I’m an ACoA and experienced medical neglect as a child. We did not have dental insurance growing up. In my third grade school photo, I had a cavity in between my front teeth. By fifth grade, I had a molar that had decayed so badly, it was nothing but gum and an exposed nerve.
I moved out at 18, was able to get insurance, and finally worked up the courage to see a dentist when I was 21. I was terrified of judgment but I faced my fears and went. I received eight nine fillings and two extractions. Unfortunately, I lost my insurance shortly after, when I got married and my husband and I made “too much money.” By too much, I mean too much for subsidized insurance but not enough to afford private insurance.
It’s been ten years and we finally have insurance again. I went to the dentist on 4/18/2018 and had a full oral evaluation. I need $2500+ worth of work to start, plus a root canal (they referred me out so I don’t know the exact cost of this yet, but the average in my state is around $950). So, approximately $3500. This is AFTER insurance. This is for the following:
- Root Canal + Core Buildup
- 8 Fillings (to replace the 10 year old fillings)
- 1 Crown
He also said that eventually he recommends I crown all six of my top anterior teeth which will be over $7000 in addition to the $3500. At this point, I’m not even concerned about that. I just want the necessary work done so that I can live pain free and actually smile at people. It hurts when people think ill of you because of your teeth.
I am in pain daily because of the molar (this is the tooth they want to extract) and I can’t bite with my front teeth because my fillings are loose.
I cannot afford this and am in desperate need. I am willing to exchange services. I am an established blogger and can provide Web content for your blog or website in exchange for any financial assistance you can provide.
Thank you so much for reading. I appreciate your time and consideration.