A Personal Story: Time-Bomb Tooth – Bob, Strafford

Bob, 52, is self employed, married with one child, living in Vermont, and has never had dental insurance. He doesn’t think it’s worth the investment: “It never seems to really cover the bills…I just pay as I go.” Bob sees his dentist regularly, twice a year. At his last visit he had a crown put on one of his teeth, and the dentist noticed another tooth with a crack. The dentist suggested Bob get another crown before the tooth shatters in some unexpected place where he won’t be able to get immediate dental help. “I can’t afford to put a crown in so I’m waiting until the tooth self-destructs,” Bob explains. He considers the procedure to be somewhat elective, but at the same time,”kind of a time bomb,” and says, “It’s hard to come up with 1,200 bucks to get the crown done. It’s just one of those things-there’s just always something else to spend the money on.”

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