Some people have that recurring dream of teeth falling out, but a teenager’s story is the true-to-life version of this nightmare.
Eighteen-year-old Linzi Grant from Bletchley near Milton Keynes suffers from a mysterious condition wherein parts of her teeth fall out every time she sneezes. The teen says she is constantly in pain as the crumbling teeth leave open gaps for pus and blood to fill her gums.
The Psychological and Physical Effects of the Condition
Linzi Grant has been bullied due to her manky teeth and has been hospitalised six times due to repeated life-threatening infections. The crumbling teeth also meant she could only eat soft food, such as soup.
One of the things she also noticed after her teeth started breaking is the build-up of fluid in the mouth. Her face would swell, but there was not anything she could do except to go to a dentist to drill holes in the teeth and relieve the fluid and pressure. She also has over 100 fillings and has lost six teeth. Eventually, all her teeth will have to be removed.
Health Professionals are Clueless
Doctors say that the rare condition may be a side effect of her type 1 diabetes. Her nurses, on the other hand, believe that there is another cause.
Doctors, dentists and consultants cannot agree on what is wrong or how to treat Linzi Grant, but the girl is now to the point where she needs dentures — a removable plate holding artificial teeth, according to the dentists at Aura Dental. Grant is only 18, but she will suffer a lifetime of self-esteem issues — and possibly bullying — if she does not replace her teeth with dentures.
Dentures: The Solution to the Problem
People often associate dentures with older adults, but a set works well for teens as well, like Linzi Grant, as a temporary measure. Younger people’s dentures often use metal clips that fit over adjacent teeth and hold the dentures in place.
But of course, not everyone is a good candidate for dentures at such a young age. It may still depend on a number of factors, including the bite, clenching or biting habits, and the health of supporting gums and bone.
For people like Linzi Grant, she can only hope to have a healthy, good-looking set of teeth to smile confidently. Fortunately, there is still hope for people like her to have attractive teeth, thanks to modern cosmetic dentistry.