|Bang your head,....Dental Health will drive me mad.
||[Oct. 23rd, 2008|08:21 am]
Remember the relaxing day off I had yesterday? After getting not even 1/4 the tasks I wanted done actually DONE I went to the dentist.
I have white, straight, pretty looking teeth with healthy gums.
I am a flossing champion superstar.
This dentist is very sweet, shows me the xrays, is conservative, highly rated, and has free nitrous for me during crowns which cause me to panic at the smell of my own burning teeth since I've had so much dental work done.
At least I'll look awesome and my teeth are so white from the Crest whitestrips they thought I'd had Zoom done!
The red wine and Diet Coke stains polished right off. Ha! Got away with that.
In the last year I have been in so much pain that I ground through the TOP of one of my gold crowns on the back molar.
My 3 year old gold onlay has decay UNDER it.
One of my root canals healed wrong.
I need another crown replaced STAT.
I need 4 fillings.
I bit through my night guard and need a new one.
I am wearing the enamel off of my teeth with my chronic and unmanaged pain.
My teeth aren't going to last through many more years like this. The pain is breaking down my teeth while I sleep. My canine teeth used to have POINTS and now they have been ground off as I sleep.
How am I going to budget in the around $3000 out of pocket? I guess I get dental work instead of vacation this year? *cries* Ugh. This is how my $25,000 smile becomes a $28,000 smile. If you like my smile that is only because you have no idea how much pain and money it has taken (7 root canals, 10 crowns, braces, 2 gold onlays, 2 major dental surgeries, all wisdom teeth out). My chart had so much medically and dentally he just said, "Wow. You have been through a lot." Yep, that's me. Raise your hand if you're a hot mess.
I think you have it worse than me, but I do feel your pain - to some extent. Mine will be more expensive (this round) because I have crappy dental coverage that only covers $1000 per year, which won't put a dent in the 5 crowns and 6 fillings I need. Luckily, I am starting now, so I have this year's $1000, plus next years $1000.
I still have about $1000 in my medical flex spending account, $800 of which is available to dental. (I need new prescription sun glasses before my vacation - otherwise I will spend it all with a headache.) I am upping my flex spending for next year to the max (I think that's $3000.) It means death on my monthly budget, but I need to just do it.
For me, I have NOT been the flossing queen, though that is only the issue for one of my fillings, and probably the 3 replacement crowns. Those need replaced because there is a gap at the bottom of the crown, which doesn't have decay, but he said is likely due to the lack of flossing. The other two crowns are needed due to cracks in my teeth. One is urgent as I have severe temperature sensitivity in that tooth. I am having that one done next Friday, along with the filling in the tooth next to it. Ugh.
The other fillings are mostly due to years of uncontrolled diabetes. Now that my blood sugars are perfect, I expect I will have less decay issues. That and getting my ass on the flossing bandwagon, dammit! (I have been GOOD the last week, since my appointment. Once or TWICE a day. Yay me.)
I haven't yet figured out the budget, but I MUST do at least the fillings and 1 of the crowns this year, ASAP to save the teeth and avoid more costly repairs. I think that the 2nd and 3rd crown are more negotiable and can wait until Jan if needed.
Damn, I was just gonna ask if there was any way to delay until 2009, so as to get in on that Flex Spend action.
That's such a horrible feeling, when a dentist basically tells you that you're a hairs-breadth from losing teeth. My teeth have like, no enamel and are basically rotting out of my head, and no dentist has any clue why (and this has been going on since pre-surgery). Yeah, super-helpful, when they basically tell me that I'm in danger of losing my teeth but give me no real action items on that point. Thanks...
But I digress...