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« on: June 18, 2008, 01:19:19 AM »

I finally bit the bullet (no pun intended) and had my first dentist visit in 3 years this afternoon.  I just recently got dental insurance again, hence the long lapse.   Turns out that I have:

- 10 small-ish cavities that need filled
- One previous root canal (from about 8 years ago) that wasn't done correctly.  They left in part of the root and now it's infected, and the file they put in is broken.  Need to see a specialist oral surgeon and essentially have them dig it out of my jawbone.   crybaby
- Two other previous root canals that are also having minor issues, although not quite as bad.   He said I'll need to get them replaced in the next couple years, but they aren't nearly as urgent.

He says I have to get the big root canal problem fixed, even before he'll fix the cavities.  None of these currently hurt, mind you, but he said the infection on the big one could spread and cause some major problems very soon.  Even with insurance, I'm looking at around $700 for the fillings, and I won't know until tomorrow what the oral surgeon is going to cost me.

Yeah, this is exactly what I needed right now...
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« Reply #1 on: June 18, 2008, 01:42:06 AM »

I don't get cavities and root canals.

34, 1 cavity. You guys drinking sugar down there?
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« Reply #2 on: June 18, 2008, 02:13:31 AM »

I have so much plaque on my teeth that it's all that's holding them together. If I ever got my teeth cleaned my mouth would never heal.
I know, it's happened before. Plus an "oral hygienist" is the one that screwed up my jaw bone by cleaning too deep.
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« Reply #3 on: June 18, 2008, 02:17:15 AM »

Going to the dentist is like taking your car to the dealer for service. You don't know what they're going to find, but you know there's going to be $1000 worth of shit to fix.
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« Reply #4 on: June 18, 2008, 02:26:43 AM »

Quote from: Jeff Jones on June 18, 2008, 02:17:15 AM

Going to the dentist is like taking your car to the dealer for service. You don't know what they're going to find, but you know there's going to be $1000 worth of shit to fix.

 icon_lol  Sad but true.
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« Reply #5 on: June 18, 2008, 02:37:20 AM »

Quote from: Gratch on June 18, 2008, 02:26:43 AM

Quote from: Jeff Jones on June 18, 2008, 02:17:15 AM

Going to the dentist is like taking your car to the dealer for service. You don't know what they're going to find, but you know there's going to be $1000 worth of shit to fix.

 icon_lol  Sad but true.

My solution? Don't go unless something's busted and leaking fluid.  This applies to both the car and the dentist.
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« Reply #6 on: June 18, 2008, 02:44:17 AM »

I rather enjoy the dentist actually.  I like getting my teeth cleaned every 6 mos.
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« Reply #7 on: June 18, 2008, 02:51:00 AM »

Yea, I had some dental work from when I was in the military that turns out wasn't so great.  Nothing is better than having dental work removed and then replaced.  Gee doc...I have a pair of those same pliers at home.
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« Reply #8 on: June 18, 2008, 02:55:15 AM »

Quote from: tjg_marantz on June 18, 2008, 01:42:06 AM

I don't get cavities and root canals.

34, 1 cavity. You guys drinking sugar down there?

I have noticed that some people, no matter how dentally hygienic they are, seem to be afflicted by every possible dental horror.

I attribute it to past-life karma.  What awful people they must have been!
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« Reply #9 on: June 18, 2008, 02:57:00 AM »

I need to have 3 teeth pulled and 2 bridges put in.
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« Reply #10 on: June 18, 2008, 02:59:34 AM »

I have some dentistry work that needs to be done soon. It will cost me around $1000 CND. Yes, there are some things our healthcare won't pay for and for some stupid reason, the government decided that dentistry doesn't fall within the guidelines of healthcare coverage.
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« Reply #11 on: June 18, 2008, 04:13:28 AM »

Quote from: mb737 on June 18, 2008, 02:55:15 AM

Quote from: tjg_marantz on June 18, 2008, 01:42:06 AM

I don't get cavities and root canals.

34, 1 cavity. You guys drinking sugar down there?

I have noticed that some people, no matter how dentally hygienic they are, seem to be afflicted by every possible dental horror.

I attribute it to past-life karma.  What awful people they must have been!

