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3 crowns

Visit to the dentist on Monday went good, considering the situation. Final decision: three crowns. I had only two teeth visibly broken, but the third one had hairline fractures from the shock and could have broken anytime.
So the two front teeth and a side one got filed down to baby teeth size and I got temporary teeth placed over them. Getting the replacement teeth August first.
I was doing pretty well since Monday, but today I started getting sensitivity to cold again in one of my broken tooth, despite if being covered. Dang! (so when I drink, little annoying ow!).
That might be a sign of a root canal, before they install the final crowns. It is very annoying, but bearable I guess for the next few weeks. I'll see, maybe I'll go back and ask them to do something about it.

On the bright side, my front teeth will look a lot straighter than they used to.

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uniformgrey
Jul. 16th, 2008 08:10 pm (UTC)
While I'm sorry that you have to get crowns, I'm glad to hear that its nothing so severe to your health that you won't be able to have teeth there period.

I recently had to have surprise dental work and sensitivity to cold or heat is NOT fun. Just try your best to cover where it hurts with your tongue and keep any cold liquids in the center of your mouth till your body naturally heats things up - or drink with a straw and really really fast!

I hope things clear up without much more trouble!
rufftoon
Jul. 16th, 2008 08:19 pm (UTC)
Better to have crowns then nothing. Sad to lose the original teeth, but accidents happen.
Hot, I can still deal with. I'm still figuring out a good drinking technique. Experimenting, and hopefully not making a mess.
archangelbeth
Jul. 16th, 2008 08:27 pm (UTC)
but accidents happen

*nod* My kid lost her top four front baby teeth -- I put her in a tub so I could go to the bathroom, she stood up, slipped, and banged her face into the tub. Crackcrackcrack. They had to be surgically removed! So her canines were more obvious and I called her my little werewolf for ages. The front adult teeth are coming in, and she's actually kind of sad about it. She wants her fangs to show best!

Good luck with your teeth! I hope root canals aren't needed. (I had one of those... I nearly fell asleep in the chair at one point.)

...have them put a diamond into one of the caps! O;D
star_puppet
Jul. 16th, 2008 08:25 pm (UTC)
Ow...that's not pretty. Well beats having a set with broken teeth. ^^;

Oh boy...dentists...they still give me the willies.
rufftoon
Jul. 16th, 2008 08:31 pm (UTC)
Definitely beats broken teeth, and it should look good in the end.
Dentists aren't all bad. But I do get shivers when they approach with huge needles!
star_puppet
Jul. 17th, 2008 04:49 am (UTC)
Yes needles. Oh boy reminds me the time when I actually have to have a minor dental operation because my lower jaw is over crowded because my wisdom teeth have been growing.

Oh boy my dentist pull all the needles on that one and a scalpel. T__T
meryl_jed
Jul. 16th, 2008 08:28 pm (UTC)
At least it looks like the situation will end without too much undue hassle. Hopefully that mention of "root canal" will not have to happen, my dad had a horrible time with his. Here's hope for a speedy recovery and back to normal!

...So, does this mean the Stick Daemons have won the Triple Crown? (that was horrible. I admit it.)

rufftoon
Jul. 16th, 2008 08:32 pm (UTC)
the sooner, the better. Root canals are different for everyone. Same for getting teeth removed.
The Stick Daemons would claim they win at everything!
amiraelizabeth
Jul. 16th, 2008 08:29 pm (UTC)
I sipped through a straw when I had issues with sensitivity because of root canals/crowns and that helped.

Hope everything feels better soon.
rufftoon
Jul. 16th, 2008 08:30 pm (UTC)
Hopefully I won't have to keep drinking through a straw!
amiraelizabeth
Jul. 16th, 2008 08:33 pm (UTC)
nah. it'll all be over and feeling better before you know it. :D


novabat
Jul. 16th, 2008 08:55 pm (UTC)
Yipes. It's good to hear that you won't be stuck with broken teeth, though.

Due to a genetic disorder, my teeth are naturally sensitive to hot and cold. You might try using your top lip to wrap under and around your front teeth, or using the tip of your tongue to protect your teeth as you swallow. (This probably sounds harder than it actually is.)

Here's a somewhat creepy diagram?
rufftoon
Jul. 16th, 2008 09:06 pm (UTC)
Someone told me to use a straw, and that's working pretty well.
The problem is when I talk- cold air comes in! And I'm not going to try to follow your diagram while I try talking XD.
novabat
Jul. 16th, 2008 09:17 pm (UTC)
You mean you don't want to sound like you have no teeth at all? XD
karine
Jul. 16th, 2008 09:06 pm (UTC)
Pôôôvre Johane! Well, at least you have teeth, and it's not that long a wait before you get the new ones.

I was going to ask if you were drinking with a straw, I guess you are. Here's to quick healing!
rufftoon
Jul. 17th, 2008 03:52 pm (UTC)
Yup, drinking with a straw now.
I guess I'll be able to show you my fake, temporary set at SDCC :D
arycapricat
Jul. 16th, 2008 09:50 pm (UTC)
Leave it to the stick demons to make fun of broken teeth.

Sorry you lost your original ones.
rufftoon
Jul. 17th, 2008 03:52 pm (UTC)
Well, I guess I still have the original ones. They're just...really really small and useless now.
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rufftoon
Jul. 17th, 2008 03:51 pm (UTC)
Yeah, seems like the temps I have right now are irritating my gums, which may explain the sensitivity. I'll see what the dentist says in a few weeks.
Ouch for your cracked tooth. Hope it wasn't a painful one.
kirbopher
Jul. 16th, 2008 10:30 pm (UTC)
Three times the crowns, three times the powah.
rufftoon
Jul. 17th, 2008 03:50 pm (UTC)
I wish I knew what kind of power it was. Drawing power? Oooh, that would be great.
oddriddle
Jul. 16th, 2008 11:59 pm (UTC)
I had a root canal a couple weeks ago and I'm getting my final cap this Friday.

