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Old 02-24-2012, 11:52 AM   #1
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severe depression at 22 because of my teeth. anybody?

im 22 years old. i have had 4 molars pulled for braces. 2 wisdom teeth pulled due to cavitys. 3 root canals, 1 leading to extraction, and 2 waiting for caps. these 2 with the root canals may need to be pulled. it took a while to get schedule for the caps. i have had a couple fillings as a child. i brush my teeth twice a day and floss when i can. i dont drink soda or smoke and dont eat candy too much. idk if its genetics but all that work in the past few years and i keep having nightmares im going to have no teeth by the time im 30. im 5'7 125lbs male. i dont take a multi vitamin but im wondering what options are there to protect my teeth. im so scared and depressed of whats been going on and i want to save what i have. i just ordered a waterpik to clean my teeth better.

are there medications? caps for over my teeth anything at all to strenghten what i have. im going through a really stressful time in my life and wnat to die because its interfering with my relationship with my family and gf. i dont want the rest of the teeeth i have to fall out. i cant afford implants and the procedure looks very painful.

im at the end of the rope

 
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re: severe depression at 22 because of my teeth. anybody?

Hi,
OK...first thing is tie a knot in the end of the rope and hang on. You CAN and WILL get through this!! The hardest part of any dental work is that it takes time. Sometimes a long time.

You don't say if you have braces. Removal of four teeth for braces is very common. So are cavities forming in the wisdom teeth as they are tucked toward the back angle of the jaw and food can collect there easily. Removal of wisdom teeth is common also, esp. at your age. Three root canals could be from your teeth being soft. Do you use a fluoride toothpaste? You may want to start with that. Twice a day brushing and DAILY flossing is very important. Plaque will form calculus in about 12 hours and that will harden on the teeth allowing the bacteria that forms cavities to flourish. If you don't floss, you leave plaque between the teeth.

It sounds as though you are following a dental plan with root canals and caps. Like I said, the hardest part is the time it takes. Once you have that great smile, and it sounds like you're almost there, you will be able to maintain it with good oral hygiene at home and going to see your dentist or hygienist on a regular basis.

Take a deep breath and focus on the end result. I'm sure you will have a great smile. Be patient with yourself. It will happen.

Good luck and let us know how you are. I'm betting there will be a real success story here!


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Old 02-24-2012, 09:37 PM   #3
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Re: severe depression at 22 because of my teeth. anybody?

i havent had braces for like 5 years and stopped wearing my retainer. not until about a year ago they moved back a bit.

i have had 3 root canals. none had caps one tooth cracked and decayed so it ended up getting pulled. the other one im going to get a crown on looks like it decayed a little bit. it doesnt hurt but i feel some sensitivity so im afraid it will have to get pulled too i just had my wisdom teeth pulled and one root canal pulled on the right side. i have 2 remaining and thursday i am going to get it looked at and hopefully its salvagable if he needs to go back in to clean it again. the other i guess is ok for now the dentist who did the wisdoms said it looked like there may be a cavivation or something where it might cause an infection. im soo scared and so depressed that this is going to cause all my other teeth to fall out in the next couple years.

i just bought sensodyne pronamel and a waterpik. i dont want to loose any more teeth and i hope there is more i can do to save the others. i have spent alot and i cant afford any implants for the tooth that got pulled for now. im freaking out and im depressed cant do school work etc. just thinking about it now the tooth that needs the crown is hurting a little bit after brushing.

im just scared. none of my friends feel my pain. in total 4 molars pulled 2 wisdoms 1 molar after root canal and tooth cracking. i have a couple fillings. im trying to see if theres something i can do but i feel its too late

 
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Re: severe depression at 22 because of my teeth. anybody?

Hi again,
First thing is it's the bone that will hold your teeth in. As long as your bone is good, don't worry about loosing your teeth, and it sounds as though that is fine or they wouldn't do root canals. Root canals have more to do with decay that reaches the nerve than anything else. Braces can make the teeth soft in places esp. if your dental hygiene may not have been as good when they were on.

It really sounds like you are on top of everything. It will all be finished and over. You just have to hang on until the end. Having a tooth pulled after a root canal has more to do with a possible crack in the tooth than anything you did.

