Cavities, Crowns, and Tooth Decay

Cavities appear to be a widely-accepted norm. Most everyone expects to deal with cavities at one point in their lives, and they probably will. Tooth decay can also, unfortunately, be inevitable, but is often times more serious and severe as it can’t be reversed or immediately cured.

Every now and then, it’s common for us to go about our daily lives without taking our dental hygiene into account. We’ll do things like going to bed without brushing our teeth, not brushing well enough, or flossing properly.

For others, like me, this was not the case.

I’ve encountered and endured both tooth decay and cavities on a mild to moderate scale.
The state of my own teeth went downhill, slowly and gradually earlier in my life because of a lethal combination of medicine intake that effectively reduced my saliva production, and a terrible soda addiction.

Unaware and unbeknownst to me, the medicine my doctor was prescribing me was stripping my teeth of their natural seal and protectant, and making them extremely susceptible to acid. This lead to many problems like erosion, cavities, and then eventual tooth decay.

Of course, it came as no surprise to me when both the cavities and the tooth decay took a toll on the general state of my two bottom molars.

I was finding it difficult to chew properly without cringing and shrieking in agonizing pain. I couldn’t eat without getting bits of food stuck in the crevices that had begun to form in my teeth, and I couldn’t floss these areas properly because I couldn’t even see everything that had gotten stuck.
Molars are the most important teeth one can possess, so this became a serious issue for me after a year or so.

Finding myself unable to go on with this now dire situation, I decided to make a trip to the dentist.

After multiple visits in determining how exactly to approach my particular case, and many an X-ray later, my dentist and I both agreed on providing me with two dental crowns in place of my two bottom molars.

Dental crowns can be made of many materials, such as: Metal, stainless steel, porcelain (one of the most common,) resin, or ceramic.

My case was a special one because it was clear that my two molars were in a place from which there was no returning, so they opted to give me more stable and permanent porcelain crowns. Porcelain can sometimes be a permanent material for many, but only if they’re well taken care of and looked after.

I visited the dentist a couple more times so that they could go about drilling away the decay and taking various molds to perfect the size and shape of my new porcelain molars.
Once these actions had been successfully accomplished, I was that much closer to getting my new crowns.

My appointment to have them expertly placed and cemented in had finally arrived after two weeks, and so I went.

After two debilitating but worthwhile hours of drilling, reconfiguring, molding, X-rays, and anesthesia, my dentist and their assistant announced that they were done and that I was free to test out my new bite.
I tested my new crowns out and found them pleasing to the touch and feel, however weird the numbness around and in my mouth from the anesthetic injections felt.

Two years later, I’m doing fine and the crowns are holding up very well.

I think when such problems occur, it is important for everyone to consider as an option. Especially if they are porcelain and cemented. They can be a positively life-changing matter, and if all goes right, I, and many others who have had the procedures performed, will never have to deal with the anguish and difficulty of cavities and tooth decay again.