Some of you may remember the ongoing saga I’ve had with two teeth that started about three years ago. I went to the dentist for a crown and I’m not sure what happened but I got two. The temporary crowns were ok but when he put the permanent crowns on, those two teeth were sensitive to touch and I could not bite down. They fit very poorly and forget about trying to chew on that side. I kept going back and never got any relief so I changed dentists. Of course, the new dentist wasn’t going to say “these crowns are awful” but he “adjusted” them — filed something here and there, made it a little better but in the end, he sent me to San Angelo to have root canals on both teeth . . through the crowns. Actually, after having the root canals, I had more pain so the endodontist in San Angelo said “maybe I missed something but I don’t think I did” and he re-did the two root canals. That changed nothing except I’ve now had four root canals on two teeth that didn’t need root canals til the first dentist put those two crowns on.
Somewhere along the way, I had one of those teeth pulled because nothing the good dentist did would relieve the discomfort.
I go twice a year for cleaning and I always tell my hygienist . . do NOT touch that back tooth. When I was there a month or so ago, she and I about hog tied the dentist and demanded he do something. He didn’t want to pull that tooth because he said I wouldn’t be able to chew on that side. Heck .. I can’t chew on that side now! I suggested . . take off the bad crown; see if you see any obvious reason why we can’t save the tooth, put on a temporary crown and see how that works. If I can chew on that side with no pain, we’ll put on a permanent crown. Of course, now I have no dental insurance but even if he had done it in the beginning, my insurance would not have paid because they only pay for crown replacement every five years – doesn’t matter if it’s a bad crown or not.
Today I went and he removed the old crown, did a bit of work on the piece of tooth that’s left, put on a temporary crown. He hardly deadened it at all – it’s had TWO root canals. It’s awake now. Vince and I just ate lunch. I didn’t chew on that side but I can close my teeth together without feeling like there’s an oversized crown in my mouth.
I am pretty happy to be rid of that awful crown!