Today I went back to the dentist to figure out a "treatment plan" and to get my teeth cleaned. Let's just say that I hate going to the dentist. I am so happy that I found a guy that I like, but why, oh why is it like torture to go to a dentist? I had my butt cheeks clenched the whole time. I couldn't help it! It didn't even hurt, but it was agonizing. I don't know. It was so dentisty!
Anyways, the thing I am kidding about is the gap. I wasn't kidding when I wrote the post about whether to close the gap, but that was before I knew how much it would cost to do it! YIKES! Yeah right! If it were crazy cheap (which for some crazy reason I thought it was) then I would maybe consider it, but thousands of dollars? No thanks. The gap is just fine the way it is!
So yeah, I pretty much have the most crap teeth ever!!!! I have an insane number of cavities. One of them is verging on needing a root canal (pray people, pray that it won't be so)! All four of my wisdom teeth need to be pulled. And that root canal that I had a few years back that I probably didn't need in the first place? Well, let's just say the dentist asked if I got it done in a foreign country and that it is not pretty looking. I knew that the day I left the dentist office. So basically that old root canal sucked. They chipped a tooth next to it while putting it on (or something like that), which caused a cavity (or something like that) and then when they put it on they left a hole and didn't seal it right (or something like that). The dentist today said it was as if they did a root canal, then put a crown over a cavity. Not fun, not fun at all. So basically, today I learned that I need at least ONE cavity filled (but probably more), four teeth pulled, one crown redone, one crown prepped and put in, and a partridge in pear tree. Oh, I mean, forget that last part. But it wouldn't surprise me if I did need something like that as well.
I felt so bad for the lady at the front counter. She printed out my "treatment plan" (this is very serious stuff people) and she accidentally put that I needed a root canal as well, so when I saw the estimated cost of everything it was going to be over 5,000 dollars!!! WHAT!?!? So the dentist corrected that and we can take off about 1,500. Phew! The rest is just pennies! I just need to get it out of my system RIGHT NOW! I hate health insurance or lack thereof! What in the world!?!? How can we not have dental insurance?!?! So back to the lady at the desk. When I saw the "treatment plan" I began sounds that communicated, "HOLY FREAKING COW, HOW AM I GOING TO PAY FOR THIS!?!?" She smiled politely. Then I moved from noises, to questioning how in the world people could afford to get their teeth done.
That is my question. How do people afford to get their teeth done if they don't have insurance?
Lesson learned today: Floss your teeth. Not just a couple days before your dentist appointment, but at least a few times a week. FLOSS PEOPLE!!!!!!!!!