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Have you had/do you have issues with your teeth? How did you handle it?

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      UK Girl wrote Mar 15, 2009
    • funny you should ask this but over the last 4 days my back teeth on the left side have been very sensitive ..
      I grind my teeth at night which I know causes me problems.
      I can see a very expensive trip to the dentist coming on this week as I’m now wincing when I have a drink hot or cold.




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      (華娃娃) ChinaDoll wrote Mar 15, 2009
    • I do not have straight teeth.  When I was young, I almost had braces.  Unfortunately, I was crying and the dentist stupidly asked “do you really want to do that? tell me.”  I said “no” and he told my mom to let me go.  She was so mad and now I regretted this.  I have dental insurance now and I am thinking about it.




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      Tuliplady wrote Mar 15, 2009
    • What kind of issues?  Braces?  Many years as a kid.
      Five root canals in five years?  Having only 20 teeth left in my mouth?  Tooth grinding?  TMJ?

      I neglected my teeth for many many years because there was no money to pay for dental work.  Even since I’ve married The Man and have dental insurance, it has still cost me thousands to have them fixed.  It frustrates me when I go to the dentist for a crown I can’t afford and hear the office help talking about their vacations to Cancun and Hawaii.




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      (華娃娃) ChinaDoll wrote Mar 15, 2009
    • To be honest..... I will look like this down the road, so...ohhhh




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      Cindylouwho1966 wrote Mar 15, 2009
    • My dad would not pay for braces; he thought it was a racket set up by the dentists. Luckily my stepdad came forward, because I had one cuspid coming in over the other, and the other cuspid was in the roof of my mouth! At 15, they yanked my back molars (my wisdom teethe came in and I have them.) At 16 I got braces and wore them til I was 20 (oh, not too socially awkward, really!) They had to put a bracket on the tooth in the roof of my mouth and sloooooowly pull it forward over that time period. In order to get to that tooth, they had to “excavate” an area and patch it to keep skin from growing back. The day before the patch came off, I had burned my mouth on pizza. When he went to take it off, I winced. He acted like he was going to get something for the pain, but no! RIIIIIIIP!! Yanked that patch right out!  

      Luckily everything is fine now-except I sometimes bite my cheek really hard because the wisdom teeth don’t meet properly.




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      Tuliplady wrote Mar 15, 2009
    • Cindy, I had similar experiences with braces, though I was a little younger.  Teeth overlapping, had to have four molars taken out to make room for all the other teeth, one cuspid coming in way too high up on the side of my mouth.... ugh! All that misery... And then I had kids and all the teeth started rotting right out of my head!




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      Jenz ~ wrote Mar 15, 2009
    • I’ve actually got an issue or 2 to contend with and it’s going to cost, plus it’s embarrassing so I’ve avoided it partially b/c of $ and partially b/c I’ll have to explain how my tooth got cracked. It’s a molar on the left side (top) that got cracked when I was hit by ex. It has to be fixed/replaced. frown I don’t enjoy the idea of being ‘knocked out’ or put under at ALL. I’m sure they will also want to take out my wisdom teeth.
      I like my smile alot & intend to take care of it... I sure as HELL don’t want to end up gross and toothless. THAT freaks me out.
      I’d really get a confidence kick out of having them whitened again too.




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      Doreen XoXo wrote Mar 15, 2009
    • Both my kids and I had braces at the same time!!  It started out on my bottom teeth due to a bite problem and I figured what the heck.  Put them on my top teeth.  Silver on bottom, plastic on top.  That’s when I realized I was allergic to latex!!  The rubber bands!!!  The doctors gloves!!  My lips used to get big, purple and sore and would peel.  That helped me figure out another issue (a totally different direction..lol) Im sure you can figure that one out.
      Also, I had root canal in three front teeth when I was 12. They are now permanently discolored and no tooth whitening system in the world will change that. I actually need veneers to correct that. I had an eye tooth surgically removed when I was 14 because it never grew out. I had stitches tied to my teeth for a week and it hurt like hell. Because of that, my top teeth are not centered in the middle of my mouth/lips. I sort of look like a Picasso!! LOL
      About two years ago, I had an impacted wisdom tooth extracted.  When the doctor was done, my jaw was locked open!!!  I have soooooooooooo many issues it’s ridiculous.  Now, I have a crown on a tooth that didnt hurt before but I think Im needing root canal now!!  I can only chew soft things on that tooth.  I too only have about 20 teeth in my mouth which is bordering on plenty for me.  My mouth is structurely small.   How many teeth are we supposed to have???  

