dental is a real pain in the ass!no matter what you do. if your lucky you were born with good teeth and gums if not? join the millions of people who will lose their teeth simply because of not eneogh money.even if your retired and have medicare your screwed! medicare wont do anything for you . i think this is really rotten! i dont think im alone on this gripe.insurance? dental insurance is a joke! free dental? no such thing!
i do feel for all you folks that posted and wish i could help but really cant except for some advice.
my story... when i was young i had a lot of dentists make things worse for me! silver fillings suck! got a little cavity? i think your better off to leave it alone! all a filling does is give you a bigger cavitie eventually. yes i have had lousy dental work and i know im not alone here. i have a a ton of dental work done in my life and its been a constant battle!i gave up on insurance and about 10 yrs ago i spent about 30 grand on fixing my mouth [so i thought] anyway at first it seemed like it was going well ,i had all the silver removed and had numerous crowms root canals and deep cleanings etc etc,it just kept going on and on! everytime i thought we were done? the dentist would say oh we got that one tooth here that needs this or that blah blah blah. after all this long term dental restoration was done? well i had to file bankruptcy over it! it just put me over the edge. then came periodontal disease omg! i was employed at the time and fought the ins co for about two yrs before i saw the periodoninst for for 3 quads of oral surg! one quadrant was denied unfairly but at least i got three done.wasnt a lot of fun except for the nitrous oxide and the percodan afterwards.those stitches are annoying! i did quit smoking when i decided to have this done and that was a good thing too.well the gum disease is bck and the expensive dental work that was done? its all fallen apart and needs more work and im looking at 30 or 40 grand! i cant afford it and i have decided to just let em fall out one by one and eventaually get dentures. i wish one dentist in the 10 or so i have seen would have just told me the truth which is... you have very soft enamel, you have bad gums and major dental work will only be a temporary thing. to make things worse i have some sort of a bone growth on the roof of my mouth and its gettin bigger! all the dentists want nothing to do with it! the periodontist was at least pretty honest with me about things though.he said i would have to remove it eventually because i cant have an upper denture there unkess the bony thing is cut out ewwwwww .im no stranger to pain but i hate the politcs of healthcare and all the money money money part .then theres the conservative crap of under medicating you. many times after a root canal the dentist would tell me oh just take tylenol for a few days.bullshit! tylenol itself will ruin your teeth and gums .i know this because i have been on vicodin morphine etc for years now[chronic pain in my spine] where im at now? i still have all my teeth but i know they are in terrible cond and they hurt! im disability retired at age 49 and ???? theres no way i can afford dental work on 1100 a month from soc sec and medicare does no dental! this irritates me!i think its mean spirited and cruel. people work their whole life away,pay into the system and then bad teeth? tough shit! no money no dental its that simple. the best you can hope for is that a dentist will actually pull a bad tooth! but most refuse.they claim its unethical.nonsense! its just dirty politics and money money.im really frustrated! half of my mouth is pretty good but the rest is half ass!
i have one stainless steel crown on an upper molar and i wish i would have never had it done but that was stinginess on the insurance co.they saved a few hundred bucks perhaps but now im stuck with it and no dentist will take it off for fear of breaking the root canaled tooth brittle , hard to get off, better to leave alone etc.
another pet peeve of mine is cleanings. no dentists are interested in doing this it seems[no moey in it] and everyone of them says you need root planing and scaling and well 1200 bucks? once a yr? in the old days a cleaning was the same thing as this planing and scaling crap.i do need it but a lot of people dont and dentists will try to talk you nto it!and of course insurance never covers it,same ol shit. one time i got talked into bleaching and i said yes after quitting smoking because a lot of my teeth were yellow so 800 bucks later? i had some whiter teeth but the dentist failed to tell me the bleach would not color the crowns! i was pissed! i have only had two dentists that were good! one of them is dead now and the periodontist? hes a good guy but i cant afford him! one dentist at least leveled with me and suggested i try to keep the bottom teeth at all cost.he said at least with a denture up top there will be some suction but the bottom would be troublesome if i had choppers there . im gonna call em choppers[slang for dentures]im going to try to get this bony groth thing reoved somewhere somehow and then? i dont really ever want to see a dentist ever again if possible. i know this sounds bad but the less i see the dentist the les dental problems i have! if an abcess comes up and it will eventually i will just go to an emergency room as an indigent person and try to get it pulled.i know they wont or cant repair it so? it really is a pain in the ass... dental work and dental politics.im not looking forward to it but im going to get dentures probably down in mexico. i dont want or need heart problems! or any more stress in my life. we all need to eat though and i think its fucked up that in a civilized country dental is so outrageous .i would not want to be a dentist only because i wouldnt want to give more than half my income to some ins company! the irony? its just about impossible to sue a dentist for malpractice! most of my dental headaches now are the result of opiates for chronic pain.they ruin your teeth! my workers comp wtty filed for teeth injuries but im sure i wont ever see any dental repairs.maybe a few bucks but by the time i settle my case? i wont have any teeth! that or i may be dead by then. i have never hated any one or anything in life but now im realizing i hate ins companies! they are ruining america. im very very depressed! and will contunue to be until i get workers comp off my ass! i know it aint a perfect world but i still think its shitty that our govt takes about half of everyones income for 30 or 40 yrs then says sorry medicare doesnt cover dental.what a bunck of crap. usa can afford millions a day to fight religous wars but cant take care of its own people!
theres solutions to all problems but the powr structure isnt interested!.one way would be for dentists to not have to buy insurance ,you sign a waiver saying you cant sue and and your dental bill would be less than half! but again... insurance companys are running your life.theres no escape! cameras everywhere etc etc what kind of world are we living in? i hope re incarnation isnt tru cause i do not wanna come back to this planet! i do beleive in an afterlife but lets just hope its better than earth.hell? dont believe in it.if such a place exists its here on earth! psychiatry and psychology? same bullshit as dentistry! all the shrinks say is well u should get a job and,,, phuck that! im disabled now why is work so important? most jobs are meaninless and everybody has eneogh worthless crap already.we are a wastefull society. i think 1929 is comong again so ? ok i will stop bitching now, i do feel for all you people with the dental headaches. i go t a plan!
i just want to go live out the rest of my life somewhere in peace without hassle. the dentist? its a shitty deal no matter what and it wont change! but good luck to all of you struggling and thanks for listening.
disgruntled in so california.........