After a couple of heart attacks, I’ve learned to eat a lot healthier. Finding snacks can be challenging though once you remove Doritos and Cheetos from the equation. A good substitute for me is now Harvest Snaps which are baked lentil pods. I highly recommend the tomato basil version.
Anyway, I was lentil snapping away the other day on some of the onion thyme ones. I bit down on a snap with my back left molar and heard a snap. Then the pain train came roaring through the station. The tooth had cracked all the way to the root. Of course this happens on a Friday at 7PM and the dentist doesn’t open until Monday morning. So I suffered through the weekend wondering what I’d be in for.
On Monday morning, Dr. Kubic saw me and put in a temporary filling to hold the tooth together. He told me it had cracked all the way down to the root. My options were having an extensive root canal, getting a crown, or getting a dental implant. With the root canal, he said it would be pretty invasive and he wasn’t optimistic about it holding up over the long term. With a crown, it would be more permanent but given it’s a molar with heavy grinding activity, it would need to be re-crowned down the road. The dental implant was the most permanent solution but also the most expensive, would take the longest, and was the most invasive. He referred me to Dr. Hinkle who had done an implant for me previously. By the way – if you live in Columbus, Ohio and need a dentist or oral surgeon, I highly recommend these guys.
Anyway… I went to see Dr. Hinkle and I walked him through my options, spouted off the pros and cons, and told him I had already made my decision. He looked at me pretty surprised and said “Seems like you’re all over this diagnosis and that all makes sense. Thanks for saving me the time of having to explain everything. And by the way – I agree with your recommendation.”
For me, the choice was clear.