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well, that was fast

Went to the dentist this morning (the VA doesn't do dentistry for whatever reason) and I figured it would be routine X-Ray of jaw area, cleaning & scraping, and another appointment to do the drill & fill to fix whatever was giving me the dull pain in my face.

Nope. They still do the X-rays, but it's digital now so you get to viddy your rotten & decaying zoobies on the flat screen over the chair doubleplusquicklike. And mine was a bad, bad tooth, yes indeed. My first molar on the lower left side had not only developed a cavity, but an infected cavity at that, so there was no point in half measures. It would have to come out. Several shots of novocaine (with a healthy assist from Mr. Tank) and two hours of drilling/prying/hacking/suturing later, I was without the infected molar* and sent home by way of CVS, where they charged me far, far out the ass for a week's worth of Clindamycin. I skipped the Tylenol 3 since I already have ample supplies of generic Tylenol and a few leftover oxycodones in case the pain got to be Too Much, which in fact it did not too long after I got home. Still hurts, but the oxycodone makes me not care, which is as much as I expect from my painkillers.

The next stage in the proceedings is to install a bridge of the finest zirconium (no shit, that's what they use these days) sometime in the next 30-90 days. This is not going to be cheap; fortunately they accept payment over time, which is good because I think I won't finish paying on this until the end of next tax season. Fuck jetpacks, man; where the hell are my regeneration stimulators?

*Considering how long and difficult the extraction was, she fully deserves to take it home and have it mounted, like a trophy deer head.


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Jul. 2nd, 2013 11:54 pm (UTC)
My friend Nathan has some kind of infection in his mouth that happened while he was in the Army, after one of his deployments. The Army and the VA refuse to see it as something that happened in the line of duty, so now he has rotting teeth that need to be pulled and replaced by either implants or (more likely) dentures. He's a college student and in difficult straits.

I don't know why dentistry is not seen as "medical". Even Canadian socialized medicine doesn't cover it.
Jul. 3rd, 2013 01:44 pm (UTC)
I'm guessing because so much dentist work is cosmetic and not actually medical, but I'm not a VA bureaucrat or a lawyer, so I don't know. Good luck to your friend; my dentist and I had a similar conversation yesterday except it was implant v. bridge, and the bridge was cheaper & less trouble besides.
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