Paul, I lost my lower teeth in 1977 from gum disease and my upper teeth were extracted in 1985. I had so much poison running through my body with the bad teeth setting in my mouth. I was just a teenager when I learned that my bottom teeth had to go. At that age, it was very embarrassing but it was out of my hands. It wasn't hard to say good bye to the teeth because of all the health problems that they were causing. I lost alot of weight and was downright unhealthy. I tipped the scales at 90 lbs. I am now at the point where I have lost so much of my bone ridge that I will need to have some type of implants put in within the next few years. Trying to keep teeth that are chipped and broken can be very expensive with no guarantees of how long they will last. You will feel much better overall and will be able to eat all the foods that you might be missing out on. Having dentures are no big deal, they do take a little while to get used to. Good luck.The last two years have been filled with losing one tooth after another. My front teeth are doing well, but, everything else is either breaking apart when I bite down on food (even pasta and bread), or, they're so full of cavities that the only option remaining for me is oral surgery.
My dentist and oral surgeon both tell me that's its caused by a combination of my prescriptions and the diabetes. Believe me when I tell you that I brush and floss 2 to 3 times a day.
It is so recurrent that when I call the oral surgeon to set up an appointment, the reception staff know my voice and call me by my first name.
I was wondering if anyone else is having the same problems. I've been told there is nothing that a good set of dentures won't cure. I guess that means my teeth are terminal, and that's a better prognosis than the doctor telling me that I'm terminal.