This is a tip that I want to share that my dentist told me over 30 years ago. As you age so do your teeth, your fillings in your mouth don’t last forever. All fillings will grow up to become crowns. Thinking about not taking out dental insurance? Think again!
We started seeing our dentist when she was right out of dental school, 30 years ago, and have never strayed. Her dentistry is great and her office is a happy place. So this week when I noticed I had a dull toothache, and a chipmunk cheek I called for a look see.
I was hoping that I flossed something under the gum. Hey it could happen, couldn’t it? An x-ray showed an appointment to the Endodontic office was needed.
The tooth in question was already all grown up and wearing a crown. Much probing and digging and cha-ching, I am so happy I have dental insurance!
The verdict is still out on the tooth but I am hopeful. The reason I am trying to be hopeful is because if treatments don’t work the tooth has to be pulled. I am pretty sure the Tooth Fairy does not come to 60 year olds. Besides the absence of a Fairy visit, an implant is recommended if the tooth has to be pulled.
If you have any friends or family members who have gone down the implant journey, it is not a trip I want to take. Months and lots of money and frequent dental visits are part of the ordeal.
Not for the first time I ask again why didn’t I become a dentist or my husband? Baby boomers are all carrying in their mouth a source of revenue for dentists, endodontists, oral surgeons and their ilk.
Have you embraced your crowns, dental insurance or the implant journey?