please i need some help. im only 21 and i cant really understand whats happening. almost every single one of my teeth is decaying and bad. my gums and teeth hurt daily. its like i can feel them decaying away and it seriously HURTS! i live on my own and i dont have the money to go to a dentist. just to look at me is $150-300 and i dont have money like that at all. i havent really been to the dentist since i was like 12. my parents just stopped taking me. no insurance i guess. i have alfac through my employer and its not enough to help. my teeth just continue to rot away no matter what i do. i've also never had any teeth removed ever and my wisdom teeth have mostly all come in. my whole jaw has been realigned. i look like a different person than before. i also sometimes get a really nasty taste and pus from the back of my teeth. its quite unpleasing. my tongue sometimes gets big red bumps that hurt too. they last only a few days though then go away. i just winder is there any way at all that i can find someone who will work on my teeth for either cheap or let me make payments or something. maybe a chance for students to learn. trust me i've got a lot going on in there im sure it could be a great lesson or something for a college professor or something. is there something out there to help people like me that cant afford dental work. i just..want to know what its like to not be in pain every day and not have people think im a crack head or something. my teeth disgust me and im sure others too. and ive seen this happen to people but not this young. please let me know if there is anything out there.
Samantha I'm so sorry you are suffering. I have some advise I actually take my children to a college and they get their teeth cleaned for free. I'm not sure where you live but almost all community colleges or universities have a dental program. The graduate students work on your teeth. Also if you need a tooth pulled go to a hospital with a dental clinic they won't refuse you because of no insurance or money. You will get a bill but you can work out very low payment arrangements. I have been in the collections business along time. I hope I'm of some assistance I wish you the beat of luck! ! Ps there are clinics out there that base your payments on your income. Good luck!
28 Feb 2013
Sammytoes13... I really feel for you! I had dental problems too, granted , not to your extent, but there was a time where I was ashamed to smile because my teeth were rotting. My dental problems were from my own doing because I was using drugs at the time. But I got clean and once I did , I needed to find a way to fix my smile. I don't know which state that you live in, so some of my suggestions my not help you, but I am hoping that some will. First... try going online and finding a Dental School in your area. These are student Dentist and usually, they will work with you and only charge you according to your income. Also, you can try getting free dental care through your local Department of Social Services or Health Department. You can also do what I did, I found a dental discount plan. It is not insurance, but it is a plan that you can buy for usually a year or more.
You pay a small sum, (I paid $103.00) and that small sum covers you for anywhere from 12-24 months! They will supply you with a list of Dentist in your area that take the plan and then you can call the Dentist and tell them that you have the plan and they will have you come in for a consult to see what needs to be done and then you take it from there! I know if two different Dental discount plans. The one that I used was called Aetna Dental Discount and if found it by going to Dentalplans.com (and there are other discount plans on this site, I just mentioned Aetna, because that is the one that I chose). I ended up spending $4000.00 on my dental work and I know that sounds like a lot, but without the dental discount through my plan, I would have spent over $12,000.00 to get my teeth fixed!!! There is also another one called DentRite, you can research that one too. I really hope that this helps you!! I know what it feels like to have bad teeth and how painful and nasty it can be and I am really happy with what I had done, I now have what they call mini-implants. they pulled all of my upper teeth and I have removiable implants. they are like dentures, but better!! I wish you luck!! and I will add you as a friend, if you want, keep me posted.. :))
Hello sammytoes and welcome to DC. I can feel for you and empathize with your dental issues. My stepson has had all of his teeth replaced and recently suffered a heart attack. His diet was horrible and just thrived on fast food crap, chips... dips and cheese whiz for years. I want to say that you need immediate intervention as there is more going on internally than just your teeth going bad. It does sound like you have a massive infection and you can help that by gargling 8 ounces of very warm salt water while swishing it around in your mouth. This takes about 3 minutes. Salt helps draw out the infection. Flossing plus brushing after every meal is important, too.
More importantly, I am concerned with your nutrition. Not eating right can lead to these issues but it might not be too late. Watch the fast food stuff and overly processed food. If you can cook what you eat, that is a good start. Stick with soft stuff... mild and bland until this infection is under control. An abscess can lead to other problems within the sinus cavity making for more serious issues.
