Ok, it wasn't a real tooth. Only a crown.
I had it put on two years ago because my tooth had a crack in it and it's been bothering me ever since.
For the first year it was achy a lot. Sometimes even throbbing. Then that went away and I was left with some sensitivity issues. Like whenever I drink cold water or eat ice cream, it sends me through the roof.
I've been talking to the dentist about this problem and we've been trying to solve it: taking x-rays to watch for infection, switching brands of sensitive toothpaste, filing it down to correct a possible biting issue. Nothing has helped.
So yesterday when I was there for a cleaning, I basically asked for a root canal. Normally you think of root canals as being horrific and painful, but my mom just had one not that long ago and she all but described it as a lovely experience. It probably ranked up there with foot rubs and chocolate.
I'm stretching a bit, but pain was no where in her description.
So, I'm sitting in the chair, wondering if I might have temporarily lost my sanity after realizing what I had just asked. But I was told I'd have to undergo some "tests" to determine whether or not a root canal would help my problem.
Getting on with my story, this morning, in the shower I was using my handy-dandy oral irrigater when I hit on an extremely sensitive spot in the vicinity of the crown. Thinking it was probably just because I had my teeth cleaned and there were maybe some raw spots where the dentin was exposed, I continued with the waterpik. Then "pop", out it came.
Hmmmm....that might explain a thing or two.
I called the dentist to see if I could get in real quick and as luck would have it, they aren't open Friday thru Sunday. Great. Oh but never fear, they have a "dental emergency" number. Another answering machine. Joy.
But, long story short, I was able to get in and get the thing cemented back on. And it was probably more painful than a root canal! =)