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I give up, I'll call the dentist.

Apparently I do mildly grind my teeth in my sleep.

I learned this as I was slowly waking up this morning and the remainder of my top right central incisor (#8 on the tooth numbering chart) broke off.

That tooth had been crumbling for nearly four years and was missing its outer lower quadrant so I wasn't /really/ surprised, but it means I'm going to have to call the dentist on Monday and start the dental reconstruction I'd half-heartedly agreed to since Vogon likes to remind me that fixing my teeth will help my overall health. (I've been studiously trying to ignore them because my mouth has been constantly painful for about five years and the cost of out-of-pocket dental care is stunning when you don't have any money to throw at it.)

The most interesting part is that having approximately a third of a tooth hurts a lot less than having two-thirds of a tooth did. And half of the sore indentation my upper incisors leave on the gum behind my lower incisors when my jaw rests in a semi-neutral position in my sleep might heal up, which is vaguely exciting.

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For those of you who haven't seen my mouth in person, I have crumbling teeth and a serious jaw malocclusion. It's been obvious since elementary school but never got corrected because the dental coverage we had back then would have cost my parents about the cost of a brand new car to fix both of the older girls' teeth. Amy's jaw malocclusion is a width difference between the upper and lower jaw that's not noticeable unless you know what visual cues to look for; I have a severe underbite that will probably require surgery to truly fix, but all I really want is for my mouth to not hurt.

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karaksindru
Apr. 29th, 2007 07:41 am (UTC)
Bruxism, eh? Should have had a chat with the Grind Guru.

Also, I'm mildly sorry if you watched the fitting movie on that page. It was created by the guys at Reality Engineering, but at Dentek's request. We had half a dozen characters we would rather have had than the guru ... but Dentek liked Ty's drawing.
trshtwns01
Apr. 29th, 2007 01:36 pm (UTC)
Check with the dentist, but when I had to have a root canal and crown last month, which would have been about $2000 out of pocket, they told me they used a place called carecredit.com or something like that. You apply quickly online, and you can do a 12 month same as cash for the procedure.

Maybe if your dentist does that, you can prioritize what you need done and start on a plan?
mayna
Apr. 29th, 2007 03:24 pm (UTC)
Eek. I hate going to the dentist.
ronimaymac
Apr. 30th, 2007 04:22 am (UTC)
OUCH
polyhymnia
Apr. 30th, 2007 05:42 am (UTC)
That sounds painful. I'm sorry. I hope you can find a dentist who'll work with you to get things sorted out.

Dental insurance is kind of retarded sometimes, too. They told me that mine won't cover sealants for anyone 25 or over, despite the fact that I have really deep grooves in my teeth and it would be cheaper for insurance to pay for sealant than for the cavities I'll inevitably get. (My mom didn't want us to get it when I was younger. Argh.)
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