I clench my teeth when I am stressed. I know that I do it, but I just can't stop myself. In times of long periods of stress I have had some teeth that have suffered for it. When Jimmy was younger, he had some problems and was hospitalized for some time. I clenched my teeth for that period, and after that stressful situation was over, I had a tooth collapse. A crown was put on. This crown was named after my brother. In a way it is a battle scar and naming it is a position of honor....a mark that I have survived something difficult.
In the tooth next to the crown, I have had a crack in it for a couple of years now. Around Christmas time (during a period of renewed stress in the Mr.3 saga that I haven't written about yet) there was alot of pressure in the tooth....which would increase because I was clenching again. About three weeks ago the tooth broke.....and the release of pressure...it was heavenly. The past week however it became clear that the nerve was exposed and I finally went into the dentist today to get it fixed.
First of all, I really don't like going to the dentist.....but I have an excellent dentist that I've been going to for 15+ years. Unfortunately, he retired (I will miss hearing his stomach gurgle while he was working on my teeth.... sniff sniff sigh) and a new dentist is in his place. This was my first time with this new dentist....and can I just say, that dentists should not be that good looking ever. He was so beautiful that it was kinda painful to look at him. I am jumpy at the dentist normally and this was intensified by the fact that even after 3 Novocain shots that the nerve in my tooth was still hurting. So the dentist is drilling and I've got my eyes closed and fists clenched with the pain. Then I would open my eyes and be lost for a moment in his beautiful blue ones....then the nerve would get touched somehow and I would be pain. But he was excellent dentist and did a good job. Of course, he was very through and I was in the chair for close to two hours.....yes....I was the patient that made all of his other patients have to wait. The good thing is that he was able to clean the tooth, I DID NOT need a root canal (hooray!) and I have been fitted with a temporary crown. In two weeks, the new crown will be fitted.
So Mr.3.....this crown's for you.