Probably 6 years. The last guy I went to was pulling an old filling out to replace it and in the process cracked the tooth. Well, after 3 infections, I went back and told him since I don't have insurance and a root canal and crown was going to run "around $1000", to just pull the tooth. He had me sign a release stating that if he broke my jaw, he wouldn't be liable for the medical bills. Then he procedded to TRY to break my jaw. He was shaking from the force of trying to pull the tooth and no matter how many shots he gave I couldn't handle the pain. Then for 3 full weeks my whole head throbbed. I had never had to have anything done to my teeth other than cleanings and 3 fillings as a child, so I had no idea that the release wasn't common practice.
I am terrified to go back. I'm not a pansy, I had natural labor and had no problems with that, but boy, he hurt me. BAD!
at 7:32 PM on Nov. 2, 2008