Nothing’s easy, right?
I announced to the world yesterday (and you read it right here!) that my temporary crown was installed with minimal discomfort. Well, one of the Novocain shots hurt like the dickens, but that was momentary.
After that post the Novocain began to wear off. I ate supper later than usual to make sure I had SOME feeling in my mouth before I started chewing food. Otherwise I was liable to end up chewing on the inside of my left cheek and not realize it. (I’ve done that before.)
The dentist said chewing should not be a problem with the new temporary crown. Just don’t chew sticky stuff like gum or taffy—that might cause the temp to pop off.
As supper continued and I was getting less numb by the minute (and Karyn, that’s Numb, not Dumb!) I noticed that chewing any food on the left side was starting to send “Zing!” signals from that tooth to my brain. (Yes, despite some reports and allegations to the contrary, I do have a brain.)
OK, cut to the chase here.
Within an hour that tooth was aching, and extremely sensitive to heat, cold, and any pressure.
I took ibuprofen and managed to sleep OK last night. But morning I thought it was better (no aching, at least) until I took a bite of fried egg. Zing! OK, all chewing was henceforth performed on the OTHER side of my mouth. Then I took a sip of coffee. ZING!!
I called the dentist from work. I was told that sometimes it takes a day or two for a tooth that has been prepped for a crown to “settle down.” If it’s still that sensitive tomorrow, call them again and they’ll get me in on Friday morning and see what they can do.
Great! Betcha that tomorrow it’s no better and I have to go back, get MORE Novocain shots, and suffer through no telling WHAT pain and indignities. Meanwhile for the rest of today and tomorrow it’s no cold beverages, not hot coffee, and very careful chewing on the right side only.
What I don’t go through to get my gold crown. Maybe that “coronet” (that CANDACE mentioned a few weeks ago as more appropriate for a Duke) would have been better than the full meal deal, full cast, solid gold CROWN.
Probably would be cheaper to just have the dentist PULL the damn thing. But I’ll ask him on Friday about a coronet.