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Old 10-11-2007, 04:58 PM   #1
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MY TWO FRONT TEETH (anybody have crowns there)
I am such a coward. I have had a black (well not quite but dark) front tooth for um, six years all because I don't want my dentist to grind it down and put a crown on it. Crown? Cap? Now my dh is going crazy and wants me to stop this nonsense and I sort of agree with him. And, the dentist says if I don't get both done they will not match.

I have insurance and we can afford the 2nd front tooth.
I just hate to do it. What the heck is the matter with me!?

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Old 10-11-2007, 05:09 PM   #2
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I'm with you there. Eventfully I'll have to have my two front teeth capped or crowned.I have this weird thing where my tongue pushes against the back of my two front teeth and causes a "divit"--sort of a hole but not a cavitity per se. The dentist fills it with white filling since my teeth are thin and metal would show through the front. Eventually he'll not be able to fill it anymore. I dread it. I've had a crown in a molar and I hate it--its still painful after three years-something called pulpitis (I think) Gotta have a root canal on that one.
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Old 10-11-2007, 05:29 PM   #3
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I have been in the same boat as you with one of my molars. As someone who nursed that tooth along for 50 yrs including a crown and root canal I finally had it pulled since the pain never really went away. I also have "black" front tooth which the dentist eventually covered with a white veneer. It's still a little grey but not as noticeable as before. Good luck ladies Ellie
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Old 10-11-2007, 05:30 PM   #4
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I chipped about 1/4 of a front tooth as a kid. I never wanted it capped because I didn't like the way you could see that a tooth was capped. Finally, twenty years ago I had it bonded. I don't think bonding always lasts this long, but you can't tell it's not a normal tooth. There are probably even better methods of fixing a tooth these days. I'd say, go for it. A nice smile is worth it.
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Old 10-11-2007, 05:30 PM   #5
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boo hoo, a root canal. Well, my DH always says he feels no pain, except for the needle going in... (the whadayacallit) painkiller stuff

I guess you have to keep remembering that. But I have a bridge on each side, lower, and one dentist did a super job where you can't feel any ridge, the other dentist didn't and I can feel a bit where it joins. No pain but I don't want that with my 2 front teeth. Sorry you still have some pain in yours.

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Old 10-11-2007, 05:43 PM   #6
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I must have half my teeth crowned or capped. As your DH said the only thing that hurts is the Novocaine. They do whatever needs doing, put on a temporary and in a week or so you have the new cap/crown.
The newer crowns/caps don't have that margin like the old ones did and you can't really tell they are not your own. If done properly you shouldn't have any pain either.

I think once you do it you are going to kick yourself for waiting so long.

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Old 10-11-2007, 06:07 PM   #7
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Have them put a porcelain crown on them, not a porcelain fused to metal or porcelain fused to gold. The results will be super looking and very, very natural looking. Today's full porcelain crowns are very durable too.
If the tooth is darkened due to root canal or nerve damage you really need to do it. Nerve damage to a tooth removes it's source of life and makes the tooth brittle, meaning one day you'll break it. If it's a darkness caused by age or by childhood tetracycline you won't have the brittleness though.
Here's the scoop: you'll go in, they take an impression for your temporary, get numb, they'll shape your tooth for the crown, take an impression for the lab, make your temporary, glue it in, send you home. In about two weeks you'll come in, the temp will be removed and the crown will be permanently cemented in after bite is adjusted and proof that you are happy with the esthetics.
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Old 10-11-2007, 11:08 PM   #8
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I fell face first into a pole when I was a kid and broke all my front teeth - I've had crowns on them (and had it redone 2x) since I was about 12. It spans across eight teeth - upper front. Having the work done isn't the most enjoyable way to spend an afternoon - but it isn't really bad. As others have said, once the novacaine is in it is just a matter of keeping your mouth open lol. The important thing is, it is very natural looking - I get a lot of compliments on my smile and when (if) people find out they are caps they are always surprised. Just do it - you will be very happy you did, and the experience won't be nearly as bad as you have built it up to be - promise!
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Old 10-11-2007, 11:26 PM   #9
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By all means get it fixed. It's a lot better than ignoring it and having something worse to deal with. I went through several years of tooth aches because I was afraid to go. Now I have no teeth (except the removeable kind) If it makes you feel any better, getting one tooth done is probably a bunch easier than getting 28 (all I had left) pulled. Sixteen one day and 12, 2 months later.
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Old 10-12-2007, 08:05 AM   #10
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I have a cap on one top front tooth that was broken in a fight years ago (went right through my bottom lip).

It's not so bad having it done, and I'm sure you'll be happy with the way it looks.

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