A Personal Story: Crowns vs Food? – Martha, Sharon

Martha moved with her family to Sharon, Vermont, from overseas three years ago. She went to the dentist for a full work up, and the dentist told her she would need several procedures done over the next five years. Martha and her family do not have dental insurance so she is paying out of pocket for all the work. Martha got one crown done for $1,200 and then changed dentists because she found one who would do the work for less money. However the new dentist has since raised his rates, so his crowns are over a thousand dollars as well. Last summer she had a second crown done with money from the family’s tax rebate. Although the crown had been intended for one tooth, it was put on another when the filling cracked and half the tooth fell out.

Martha still needs three more crowns and she has not scheduled the work because she can’t afford it. She’s not sure when she will be able to: “I’ve got lots of dental work to do and I’m not doing it because I haven’t got the funds right now.” She has thought about taking out loans for the work, but with a fixed salary, her family can’t afford the payments: “By the time you’ve taken out loans for health care, dental care, and everything else you need to take out loans for, you’ve got no food. So we can’t really do that.”

    One Response to “A Personal Story: Crowns vs Food? – Martha, Sharon”

    1. Andre says:

      You have been had. When confronted by the heatrt of a root canal, I consulted my regular dentist who told me that after the $K plus procedure the life span of the rotten tooth after a root canal would be about one year. At that point I would face another bout of infection followed by another $K procedure and from there go through another painful bout of infection at which point an oral surgeon would probably extract the tooth and then I could consider options such as implants.The oral surgeon charged $250 to pull the offending tooth. As long as I don’t smile too widely, no one but me and him are any the wiser, and the dire predictions of jaw decay have not come about. I have over the years lost three or four molars not including wisdom teeth.In my neck of the woods poor people go to a nice dentist who on charity weekends pulls all their teeth at one time and then they do whatever they can afford thereafter.Hope you have a good outcome!

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