This appt. was a basic cleaning-no big deal, right? At the end of my appt., the hygienist said there was a shadow on one of my upper teeth. She went ahead and did an x-ray. When the dentist came in, it was confirmed a large cavity. Then, I had the dentist look at this one place on my upper gum line that has been irritated for months. When I last asked about this, she said she did not see anything but some trauma.
Well, a new x-ray showed a massive infection there. Ugh! I knew something was not right there. Several weeks ago, I even had a few blood-like blisters. So the treatment is either a root canal to save the tooth or remove the tooth. If I remove the tooth, there would be no teeth left on my left upper side which seems like a horrible option. But then, if I go with the root canal and crown option, I will max out my dental benefits for the year and would owe about $1,000. Apparently, they can make it slightly cheaper for me by only doing part of the crown, then waiting until after the first of the year to do the rest.
To be honest, neither option sounds great. I know in my last post about my dental problems, I sounded pretty good and tried to make a point for others not to follow in my footsteps. But yesterday and today, I just feel upset about it. It's like my teeth issues will never get better and will likely just go with me to my grave. I know that sounds so morbid, but I just feel like I never get a break. I've put off some of the major procedures simply because they are too financially costly--think at least 3 implants and new bridge.
There is something else with all of this that runs in the back of my mind. If my teeth are this bad as a major consequence of purging, imagine if I'd been a multiple-a-day purger. My guess is that I wouldn't have any teeth left at all.
For now, I'm on antibiotics for the infection and will go back to he dentist in a few weeks for the root canal. In some ways, I feel like not saving this tooth, but I hate feeling toothless too. Argh, what a horrible conundrum! I hope others do not face my plight!