Thursday, June 25, 2009

Thoughts on Teeth

It was last year about this time that I was having some dental issues and ended up selling to of my favorite bikes to pay the bills. (I will never again sell a bike to pay the bills, I still miss those bikes). The dentist was great and let us pay gradually.

Now, Jubal has quite a bit of work that needs to be done. We have been going to a dentist here is Asheville for a while. Oddly Jubal did not enjoy the visits at all. There was just something weird, something strange in our guts that told us that this was not the right fit.

We should have listened to our guts. After regular checkups, and being told that Jubal's teeth we great, we decided to make a change. We first took him to our dentist, who is excellent, but they could not get the bite wings to fit in his little mouth for the x-rays. We were then referred to a pediatric dentist.

Jubal's first visit went great, and Jubal said that he had fun!!! Nice change.

The bad news though is that she found 6 cavities, two of those were nearing the nerve. What? She informed us that those had been there for quite a while and there was no way that the last dentist should have missed them.

And then the estimated bill......$1600. What? ouch!! But we are going to go with her. Why not get another opinion? Because Jubal is at ease with her. He did great for his first two fillings. There is some trust forming.

Hmmm, what to do? Fortunately again, they are going to work with us, and give us a little time to pay it off.

But the point is this, a client and doctor/dentist have to have a bond of trust. Much like a friendship, if the friend does things to break trust, then you typically end the friendship. If your gut is telling you not to trust the doctor, then don't. There are others out there. Get recommendations/ referrals, ask around. And most of all take care of yourself.

Have a great day.

1 comment:

Chris said...

Kim and I have had the same dentist for, holy cow, 12 years now. Doc Nick is amazing, even if it means we now have to go out of our way to see him. (Ironically, it's easier for me now due to job location but more difficult for Kim, opposite of when we started there!) You're right, dentists are one of the relationships you MUST get right, and keep it when you do!