I was just wondering if there was a support group for young people that have to get dentures. I'm 35 and I have to get dentures soon because there is no other alternatives. In fact I should have gotten the work done months ago, but the thought of having all of my teeth pulled out, even though I have one missing in front, has been traumatic for me, a life changing event to where I keep going into depression in regards to it and keep delaying the inevitable. It would be nice to have a support forum to talk to other young people who have had this done, and be able to provide tips and support on how they got through it, plus for everyone supporting each other.
In short, I just wanted someone to talk to about my situation, and thought that maybe others going through this would like to also. For me, I'm fine as long as I stay home (which is almost 24/7), and I don't think about it, or look in the mirror at all. Basically I have litterally hid myself from the world because of this. When I do think about it, I almost want to cry, because for one, no one is going to want a 30 some yr old woman for a girlfriend who takes out her teeth at night. Plus the fact that you can tell just by looking at their facial structure. Least I can, I have a friend who has his uppers gone, and you can tell when his teeth are out, but he is also male, so it is a bit different because of our society's viewpoints.
I don't know of any support groups for young people who have to get dentures, although I'm sure there's a group out there, but I just wanted to write to let you know that you're not alone. I am 31 and also have many teeth difficulties that cause me a lot of psychological pain. I have periodontal disease, which has caused my gums to recede dramatically. I worry everytime I smile that people are disgusted by my gums. The roots of my teeth are exposed, and I'm very self-conscious of how they look. My teeth are also loose, so I worry often about losing my teeth. I also feel unusually young to be having such serious dental problems. I also have decay problems--many cavities, many mercury Amalgam fillings, and one root canal. I totally understand your feelings about your teeth because I feel the same way. I get very depressed about my teeth often, and I also isolate myself socially a lot because I worry that people don't want to be friends with someone with gross teeth and gums.
I try to be healthier for my teeth's sake, but it's hard. I am addicted to sweets, and although I am successful in avoiding them for periods of time, I have almost constant cravings that cause me to give into them again and again. Also, I start to feel deprived because it seems like every other young person gets to enjoy candy bars, soda, cake, etc without any negative consequences for their teeth. I know it sounds stupid, but when I feel like I'm the only person who can't eat sweets, then I feel even more isolated and alone and like a pariah.
Well, just so you know--there's at least one other 30-something out here with major dental problems. Write me if you want.
Have either of you seen a periodontist and been told you have to lose ALL your teeth?? In this day and age,there are very few reasons to have full dentures,let alone when in your 30's. Even if you can save only a few of them.its well worth it in the long run. You have so many options,but most of them will involve a lot of time and some expense (and maybe more than you are capable of doing.) PLEASE do some research before you go into this mindset. You won't be sorry!
BTW....leaving the diseased teeth and gums untreated is not good for your overall health. They can create a ton of problems.
I've been involved in dentistry in one form or another for over 30 years,and if I can help,please let me know!
The reason a lot of people end up getting dentures at such a young age is due to not having the money to have them fixed. Not having the money for insurance. If you are below poverty level and living on a fixed income you don't have the same choices as other people have. I do not wish to have dentures but due to not affording the proper care over the years my teeth have gotten so bad that now they can not be saved. The only thing I can have done is get them pulled one at a time as they get infected at the free clinic. now I have so many missing teeth I look ridiculous.
Thank you for the insight to the other posts.
I totally agree with the men who wrote responses back that they rather see healthy, pretty smile versus an unhealthy one, fake, or not.
I had a pretty smile until my teeth started to fall out one by one this past yr, and through many different dentist visits (for opinions), and 2 oral surgeons, I had 95% of my teeth extracted this morning. I have 11 left right now, only 4 or so will remain after the second appt of extrations.
But I will get pretty teeth once again in dentures. My bottom teeth in front were very crowded. I would cut the floss just trying to squeak it in between them to even floss. Plus I had a root canal in one back in '92. Due to the gums receding and the bones deteriorating, that tooth fell out right before X-mas of '04. So I have spent 6 months with no front tooth, so I'm biting the bit to get this done and over with. lol
Plus with dentures now a days I have found out from talking to various people that I know have them, young and old, you can sleep in them at night now and just take them out to clean them while you are in the shower. No one has to know, unless you tell them yourself. Me, I'd rather be upfront to potential dates that I like before we start dating. If they leave because I am getting my teeth fixed, then they aren't the right person for me. I'm not a shallow person and I wouldn't want to date someone who was either. Truth be known, I started this thread back on February 20, 2005. Since then I have had done much research and talked to several people about this, so I feel a lot more positive about this, and can even make jokes about it. :)
For one, it will be far easier to take care of dentures than my regular teeth were.. I won't have to adjust my smile so not to show my bottom front teeth that were crooked and only expose my good upper ones.. Plus I have no pain through all of this, except what the dentists have caused me. So.. I am warding off potential pain from coming on as I have a low pain tolerance. Plus did I mention that I get to have pretty pearlies again? lol
To #45981 who posted to my first post, please get yours fixed and ask about a good method for you to be able to do so. I had to get what is called a Care Credit Card, and put all of my dental work on it so that I can pay it off in monthly payments just like a regular credit card because I have no dental ins. Where there is a will, there is a way hun. :) Do some research, and ask a bunch of questions, but it isn't the end of the road for us if we have to get dentures. :)
I am 25 years old and like many of you am faced with either getting dentures and all the stigma attached, or spend up to $36,000 to get full implants! Currently I am faced with the dilemma of either buying teeth or buying a new home! I'm recently married and although my husband assures me that he married me and not my teeth, my anxiety/self-conscious feelings toward dentures are making me procrastinate my decision. I wish there was a support group out there for young adults like me who are faced with getting dentures. It helps to know that there are other people out there facing the same dilemma that I am.
i also am only 26 yrs old and struggling with all of my teeth and i am goin to have to have alot cut out and removed but cant seem to find ne docs to accept my insurance which isnt but a medical card bc i recently lost my job of 3yrs.. its hard to even think bout all the work ill have to have done like soon! but i keep puttin it off bc i dnt wana b 26 yrs old and toothless and have people makin fun of me and have my boyfriend of 6yrs look at me as unattractive! It scares me i wish i could afford to have everything takin care of but theres no way with my medical card ive looked everywere and tried ejust about everything!! if ne one has ne good info for me plz let me no i am wanting to either have the teeth i have left just fixed if they can even b fixed or get dentures i guess!!