Sitting in the dentist’s chair waiting for the mold to take and the numbing agent to take hold, I have nothing but time to sit and think about my current dental situation.
I grew up not having any cavities, pulling all my own baby teeth, cleaning after cleaning being fine.
Then came my car wreck when I was 16. This was when the first signs of incompetence started to show with my family dentist.
7 broken teeth. Could have been remedied with porcelain crowns on a tooth build-up (or so I know now). He told me there was nothing that could be done until they started “causing trouble”. That was the first I heard that phrase I now truly loathe. “We’ll keep an eye on that area.”
Months later some started needing fillings, which was devastating to me with my teeth being the only thing I had never had any trouble with in my life. The cost was adding up for my parents, and I felt awful for that. I went to my parents and asked them why, if this was a result of the wreck, and the dentist had said as much, why it wasn’t covered by the medical insurance as it was told to us it would be.
It turns out his receptionist/billing expert/wife had coded it incorrectly with the original check and had billed it to the dental insurance. (Aka she screwed my teeth and my parents)
My mother, being the good Catholic woman she is, didn’t want to cause trouble, so they just dealt with the bills, and for that I can’t thank them enough. I can’t imagine what costs my parents had revolving around my health, or lack thereof, and klutzy habits.
Then came my dry mouth problems after my gastric bypass surgery. He just couldn’t figure it out. My gums were pulling back due to the dryness. His recommendation, “Make sure you drink plenty of water.” I have since found out that is a common symptom of anemia and there are about 20 different and better suggestions for fixing dry mouth, including, but not limited to: sugar free lemon drops, chewing gum, using biotene rather than listerine, due to listerine’s alcohol content. None of these suggestions were made to me before I switched dentists.
As far as I can tell, my dentists idea of “watching an area” was watching it rot out of my skull. He eventually sent me to another town to an endodontist to get 2 root canals. However, my dentist fit me for the crowns and put them on himself. 3 problems with them: 1.they didn’t match my tooth color. 2.one fell out two days after he put it in place. Last but not least 3. One crown didn’t fit properly when I bit down, his solution was to grind it down to the point that you see a black spot on the crown. He was horrid. More talk of watching areas had me fed up to no end.
Then I had to go get teeth surgically extracted because they were broken beyond repair and I was in terrible constant pain. 4 of them, only one being a wisdom tooth had to be pulled. I was done with him.
Razzmatazz got me in to his dentists office. I was still in pain and had an almost loose adult tooth.
In comes the dentist. He looks like a young teenage boy, but ultimately he proves to be my mouths savior!(that’s what she said)
He knows how devastated I am with all the problems, and he is the most reassuring presence ever. Which I needed with the huge amount of stuff I needed done. I needed my other 3 wisdom teeth pulled immediately. They were all broken and in at weird angles and just causing more pain and infection. Also, I had pariah, and needed intense periodontal work. I needed multiple root canals, even more crowns, and there were cavities on every tooth caused from multiple years of dry mouth untreated resulting in receding gums exposing areas of the teeth that should never be exposed. All in all about 10000-13000 worth of work for something that feels like it was completely avoidable had I originally had a dentist that was worth a damn and one that didn’t have an incompetent wife for his help.
Okay, the root canal is complete for today and so is my rant. Yes, this blog entry was completed entirely in a dentist’s office.
Keep those cavity creeps away! Also, make sure your dentist is as amazing as Dr. Whiteside.