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    aka Phil Jungels Wanderer's Avatar
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    Miracle At The Dentist's Office

    Hard to believe that good news can come from the Dentist's Office, but it's true!

    This morning, at 0730, I broke a tooth, a molar to be exact.

    Sooooo, at 0735 I made a telephone call, to request an appointment, fully expecting to leave a message on a machine.

    I was surprised by a real person, answering the phone, and explained my problem. I also explained that there was no pain, and an emergency appointment was not needed.

    She explained that she had an opening for my Dentist at Fairview Dental, Dr Brian Tonner, D.D.S., at 0800. Today! Again, I reiterated, that it was no emergency; and, she explained that there really is an 0800 opening, and that I could come right in.

    A quick brushing, while throwing on my clothes, washing my face, and combing my hair, and I was sitting in his chair at 0800.

    Now, for the only bad news ------- he took an x-ray, and inspected my tooth, saying that I was going to need a crown!

    He explained my options of doing it the traditional way - grinding it down, making an impression, fitting a temporary crown, and sending it off to the lab to be made. Making another appointment for fitting and installation. ORRRRRRR, they have a new miniature CNC machine, and could digitize the area in question, and mill a new tooth out of a block of porcelain, right in the office. After milling, trial fitting, and baking to make it ultra hard, it was fit in place; and, thru the miracle of modern joinery, I walked out of the office at 0930, with a permanent, beautiful, new tooth......

    There really is "MAGIC" being performed at the modern Dentist's office...... 2 hours from the time I broke it, to a permanent replacement.

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    I'd hold out for a full carbon replacement.

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    Gives new meaning to the word quickie!!

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    Mind if I ask...how much was the cost? Or rather, was it more or less than the traditional way?

    My last "new" crown was 1.5 years ago, and I think it cost me $700. Two weeks ago the sticky candy I was eating yanked it off the mount, and before I new it the candy and crown were intestinal-bound.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dudelsack View Post
    I'd hold out for a full carbon replacement.
    I'd hold out for Titanium
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    Quote Originally Posted by Esteban58 View Post
    I'd hold out for Titanium
    I'll go with polished stainless steel.
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    Total cost was 970, with my old folks 5% discount. Cost was the same, with either option.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dudelsack View Post
    I'd hold out for a full carbon replacement.
    No, no, he doesn't want that. The crown could assplode if he fell asleep in the sun with his mouth open.

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    I've got a mouthful of those "cnc'd-from-a-block-of-porcelain" in-the-office molars. Eight-plus years on 'em and nary a problem! No more 'wiggly-loose' amalgams, thankyouverymuch!

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    Actually, that's a cool story, Wanderer. I'm glad that it worked out so well. My family dentists (husband and wife team, both former Navy) don't have that machine. But they give really fine care. At our age...good dentists, urologists, dermatologists, and gasteroenterologists are far more important than they used to be. PG

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    Excellent service and impressive technology. The biggest problem with the technology is finding a dentist who employs it.

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    And there was I expecting a picture of a sexy hygienist

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    https://www.facebook.com/pages/FAIRV...L/135294169298 There are more than a few good looking people in here.........

    "Retirement is the best job I ever had!" Me, 2009


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    Just to bring this thread back to bikes, when I ride I usually wear a broad smile. From time to time, a juicy bug splats on a tooth. I carry a "bug splat" handkerchief specifically to clean up as I'm sure some of you do. What I'm wondering is, do those new all porcelain caps stain easily or stick to material in your mouth? I had a temporary plastic cap in my mouth for three months a while back and it was difficult to clean the bug juice off. Also, I couldn't chew bubblegum. The gum would stick to my plastic cap.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wanderer View Post
    2 hours from the time i broke it, to a permanent replacement.
    two hours!

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    Permanent crowns does not mean guaranteed trouble free. The original tooth is still there and slightly exposed at the gum line.

    But its certainly better than no teeth.

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    This all sounds good to me. Having recently moved I finally gave the local dentist a visit. He was well within biking distance, unfortunately I'm not into riding below 30 degrees. So drove. Seems my last dentist was a bit of a quack, which I suspected; although he was cheap. I get my 5th CNC crown on Thursday at $595 a pop. Two of the crowns are on top of a root canal. I did buy a Dental Discount plan on line to save 20%. But I think of the bike I could of had with what I paid to date. Just to keep it bicycle related.
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