The Final Bridge, for now

Dentist time.

It is dentist time again.  Usually, when the dentist puts in a temporary bridge, this is my second bridge, it falls out shortly thereafter.  In fact, a temporary anything tends to fall out shortly thereafter.  This not because my dentist is a bad dentist.  He is definitely not.  I like my dentist, and he is a very good dentist.  

It is in the glue.

It is just that this office doesn’t use strong glue for the temporary.  To my surprise, this temporary bridge stayed in for a month, and was taken out by the dentist.  

To the dentist.

As usual, I am dressed and patient lifted into my power wheelchair.  I wait for my driver.  When she arrives, of course the van ramp doesn’t work.  This time it takes three tries to get the ramp to work.  Finally, it works and I’m off to the dentist. 

At the dentist’s office.

When I get to the dentist, the van ramp works and into the dentist’s waiting room I go.  I sign the usual dental insurance forms. I am called into the dentist office thereafter. 

The permanent bridge.

My permanent bridge is ready and the dentist puts it into my mouth.  He gets it to fit.  He files it down a little and it fits fine.  Apparently, one of my teeth are loose but the permanent bridge fits.  I ask him about my two other broken teeth.  

The billing guy

I ask him if insurance will pay for the teeth.  He does not know and he said I should call someone who does his billing.  He mentions in passing that these teeth are molars, way in the back of my mouth and once the extractions are done, no bridge will be put into my mouth because these teeth are so far back that I don’t chew on them anyway.  

Do I really need to call the billing guy?

Well then I said, I don’t really need to call your billing guy.  He said that I’m right and he threw out the phone number for his billing guy that he was writing.  

Let’s do a cleaning

After the permanent bridge was in, I asked about a cleaning.  I had to wait until the dental assistant who does the cleaning was ready.  

X-ray time

I was taken for a complete set of x-rays.  After the x-rays, I saw the dental assistant, and he did the cleaning while I sat in my power wheelchair.  

The front desk

Then I went to the front desk to arrange for my next dental visit.  It turns out that this will not be for six months. I set up a December 2019 appointment.  I left the dentist’s office after calling my driver.  

Time for a fill-up

We stopped off to get gas.  Home is where I went after that.  The van ramp worked and I went into my house.  I was patient lifted from my power wheelchair into my bed.  I was undressed and a hospital gown was put on me.

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Dental Extraction Part Two

Time to return to the dentist.

It is time for another visit to the dentist.  Once again I am dressed and patient lifted into my wheelchair.  I am a paraplegic because my Multiple Sclerosis has progressed to where my legs are largely useless.  I wait for my driver in the house.  

Rampless

When she arrives I go to my van, but the ramp does not come out. It takes two tries to get the ramp to come out.  Finally the ramp comes out after two tries, and to the dentist office we go. The ramp comes out with no problem once we arrive at the dentist office.  I sign the usual dental insurance forms, and I wait in the waiting room.  The wait is not long.  The dentist is busy today.  He has many other patients.  I wait in my wheelchair in the room where the dentist does his work. Finally, the dentist returns. 

Extraction incomplete 

I tell the dentist that it seems like he did not complete the extraction the last time.  He says no and that there might be some gauze left in my mouth.  He starts to poke around my mouth with some instruments, and then he gives me two injections and continues poking around my mouth.  Then he starts drilling.  He continues to poke around my mouth.  

Extraction part two

Then he turns to me, and says, well, you were right there was a piece of the tooth left from last time, and he had to complete the extraction.  

The mold

Then he took a mold, and it felt like he left some of the mold in my mouth.  He told me no that he had taken the mold and put a temporary bridge in my mouth.  I was finished for the day after he made sure the temporary bridge fit properly in my mouth. 

Back to the waiting room.

 I went to the waiting room, called my driver from the waiting room and into the van I went.  There was no problem with the van or the ramp. 

Time to wash the car.

We stopped off at a car wash.  We headed home. Once home, I pushed the button to open the van door and let the ramp out.  The door opened, but the ramp did not come out.  My driver pressed the button on the key and the door closed and then opened, and the ramp came out. 

Home at last. 

Into the house I went. I was home.  Then I navigated the wheelchair into the bedroom, and I was patient lifted into my bed.  I was undressed and went back into my usual hospital gown.

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