You have been given some great advice here regarding colleges and free dental care. I hope you will follow up on that sooner rather than later. If you are able to take Advil or Tylenol... that will help with the pain from the infection.
Let us know how you are doing and how we can continue to support you.
12 Jun 2013
Hey Samantha, I am in the same boat as yourself. I'm only 24 and practically my entire mouth is rotting and now matter how much I take care of them and practice good oral hygiene they still keep decaying to the point where a little bit of pressure is all it takes to take pieces off. Majority and broken to the gum line or pulled. My most recent was a front tooth directly next to my two larger front teeth.
So I know how it feels to not be able to smile, ever and have that constant worry about showing your teeth at all. Dental is ridiculously priced and most don't even cover existing conditions.
I bought a discount card from Dentalplans.com and it is called Careington Care 5000 Series Dental Plan. And that surely helps with the pricing. It only cost $90 some total to get an x-ray and an extraction. So you may want to look into that. Also there are dental clinics that do have payment plans and in house insurance. So your best bet is to do a lot of research until you can find such places. And especially check out the dental discount I told you about, it really helps.
Let me know how everything is going and I wish you luck,
15 Jun 2013
I completely understand where you are coming from. I went to the dentist regularly until age 15, and then I just didn't go anymore.. I guess due to insurance as well. Until the time I was 18 I never had any problems with my teeth. But now I feel pain, lots of it, nightly. It was, at one point, so bad that I had to cry myself to sleep.. and sometimes never even got to go to sleep. Some home remedies that I used to get rid of the pain included putting wet tobacco on the painful area, taking an airplane bottle of brandy and letting the liquid sit there until the pain subsided, or using a hot wet rag on the spot. I even thought I was going to overdose on aspirin trying to make the pain go away.
My predicament went a little something like this: When I turned 18 one of my top front teeth chipped and I got a temporary fix for it. There I was thinking that my whole ordeal was over.. little did I know it was just the beginning of a HUGE problem. After that, within the next 2 years my teeth started to get multiple cavities, on the inside, the bottom, and on the sides of my teeth. So I spent $4,000 getting 4 teeth reconstructed by my old dentist. This reconstruction didn't last more than a year and a half. He told me when I went to have this done that there were other teeth that he would not be able to fix. So, my grandparents recommended to me a dental clinic in South Carolina. The place is called Sexton Dental Clinic in Florence, SC. I went down there because I was having problems with some of my back teeth at the top. Unfortunately, they told me that if they pulled any of my teeth that they would have to pull all of them. As much as I hated the idea of being 24 years old and not having any of my natural teeth, I had to take the plunge. I got my entire top row of teeth pulled and dentures made all within the same day. I truly hated it.. there are no words to describe how I felt being so young and feeling so old. But I knew that I could no longer deal with the pain... it's a constant throbbing that just never stops. My total cost for extractions, as well as the denture was around $300, very good compared to a regular dentist office. I hope this helps.. and again, I'm truly sorry for your situation... and I completely understand where you are coming from with this. Hope you get it fixed soon.
27 Sep 2013
I know exactly what your going through. I am 26 years old and I have a lot of dental problems too. I have two children and ever since then, my teeth break just eating a banana. Recently one of my front teeth broke right down the center. Unfortunately I am unable to find any clinic or school that will help me. I am so disgusted by my teeth that I won't even look in the mirror. I have asthma and was told that years, and I mean years, 24 to be exact of high doses of antibiotics and extremely high doses of oral and inhaled steroids have done this to my teeth. I don't have the money to fix my teeth as I have two children to take care of. But I found something that has been a blessing to me for over two months now until my savings builds up. It's called IMAKO teeth. I wear them every. Please look into them and try them. No one would ever know they were fake. They look so real.
If you are a smoker please get the white instead of natural and get the stain sealer. The natural stains very easy and turns yellow. . ONLY BUY FROM THEIR WEBSITE! Not from amazon. But I know what your going through. I have tooth pain every day, and because of it, insomnia so bad. I wish you the best of luck. I will keep you in my prayers as we are both so young. Please feel free to contact me with any questions. Much love.
