A Personal Story: Cracked Teeth, No Caps – Brad, Bradford

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Brad used to have dental insurance through the school system where his wife was employed, but they divorced several years ago, and now he lives in Bradford, Vermont, with no dental insurance. Brad had cavities filled as a kid, and he has had to have some of them replaced, as well as have sealants done. “I’ve had many cracked teeth, but no caps…yet.” Brad gets his teeth cleaned and checked twice a year and always goes for the least expensive solutions his dentist offers. “I have not actually had to postpone caps, but, at $1,000 a pop, I would.” Brad tries to take good care of his teeth to save himself money, and now that he’s in his 60s, he is looking for more information about what happens to teeth as one ages. Brad feels lucky to have a dentist who is willing to work within his financial means: “I’m thankful that my dentist keeps me going.”

Illustration by Dennis Pacheco.

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