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Dental Dilemma

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Posted by: dentalHelp  (10 years ago)
Hi there,

I was born with teeth that are prone to decaying. When I was younger, I have been into a lot of dental works from root canals, fillings, crowns and extractions. I grew up with many cavities. I wore braces when I was a teenager. Despite extra efforts of keeping my teeth clean, I still ended up with decalcified teeth. I have a good oral hygiene, do not eat a lot of sugar and live a healthy lifestyle. I only rarely visit the dentist because of lack of dental insurance.

For the past two weeks, I have been in constant pain. It keeps me awake at night and I cannot eat well. I do not think my teeth can still be saved. I am now leaning towards full dentures regardless of my age. (I am only 23 years old). What is your opinion about this? Should I have my teeth repaired to the extent of what can I afford or pull my teeth and get dentures? Does anyone have any advice? I am currently on antibiotics to kill the infection at the roots of my teeth.
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Posted by: mdhola  (10 years ago)
I would say you certainly should go to see your dentist for the all treatment option available. Many people has congenitally weak tooth, however sometimes that issue can be taken care of with professional periodic fluoride applications as well as home use of fluoride.
I wouldn't advise to get complete dentures at this age. Besides all tangible benefits of teeth, they also helps you to keep your bone height level maintain. When you opt for denture use, your bone level start receding many times which is crucial to hold your dentures as well as for esthetic facial contours.
I would definitely advise you to visit your dentist and ask for some fluoride options which can help you to make your teeth more stronger.