I know it's difficult when you are in the middle of a bunch of dental work, but this will all end. You will finish getting your teeth fixed and then just have to maintain them like the rest of us. Please try and put this into perspective. You're not going to die from this and it will leave you in a far better place than you are now. THAT alone is an encouraging thing. You will be better later than you are now. Think about that. You just have to hang on to the knot on the rope and realize that this is a phase of your life. No one likes to have dental work done, but it will kill very few of us. You have a good support group that may not feel your pain but they certainly are there with you and I'll bet, feel your agony. No one else can actually realize how this affects you personally but you really do need to get a grip on your emotions and understand this is just dental work. You don't have some life threatening disease. Try to see the glass as half full, rather than half empty and you'll be doing something good for yourself for the rest of your life. Attitude about anything is important and we can all make something out to be far worse than it could be when we are going through it. When it's all finished you are going to wonder what all the fuss was about.

Hang in there! Everything comes to an end, including dental work. Yours too! You have such a good start on getting everything taken care of, you simply have to change your frame of mind and focus on the successful end result.

GOOD LUCK but I know you can so this with a smile. An upbeat attitude helps in anything. Try your best and you will succeed.

My best you you,
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Re: severe depression at 22 because of my teeth. anybody?

i appreciate the input, i should say not teeth falling out but rotting out. idk why it happened to 3 of my molars but maybe from not having caps on them it affected them a bit. im nervous because thrusday i go to get a cap on one of the root canals remaining. he said if i felt any pain it it would have to get pulled and i havent had pain but some sensitivity here and there nothing aching really. the tooth is decayed a little but its still there and it doesnt feel soft or loose.

like i said i just got a waterpick today and im going to try sensodybe pronamel to see if it will helpen my tooth enamel. idk how much i have left on my teeth but i read good things. i will ask my dentist if theres other things i can do as well. maybe take a multivitamin or something.

i feel so stressed still just thinking about it. i cant afford to get another tooth pulled. im hoping its saveable. i dont want to lose what teeth i have left. i can post a photos as well

 
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Re: severe depression at 22 because of my teeth. anybody?

here are some of the photos. as u can see in the first one theres the root canal tooth and directly on the other side of my mouth that molar somehow pushed down a tiny but it looks like to put the gap at the top of the tooth
http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b1...yfe/tooth4.jpg
the 2nd is the root canal from the side kind of discolored looking like the rest of my teeth but darker
http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b1...chmentaspx.jpg

where one of the root canals was pulled and the one next to it waiting for a cap. the xray showed at the bottom of where the tooth meets the nerve in the jaw there might be a small cavivation or something like that thta can cause infections -_-
http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b1...yfe/tooth5.jpg
last my teeth from the front. looks normal a bit discolored but hides all the problems http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b1...yfe/tooth3.jpg

i am scared to spend and get a hole in my jaw for an implant. and all i can think about is im going to have to be told to get them all pulled and live with dentures before im 30. i wouldnt be able to live with myself being able to take my teeth out

i feel as if they are all going to rot away
all in all this is my mouth at 22. it makes me want to curl up into a ball and die. im not sure why but i cant get over not thinking about it. my gf has perfect teeth and i just feel like nothing thinking about the future

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Re: severe depression at 22 because of my teeth. anybody?

Hi,
Are you kidding me??!! You have a great smile! Your teeth look super. From the front I don't even SEE a problem. They look fine and your smile can be as brilliant as YOU make it. As for the other teeth, you are getting them taken care of and I don't see a problem. The only reason you would need an extraction is if the tooth is cracked. It doesn't sound like that is the case so once you get your crowns, you seem to be home free. You just have to keep up with excellent oral hygiene and stop obsessing about it.

And, just so you know, implants are a piece of cake. I have four and they were nothing. It's just a long process. Sometimes dental work is long and tedious so do focus on the end result. And, relax. Your teeth will be fine. Get your crowns done and keep your teeth clean. And, for Heaven's sake SMILE!

Your smile already looks GREAT! Be happy.

Best to you,
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Re: severe depression at 22 because of my teeth. anybody?

im scared of the rest of my teeth rotting to needing extraction so early though. it happened to those 3 molars plus i lost 2 wisdom teeth and 4 molars to begin with. idk i think i have a problem thinking about the worst case scenario but i feel like since it happened already the rest of my teeth are close to it.

i used sensodyne pronamel for the first time tonight to hopefully save what ever enamel i have left and a water pick because flossing cuts my gums a bit. im going to see if i can get some sort of treatment for my piece of mind to protect them. im scared and depressed. this happened to me when i was a hypochondriac phase. i guess this is it now in dental form.

im being selfish some people are fighting cancer. but i have the possibility of having an infection sitting in my jaw stuck in my head as well on top of my teeth rotting. now my mouth was feeling dry and i had a piece of cake for a friends birthday tonight and im paranoid everything is destroying my teeth. i dont know how to get over myself. i cant wait til thursday to see if i can get this tooth crowned and also what the dentist thinks.
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Re: severe depression at 22 because of my teeth. anybody?

