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post #31 of 50
Glad to hear that it went well! As far as crowns go, they're not too bad, just the yukky stuff when you get the impression made......especially if they gas you, mind you, I think I'm addicted to that blasted gas, I even make them give it to me when they clean mine.....it actually cuts down on both my nerves and my gag reflex.

Every once in a blue moon, the adhesive will fail (it is just glue, you know) but all that you have to do is get it stuck back on by your dentist .....knock on wood, I"ve never knocked one off like that, but my mom did.
post #32 of 50
I concur on the crown. They whole procedure goes pretty easy but I am one of those extreme people who don't mind dental visits and if a filling needs to be replaced I don't have any novacaine either. (I mentally talk to myself during the procedures!!)
You just have to be a bit carefully when the temp crown is put on as it can come off pretty easy.
post #33 of 50
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Originally Posted by Natalie_ca View Post
They don't hurt at all. You probably won't even get any freezing when it's done because they've removed the nerve from the tooth and the nerve is what allows the sensation of pain.

Did the Endondist take a mould of your teeth? If not then your dentist will do that. That's yucky but not painful. They just stick some plaster/rubber goop in a tray and stick it in your mouth for a minute or two until it firms up and then remove it. That mould is sent to a lab where they create the crown tooth so that they can get the same shape as your original one.

Then the next visit you go and he grinds down your tooth and then cements the crown into the socket.
Thank you Linda I appreciate the details so i know what to expect!

The endodonist didn't take a mold yesterday, so i'm guessing my regular dentist will do that at my next appointment. I just got off the phone with the office- i'm all set to go in and get the first part of my crown done on the 13th. Then 2-3 weeks after that i'll have my perm. crown put on. I've had molds done before when i've gone through braces and retainers and night guards- so yucky as it tastes, i'm ok with it for a little while so that won't bother me too much i don't think.

From what i understand, they will grind my tooth down into a taper shape? Is that right? That will likely be the part i like the least (just for me the sound is AWEFUL) i'll definitely bring my ipod with me to try and distract myself lol

Found out a bit more bad news this morning though when i talked with the dentist office- my new dental insurance only covers $1000 970 something yesterday to get my root canal (but i paid several hundred towards it - about 20% plus extra out of pocket for the gas) so i've got about $272 left of dental insurance for the entire year -so after that little amount is used up- i'm stuck paying the rest of the crown and my other 3 fillings out of pocket! Yikes! It's managable though- i'm just glad they covered the root canal though- that's soo pricy!

Looks like the dentist is going to be getting my paychecks for the next few weeks

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Originally Posted by KittenKrazy View Post
Glad to hear that it went well! As far as crowns go, they're not too bad, just the yukky stuff when you get the impression made......especially if they gas you, mind you, I think I'm addicted to that blasted gas, I even make them give it to me when they clean mine.....it actually cuts down on both my nerves and my gag reflex.

Every once in a blue moon, the adhesive will fail (it is just glue, you know) but all that you have to do is get it stuck back on by your dentist .....knock on wood, I"ve never knocked one off like that, but my mom did.
The adhesive from the root canal's temp. filling or the adhesive from the temp crown?

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Originally Posted by GailC View Post
I concur on the crown. They whole procedure goes pretty easy but I am one of those extreme people who don't mind dental visits and if a filling needs to be replaced I don't have any novacaine either. (I mentally talk to myself during the procedures!!)
You just have to be a bit carefully when the temp crown is put on as it can come off pretty easy.
Oh man, i'm not! I feel EVERYTHING. My teeth are normally super sensative - they have to put the topical numbing stuff on all my teeth just to clean them without them hurting most times and i scrub up with the Sensodyne toothpaste 2x a day to help with the sensitivity.

I'll definitely be careful with the temp crown. I went last night to the grocery store to stock up on soft foods.
post #34 of 50
Your tooth is essentially dead. They've removed the nerve, so you have no pain sensation in that tooth.

If you were to leave it as it is and not get the crown, the tooth would eventually turn a dark grey colour. That's the reason for a crown.

They grind the tooth into a post-like shape and then cement the crown to your tooth. The crown goes in below the gum line and looks just like your own tooth.

