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gah... dentists...

So I failed to reschedule my appointment, and went in to Gentle Dental this morning. My hygienist was excellent, actually quite a bit better than my old one, and this gave me the beginning of a feeling that I would want to stick with the new place... I also asked her about the fillings that were coming up, and she showed me on the X-ray where the grey spots were that signified cavities.

When I asked the dentist about it, he said that, in fact, the cavities were that bad, and there were nine of them. It had gotten through the enamel into "the dentin", which is, I guess, the soft vulnerable part. It might take 4 or 5 years to burrow through the enamel but once it's through, *bam* it can eat away dentin very quickly.

So it's time for the fillings. $360 for two today. Another appointment in a few weeks. Ouch. This next one could cost $660 for composite fillings, or $410 for amalgam ones. I'm not so worried about the look of it, as the conductivity of the thing, myself... I should figure out what fillings I currently have and see if I'm having any sensitivity to heat or cold.

And maybe put off the next appointment until I have some more money...

Looks like the third and last appointment will be the most expensive, with 4 fillings (as opposed to 2 in today's or 3 in the next one)... *sigh* I hope work gets funding.

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chaiya
Mar. 4th, 2002 01:22 pm (UTC)
Eeep ... I really hope that not *all* of my refund check goes to fixing my teeth. I'm pretty sure I have two well-developed cavities. :(
hammercock
Mar. 4th, 2002 02:43 pm (UTC)
Ack, sorry to hear it...you might want to ask your dentist if you can work out some sort of payment plan. My dentist has always been really good about that because he knows that I'm always scrambling to pay the bills. Good luck...
awfief
Mar. 5th, 2002 10:41 am (UTC)
eep! Permabit doesn't cover dental???? (do you have health insurance? it might be worth it to purchase some....you can get group rates if you go with some communal-type plans).
crs
Mar. 5th, 2002 10:45 am (UTC)
My guess is that you can't get dental insurance when it is known that you have 7 cavities that need filling...

But yeah, dental plans are actually quite rare a job perk.
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