I just got back from the dentist. It cost me $243 dollars! No, we do not have insurance. Yes, I know dentists are expensive but come on! $243 in one hour? Don't even get me started on how I could have spent that $243 dollars some other way.
I was under the impression I was going in for a routine cleaning appointment. I had cancelled one a couple months ago because I didn't want to pay $70 bucks that week to have my teeth cleaned. I thought I'd give myself a few more months since my teeth weren't bothering me at all. I had been debating going to this appointment but Spencer encouraged me and I do like having clean teeth.
After it was all over the receptionist informed me that the Dr. did a cleaning, exam and x-rays. Now I'll accept the x-ray charge. I knew she was doing them and that they were going to cost me. What I didn't know is that a cleaning and an exam are not the same thing. I figured that every time you went in to get your teeth cleaned they also looked at them and your gums to make sure everything was healthy. I guess that's not the case. I don't know how much that cost individually but it was probably upwards of $50 or $60 dollars since I know x-rays aren't that cheap.
Plus it wasn't even an enjoyable experience. The Dr. jabbered on and on about all kinds of worthless things. Every time she'd tell a story she would take her hands out of my mouth. I just wanted her to shut up and work on my teeth. I would have been out of there a lot faster! She told me all about her root canal and how the endodontist didn't find the 4th--albeit rare--root until later with a microscope. She told me about how she put in a yellow gold crown on her friend and every time she smiled, it showed. It bothered her but the friend was so happy. I think she told me this like 5 times! I was going crazy.
Oh and I loved the time she put that x-ray thing in my mouth and all I can do to not gag is concentrate on my breathing and she asks me how the weather is outside! Um, hello! I'm biting down on this gigantic plastic thing in my mouth and can't really answer right now!
Okay, I have to say I did get one piece of valid information out of today's visit. I found out that the discomfort and the gum swelling I have on a crown in the top back is most likely do to a base metal allergy. I am allergic to nickel and have to be very specific about jewelry I wear and she thinks this crown was made cheaply. That explains it. But then she went on to talk about 14 carat gold versus 22 carat gold and platinum and whatever else metal they use to make "very high quality" crowns in her office. "We would never put anything but gold in your mouth" she says. I know more about what kind of metals crowns are made of than I want to.
I just feel so sick that I had to fork out so much money to listen to a lady talk and talk and talk and talk and tell me my teeth looked great. That I had hardly any tartar buildup and my gums were healthy. I think it will be longer than 6 months before my next check up.