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Jun. 17th, 2009

05:01 pm - Molar: The Re-re-re-crowning

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I've got a gold crown on a lower molar on the left side of my mouth that keeps coming off. It's been popped off by various chewy things: a Cheetos Twisted Puff, some jellybeans, and last week, a particularly chewy piece of flatbread. The first two times, the dentist cleaned it off and glued it back on.


After spending the whole weekend with a crownless tooth (fortunately it didn't hurt, as long as I chewed on the right side), I went to the dentist on Monday morning. This time, he noticed gum tissue starting to grow over it, and had to numb me up and cut it away. That wasn't pleasant. He may have also scraped the tooth down a bit, because I could taste tooth enamel dust, also not pleasant.

But finally he was all done and my crown was back in. The rest of the day, my mouth was sore on the left, and chewing, even just on the right side, hurt on the left. I had soup for lunch. But yesterday I recovered enough to have a burger and fries. Yum!

And I noticed something encouraging: the previous time the dentist had put the crown back in, it rode a little high, and my bite felt a bit unnatural, like one of my teeth had suddenly become too big. This time around, I don't have that; my jaws fit together perfectly! So hopefully it'll stay in a lot longer this time.

(It will also help if I can remember to brush every day. I slacked off recently, and that probably contributed to the problem. Thing is, brushing isn't fun; no matter what they do to toothpaste, it still tastes like fucking TOOTHPASTE. Bleh.)

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From:tracerj
Date:June 17th, 2009 10:51 pm (UTC)
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Toothpaste always has either a funky flavour or a funky texture. Right now, my favourite accounting for funky flavour is some sort of tea-tree thing from the JĀSÖN brand, and my favourite accounting for funky texture is the Colgate Pro-Health "Clean Cinnamon" type. I alternate between them so neither gets terribly boring.

You see, routine bores me to tears and so does boredom, but yeah, after extensive dental work as a result of quite some neglect, I decided that it was well worth not slacking off anymore. *nods sagely*
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From:krinndnz
Date:June 17th, 2009 11:30 pm (UTC)
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Since you live in their general area, may I recommend another fine dental aid?
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From:nefaria
Date:June 18th, 2009 02:43 am (UTC)
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I've had ThinkGeek's Gummy Bacon, it was somewhat tasty but overpriced.

I don't mind brushing but I hate flossing, especially since I have a retainer in and it takes 15 minutes to do it properly. I'd much rather have an extra 15 minutes of sleep.
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From:wolflahti
Date:June 17th, 2009 10:59 pm (UTC)
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I used to have some beef-flavor toothpaste for my dog. Never tried it myself, however.
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From:kinkyturtle
Date:June 18th, 2009 12:14 am (UTC)
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When I'm brushing my teeth, a meaty taste is one thing I specifically do NOT want. :}
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From:palabrajot
Date:June 18th, 2009 12:42 am (UTC)
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I used to use a toothpaste with sanguinaria extract; they no longer make it, but for a while, the dentists were crazy for it. Sanguinaria root was supposed to be plaque bacteria's worst enemy. Thing is, it was an assault on the palate as well. It was all they could do to keep the vile taste under control. And then the lingering residue would dull the taste of breakfast the next day, and dry out one's skin wherever it touched.
Oral hygeine isn't fun, but this was ridiculous. My brushing fell off to maybe every other day.
Then, I switched to some less ambitious toothpastes that taste better- and for me, things like Pepsodent w/baking soda or Tom's out at Target, (YMMV), and suddenly I was back to once or twice a day, simply because there was one less layer of friction in the process.
In the end, the biggest difference is the brushing. A good wet brush with no paste and a water or mouthwash rinse is better than nothing.
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From:xakko
Date:June 18th, 2009 12:55 am (UTC)
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do you have an electronic toothbrush? i've found it makes it easier to brush twice a day.
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From:deckardcanine
Date:June 18th, 2009 03:39 pm (UTC)
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Really? It took me a while to get in the habit of using my electric toothbrush, because it always took so darn long to finish. (Yes, I microwave most of my home dinners.)
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From:deckardcanine
Date:June 18th, 2009 03:42 pm (UTC)
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Ever since I got in the habit of brushing after every meal, even at work, my mouth doesn't feel right if I don't.

Overheard between 17-year-olds:

"If you don't brush your teeth at least twice a day, then you're yucky, man."
"Right, so you just admitted you were yucky."
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