If you aren't caught up on the dentist saga you can read here. I had been doing really well, going about once every other month when I could afford it to get my deep cleanings and start working on my cavities. Since I was paying out of pocket I could only really go when I could afford it. In January I finally got my insurance changed over to PPO, but with waiting for the insurance card to arrive (and waiting and waiting) and one thing or another I hadn't been back since late fall. Until today.
Some things were still the same. No anxiety about making the appointment. Only a little nervousness in the pit of my stomach while I was waiting. I was actually more nervous about the x-rays because I had such a difficult time with them the first time. I don't know if it was because it was a different technician or because I wasn't a crying mess like the first time, but x-rays were a breeze.
The results? He said that my gums were much improved from last year, especially the bottom ones. The top could still use some work. That was good news. We talked about the things that need to be done in the next few visits (finish with the cavity work) and keep an eye for any further decay. That's all fine. But then we started talking about long term. He told me last year that I had one baby tooth towards the back that was still holding on. Eventually it is going to need to come out and of course that is going to leave a gap. Today he talked to me about different options and one of them was orthodontics.
Now this is something I had been thinking about already because the one thing I hate about myself even more than my weight is my teeth. I had been slowly getting use to this idea and just want to get myself in a financial place to do it. Of course toying with the idea in your mind and having the dentist tell you that you should prepare to do it are two different things. Especially since he doesn't do orthodontics. The idea of having to find someone new and go through all of that trauma again is upsetting. I feel safe with him and his staff. I wish, I wish, I wish that he could do it. This is something I want to get done and I know, especially with past experiences, that I can get through it and conquer my fears. But for right now I feel a little bit like I did last year. Scared.
This isn't something that is going to happen right away so I have time to research. And of course a lot will depend on how much the insurance pays. It sure made a huge difference already. Cavity fillings without were running about $90 a tooth and that is with their discount for cash payments. Now it is down to $40. It could be $11 if I just wanted the silver, but after talking with the dentist I'm not going to do that. Let's hope that the orthodontist coverage will be similarly reasonable. So we will see where I am a year from now. I can't believe its been a whole year already since that first appointment.