Woman can't afford dental work, super glueing teeth

By: Jessica Zartler Email
By: Jessica Zartler Email

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) - With a decay in markets and the economy health experts are worried about another kind of decay, people cutting back on dental work because they don't have the money.

For one local woman it's a reality and she's had to go to sticky measures to keep her teeth from falling out. Every time September Williamson looks in the mirror, she has a hard time seeing anything but her teeth. When she goes out, she feels that's all other people see.

"When I talk to people a lot of times I have my hand over my mouth," Williamson says.

Her once pearly whites are now plagued with problems. "I can't smile in public. It affects my self-esteem greatly. My kids have never really seen me smile and my husband says he misses it," she says with tears in her eyes.

Williamson can't afford the dental work she needs, so for now she's turned to super glue.

"I have a crown that is super glued in the front but I can't fix it until I can get my dentures on top," she says.

Williamson does have insurance but it only covers up to $1,000 a year and the partial dentures she needs are $8,500. And because she has insurance she's not eligible for dental assistance.

Marillac Clinic Director Kristy Schmidt wishes she could help. "It's a difficult situation to be in," Schmidt says..

Schmidt's best advice, try to work out a payment plan with the dentist. "If they have a dentist I would be talking to them about their situation," she says.

Schmidt says there are a lot of people out there like Williamson, who need more than their insurance covers, and can't pay for it but don't qualify for help.

And right now, there's no word on when help may be out there. "I know there are discussions going on to try to really figure out what's best for the community," Schmidt says.

But what's best for Williamson may not be something she can afford. "We do what we can. If the kids need dental they go first. I've gotten to a point where I just have them pulled," she says.

And she and her family are trying to save so one day she can look in the mirror and smile. "To be able to smile, to be able to have my kids really see me smile," she says.

Marillac Clinic says the best thing to do is stay on top of possible problems, don't wait until your teeth affect your health. Officials say paying now can save you a lot later.

If you don't have insurance, you could be eligible for services. Click on the link below for more information from Marillac Clinic.

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  • by Laura Scott Location: st.louis on Apr 12, 2012 at 09:17 AM
    I have the same problem l do have dental insurance but I cant afford the copay of 1250.00 I dont remember the last time I smiled I feel like a freak of nature
    I just want to feel good about myself
  • by Laura Scott Location: st.louis on Apr 12, 2012 at 09:16 AM
    I have the same problem l do have dental insurance but I cant afford the copay of 1250.00 I dont remember the last time I smiled I feel like a freak of nature
    I just want to feel good about myself
  • by Sharon Location: Raleigh NC on Sep 19, 2010 at 07:40 AM
    I do not have dental insurance for me and my son, can't afford, but we both are in pain and need teeth pull, applied for medicaid they say I did not qualify, I do not know what else to do can you please help the pain is unbearable
  • by MamaBear Location: St Louis MO on Aug 21, 2010 at 10:44 PM
    It is easy to criticize those who cannot afford dental work. If you have never been in their situation then please shut up. I need a crown, cannot afford the cost. No dental schools here. Dental work is expensive, and not all dental insurances cover everything. Before you accuse, criticize and abuse walk a mile in my shoes. Some of you are very ignorant of others real problems.
  • by Greg Charlie Location: California on Jan 15, 2010 at 12:57 AM
    There are many dental centers in USA. Why dont you try for a better one. I suggest you to seek treatment at American dental Health providers(CA)(http://www.adhp.com)
  • by Jill Johnson Location: Clifton, CO. on Apr 30, 2009 at 08:49 AM
    I'm happy for the woman! Of course, many of us need help, including me, but at least Jessica, the Reporter, and other carry individuals helped one of us! Thank You to all that helped this woman. Hurray for nice people!
  • by Rev Cheryl Location: Seattle WA on Apr 30, 2009 at 12:19 AM
    Why can't you all be HAPPY for this woman instead of being envious? She humbly found a way to ask for assistance and God showed her favor, smiled upon her and you have witnessed the Love of the Father to one of His children. Be Thankful instead of complaining that she got blessed.
  • by Debra Location: CA on Apr 29, 2009 at 01:45 PM
    I am disgusted also about a dentist from my own home state that helped that Colo woman but I also am feeling good for her she got help. I have documented gastrointestinal problems b/c of missing teeth & not chewing right. I even live where the famous "Lumineers" are made. I'm broke, on state aid....what else do I need to ask for help as I have tried?
  • by shari Location: scotia, ca on Apr 29, 2009 at 11:41 AM
    I am so upset that a dentist from my home state chooses to help an out of state woman to donate services to, where are the dentists in her own state? I cannot get help anywhere from anyone and am so desperate and mortified by my appearance i wanna just die at times I dont leave home unless I have no choice and am sick all the time.HELP SOMEBODY!!!!!
  • by Nadine Young Location: Modesto, CA on Apr 19, 2009 at 08:27 PM
    I have RSD and my teeth or falling out. I have also had 5 crowns. I can't afford to have the work done. I have 4 missing teeth on the top. I cover my mouth when I talk. I don't let anyone take pictures. I'd like someone to help me find someone who knows about RSD and the cause of the teeth decaying. PLEASE help
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