I should really go to the dentist more often, but I just can’t bring myself to do it as often as my insurance plan allows which is one a year. My dentist told me at my last visit two or was it three? years ago that one of my molars needs a crown. He told me he’d told me at my previous visit, but I had no recollection of that conversation. The receptionist had me sign a paper indicating that I had been told. I guess they heard one too many “You never told me that” retorts and decided to cover themselves from liability.
So the tooth in question seems to be showing the tiniest hint of maybe starting to hurt. One corner feels really rough, like the tooth is beginning to break down. Sigh. I guess it’s time to gather up my nerve and make the appointment.
At least I trust this dentist to not recommend procedures that aren’t necessary. I had a dentist tell me about 15 years ago that a different tooth needed a root canal, and when I asked him how soon I needed to have that done (since hello, I was on welfare and poorer than a church mouse at the time) and he said, “They’re your teeth” as if to say I was being really stupid for asking, of course he thought it should be done right away. I went to a very good friend’s husband and he said the tooth did have a deep filling, but certainly didn’t require a root canal. Whew. And my current dentist agreed, stating the deep filling might last for the rest of my life, so there was no need to just go and do a root canal without a reason.
So, I trust that he’s not just trying to make money off me. The co-pay for a root canal is $500. Or used to be 2 years ago. It’s probably gone up since then.
Do you like going to the dentist? I guess I’d rather go to the dentist, than to my primary care physician. At least the dentist doesn’t require me to step on a scale.