Q: I had a crown done at a new dentist. I was in the chair for over two hours. My jaw was open so long, it took six weeks for me to finally be able to open wide enough without pain to eat a sub. Is this normal?
A: When I was a kid there was this animal show on Sunday nights before the Wonderful World of Disney came on after the NBC peacock spread its wings. The show was called Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom, starring Marlin Perkins. Marlin looked about ninety, but was often found wrestling anacondas while his young assistant “Jim” was polishing his pocket knife. They always mentioned how a snake can unlock its jaws and swallow a goat or a pigmy. (Depending what was on the menu that day; summer specials, not included.)
Humans cannot unlock their jaws; this would be dislocation, not mastication.
Your experience proves that a crown is not just a commodity; where it does not matter where you get one from, like a lotto ticket. It’s not just the “product”, but the service and how it’s delivered that varies from office to office. It should comfortable, pain free and fast, but with great accuracy.
Example: A single crown in our office takes twenty minutes. How?
- Fast acting Profound brand topical to instantly numb the injection site. If the stuff they are using taste good; “it ain’t the right stuff!” Profound is a bit bitter.
- Injections given with electronic anesthetic devices with vibrating needles that numb you rapidly and EXTREMELY comfortably.
- Hi-speed electric drills; not wining air turbine drills of yore; for fast heat-free tooth reduction.
- Laser Troughing vs. jamming thick threads soaked in adrenaline under the gum line called retraction cords. Faster with less trauma to the gums and no drugs that make the heart race.
- iTero digital, No –Goop impressions which scans the tooth and emails the image to a lab’s milling machine to mill out the perfect crown. Sometimes in the office, sometimes at an outside lab which gets you your crown in less than 10 days.
- Making and cementing of the temporary crown from a quick setting mold called Blue Mousse taken before the tooth is drilled.
- Oraverse injections that cut the numbness time in half; no more acting like you had a stroke or doing Rocky impressions for four hours. ADRIAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
You’re out of the chair in 20 min. Boom.
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