Waffles. What do waffles have to do with today's topic? Nothing. Today's topic is teeth. Ok, so waffles have to be chewed so that makes them relevant, but not really. I just wanted to show you a picture of the waffles that I made last weekend. The extras went in to the freezer for future weekends. I love homemade waffles so much more than store bought.
My teeth have been sensitive to cold for a many months now. I wasn't sure which tooth it was so I just ignored it. Then a tooth started hurting when I chewed. I thought it was the same tooth so I called the dentist. The tooth with the crown that I got in Mexico was the suspect but it turns out that I forgot that tooth already had a root canal so it couldn't be sensitive to cold. My dentist said the tooth behind was the problem and he sent me to an endodontist today for a root canal (oh fun). When I got there they tested the teeth and found that the back tooth was sensitive to cold so a root canal was in order but the tooth in front of it with the crown was sensitive to pressure. The fix for that tooth is to cut in to the gum, put a filling in the root and sew it back up. I had no idea they could do that and it sounds awful.
I decided to go ahead with the root canal because I was expecting that. I survived and afterwards they gave me an estimate for the gum surgery thingy. $1,100!!! It seems that the cost of the root canal has drained my yearly funds for allowable dental costs. I'm not even sure I have enough funds left to cover the crown that I need for the root canal tooth. I'll be making some phone calls tomorrow to figure this out. Maybe I can chew carefully until January when my benefits re-set or maybe there are other alternatives. If I hadn't put off the root canal I could have had it done last year and then I would have enough to cover this years problem. I'm always hoping my teeth will stop needing attention. Every time this happens I am reminded why people used to just get their teeth pulled. Implants are not in my retirement plan so either my teeth need to chill out or else I am headed for the inevitable dentures.