I do recommend that if you want your teeth to be "white", that you whiten them before you go for a crown, because they base the crown colour on the colour of your teeth at the time they take the mould. And crowns don't bleach, so if you bleach after, your crown will remain the same colour as it was when it was put in.
post #35 of 50
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Originally Posted by Natalie_ca View Post
Your tooth is essentially dead. They've removed the nerve, so you have no pain sensation in that tooth.

If you were to leave it as it is and not get the crown, the tooth would eventually turn a dark grey colour. That's the reason for a crown.

They grind the tooth into a post-like shape and then cement the crown to your tooth. The crown goes in below the gum line and looks just like your own tooth.

I do recommend that if you want your teeth to be "white", that you whiten them before you go for a crown, because they base the crown colour on the colour of your teeth at the time they take the mould. And crowns don't bleach, so if you bleach after, your crown will remain the same colour as it was when it was put in.
Thank you Linda! I appreciate the tip on the whitening! I will definitely use a few crest white strips before i go in in for the crown then!

Today i'm still pretty sore in the gum area and if i accidently press my tooth down it's aweful, but the dull throbbing pain i had before the root canal is gone (since the nerve is taken care of now) and that is just SOOO awesome! I appreciate the description on what they'll do to my tooth when i go in- it helps my nerves a bit when i know what they're going to do ahead of time.

This afternoon my best friend picked me up and took me to get some soup for lunch and then tonight my mom stopped by with some homemade veggie soup so i think i'm all souped out They're too sweet though! I've just been resting up today and trying not to talk too much and keep ice on my face (it's a little swollen.)
post #36 of 50
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Well, i think i have an infection in the tooth i had a root canal on last week

My dentist is getting me in tomorrow so i guess i'll know then. He said that the endodonist should have given me an antibiotic, so chances are i probably do have an infection with the kind of pain/etc at the moment in that area of my mouth (it shouldn't be hurting). My regular dentist had a cancellation tomorrow so he was able to get me in earlier than the appointment they had origionally scheduled me for- so he's going to cheek the tooth i had a root canal on tomorrow and go ahead and fit me for a temp crown and take impressions for the permanent one. I'm totally freaked out about tomorrow. I'm thinking i need a break from all this dental stuff!
post #37 of 50
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Originally Posted by KittenKrazy View Post
Every once in a blue moon, the adhesive will fail (it is just glue, you know) but all that you have to do is get it stuck back on by your dentist .....knock on wood, I"ve never knocked one off like that, but my mom did.
i currently have 2 crowns. one [the oldest] is stainless steel. it's way back in the molar area, lower jaw - so it doesn't show. i've pulled it off twice - once w/a jolly rancher & once w/a candy apple. i'm careful, now!
the other is nearer the front, & is porcelain. it was matched at the time, & is now whiter than the surrounding teeth. i wanted another stainless one [after all, i've had the 1st for over 20 years] but they said those were only for deciduous teeth
anyway, i've had little other problems... but i rarely mind dental visits, anyway.
post #38 of 50
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I think i've decided on titanium with a porcelin overlay. I'm allergic to gold and nickle and palladium and a few other materials have too much negative feedback for my comfort level, so titanum it is most likely.

In the mean time though my mouth is still hurting a bit (in the surrounding area) so i go my dentist is going to get me started on antibiotics as well because he thinks i might have an infection.

I was going to whiten my teeth before i get the crown matched and all- but they're just sooo darn sensitive right now (they're sensitive anyways, but i've got 3 other teeth that need to be repaired) i can't even be bothered to bleach them.
post #39 of 50
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Well, i'm back from the dentist. I've got the temp. crown on now and i'll be going back for my permanent one in a few weeks. It wasn't as bad as i thought it would be- but it was a bit uncomfortable though.

I'm going back to the dentist tomorrow for two fillings that i need. Geesh, i can't catch a break this month I'm really sick of going to the dentist lol! (so is my wallet) Thankfully though i do have a really nice dentist that i feel comfortable around.

And funny though too- my dental hygenist/assistant (not sure what she is) adopted a dog from our shelter a few weeks ago! I recognized her when i saw her- she actually took one of my favorite pups! So that made me feel great knowing she got a good home with a really nice family!
post #40 of 50
Glad it wasn't so bad!