      xoxo




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      Susan Dahringer wrote Mar 15, 2009
    • I have always had good teeth until I had kids...I’ve had anything from wisdom teeth to abscesses pulled.. Ladies.please don’t wait until the pain gets too bad before seeing the dentist




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      Cindylouwho1966 wrote Mar 15, 2009
    • Doreen-aaaaaaaaaaaaah! You get the “prize” for saddest tooth story. Tulip, you are not far behind. (and yes, Doreen, I figured out your “other” latex issue estatic)

      Jenz-you don’t have to tell the dentist what happened. Not tooth related but along that line, one of my mom’s implants was ruptured because of an ex BF. I don’t know if he hit her or fell on her during one of his many drunken stupors. She never would tell me.

      My dad has let every tooth in his head rot out, and yes, much of it was due to lack of insurance.




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      Fraz764 wrote Mar 15, 2009
    • Having dental work done now, after everything is done it will cost me about $2300 worth. I had peridontal disease and had teeth pulled on both the left and right side of my mouth, you can’t really tell they are gone but the dentist said if I don’t get a partial then my jaw will cave. YUCK!!




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      Doreen XoXo wrote Mar 15, 2009
    • Thank goodness we have dental insurance.  I would be in the poor house for sure.  My son has had braces twice, my daughter has porcelain veneers on eight top teeth.  

      And cindy...I knew you would get that.  You are one smart cookie.  I remember you saying not much gets past you!!

      xoxo estatic




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      Tuliplady wrote Mar 15, 2009
    • Jenz, no reason to tell them why the tooth is cracked.  I had one crack just because I grind my teeth.  Depending on how badly it’s cracked, they’ll probably do a root canal and put a crown on it ($1600 total in my area and I’m told that’s cheap.)  

      I had my cracked molar pulled last summer, much cheaper than having more work done!  

      I can’t top Doreen’s latex problem, but I had an abcessed wisdom tooth that HAD to be pulled.  Had it pulled the day before Thanksgiving. frown  A couple years later the other one abcessed and I ended up having that one pulled on New Years Eve afternoon.




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      Vasilia wrote Mar 15, 2009
    • As I type this, I owe my dentist about $3,500, and I just got laid off last Wednesday!  My front and side teeth are fine, (they‘re very straight and pretty healthy) but my back molars are disentegrating!  My dentist says it’s usually 80% hereditary.  My dad’s teeth are the same way!tongue out




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      Susan Dahringer wrote Mar 15, 2009
    • Doreen I think we‘re suppose to have 36 teeth.I can really sympathize with you about the teeth problem




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      Mary Clark wrote Mar 16, 2009
    • I will have to say that I have been blessed with good teeth and my brother in law is a dentist.  

      Knock on wood...but the worst thing I’ve had done is a filling and I haven’t had one of those in years.  But I do have a mouth full from when I was younger.  Some of my fillings are over 30 years old.  My brother in law says we are not taking them out for clear fillings because the old ones are much better.  I had all of my (4) wisdom cut out when I was in high school..did great!  

      I have had a chipped tooth in the front but he bonded that.  He made me a splint to wear at night to keep from grinding my teeth and I had trays made for the teeth whitener that I hardly ever use.  

      I wore braces when I was in the 8th grade for all of 10 months.  That’s it.  If I had to have a tooth pulled...it would devastate me. I would definitely be having whatever done to replace it.  

      Your teeth are good indicators of heart disease as well.  Take care of them!!




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