… Cuz I’m getting another crown.
One of my molars started to ache. Like, “keeping me up at night” ache. So I toddled off to the dentist who kindly informed me that I had a fracture along the back of it.
A fracture! As in the enamel — the hardest substance in the human body — split.
All I could think of was those nightmares where your teeth are breaking up/falling out. It’s amazing that I didn’t hyperventilate in the chair.
Then I got the fun of having them prod around to the gum line to determine just how far down it went. From what they can tell it’s not bad enough that it has to be pulled. But it’s time to crown me.
There’s still an outside chance that I’ll have to have a root canal, because fun begets fun.
They put a temporary crown on me for now. That should prevent any further fracturing. They’re pretty sure the fracture didn’t go deep enough to need the actual root canal. Apparently, it all comes down to pain level now that there’s a crown in place. If I’m still in pain, it’s an indication I need a root canal.
A whole new reason to not want pain.
Of course, I don’t really know how I’m doing yet. They did, after all, have to poke around to find the fracture. Then, they had to do some unpleasant stuff to see just how far down it went. I was going to be more explicit than that… and it made me a little queasy. Usually a good sign not to share details.
Point being that between the poking and prodding and the monster numbing needle — do they really have to jam it in 4-5 times? — the crown wasn’t going to help my pain levels last night.
I ended up taking a Vicodin. Then a second one two hours later… and that was through sheer willpower that I waited that long. And I was watching the clock the entire time. That took away most of the pain.
The only good news about all of this is that the overtime I got this month will just about cover the cost of the crown. Besides, who actually wants $555 in savings when they could spend it on dental work?!
I’m off to find some soft, non-sticky things to eat… on the right side of my mouth. Grumble grumble.