In the summer of 2013 I started having severe tooth pain and was told that my teeth were in such bad shape that my best option was to have them all removed and get dentures.
This was very difficult news for a 25-year-old to hear. The dentist worked with me and tried to save some of my teeth, but was unsuccessful. They were just in too bad of shape.
Only four of my teeth are still intact (the four top front teeth that are most easily visible). But they cannot be saved, either, because they cannot support a partial denture and when the surrounding teeth are removed, they will most likely be damaged.
In 2013, I started having my teeth removed, but it was a slow tedious process because of limited funds and the low-income clinic could only remove a few per visit. It was emotionally exhausting.
Tooth pain has been my companion for nearly five years. The pain is not constant, thankfully, however when it does strike, even strong pain medications no longer work.
I have to be careful what I eat--Is it too hard? Is it too chewy? Will it get into the holes in my teeth? Is it too hot? Is it too cold? Is it too sweet? Different things are sensitive to different things. It's constantly exhausting.
On top of this, I have an anxiety disorder which has made it even more difficult to make appointments and try to get the money needed for them. In fact, my anxiety disorder is what brought me here in the first place. I have OCD. I felt like my teeth weren't clean no matter how much I brushed them. I got to the point where I would brush my teeth three times in a row and still feel like my teeth weren't clean. The task became so exhausting and time-consuming that I just stopped all together. I feel ashamed of this. I feel like I should have been able to control it.
I have gotten a lot better emotionally over the years and now have been able to push myself to go forward to get this done. I went to see a dentist who is very kind and has generously offered to give me discounts on the four extractions that will need to be done surgically and on dentures. I am very thankful!
But I still don't have the $6,000 that I need to get all of this done. That's where you come in.
If you are able to help and feel that this is where your money should go, I am so, so thankful!
Even a little bit will help. The total is a big number, but broken up, if we even raise $210, I'll be able to get one tooth out.
($6,000 is the cost for everything--extractions of my 17 remaining teeth and for upper and lower dentures.)
- Jan Kiele
- Heather Worthington
- Jan Kiele
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