I was back in the dentist chair today. After a two-part root canal it was time to see my regular dentist to get fitted for a permanent crown. This afternoon I had molds made of my teeth and bite-not fun, but not terrible either. Dr. G. started with the bottom mold and then moved on to drilling and shaving my tooth. Fortunately, there was plenty of Novocain in place so even though the sound of the drill hurt my ears my teeth felt nothing. Once the tooth was shaved down to size a mold was made of my upper teeth. Again, not exactly pleasant.
I have to confess, I'm not sure
what to think of my dentist. She's a new member of my personal medical
team, who I found after my wonderful, former dentist retired. It seems
like since I started going to see her about 2 years ago, my dental costs have
risen. There's been a lot of chatter on the Internet about the different
ways that dentists may be ripping off their patients. So every time my
new dentist suggests anything, like say, root canal, I'm a tad suspicious.
Okay, anytime anyone suggests anything that I need that costs a lot of
money I'm suspicious.
One hour and $500 later (after
insurance coverage) I left her office with my new temporary crown wondering
what other perils could possible come up in my mouth.
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