Let me tell you this. About 2 1/2 years ago, I started having some weird pains and pressure in my mouth. And I was afraid that something was wrong with all my teeth (All this started when I was 4 months pregnant and continuing until today) Because of the feelings that I was feeling. It honestly felt like every tooth in my mouth was caving inward. I would end up crying myself to sleep many many many nights because I was afraid that when I woke up the next morning, all my teeth would be on my pillow. i was afraid that because I was pregnant, my body wasn't getting enough calcium and my teeth were rotting just because of that. I have been to many dentist, specialist, and doctors trying to find out what was going on, and everyone said that I was making it up basically. Even to this day, I can't bite down into a banana because it hurts so badly. Needless to say, granted I still have the pain that I had 2 1/2 years ago, I still have all my teeth. Do I still worry, YES. I AM A WORRY WART. But the only thing that you can do is start treatment. I take a multi-vitamin everyday just to make sure I am getting enough of everything. Brush at least 2 times a day, with a fluoride toothpaste. Okay so your gums get cut when flossing. I am not saying you are doing it wrong, but make sure you are keeping the floss right up next to the tooth. I have to use a reach floss handle to floss with because my mouth is rather small. Try it. Because granted you are using the water pic, you really need to floss as well. Water pic is wonderful, I use one myself. but after I floss just to make sure I got everything that the floss might have missed. The use a non-alcohol mouthwash. I use the crest pro health with fluoride. (it is purple) and then I was prescribed another toothpaste that has a higher fluoride rating in it. I use as the last step so it will sit on my teeth while I sleep.

Brush at least 2X
Floss
Water Pic
Mouthwash
Extra toothpaste.

This is my every night routine, because I want to make sure that I keep my teeth for as long as I can. I am only 29 and I am still terrified that I will lose my teeth. I have been told that I am doing to much and that it isn't all necessary, but my dentist said that I am doing great. I (for my own personal preference) go to the dentist every 4 months for a cleaning. This is also so that if something does pop up, they can fix it asap.

I know how you feel, believe me, I have been there and still am. Again your first step is to start a great at home dental routine and keep with it. Go to the dentist and see what there plan is to get you where you want to be.

I will keep you in my prayers that you can stay strong though this process. Dental work isn't fun, because most usually takes time. But it is fixable.

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Re: severe depression at 22 because of my teeth. anybody?

Hi,
Armywife has a lot of good advice there. Listen, you're going to be fine. Being depressed about dental stuff is normal. When I found out I would need my four front top teeth out I was depressed as H*ll! I do understand! It was a nightmare come true. I cried and cried. BUT, and that's a big but, you are not loosing any more of your teeth. They look fine. Nothing you have had done so far is that out of the ordinary. It's normal for wisdom teeth to need extraction around your age so forget about them. They are rudimentary teeth and not really useful. The softness in your teeth allowing them to fail can be a combination of genetics and what you eat. If you eat highly refined sugar products, stop eating as many and rinse with plain water after you eat. Then, all you have to do is get yourself to square one in restoration and that is what you are doing.

It's really not unusual to have as much work done as you by your age. As far as dental work, you really haven't had a lot at all and you're taking care of it. Kudos for that!!

I think the most important thing for you is to try and relax about all this. What you are having done is not a lot. Once you get the molars crowned you'll be fine as long as you keep up a good home oral hygiene regiment.

You seem to be focusing on your dental health, but when someone obsesses this much, there is usually something else going on to produce such anxiety. I urge you to explore this as your anxiety is making you miserable, not your teeth.

Your teeth are fine. Your anxiety is not. I looked carefully at your photographs and I see nothing there to produce the anxiety you are having over them. I don't think your dentist does either. So,...once you figure out exactly why you have such anxiety and are directing it toward your teeth, you will be able to relax more about them.

Try picking the anxiety apart. You say you fear your teeth are rotting. I see no such evidence of that at all. The extractions and root canals you have had are perfectly normal for someone that has had dental caries and impacted wisdom teeth. You are getting all that fixed.

Don't you trust your dentist?