Dental work is not fun, but I don't think that the root canal is nearly as bad as people say it is. It was the least painful dentist visit I've ever had, including routine cleanings (probably thanks to a whole ton of novocaine). In fact, it's really a relief because things stop hurting pretty quick afterwards!
rufftoon
Jul. 17th, 2008 03:49 pm (UTC)
With the amount of stuff they put into our mouths to make sure we don't feel anything, most of the time the procedure is pretty much painless. Afterwards, it's usually manageable. Usually. Glad to hear your dentist experience went smoothly. Yay for caps!
tammylee
Jul. 17th, 2008 12:22 am (UTC)
*rofls at the comic*

On the bright side, my front teeth will look a lot straighter than they used to.
Silver lining!
rufftoon
Jul. 17th, 2008 03:48 pm (UTC)
Silver lining, taking bite out of the silver sandwich...gotta keep positive!
alexds1
Jul. 17th, 2008 12:35 am (UTC)
Bah, I hate tooth issues :C Then you remember that every other animal dies when their teeth get worn out and the dentist office doesn't seem too bad...

Still, good luck on managing until you get the permanent crowns in!
rufftoon
Jul. 17th, 2008 03:47 pm (UTC)
Ha ha, that's a nice way of seeing things.
I think it is manageable. I just need to find the right survival techniques until then.
snapes_angel
Jul. 17th, 2008 01:11 am (UTC)
At least they are being taken care of, so that won't be so much of a distraction to you.
rufftoon
Jul. 17th, 2008 03:47 pm (UTC)
Except when I drink...but a straw seems to help so yay!
jordan_the_kid
Jul. 17th, 2008 01:13 am (UTC)
My sis could totaly relate with your mouth troubles, except that it's mostly in her jaw and back molars.
rufftoon
Jul. 17th, 2008 03:46 pm (UTC)
Ouch for the jaw. Back molars at least are far away from the eyes...then again, they feel like the most solidly anchored in a mouth. Ouch!
firnheledien
Jul. 17th, 2008 05:10 am (UTC)
Good luck! Root canals are expensive AND not fun for both the dentist AND the patient. Thankfully they are front teeth, which are easier. But bear in mind that in the future, those 3 crowned teeth might need root canal therapy. It happens in quite a high number of cases.

And we dentists are nice people. :)
Patients just can't quite decide if they don't want the injection with the scary needles, or if they want to tolerate the mind-numbing pain of having us poke around your gums with our scalpels etc. :D
rufftoon
Jul. 17th, 2008 06:46 am (UTC)
The dentist I met hinted as much, about the possible need for future root canals. Ah well...

I may not like the sight of the needle (some are EXTREMELY long looking- I do understand they don't plunge them in all the way, but that's what my silly brain tells me!) but I much prefer to be totally numbed out. I don't want 17th century method of dentistry done on me.
firnheledien
Jul. 18th, 2008 01:43 am (UTC)
Yea I had a patient who was terrified of needles. So I sort of hid the loaded syringe from her until the last possible minute before injection XD

And even then our supervisor told us NOT to do experimental squirts of the local in front of the patient XDD
conga_chili
Jul. 17th, 2008 05:12 am (UTC)
Whoohoo!!! New teeth =) It'll be even better for you to flash your straight pearly whites to Zhao whenever you rendez-vous on paper.
rufftoon
Jul. 17th, 2008 03:46 pm (UTC)
Ha ha, yes! And then, he'll make fun of my bike fall over and over again.
I could just punch him.
mercurysblood
Jul. 17th, 2008 11:19 am (UTC)
...Wish you a successful surgical procedure...
rufftoon
Jul. 17th, 2008 03:45 pm (UTC)
Hopefully, most of the cutting part is done now. Hopefully I'll escape root canals for now. It's just a matter of getting the new teeth put in place.
kt_shy
Jul. 17th, 2008 03:15 pm (UTC)
Ack! Just reading this made my teeth sensitive *shudder* Would sensidine tooth paste help do you think? Or is this something you'll just have to wait until you're back in the chair to fix? Not fun :(
rufftoon
Jul. 17th, 2008 03:44 pm (UTC)
Well, I think it may be more a question of my gums reacting to having a strange object stuck against them. It may be just a question of getting used to them. All see how it goes in the next few weeks, and ask the dentist again. Hopefully, it will go away on its own (though maybe I should try Sensodine or however it is spelt. My dad had to use it not too long ago and it helped him).
kt_shy
Jul. 17th, 2008 04:57 pm (UTC)
Totally! The stuff works great, I used to have major pains in my back teeth from eating or drinking anything sweet, but after using sensidine (or whatever) I've had no problems for the past couple years :) (ugh... I sound like an infomercial).
phoenixblaize
Jul. 17th, 2008 08:45 pm (UTC)
Ouch! Tooth problems are serious business. I hope that it all works out, and especially that you don't have to get a root canal. At least it isn't wisdom teeth stuff. Those babies go wrong you're looking at almost constant head/neck aches.

Delicious silver sandwich-wise, straighter teeth is great and at least the Stick Daemons find humor in the situation. ;)
amberguesa
Jul. 21st, 2008 03:25 pm (UTC)
Urgh, I just had an emergency root canal on Friday, and my mouth is STILL a little sore.

Have to say, hearing I'm not the only one who's getting crowns in the coming august is oddly reassuring.

Hey, I look forward to seeing you at Con on Friday! Especially since your prompt on the book is pretty much the only reason I'm dressing up this year. Fun times!
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