15 Mar 2014
I know what you're going thru. I am 20 & my teeth started literally "rotting away" when my mother passed away 2 years ago. I always took excellent care of my teeth and I couldn't understand why this was happened to me all of a sudden. My dentist told me most (if not all) of the decay was caused from stress, excessive dry mouth, low iron, & low vitamin D. I am now trying to find a dentist that will possibly do extractions on all of my teeth, I really don't want to get dentures or anything like that but it seems like that is going to be the only permanent solution to my problem. Some dentists wanted to do fillings and porcelain veneers but I chose not to do that because that would only be a temporary solution. I hope you got the help and information that you needed!
17 Mar 2014
Hey, I am so sorry you are experiencing this problem. I have similar issues, although like other posters, not quite to the same extent.
Many dental care providers require A) a credit cheque (to ensure you are reliable in paying bills) and B) a down payment, before allowing for a payment plan. But there are ways around it.
I was scrimping and saving to pay for dental expenses, and often neglected essential work because I couldn't afford to pay. However, I decided to start calling around to several dental offices until I found one in my area that handles low-income people on a regular basis. I DID find one, and although my initial appointment cost approximately $350, after that, they became more lenient and worked with me so ensure I received quality dental care at prices I could afford (in the form of a payment plan).
Unfortunately, there will always be some sort of cost out of pocket to you if you do not have dental insurance. But don't be afraid to call around for a dentist willing to help you and who will meet your needs both orally and financially. There ARE dentists out there willing to help, you just have to call and find them.
Another option is to call around and find out if there are any dental programs in your area that you can take advantage of. Any way to lower the total cost to you is beneficial.
Sorry I couldn't help more.
5 Apr 2014
What things did u find out that have helpe Please help me. I'm 28 and been goin through this since i was 16 so i know u can imaginewhat i have been through . And I'm really sad anyone else has been through this. i have four kids ages are five thrpugh ten noone will keep me at a job bc i cant smile enk
5 Apr 2014
And now noone will hire me bc i can't talk without showin my teeth much less smile to earn a job and it i now hve been jobless for three yrs struggling bad
11 Aug 2014
I know exactly how you feel, 21 when I have a mouth full of rotting teeth. I have two young little boys and it only started happening in between the pregnancies, youngest being six months old and eldest being 2 and a half, I brush my teeth regularly but they are just fading away really quickly too the point where I wake up most mornings with a bit of tooth on my toungue. I don't have the money too go pay for all this and I'm extremely scared of dentists is there any places that can do general anesthesia or iv sedation for dental work being health care and Medicare covered or bulk bill?
23 Feb 2015
I have the same problem i am not financial stable i dont how how it will be cause my teeth are going worse what can i do to have healthy teeth am scared
23 May 2015
Come to Australia I know its far but teeth falling out randomly n look like hollow marrow bone makes me puke every day god thank codeine
23 Sep 2015
Im 21 as well with the same problem i get mad fun of all the time getting called names because of my teeth are bad I cant smile the pain is unbearable my teeth just keep decaying away and hurt all the time. Keeps me up all night I cant even eat most times or get any sleep my teeth disgust me they are gross my parents stopped taking me to the dentist at 12 and they just kept decaying I dont have dental issuance is there any place that will do payments for low cost to get my whole mouth done could you tell me what you had found to help you with your mouth ? Id greatly appreciate it
15 Oct 2015
I never had a cavity until 3years ago when I stopped absorbing food because I had 35lbs of water weight I Had no idea until I lost 75% of my hair and 3 back teeth fell out. The dentist said they were ALL rotten on the inside. Now they are yellow I have 1 1/2 bottom back teeth. All 4 k9 teeth have rotted outside and look like ground beef. I don't smile any more or laugh. My disability doesn't pay enough to afford to have them fixed. They said first would have to have the broken and severely rotted ones removed the specialist said 9 teeth and quoted several thousand dollars. Then because I have 2 sets of roots so another specialist said 5 root canals quoted several dollars. All that has to be done before any fillings,bridges,cosmetic and whitening can be done. It is SO painful I can barely eat. I wish I could have a free teeth makeover done I miss living with a constant smile, my husband said he misses my perma-grin. It has made me very depressed!
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