I am 40 years old, and my top teeth are in bad shape. I am already missing 4 or 5 teeth, and I am having some pain in one of my front teeth. I went to the dentist yesterday, and they are telling me most of my teeth are salvageable, but I need root canals and crowns and bridges. All in, they are telling me it will cost around 17,000.00. Right now, in order to fix the front tooth that is hurting, it will cost 1800.00 just to fix just one tooth. I would need root canals on 4 teeth, and crowns on 6, and two bridges. I am a single mom, and as much as I want to keep my own teeth, I'm not sure that is an option. I just don't have that kind of money. I have a pretty severe fear of the dentist, which is why I don't go as I should. I panic, I cry, and act ridiculous, but I can't help it. I know the decision is mine on which way I should go, but I would love to hear some opinions from people that are or were my age when they got dentures. I can get a loan to pay for the one tooth right now, but it may be years before I could do the rest, and then what happens if several teeth are hurting, and I can't afford to fix them, and end up with dentures anyway? Would saving this tooth for 1800.00, be worth it if I had to had it pulled and get dentures within a few years anyway? I am just so conflicted, and I don't know what I should do.