I don't know about the karma, but the first part is definitely true.  I brush and floss at least twice a day, and generally take very good care of my teeth.   Unfortunately, everyone in my family has bad dental problems.   Even when I was doing regular checkups, I don't ever remember a visit where I didn't need at least 1 filling.
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« Reply #12 on: June 18, 2008, 04:21:46 AM »

Quote from: leo8877 on June 18, 2008, 02:44:17 AM

I rather enjoy the dentist actually.  I like getting my teeth cleaned every 6 mos.

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« Reply #13 on: June 18, 2008, 04:50:34 AM »

I go to the dentist once a year, at least. I almost always used to have a cavity or two when I went there, but for the last 3 years or so, there hasn't been anything to fix. It's definitely worth the money to have healthy teeth and gums. My breath doesn't stink, my teeth look good, and I don't risk any sudden toothaches. smile
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« Reply #14 on: June 18, 2008, 05:50:59 AM »

Quote from: Gratch on June 18, 2008, 04:13:28 AM

Quote from: mb737 on June 18, 2008, 02:55:15 AM

Quote from: tjg_marantz on June 18, 2008, 01:42:06 AM

I don't get cavities and root canals.

34, 1 cavity. You guys drinking sugar down there?

I have noticed that some people, no matter how dentally hygienic they are, seem to be afflicted by every possible dental horror.

I attribute it to past-life karma.  What awful people they must have been!

I don't know about the karma, but the first part is definitely true.  I brush and floss at least twice a day, and generally take very good care of my teeth.   Unfortunately, everyone in my family has bad dental problems.   Even when I was doing regular checkups, I don't ever remember a visit where I didn't need at least 1 filling.

23; had one cavity when I was pretty young and none since.  I make it to the dentist about once every 4 years and the only thing they tell me is that I should floss more.
My teeth are a bit crooked but aside from that they are awesome.
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« Reply #15 on: June 18, 2008, 06:12:22 AM »

Last year, I had 8k worth of dental work done.

But my teeth now look great, it is so worth it.  nod
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« Reply #16 on: June 18, 2008, 10:18:39 AM »

I also go once a year.  A little small maintenance every year is a lot cheaper than doing a huge overhaul every five years.  The past 3 years or so I've had some bad luck with cavities (after having only 2 tiny ones previously).  I can't figure out what the hell it is because I almost never drink soft drinks any more.  I think it's maybe a combination of too much orange juice and jam on the toast in the mornings.
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« Reply #17 on: June 18, 2008, 12:14:43 PM »

Quote from: SpaceLord on June 18, 2008, 06:12:22 AM

Last year, I had 8k worth of dental work done.

 eek  OK, I don't feel quite so bad now.
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« Reply #18 on: June 18, 2008, 01:12:07 PM »

I go two to three times a year; the dental hygenist is hawt, and she puts her boobs on my head.

Mmmm.... cleaning...

Sometimes, I skip a spot when flossing just so she has to scrub really hard. biggrin
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« Reply #19 on: June 18, 2008, 01:18:02 PM »

Quote from: Purge on June 18, 2008, 01:12:07 PM

I go two to three times a year; the dental hygenist is hawt, and she puts her boobs on my head.

Mmmm.... cleaning...

Sometimes, I skip a spot when flossing just so she has to scrub really hard. biggrin
Eat an entire bag of Oreo cookies in the waiting room.
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« Reply #20 on: June 18, 2008, 02:34:49 PM »

Well, it looks like my insurance will cover most of the oral surgeon, so I'll only be out $200-300 for that one.  Not nearly as bad as I was expecting.
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« Reply #21 on: June 18, 2008, 02:48:18 PM »

Quote from: Tscott on June 18, 2008, 01:18:02 PM

Quote from: Purge on June 18, 2008, 01:12:07 PM

I go two to three times a year; the dental hygenist is hawt, and she puts her boobs on my head.

Mmmm.... cleaning...

Sometimes, I skip a spot when flossing just so she has to scrub really hard. biggrin
Eat an entire bag of Oreo cookies in the waiting room.

I found that putting 12 Jolly ranchers in my mouth and lining them up on my teeth and then sucking on them for 15 minutes gets tons of jiggly action slywink
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« Reply #22 on: June 18, 2008, 06:12:52 PM »

The last time I went to the dentist, she found a popcorn kernel. No kidding.
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« Reply #23 on: June 18, 2008, 06:56:40 PM »

Quote from: Gratch on June 18, 2008, 01:19:19 AM

- One previous root canal (from about 8 years ago) that wasn't done correctly.  They left in part of the root and now it's infected, and the file they put in is broken.  Need to see a specialist oral surgeon and essentially have them dig it out of my jawbone.   crybaby

You'll want to get this fixed.  I'll just tell my story real quick.

