A Personal Story: Teeth in A Jar – Shannon, Claremont

Shannon lives in Claremont, New Hampshire. She got her dentures in the early 1980′s; back then, they cost her around $500. In the years since then, Shannon has gradually developed a bone spur in her mouth that made it first uncomfortable and then downright painful to wear her dentures. The cost of getting a new set of dentures or even having the ones she has adjusted, however, is simply beyond her means – “things have changed since the 1980′s,” she told us. For a long time Shannon would try wearing her dentures for a week at a time, or even for a whole month at a time. But inevitably, they would start to hurt so much that she’d have to give up and stop using them, just to give her mouth a break. Now they live permanently in a jar in her bathroom, and Shannon does without. “It’s just so much easier to eat without them,” she says. “They’ve been in that jar a long, long time.” If she could, Shannon would love to have her teeth back. But unless she can find a way to get help with the high cost of an adjustment, they’ll stay where they are – in a jar in her bathroom, doing no one any good.

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