If you’ve been following my journey, then you may know that I needed a waiver to enter into the USAF.
In short, I needed a “dental waiver.” It turns out that you can’t have eight or more identifiable problems with your teeth.
I had eight.
I received word yesterday that my request for a waiver was denied.
My recruiter told me that I’m required to get everything fixed before I could go further in the process.
So, I’m right at the end; passing they physical requirements is the very last thing…and now we are at a pause in the process.
Understand, my teeth are pretty bad. I’ve grown up nursing sodas and sucking on hard candies. There is nothing good about that. I made stupid choices, and these are the consequences.
Following my oral surgeon’s recommendation is a fairly expensive process. I’ve got a couple of lower teeth to extract, to be replaced with a post and crown(s). That will be around $3,500.00 for his office, and whatever the cost would be on top of it for some hardware and placement at the dental office.
My upper teeth are worse off. There are six teeth there that need to be replaced and/or fixed. He recommended getting all of my upper teeth replaced via an “All on Four” procedure.
Basically: all the teeth are pulled, four posts are implanted, then a new set of teeth are made and attached to the posts. These are considered “permanent” replacements; though there are certain material types that may have to be replaced over the years. For instance, most of these false teeth are made with resins, which tend to wear over time. It isn’t unusual for them to be replaced after ten years.
The “All on Four” procedure would have me paying $16,900.00 to the Surgeon’s office, and then whatever my Dentist would require for her part in the ordeal.
In short, we are estimating around $25,000-$30,000 in dental costs.
Yeah, that’s $25k-$30k… Estimate.
To be honest, I don’t know what to do at this point to come up with that kind of money. We don’t have that kind of money on hand, and insurance only covers up to $1000 per year.
I’m checking out other options, other procedures that might fit the bill.
He made his suggestion because I’m a vocational communicator. In other words, %90 of my job is communicating. If I can’t talk, or if there is an issue with my speech; that could hurt my job. Having “dentures,” “partials,” or other things could “get loose” in the mouth during speaking engagements. That would be pretty bad for a vocational communicator. So, his recommendation was based upon what would be best for my job.
We may have to go one of the less optimal routes on this one.
Even if it was just $10,000 in costs, that would still be really hard for us to do.
So, that is it for now. We are at a pause in the process. I hope it isn’t a point that we can’t get beyond. I’m 39 years old at the moment, and I have until I’m 42 years old to make it in.
That’s about it.