Friday, September 27, 2013

Finding a New Dentist and the Latest on the House

Between the two of us, we've been putting off finding a new dentist. I had not been since October of last year, and having inherited bad teeth from my dad, I'm supposed to be going every 4-6 months for cleaning. When you are on the road, it's hard to find a dentist and then you have to say well, we might be back in six months, but we might not. And of course, they all want to take a full mouth set of x-rays before they do anything! So I just kind of put it off....

Eldy had a crown pop off on one of his molars, so now we were forced to make a decision and pick a local dentist. Time to get out the computer and start looking. We talked to a couple of people that live in our neighborhood and they threw out a couple of names. Eldy chose a dental office from one of the suggestions. It turned out to be a disappointing choice. He was treated for an infection with antibiotics and then had a root canal that was 1100.00 They did the root canal the very same day he came in! What was weird, he had ZERO pain from that tooth. But they showed him the infection on the x-ray, did the root canal and cemented the crown back on. Two days later, the crown popped off again. Back he went to get it glued on. It popped off later that same day. Three times it was glued on and wouldn't stay on. Time to get a second opinion and I definitely wasn't going to go to the same dentist after all that happening!

I told Eldy he needed a second opinion. So he did a lot more research on finding a dentist. He checked the background and schooling of quite a few, and we ended up choosing Bradenton's Dental Smiles just down the street. They gave him a discounted rate for a second opinion, and their recommendation was that he never should have had the crown put back on, there wasn't enough tooth to hold it. They recommended pulling the bad tooth, putting in a new crown and told him there might be some problems attaching it to an old partial plate that he has. The price was going to be about the same as what he had just spent or perhaps less, depending on the outcome. He explained that he had just spent over a thousand dollars for the root canal and didn't want to proceed with yet another thousand plus expenditure. The new dentist said if it was her office, she would refund his money. She explained that sometimes new dentists work so hard at saving a tooth, when it's really not the best solution to the problem. She told Eldy she would call the office and help him get a refund. She then called the dentist that performed the root canal, explained her stance on this tooth, and worked to get the first office to agree to a refund! He is going to get a full refund from having a root canal done that was probably a waste of time and money. The tooth should have been pulled. We were amazed that she would do that!

My turn....Bad idea to wait to get my teeth cleaned...Had some pockets in the back molars that are starting to cause bone loss....I'm going to have to have antibiotics packed into those pockets to reduce bacteria that is causing the bone to shrink, then I will have to have periodontal maintenance that is more frequent. I brush and floss every single day and I HATE it that I'm having periodontal disease! But I really want to try and keep my original teeth as long as possible, so I'm going to do what I can to keep them! My mom, at age 95, had all her original teeth...Not sure I will be able to do that, but I'm gonna try....

In the meantime, I finished the master bedroom---whoopee! Got all that paper stripped off, washed the walls, and it's painted, a very light milk chocolate, kinda like the inside of a 3 Muskateers bar, only a little darker. Mm-m-m-m-m...that sounds good. Think I will go get one!

The guest room is almost done...Even though the paint color turned out much brighter and stronger in color than what we expected, we've toned it down with some furniture...Wasn't sure about the lamp, but this is going to be the one "fun" colored room in the house, the "Florida" room, so think it will work. There's yellow in the bedspread, so this punches up the room with a little bit of color. It has a seashell motif on the front and a little seashell on top for the finial..Just have to add a couple more pillows to the bedding, and find a couple of prints to hang on the wall, outfit the room with a TV console table and TV and that will do it! Oh, and replace the cheapy vinyl shade in there that doesn't work right with a white plantation shutter shade..And MAYBE, some kind of valance. There used to be one over the window. I like the "clean look" myself, but Eldy says the room needs something over the window...We'll see.....We both have such different opinions on furniture, accessories, etc., that it's hard to come to an agreement on things some times!

About done with all the rooms that can be painted. The only room left is the craft room and it is filling up so rapidly with "STUFF" as Eldy calls it, that right now I don't feel like painting it just yet. Don't have all the storage in place like shelving yet to take care of having my craft supplies neatly in order. That will be the last room to work on...Time to let the budget recover for awhile!


  1. Taking care of your teeth is a good thing . I inherited my mothers bad teeth and gums, so it ended up a loosing battle over the years.
    No problems any more now.
    Nice that you have got most of that painting done.

  2. I'm happy to say I'm very fussy about my teeth too. It is hard to find a DDS on the road!

  3. It was sure nice of her to help and get the other dentist to refund you guys for the unnecessary root canal they did. At least now you know which dentist to go to when you’re in that area again.


  4. Giving him a root canal he didn’t even need – yeah, you really have to find a new dentist. While it was nice that you got your money back, it wouldn’t give back the time and effort you exerted for the treatment. Not to mention the inconveniences, and the fact that you wouldn’t be able to look at that dentist the same way again afterwards.

    Eunice Greer @ Downtown Dental SC

  5. I’m sorry that you had to go through this unfortunate encounter with your dental issues. It is very hard to find a dentist that you can be comfortable with, and have full confidence about. Anyway, were you guys able to get that refund? It would be nice if you did. Thanks for sharing this with us. Take care!

    Anita Campbell @ Throgs Neck Dental Offices