I absolutely love to go to the dentist!! I have an appointment on the 27th to get a cleaning, and I simply can't wait!

I've had the majority of my fillings done without freezeing actually.

My front top tooth was so damaged that the nerve was essentially dead so the root canal and crown were down without freezing. There was no pain of any kind.

I needed a small filling behind each of my eye teeth, and those were done without freezing. It took less than 1 minute to drill each cavity, and the pain was no more than what you feel if you have a tooth sensitive to cold. The pain stopped immediately when the drilling stopped. And it was a whole lot less painful than having spending the rest of the day with freezing working it's way out.

I had 2 smaller cavities on a back tooth filled. The dentist that I have now caters to cowards, and looked at me like I was from Mars when I asked him how long it would take to drill and he said about 1 to 2 minutes, and I said "Then don't bother to freeze it". I just told him to be on the look out for my foot to wiggle which was a signal to stop and give me a break. So it took about 2 minutes. I wiggled my foot 2 or 3 times. And it was done.

I've had a couple of large fillings on back teeth that were deep and required lots of drilling, so I had freezing for those.

My dentist loves when I go because I'm one of his few clients that actually likes to go there. I tend to fall asleep in the chair, regardless of what is being done...cleaning, drilling, filling...it doesn't matter
post #41 of 50
Linda - i don't mind going to the dentist... but i think you must be an !
post #42 of 50
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Originally Posted by laureen227 View Post
Linda - i don't mind going to the dentist... but i think you must be an !
I've been told that my reaction to going to the dentist is well... unusual!
post #43 of 50
Nikki-FYI-

You can eat whatever you want with a temp. crown. You just need to make sure not to eat anything sticky-taffy, gum, caramel-stuff like that.
post #44 of 50
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Originally Posted by Natalie_ca View Post
I've been told that my reaction to going to the dentist is well... unusual!
And Linda....

I have not met a patient like you! We would love you in our office

It is definately unusual
post #45 of 50
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Originally Posted by Natalie_ca View Post
Glad it wasn't so bad!

I absolutely love to go to the dentist!! I have an appointment on the 27th to get a cleaning, and I simply can't wait!

I've had the majority of my fillings done without freezeing actually.

My front top tooth was so damaged that the nerve was essentially dead so the root canal and crown were down without freezing. There was no pain of any kind.

I needed a small filling behind each of my eye teeth, and those were done without freezing. It took less than 1 minute to drill each cavity, and the pain was no more than what you feel if you have a tooth sensitive to cold. The pain stopped immediately when the drilling stopped. And it was a whole lot less painful than having spending the rest of the day with freezing working it's way out.

I had 2 smaller cavities on a back tooth filled. The dentist that I have now caters to cowards, and looked at me like I was from Mars when I asked him how long it would take to drill and he said about 1 to 2 minutes, and I said "Then don't bother to freeze it". I just told him to be on the look out for my foot to wiggle which was a signal to stop and give me a break. So it took about 2 minutes. I wiggled my foot 2 or 3 times. And it was done.

I've had a couple of large fillings on back teeth that were deep and required lots of drilling, so I had freezing for those.

My dentist loves when I go because I'm one of his few clients that actually likes to go there. I tend to fall asleep in the chair, regardless of what is being done...cleaning, drilling, filling...it doesn't matter

Linda you're a weirdo! I'll trade ya! You can go back to the dentist for me today I've got to go back today to get two fillings done. I'm about sick of all this going back and forth to the dentist (so is my wallet!!!)

I can't believe you got sooo much done without any kind of nocivane or gas- omg i would have stroked! My teeth are so incredably sensitive that i use Sensodyne 2x a day and even when i go to the dentist just for a cleaning- they have to numb my gums/etc with a topcial before they even start. I feel everything

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Originally Posted by Oscarsmommy View Post
Nikki-FYI-

You can eat whatever you want with a temp. crown. You just need to make sure not to eat anything sticky-taffy, gum, caramel-stuff like that.
That's good to know! I've been trying to not chew on that side at all just incase (And because it's still a bit tender). I've mostly been sticking to soft things like soup/etc so i don't have to chew quite so much. Today i'm getting the two fillings done on the opposite side thouh so trying to eat dinner might be interesting! After i get that done and get my perm. crown in a few weeks then i'll only have one more filling to go and all my dental work will be done with hopefully!

