Wednesday, October 1, 2008


It's been almost exactly one year since I went to the dentist and had a crown put on one of my teeth. It started bothering me several months ago but I like to stick my head in the sand and say "it will go away if I ignore it". Of course it did not.

Monday I called the dentist and they were able to get me in that afternoon. Sure enough, the x-rays confirmed there was a problem. It seems that of the two original infections in the root of the tooth, the "big one" was cleared up, but the "little one" was still there. And now the "little one" was becoming a "big one".

The dentist explained the options.

  1. Pull the tooth and make a denture for that one tooth. I don't think so.

  2. Pull the tooth and do an implant. Since the insurance doesn't cover any of the cost and a single implant starts at $3000 that option is out of the question.

  3. Pull the crown off, re-do the root canal, and make a new crown. This may turn into a "bridge", where the two teeth on either side are incorporated into a single permanent structure. My portion of the cost for this option is $533.
The dentist said he prefers to save teeth if possible and not pull teeth. His recommendation was to go with option #3. I concurred.

So tomorrow I will be going back to the dentist where my tooth will be drilled, the original root canal filling will be removed and they will try again. I hope this works. I don't mind getting old. I just don't care for the associated degeneration that goes with it.

Don't mind me if I'm a little grumpy this week.


Anonymous said...

Oh, could always get a gold tooth! How fashionable would that be? Good luck tomorrow. I don't envy you. Does your dentist do the gas?

Anonymous said...

Tina, Seems like you chose a good option. God bless and be with you.


Anonymous said...

Option 4,
pull the sucker, cost $47!!! I had my first root canal and crown in June, and it STILL feels weird, kind of like it doesn't fit right... so I will do the right thing and put my head in the sand! It WILL go away, right?
I hope it goes well tomorrow, hopefully a nice clam spaghetti dinner for you, its soft?!!!!!