A Personal Story: Disabled Vet Needs Crown – Paul, Bradford

Paul lives in Bradford, Vermont. This is his story:

I am a disabled vet and go to the VA in White River Junction, Vermont. It just feels like the medical people think that dental is secondary. Like healthy teeth is not important, that basically you can live without it.  So they do not take it seriously. If you had cancer they would treat you for cancer. But when it comes to teeth, you are 100% they do not care. They don’t seem to realize that if you work on the teeth, keep someone’s mouth healthy, their body is more healthy.

Right now I have a cracked tooth. The first thing [the VA] say[s] is we will not give you the money for a crown. They will give me the money to have it pulled. The cost to pull the tooth is $200. The cost for a crown is ridiculous, over $1,000. When you do not have that much money, you can’t do that. They just force a lot of people to take their tooth out. They do not want to spend the $1,000 to save the tooth. I do not want to have my tooth pulled. So I went to a dentist. He told me he could fix it and to get a crown [through his office] it is almost $3,000. I said “Whoa!” He said, “But I will take it out for $500.” For $500 I can do that myself.

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