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Argh! [Apr. 25th, 2012|07:28 pm]
Well, the tooth scraping is done, but I had to get new x-rays as well, and it ended up costing more than twice what I had budgeted. I have no idea what I can cut for the next two months so that I'll have enough money to pay the fire insurance premium that comes due in July. But there is even worse news. The dentist gave me a list of work that needs to be done, all of it as soon as possible, and it adds up to over four thousand dollars. That's if he doesn't discover more stuff that needs doing when he starts digging under the old crowns.

Yikes. As that's close to half my annual income, even if I cut my expenses to the bone, get rid of cable, freeze through the winters, and eat the cheapest possible diet, it would take me at least three years to get it paid off. The only way I could do it without incurring debt is if the house is sold, and the real estate market is still totally sucky and likely to remain so for the next couple of years, at the least. Plus, once the house is sold I'm looking at paying rent (and dealing with landlords and all their rules) for the rest of my life.

Even should I go the pre-modern route and wait for the teeth to rot, and then get them yanked out (and don't get dentures to replace them), my budget will eventually feel a strain. Extractions aren't all that cheap anymore.

So, calculating my income and all my expenses, they now sum up to screwed. I knew my teeth would eventually bite me in the arse!

[User Picture]From: secritcrush
2012-04-26 05:53 am (UTC)
I'm sorry - that sucks. Is having the work done at a dental school an option? I've always heard thaat is much cheaper.
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[User Picture]From: flying_blind
2012-04-26 09:45 pm (UTC)
The nearest dental schools are in San Francisco, which is about 170 miles away. As I don't drive, I'd have to arrange transportation for multiple trips, which would itself be very costly.
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