December 08, 2011
He didn't. While indeed big chunks of the filling did come loose, and there was still filling material covering and protecting the original cavity, the rest of the tooth decayed around it. So much in fact that the outside enamel face of the tooth fell off. The smooth stuff that I thought was filling material is actually the dentine of the tooth. As my dentist described it to me, the enamel is like a suit of plate armor. The dentine is the leather undershirt. The next step is the soft squishy human underneath (or the tooth's pulp, in this case). Much to my surprise, the dentist immediately suggested having it pulled instead of trying to save it. He ALWAYS recommends trying to save the tooth first. In this case though, it's unpaired, meaning there'd be no reduction in my chewing ability (the molar above it was the first that I had removed, nearly 30 years ago); there's other teeth in my mouth that the money a root canal would cost would be better spent on.
The tooth comes out Friday afternoon. I'll let y'all know how it went as soon as I can... probably in the evening.
UPDATE: It's out. Came out nice and easy. It's about four hours later, and the novocaine has pretty much all worn off. It's still bleeding a touch, but that's to be expected. The best part of the whole thing was definitely the nitrous oxide... baby!
Of course, your dental woes are just part of your slow transformation into the "Duck of Doom" prophecized by the Mayans as the destroyer of the world. After all, everyone knows that ducks don't have teeth...
Posted by: Siergen at December 09, 2011 08:02 PM (qUEkR)
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( OK technically they masticate...but....oh never mind)
I hope you feel better soon.
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