May 12th, 2008

There's a Hole in the Bucket

Actually, there appears to be a hole in the top of the crown on my right rear bottom molar. This probably explains how fluid has been getting in underneath the crown, which causes the crown to ride high, which causes the jaw to hurt when I chew, which causes me to poke around the gum to vent the fluid -- fortunately not any sort of infection, just purely a mechanical problem -- which causes the crown to become loose, which is why it just came off again yesterday, which is when I saw the big old hole in the top of the crown, where the porcelain has long since broken away, which is not a great surprise since it cracked when we installed it, probably because the crown was just this much too tall, and...

I have an appointment on Thursday for the dentist to look at it. I'm pretty sure I'm getting a new crown. At least I was able to pop the old crown back in place without a problem. *sigh*