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Teeth, that is.

I went to the dentist bright and early this morning, having already lacerated my tongue bloody on the broken tooth.  Literally - I could look in the mirror and watch it bleed.  That's unnerving.  It took him... three minutes?... to knock off the sharp edges and points.  Even he commented on HOW sharp it was.

It turns out this tooth has an old root canal.  Very old.  Previous dentist over a decade ago old.  This is actually a good thing.  Behind the broken tooth is a gap where I had a problem tooth pulled almost as long ago.  Behind the gap is the back molar, whose tooth/filling ratio is sub-optimal.  That back molar has been on the list of teeth that need attention for quite a while now, but because it's been keeping quiet it's at the bottom of the list.  Not any more...

We've decided that the way to proceed is to root canal that back molar and use that post and the one from the tooth that just broke to anchor a three tooth bridge.  The tooth that broke needs a crown now.  The back molar is going to need a post and crown eventually, and I'm sick of the gap on that side.  So this will kill three birds with one stone.  It's a really expensive stone, though.

$2,300 out of pocket.  Ouch.

I find that I'm taking this better than I would have even a week ago.  Funny, that.

But it'll be really nice to be able to chew effectively on the left side again.  And at the moment I no longer feel like I have a mouth full of broken glass.



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Mar. 2nd, 2011 08:38 pm (UTC)
:: more hugs::
Every time something like this happens to me, friends, or family, I rejoice we have access to modern medicine.

Cindy from work told me about a spooky conversation she had with a dentist a few years ago. When he first started with the practice, he was assigned to purge the old archives from the '20s and '30s. Admittedly they were a large practice with several dentists but they were losing a patient a month to conditions that are now treatable. No it's no fun to be drilled & poked & patched but.... boy do I love my modern medicine.

And you're right -- what a difference a week makes.
Mar. 2nd, 2011 10:55 pm (UTC)
Okay, your tooth and my car...about the same price. Damn! Neither of us is having a great week!
Mar. 3rd, 2011 03:05 am (UTC)
Yes, but I'll have the tooth longer than you'll have the car. Although by the time is all said and done, I'll probably have spent as much on the tooth that's no longer there (root canal, infection, refilling, infection, gum surgery, infection, extraction, bridge) than some people spend buying cars.
Mar. 4th, 2011 03:17 am (UTC)
There seems to be a rash of teeth issues around me. Including me. I've got two cracked teeth on the left upperside (one's a molar), and a crumbling molar on the back right upper. In short, I've got about one linear inch of teeth that aren't crabby at the moment.

And yet...I gained weight. Figure that one out. I can hardly eat yet I gained weight...
Mar. 6th, 2011 03:41 am (UTC)
Oh yes - I remember the six months or so between when I was diagnosed with needing to have my gall bladder out and when I said "I do" and acquired medical insurance. I was living on a practically fat-free diet. Yet I managed to gain weight...

Good luck with the teeth. I'm lucky enough to have a fabulous dentist. Expensive, but worth it.
Mar. 5th, 2011 09:05 pm (UTC)
I feel for you. We have two dental insurances, but even if I don't do anything else all year, including cleanings, I'll still be looking at a minimum of $1300 out of pocket for my bridge. The problem being that I need two. And because of the teeth that are missing, they will be closer to 4 tooth bridges each, hence the minimum remark. And of course the poor remaining molar on each upper side isn't too happy about things.

And yes, I've managed to gain weight too, even though I can really only chew on one side, using my back wisdom tooth (because of course the bottom molar on one side which matches one of the two remaining uppers is going bad...)

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