WHAT WOULD YOU DO? The long trip of the crown....

  • HndsmKansan

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    Nov 20, 2012 4:57 PM GMT
    OK, now over the last several years, we have talked about alot of different topics.... some are repeated, but I have never heard anything like this and while I thought about not saying anything, I really think this is funny, albeit a little gross in the process.

    Because of dental issues when I was a kid, I'm probably overly weird about their care these days, flossing and brushing all the time. I have a couple of crowns on my back teeth and one of them recently came loose. Unlike most loose crowns, this one fit pretty snugly and I could even eat with it in place. I just called my dentist (whose office is 100 miles away) and told him I'll need to have it reattached when I happen to be over there.

    So I'm out with friends on Saturday night and without paying attention had
    eaten the wrong thing.... and swallowed my crown along with the food. For those of you who have had crowns.. you know they aren't cheap! Even with insurance, it would be hundreds of dollars spent in a replacement.

    So I knew the crown wouldn't be digested,hell its porcelon... so I couild either call my dentist to have him plan a replacement ....or wait until the crown went through and evaluate it.... um at the appropriate time.

    After 48 hours, there it was... in great condition. I won't give the specifics of how.. or in what manner it was retrieved.. but it was... it was cleaned up, soaked in Listerine.....
    and as good as new. My dentist will put it back into place
    next week.

    I told a friend about it and he kind of freaked out. I told him to get over it.
    So.....have you guys ever had a similar experience?
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    Nov 20, 2012 5:03 PM GMT
    That's awesome.
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    Nov 20, 2012 5:14 PM GMT
    Tell your friend that if he ever wants to kiss you he can use a dental dam.
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    Nov 20, 2012 5:19 PM GMT
    It gave you a funny story - but I would have done exactly the same thing.

    Not to derail this with sexual references, but I guess your friend has never rimmed anyone. icon_razz.gif
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    Nov 20, 2012 5:22 PM GMT
    That's a really smart thing that you did. It does have a little grossness factor but seeing that its costs prohibitive for a replacement, you salvaged a perfectly good crown and got it placed back in accordingly.

    I don't have anything like that to share, but when I was younger, the upper gums of my incisors split open because the emerging adult tooth impacted against the baby tooth. The dentist removed my baby tooth and patched up my gum. This is reason why I have a slight overlap on the incisors.
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    Nov 20, 2012 5:32 PM GMT
    Knowing how expensive they are - I am about 30% freaked out, mostly with the thought of the retrieval process.

    Other than that, kudos to you for recovering it.

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    Nov 20, 2012 5:35 PM GMT
    showme said ...but I guess your friend has never rimmed anyone. icon_razz.gif


    My thoughts exactly.

    Good for you for doing the cost effective approach! I'd probably do the same thing.

    Similar Story:
    I had a pilonidal cyst with no problems or inflammation for about three years. Well, finally about a year ago it got infected. I went to the Doctor and antibiotics were given with the same answer, "We'll drain it, but it will have to be removed surgically." This happened three times.

    I have no insurance, and I did shop for surgeons with my cheapest option being $1300. I also had to pick a time in my schedule where I'd have at least one week to stay at home.

    After that third infection and antibiotics and because they just weren't very aggressive in draining it-- I took a razor and just cut the damn thing out myself. Yes, I'm really that flexible. It's never bothered me since.


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    Nov 20, 2012 5:47 PM GMT
    I've never had a crown, but I applaud your retrieving yours - and sterilizing it so the dentist could put it back in place. I can see myself doing the same thing. I also have the same appreciation for good dental hygiene - as we've discussed by phone - and that reminds me of a little aside: A guy asks his dentist if he has to floss All his teeth. The dentist answers, "No - - you don't.....just those you want to keep".

    Glad you "found" that crown & got it put back in place!
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    Nov 20, 2012 5:54 PM GMT
    Jockbod48 saidI've never had a crown, but I applaud your retrieving yours - and sterilizing it so the dentist could put it back in place. I can see myself doing the same thing. I also have the same appreciation for good dental hygiene - as we've discussed by phone - and that reminds me of a little aside: A guy asks his dentist if he has to floss All his teeth. The dentist answers, "No - - you don't.....just those you want to keep".

