Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Sorry I haven't been posting anything lately. I honestly have just not felt like it. Especially these last 2 weeks. I had a tooth that needed a crown (well actually I have several, but this is about my first one ever) so I go in last Monday to get the crown put on my very back top left molar. (let me preface this by saying... yes, my tooth had some decay and No it had not been bothering me prior to this visit). Now the dentist begins to prep the tooth for the crown and decides there is a lot more decay than he had originally thought. UH OH..But continues to work and even got the decay that was trying to move into the gums. He has some kind of machine that can make the crown right there in his office, so they fitted me for the permanent crown that day. I was just happy that he didn't say he needed to do a root canal after all and we could just go with the crown. I was happy until I went to pay and the bill was $300 more than I was originally told. $900 for 1 crown. (and that is with an in network dentist and my policy covering 50%. ) I was told the extra 3oo.oo was for the material they use to make the crown..that the insurances don't cover it. I told her it would have been nice to know this upfront because I would have opted for the lab to make it and to just wear a temporary crown until my permanent was ready. Luckily , we had the money...whatever it's done. Then 2 days later , I wake up in the middle of the night with the worst pain in my mouth that I have ever had. I mean it hurt. Oh great I thought here we go. I kept hoping it was just the gums and to let them heal. I looked everything up online and it all pointed to I would probablly need a root canal after all. AUGGGGHHHH. So on Friday, I finally call my dentist office and find out they are not open until Monday morning. I left a message saying I needed to see him on Monday. During this time my ear is now throbbing as well as the entire left side of my face. I just wanted to cry because if I did need a root canal that would be another $600 right after the $900 for the crown . NO wonder people don't like to go to the dentist. Also, during this time, my 3 year old daughter has some sort of stomach virus and is also having major sinus and allergy issues as well. So, Monday finally arrives. I go back to the dentist and they take another x ray then I am told they do not see any signs of decay or trauma to the tooth that would be causing me this much pain. He also checked my "bite" and everything was fine. I told him about the earache and about my sinus' hurting too. He wrote me out a prescription for the Z pac and said If I had some sort of bacterial infection...this should clear it up. Also, if my sinus were infected it could definitely make me feel like I had a toothe ache. Well, I thought at least they are not saying I need a root canal. So I went to Target, got my prescription filled and finally now after about 32 hours...I can feel some relief. I do believe I have a major ear infection but the Z pac has helped take some pressure off of my sinus' and I can tell my tooth is now not the main cause of my pain. I am going to try and see a family doctor tomorrow just to make sure I don't need anything else for my ear. It still hurts pretty bad..but not like I could rip it off to stop the pain. So, that is where I have been the last two weeks. I hope I feel like myself again soon . I haven't been much fun to be around and I want to make it up to my family.