Not All Who Wander Are Lost

Not All Who Wander Are Lost
October, 2017 - Mexico

Thursday, September 15, 2011

An Expensive Dental Visit

Kevin and I had appointments today to have our teeth cleaned. You may recall that I had my teeth cleaned in Mexico last January. I wasn’t all that pleased with that cleaning, so I had decided I would just go to our regular dental clinic in Wisconsin once a year and pay to have it done here. Kevin was never willing to have his cleaned in Mexico.

We declined the x-rays which saved us a little. After the cleaning, we both ended up having one bite wing x-ray done due to what was discovered during the exam. It turns out Kevin needs a root canal because he has an abscess. Luckily, he hasn’t been feeling any pain and didn’t even know there was a problem. But, it’s just a matter of time.

We’ve been going to the same dentist for years, and she was kind enough to squeeze him in to have the work done before we leave in three weeks. I ended up having a small cavity, so they’ll fix that at the same time Kevin is having his root canal. She also is giving us a 30 percent discount if we pay right away.

When all is said and done, it will cost up about $1,000 for dental work this year. Ouch! I’m not complaining, however. We willingly gave up our dental insurance to pursue our dream of fulltime RVing. We are not in the least bit sorry we did. We had set money aside for these types of emergencies, so we’ll be fine. We will, however, be accepting any extra hours Amazon may offer us while we’re there :)

6 comments:

  1. I hear you. We don't have dental insurance any more either. I think I have something bad starting in a tooth that already has a root canal and a crown. Something just doesn't feel right up there.

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  2. I know what you mean! I am in the middle of some dental work at this time - just had a root canal, and now I have to have a crown on a different tooth. yuck. Both Harry and I will be fitting in regular visits to our dentists every year even though it will probably be one of the largest expenses we will have when we are fulltiming.

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  3. Dental work is always expensive but it sounds like your dentist really helped you out with that discount. I had a crown a few years ago (no root canal) and it cost over $1,000. Good luck!! It is best to get it all done before you leave the area. I hate being at the mercy of a doctor I don't know when on the road.

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  4. We have all our dental work done in Mexico, but I'm sure there are good and bad dentists there the same way there are here. I had $3,500 worth of work done for $550 and have been very happy with it. I now refuse to pay the ridiculous prices they charge in the U.S. and Canada.

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  5. Those root canals are the expensive part but better to have it done now than to have an emergency when you are traveling.

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  6. I feel your pain about the expensive part. But it's good to see that they were able to detect the problem with Kevin. And it's good that the dentist was kind enough to squeeze him in her schedule.

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