    Glad you "found" that crown & got it put back in place!


    Thanks Gregg...... and that we've missed each other with the latest phone calls....LOL
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    Nov 20, 2012 5:58 PM GMT
    I never had , but i would do the same as you , i will retrieve it , clean it and reuse it ....
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    Nov 20, 2012 8:55 PM GMT
    No, that hasn't happened to me....yet. If it does, with my luck, I'll never find it.....icon_confused.gif



    edit: Pretty sure this subject hasn't been broached on RJ until you...icon_smile.gif.
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    Nov 20, 2012 9:44 PM GMT
    You have to drive 100 miles to see your dentist???
    That's crazy!
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    Nov 20, 2012 9:46 PM GMT
    I've never been in a similar situation.

    I wouldn't freak out as bad as your friend, but I do understand his feelings. If it was something I really liked or cared about, and could be salvaged, then yeah I guess I'd do the same.

    I gotta admit, I'm laughing and disgusted at the same time. I don't know why though. icon_neutral.gif
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    Nov 20, 2012 10:32 PM GMT
    guess from now on you're gonna have a shitty smile, tho......icon_wink.gif
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    Nov 20, 2012 10:39 PM GMT

    lol, I hope your dentist will chemically scrub the crown first (Listerine is rather inadequate I think) before re-attaching it.
    What you did was very smart, although having had crowns that came loose, you may be in for a disappointing surprise.

    If the tooth was root canaled before crowning, either the peg has rotted, or the canaled root. If it's just the peg, he can hopefully drill it out and replace it. If it's the root, then it'll require extraction and the next step is either a bridge, a partial denture or implant.
    If the tooth is living ( no root canal) then the prospects may be better as far as the tooth beneath the crown has hopefully not disintegrated causing the crown to loosen. If that's happened then this time he'll root canal you, put in a peg and remount the crown.

  • RaggedyMan

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    Nov 20, 2012 11:43 PM GMT
    Haha I'd do the same. I have a lose crown and the dentist told to wait til it pops out. My fear would be swallowing it. I guess I have a point of reference just in case icon_smile.gif ty
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    Nov 20, 2012 11:47 PM GMT
    This gives a whole new meaning to "talking shit."
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    Nov 20, 2012 11:50 PM GMT
    Can't say I have experienced anything quite like you, but I appreciate the exorbitant costs associated with dental services. You cleaned it off....
  • HndsmKansan

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    Nov 21, 2012 12:07 AM GMT
    Macaque saidYou have to drive 100 miles to see your dentist???
    That's crazy!


    Actually it isn't.. he's in my Dad's hometown where I have alot of clients. I go over there all the time. He's a remarkably honest guy and he actually recommends whats in his patient's best interest instead of his own pocketbook.. what a novel concept!
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    Nov 21, 2012 2:37 AM GMT
    I was a bit surprised by the 48 hours to pass through the gut. When I eat something partly indigestible and easily visible, like yellow corn at dinner, it shows up in the morning 12 hours later.
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    Nov 21, 2012 2:42 AM GMT
    i-cant-fap-to-this-disgusted-face-2P8JYf
  • monet

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    Nov 21, 2012 2:46 AM GMT
    Talking about your dental work is like talking about your hemorrhoids, your recent venereal disease, your bowel movements or your oozing skin infections. Best left unsaid.
  • AMoonHawk

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    Nov 21, 2012 2:47 AM GMT
    I would have stuck my finger down my throat and thrown up.
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    Nov 21, 2012 2:52 AM GMT
    When I was little my sister swallowed some sort of orthodontic device. Same situation ensued.
  • monet

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    Nov 21, 2012 2:56 AM GMT
    Instead of telling us about the dental device you swallowed which came out your ass it would be much more interesting if you told us about a dildo you shoved up your ass and then burped out your mouth.