It’s been almost two years since I went to the dentist. And I have a toothache that hurts up into my head and down my jaw. I have no dental insurance. I called my dentist, whom I love, but his receptionist told me I only have 90 days to pay, if he does some work. I’m leaning towards just going, then telling him I need more time to pay. But ha! It’s not like we have a little bit of money- Nope, we have NO money, so I don’t know when I’ll be able to pay him. I don’t mind telling him that, but I don’t want to tell his snooty receptionist that. Sigh.

Meanwhile, my face throbs on and I suspect an abscess. Damn Damn Damn. Damnity damn.

Edited: Meanwhile, I’m trying to look up small business grants and how to write a business plan on the SBA website, Abby just dumped water all over the kitchen, I’ve got dinner in the oven,  Beanie is blowing a party-horn at me because he want me to “LOOK!” at him, and Jeffrey is complaining that he doesn’t like dinner and wants pudding instead. My tooth throbs on. Aren’t you glad this isn’t your life? Grim.

As Courtney says at C-Jane, I need to get my Spice back.

10 thoughts on “Toothache

  1. I’m so sorry about your toothache. I hate it when my teeth hurt. I can’t do anything about that. However, my husband and I won 2nd place in Princeton’s national business plan competition. So if you’d like any help in putting together your plan we’d be happy to help. Just email me (I’m assuming you have my email since it’s required to reply.)

    Good luck with the toothache.

  2. Sorry about the tooth. 😦 We have no dental insurance either, and it’s been 2 years for me and even longer for my hubby. We’re starting to feel gross about not getting them cleaned so I finally chose a dentist today to set up appointments with. We also have crappy health insurance, so I know the feeling of putting off or not going to the doctor unless it feels like an emergency. It SUCKS. I’m so sorry you’re dealing with that on top of everything else. Good luck with the business plan – I hope something great comes from it!

  3. sorry about the tooth it can be the worst pain, and I’m right there with you on the no dental insurance…I’ve had a hideous hole in my mouth where a tooth broke off and then had to be taken out over a year ago, it’s a long story but I’m finally going to the dentist next week to take care of this mess and I’m super worried about the cost. Life with no money is insanely stressful. Good luck and I hope it’s a very simple problem and a miraculously low cost.

  4. Is there a dental school nearby? Sometimes you can get students to work on your teeth for lower or no cost. It’s riskier, but better than nothing.

    I’d take a painting for payment, too. Maybe you could work out a trade ? 🙂

    Good luck!

  5. Yuck.
    So sorry.
    I seem to remember you having a good relationship with your dentist. Go ahead and talk to him directly and see if you can work out a trade. That way you won’t be worrying about “paying him someday” and can just take care of it across the board.
    I’m going to MMW to click on some ads right now.

  6. Oh man, tooth pain is the worst! I hope you can get it taken care of somehow. Even with dental insurance, dental care costs a lot! My son needs his wisdom teeth out soon. No idea how we’re going to swing that.

    The dental school is a good suggestion.

  7. I worked for an attorney for almost two years and couldn’t believe the bartering that goes on between professional. He got granite countertops put in his house for trade on a divorce and his hardwood floors refinished for drawing up a business purchase proposal. You should seriously find a dentist that will trade for a piece of original art or some of your bags. He’s got to have a wife or girlfriend, right? Do something fast otherwise you are going to be in some serious trouble.

  8. Try over at the college. I think they have a dental program and need patients. My not hold forever, but will get you through for now. I have a ton of work that needs done that I can’t afford either.

  9. The dental school is not riskier, just possibly slower. And possibly. It is very well supervised and since they are teaching they are not going to do anything you do not need, as many dentists will.

    Also, sinus infections can cause toothaches, but if it is localized in one tooth, it is probably the tooth. Please check out the dental school.

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