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Old 07-12-2015, 09:17 PM   #22
suzan w
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Re: Teeth

Thank you all for these responses. Very helpful, interesting. Yesterday I met a woman at the beach...cancer survivor (throat and soft palate) treated with heavy radiation, hyperbaric chamber, etc...bottom line, cannot have extractions etc. due to osteonecrosis fears...she is having terrible teeth issues too. Coincidentally seeing my same dentist, paying out of pocket a 5 figure $$$, as am I . It was very reassuring to meet and talk with her.
So, here is my update, I have had all my front teeth (16) prepped for special crowns (no metal) and am now in temporaries. The permanent crowns will go in in 3 weeks. At that time, I will have the remaining molars, 12, prepped for crowns, temporaries, etc. 3 more weeks to final crowns. All these procedures are done under sedation. What an ordeal!!! I will also have a night guard (I am a grinder too!) Also will need to have special cleaning procedure done every 3 months.
Not complaining, no regrets, glad to be alive and NED. Again, thank you all for chiming in. In the general scheme of what so many of us are dealing with on a daily basis, teeth do seem rather trivial...but critical!!!
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