Now in Minnetonka, I looked into what dentists honoring UCare insurance might be near my mom's. I made a list of 3 places and began calling about noon on the second day before Thanksgiving. Considering I was leaving for Florida the following Wednesday at 4 am, I wasn't really expecting I'd be able to get any dental care on such short notice. I began each call trying to express my urgent time frame situation The first 2 places responded rudely actually and seemed overly occupied with the upcoming 4 day weekend off work. Upon calling the 3rd place...Excel Dentistry in St Louis Park I was greeted by a friendly woman who seemed intrigued with my upcoming winter of sailing. She said a cancelation had left an opening at 2 pm and if I could make it they will have a look and see what can be done prior to my leaving December 4. I went in and Natalya got me ready and the dentist Brooke came in shortly. Sure enough the tooth in question was the lower right premolar I was told needed a root canal by a dentist in Duluth. They got right to it and I was soon numbed up. They began the root canal process and at some point capped it off for the night and had me come in the next morning at 7 am to finish. I also needed a post and core as it was quit a rebuild of that tooth. Insurance covered the root canal but I had to pay for the post and core. Between the 2 sessions it must have been about 4 hours of work. I'll need a crown too at some point and until then need to be careful with that tooth. I might have Excel Dentistry do the crown upon my return .. I could get the impression made and come down again after the 2 weeks it takes for the crown and visit my mom a second time?
This has been my best dental experience ever!