I decided that I'd go grab a taco salad for lunch at my favorite Mexican restaurant and then spend the afternoon at the public library. It was a nice plan until I got about halfway through my salad and suddenly felt a pain in my gums--kind of like when you get a hard piece of tortilla chip stuck up beside a tooth. But this was no tortilla chip. It turned out to be a giant crack (to the gum line) in one of the teeth that had a root canal this summer. I knew that the two teeth that had root canals were weakened and needed crowns, but I was putting it off until January as my dental insurance is maxed out until the end of the year. I already had to spend over $1000 out of pocket after the second root canal. Crowns are super expensive and I was trying to just be careful and wait out the year.
So I rushed to the dentist and got bad news: I'm going to lose that tooth altogether-it cracked in half--and even worse, I have to have an oral surgeon remove it. Once it's out, I'll have to wear a fake tooth in the spot for 6-8 weeks while the socket heals, and then they're going to have to crown the tooth behind it with a permanent bridge tooth attached to the crown. Even with insurance, between the oral surgeon and the dentist it's going to cost about $2000 more dollars out of pocket. There goes any Christmas shopping I'd planned to do, just like we missed out on our vacation in June because of dental expenses and the pain I was in. I feel so guilty about how much this is costing us. We keep having to dip into savings to pay for it all.
I just can't seem to catch a break. And I wish this shit year would just hurry up and end, already.
Here's a recent clip of John Oliver's 2016 season finale show, which sums up exactly how I feel about this terrible year. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did! (Warning....language.)
ps....I adore John Oliver. This whole show, from last Sunday, can be found on YouTube and is worth watching, especially if you're still reeling from our recent election and wondering how to get through the next 4 years. Inspirational.
Well that sucks! I am really sorry. While you're coping with a UTI as well. If it's any consolation (and why should it be) dental care is just as expensive here in New Zealand, though our medical care is subsidised. I loved the John Oliver clip, thanks for posting it.ReplyDelete
I don't understand why it has to cost so much! And it makes me mad because I try to take very good care of my teeth.Delete
That's really awful for you. I've had a lot of (painful) dental work in the past and I know how expensive it is. But a healthy mouth and beautiful smile is more important than Xmas presents. In the meantime no more tacos!ReplyDelete
I agree, Sue. My smile is my one vanity, because I've been told my whole life that it's my best feature.Delete
Probably just when you thought you were getting ahead. We are the same as NZ. Dental is expensive here and for average taxpayers, without subsidy or a very long wait of perhaps years for public treatment. Our private dental insurance is also poor value.ReplyDelete
We can never get ahead! Let us save up a little extra cash and an emergency WILL happen!Delete
I am so sorry to hear the next bad news about your tooth. And just when You thought you might make to January.ReplyDelete
Despise going to the dentist. They have messed up my mouth reworking old work so much I try not to see a dentist unless I have too. And I must admit I have a really nice dentist now. It is just too mentally painful along with the physical.
I'm getting to the point I'm going to need Xanax to go for a routine cleaning. It's almost becoming a phobia.Delete
John Oliver is English, but I've never heard of him.ReplyDelete
Well, he lives here now. You should check out his show on YouTube--very informative and funny!Delete
Oh dear Jennifer, you're really not having too much luck. Dentists and me don't mix, but I somehow wish they did. My teeth are a mess. As for 2016, it's been OK for us, but then we don't have Trump making our decisions!ReplyDelete
I'm glad 2016 has been good for you. I had high hopes for this year, but from the very beginning it has sucked!Delete
Teeth can be such a problem Jennifer. And although you suggest your smile is a vanity, your teeth are very important to your overall health. Don't feel too bad about the cost, just bite the bullet ( sorry about the pun) and pay up... Dental costs seem to be so expensive no matter where you live.ReplyDelete
Yes, I don't understand why dental care has to cost SO MUCH. Or why a regular dentist can no longer do root canals or slightly complicated extractions anymore--it's always a referral to an expensive endodontist or oral surgeon.Delete
I feel for you. I have had a lot of work on mine over the years. I have got 2 bridges…lost count of which teeth are crowns and recently had a back tooth out which left a tooth all on its own towards the lower back of my mouth and I kept biting my tongue, which was very painful for days each time. I have had a sharp bit of that tooth filed down a bit, and , fingers crossed, I haven't bitten my tongue again since. My grown up kids have much better teeth, and I wonder if it is the fluoride in toothpaste that helps. I have never heard of John Oliver either. Near freezing this morning, but glorious blue skies here ….(about 25 miles north of London. )ReplyDelete
John Oliver is one of my favorite comedians. He used to be a regular on The Daily Show, but then HBO offered him a weekly show of his own. I find him hysterically funny!Delete
That is the absolute pits. I'm so sorry for the pain -- physical, emotional, and financial -- and hope you can at least stop feeling guilty. You most definitely did NOT choose to go through this. And, yes, Fuck You. 2016 ... with a cherry on top!ReplyDelete
If I win the British "Lotto" tonight I will pay for your dental treatment.ReplyDelete
Sorry, we didn't win.Delete
Awfully nice of you to think of it, though!Delete
I am so sorry Jennifer. It is a leap year and an unlucky year.ReplyDelete
A very big hug to you.
Greetings Maria x
And a big hug back, Maria. Thank you for your friendship. xDelete
I'm here from Mary Moon's blog. I read your comment about your family and Thanksgiving and it made me sad so I came over to say I was thinking about you. With all that is going on in the world is awful enough without your family being unkind. I am sending you love.ReplyDelete
Thank you. I actually went back and deleted that comment because I was embarrassed at venting like that. I appreciate your kind words---I'm not feeling very loved at the moment.Delete
So sorry to hear about your dental problems Jennifer - nothing worse than a bad tooth - other than the bill at the end of the treatment.ReplyDelete
Have you noticed that there are no poor dentists!
You're right about that one!Delete