Hi Dr. Ellie,
Wow again. Thank you so much! Yes, I hear you…..ALL that you write.
Does this also hold true (the increased protection) if you have a lot of crowns and a few root canals??
About the occlusion in my case: The dentist thought that it will keep bothering me if I don’t address the bite.
YES, about the relaxing past time and everything to do with it! J It has been such a stressful time. And the wide angle lense sounds very wise.
One thing I meant to say earlier: I think I will tell the Dental Hygienist about your system and your book first (before I tell the doctor about it), especially if results are already good for me when I see her in April. If I feel the time is not yet ripe, I will wait until I see her 4 months later.
Thank you so much for taking the time. I appreciate it so much you have no idea. Well, may be you do. J
All the best to you!
I will just add a couple of important comments about root canals and crowns:
First if you have a root canal you MUST have a crown made to cover the part of the tooth in the mouth ASAP.
Research shows that for a root canal to be successful it must be very well sealed at both ends ( imagine your tooth is like a tube for this concept).
The method your dentist used to seal one end of the tooth (tube) the jaw bone end is paramount for long term success it must produce an excellent seal.
The other end of the tooth (tube) is in the mouth.
Tooth enamel does not appear to seal the tooth well enough after a root canal, since it is porous so crowns are needed.
Root canals will usually fail if they are done but not finished with a crown.
Good seals at both ends of the tooth are necessary to stop bacteria from entering the “tube” only then will the tooth remain symptom free for life.
If you have crowns, they are made of porcelain line material which is physically harder than enamel and with no “give” or elasticity.
Teeth that bite against crowns will be under more stress than other teeth that bite against “elastic” regular tooth enamel.
The crashing of porcelain against a weak or soft tooth will usually cause wear and may be the reason the opposing tooth breaks.
This is a good reason to harden up your teeth BEFORE any cosmetic work with crowns is done.
The reason people have crowns is usually because they have some kind of acidic mouth problem, which has softened their teeth and allowed them to soak up stains and discolor or flake and break.
Putting crowns on these discolored teeth in the upper jaw ( for example) will next lead to wear or problems on the lower teeth.
The only solution is to strengthen up the lower teeth to resist the daily crashing and grinding from these extra-hard upper crowns!
This is true in any part of the mouth with porcelain crowns.
Gold is softer than tooth enamel, so in the old days when gold was used, we did not see these unintended consequences.
I hope this may help you to analyze what happened in your mouth. How damage to one part of the mouth, even when repaired, does not end the story.
Infection and the reason for the damage lives on unless changes are made. Unless mouth acidity is controlled ( and xylitol is the simplest way to do this) more damage will result and so on and so forth……
Most people go to the dentist ( especially for cosmetic work) and think “that is done” but this is not true……..unless they have a way to protect their teeth and make them harder and eradicate the offending problems that caused the damage in the first place!
Thanks so much for your question I am happy to help explain these things mainly because it will seem like common sense when you understand it like this, I am sure.
Have a great week and keep in touch!