In the sixth grade I ran into some kid and knocked out the bottom half of my front two teeth.  Got caps and got root canals done.  Fast forward to when I'm 25.  I just a big pain in my mouth and my cheek is swelling a lot.  I find a dentist open on a Friday and he basically drains the puss out of my cheek from an infection and tells me I need to get an apicodectomy.  (I'm guessing how that is spelled.)  It's basically a root canal going the opposite way from the gum line and heading towards the root and tooth.  Fast forward a couple of years and my crown comes off...and takes what is left of my tooth from the gumline down.  I had to get the whole root extracted.  I ended up getting a dental implant (with many thanks to Eightball for his advice).

Anyway, that's the only major issue I've had with my teeth.  You don't want to go through what I did, so be sure to get that taken care of.
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« Reply #24 on: June 18, 2008, 09:20:41 PM »

Quote from: Gratch on June 18, 2008, 02:26:43 AM

Quote from: Jeff Jones on June 18, 2008, 02:17:15 AM

Going to the dentist is like taking your car to the dealer for service. You don't know what they're going to find, but you know there's going to be $1000 worth of shit to fix.

 icon_lol  Sad but true.

Our dentist practices "cosmetic dentistry", so he assumes that you want work done even when you don't need it. "Only what's medically necessary" is a concept that eludes them. The older you get the more it costs to keep your teeth in your head, and it seems like I get a little older every time I go in there.
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« Reply #25 on: June 18, 2008, 11:24:51 PM »

Quote from: Graham on June 18, 2008, 06:56:40 PM

Quote from: Gratch on June 18, 2008, 01:19:19 AM

- One previous root canal (from about 8 years ago) that wasn't done correctly.  They left in part of the root and now it's infected, and the file they put in is broken.  Need to see a specialist oral surgeon and essentially have them dig it out of my jawbone.   crybaby

You'll want to get this fixed.  I'll just tell my story real quick.

In the sixth grade I ran into some kid and knocked out the bottom half of my front two teeth.  Got caps and got root canals done.  Fast forward to when I'm 25.  I just a big pain in my mouth and my cheek is swelling a lot.  I find a dentist open on a Friday and he basically drains the puss out of my cheek from an infection and tells me I need to get an apicodectomy.  (I'm guessing how that is spelled.)  It's basically a root canal going the opposite way from the gum line and heading towards the root and tooth.  Fast forward a couple of years and my crown comes off...and takes what is left of my tooth from the gumline down.  I had to get the whole root extracted.  I ended up getting a dental implant (with many thanks to Eightball for his advice).

Anyway, that's the only major issue I've had with my teeth.  You don't want to go through what I did, so be sure to get that taken care of.

Yikes.  I'm not having any pain on mine so far, but will certainly get it done first.  I have a consult with the specialist tomorrow morning.
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« Reply #26 on: June 18, 2008, 11:39:10 PM »

Get your teeth fixed. You didn't need that new computer!
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« Reply #27 on: June 19, 2008, 12:09:08 AM »

When I was a kid my dentist would always tell me to eat more candy. He never made any money off of me except for the routine six month visits.

My current dentist doesn't tell me to eat more candy, but she doesn't spend very long looking at my teeth. I keep them clean to prevent nasty surprises!
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« Reply #28 on: June 19, 2008, 12:40:26 AM »

I actually like the dentist.  I go every six months for a cleaning and regular check-up, and it is always a pleasant and welcoming experience.  I always have the same hygienist, the dentist is very personable and pleasant, all rooms have floor-to-ceiling windows open to the outside sunlight and blue skies, and the TV above my chair is always tuned to ESPN before I even sit down.  Going to my dentist is almost like going to the spa.  Guess that isn't much of a surprise.  Fabulous
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« Reply #29 on: July 04, 2008, 01:03:03 AM »

Had the surgery at 8am this morning, and it wasn't too bad.  I actually fell asleep about midway through, so I obviously wasn't feeling any pain.  Of course, now that the Novocaine is starting to wear off, I'm realizing that I'm in for a brutal few days.  I'm on a soft food only diet through Sunday, and the entire bottom of my jaw is starting to throb like a mofo.  Thank goodness for the full bottle of Lortab sitting on the counter, cause this is gonna suck.  frown
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