Okay, another thing to be afraid of, dentistry. I have FM, migraine headaches, and the dreaded TMJ or TMD. For those of you not familiar with TMJ, it is short for tempormandibular joint disorder, in other words, I feel a lot of discomfort and tightness in my jaw, mouth, the area below both ears, not fun. I have a gap between my teeth. Not the front two teeth, but the one on the left of my front teeth. Hard to explain, but it is a gap that I have always been self concious about. I have never had "good" teeth. I had braces when I was 12 to 15, then wore a retainer for about 2 years. My teeth stayed together after wearing the retainer, but only for about 5 years, then the gap appeared. Long story short, I have been reading about dental implants for a single missing tooth, which I believe I have ( it doesn't look that bad, but noticeable if you really look). Anyway, the thought of "oral surgery" has me spinning. I can handle novacaine and getting cavities filled, but even that flares up my TMJ and interestingly enough, it flares my FM and for weeks, but at least I an not put out by anesthesia. Being put to sleep for dental issues, or any other, fills me with terror. I do have a good dentist, but I have not seen him in quite a while. I could discuss alternatives to a dental implant, but I am not sure if there are any. I did some research on bridges, but that was all. My problem is not that bad to get a partial denture either. I feel stuck here, and have avoided the dentist (like I do doctors, LOL). Any suggestions? I work in a hospital, and have known people who have had so many problems with anesthia, I just an too afraid. Hugs, Chelz.