It was so funny--Chris got out the insurance provider book and I chose the first name on the list because I'd never had a woman dentist before. And that was the best dental experience I've ever had! They didn't make me feel guilty about my years away from the dentist--although my mother might ;) --but instead did a very thorough check-up and laid out a plan for getting my dental health back on track.
The bridge posed some worry because it wasn't fitting back in my mouth properly. But the quick thinking dentist stuck the bridge on with some cotton wool in my mouth and told me to bite down for a while, causing my gums moved out of the way so the bridge went back on perfectly! In spite of my years away from the dentist, one hygienist awarded me brownie points for knowing what threader floss was: Apparently some people with bridges actually don't know they're supposed to floss under the things! (Recall that flossing is how mine popped out.)
The bridge was the last thing they dealt with. I had about 18 x-rays, and another person came in to measure my gums. Apparently a measurement of 1, 2, and 3 is good, and everything above that suggests infection. I expected the worst, but Chris only counted four 4's--everything else was 2 or 3 (no 1's--I wasn't that lucky). The x-rays revealed stuff I'll be back in for tomorrow: my fillings need replaced (thank you, metal fillings), and I need a crown. My last experience getting a crown was miserable--to give you a hint of how much fun it was, the tooth with the crown is now gone, replaced by the bridge. But, they have nitrous (wheeee)!
Mom and Dad will recall the root canal I had on my front tooth after it was broken. Guess what, Mom and Dad? It's reinfected! I need to go to a specialist to have that one fixed, then they'll complete the final step on my poor front teeth and put in the permanent porcelain crowns. I'll probably need an intense cleaning, then it's just maintenance.
Oh my gosh, I just wrote a blog post on my dental health! I am so, so sorry!!