by Steve Mitchell
0kay, well, I went and got my temporary crown today. You might remember I wasn’t looking forward to it at all.
How did it go?
It went fine.
Overall, the procedure wasn’t any more uncomfortable or painful than getting a filling; although, now, a couple of hours later, my gums ache a fair amount right there. I feel like I’ve been a little abused but it’s not too bad. There’s some irritation and the ache feels sort of as if I’d been clenching that tooth for a long time. Can you clench a single tooth? If you’re the acting King, you can!
I was concerned about the anesthetics. The last time I got a filling, the Lidocaine shots gave me momentary heart-racing palpitations. I mentioned it to the dentist, so he numbed me in stages and I didn’t have any reaction. That was nice of him.
So, now I have an acrylic, temporary crown. It’s flat and it’s shorter than the surrounding teeth to minimize the chance of breakage. I have to wait about three weeks for the permanent, porcelain crown to be ready.
In the meantime, I have to avoid hard foods and sticky foods and possibly cold liquids and hot liquids (the root of that tooth might be sensitive to temperature through the thin acrylic.) Also, I can’t floss that tooth until I get the permanent crown.
And that’s that. Hopefully, all the hard part is over.
Hopefully I won’t ever need another one.
Because, really, you only need one crown to be King.