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Yay, sort of!

The dentist squeaked me in, and I got to have the exciting conversation that went "...uh. There's a lot of tooth on this crown."

"That cream colored bit is tooth?"


"...that's a lot of tooth."

"Oh yeah."

So the cement held. The tooth apparently is what failed. The tooth is completely dead, so I couldn't feel the fact that it was decaying under the crown, and since it had a metal base, the X-rays couldn't see through it.

So ultimately it was a good thing that it broke, because otherwise my tooth would have become--I quote--"Mushy." And after "mushy" there is not a lot to be done.

Nevertheless, given that crown was over twelve years old, over top of a massive hole, and done on a steep budget by a dentist in Phoenix, I got an amazing run out of it. My dentist saluted her counterpart in the Southwest. (He was trained in India--I mentioned this in passing to my dentist, who said "Aha! I was wondering." Apparently the differences in technique are visible when you're effectively doing a post-mortem on the tooth. She hastened to add that he'd done a very good job, but the technique was substantially different than the way she'd been trained--something to do with the way the little filler dealies in the roots are done and with the base. I had no idea that dentistry differed that way...)

Anyhow, the crown fit so snugly that she had the same problem getting it back on that I did, and wound up having to sand down the top so I wasn't biting weird. I've got an appointment in August for the full removal/recrown/post deal.

"Good news!" she said cheerfully. "It's completely dead so you don't have to get numbed!"

So all's well that ends well, I guess. Until August!

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The different dentistry techniques is totally a thing.

I had an root resection that my current looked at & he pointed out that my previous dentist must have been trained a long time* ago because it had been done with a technique that isn't taught anymore.

*And he was right because the reason I had a new dentist was because the old one retired. Because old.

Totally flailing about in sympathy.Been there, done that.

That's pretty much what happened to #31; the roots rotted away under the crown, and by the time I did anything it was too late and the roots had to be extracted.

I took the crown and had a ring made, since it's a very pretty crown.

I took the crown and had a ring made, since it's a very pretty crown.

If we were in a bar or somesuch, I would offer to buy you a glass of whatever you like, because that line has made my night. I love knowing there's someone whose crown jewel actually looks like a tooth!

T...tooth.... ... pliers... I..

Oh god.

I need to go brush my teeth.

Yeah... no. Numb the head please.

YES. EVERY YES THERE IS. If Gaia had wanted me to do without Novocain she would have made me a masochist.

Because my body is, apparently, freakish in certain ways, several of my teeth have been found on x-reys to have three roots. I had a root canal on one of 'em, and by the end of it I had been so thoroughly numbed-up that I had to call a friend to come get me-- my eyes were to blurry for me to drive.

...I'm gonna hafta do a lot of flossing around the base of my crown, I can tell. *sigh*

Yay, not worse!

Your life is, if nothing else, never dull.

That, or Ursula manages to un-dull even the dullest events with her innate magic. And then some.

Today I learned that pondering the phrase "mushy tooth" can send me into a twitching heap on the floor!

I've had dental work on a dead tooth before, and it's so _odd_. Because there you are, with your mouth stretched open and what's probably several tens of thousands of dollars of power tools in your mouth, and you're all too aware that you've not been numbed. I sit there, hands clenched, waiting for something to start hurting even though it never does.

Yes, this!! I had some repair work done on a dead tooth (I think the crown was wobbly and there was some slight decay going on?), and the whole time, I kept wondering when it was going to hurt. When the dentist was done, he patted me on the shoulder and said, "You can relax now. There's no Earth-shattering kaboom." *laugh*

This was in direct contrast to the emergency filling I had done, wherein the dentist was so pissed off at me for not getting a root canal done right then (I was going on vacation is less than twelve hours!), that he told his assistant to not numb me when she did the filling. Her excuse was that since she wasn't going anywhere near the root, I shouldn't feel any pain and not numbing would get me out of the office faster. And yes, she was done in about twenty minutes and I wasn't screaming, but I never went back. (Oh, and she left plenty of decay under the filling because, and I quote, "You're coming back for a root canal anyway." Nope.)

If a tooth is completely dead, do you have to get it replaced?

Replaced with something else that is also dead?

At least you don't have to be "put under" at your friendly neighborhood hospital due to having a very sensitive gag reflex along with a nasty reputation (albeit well deserved) reputation as a biter.

Also, blood doesn't taste that good, especially someone else's. :p

My husband has to do sedation dentistry because he's basically immune to all the common dental painkillers.

Since when did you become my sister-in-law? My older brother is also immune to most/all painkillers.

I had a dentist replace a filling and wonder out loud if the prior dentist had trained at the University of Minnesota because of the way he'd cut the hole. (Couldn't tell him; didn't know.)

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