Earning My Smile Back.
Organized by: Terri Amos
I struggle with Multiple Sclerosis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Fibromyalgia, and Hypothyroidism. Because of the various amount of medicine that I am required to take to keep my symptoms under control, which is around 50 pills a day; my teeth have begun to completely deteriorate and have begun to fall out. Before 3 years ago, I never even had a cavity. Since then, I've had every tooth filled and have subsequently lost a total of 9 teeth, and almost every filling has fallen out as well. I had my consultation today to begin to formulate a progressive plan for my future dental health. There is NO easy solution, the Dr feels I'm too young to warrant 40-50 years with standard implants or even dentures because my jaw line is so small and because I'm too young for these two options to be viable solutions for anything long term. His plan is a combination of steps to ensure that the procedure will give me longevity for my dental health and overall wellness. I can't do this alone. I do not have dental insurance, only Medicare,, and it does not cover dental procedures. I am on a fixed income and they will not take or accept payments. I do not have my smile anymore and desperately would like to have it back. I'm in constant pain, with nothing to alleviate all of the constant pain that I'm in. And the threat of abscessed teeth is always present. I have already begun to lose some shape to my jaw line, which is a threat I didn't even know existed until today. I would be forever grateful to anyone who has the capacity to help me in anyway. I would like to have the opportunity back to just smile again and focus on my overall health. The profile pictures that I have on Facebook are pictures before my teeth started falling out, because I've been too self conscience and embarrassed to actually show my deteriorated teeth. I have included a picture of my current state, which makes me feel extremely vulnerable in itself. I just feel its necessary to convey what I'm actually facing. Thanks for taking the time to read this, and if you can't help by donating, please forward and share with others. God Bless.