02 July 2009

Ugh, The Dentist...

I went to the dentist today. Not good news.

Let me start out by saying that I have not been to the dentist in 2 1/2 years. Disgusting I know. And boy oh boy am I paying for it now, let me tell you.

I never really thought it was that big of a deal if you didn't go to the dentist. They just clean your teeth, right? Whatever I can do that at home. Plus I brush my teeth at least three times a day, if not more. I'm not so good with the flossing, but I've been working on it.

So I go today and they take 5 billion xrays and they really hurt. I think I scraped the bottom of my mouth. I used to hate getting xrays when I was little, but this was WAY worse. I wish I could have done it the way I did when I was little and crying about it! Today sucked!!

Anyway, after that, the dentist comes in and tells me that he's going to have to go in and take out some old fillings and replace them because they were old. So I thought he just needed to do it because they didn't look so good or whatever. He didn't really explain himself very well.

Well THEN, he takes pictures of my teeth and starts talking about this black spot and that black spot and all this business. And I'm all, 'Is that a cavity?' and he's all, 'Yes. And so is that. And that. And that.' SICK. Homeslice actually took pictures of my teeth. It was disgusting. Like I literally almost threw up in my mouth, it was so gross. I  still feel dirty every time I think about it, but I brush my teeth like freaking crazy. I'm so pissed.

So after he shows me my horrific teeth, he still doesn't even tell me how many cavities I have or how much crap I need to get done. The receptionist lady (or whatever she was...) comes in and starts telling me I need to get four in-lays and five fillings. Do you know what that means? I have NINE cavities. NINE.



Okay I'm grossing myself out just saying it over and over again. How does that even happen??? The lady told me not to feel so bad because she's seen worse and it's mostly because I didn't go to the dentist for so long. She said if I would have come every six months like I should have, they could have prevented a lot of that because they can clean deeper than we can at home.  Oh yeah and the best part? Guess how much not going to the dentist for two years is going to cost me?

$2,750.00. That's right, two thousand seven hundred and fifty dollars. 

Oh yes. I'm for reals. It's not worth the money or the pain I will be enduring this coming Tuesday at 5 o'clock. And that's AFTER insurance.

For each in-lay (remember there's FOUR), I get to pay $550.00 each. If I didn't have insurance they'd be $900.00, so there's a plus I guess?? I'm also really upset because I thought I was just going to get a check up and get a cleaning and be good to go. Far from it.

Also? I'm going to buy the best electric toothbrush I've ever seen tomorrow. I'm disgusting.

So kids, go to the dentist every six months. 


Sarabeth Clarke said...

Lindsey, sorry you had such a rough day at the dentist. That is absolutely no fun! I went to the dentist after having Jillian and had to get a root canal :( Good luck at the dentist next Tuesday. Try not to think about it too much. Enjoy 4th of July!

Ky and Kami's mom said...

Oh gosh, I'm so sorry!!! I go every 6 months now...I didn't go for 4-5 years and was so surprised I didn't have any cavaties when I went. But I have 9 teeth that have fillings in them from when I was younger and started flossing. All my cavaties were supposedly from not flossing, so now I feel disgusting if I don't. Anyhow, hope your appt goes well, are they doing everything in one day?

Nathan said...

Hey, I went to the dentist on Thursday too. I haven't been in like 5 years. I won't bother telling you how awesome my teeth are cause you prolly already know. But don't feel bad, the dentist told me that some people are just more prone to getting cavities and some aren't. I guess we got one of each in our family lol! But start flossing. I started a few years back and I can't go to bed w/o doing it now or it just feels wrong.