to summarize as briefly as possible - I grew up in the country on well water so no flouride, and was never taught to brush or otherwise take care of my teeth. When I learned how and started myself as a teenager, I already had a lot of decay
. Early dental
experiences ranged from mildly unpleasant to highly traumatic, and I developed a near phobia about going to the dentist
. I am now 48 and have managed to mostly stay on top of dental care as needed, but it has been a struggle my whole life. I now have Sjogren's syndrome, which has once again escalated the rate of decay. With a poor start in life, weakly formed & fragile teeth, and now additional health issues I feel like I cannot get ahead of the decay. I have had so many fillings
and root canals over the years it is crazy, and I feel like every time I turn around there is more decay again in the tooth that was just filled. No matter what dentist I go to, they are always all about 'saving the tooth' but I don't really understand why. If I have had a root canal
done on a particular tooth, and it has been filled so many times that there is very little original tooth left, then I feel like I am just throwing good money after bad to continue efforts to restore that tooth. I am saying 'tooth' singular but there are actually several teeth in my mouth that are in that situation. The question is, all things considered, at what point does it become a better choice to give up on those teeth and get a partial denture
? I know that implants are an option, and that is what all the dentists I have seen have been pushing, but I am not sure that I want to go that route due to the expense, pain
and inconvenience. I have been unable to find a dentist that I trust to advise me based on MY best interest and not their bot***** *****ne, and so any objective advice you could offer would be greatly appreciated!