Thursday, February 26, 2009

Dentist Visit

A few weeks ago I was flossing (because flossing is good for you), and a filling in one of my back teeth felt like it came loose.  When I bit down, it felt like it went back into place.  Hmmmm, I thought.  That was weird.

Over the next few weeks, I noticed that I was getting a lot of food particles stuck up there.  I figured it was from the filling, and also assumed it really wouldn't get better, but would only get worse.  So I decided to get it checked out....

Now the fun part.  Insurance.  When I bought my business, I lost *regular* insurance, and had to get individual insurance.  I could post for days about that process, and my thoughts about the whole insurance industry, but I'll spare you.  Suffice to say, it's a hassle.  When I did get insurance, I purchased dental insurance as well.  I've had the insurance for almost a year, and haven't used any of it until recently (mostly because I just don't *get it*).

I called the dentist that I've been going to since I was 18 (yes, with some gaps in there), and explained my situation, and they said the earliest they could get me in would be mid-April.  MID APRIL???  Good thing my teeth weren't falling out!  And a cleaning would be later than that.  So I called another dentist office that came HIGHLY recommended.  They could see me the next day (this morning) and would try to figure out my insurance (it's even a pain for them!).  

I got there this morning, and they were wonderful.  They did everything they could to try to figure out my insurance, and left me with some homework.  As far as the actual visit with the dentist, it went well.  Apparently, I loosened the filling, but also broke part of the tooth off.  They took out the old filling, and put a new one in.  The old one was easily 20+ years old.    The dentist was SUPER nice, and his assistant was too.  The downside is the numb face.  Can't feel a thing.  And those shots HURT! 

Now comes the part where we have to figure out all the insurance crap and find out what I owe for the visit.  It's one of the hassles of owning a small business where you don't qualify for traditional group insurance.  Sounds like the ladies in the dental office are more than willing to help out with all that, so that's definitely a plus!

I go back for a cleaning in two weeks.  After two years or more.  So wish me luck...

AMW

2 comments:

kimmy d said...

So you really are quick about posting your bowling data. Anyhow who is the dentist that comes highly recommended and where is he located? I'm looking for a new dentist. I have one lined up but would love another option before I make an appointment. Have a great day.

AMW said...

Hey Kimmy D! I sent you an email with all the info...

AMW