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No dentist for a while?

turtle
I went to the dentist again yesterday, because the temporary crown on my molar had cracked for the third time. It's fixed for now!

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There's very little tooth there, and the original plan was to cut my gum, extract some bone, and use that to build up enough for a new permanent crown. As you might imagine, I was not looking forward to this procedure, since I well remember the painful, lengthy recovery time after my lower wisdom teeth and part of my jawbone were removed.

When my dentist went in to remove the old filling yesterday, however, she saw that there was additional decay, too much of it to bother with the whole bone buildup thing and crowning, so for once, decay is not the worst thing ever. She drilled out what she could of it, leaving the roots alone to hold the space in my jawbone. Then she built up what was left of my tooth (it's like a little stub) with a post and some durable bluish stuff - she said I can chew on it, brush it, whatever. It should last until the decay advances to the point where the remainder of the tooth and its roots must be removed, at which point it will be time for an implant. Which is not pleasant either, but it is not going to happen right now, and it's better than having no molar. I will have time to prepare myself for the whole yucky implant process.

The most unpleasant part of all this is that I have a head cold, so did not enjoy being tilted back with my mouth open. Luckily, it didn't take too long, and the relief of not having that rough silver filling exposed is extraordinary. I was very happy I'd had a root canal in that tooth previously, because it meant I didn't have to get stabbed with needles full of novocaine, which meant I was only a bit sore afterwards from vibration or whatever.

I skipped the gym and went to bed early after all that, dosed up on decongestant. Hopefully, the extra sleep will help with the cold.

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thistle_chaser
Aug. 6th, 2013 08:30 pm (UTC)
Hello! Just wanted to drop you a note in case you have friendings/defrendings notifications emailed to you. I had to defriend you because my work network decided your LJ was NWS and blocked my access to my friends list when you were on it. I can't get to most of your LJ, including your user info, so I don't know if you have me friended back or care about a random person unfriending you. :) Just didn't want you to wonder why I suddenly dropped you!

I'm going to keep a window open with this so I can refriend you in a few days. Hopefully whatever caused the issue will be old enough to fall off my friends list. (It might be nothing adult at all, the network filter is very odd and picky. It's had a snack review site blocked for years...)
oracne
Aug. 6th, 2013 08:48 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the heads up! It might be the word "erotica" popping up every now and again....
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