Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Dental Drama

I am not a fan of the dentist.

For good reason.

I was born without two bottom teeth (not ones you can see- I'm not that redneck) so I've spent my fair share of time in a dental chair.

Today was no different.

When I moved here, I started going to a dentist who we will call Dr. Screw up my teeth and then deny it. At my first visit, she told me that I need a new filling, to replace an old one (hey, I eat a lot of candy). She replaced it and I went on my merry way (although it hurt for months). I went back a month later b/c I still couldn't chew on that side and she fixed it again. Fast forward a few months and the filling FELL OUT (you may remember this ) while I was minding my business, watching a movie with boyfriend. She fixed it again.

I went back again in October and she told me that my tooth was royally f'ed up (well, duh) and denied any wrong doing. She told me that it wasn't the tooth that she worked on and that I was in the fast lane headed towards gum disease as a result.

The only cure, a 1600.00 onlay to replace the shiteous back tooth- duh, the one that she didn't screw up! Boyfriend gently persuaded (or forced) me to get a second opinion. I called Dr. Screw up my teeth and deny it and requested my records. I may or may not have told her that I was moving to Virginia. The records that she supplied me were 1inch by 1inch pictures of my teeth- so helpful. I went to new dentist and told him that she said it wasn't her fault. New dentist whipped out a magnifying glass and examined the x-rays. X-rays from 2007 show two normal sized teeth in good shape. X-rays from 2008 show f'ed up tooth- half the size of 2007- attached to the tooth she worked on. Clearly, Dr. Screw up my teeth and deny it had something to do with that. Either that or half my tooth fell out in my sleep and I swallowed it (unlikely).

After a consult, Dr. I can do it (the new dentist) came up with a plan. He was going to remove both fillings, replace one with silver and one with enamel. He was also going to save me the 1600 dollar price tag of the onlay.

I went it today and got it done. It was hellish, it took two hours, and my mouth hurts from machinery jabbing it, but it's fixed and it's working so far.

Ashley=1, Gum Disease= 0


University of Iowa Meg said...

UGGG. I'm sorry to hear about your teeth troubles. I am actually looking for a new dentist right now because my insurance just changed....I hate having to change!

~Mrs. Guru~ said...

I hate going to the dentist too. But I was born with Gum disease and had to have major gum surgery when I was 8! Glad you got a new dentist!

Mrs. S. said...

Ouch! Dentist are not my favorite because I feel like they can tack on those pesky extra costs without you knowing it. At least your mouth will be better now!

Mona said...

Ugh! I feel your pain.

Johnny said...

Man, your boyfriend sounds super smart! You should listen to him all the time. I'll be he even told you, after your filling fell out and you said it hadn't been right the whole time, to go get a new dentist!! :)

A.D. said...

Ugh...I hate going to the dentist. Glad you didn't have to shell out the $1600 and don't have gum disease!

Ashley said...

Johnny.. you are suuuper smart. And girls, thanks for the support. Dental work sucks.