Last night while doing what I do every night after brushing my teeth, flossing, I had something of a dental disaster. I’ve had a problematic crown (upper right hand jaw) that was done over ten years ago, that has come loose twice, and been out of alignment (I think) since it was inserted. An ever so slight misalignment that has caused problems with its opposite number in my lower jaw.
Last year this all came to, eh, a head, no puns intended, when said crown once again came loose. My new dentist said it was from my grinding my teeth. I think it’s the misalignment, but hey, I understand my new dentist not wanting to dis a fellow colleague. But that was before he took X-rays and discovered all this grinding has, in fact, caused a hairline crack in the base (root) where my crown is fixed.
Well, was fixed. As of last night, the whole crown, pin included, is wrapped in a piece of tissue, securely sealed in a small ziploc bag for prosperity. I don’t believe I floss that vigorously, so have to assume that the whole thing popped out into my hand—thankfully not swallowed—because the crack in my jaw is such it can no longer hold the pin and crown in place.
I phoned the dentist this morning and have an emergency appointment this afternoon. But have no idea as to what this might entail, as I doubt the crown can be reinserted into an otherwise compromised root. Also, will the dentist be able to fix the crack, or am I stuck with not only that, but the possibility of a gaping hole in my teeth?
And more to the point, what will it cost to get this resolved?