My First Root Canal Treatment and Dental Crown Installation


During my regular prophylaxis last year, Dr. Mani Mirpourian of Cooper Dental in Ormond Beach discovered a decayed molar after removing its old filling. Though the pulp was not yet inflamed or infected, re-filling it was no longer an option. Fortunately, it was found early on. Hence, it prevented further infection which would surely cause abscess or pain. There were only two options presented to me, either to extract it or to undergo a root canal treatment. Of course, I chose the latter in order to save the affected tooth.

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Since it was my very first root canal treatment, I researched online as to what to expect from the process, most especially, the cost. I heard from some friends mentioning, a root canal treatment can cost an arm-and-leg if you have no dental insurance. But then again, it is still considerably expensive since most insurances covers only 50% of the cost. I also learned that, this method of saving a tooth is actually a dual- step process, thus requiring multiple visits to the dentists or endodontist. The actual root canal therapy is just the first step. The second step is to have a dental crown installed to protect and strengthen the tooth.

First Step: The Root Canal Therapy
The dental clinic gave me a brochure of an endodontics clinic in the area. I checked with my dental insurance company if the said endodontist is in their network. Unfortunately, he’s not. I prefer using in-network dentist to save on the cost.

Putting the rubber cones to fill the canal space. Yupe, this was how I looked like!

Using the insurance’s website, I was able to find Dr. Howard Pranikoff. I called his clinic to schedule an appointment. The staff was so friendly and accommodating. In less than a month, I had my root canal done. It usually takes two visits to complete this process, but since I was the only one scheduled for that afternoon, Dr. Pranikoff decided, to my delight, to finish it. On top of that, he had to file and fill three canals! He’s awesome!

You see it right! 3 canals…

The total (in-network) discounted cost was $1,034. It would have been more if I used an out-of-network clinic. So my out-of-pocket expense for this visit was $517.

Second Step: The Dental Crown Installation
All that money spent on a root canal therapy would be a waste without undergoing the second (and final) step of the save-a-tooth process. This can be done at the endodontics clinic, but I opted to go to my regular dentist at Cooper Dental. This step required two appointments.

One shaped molar….before taking its impressions.

The first appointment involved putting the permanent filling, shaping the tooth, taking its impression including color matching and putting the temporary crown. It was administered by Dr. Sapna Adappa (my favorite). The second appointment was scheduled after two weeks. Around this time, the third-party dental laboratory fabricated the permanent crown. The second visit was the quickest one. The dentist, Dr. Scott Carico, cemented the permanent porcelain-made dental crown and made a minor adjustment to ensure comfort and proper alignment of the new tooth.

The total in-network discounted cost was $801, so my out-of-pocket expense for the 2 visits was $400.50.

Tada! Back to its old glory!

The total out of pocket costs for the whole save-a-tooth process was $917.50 (with dental insurance). If you do not have insurance, add another $917 or more. Yes, it was costly, but worth it!

Are you still curious on how the whole procedure looks like? Here is a YouTube video:

A Ray of Sunshine from Daytona Beach

Enough with the hibernation (or writer’s block to be precise), I am back full-blast with my random ramblings and (at times) narcissistic story-telling. Kidding aside, I do miss sharing my thoughts and experiences to my readers, if there’s any. *wink*

For the past 3 months, many things had transpired both pleasant and dreadful. But then again, I am a positive person and want only the happy thoughts in my blog.

Here is a picture to send some sunshine to your way, taken at a nearby beachfront park.

I will be writing, and hopefully will have some awesome pictured too. Check back later.


Things to Consider When Riding Side by Side Vehicle

Put Safety First on Your Side by Side
If you are like so many side by side enthusiasts, you know what a blast it can be to hit the trails in a UTV. You have reliability and performance in an all terrain vehicle that gives you the added bonus of a passenger by your side. Now you can share every moment of the ride with someone else. Don’t forget in all of the excitement to practice side by side safety. You may feel like you are invincible, thanks to the excellent workmanship that goes into your vehicle. You still need to take precautions to ensure that you, your passenger, and anyone else on the trails has a safe ride.

