The Affair of the Tooth

Almost forgot to post about my tooth experience of last weekend. Second molar on the right side had been giving me some pain when I bit down a seed or anything hard. I suspected a cavity. I loathe dentists, am blessed to have good teeth, and don't do all the cleaning and checkup stuff. I do employ oil pulling, replenishing homemade toothpaste, and use a tongue scraper as well as a miswak ( a stick used in Arabic countries to clean teeth) and switch off to Neem toothpaste at times. Lately I've gotten back into the water pik too. Ok.. enough backstory. 

On Saturday I bit down on something and it hurt like, omg this is the end, pain and I knew I was at the point where I needed a dentist. But, of course, this crap never happens during the week so no dentist till Monday. I suffered through the weekend with the help of Ibuprofen and oil of cloves and was lucky enough to get in at 8:30 Monday morning.

They do an x-ray. They can only see a tiny cavity. They do a second x-ray, still nothing showing up.  The dentist, who I did like, wanted to save the tooth. I wanted it gone. I let her numb it so she could drill and aha, it was cracked. So tooth extraction. Though I can be a raging hypochondriac, I do quite well with dentists, so no big anxiety either. Expensive it seemed @ $178. I don't have dental insurance. I wonder if it costs more with no insurance. I had a wisdom tooth extracted there in 2014 and it cost $78. Have medical/dental expenses gone up so much so quickly? No doubt. 

The gap where my tooth was feels like the Grand Canyon, but it's healing nicely and doesn't show much. Oh, and since I go to a clinic and don't have a regular dentist, I've had two different ones at this place. The young woman who pulled my tooth knows my oldest granddaughter and they were school together as children. So it goes in small town Mid America.


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