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Thursday, May 11, 2017

Oh, my aging tiaras....

Isn't she something?


That sounds a whole lot more interesting than - darn those old crowns (as in dental covers).  I will admit to avoiding the dentist like the plague, even though I am very fond of the hygienist who makes my teeth feel all squeaky-clean.  It's just that, every visit seems to bring dire news.  Those aging tiaras need replacing and they ain't cheap.  My dentist is a tiny, bustling Russian woman who I like in spite of the fact that she is also my dentist - therefore bearer of bad news.


As I lay dozing in their comfy chair, listening to the heavily accented, 'tut-tut-ing' and 'ah, yes, I see that', and 'we will have to...', 'we must...' being volleyed between dentist and hygienist, I managed to weakly interject -


"Pick the most worst thing.  You've got one shot for the indefinite future."


There was a momentary pause.  I could almost hear the wheels turning.  There were a few more 'tuts' and some whispered conversation, but we managed to come up with a plan.  It involved the Queen Mother of my crowns.  The younger sovereigns will have to wait.

10 comments:

  1. I pulled a crown off one of my teeth over 15 years ago by eating a scrumpdillyous wonderful caramel roll. Do you know I still cannot bring myself to eat a caramel roll to this day? It makes me nauseated just thinking about it. That's how much I love (NOT!) going to the dentist. And paying for the visit.

    You have my sympathies. And your bank account has my sympathies, too.

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    1. I really had a good laugh when she said, "but, don't you have dental insurance?" Hardeharhar.

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  2. I agree with Mama Pea on offering sympathies to you & especially your bank account. I lost my Dental Insurance when I retired & of course had to have a root canal earlier this year. Yowzeer, those specialists make a lot of money for causing so much pain!

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    1. OMG. Talk about timing! My insurance covers half of some things - after an additional deductible. They insisted on giving me three estimates - doing the QM, or doing the QM and her two handmaidens OR doing the full court. I gasped at the price - WITH insurance!

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  3. Oh dear! I am getting closer to retirement and I know I should be getting dental work done now, as I likely won't pay for coverage after I retire. It's just not my favourite thing to do. I hope it all goes well for you. -Jenn

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    1. Oh, Jenn, I'd recommend getting it done before you won't have coverage - something is better than nothing and I would bet that dental costs will only go up!

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  4. oh dear. you don't even want me to chime in on this. i had terrible teeth for my whole life. then fell on my face when i was 30 and knocked out 14. i wanted to go straight to dentures but no - the dentist assured me that partials were the way to go. that was after telling me i needed 15,000 dollar implants. um, ya - THAT was a big no! 2sets of partials later - cost a small fortune - and i finally bit the big one, had all of the teeth removed and got full dentures. my denturist is awesome - he made the teeth just slightly off kilter so i don't have the white picket fence look and he made them slightly off colour as a woman who is 46 should have. i love them. and when i meet people who don't know i have dentures - they can't believe i have them. best thing tho - jambaloney loves them and that's what really matters to me.

    you go and take care of the queen mother. all the little sovereigns will have to wait!

    sending much love! your friend,
    kymber

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    1. kymber, dear, you really have had the mother lode of dental woes. I'm so glad you finally found a dentist who would listen to you! After everything you went through, it must feel wonderful not to worry about going through more torture!

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  5. Sorry to hear that Susan. I HATE going to the dentist. I'm always faint after the procedure...likely due to the bill lol...but I get really nervous that all the blood rushes out of my head I guess! I don't have insurance for dental. I have a molar that's been filled up so many times I'm sure it's all filling at this point!

    I was single and very much alone for about 18 years of my life while dealing with various mental health issues. When I decided to start dating again in 2012, I also wanted to get my teeth in ship shape...I had to take out a loan that I'm STILL paying for, for all the work that had to be done! That loan ends next year...crazy. Now though, I go when necessary only, but I do brush and floss at least twice a day in hopes of preventing anything. Hope it's not too much of a blow to your finances, I feel for you.

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  6. My heartfelt sympathies! I hate dental work, have aging tiaras, some areas of suspicious discomfort, no insurance, and private school tuition to pay (for seven more years!!!) that is of far higher priority than my teeth. I pray daily that the good Lord keeps them in my head – seriously!

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