Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Folklore at Work = Trip to Dentist
While I was pregnant, I heard of some old midwifery folklore - For every child a woman bears she loses a tooth. My immediate reaction was determination to keep my teeth in my head. I made sure I was ingesting enough calcium and vitamin D not just with prenatal vitamins, but diet as well as sunshine. The later being scarce in Frankfurt from November to April. But I don't like going to the dentist - there is always something wrong - generally a cavity which requires filling.
So, a few months ago, when a tooth started bothering me I had a foreboding feeling that a root canal was in my future. Was I surprised? No. But why did the folklore have to become true in a foreign country where I was unfamiliar with dental practices. Because nature waits for no one. Time to buck up!
Well, on the recommendation of a friend, I made an appointment with Dr. Schmitz - no this is not an advertisement, but I highly recommend this dental practice (Zahn Praxis) in the Frankfurt city center near Goetheplatz. The whole staff happily spoke English with me and made sure that I was comfortable and had all my questions answered. Dr. Schmitz determined that I needed a root canal and crown. Argh!
After four appointments, I have a no pain and a tooth with a porcelain crown that is as good as new. The out of pocket costs are similar to the US. Got to love insurance. We didn't have to pay to have a baby or a midwife making home visits, but by golly I paid to have my tooth drilled, cleaned, impressed, and finally sealed up with a crown. I am pretty sure the costs are similar to the US after talking with my Dad. And maybe I could have found a cheaper dentist or gone to an Eastern European country like some do because it is cheaper, but I would not change it for anything. Peace of mind is priceless - especially when it comes to health care.
Dr. Schmitz even let me keep the impressions of my teeth. I guess I did pay for them so why not. I am thankful for the dental practice that I've found here in Frankfurt.
What other folklore is out there waiting for me to discover - literally?