I’m barely 30 years old and a dentist is practically insisting I remove all my teeth and get dentures. I went in for a single toothache. I was expecting to have a cavity or something; instead, he told me all my teeth were horrible and I needed to remove them all and get dentures. He pressured me to do it right then and there, but I couldn’t face dentures at my age. I don’t want to look like my grandmother. I only let him remove the one tooth, but I’m supposed to go back next week for the rest of them. I’ve been crying since I got home. There has to be another option.
Amelia – Georgia
This definitely warrants a second opinion. I don’t like the pressure tactics this dentist is using. Sometimes dentures are the only option. But at such a young age as yours, it would be an absolute last resort. The first thing I would do is go to a different dentist to see which teeth can be saved and which can’t. I doubt it’s as bad as your dentist said or you’d have felt more pain than just on one tooth.
Many times a root canal treatment or a dental crown will take care of extensive decay or a tooth infection while helping you retain as much healthy tooth structure as possible. You really only want to remove teeth that can’t be saved.
Your best option for replacing those teeth is to get dental implants. These have the advantage of being anchored to your jawbone. Not only does that give you a stable prosthetic tooth, but it protects you from losing the minerals in your jawbone, which gives the “grandma” look you were worried about.
Find a dentist who is willing to work to save your teeth as his or her top priority. They’re also under an ethical obligation to discuss all your treatment options.
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