- Jul 1, 2018
I think I have different issues at play which are all contributing - the atypical facial pain, plus I have had a cold/sinus infection pretty much constantly since mid-December. It is so hard not to worry though.
My dentist told me about the “shortened dental arch” concept, which I think possibly originated in Germany. It suggests that a person needs only 20 teeth to function with a decent dentition. I have gaps on both sides at the bottom back, plus one upper wisdom tooth missing. I had pretty much forgotten about the four that were taken out when I was 11, because I feel like I never really had them - now I wish I did! I get so cross and despondent about all of this, because I have always taken care of my teeth, never, ever missed a checkup or not had treatment if I needed it, and my teeth actually look good to the point people comment on how white and straight they are. Just a pity half of them are missing.
I understand about that also. I have always taken care of my teerh as well. After having braces and so much oral surgery on my teeth as a kid, I made sure to keep them clean. I never even had a cavity until I was in my 20's. I have always had dentists, and even my recent oral surgeon tell me I have impeccable oral hygiene. It is hard not to be upset that all this has happened now. It doesn't seem fair, but that's life.