My deteriorating dental condition is probably the mixed result of becoming seriously ill for an extended period of time, from steroid treatment that does take a toll on the body, whether it is replacement value or not, and maybe a tad of it is age. However, after my Addison's diagnosis was made, my mouth quickly became a battlefield. Before my Addison's diagnosis, I simply enjoyed yearly cleanings with minimal intervention. Afterward, it's become so bad that I've learned to use the over-the-counter temporary filling fixative to create my own fillings when necessary; I can't live in the dental chair.
Regardless, I am never thrilled about going to the dentist, family friend or not. I've had so many root canals that it seems I should have a canal named after me.