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Posted by Jim on August 19, 2000 at 14:01:38:

In Reply to: Major Toothache and Empty Wallet posted by Bob on August 16, 2000 at 05:42:02:

: As I sit here at 2:30 in the morning, I am in major pain. I'm popping Tylanol, applying Orajel and holding an ice bag to my right jaw. It's horrible. I only have 2 teeth that I can marginally eat with, so, my health is beginning to suffer too as I don't eat correctly. My work is beginning to be effected too. If you can't concentrate because of dental pain, you can't be effective. Living with this pain is just unbareable.

: I know that I need to see a dentist and have all my teeth extracted (what few I have left) and dentures put in. My insurance will only pay about $1000.00 but my dentist says his estimate to extract all the teeth and the dentures will cost about $4-5000! I told him that I insist on being "put out" while the proceedure is done. That adds to the cost. I don't have the financial resources to support this kind of bill.

: Taking out a loan is not an option. My credit history just won't support it. What is my options? The only thing that I can think of is to just live with it. I'd appreciate any suggestions.

Bob, David has given you good advise. the only thing I could add, (I have had full uppers for about 45 years) (63 now) have all the upper teeth pulled, but retain all the lowers you can. My mother is 97 full dent. up and down, never any trouble with her uppers, but when she lost the last 2 real teeth on her lowers nothing but trouble holding the denture in. I still have a few lowers with bridges, which have been working out fine. After your mouth has healed, takes months, then find a dentist that knows what he is doing to give you a full upper if you require it. I had to explain to the dentist what he was doing rong and why my plate was not fitting right, very hard to do they know it all. Ended up talking directly to the dental tech. and he solved my fit problems. The dentist was taking his information from the dental sales house on the material to use, he didn't have a denture and would not listen to what I was trying to explain to him about the fit he was doing on me. I have learned a lot by accident.

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