Unfortunately, after the dentist saw the condition of my mouth, there were other things that needed to be taken care of first. He worked up a Treatment Plan that was... hold your breath... $9,000. As in 30 times the cost of my AMC car back in the day. As in 15 times the cost of my monthly mortgage payment.
Because it wasn't too expensive, I had four broken teeth pulled (which sadly, leaves me with only 27 adult teeth. So redneck). But the rest was expensive. I needed crowns. Lots of them. Possibly root canals. I put my head right back in the sand and pretended I had no problem.
|Gross, right? Get thee to a dentist!|
When I booked the appointment, I was told that it would take 1-2 hours, so I booked it for early in the morning, to give me time to get back to work.
I showed up around 8:30 for my x-rays and got a cool panoramic shot taken.
|In case I'm ever murdered, here's some dental records to identify me by|
|Goodbye, hideous meth smile!|
|Usually I can see birds and squirrels too|
|I decided to show you the crown stuff, not the drilling/picking stuff - no nightmares!|
|If I can't see it or hear it, it's not happening|
They got down to business, and while both of them were wonderful, this took FOREVER. I guess it was because they were doing three teeth instead of just one?
I was still there FOUR hours later.
|Ugh, I'm so hungry, I'm about to pass out, too|
|Check it out - I'm BatBoy!|
|Finished dental impression of my top teeth|
|Headphones back in - she had to use the drill to shape the teeth|
She got a kick out of me asking if I could take a picture of them, so she hand-modeled them for me before calling Dr. S back in for the final fitting.
|(They were really bad fake teeth)|
And to think, it only took 7 hours to do this, and cost $1000 for all this torture!