I had a topic (drafted) in mind for today’s post. But sometimes life gets in the way.
I’d been ignoring some ear pain all week until I woke with a swollen face on the same side yesterday. The symptoms were the same as the last time I had a dental abscess so I called my dentist for a same-day appointment.
Sure enough that was the diagnosis and my dentist did emergency palliative care while also drilling through a three year old crown. I left with antibiotics and pain medication.
Due to the location the root canal is being done by an endodontist this afternoon. Then in a couple of weeks I’ll be back at my regular dentist to start the process for a new crown.
Although I’m fortunate to have dental insurance the new crown would normally not be covered. Insurers don’t cover crowns on the same tooth within five years even though there was a very good reason for having to replace it.
That particular crown was originally paid for by a different insurer than the current company so that’s not a problem. My out of pocket expenses will be close to $600 when you add up co-pays for all the treatments. That’s what emergency funds are for, right?
I’ll be back with regularly scheduled programming next week. For now, it’s time to take another dose of that pain medication.
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