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Old 01-27-2004, 09:48 PM   #1
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What Now?

Hello,
My husbands health has been going downhill for months. First trip was to MD. Husband told Doc he thought his teeth might be affecting his health. (he was also going to the dentist at this time) The doc seemed to think he needed zoloft or something like that. He could not take any of that stuff it just made things worse. But the MD was never really concerned about the infected teeth. The dentist found he had several infections...but after 7 months and thousands of dollars he still had only managed to get 2 of them fixed. The dentist placed a cap on a severely infected tooth...I guess he forgot it was infected?!?! After two more months of waiting we gave up and found a new dentist and new MD. Of course Hubbys health has gotten worse. The new dentist took one look and said he needed to see a periodontist. That will take another week. Today he saw his new MD. He listened to my husband took one look in his mouth and told him that he was sure it was the tooth infections and probally infection in his gums and maybe the bone! He put him on an antibiotic (levaquin). The doctor wants him to have all his teeth pulled out. This is no surprise to us my husbands mother had to have all her teeth out by 22 yrs old. We are just thankful somebody finally is listening. For my husbands health sake we just can't waste anymore time going to the wrong people.
Sorry this is so long but my question is...Should my husband still wait and go to the periodontist next week, or do we go back to the dentist with the MD's findings?? We are so confused and nervous. Who decides the course of action the dentist, periodontist or a oral surgeon? Who makes the dentures? Please help.

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Old 01-28-2004, 03:10 PM   #2
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Re: What Now?

Hi pickel , I would go to dentist , I just had my teethe done last week , I went to dentist on monday and the next Week i had all my teethe removed with immediate dentures, I am already feeling so much better. My teethe were very infected too , I am still haveing some problems with infection but i can truely tell I am alot better, Your hubby will proably feel alot better. I am so sorry yall are going through this . I hope this helps some , Take care.

 
Old 01-29-2004, 09:24 AM   #3
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Re: What Now?

SnJmom,
Thank you for the info ...if possible could you (or anybody else) help me with a few more of questions? Did your dentist find the problems with your teeth? Did you treat any gum problems before your teeth were removed? Did your dentist or an oral surgeon take your teeth out? And also who makes the dentures? Your regular dentist? I know this is alot of questions but my Hubby has been put through the mill and I don't want any more mistakes to prolong this. Any input that we can get will help us make better decisions. Thank you so much, this is so upsetting...7 months of torture and thousands of dollars spent for nothing (sorry Venting)!
It is wonderful that even with the pain of having your teeth taken out and dentures in you can tell already that you are feeling better! Good Luck with your recovery!

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Old 01-29-2004, 10:43 AM   #4
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Re: What Now?

Hi Pickles- Trust is the watchword when it comes to any medical or dental proceedure- everyone has an opinion. As for more than one and get a written plan even if it for dentures. Not every dentist follows the same protocol. In many cases the gum problems go away when the teeth go away. The teeth are irritating the gums so get them out and the gums heal. Many dentists want an oral surgeon to do the extractions and then the family dentist or specialist fits the dentures. Do you know if your husband is a candidate for immediate dentures? The best source for this kind of information is another denture wearer. Do you have any friends or family that wear dentures? Ask them for input. Sometimes this backfires as they say misery loves company. Having the right atitude helps make any procedure work. Having the right emotional support is also very helpful especially if dentures are the decision. Their placement affects more than just your husband. I can see that you want the very best for him and are already a big part of the process. Another thought would be to do as someone here mentioned- call dental labs and ask which dentists offer their patients the best dentures.

 
Old 01-29-2004, 05:09 PM   #5
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Did your husband have a cleaning and exam every 6 months prior to this?
If he has a cleaning and then root plannings done, things could calm down considerably. Your general dentist's hygienist can do that.
The teeth aren't causing the gums to be a problem, it's the tartar buildup on the teeth under the gumline that causes the red puffiness and infections. Your gums need oxygen. When you brush and your gums bleed, it is because they are being oxyginated.
Are any of his teeth loose? Is there large decay in any of them? Abcesses?

Before heading to the periodontist, call a dentist and tell them that your hubby needs to be scheduled for a thorough cleaning, and also full mouth debridement and root plannings. (Deep cleanings) If he chooses to save his teeth he will need to return for periodontal maintenance every 3 months for a while.
If it's the gums and not the teeth, why pull out the teeth? Save the teeth! I am a big advocate of saving your teeth. I know not everyone can save their teeth.

You two need to get 2nd & 3rd opinions. He should be feeling better on the antibiotics and it could buy you some time to make that decision.
But, that's my opinion.

That's my 2 cents,
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Old 01-30-2004, 10:24 AM   #6
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HI pickell So sorry it took me this long to get back to you , I wasnt feeling to good yesterday , BUt to answer your questions My dentist did everything , He pulled my teethe and made the dentures. I didnt have any gum procedures done though . I hope this helps some. Take care.

 
Old 01-30-2004, 02:49 PM   #7
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SnJmom, Sandybeech,db2kp and all who replied to my post,

The new dentist is contacting my Hubbys new doctor Monday so this is a beginning. Thank you "db" for your suggestions on saving the teeth. However my husband has been going to the dentist having 3 root canals and one extraction and cleaning and xrays the whole nine yards for the past seven months. It is my opinion that the first dentist was not concerned at all about the infection inside the teeth, gums (he never even mentioned gum disease) or anythig except making the money.
Thank you all. Your input has been very much appreciated, and sooo helpful
Good Luck to all and take care .

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Old 02-03-2004, 12:21 PM   #8
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Re: What Now?

What did you decide to do?

And, what did the doctor have to say to your new dentist?

db

 
Old 02-03-2004, 01:10 PM   #9
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Re: What Now?

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What did you decide to do?

And, what did the doctor have to say to your new dentist?

db
db,
The new dentist still wants my Hubby to see the periodontist this Thursday. She has only just now received his records. Hubby let them know that he will go to periodontist for consult but he has pretty much made up his mind about getting his toxic teeth out. I am sure this has to do with the infection and if it has gotten into his bone. The antibiotic is helping alot but it is strong and makes him feel pretty bad.
This is a huge decision for Hubby to make and I think the more opinions he gets the better. He doesn't think so ....because all of his life his teeth have been nothing but trouble and he wishes that he had had them out years ago.
His Mother had to have all of hers out by the time she was 22.
So I guess we will find out something on Thursday

Thank you,
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Old 02-04-2004, 06:00 AM   #10
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Hi pickell , Just wanted to say that i am Still keeping you and your hubby in prayers. This thursday it will be 2 weeks For me haveing all my teethe out, and I cant beleive How good I feel , I did'nt realixe how bad my teethe were poisioning me till i had them all removed. I am So glad i did this, and im sure this is going to change my whole life for the better. Keep us updated on hubby I would like to know what they are going to do about this. Good luck to yall .

 
Old 02-04-2004, 10:00 AM   #11
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Hi pickell , Just wanted to say that i am Still keeping you and your hubby in prayers. This thursday it will be 2 weeks For me haveing all my teethe out, and I cant beleive How good I feel , I did'nt realixe how bad my teethe were poisioning me till i had them all removed. I am So glad i did this, and im sure this is going to change my whole life for the better. Keep us updated on hubby I would like to know what they are going to do about this. Good luck to yall .

SnJmom
I cannot tell you how happy your post made me feel. I understand that we must know all sides ....but to read that you feel so much better after only two weeks. Even with the stress of having your teeth taken out. I am soooooo happy for you. This board has helped us so much. Take care and thanks again!

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