[Rant] Minor Rant III: For a Few Hollers More

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...Are they permanent fillings? Because no matter what I say, ask or do, dentists around here always place temporary fillings first before replacing with a permanent one...And temp ones are around that cost, with permanent ones usually being a bit more expensive, but less visible etc. And temp ones are supposed to be good for a few months but don't ever last past a month with me, either.
I don't know for sure, though granted the dentist made it sound like a temporary one. Still though, having to potentially go through my days with a big hole in my tooth is getting old fast.
 
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I don't know for sure, though granted the dentist made it sound like a temporary one. Still though, having to potentially go through my days with a big hole in my tooth is getting old fast.
Understandable...next time you're there, ask to make sure, and if it's a temp, make a new appointment to have it replaced ASAP. Are you still in the UK? Because one of the downsides of the NHS is that you might get that appointment 3 months from now and need a replacement 2-3 more times :confused:
 
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Understandable...next time you're there, ask to make sure, and if it's a temp, make a new appointment to have it replaced ASAP. Are you still in the UK? Because one of the downsides of the NHS is that you might get that appointment 3 months from now and need a replacement 2-3 more times :confused:
I'm making a trip back to Taiwan in a few weeks, hopefully I'll last till then.

Ah, universal healthcare, I love you so much.
 
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Ah, universal healthcare, I love you so much.
Still beats "I guess I'll walk around with a painfully infected mouth for 6 months until it's urgent because I can't afford the dentist bill" some of the other forumites have been faced with. Haven't some here literally lost teeth because they couldn't afford proper care? I'll take the alternative, even if it involves a bit of a wait (which isn't strictly bound to universal healthcare anyway - there're no wait times for dental care in Belgium for example)
 

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What the heck is a temporary filling.

I've literally never had one. And I've had a lot of fillings. Mine have all gone in and stayed in.
 
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What the heck is a temporary filling.

I've literally never had one. And I've had a lot of fillings. Mine have all gone in and stayed in.
In countries with modern medicine and good medical ethics and short waiting periods, dentists normally put in a temporary filling after clearing a cavity or a root canal, instead of putting in a permanent one right away. Temporary fillings are far easier to remove, without damage to the tooth in question, and can be placed fairly quickly and painlessly. Considering I've had it happen that a root canal hadn't been done properly and had to be redone, I was very happy that didn't mean removing a permanent filling.

Of course,they're not as important if your permanent fillings are still old-fashioned metal crap that's going to come out in a few years anyway.
 
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In countries with modern medicine and good medical ethics and short waiting periods, dentists normally put in a temporary filling after clearing a cavity or a root canal, instead of putting in a permanent one right away. Temporary fillings are far easier to remove, without damage to the tooth in question, and can be placed fairly quickly and painlessly. Considering I've had it happen that a root canal hadn't been done properly and had to be redone, I was very happy that didn't mean removing a permanent filling.

Of course,they're not as important if your permanent fillings are still old-fashioned metal crap that's going to come out in a few years anyway.
If my dentist finds a cavity at a check up I go back in a week or so and he fills it permanently. I also don't understand the temporary filling thing, I assume they exist if your cavity is so bad you need a stop gap solution between appointments.
 
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@Terrik will probably tell you that even the "permanent" fillings are still considered "temporary," they're just longer-lasting.

--Patrick
Should get least 5 years minimum out of resin-based composite/amalgam. Could last significantly longer, depending on the tooth, which surfaces, and # of surfaces restored.

Temp fillings are done as a stop gap before a full restoration can be done, if that's something that's needed. Might be doing an indirect restoration that needs more than one appointment, so you'd get a temp filling to protect the pulp. I assisted in placing a temporary filling today because the patient was going to get a crown later on. So prepped to tooth, got rid of the decay, and did a core build up with resin which will hold down the fort, so to speak, until the patient is ready to come back for the crown.
 

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In countries with modern medicine and good medical ethics and short waiting periods, dentists normally put in a temporary filling after clearing a cavity or a root canal, instead of putting in a permanent one right away. Temporary fillings are far easier to remove, without damage to the tooth in question, and can be placed fairly quickly and painlessly. Considering I've had it happen that a root canal hadn't been done properly and had to be redone, I was very happy that didn't mean removing a permanent filling.

Of course,they're not as important if your permanent fillings are still old-fashioned metal crap that's going to come out in a few years anyway.
I have both metal and resin fillings, and have never lost any of either. Some of these metal fillings are over 20 years old.

