Jennifer (gaaneden) wrote,

Gentle Dental

I had a dentist appointment this morning. Mostly because I've been freaking out at how "not white" my smile has been lately. (Move to Seattle, start drinking a lot more coffee, teeth get dull. Go figure.) I'm not overly fond of dentists or doctors. I do have a good doctor now that I like. I think I'm going to like this place. They were very patient with me, my tiny mouth (despite my tendency to talk when comfy, physically, I have a tiny mouth) and my overactive gag reflex.

The results:

Good: It's nice to hear from the dentist that I have a "surprisingly healthy" set of teeth despite my long absences from the dentist. (Brag!)

Bad: I have a new cavity and an old filling needs to be replaced with a crown.

Good: The tooth whitening is going to be really easy. They are going to make custom trays for my teeth and give me a home bleaching kit that I can use when I feel it is necessary.

Bad: I need a "deep cleaning" first before I can have any of the above done. This deep cleaning involves numbing so I don't feel the pain but because of that, they can only do one half of the mouth at a time.

Good: They have managed to condense everything I want done into two appointments - this Friday and Feb 3rd. Appointment 1: 1/2 cleaning, prepare the tooth for the crown. Appointment 2: 1/2 cleaning, fit the crown, fill the cavity and make the custom trays.

Bad: About only 1/3 of all this is covered by insurance. So, by the time I'm done with all of this, it will amount to about $1600 out of pocket. OW! Fortunately, it's not all up front and they do take credit cards.

Over All: An acceptable appointment. I like the people there. So, I will have my usual sparkling smile for DDC.

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