Over summer break, I visited the dentist for my twice-yearly cleaning. This visit also happened to be the X-ray/check up visit. While most of my silver fillings had been replaced with the white porcelain 5 or more years ago, I still had two silver fillings left during that appointment. They've been noted on my chart to watch for years, and if any changes were observed, it would be time to replace those as well.
Upon the check up portion of the summer visit, the dentist noticed some cracking around the silver fillings and a treatment plan of removing the silver and crowning both teeth was recommended. While I am not really a fan of the dentist (an irrational fear at best), it wasn't surprising this needed to be done. I think I was 10 or 11 the last time I had a cavity filled - after 4+ years of braces changed the angle of my teeth I never had cavities again - so this silver was OLD. Crowns are VERY expensive. Luckily I have pretty good dental insurance and hadn't used any of the allotted treatment amount this year, so I went ahead and made the appointment for this past week.
My favorite of all the dentists in the office was assigned to my treatment, which was a relief. Even though I spent about two hours hanging upside down in a chair, my mouth stuffed with instruments and cotton and hands and a thing jammed in to keep my jaw open, I did not feel even one tinge of pain the entire time, not even from the numbing shots. Hence the favorite dentist!
About half way through the appointment, he stopped working and told me that I actually didn't need two crowns. While one was still needed, the other was actually in pretty good shape and could just be refilled with porcelain.
It is my opinion that dentists tend to be "upsellers" when it comes to treatment. I always expect to leave the office with a "recommendation" for something that needs to be done that costs a lot of money. So leaving the office having had LESS treatment than was originally estimated is unheard of. Quite a pleasant surprise actually.
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