I finally got a temporary crown today after my root canal 2 weeks ago. I don't remember root canals being painful for a whole week after but, wow, I almost regret doing it. I still have some strange cold sensitivity so it didn't even fix the problem. I have to wait 3 more weeks until the final crown arrives but at least I can chew normally again. Now I can eat all those chips and crusty bread that I couldn't chew before. There goes the diet.
I was only charged $450, assuming I have enough insurance for the year to cover the other half. my yearly benefits for dental are $1500 or something tiny and unreasonable like that. When my work switched to a health savings account, I was skeptical but so far it has worked out well. Work puts in a quarterly amount in my account and I have money deducted every paycheck so I don't even notice the money going over to the HSA. It sure is nice to have money in that account when I need it. I can use it for medical, dental, and prescriptions. I don't know how many times I have panicked a little when I got a bill and then I remember that I have money in the account just for this reason. So, today, when I got the $450 bill for my crown, I just handed them my HSA credit card. Finally, one part of this whole ordeal that was relatively painless.