A Personal Story: Daily Dental Pain – Travis, White River Junction

Travis is a resident of White River Junction, Vermont. Travis lived with daily dental pain for years because he couldn’t afford care. He had a dental abscess that caused his entire face to swell up. He scraped up money to visit a dentist and get a filling, but when the same tooth cracked in half the very next day he couldn’t afford to go back and instead lived with a jagged, broken tooth. Finally, a few years ago, he managed to find the money for his remaining teeth to be extracted; he just needed to “yank ‘em all out”, as he told me. Then he drove almost two hours away in order to get temporary dentures at a price he could afford. Those “temporary” dentures, which were never fitted for permanent comfort, have lasted him for over 5 years – and because he can’t afford to have them re-lined or adjusted for a better fit, they’ll have to last him a lot longer.

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