As much as i dislike having to go to the dentist because of the procedures/etc...i at least really like my denist and his staff- they try to be as painless as possible and are so sweet
post #46 of 50
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Originally Posted by Oscarsmommy View Post
And Linda....

I have not met a patient like you! We would love you in our office

It is definately unusual
I've only had one bad dentist experience.

The dentist I had gone to for years retired and turned his practice over to another dentist who took over his office. So I continued to go to that new dentist.

My first visit to the new dentist was for a checkup which resulted in the need for a filling on a back tooth for a deep cavity. I think my tooth actually cracked if I'm not mistaken.

I told him that when I have freezing I tend to need extra for it to actually take. He said he uses some kind of "new local freezing from Germany" that has a much better effect because it travels along the nerves to provide a much better effect. So he went ahead and froze the back tooth. After 5 minutes he came back and went to drill and I nearly jumped out of my skin! He had to freeze it again! And again! Not like I didn't tell him!

Anyway, when it was sufficiently frozen he drilled and did the filling. The filling was on the upper right and the whole right side of my face was frozen, my chin, my nose and a good portion of my left side of my face. I was in such pain afterwards when the freezing started to come out. It took about 12 hours for the freezing to work its way out and it felt like I had been beaten up while it was coming out. And for 4 days after the freezing came out every single tooth in my mouth felt like it had a cavity in it. I couldn't even put a tooth brush to my teeth because of the pain.

I needed a second filling done on the other side. He didn't want to do both in one visit because they were on opposite sides of my mouth. So I went back 2 weeks later for the second filling and told him the reaction I had to that "new" freezing. He said that sensitive teeth are a side effect of that particular freezing. I told him that I didn't want him to use that on me anymore and to use the standard novacain..

Because he had to stick me 3 times on the earlier visit to freeze the tooth, he gave me extra on the first freezing.

He did the filling and I went home.

The whole left side of my face was frozen, so was my ear, my eye (I couldn't blink), my forehead, my jaw, all the way around to the right side of my face and right ear to right under my right eye, and I was having a hard time swallowing because my throat muscles were frozen, so I had to keep my head bent forward and allow the saliva to dribble out of my mouth because I couldn't swallow for almost 12 hours.

The jerk used that same freezing he did the first time, even after I had told him to not use it because I had a bad reaction to it.

I'm fortunate that I didn't have an anaphylactic reaction to it that closed up my airway.

I went back and reamed him out and told him that he's lucky I hadn't died because of his stupidity.

Unfortunately he never would tell me the name of the stuff he used. All he said is that it's from "Germany."

I found another dentist after that. But after a few years he moved across town to a neighbourhood that I was scared to go to by bus. I found yet another dentist who was really good but moved to New Zealand about a year later. His partner took over his practice and I still go there.

So far as "gas" goes for a dental procedure. I haven't heard of that being done anymore. I remembe as a kid having to go to the dentist and getting "gassed" and waking up after everything was done. But as an adult I've never seen a dentist around here that uses "gas" on patients. So far as I know if you can't have work done with local freezing for whatever reason, once a year you can be booked into the hospital and have the cleaning and whatever other dental work is needed done under general anaesthetic in the operating room. One of the nurses I work with is so terrified of dentists that she has to be admitted to the hospital for her dental procedures on a yearly basis.
post #47 of 50
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Originally Posted by Natalie_ca View Post
I've only had one bad dentist experience.

The dentist I had gone to for years retired and turned his practice over to another dentist who took over his office. So I continued to go to that new dentist.

My first visit to the new dentist was for a checkup which resulted in the need for a filling on a back tooth for a deep cavity. I think my tooth actually cracked if I'm not mistaken.

I told him that when I have freezing I tend to need extra for it to actually take. He said he uses some kind of "new local freezing from Germany" that has a much better effect because it travels along the nerves to provide a much better effect. So he went ahead and froze the back tooth. After 5 minutes he came back and went to drill and I nearly jumped out of my skin! He had to freeze it again! And again! Not like I didn't tell him!

