Trip to the Dentist

Today I went to the dentist for the first time in two years.  Between having no dental insurance and having so many illnesses, my teeth weren’t ranking high, although I know how important it is. But for a month or so my teeth were kind of always bothering me, not major pain, but a dull ache all of the time.  I knew something was wrong, I knew at the very least my teeth were sensitive along the gumline.

I had a coupon, “New patient exam $195, X-rays and cleaning included.”  I was a bit leery of these types of ads, and of the neon sign saying “Dentist” in the window but everything looked pretty normal when I walked in.  It was a nice office and the staff seemed happy, that’s always a good sign.

So I had some good news and bad news from the dentist, who seemed very trustworthy.  The good news is that I have the teeth bone structure of an 18-year-old.  The bad news is that all of my filings, ALL TWELVE, need to be re-done.  I haven’t had cavities in probably 20 years, so my filings, silver, were very old and were decaying.  Oh, and I did have one cavity.  The dentist said this wasn’t bad, it is just the normal progression of filings in your mouth and things could be a lot worse.

Things got a lot worse when I heard the price tag, almost $3,000!  Um, should I say there was more good news when I was approved for some kind of dental credit card, interest-free, that I must pay every month for the next 18 months of my life??

Big sigh.  What can I do, right, don’t have it done and just let things get worse in my mouth, and even more expensive?  It is what it is.  I could make it cheaper by having silver filings again, but with all the knowledge we have about mercury in silver filings…I don’t know, I have enough problems already.  And, um, I’m hoping to live for a while longer so I don’t need any more silver filings.

The dentist is going to do it in two visits with novacaine.  I go back August 5th.  I literally just sighed again.

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About mamasick

Emily Cullen is a pen-name. I suffer from chronic illnesses and diseases which include Bipolar Disorder, Asthma, Diabetes and Fibromyalgia. I had battled Lupus and Rheumatoid Arthritis but there is no longer evidence of me having these diseases and my Rheumatologist has declared them to be "burnt out" of my system. I am separated from my husband, “Grant”. Our son, “Tyler” was born in September of 2006 and suffers from tics and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, and is delayed in fine and gross motor skills. In my blog I seek to let sick moms know that they are not the only ones going through this, and to educate people about what can happens when one becomes catastrophically ill. I also strive to break down stereotypes of what a “Welfare Mom” is like. Anything that I have gone through due to being sick, is written on the pages of Mama Sick.

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