Sunday, January 26, 2014

Indiana Donated Dental

This program may be the greatest thing I’ve discovered in years. It’s a program where dentists donate their services to help people like me who have dental problems and no way to take care of them.

I really don’t like talking about it because it’s both horrifying & embarrassing.
I haven’t had any dental care in 21 years. I’ve never had a job that offered it & have never been able to afford it out of pocket.

About 2000, I developed a cavity on my front tooth. People use to tell me I had something stuck to my tooth, forcing me to have to tell them it was a cavity.
Everything went to hell in a hand basket the last 5 years. I’ve last 4 teeth and there isn’t a tooth in my mouth that isn’t effected by decay. Where one of my Wisdom teeth was, is now a hole up into my jaw.

I stopped brushing around 3 years ago. My teeth would disintegrate while I was brushing, it just became too depressing. Nothing like a mouthful of grit from your teeth first thing in the morning. I thought I was doomed & if I found care, dentures it would be.
I started emailing my senators & other state representatives. One of them put me in touch with the donated dental program, something that I have never even heard of. So I applied an here we are.

Saw the dentist last week. Got X-rays done, a cleaning, and had a long discussion on what to do next. Turns out my teeth aren’t quite as bad as I had thought. It looks like I’ll only be loosing 10 teeth, meaning a partial denture, for the top. Then all of the rest of the teeth will have to have  work done, that’s fillings for all.
So, its both good bad. Next week the dentist and her partner will call me with a final game plan. She thinks it’ll go like this: another cleaning & extractions (they’ll also do an impression), while my mouth is healing they’ll have the partial made, then partial. Saying it, it sounds fast, but nothing is always as it seems.

Wish me luck. Btw, I thought about posting a pic of my teeth, but I didn’t want to gross everybody out. Maybe I’ll post before & after pics after the work is done. If you’re really curious, have a strong stomach, and are just curious, contact me and I’ll share a pic privately (I’ll send a link).
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