A Personal Story: Cracks Need Crowns – Katie, Sharon

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Katie has three teeth where the old fillings have caused cracks which need to be crowned. “They told me that four or five years ago, and I kept putting it off because we didn’t have the money or dental insurance.” Katie had a baby two years ago and is still paying off the medical bills from that. She should be done in about six months, and then she plans to look into loan options in Vermont in order to get one of her crowns done. She’ll have to get the work done one tooth at a time, which means it could be a long time before all three teeth are crowned. Katie knows she should schedule the dental work, but, “it’s hard to put out that money, because there’s clothes for the kids . . . I don’t know. I mean, I will do it, but it’s hard to spend that much money on my teeth. But if I wait, then that would mean a root canal and that would be a lot more invasive.”

Illustration by Dennis Pacheco.

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