Mar 28, 2011

My life in the Dental Chair...

Okay, I'm back! Well, kinda... I went in for another round of dental work on Thursday: 2 root canals, 2 temporary crowns, and 1 temp filling.

I'm a trooper and can usually handle pain well, but 5 hrs of dental work and getting numbed up 4 times left me in a bit of pain. This is actually the first time I took my pain meds which of course made me sleepy, but feeling as if you've just been punched in the face is not what's up.

It seems like my life wouldn't be complete without some level of dental drama and this visit didn't disappoint. After my 5 hr marathon treatment I was notified that my dentist would no longer be working with my insurance company as of May 1st. Hearing the news felt like getting punched in the stomach. I had finally worked out the kinks with my dentist and was enjoying this practice. Just being with people that I was starting to build a relationship with and starting to trust... only to find out that I had to complete my dental work with another office. Even though this round of work maxed out my dental benefits for this year, as I stated in a previous blog, I'm still able to receive services at the discounted rate (sans the provider co-pay), so financially I must find a new office to keep my bill affordable.

On a happier note, I only have 1 round of things left to do: 1 root canal/crown and a few fillings! I plan on finishing up my treatment by mid summer so going into the fall my mouth will be operating at nearly 100% - - only leaving my wisdom teeth left up to be removed. I've been sticking my feelers out to get a better understanding of the process of getting my wisdom teeth pulled out. I'm on the fence about having a doctor put me under and using an IV... but still foggy on the other options.

For now, I'm closing in on the final laps of my preventative care. Again, I urge everyone to stay on top of their annual dental visits. Preventative care really is everything. Catch those cavities early on, get them filled, and live your life!! I'm over root canals at this point.


Bri said...

This year I vouched to get my teeth together as well as take advantage of my Health Reimbursement Account at work and boy am I happy I did....

At the end of last year I had both wisdom teeth removed at the top removed which in turn left the bottom room to stay since it wasn't causing harm and my toothbrush can still reach them but I will need feelings if my dentist can ever get to my bottom set of teeth the top is causing me huge problems....I got all my feeling and one root canal with a temporary crown on Saturday only to discover how excrutiating it was to have air blown on another tooth resulting in another vist for another freaking root canal. But in the end its worth it I think....and the Health Spending Account really helps me....1 tooth = 1209.....geez

*sorry for hogging your comments**

South Loop Social Light said...

I'm glad you're handling your dental work! Just like you I had some pain in another tooth when they were blowing air doing the root canals, but I already knew this tooth needed a filling. However, the level of pain that air was causing had me nervous that this tooth could turn into another root canal situation. 1 tooth costing about $1200 for the root canal/crown sounds about right! Doesn't it make you sick the amount of money it costs to maintain your teeth!! Makes you wish you could've caught it earlier on and just got a filling.

janelle said...

yeah, i was in the same boat about a year ago. i had 11 cavities and a total of 4 root canals and crowns, in addition to my advanced gum disease (periodontitis).

and now i'm on month 2 of 24 of orthodontia.

when i think about how many thousands of dollars i could have saved by just brushing and flossing regularly, it makes me sick. but great post, nonetheless. :)

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