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I went to the dentist today, for my second tooth problem.

My wisdom teeth seemed to have bashed in my lower two rear teeth, cracking one, and they have unfixed. I had a cracked tooth. Well, as of today I have a second tempoary crown. Oh the Fun. He says that my tooth looks pretty good, and shoudlnt' need much more work beyond the permanent crown.

Due to liberal application of benzocaine to the injectinon site beforehand I didnt freak out from the injection so much, he's not as good as Dr. Z at UNC, but he's a good dentist.

The worst part of the dentis office visit for me:
Nasty Smells and Nasty Tastes. The mold and glue that they use to make the temporary tooth burns and takes like vile chemical.

Now, i only have two more major dental appointments, starting next year. As well as a couple of cavities.
As such, I have upped my dential insurance to the MAX.

Does anyone know what is involved in getting a permanent crown? I suppose they will pop the temp off, take a mold, and send that mold off to a factory to have the real tooth made. How do you determine what the tooth looks like? Does the dentist grind it into the shape then and there? Or are there standard teeth shapes? Would it be possible for me to select what my tooth would look like i wonder.

EDIT: OW. I now have a dull ache in my mouth, now that the novacaine has worn off. What fun. My lower lip is also swollen up like mad. *sigh*

Date: 2006-11-28 06:50 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Well, when they did my crowns (4 now), they did the mold for the permanent after grinding the tooth down to a post. After that they put in the temporary crown.

BTW, on the permanent crowns, if you still have a choice, think hard about getting the gold crowns instead of the porcelan. (However thats spelled.)

The gold is softer so its easier on the opposing tooth. Its also stronger and wont chip off. And its thinner so they dont have to cut the post down as far and it still winds up a thinner permanent crown. A win all the way around. It just doesnt look like enamel.

I know the mold impressions impact the sizing of the cavity for the post and to some degree the biting surface. The exterior is maybe judged by the surrounding teeth, I dunno. The dentist wont need to do anything with the outside of the crown but its not unusual to have to tweek up the fit for the post.

Date: 2006-11-28 10:11 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Yup. If it's on a tooth you can't really see when smiling, just go with the non-porcelain crown. That's what we did with my husband's tooth. For the exact same reasons above. We didn't want to bother with it chipping off, and they ALWAYS chip off. At some point, you WILL be having a new one made. Just a plain gold one, and you may not ever need another. That was the biggest reason for us to get it, since it was on a molar and not very visible. Sometimes if he smiles really hugely wide you'll see it, but he's had it since... June? and I don't even notice it consciously anymore (and I always notice when something is different about a person's face).


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