Looking for a little bit of wisdom

Tim and I went to our dentist’s appointments and checked out well. She recommended I have all four of my wisdom teeth extracted. I anticipated this because PC pretty much wants them gone so nothing goes wrong while I’m there (Tim already had his out, and his teeth are great otherwise). I did not anticipate the next step.
I called our insurance provider (we have medical, dental, and vision insurance through Tim’s work) to find out whom I should see about my wisdom teeth. They informed me that they would not be paying for my wisdom teeth to be taken out. Tim’s company does not offer surgical benefits and it is not otherwise covered under our dental insurance. Oh, they will pay $50 for the anesthesia. Between that and what PC is willing to pay, that’s about $100 off a $1200 procedure. We have dental insurance. It just doesn’t do anything for us.
Now we are left with several questions. How badly do we want this? How much are we willing to pay? What do we do? Can anyone help us? Ironically, one of PC’s slogans is “Life is calling … how far will you go?” My thoughts exactly.


Author: Bre

I am in motion and in transition right now. I married Tim Knoll less than a year ago, and we recently applied to The Peace Corps. I work as a freelance journalist.

4 thoughts on “Looking for a little bit of wisdom”

    1. Yeah, our best option right now is to shop around to see who will give us the best rates. It just stinks that we pay for insurance that won’t do anything for us here, especially since part of the reason we switched from a different insurance we had was because this one had dental insurance too. Where did you serve, Kellen? I’d love to hear about your experiences.

  1. Well, just like you I have not yet served. Though I have been invited- the invitation is in the mail! If you really want to go to the peace corps, I say go for it. Besides a great start to a future career, you are also gaining personal growth through cultural experiences you couldn’t get anywhere else, you’re doing good for others, and it’s an adventure. It seems like an amazing organization to be a part of. Stick with it is my advice. Paying 1300 bucks always sucks, but think of the big picture.

    Also before I go -I browsed through your flickr photos and this is going to sound weird but, your flickr photos are very similar to some of my experiences. I proposed to my petite sized (yours looks to be the same size) wife in NYC, our favorite picture of that trip is on the brooklyn bridge, we saw avenue Q on the first night there, and I’m a huge seinfeld fan, so your cookie reference didn’t go to waste – I noticed it. And I hope this doesn’t offend you, but I have the same uh, dork like appearance? I just thought it was weird, weird, weird.

    Best of luck, post back on your decision. If it makes any difference, I think Peace Corps gives you about 65 bucks for your dental expenses. Soooo, thats actually only 1235 dollars. Does that make it any better?

    my peace corps journal is kellenjoseph.livejournal.com

    Peace out

    1. Haha. You guys do have the same dork look. Yeah, I am thinking of getting my wisdom teeth out at the local dentistry school. They offer a discount and they’re residents, so it’s not so bad. Congratulations on your invitation. It sounds like you guys will have a great time. We’ll put you up on our blogroll. Good luck in Guyana! We’ll be sure to follow along until August.

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