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#1 of 2 Old 11-22-2011, 03:15 PM - Thread Starter
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i have bad teeth, ive had three root canals already and am slated for 2 more tomorrow, the second one cause ill already by numbed up and  the first because of a recurring abcess problem.  All of my front bottom teeth between my canines are severely over drilled and over filled each one has at least three deep big fillings, all of which are cracking and falling out as they are composite and almost ten years old.  As of tomorrow three of those teeth will have root canals, so three definatley need crowns, and because the other teeth are so weak and losing all the fillings the dentist just wants to put crowns on them as well, as other fillings will just fall out and drilling any more will hit the nerve cause more damage etc.  so four crowns on the bottom total.  ive also had two root canals on the top teeth and those teeth are chipping etc so they need crowns so now we are at


- six crowns

- two root canals

- a deep cleaning

- a few miscellanious fillings in the front of my teeth on teeth that dont need a crown




crowns are 875 a pop


root canals 600 each


deep cleaning?  and fillings?


so heres the problem,


i can get all this work done for free if i can get it done before i have the baby



i will definatley be getting the 2 root canals tomorrow because of the current abcess.  so thats one vist under lidocaine (local anesthetic )


so say they can do the fillings and a crown thats 2 visits


then 2 or t3 more visits to finish putting in the crowns



thats a lot of dental work and at least 5 times using local anesthetic,


im 36 weeks friday


what would you do?


there is no way i can afford this dental work otherwise, and my teeth are literally breaking as we speak ive lost most of my fillings and parts of my root canaled teeth in the past year.  and it seems to be accelerated, if i wait much longer they will just have to pull all my bad teeth.   








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This is a lot to deal with during the final weeks of pregnancy when we need to focus on preparing for birth, but still:  I would go for it.  I also have tooth problems, and it is a major source of stress for me.  P.S.  Once baby arrives, it will be that much more difficult to make appointments even if you could afford to.  I was too late for a root canal by the time I made it to the dentist with tooth pain -- I had to have it pulled.  (The jerk actually asked me, "Where were you 5 years ago?")  Thank goodness I had friends to help with the two daughters I had at the time. 


Question:  I have maternity medicaid coverage -- does this cover dental??? I haven't really explored what it covers because I got it mostly in case I need a hospital transfer.  This information might be useful to others lurking on this thread.  ... If so, I wish I had known sooner.  I hit 36 weeks yesterday and there is no way I'll get an appointment with any dentist around here during this pregnancy.  greensad.gif  I won't be able to afford health insurance any time soon, and probably not dental in the foreseeable future.

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