I would have done different had I known back then. The dentist have a staff, a building with offices, bills and overhead. They are a business. They are there to make money, I realize that now.
The recommended, a bridge that would cover the 2 front spaces. Doing this would destroy 2 extra teeth because they have to shave and prepare the 2 outside teeth. On top of that, they recommended veneers on the the 2 teeth outside of the bridge. This was unnecessary work and destroyed 2 more teeth.
In essence, a good dentist would have recommended 2 implants in front, that's it. Now I have 4 teeth that are destroyed that didn't have to be because the dentist wanted to make more money.
The other day, one of my veneers came of. K-9 11- tooth. it came off because my tooth had rotted because the veneer failed or it wasn't on right, maybe too much tooth was shaved off.
At this point, I am working as a teachers aide with an Electronics Engineering Technology Degree. I make $1000 a month. I want to become a math teacher but I need to have a nice smile and good diction.(Getting Back)
The dentist had to remove the whole tooth. I was kind of hesitant because of my bridge. I know that you have to be delicate around it and I can't afford major work to replace it if it were to break.
The recommendation was to remove the tooth and use a retainer to cover the spot of the missing tooth.
I repeatedly voiced my concern about my bridge because I wanted the dentist to be careful. I can not afford to have him break it. I do not want want to have to go thru the BS. I know they don't want to have to do dental work for little or no money replacing a bridge.
Guess what, he broke it. I heard and felt the crunch when he hit it trying to remove the tooth. I don't think he was positioned right.
I told him I think its broke. he check it and said it is very loose. I do notice that theres a small chip on the corner of the tooth. The dentist told me to come back for a check up the next time he is on which is 4 days from the time he removed the tooth. In the meantime, I have a retainer in my mouth that does not fit right, it is tight and I cant talk, eat, or smile because every time I look at it it has blood in it. And I a afraid to take it out to eat because I fear the bridge is broken and taking out the retainer puts pressure on the bridge. I called today to voice everything but the assistant told me that I have to wait for the dentist that worked on me.
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