Tuesday, February 12, 2013
The dentist removed most of my damaged tooth so he could fit a crown over it. He put a plastic crown (spacer) over the very small tooth remaining. He said I was lucky that it was a clean break and the filling wasn't involved. I also said I was lucky that the break was above the gum line so I didn't need root canal or to have the remainder extracted.
It seems likely that I had a hairline break in this tooth for 32 years. I had two filings done right after I had my braces removed: they were the only fillings in my mouth for many years. So I was having pain periodically as the crack moved most of my life. After decades of wear and tear on a very old crack, the tooth finally broke.
With the plastic spacer lightly held in my mouth, I can't eat hard foods. When I get the crown in two to three weeks, I'll be able to eat normally. He says as long as I continue to brush, floss and use mouthwash on the regular basis the crown should last twenty years. The damage done by the dentist that filled that the tooth took 32 years to finally make itself known. A broken tooth lasted in my mouth 32 years and a good crown might last 20 years if I treat it well. It doesn't seem fair that nature makes stuff so much better than man.
If you read my previous blogs, you know that I have problems eating enough for the exercise I do. I suspect that I'll lose more weight during the next two to three weeks since I can't eat proper meals. My anxiety and depression make me not want to eat sometimes. Food just doesn't look appealing. I often ignore hunger pain if I'm busy.
Since I gained about twenty pounds during my divorce, my weight has been fairly constant outside a two year period that I lost weight on SP before and gained it back when I became too tired to exercise. Due to anxiety, I started to lose weight in September. I joined SP to monitor that weight loss. Since I was overweight at the time, I figured I could get my weight back to what it was before my divorce. So here I am about two pounds lighter than I was when I left my husband (before I put on those twenty pounds obviously) and likely to lose two to six more pounds since I won't be able to eat normally for two to three weeks. Life goes on as they say.