This morning was an emergency visit to the dentist to check on a filling that chipped out of a lower molar. I was past due for the 6 month cleaning (it reminds me of the myth of oil changes every 3000 miles that still persists), so I decided to combine the cleaning with the dentist advice on the problem tooth.
This is the same tooth that they have been suggesting needed a crown since 2011. Asking if they could just fill it again was a losing battle and probably a poor stop gap investment. So - I'm resigned to paying the $1,775 for the crown this year. Check out my February 2, 2012 "Mouth of Gold" rant about the investment that I am continually making in my mouth.
As my hygienist said - "Our goal is for you to die with healthy teeth". I guess that means I should do this at whatever cost.
This statement came out as the hygienist and I were debating the need for x-rays during this cleaning:
"You haven't ever had the full mouth x-ray (some fancy name machine) since you have been coming, and we haven't done even the four bite x-ray's since June 2014."
" I don't really want any x-rays today"
"Well, it's necessary given you tooth issue - at least the four bite x-ray - we can delay the full mouth for another time:.
"What's your objection to x-rays?"
"I'm the closest thing to a Christian Scientist about medical stuff. I don't like taking any medication and frankly don't like what I read about radiation. There are times I have even limited my use of cell phone."
The great debate starts ...... With point and counterpoint. Radiation during flights; Risk of cancer etc.
"Look, my grandfather lived to 102 and had no dental x-rays"
"How was his teeth?"
"He didn't have any."
"Our goal is for you to die with healthy teeth" She smiles and thinks the debate is won.
"Good point........(thinking how can I not lose the last word) ....... "But I would rather live to 102 with no teeth, than to die at 80 with healthy teeth."
Cha Ching! Debate over - battle won but lost the war. Paid $68 for 4 Image Bitewings.