I have a lot of aging bridgework in my mouth, paid for twenty-five years ago by my husband's then-employer. It's served me well, because without it, I'd have had to start wearing dentures long ago. But the bridgework is wearing out, little by little.
Lately I've been having some pain in my lower right jaw while chewing, and I finally went to a dentist yesterday. Turns out one of the "anchor" teeth had broken off at the gumline. With that gone, the bridge had to go, and the dentist took care of that. And billed my insurance. (Thank God for insurance.)
His office referred me to an oral surgeon to remove the remaining root, and I was able to get an appointment for this morning. How much fun can one person have? Two dentist in two days! I chose to have Novocaine rather than be put to sleep; after all, it's painless either way. Why take the risks involved in being knocked out? Not to mention the added expense.
I could not believe all the papers I had to sign, and the instructions I was given before coming home. Folks, you'd have thought I'd had heart surgery! I realize it's all because of today's lawsuit-happy generation, but good grief. I even have the dentist's pager number in case of emergency. I have some Vicodon here just in case there's significant pain, but so far it isn't needed.
Oh, and I was told not to lift anything heavy or do hard work for four or five days. It's a little hole in my gum, not major surgery! Although now that I think of it, I could use this little part of my instructions as an excuse to stay on the computer. Never mind; I've haven't needed an excuse before, so why start now?
I found it interesting that the total cost of extracting the tooth today (or I should say the root) was $160. Some charlatan dentist was going to charge my grandson $300 for an extraction a while back, which resulted in his deciding not to have dental work done. So now his teeth will rot because of a dentist who overcharges. Oh, and the quack insisted he bring $300 with him to the appointment, even though he has insurance.
OK, I'm done venting.
I feel much better.