- CASE FILE
I'm too embarrassed to smile anymore, too afraid to go to the dentist again and end up getting the wrong type of care. My confidence is gone
ABOUT THIS CASE FILE
I have suffered from active tooth decay since I was a very young girl. My teeth would become abscessed and very painful. The dentist I went to as a child began to pull my permanent teeth when I was around 10/11, but never put a replacement tooth, etc. My mother would constantly go to him everytime my teeth started to decay. He would sometimes put silver crowns on them or fill them with the silver filling but not crown them (its still in some today). He was experimenting in my mouth the whole time never getting to the underlying issue of why my teeth ate decaying at such a young age. Once I got old enough I stopped going to him and pursued other treatment but by this timey teeth were so decayed I had to have them removed. Some of them had to be cut out due to how close to the gum they had rotted away. I couldn't afford the implants so I had them removed and that left me with only 9 teeth on the top. How was I going to eat? How would I be able to talk or smile without people seeing my "yuck mouth" is what I called it. My self esteem was at an all time low, so I had to find a way to hide my missing teeth. In the meantime, the teeth I have left are still decaying and need to be taken out but I'm too ashamed to let my husband see my mouth because I've actually been able to hide it from him for 8 years now. I don't want him to see it but I need help. He's already noticed my front tooth has a whole forming but I've never let him see the inside of my entire mouth because I'm afraid. I can barely eat lots of foods due to the lack of teeth, decay, and pain. I just want a dentist that is going to figure out why this is happening and not just keep using me as a guinea pig. I want my smile back but it may be too late.