OT: Need someone to commiserate with me.
Just got home from a dentist appt. with my teenage step-daughter. Went in for an overdue cleaning and came out with about $700 worth of work due over the next few months!
She's got gingevitis, gum infections, teeth that need to be shaved down/evened up, 5 cavities, 8 sealants due, and eventually a night guard and braces after all this other stuff is cleared up! She has a terrible overbite which with teeth grinding have taken off more than half the enamel on the back of her front teeth. Oh, and she's on an every 3 month cleaning schedule which isn't covered by the insurance !
This is not the first time that a dentist has told her to stop drinking the sodas...and I realize these problems are not only from the 2 years she's lived with us, but from many years before that of no regular appts. and all the bad habits she had from the other house, but SHEEESH!! $700!! for a 17 year old's mouth! And that's only the beginning! That does not include the guard or future braces! (The braces by the way were suggested over a year ago and she said No! didn't want them...she'd rather pay for them herself down the road. I'd like to say "fine, it's all yours", but undoubtedly, DH won't agree!)
And that wasn't the only bad news. My 5yo is scheduled for a 2nd opinion with this new dr. in a few weeks. I took them the printout I have of her xrays and they confirmed that 'yes, she does have 8 cavities!' and they should be taken care of soon since 4 of these molars are her adult molars, and the other 4 won't come out until she's 10-12 years old. The estimate on this from the old doctor was .... $1700 !! and insurance probably wouldn't cover the anestesia to put her out so they can do all 8 at the same time!
Boy, can't wait to get DH in finally and see what they have to say about hiM!! He's had a broken tooth for almost 2 years now, and a huge cavity on the front teeth! And who knows what else!!
When it rains it pours! Don'cha wish you were me??
grumbling, and want to disappear from all this!