It's unfortunate that I start my first post on such a down note, but some things must be said to be overcome.
The Dental Industry and more accurately the state of Dental care in America today is dismal to say the least.
With stratospheric charges for Orthodontics and Periodontics treatments combined with basic and minimal coverage through Dental Insurance, many millions of people are facing failing health due to this convergence of conditions.
It's estimated that over 100 million Americans have no Dental Insurance at all, and 50 million more have minimal insurance.
I am in the minimal department, and have been for as long as I can remember. And now I'm paying for it.
I haven't had a relatively pain-free dental status in over 10 years, and now I face the dire prospect of allowing the remaining teeth I have to slowly decay (read: rot) away until I can budget the costs (humiliation and embarrasment not covered here) of False Teeth.
While I certainly bare a large portion of the blame for the current condition of my teeth and overall dismal dental/oral health; I feel the piss poor care given to the 'working people' of this country and lack of comprehensive dental coverage is a sin and a crime and also a large contributory factor in mine and millions of others terrible state of oral health.
Since I have to cut this post short, I'll whet your appetite with these numbers. My current coverage is $1500 per year max for Orthodontics, and what is considered 'reasonable and customary' charges for just one root canal and crown would easily wipe that out. And that probably includes copays and deductibles.
So what is one to do when they have multiple dental disasters facing them?
No pun intended, but 'grin and bare it' won't cut it.