False teeth, and nearly 1000 blog posts.
I went to a dental technician today - NOT a dentist. I have had upper dentures since I was about 20 and I noticed recently that the plate was so thin I could almost see through it. The thought of it breaking in my mouth while I'm chewing something hard got me looking up dental technicians in the phone book very quickly! I was told by the lady who takes the calls that dentures should be replaced every 10 years or less. I said I didn't think about doing that, as I've never had any trouble with mine all these years. She said the teeth will have worn down making it hard to chew, and I said I hadn't noticed it. Then she said my face will be caving in as the denture won't be supporting my mouth like it should. I had a look in the mirror and agreed that I have been looking a bit haggard in the last few years :-(
So off I went today for the first appointment to have the impression made. The chap was very friendly and helpful and we chatted about all things dental. Not being a dentist, he didn't try to persuade me to do something about the broken tooth on my lower teeth; in fact he said my lower teeth are in pretty good shape, which made me feel a bit less guilty. He asked which dentures I wanted - the premium or the less expensive, and I asked for the cheaper ones. The premium dentures cost around $1500 and last longer. I said I didn't think I need worry about having them last any longer than my present dentures, so the cheaper ones will do. They will cost $950, and I will get about $300 back on my health insurance. Ouch. Why is everything costing somuch money this year? Oh well, I guess I shouldn't complain. It sounds as if I've actually saved a few thousand dollars by keeping my original dentures all these years.
I just discovered that this is my 998th post on this blog. What do people do when they reach a bloggy milestone? Most of the crafty people have some kind of giveaway. Well, why not? When I do my 1000th post here, I'll send a little pressie to everyone who leaves a comment. You will have to email me your address if I don't already have it. Don't hold your breath; I have no idea when the next two posts will be blogged here!