Remember the time when I decided to replace my 3-year old temporary crown with a permanent crown 4 months ago? Well, the process took longer than a week or two, as I previously thought. While I was wearing the silver temporary crown, my tooth was being super sensitive for about 4 weeks. It got painful during drinking (hot or cold) and it didn’t feel comfortable during chewing.
Based on my experience (I have 3 other teeth crowned), it usually took 1-3 weeks for the tooth get used to a new crown. But this one took a lot longer and being very fussy. So my dentist was worried if there was a root infection on the tooth and didn’t want to put on the crown until she made sure my roots are okay. And as for me, I didn’t want to put the expensive crown and to have it all destroyed a few months later if I actually did have root infection. So, I ended up with 4 months of temporary crown and a monthly visit to get my roots X-rayed.
After 4 months, the tooth was less fussy. It was still sensitive to the temperature difference, but no more pain from chewing and biting. And the X-rays all looked okay… no difference at all between month to month. So this morning, I got it installed.
This was my first gold tooth. The other 3 crowns I have are all porcelain crowns. So, they look like my real teeth. I was hesitant to have a gold tooth, especially since this is on my lower jaw, so it would be quite obvious. But since the tooth above the crown is a real tooth, the doctor suggested the gold surface tooth, because gold is more gentle and not as hard as a porcelain surface. Having a porcelain crown grinding against a real tooth will eventually destroy and break the real tooth (this happened to my left side… that’s why I have 3 crowns…).
Aina wasn’t too happy with the gold tooth, though… She was asking if it’s possible to paint it over with tooth-colored paint.