Hi my name is Angela, I’m 52 years old. I live in a very small town in Mississippi called Noxapater with about 5 stores and one stop light. I’ve lived in Mississippi all my life and have never traveled outside the United States. When I was 30 years old I was put on Social Security Disability for extreme panic and anxiety attacks. I am on Medicare and Medicaid but that doesn’t pay anything on dental. I was put on an anxiety medication called Tranxene. It made my mouth dry all the time. I just thought that was something normal to live with. Turns out all these years later it affected my teeth.
Today, I only have 14 teeth left, 7 on top, 7 on the bottom. The teeth that are left are crumbling a little everyday. The top teeth are in very bad shape. Some of the teeth have the enamel completely gone and are crumbling away. The top teeth need to be pulled and then need a plate or as known as a top denture immediately after the teeth are pulled.
I’ve been to the dentist to find out what I need to do. She told me I need to get all 7 of my top teeth pulled and get a top denture plate. We are trying to save the bottom teeth as long as possible. The dentist is a low income dental office in Sebastopol, Mississippi that uses a sliding scale based on income. They do not make dentures or fit them. I will have to go somewhere else to do this. I have researched a place in Meridian, Mississippi called Affordable Dentures that some of my other friends and family have used to get their dentures. I have not been there personally because it cost money for the visit. The dentist at Sebastopol said she could pull all the teeth and I needed to get the plate in the same day. It cost $228 for 3 teeth to be pulled. I don’t know what it would cost for all 7. All I can go by is the website on Affordable Dentures for the price for the top denture plate which starts at Premium Dentures $1175 and that is not the highest quality denture. It is next to the highest. The highest is Ultimate Fit; it starts at $1479 for one plate. It says in the instructions not to send a screenshot of a site for you to look at but that is all I have because I cannot afford to go to the visit.
I showed my Grandmother my teeth today. She is 89 and will be 90 in November. She couldn’t believe the awful shape my teeth were in. She wanted to know if I had them checked lately that it looked like cancer. I had to reassure her I had them checked and the dentist said nothing of cancer. My Grandmother has better and more natural teeth than I. It is very embarrassing to smile or go about your life or everyday tasks when your teeth look like this. It really does depress me and makes me not want to be around other people. I’ve not mentioned the health risk of having bad teeth. They need to come out. If they get very bad the infection can get in the bloodstream and kill you so I’m told. I’ve had that happen to a few family members.
I love attending church and sometimes I find it hard to attend but I must push myself to go. I’m a self conscious person anyway. I pray this letter is sufficient. I know with your help my life will change dramatically. It will make it easier to eat. I won’t be afraid to smile, laugh or wonder if my teeth are showing. I can be in a group or just around people and enjoy myself. I’m asking for $2000 to $2200 for the teeth to be pulled, the top denture and to get to the two dentist. I hope you see within your heart and mind to help me.