I can't believe that I actually went online to youtube to look at a superbowl ad that I heard about for Budweiser. It is one of those ads that tugs on your heart strings if you love puppies (I do). I loved the ad. Unfortunately, I am not much of a beer drinker, and the few times that I do drink beer it isn't Budweiser. That isn't about to change.
Five and a half years ago, when I bought my car, I was briefly obsessed by which car to buy- and ready for all the car ads on TV- bring it on. But none of them were about any of the models that I wanted to buy- economy, compact, fuel-efficient cars. But I guess those types of cars don't need advertising- they sell themselves.
TV advertising so rarely meets the mind it is designed for. I wonder if it will survive. Perhaps with cable TV they will start to personalize the ads that we receive based upon demographic info. I can really only think of two things I have bought that were inspired by TV ads, and both were cleaning products.
So I am writing about this banality so I don't have to process my trip to the periodontist. I had a toothache with some swelling in December, the week of my breast biopsy- and I couldn't deal with a trip to the dentist- but it mostly went away after a couple of days, and then I had the holidays, and then I knew I had a dentist appointment in early January. He referred me to a periodontist- who couldn't get me in until this week- and it is worse than I feared.
I have one spot of really bad periodontitis. Plus I have really short roots of my teeth (he wasn't the first to tell me that). If I didn't have such short roots it might be worth trying to save the tooth, but it isn't- and the two next to it will probably be lost eventually. But to stop it from spreading, I have to get them pulled sooner rather than later. And if I want to get implants- I need to get 4 teeth pulled, the way that they put them in.
I can't help wondering what if I had done something sooner. And I thought it was just one bad tooth- I didn't know how bad it was. Now I have the prospect of getting 4 teeth pulled. I'm definitely getting implants. I still have enough bone left to do that- another reason to do this sooner- before I lose it.
I do have dental insurance, but I don't know how much of this it will cover. I think that a lot of the implants will not be covered. So I am not hiking the Appalachian Trail next year, I will be paying off my teeth...
But he did say that the implants may improve my appearance. I have gaps in my teeth, especially on the bottom - I have learned to smile with my mouth closed. He said that the teeth can be made larger so there won't be the gaps- it is the front bottom teeth that will be pulled. I will have a temporary denture for several weeks and then the permanent caps for the implants.
They will submit it all to my insurance and get me an estimate before I get scheduled. I am guessing that I will have to prepay.
I have had dreams in which my teeth fell out. I guess I wasn't too far off.