Familiarize Yourself with Your Side by Side
You may have been riding an ATV for years, plus all other kinds of recreational vehicles. Don’t assume that you know what you’re doing the first time you get behind the wheel of your UTV. Take your time to read the manual and review all of the features of your machine. Get in and ride, acclimating yourself to how it handles and how everything works. You don’t want any surprises while you are on the move.

Don’t Forget Protection
Even though a side by side feels much more secure than an ATV, you need to use your protective gear. It is highly recommended to wear a helmet. Your seat-belts are a must as well, for you and your passenger. You do not want anyone to be ejected from your UTV. There is the chance that you will roll or crash into a tree. When you are secure in your seat, you are much less likely to be hurt.

Never Drive While Impaired
When you get behind the wheel of a side by side, you are driving a vehicle. You need to follow the same rules as you would with a car or truck. Never drive your UTV when you have overindulged in alcohol. Avoid driving while impaired by drugs. If you do not feel that it is safe for you to drive, ask someone else to be your designated driver. If you plan on indulging, be the passenger. Otherwise, you could be faced with a serious accident that could hurt you, your passenger, and other riders out on the trails. Be safe and allow everyone to enjoy the experience.

Vimbly: Finding the Right Recreational Activities the Easy Way

Yesterday, a colleague at work invited me to attend a theme-specific event at the local skating rink tonight. The activity is targeted towards patrons who grew up during the 80’s. Just the thought of it excites me! The hair, the bright colored clothing, and more. I would love to go, but a prior engagement denied me the opportunity to see it for myself. Would it make a difference if I knew it sooner? Probably.

One of my resolutions this year is to shift my [real-life] social life a notch higher. Aside from my workplace, it mainly consists of flipping through the pages of my Facebook account. Yupe, reality bites. To be on top of what’s going around the area – I subscribe to some of the Facebook pages of local establishments, so whenever they have an upcoming event. Here is the kicker – it is not enough. The options are very limited. I know, somewhere out there, there are interesting events and activities that I do not know of. Most importantly, something that do not cost an arm and leg.

A new website called Vimbly.Com is what I should look out for. It eases the burden of finding interesting events, classes, activities and date ideas in 18 major cities in the country, and more to come this year. With a single webpage, it consolidates the advertisements from different business and enables me to book directly on the same site. Awesome, right?

It is no-brainer to use. Since the listing is enormous, the filter feature comes in handy. Remarkably enough, the choices of interests are shown as images including the gender. Basically, the page display multiple images and I just clicked on what tickles my brain. At the end of the process, it gives me a variety of available activities with the details, including the cost. Here are the categories to choose from:

If you are curious, here is the activity that captivated my interest.

I have seen a dining activity like Sleuth’s Mystery Dinner Show in a TV show sometime ago, but I never thought that it was real until now. This would be a totally new experience for me and my family. This is something that will definitely happen soon.

Disclaimer : This is a paid post.

[Product Review] Foxbrim Retinol Moisturizing Cream

I have been using the product for 2 weeks now, and I like it. I am one of those people who could not live without applying moisturizer to my face after shower, toning/cleansing and most especially, before putting on my make-up. No matter how light my make-up is, it helps in holding up the blush color on my cheeks on all day long. Being in my mid 30’s, I am fully aware that sooner or later, I will be starting to see wrinkles and lines on my face. So this makes me very conscious of my choice when it comes to beauty products. I prefer natural or subtle solutions, like this brand. It includes Vitamin A as one of its composition, but in a reasonable amount. The only drawback I see – I am not a fan of the pump dispensing. I am a cheapskate, so I always make sure that I use ALL – whatever is left in the container. But with this one, it would be difficult to do just as that. So far, I am happy with the product.

For more reviews from other customers, visit the product’s Amazon website HERE.