Acting Sovereign

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?

Eh.

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.