Sunday, October 4, 2009

Fucking Dentist

My mother has an irrational fear of doctors. She always thinks they are going to hurt her, instead of help her. Needless to say, when I was a little girl I never went to the doctor unless I was REALLY sick - like on death's door sick. As an adult, I am not fearful of doctors. However, I seem to have a learned habit of avoiding doctors. I never go the doctor unless I am in extreme pain or I am pregnant. This applies to all doctors - general practitioners, gynecologists, dentists.

In general, I think people tend to overuse their health benefits. However, I definitely under use my benefits. I recently received a summary from my insurance company of my health costs over the past year. Ummmm...my costs were $0. My kids, on the other hand, used thousands of dollars in health care. And I am in the process of adding Porgie to our dental insurance, because she is 3 now and should probably start going to the dentist on a regular basis.

While laying wake one night last month, I decided that I need to start using my insurance. I am not a kid living in the ghetto anymore. I am an adult who pays a shitload of money for health insurance. I need to get my money's worth! Do I want to end up like my mother, who is plagued by numerous health problems?

I decided to make an appointment to see the dentist. I had two chipped molars, which I knew needed to be repaired. However, instead of just fixing the chipped teeth, my dentist wanted to replace several of my metal fillings. He claimed that the fillings were pulling away from my teeth, letting saliva and liquid into the teeth. He explained that as water expands in the teeth, it can crack them and cause chips (like the two chipped molars I already had). So I agreed to have 4 of my fillings replaced that day.

This was the worst freaking mistake I ever made. First of all, my teeth no longer feel like they fit together properly. Second of all, my jaw has been hurting for a WEEK. And finally, I have sharp shooting pains in one of my teeth whenever I eat anything crunchy. WHAT THE FUCK MR. DENTIST?

I knew going to the doctor voluntarily was a bad idea. Maybe my mother was right all along.

10 comments:

Eva said...

Uh oh. Go back and make them fix it!

Mama Kalila said...

Not cool. I have an aversion to dr's & esp dentists too... I really need to see a dentist, but I just can't make myself... and I know its gonna be bad. I'm pretty sure one of my molars is cracked...

kathryn said...

I'm sorry your dental experience didn't go so well.

I don't want to sound pushy, but I can tell you why you're having all those symptoms; if you'd like to know.... I work for a dentist. Have for seven years. {Everything yours told you wasn't B.S. btw.} Let me know and I'd be happy to help. kathryn.scobba@gmail.com

Chris said...

Ewww. I hope your teeth feel better soon. Tooth pain is the worst!

On a positive note, I love the new blog look.

amanda said...

a) LOVE the new look

b) i have dentist issues - even had a hygienist fired once. true story. but i guess technically i was in the 3rd grade and my mom got her fired. still. the dentist and me not so much.

c) hope you feel better soon and if not pretty sure you need to go back and have em fix it!

Rachel said...

I think there is a balance and I am sure your teeth will feel better, hopefully, but call him back asap because if they dont fit together right then he messed up. I have had to call my guy back to fix them before. I am so sorry.

Rachel said...

also love the new fall look!!

Alicia W. said...

What a fuck head! He should have had you bite down or something to make sure your bite was the same as before.. I hope you get some relief soon.

Midwest Mommy said...

Um? That's not good.

Clare said...

oh, anything in the mouth hurts like a ....., i hope you are feeling better soon!