Posted By Kristabella on June 2, 2015
It is no secret around these parts that I murdered a dentist in my former life and have been paying for it ever since. I even have a category on here for my multiple posts about going to the dentist and how awful it is and how my mouth is the most expensive thing I own.
It’s about to be worth a hell of a lot more!
I’m a grinder. I have been since I probably got teeth. I never did anything about it until I went off to college and the dentist told me to wear a night guard when I slept. Talk about sexay.
By this time, the damage was mostly done. The night guard was to prevent further damage. Because at this time I had basically ground down all my molars and needed them crowned. I think I currently only have one molar that isn’t crowned, but I’m sure it is a matter of time.
In addition to my back teeth, my front teeth are in bad shape. They are really worn down, the enamel is gone and they are basically see through, they are so thin. Every new dentist I’ve gone to has delicately tried to ask if I was bulimic, since the wear on my teeth is typical of someone who pukes a lot and/or has a lot of acid reflux. And every time I tell them “no, they’ve just always been like this”.
Every new dentist always tries to get me to fix it, too. But because insurance is stupid, they only think this is cosmetic and not necessary so they won’t pay for it.
I got it priced out once when I was just out of college, probably 23 or so. It was going to be over $5,000 out of pocket. This was 15 years ago and I was making about that much a year, so I laughed in her face and said no.
I’ve always known in the back of my mind that it needs to be done. I mean, I’ve had my front teeth get chipped twice recently, over very innocuous things, so I know that I’m like one drunken fall from losing my teeth. (Although, if that happened, insurance would pay for it!)
So I have decided to bite the bullet and get it done. It’s happening on Thursday. I’m super nervous about it. All I keep thinking is I’m going to end up looking like this:
I know I won’t. I mean, I HOPE I won’t. I’ve told the dentist to make my smile the exact same, minus the chips in my teeth and the whole “so thin you can see through them” thing. But she mentioned that they have to make sure they are OK as far as talking goes. Like this could eff up my speech? I’m going to have a lisp???
Thankfully they will be temporary crowns. So if I really don’t like the look of them, it is back to the drawing board. They won’t even start to make the permanent ones until I’ve OK’d the temporary ones. But then I’m still stuck with ROSS TEETH for 3 weeks until they fix it!
It’s a four-hour procedure. I’ve downloaded an audio book to listen to. Keep me in your thoughts on Thursday.
And don’t worry, I’ll be back on Thursday to show you a before and after.