Emergency Dental Work

I need help. And I am terrible at asking for it. But right now, I am out of options and the clock is acceleratedly ticking.

I have never shied away from sharing my struggles with my weight and body image. From age 12-20, I was bulimic. I hid it from everyone in my life by making deliberate choices on when and where I purged. I was careful never to lose too much weight. I always kept up with my peers' diet of junk food. My purging of choice was always vomiting, and for 5 years I did it every day after every meal. Absolutely nothing I can do will reverse the damage almost 8 years of purging can reverse. I have lived with constant digestive issues for the last ten years since recovering. And I was always warned of the damage to my teeth. I would always brush my teeth after vomiting, because I figured that would hide it. I had no trouble with my teeth as a teenager whatsoever. I did have two root canals in my mid-twenties in an attempt to save two back teeth, but they ultimately still broke. I did flouride treatments and went to the dentist regularly. I have had cavities filled as they arise. Two weekends ago, I had a back tooth crack causing me extreme pain so I went to an emergency oral surgeon on Monday to have the tooth removed. I ended up having to have 4 teeth removed on my bottom right. That was a blow. I had been trying. I thought I had more time. At my follow up this week, the next step is to remove all my top teeth and get a denture. There is no saving my teeth. All the stomach acid wore away my enamel, rotted my teeth, and my brushing right after just did more damage. My teeth have had brown spots and yellow spots and holes and chips for years now, so I have been used to a less than stellar smile. I have been accustomed to sensitivity and pain on a regular basis. But now my teeth are abcessing which is causing more pain in addition to other health problems. I need to have the rest of my teeth removed as soon as possible. Since I have less more, the ones remaining are under more of a strain and I just chipped another one causing severe pain. It is affecting my jobs, my health, and my mental well being. I have dental insurance but removing the 4 teeth hit my limit for the year, and the insurance company is stating some of that may not be covered now because it was a pre-existing condition. I will not be able to wait until Jan 1, 2018 to proceed, especially since insurance may deny the claim again.

I am looking at about $200 per tooth to have the remaining pulled. I have 20 teeth left, so $4000. This does not include anesthesia. I am also looking at about $2000 for dentures once I have the teeth removed and heal about a week. Any little thing can help. It would be better for me to able to go under anesthesia just once more and have them removed all at once. Pulling one tooth at a time as I can afford it or as it abcesses to the point I cannot stand is a risky gamble.

I appreciate you reading my story. Any help will help me get my smile back.


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Ellie Quinn 
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