Hi carol999 Would you not love your partner if she had her teeth out, or lost and arm or had anything wrong with her at all?
You just answered your own question. SIMPLESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS
Maybe if you could work up the courage to get your gums healthy and cleaned by a hygienist, you may be able to keep some of your teeth. It is so hard to imagine trusting somebody enough to get work done, but it can be done with the right person, as you know I have my own demons at the moment, but I will find a dentist I can work with, this is a temporary blimp and I am frightened and nervous but I will get myself sorted out.
I really feel for you, and I hope you get sorted out and that you are happy with the choices you make.
All the best, by the way is that your dog, it is lovely. I would love a dog again, mine died a few years ago and they leave such a gap.