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Today I had to go in for a dental appointment. I had a root canal a year and a half ago, and I was finally ready to get a crown put on that tooth. The dentist said he likes to wait a year after the root canal to make sure the tooth has settled properly. I had the bite adjusted a year ago, so it was just now a year since then.

I had a filling done on another tooth along with getting the temporary crown, so all told today's appointment took about an hour and a half. The procedure wasn't all that awful. I mean, it was not my idea of a good time, but it wasn't as bad as I expected.

For the next three weeks, I have to wear the temporary crown while my permanent one is being constructed. I'm to avoid chewing on the right side of my mouth for three weeks. Oh, that will be enjoyable. The only thing I ate today was ice cream. Okay, so that part was fun. I love ice cream. I just can't live off of it for three weeks, unfortunately. I also hope the temporary crown stays on for the full period.

Try to avoid ever getting a root canal. Seriously. It's inconvenient and annoying.

Date: 2010-03-25 01:27 am (UTC)
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Noted! And I hear tell they don't come cheap without insurance, too.

Date: 2010-03-25 01:37 am (UTC)
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I figured out that buying dental insurance would actually cost me MORE than just not getting it and paying out of pocket for the procedures. Because the insurance isn't cheap, and it doesn't cover a lot of things, and of the things it does cover it only applies to a certain percentage, and then there's a deductible, and all that lovely stuff. The crown today cost about $950. I don't remember exactly how much the root canal was, but I think it cost around the same amount. I also got a small discount today for paying the whole amount up front.

Date: 2010-03-26 12:32 am (UTC)
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Ah, root canals. Definitely not getting another of those without the happy gas.

I suggest graham crackers mashed up in milk.

Date: 2010-03-26 08:44 pm (UTC)
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My root canal and temporary crown didn't hurt a bit, and I just had the basic anesthetic on my gums. The crown isn't bothering me now, either, so I'm eating normal food--except I'm not chewing on the right side of my mouth. It actually isn't slowly me down much. :D


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