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Can't stop worrying about my bad teeth
« on: June 20, 2014, 05:39:38 PM »
Sorry if wrong section, but related to health worries I guess....

My teeth are horrible. Can't stop thinking about my mouth, think my teeth hours a day, not good. I'm obsessed, been 2 years like this. My teeth really are bad, but its not normal to spend hours worrying about this! Well, better than worying about cancers, but still, the same thing....worry worry worry, it never ends. Ok, I need someone to talk some common sense about this issue, please!

So last time my teeth were fixed, 12 years ago (32 now):( stupid me I know, but fear of dentist is just really bad. And all the stuff with anxiety and depression, teeth just never were much important for me( when you are 100% sure of dying to some disease all the time, who cares about teeth)Brushed them 2 times a day, thats it( last 2 years brushing flossing like nuts) Finally visited a dentist, 12 cavities 4 of them huge. One tooth fixed, wow i did it! One needs root canal for sure, lots of tartar (if thats a right term, not sure what in english), tobacco stained ugly lower teeth, gum infection here and there ( dentist said nothing bad, but still).......so my teeth are discusting.

1. Why everybody else in this planet has perfect teeth? Everyone in my family has perfectly fine natural color teeth, everyone in TV has perfect teeth, all my friends has perfect teeth. Trust me, I look peoples teeth like nuts and have not seen anyone having anything visibly wrong with their perfectly natural damn smile. And there are people who have missed dentist for 10 years, people gone through a lots of problems.....but their teeth, perfect. Why me? What have I missed, other than dentist visits?

2. I smoke. So the stains are mostly in my lower front teeth. Ugly stuff. From behind totally brown, front almost as bad. Can dentist/hygienist remove this ***** from my teeth? Nothing I've tried works, it just gets worse. Also covered by tartar all over the gum line,nice.

3. So my main worry I'll lose all my teeth. Even losing one, no thank you! So tons of cavitites, can they be fixed anymore? Dentist said so, but I think she lied, just because I was so much in panic. One or two will have root canal done. If I were dentist I would just take them all out, looks so bad in my opinion. Nobody has ever commented about my teeth though.

4. Gum infections. Does it mean I have that....whats it called periodontal disease? Dentist said I have gum infections, but when tartar is removed it should all get better. She lied.

Ok thats enough questions  :sick0002: anyways, I dont have any major tooth pains ( one tooth or gum likes to act up sometimes though). One tooth little chipped, others fine(not fine, cavitites, and all other stuff but anyway). I think if stains and tartar are removed, still yellow as a banana, but almost normal looking teeth. I have a dentist and hygienist appointments next month.....hopefully I wont chicken out this time.

I hate myself




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Re: Can't stop worrying about my bad teeth
« Reply #1 on: June 20, 2014, 06:22:14 PM »
Don't hate yourself.  I believe there are many people in this situation.  My teeth LOOK fine but they are not.

I, too, have a huge fear of the dentist.  I actually didn't go for a cleaning in over 20+ years.  How's that. ;)  When I was in my 20's, I had no insurance and had two molars pulled because I could not afford root canals.  Now when I smile, I'm self conscious over that space that you can see on the side where they are missing. 

I've also had about four root canals, done.  I finally broke down and went for a cleaning about two years ago.  Had a few cavities but never did anything about them.  Again, fear of the dentist.  This past January, I went for another cleaning because I was having on and off pains in my jaws.  My dentist said I had gum infections, too.  They told me I needed a deep cleaning done.  I did that, which by the way is no big deal at all, and haven't had any pains since. 

I have about six cavities to have fixed and three bigger problems that will require crowns.  I know how you feel.

They can fix the tartar on the gum lines and the yellow of the teeth.  That all can be fixed and it's no major procedure either.

I also look at other peoples teeth and wonder why they are so perfect.  On, tv, I'm sure they do things or it's a requirement to have perfect teeth but even just being out and about.  I feel like the oddball.

Don't be down on yourself.  Maybe set a goal for yourself to tackle one tooth at a time.   Take it slow and before you know it, they will be fixed and you'll be worry free.

Easy to say, I know.  I'm still having to push myself to start my dental work. :)
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Re: Can't stop worrying about my bad teeth
« Reply #2 on: June 20, 2014, 09:00:07 PM »
Thank you x 100 :happy0151: I will get back to this later, its 4 am here in Finland. But thanx, feeling little better. Now there is officially 2 people without perfect teeth in this planet!
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Re: Can't stop worrying about my bad teeth
« Reply #3 on: June 20, 2014, 09:43:18 PM »
I have a genetic disorder, Amelogenesis Imperfecta. It makes my enamel not function correctly. As a result of this, no matter what I did, my teeth slowly rotted over time. Of course, you wouldn't know this from looking at me.  You'd think my teeth were perfect.

This is because eventually, the problem got so bad something had to be done. I had to have literally every tooth root canaled, ground to the gum line. I had to have gum surgery to expose some of the teeth (Part of amelogenesis is that unexposed portions of teeth are much healthier. Its one of the signs you have it instead of some other cause of bad teeth.) I had to have holes drilled into them, posts cemented into them, caps made over every one of them, and six teeth total pulled.

This started when I was 18 and took three years. Six hour long dentist appointments. SIX HOURS. It got to the point where I was actually looking forward to the root canals, because those were by far the least horrible. Actually it helped  that my root canal specialist was more an artist than anything else. He'd go to inject me with the numbing stuff, and bam! First time, right on the mark, every time. Being able to get numb very quickly and accurately is a godsend when you have to get injections in your palette.

Sooo anyway, don't worry too much. Because no matter how bad your teeth are, someone has it even worse.
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Re: Can't stop worrying about my bad teeth
« Reply #4 on: June 21, 2014, 06:09:42 PM »
Thanx! So my situation does not sound Im gonna end up with no teeth? Not sure who to trust, my imagination, dentist, my wife......I dont know. Not expecting anyone to say sounds like you have great teeth lol, but ...

I just hope I would get normal healthy teeth. Hopefully it's not too late  :( but everything happens so damn slow, at least here in finland. Me cancelling appointments is not helping either. Lets say I need at least 10 dentist visits, one in every month or two....damn, will take at least a year, minimum! And then there are already new cavities and what.....aarrggh!
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Re: Can't stop worrying about my bad teeth
« Reply #5 on: June 21, 2014, 07:04:00 PM »
Haha......yes, I know I'm facing over a year of dental work.  I just don't want to use up my insurance before the year is out.

Did you have bad experiences in the past with dentists which has created your fear?   I have had situations where I wasn't numb and they started the work?  I'm also difficult to numb so it takes several shots to work.  Yeah, I don't like dental appts. ;)

I find it so interesting that you are over in Finland.  I'm sure it's very pretty there.   I'm in Texas.  Probably a much different climate.









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