Anyway. So about 6 months ago when I went for my cleaning, they told me as I was walking out the door that I needed to make an appointment to have a cavity filled. I have never had a cavity in my life (and they know this) so I was really upset that they didn't even bother telling me while the doc examined me, no one explained what the options were or how they do fillings, nothing.
I made an appointment but then cancelled it. DH looked in my mouth & couldn't see a cavity (he just checked again, still nothing). I had no tooth pain up 'til that point but my whole mouth was sore after the rough cleaning they did. Because I was so upset about the cavity, I started clenching my jaw again while I slept (chronic issue for me), which caused a ton of pain in my jaw etc. and I thought maybe I did have a cavity, but once I calmed down I stopped clenching so hard and all I felt fine, though sometimes I still clench up & then feel pain for a day or two again. I also ended up changing my diet drastically (was vegan for years), partly due to this 'cavity'...
OK so to get to the point... I only have dental insurance for one more month (I am being laid off & can't afford dental insurance through DH's employer). So I feel like this month is my last chance to get another exam (maybe with x-rays this time?) and get a filling(s) if I do need it. BUT I really don't feel comfortable going back to that dentist. I could change to the one other dentist on the plan (who I know nothing about) but because it's an HMO it would take almost a month to go into effect so I couldn't see the new dentist until a week before my insurance runs out, which doesn't leave enough time to get fillings if I do need them.
Sorry so long... what would you do? Since I've never had a cavity, I really don't know what it feels like. Maybe the jaw pain from clenching my teeth is really the cavity??? But it really doesn't bother me except when I think about it. I'm the kind of person that convinces myself I have meningitis because my neck is a bit sore. LOL so it's hard for me to trust my symptoms but I'm pretty sure my teeth are not REALLY hurting. Am I over-thinking this? I just feel kind of sick when I think of going back to that dentist & I don't want my teeth drilled (ESPECIALLY for no reason....)