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My Husband's Dental Problems

March 21st, 2010 at 03:31 pm

My husband is really stubborn. A few days ago, one of his teeth broke in two. We only have dental insurance on me right now, so we are in the position of trying to figure out how to fix this problem. He doesn't want to go to a local dentist and get the tooth pulled. I even told him that my dentist would probably be willing to negotiate payments with him at about $40 a month or something like that. I had to do that with them once, because my bill was more than I thought it would be. He is a disabled Army vet currently rated at 10% disabled. At his rating, the only way he can get dental care in a VA hospital is if the dental problem is the cause of some other major health problem. The closest VA hospital is a 3 hour drive away and I don't want to make that drive in the middle of the night when he finally decides to do something about it. I looked up the complications of abcessed teeth and they include pericarditis, some kind of infection of the brain, and even death. I can't believe he is willing to risk death for the possibility of having to make payments to get his tooth pulled. Anyone have any experience on how much it costs to have a tooth pulled? I think I will call my dentist tomorrow and ask about cost even though he doesn't want to do it.

4 Responses to “My Husband's Dental Problems”

  1. davera Says:

    Is there a university with a dental school in your area? These teaching clinics provide very low cost dental care, with senior students doing the clinical work under the supervision of professors.

  2. creditcardfree Says:

    I don't know the cost, but calling your provider is a great idea! I also second davera's idea. Good luck!

  3. crazyliblady Says:

    We are about 3 hours away from any dental school. There is a dental hygiene school here and they provide some care like this and I make too much money for us to qualify. This coming October when I have to select insurance at work again, I will definitely be selecting dental for dh. This year it is only $12.00 per month for employee plus spouse. For the employee only, it is free.

  4. Jerry Says:

    Please, GET him to the dentist, insurance or no! That is not a list of complications that should be messed around with, and it will also likely lead into something extremely painful if he lets it go (I speak from experience, having broken a tooth once!). Good luck...

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