Monday, April 28, 2008


Well, I have to get another crown tomorrow. Ames told me I've got so much porcelain in my mouth, she's going to call me "Pottymouth" from here on.

But here's the deal: I've had this cracked tooth for years, and I've been told (by 3 dentists) to put off fixing it until it hurts. Fine. So in the last couple years, it's gone from hurting once in a while to hurting more frequently. Not constantly, not even close to constantly, but everytime I hit something hard on that tooth. Crushed red pepper is the worst: those seeds are small enough to escape notice, but when one gets in that molar, I know it.

So this morning, the last day before they grind it down and crown it, I hit a blackberry seed in my breakfast. That hurt. It's been a couple hours, and it still hurts. I couldn't have waited one more day...

My last crown was on a live tooth: they decided I didn't need a root canal. That sounds good, except I lost the crown a few months later in a sticky bun. Caramel on a live nub is not a pleasant feeling. So while I hope I don't need a root canal tomorrow, I'm not sure it would be a bad thing. Live tooth under a crown is like a ticking time bomb: crowns eventually come off, and that live tooth is all ready to let me know about it.


Ames said...

My teeth hurt just reading this post.

Gwen said...

"Pottymouth" is the funniest thing I have ever read. I read this about an hour ago and I'm still laughing.

Sorry about the pain, though.

Shan said...

Seriously, I am cringing here. Even just the term "live tooth" gives me the wiggins.

As you know, root canals are not bad, if they're on a molar. Front upper - different story.

"Pottymouth" is so very, very funny.

clumsy ox said...

The novacaine is wearing off now, and I can start to feel that side of my mouth again.

I remembered the dull throb of the gum that gets pushed away from the tooth so they can jam the crown down in there, but I had totally forgotten the itchy sensation of the live tooth under the crown. I know it goes away in a couple weeks (I don't even notice the crown right above it), but an itch under porcelain is really aggravating.

I mean, I'm glad I didn't have to get a root canal (yet... the dentist still wants me to keep an eye on that tooth until the permanent crown goes on), but live tooth is a bit of an adventure.