Yes, you read it right....first of all, I apologize for not writing in dutch, as I AM capable. Unfortunately however, being Canadian born I'm not as fluent as I'd like to be and as a result feel more comfortable explaining things in English.
I'm a married 52 year old father of two, Canadian born as stated, who moved to Belgium with my family in 2012 to be closer to both sides of our family (mijn familie is van Belgie en m'n vrouw haar familie is van Ierland/Verenigde Koningrijk).
29 years ago, I had my jaw broken in two places. As a result, the wires used to wire my jaw damaged the enamel on my teeth. My teeth slowly deteriorated from that point on. Due to the high cost of dental work In Canada....$2000 for a root canal, $8000-20,000 for an implant....I never had the restorative work done over the years. Now, I find myself not limited by the cost of the individual costs per tooth, but the unfortunate extent of the total work required.
ALL of my teeth are now either rotten to the point of collapse or have already rotted out completely. I have been ashamed of my mouth for more than half my life and have not smiled for about 23 years. My wife AND children have never seen me smile (including at my wedding), nor do we have any pictures where I am smiling. I am now at a point where once again I am in extreme pain as one of my roots has become infected/inflamed and I'm beginning to wonder why I tolerate it. I actually wish I would die so that I no longer need to live this way. Due to the extent of the work I require, I CAN NOT afford the work required, and I'm now currently unemployed in any case.
Is there any hope? I'd attach pictures, but unfortunately I think they would disgust even the most seasoned dental surgeon....and I'm honestly quite tired of the comments with regards to "you should have looked after your teeth better", "get a loan", etc., etc.