My Trip to the Dentist

1Yesterday, my appointment started at 10:30am in the Hillcrest neighborhood. It’s one of the oldest neighborhoods north of downtown San Diego and North Park is the second oldest neighborhood in the city of San Diego and that where I live.

However, there was a power outage and the outage made their computers go haywire and they could take no x-rays in the doctor’s office. So, the dental tech and I had to walk to another building about a half block down the street to a Lab Service. They had a big fancy x-ray machine and I had to get into a certain position while standing up at a certain angle and holding onto bars and while this machine went around my head 360 degrees to take an x-ray.

While we We walked back to doctor’s office, my x-rays were emailed back to the doctor’s office, where I waited another half an hour.

The doctor finally walked in and he advised me that I had a deep cavity on tooth #15 AND the tooth right behind it which was my wisdom tooth should be taken out but he wanted to install a tooth as a replacement so that it would not put stress on my other teeth.

I really should have had a consultation with the doctor prior to yesterday’s appointment. So, $4,000 and six hours later I am back at home last night and I had allot of blood coming from the gauze and I wondered why they had sent me home with all these instructions – eat only soft foods for the next 7 days, only use the prescribed mouthwash, use an ice pack on the left side of your face for the next 2 days, stitches on left side of mouth, 4 prescriptions with one of them being percocet and off from work for 2 days.

I woke up this morning, and the whole left side of my face is swollen, I can see that a thin layer of skin from my lips have been scrapped and I assume that the skin was used to build up the area for the tooth be installed, and I have stitches on the top and bottom of my mouth.

The doctor and his staff did a horrible job of explaining the procedure that they were going to be performing. It was my understanding that they would be removing tooth #15 and the wisdom tooth but they actually removed 3 teeth!

If I was feeling up to today, I would be calling back to the doctor’s office to find out what happened. I now have to move $4,000 from my savings account to pay off my credit card.

This is the reason why I hate going to the dentist!!!


  • Karen April 10, 2013, 09:12

    Did you get an implant? If so, that all happened very fast? What the heck did they do to you???

    • admin April 10, 2013, 09:31

      My tooth was not impacted but my general dentist told me that I had a cavity and I needed a root canal or have it pulled out. The oral surgeon recommended that I have it pulled out along with the wisdom teeth and have a tooth implanted. I was put under sedation for the procedure.

      Initially, I went to see my general dentist b/c my tooth was having temperature sens8tivity when I drank something hot or cold.

  • Angie April 10, 2013, 09:49

    Sounds like a nightmare. Wake up, wake up! I hope you have someone there to take care & watch over for a couple of days. New job good about giving you time off?

    • admin April 10, 2013, 10:13

      Well, I have already moved the money from savings to my credit card to pay for it! 🙁 I already have vacation and sick time plus I normally work a little late each day so the boss had no problem with me take off a couple of days! I always make sure that the boss know that I am working a little late:)

  • Theresa April 10, 2013, 14:24

    Gosh, what an experience! Hope you are back to normal again soon.

  • Patti April 10, 2013, 14:57

    O! Feel better soon! What an experience. Not fun at all.

  • Amanda April 10, 2013, 16:35

    Yeesh! I am sorry. I was literally just reading this article a little bit ago

    That seems so violating to have someone take a piece of you that you didn’t give them permission to!!

    • admin April 10, 2013, 19:42

      I read that story…scary. If my dad was alive he would have gotten a lawyer to sue.

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