Much like Dei, usually if I am found to need a filling, I get another appointment within a week and they drill out the cavity and fill it right then. Especially these days with the resin fillings, it's quick and easy. Never had one come out.

Methinks your soviet dentists are just shitty. :p
 
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Crowns are different stories. They give you a temporary one because they have to craft the "real" crown to put in later... right?
 
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Crowns are different stories. They give you a temporary one because they have to craft the "real" crown to put in later... right?
This rings a bell with me with something my Dad had done a few years back, so I'll give you a "I think so, maybe?" endorsement, but can't help more than that.

Like many others, I've never had a temporary filling, and am back within a week (or two at most) if they find something.
 
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Crowns are different stories. They give you a temporary one because they have to craft the "real" crown to put in later... right?
The one crown I've had, that's what they did. They took a mold of my teeth, drilled out the decay, filled it with a temp filling, and I came back in a couple weeks after the crown came back from wherever they ordered it from.

I've never had a temp filling that was just put in place to wait for a real filling later. Though I suppose there are some special circumstances where it might be warranted.
 
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Crowns are different stories. They give you a temporary one because they have to craft the "real" crown to put in later... right?
Yeah. Sometimes it's different material, sometimes we use resin. Resin was used today because the hope was that after the tooth was prepped and enough tooth structure remained, we could just make a composite restoration instead of needing the crown. Also inlays/onlays require a temporary filling as well.
 
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Still beats "I guess I'll walk around with a painfully infected mouth for 6 months until it's urgent because I can't afford the dentist bill" some of the other forumites have been faced with. Haven't some here literally lost teeth because they couldn't afford proper care? I'll take the alternative, even if it involves a bit of a wait (which isn't strictly bound to universal healthcare anyway - there're no wait times for dental care in Belgium for example)
Also beats "well I guess I'm going to file my chipped tooth down so that the sharp edge that was made by longer cuts my cheek."

Which is something I did today.
 
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Yeah. Sometimes it's different material, sometimes we use resin. Resin was used today because the hope was that after the tooth was prepped and enough tooth structure remained, we could just make a composite restoration instead of needing the crown. Also inlays/onlays require a temporary filling as well.
I was saying "Right?" to you, @Terrik, because I have a temporary crown in my upper right at the present time. (3rd from the back; had a crack in it which necessitated the crown.)
 
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I've been kinda glued to Twitter thanks to my sickness and 2 weeks of mostly lying in bed and I think that that's definitely been fucking cured tonight. Nothing like accidently seeing some minor Youtube celebrity whom you've never really followed because of his weird Dark Souls randomized create a character face's baby dick and weird 12 year old boy's body because you follow two people tangentially related to him and he's apparently a huge sleazeball. Fuck off. Fuck right off.
 
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I just learned that a girl I went out with a long time ago passed away. She was in her early 30s and it was sudden. I didn't know until I read the Silver Taps update in the alumni newsletter and saw her name. We didn't date for very long and we hadn't seen each other in years, but she was nice. That's about the sum of this rant. She was a nice person with a good life ahead of her and now she's gone.
 
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The lyrics for “Square Pegs” even kinda fit if you sub “Square Cows.”
Square cows, square cows, square, square cows
Always never quite right
I'd like it if they liked us, but I don't think they like us
So tell me where's the party, and how come we weren't invited?
One size does not fit all
—Patrick
 
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Just got back from the dentist. I have the worst GD gums. Using a waterpick every day along with brushing and they're still not getting any better. Now they recommend this expensive ass mouth piece treatment that costs a thousand dollars (that I just don't have) and requires peroxiding my gums twice a day.

All this and I've only ever had one cavity my whole life. My gums though, fuck em.
 
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I vaguely remember my step-mother being told by her dentist, "Your teeth are fine. Your gums, however, gotta go."
 
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I hear that. I snapped at a student last month too.

And today, my last class had a quiet class period of busy work. At the end of the class, one of my best students handed in her work and said she was going to tell her counselor about me, then she stormed out. Her classmates gave me a "WTF?" look. My colleagues told me to not lose any sleep over it. Weird, eh?
 
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I hear that. I snapped at a student last month too.

And today, my last class had a quiet class period of busy work. At the end of the class, one of my best students handed in her work and said she was going to tell her counselor about me, then she stormed out. Her classmates gave me a "WTF?" look. My colleagues told me to not lose any sleep over it. Weird, eh?
Look, a teacher looking that hot is an undue distraction and it's just unfair!
 
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