Hello, My name is Byron. I’m a 62 yr. old male on SSID with a mortage having with $300.00 and some change left over for Utilities, up keep, insurance and transportation costs. I’m having the last 4 of my teeth extracted this fall. I had 6 extracted last year. As everyone knows Dental Services a exspenive. I have Medicade which will cover the extractions and Dentures however they will not cover the cost $2500 of having them Secured with 2 bolts which would stop the bone lose from occurring. Having the procedure done at the time I get the dentures will be less exspenive than having them secured at a later date which might be to late as there might not be enough bone left to anchor the dentures to because without teeth to stimulate the jawbone bone lose starts Unfortunately the bone lose has started and it will be a year since the other teeth were pulled.
The below infomation explains the process of bone lose better than I.
The following resoure is from: https://www.ofspittsburgh.com/surgical-instructions/before-anesthesia/
WHAT IS JAWBONE DETERIORATION?
Your bones frequently remold themselves as you age. This is a healthy process that removes and replaces bone as needed. But when bone is removed faster than it can be replaced, deterioration occurs and can make your jawbone more susceptible to fractures and breakage.
This can happen in the upper (maxilla) or lower (mandibular) jawbone.
SYMPTOMS OF JAWBONE LOSS
Adjustment in your facial structure or bite
Distortion of facial features
Pain when chewing
Wrinkles begin to form around your mouth
Shifting of your teeth
Headaches, facial pain, and jaw pain
Limited lip support
Difficulty speakingg resoure is from: https://www.ofspittsburgh.com/procedures/bone-grafting/jawbone-loss-and-deterioration/
WHAT CAUSES BONE LOSS IN THE JAW?Bone loss can occur for a number of reasons.
The most common cause of bone loss is tooth extraction.
The jawbone is preserved through activities like chewing and biting. When an adult tooth is removed and not replaced, jaw bone deterioration begins. In the first year after tooth extraction 25% of bone is lost, and this bone loss continues with time. When teeth are missing, the alveolar bone, or the portion of the jaw bone that anchors the teeth in the mouth, no longer receives the necessary stimulation and begins to break down, or resorb. The body no longer uses or needs the jaw bone, so it deteriorates.
I never thought I would some day not be able to afford having dental work done either thru Insurance or paying cash. But now I do. I don’t want to have my face distorted because of two bolts which to me is ironic in of its self that two bolts would cost $2500.00
Any donations will keep my face from changing uncontrollbly and are greatly appreciated by Myself and my Family. Thank you before hand if you decide to donate and right now for even taking the time to read this plea for help. Sincerly, Byron