April 01, 2004
Baby's first gold tooth initials inscribed S-E-X-X-Y

The day after I got back from Chicago I went to the dentist. A couple of my teeth had been bothering me for a few weeks, and it finally got so bad that I could no longer put off finding a dentist in LA.

What I thought was going to be just an exam turned into a three and a half hour procedure when Dr. Abe saw that I had a big crack in one of my molars. “This is like the old west, we're shooting first and asking questions later!” he said. I'm not so keen on the analogy's implications of reckless action, but I was really glad that he was concerned enough to fit me into the schedule right then and there.

Actually I was pretty freaked out, because an artifact in the x-ray film developing made it look like I had a GIANT cavity, and a couple other teeth have smaller cracks, so for a while they were talking root canal and two crowns. “Show him the root canal DVD, these Idealab people have analytical minds, they like to see that stuff.” Yeah, I didn't even know what a root canal was, or a crown. I was pretty freaked out. Luckily, a second x-ray film developed by machine instead of by hand showed that the situation was better than we first thought.

my molar
my tooth, with a little cavity and a big crack

my molar
no more cavity, but the crack is deep

This entire post is an excuse to show these fun pictures. I'd never had a dentacam used on me before.

Having three cracked teeth seems kind of weird. A couple years ago I used to grind my teeth pretty badly at night, I think that probably has something to do with it. Dr. Abe said the big crack had been there for a while.

My gold tooth will be ready in two weeks.

Posted by jjwiseman at April 01, 2004 12:42 PM

They let you take the pictures 'home'? Cool! Did you just get the dentist to email them to you or something?

Posted by: Michael Hudson on April 2, 2004 03:14 AM

They printed out a couple for me, and I scanned them.

Posted by: John Wiseman on April 2, 2004 09:18 AM

I had a cracked tooth. I found out the night I had pizza with Chris Gramer (the last night he was in DeKalb before moving to NE). All of a sudden while chewing,"Crack!" and a part of my tooth was gone. I think I probally swallowed it. A few days later my dentist was drilling away, and filling the cavity.

Posted by: Chris Trott on April 4, 2004 04:22 PM

How did you stop yourself grinding your teeth while asleep?

Posted by: Peter Paine on April 22, 2004 10:51 PM

I think what stopped the teeth grinding was me making some changes in my life that made me happier and less stressed.

Posted by: John Wiseman on April 23, 2004 12:47 PM
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