I am sure if there was something serious going on they would have told you.
Getting crowns on those teeth will fix them up fine. You have to trust that your dentist is doing what you need done. YOU just have to keep your restored mouth in good shape when the dentist is finished. You can do this easily. Your teeth will be fine if you treat them well. Just like anything else in your life if you ignore them, they will go away.

You're not ignoring your teeth. You are getting them in fine shape. Once it's done, your mouth health will be up to you. Have confidence in yourself that you can take care of them.

None of this is easy when you are right in the middle of it, but you can and will be successful because you care about your looks and your health....right?

Try writing down every single thing that stresses you out about your teeth. Rotting simply can't be one of them anymore because you are taking care of that with crowns.
Don't stress about your wisdom teeth either. Many of us have had all of them out by age 21. In all probability your wisdom teeth created many of the problems, as most of us find out with molars that have cavities near them. They have a tendency to crowd other teeth making them vulnerable to all sorts of things.

All of this is a normal 22 y/o mouth. You get the wisdom teeth extracted and any others that they have affected. Then you crown the others. All the things you are doing. You are not alone in this. MANY have traveled the exact same road as you and have come away with brilliant smiles. You will, too!

Treat your anxiety and the rest will fall into place. I urge you to do this because when your teeth are finished there is always the possibility you will turn to something else to obsess over. It's important to treat your anxiety and the hypochondria that you say you suffer from.

Just get a good routine going for your dental care. Do it faithfully without fail! I remember exactly where you are when I had all my dental problems and I can tell you there is a light at the end of the tunnel. The obsessing will end and you will have a great smile. Just be sure the pan anxiety ends also.

Relax Devil's fan (me, too!). Take in a game and smile. This will all be OK and your mouth restored to health. Your teeth won't rot away. And, I think you have a brilliant smile already. Sometimes we have to go through the motions to get to the Emotions.
Put on a smile and pretend for awhile if you have to. The real smile will come. I promise.

My very best to you,
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Re: severe depression at 22 because of my teeth. anybody?

i will try my best
i just hope i will be ok and i will update everyone on how i am feeling until thursday thank you

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Re: severe depression at 22 because of my teeth. anybody?

I know you will try your best. That's all any of us can do and you already are doing a great job.

You WILL be OK. Give yourself the time to get the work finished and heal. Smile alot. It is contagious and you have a very nice smile!

Please do update us as you go along. I wish you well.

Best to you,
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Re: severe depression at 22 because of my teeth. anybody?

thank you. im thinking about stopping into the dentist office to talk to him even though my appt is thursday. i want to see if he will be able to crown the root canal tooth on the top even though it discolored a little bit and if my bad breath and warm mouth is from the tooth or my mouth still recovering from my wisdoms being pulled tuesday. my mouth has been feeling dry since last night. im praying my tooth can be saved. it doesnt get sharp pain but sometimes it is a little sensitive. or a weird feeling that i can feel. and im afraid its too far gone.. from the picture i posted before it has a black tint to it on half almost and a little more then half the tooth is there from top to bottom.

maybe im better off just getting it removed. maybe if i get a crown it will decay underneath idk but i dont want to wait til thursday and thats all that has been on my mind at work today.
maybe if i was able to afford the crowns and all the school work and anxiety i wouldnt of had to be in this situation as well. down to 25 teeth left

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Re: severe depression at 22 because of my teeth. anybody?

Just a quick idea. Write down all the questions you have for your dentist. That way you won't forget anything.

GOOD LUCK!
I hope all your questions get answered to your satisfaction.
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i am trying to keep my positive thinking up but since my post last night ive had a dry mouth and it wont go away. convinced still im going to get a) an infection on the root canal i got done 2 years ago on the bottom right because the oral surgeon said there was a cavitation it looked on the xray. and the other one will need to be pulled because of the feeling i have. i dont have pain but i feel pressure or a lite sensitivity occasionally and im convinced its gonna get pulled. i had little throb after drinking some cold water. thursday tis the day i scheduled to have the crown, the day before i am going to go visit my girlfriend which would ruin my trip if it had to get pulled. idk if its just some pain from my wisdom teeth on that side but im trying to not search online like i have been.

i keep repeating the same stuff i guess but its the only way i can vent because i have someone who is answering me. i want to just show up tommorow morning to the dentist and see if he will talk to me. i hate root canals, iwish i was able to afford the crowns at the time. nothing has gone my way with any of them. any opinions?

im still convinced its too late to save myself. my mom wants me to see a psych because i am getting out of hand.

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