I have written about my adventures with the dentist already a couple of times. Mainly because it had so many episodes and to protocol that such things simply take a lot of time to cure. That is how it is, I can deal with that.
My latest encounter happened between march and late may and was supposed to be the very last one.
After a failed filling of a molar tooth I required a root canal treatment for that little thing. Something that wasn’t too unexpected, but rather painful for my wallet, as you can face a treatment worth 2 grand and several sessions, that eat away your precious spare time.
But a man’s gotta do what a man’s gotta do and after all it should finally kill the last bit of pain, that resided in my mouth for many many months.
The whole procedure went fine and after my last session in late may I was hoping to finally farewell my certainly lovely Doctor Ana from Brazil.
Fast Forward to Tuesday this week, more than one month after the last session. This damn tooth was still aching like a shot weasel and started to make me somewhat upset about it.
So I went to see her again, being quite certain about the implications. When you assume that they have missed a little piece of nerve in your tooth, they have to open up the tooth again and repeat everything from scratch… causing another 2K bill or what?
The point is, I was not willing to pay any more for another huge treatment, apart from the fact, that I couldn’t pull it financially anyway. And since the medical business is a dirty business, I went to this appointment with some awareness and anxiety about the resulting consequences of that consultation, not knowing what to do in case of the prospect of another huge invoice.
But hey, even a totally private financed dental health care system has it’s good moments, that will grow that trust a health care system needs.
In Germany, you don’t really have to bother. If something goes wrong, it will be covered anyway (more or less).
In a more private oriented system like here I expected some resentments towards corrections and potential mistakes, but I was utterly wrong.
Ana was more than sorry and appeared really concerned about my good health, so that she called a specialist immediately and organized a meeting with him. This meeting happened yesterday and yes, we have to reopen the tooth, check it thoroughly with a microscope and find the missing root strand and get rid of it. Quite tedious and quite expensive.
But not for me, the clinic will cover the total costs, said the specialist. So far, everything went better than expected. Let’s see if this will be reflected in his actions, too.