From then until 2009 I had no other dentistry problems. I went to the dentist as prescribed, got my routine fillings, and didn't think any more about my teeth. And then my molar broke and I had to have a crown put on. While getting that crown the dentist - across the street from my office for convenience - said that I had a crack in the bottom molar on the other side and I'd need a crown on that one too. Thus began a two years (and counting) painful tooth saga that I never imagined I'd have to endure. Fed up with the hatchet man of a dentist, I was finally able to see Alan's dentist this morning. Oy vey.
- A top molar has two cracks in it and will likely need a crown.
- The fillings I had done at hatchet man dentist (HMD henceforth) were done shoddily and a few need to be replaced.
- I have two more cavities to be filled, resulting in six new/replacement fillings.
- I've completely worn down the enamal on the bottoms of all my front teeth from grinding/clenching.
- I have gum recession that requires a gum graph.
- I should really probably get Invisalign to fix a mangled tooth that's completely made it's way free of the rest of my teeth.
- I need a night guard/e-appliance.
Aside from the money and the fact that I'm terrified of the pain from the fillings, I'm absolutely terrified of the gum surgery. I *do not* handle pain well. The only upside I can see is that I'll need to be on a liquid diet for a week and so I'll lose weight. Oh, and my tooth won't fall out. I guess there's that.