Anyway, when it was sufficiently frozen he drilled and did the filling. The filling was on the upper right and the whole right side of my face was frozen, my chin, my nose and a good portion of my left side of my face. I was in such pain afterwards when the freezing started to come out. It took about 12 hours for the freezing to work its way out and it felt like I had been beaten up while it was coming out. And for 4 days after the freezing came out every single tooth in my mouth felt like it had a cavity in it. I couldn't even put a tooth brush to my teeth because of the pain.

I needed a second filling done on the other side. He didn't want to do both in one visit because they were on opposite sides of my mouth. So I went back 2 weeks later for the second filling and told him the reaction I had to that "new" freezing. He said that sensitive teeth are a side effect of that particular freezing. I told him that I didn't want him to use that on me anymore and to use the standard novacain..

Because he had to stick me 3 times on the earlier visit to freeze the tooth, he gave me extra on the first freezing.

He did the filling and I went home.

The whole left side of my face was frozen, so was my ear, my eye (I couldn't blink), my forehead, my jaw, all the way around to the right side of my face and right ear to right under my right eye, and I was having a hard time swallowing because my throat muscles were frozen, so I had to keep my head bent forward and allow the saliva to dribble out of my mouth because I couldn't swallow for almost 12 hours.

The jerk used that same freezing he did the first time, even after I had told him to not use it because I had a bad reaction to it.

I'm fortunate that I didn't have an anaphylactic reaction to it that closed up my airway.

I went back and reamed him out and told him that he's lucky I hadn't died because of his stupidity.

Unfortunately he never would tell me the name of the stuff he used. All he said is that it's from "Germany."

I found another dentist after that. But after a few years he moved across town to a neighbourhood that I was scared to go to by bus. I found yet another dentist who was really good but moved to New Zealand about a year later. His partner took over his practice and I still go there.

So far as "gas" goes for a dental procedure. I haven't heard of that being done anymore. I remembe as a kid having to go to the dentist and getting "gassed" and waking up after everything was done. But as an adult I've never seen a dentist around here that uses "gas" on patients. So far as I know if you can't have work done with local freezing for whatever reason, once a year you can be booked into the hospital and have the cleaning and whatever other dental work is needed done under general anaesthetic in the operating room. One of the nurses I work with is so terrified of dentists that she has to be admitted to the hospital for her dental procedures on a yearly basis.
I wonder if I could find out what the stuff is......my boss travels a lot and is very knowledgable. He may know what it is.

I am so sorry! That is a scary experience!

We don't have nitrus in our office. The centers with oral surgeons do. We also don't put patients under general anesthesia either. We used localized for everything!
post #48 of 50
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Well, he only wound up doing one filling today. The tooth had decay almost to the nerve- so thank goodness, he cought it in time before i needed a root canal! He used the nitrus, topical numbing ointment and the novicane. I listened to my ipod the whole time so i wouldn't be as freaked out from the drilling.

It wasn't so bad at the time- but omg now my mouth is soooo incredably darn sore i can bairly stand it. I've had ice packs on my mouth all night and have been poping the pain pills he prescribed me. This totally stinks! My mouth was already sore from the root canal last week and the drilling/temp crown yesterday (it was also REALLY sore from the shot yesterday) and now on top of that i can't chew on the other side of my mouth and that side is sore too I can bairly even open my mouth at this point. Dinner tonight consisted of banana baby food

I'll be glad when this is all over. I still have to get my temporary crown a week from next wednesday, and still need two more fillings


(Linda- your dentist story is aweful- i would have freaked out!!!)
post #49 of 50
Thread Starter 
Well, i'm back from the dentist yet again today! I'm becomming a regular there

They put on my permenant crown today and did another filling on my top left side. That thing HURTS like you wouldn't believe too!!! OMG it's painful from where the novicane was given- the numbness wore off and now i'm just sore/hurting in that spot

Well, i'm 2 fillings a root canal and a crown down...all i have left now is one more filling next week and then my teeth will all be fixed! I can't wait to not have to go to the dentist again except for my next cleaning I have to bring my ipod with me every time and crank it as loud as it will go because the drilling totally freaks me out
post #50 of 50
Wow, I'm glad things are working out okay! I'm sorry I missed this thread - you get busy for a couple of weeks and this is what happens!

Healing vibes on their way to you!
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