I had a crown fall out a couple of weeks ago. I posted here and people gave me good advice. I went to the dentist- one I’ve been to a couple of times- and he stuck it back in, and I made an appointment to get a new crown as that one was quite old and had a hole in it.
I went this morning for the first step in making the new crown. I don’t have a dental phobia, and in fact, I don’t even mind getting shots, but when the assistant showed me this metal-tray thing that he wanted to put in my mouth to make the impression of the upper teeth, I freaked out. It reminded me of something from The Silence of the Lambs. It was huge!
This was the only picture I could find, but the one today was metal. Ugh.
I said, “Let me put it in just to see what it feels like.” Then he said, “That one is too big, let me get a smaller one.” So I put the smaller one all the way in my mouth… gag a thousand times! It covered my whole palate.
The last time I had a crown done, the dentist just put the clay-putty stuff in there and held it with a finger. I didn’t have to have this huge tray thing that covered the whole roof of my mouth. No doubt this is a better, more modern procedure for making sure the surfaces touch the way they should, but YUCK!
To my surprise, I burst out crying. There was no logic to it, but my body/mouth protested having that thing put inside my mouth, and just wouldn’t have it. I couldn’t stop crying. Possibly this had something to do with the fact that I have a sore throat/cough. The dentist was very nice. He even suggested I go back to the dentist who did the other crown, but I said, “He died,” so we both vetoed that idea. I got in my car and cried all the way home. That episode tapped into something, but I don’t know what.
There was just something about this assistant- a nice guy, but I don’t know him at all- standing there with this gigantic piece of metal and just wanting to shove it in my mouth with no explanation… like I was just supposed to let him do that without batting an eye.
I need to make another appointment and take a xanax before I go. And possibly in the meantime practice sticking a spatula in my mouth several times a day for a minute at a time.