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I Don't Have Time For This

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

I have to confess, I've been putting off getting a tooth capped that a root canal was done on for ten years now... Actually, more like 12. OUCH. Of course, the last dentist I saw was a butcher and my mouth hurt for weeks afterward. Additionally, the Army dentist who gave me a root canal did so knowing that Army Dentists in general are not qualified to cap or crown teeth. So of course there were the initial years of frustration when I'd go to yet another Army clinic to hear, "You need to cap that tooth." BUT, "We don't do caps and crowns," BUT, "We don't pay for that service off post."

After years of frothing fury over it, I just gave up and let my tooth stay uncapped. I couldn't afford that procedure and I didn't have in fixing it. Well last night I ran out of time to procrastinate. The back half of my tooth cleaved off of the front in a vertical break WELL below the gum line. DAMNIT.

My first reaction had been to simply extract it now and be done. Of course, for other, unrelated reasons, I can't afford to have an extraction performed for another three months (Doctor's decision, not mine). Now, of course, since I have to wait anyway, I may as well go see a specialist and see if there is enough tooth left to be worth saving. This isn't the Dark Ages afterall, if I can save a tooth obviously I want to.

Which brings me back to, "I Don't Have Time For This." Of course, eventually what you put off til tomorrow simply becomes an emergency. Dang it.

SIGH, what a pain in the butt.

The single, bright and shiny silver lining of all of this: if they hadn't done a root canal on this tooth I'd be in excruciating pain over it right now. Of course, had it been nothing more than a cavity, I'd have filled it 12 years ago...

OK, enough griping. Thank you for letting me vent, I needed that.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
MALIAN1 11/15/2012 10:09AM

    I'm sorry you have to go through this....hang in there. And know that there are some very awesome dentists out there who are not butchers and are gentle too.

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SUGARSMOM2 11/14/2012 6:41PM

  well it time to get it done .

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1_AMAZING_WOMAN 11/14/2012 4:36PM

    Oh, by the way I have a crown that is 33 years old. They usually don't last that long. I am very glad it has lasted because it is on a tooth that split when filling it, and when the crown has to come off I will lose the tooth.

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    Bummer! Sometimes it's best to just do it and get it over with. Most places let you make payments and give discounts if you don't have insurance. I hope it all goes well.
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1_AMAZING_WOMAN 11/14/2012 4:34PM

    Actually, you should never ignore a problem tooth. Even one with a root canal. It is very possible to get an infection or absess deep below the gumline, not notice it, and die. Always, always take care of your teeth. They are the 'forecast' of your health.

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