Eek! That sounds awful. I know that my insurance plan, which is generally good (esp. considering it's provided without co-pay and my company only has a whopping six employees), gets dodgy where that type of dental work is required. :-( Can't really imagine a less fun thing to spend one's hard-earned cash on.
Unrelatedly: Hi back! There seems to be a bit of an small but awesome LJ renaissance kicking up amongst Bronze-type folk, so it's probably a good time to ease back in to the posting regularly thing. (yay!)