I left the girls with Stephanie at 3:00pm this afternoon and headed to the dentist. I had a crown on my front top tooth that had come loose.
I expected my visit to be quick. The crown was not damaged. I had previously had a root canal. I thought I just needed the tooth to be adhered back and I would be out of there.
Reality, however, was different. The reason my tooth had become loose was because the root canal had snapped. My choices were a bridge that anchored to my nearby teeth (not appealing) or an implant and eventually a new crown.
A sinking feeling in my gut swept over me as I realized how much money we were going to have to spend.
At about 6:30pm, the dentist finished the surgery. He gave me a prescription for Amoxicillin and one for Vicodin. I headed to Walmart. We are learning they have everything - including a pharmacy.
At 9:00pm, my prescription was ready and I drove the 25 minutes back to our campground.
I opted out of the Vicodin, but for the record, Walmart is the place to buy Amoxicillin. It was $4 - cash price.
When you have a physical problem, it is easy to become consumed by it. The pain. The cost. The potential embarrassment. All this afternoon and evening I was reminded how devastating a physical aliment can be for a person.
I was tempted to post an image of what I looked like without my front tooth - the ugly gaping whole, but it is really gross so I decided not to. I can only imaging how handicapping it would be to live everyday like that. But some people do. Some children do.
Stephanie and I decided to make a small donation ($10) this evening to the Tomorrow's Smile program through the National Children's Oral Health Foundation. Tomorrow’s SMILES provides comprehensive restorative functional and esthetic treatment for promising at-risk teens without the financial means to pay for the services.
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