Tuesday, January 20, 2009

oh great, the dentist

Let me give you fair warning...I hate BAD teeth. I don't mean like a few cavities. I mean, I probably have a whole mouth full of them. And I have had BAD experiences with dentists. I have mostly had MEAN dentists who make you feel like crap because you have bad teeth. Now, I know I have bad teeth. My parents have bad teeth, they didn't have much money growing up, and they didn't enforce us to brush our teeth. That equates to BAD teeth. I have also had some PAINFUL dentistry experiences (more on those another time).
So tonight, I chipped a tooth. Great. I scoured the internet in search of a dentist in this area. I scoured the internet to see how safe sedative dentistry was while pregnant (it's not). So I cried. That means I'll have to feel the pain if they pull it, which they most likely will. The last time I did that I cried more walking out than walking in. Now, this doesn't hurt right now but I am completely and utterly terrified about going to the dentist tomorrow.
Pray for me.

Edit: I went to the dentist today. I woke up at 3:30 because I was so worried & haven't slept since. Yay! Anyway, I cried even before we got to see the dentist. But he was a really nice guy, no lectures about how awful I am because my teeth suck. He didn't even poke at my teeth, just looked. He said he could do a root canal on it & crown it (but crowns...woo $1,100). However, he basically said that he would wait until after the baby's born (unless it gets infected and hurts like you-know-what) and to a comprehensive fix on everything. He said that if we didn't have insurance and wanted to save all of my teeth, it would be approximately $25,000. If I get a top denture & save all my bottom teeth (and have insurance), it'll be about $10,000. Yeah, that made me feel better. Poor Big A. I know he knew about my teeth when we met, but I'm almost positive he didn't really sign up quite for this. But he says he's not worried about it and it'll be ok (he's such a great guy). So for now, I'm to eat mostly softer stuff (good-bye my lovely crackers and chips...sad). The only thing I fear more than the dentist is the dentist bill. But hopefully we'll be able to save a bunch of money until the baby's born & then I'll help us accumulate more debt!

8 comments:

Tiff said...

Hi!

I ended up not deleting...Hope we can be in touch again my long distance blogger friend. Just wanted to say losing a tooth isn't as bad as losing your baby or endangering it. It will all be okay. Have some faith girl!

~Tiff

Jill said...

I feel ya on the bad teeth/bad dentist/no money growing up thing. It pretty much sucks, doesn't it? Good luck tomorrow! I'll be sending good vibes

Mrs. S said...

Hi!! Listen my mom lives in Richmond and she JUST had a chipped tooth worked on today. If you want I can get her dentist's name for you... We have bad teeth too...not much enamel...and we are VERY picky about Dentists...we are very sensitive, so I am SURE whoever she is using is good. And I do not think she had the tooth pulled and she didnt have sedation because she normally gets sick after and she wasnt at all. If you want me to get you the information just email me and I will get that right out to me!!

Mrs. S said...

hahaha I mean right out to you!

Becky D said...

Depending on how bad its chipped, they probably won't pull it...they'll file it down to make it look pretty and then put some stuff on it...it shouldn't hurt...i've had that done several times...im fortunate to not have "bad" teeth, but I have to do a lot of preventive stuff...i just went to the dentist on monday for a cleaning...my teeth still hurt cuz they're sensitive and i've got an amazing hygentist and dentist!

angie said...

I had some really bad dentists as a child, too. Hopefully they can just put a little bonding on the chip and it'll be painless. Good luck@!

Aubrey said...

Aww sweetie! I am still not a big fan of the dentist. Luckily, I have not passed my fear on to my kiddos. They don't mind going and thankfully, we have pretty good insurance.
I'm keeping you in my prayers! It will all be OK!

Jennie said...

first off I want to say HELLO!!! I have been such a bad blogging friend, I have been off the map lately... I am so happy that you are getting situated in VA.... about your tooth, I am sorry... I used to be a dental assistant, and if you had to have something done, you CAN use a local at the site of the work... I had to have a root canal AND a crown when I was 6-7 mo. preggo with Baby O... I hope you feel better and don't forget about me since I have been gone...

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