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Dental Problems and Unexpected Expense!

January 3rd, 2007 at 02:55 pm

Well, it never fails! Just when I think I might be able to save a little I'm hit with another expense. On the other hand it can always be worse as I could be so in debt that there would be no way to get the money! So I guess I will just say, thank the good Lord I will be able to pay this expense.
I went to the dentist today and and had a tooth pulled. This is the second jaw tooth in about 5 months. I must get a partial for the bottom teeth as I have no more teeth to chew with. This is due to gum disease from not having my teeth cleaned twice a year as everyone should. When I divorced about 6 years ago I lost all insurance and it was hard enough just to be able to pay the normal monthly bills, much less anything else. So I just thought as long as I brushed my teeth as I always have everything would be fine. I've always had very healthy teeth and no cavities until I was in my mid thirties. WRONG!!!! I also have about 7 small cavities to be filled and of course need a cleaning. This will cost around $2000.00! The work will begin on Jan 18th and I will need to at least pay half by the time the dentist makes the partial. So, I guess I have another expense to add to the mix!

2 Responses to “Dental Problems and Unexpected Expense!”

  1. janH Says:

    I have to have a filling replaced in a week or so. My goodness, the cost of dental work these days! I wish that dental insurance paid a bunch more of the cost. But I am grateful I have a very good dentist now.

  2. mariannej Says:

    Please check if there is a dental hygiene school near you. I am a DH student and we charge $5 for a cleaning and $5 for full mouth xrays. Yes, it takes more time (our appointments are 3 hours in length), but you can not beat the cost plus I can guarantee your teeth will be cleaner than they have ever been (we are not allowed to miss even one speck of tartar. Our grade depends on it). We also have a list of low-cost dentists and dental schools that we supply for our patients who need additional dental work. You can check locations of accredited hygiene schools at the American Dental Hygienists Association website.

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