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I chipped the bonding on my front tooth. No idea how! But it's making my tongue sore because I keep feeling the spot and wanting to screw with it - what is it about being a human that makes us do stuff like that?

My dentist has been telling me for YEARS that this bonding was not meant to last this long. I broke my teeth when I was ten, falling off my bike. Was not wearing a helmet. Not sure if it would have saved my teeth anyway. I want flying over the handlebars, I was going downhill trying to lean forward too much and must have hit something, I'm honestly not sure. I remember seeing blades of grass on the side of the road as I was going down but not the actual hit on the pavement, the next thing I knew I was looking sadly at my skinned knee before my friend said "Ohmygod, your teeth!"

I was at a friend's house, we couldn't track down my mom. I think she felt bad after that because she got a pager for a while. I don't know if we ever used it. They were complicated as hell. Life before cell phones sucked, kids.

The dentist put bonding on my teeth, it broke off again three years later and we'd moved and the new dentist wasn't as good so the bonding on this tooth has some weirdness, a spot that's not quite the right color and the sizes are kinda weird, anyway my dentist said we could do crowns and they'd look a lot better.

You can tell which parts of my teeth are fake if you see them in a blacklight. So I try not to smile much around blacklights.

Maybe this chip is the motivation I need. It's hard to notice, but it's a reminder that I've been needing to improve this situation for the past, oh, 20 years or so? You know how time flies. My dentist also recommended whitening all my teeth first, then doing the crowns to match the whiter teeth, that's sort of a cosmetic thing that I'm not sure I feel the need to go for.



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Dec. 22nd, 2013 07:31 pm (UTC)
I think the whitening thing is not necessary, it's really up to you.

I have quite a bit of dental work (am missing 4 adult teeth congenitally) and the dentist I saw refused to give me bridges/caps that didn't match my natural (unwhitened) tooth color. He only did this type of dental work on the side, wasn't a prosthodontist, really, so I don't know how someone who did this all day would approach the situation. I've had bridgework for over 20 years (not all the same bridges, though) and I think sticking with a natural color makes it less obvious that they are fake (and then you don't have to worry as much if your other teeth darken a bit and don't have to keep the whitening thing up). Unless you are a smoker or drink tons of coffee and have really badly stained teeth to begin with, I think you could possibly skip it and be ok. It kinda depends on how many teeth are going to capped/veneered, though. I have a wall-o-veneers, though, since 2 of my missing teeth are right next to my front teeth. These days they would've given me implants, but this was before implants had been perfected (I'm kinda still leery of them, tbh).
Dec. 22nd, 2013 08:06 pm (UTC)
This post made my teeth hurt to read
Dec. 24th, 2013 08:39 am (UTC)
Be careful with the whitening, but on the other hand, don't slack on the whitening either, I have two crowns and since my eating habits have improved, my teeth have lightened and now its obvious (at least to me) that they're crowns. I even noticed in my wedding picture. My partner assures me they're not noticible unless you're as close to my face as he or I am and actively looking, but I'm convinced!
Dec. 30th, 2013 04:57 pm (UTC)
My sister did the same thing you did when she was 7: she was wearing a helmet and it didn't save her two front teeth. :( The dentist came in on a Saturday morning and did one root canal and put bonding on, then eventually she had to have a second root canal on the other tooth. She had crowns on them for a long time, then the year before she got married she got the one that had less material left replaced with a veneer, which is supposed to look BETTER than a crown, and it's certainly more permanent. IMO it's an improvement over the crown but she still hates it. The color doesn't match her other teeth quite right (despite the dentist's best efforts) and you can still see the grayed part of the dead tooth near the gumline. This has affected the way she smiles, especially in photos. She is very self-conscious about it and tries to hide it. Poor thing. I don't know what she'll do long-term...maybe an implant? I'm sure there's a whole other set of risks and potential problems with those also. Just talk to your dentist (or maybe a specialist) about options available in your particular situation.
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