I got the teeth cleaned on Monday. That alone would have been fine, but nooooo....!
The reason I have had a hard time chewing on one side of my mouth is that a cusp (around a filling) had broken off and was still in my mouth only because it was attached to my gums. It would move with the slightest touch. The dental hygienist looked a little shocked.
The dentist numbed my gum and then popped the floating cusp out of my mouth. It left a nice little hole for me to contend with for an evening. I left his office with an appointment bright and early the next morning.
Day 2 found me in the chair getting the hole filled. The new filling attaches to the old filling. If in six weeks I have no sensitivity, I am to return for a crown. Lovely! The crown comes with a nice little price tag, too!
By the way, if in six weeks my mouth feels like it does right now-- I may have to shoot someone. The pain feels like chewing on aluminum foil: little electric-like shocks.
The Mr. calls me the "little princess" or "LP" for short. And now, I'm going to have a crown-- just not quite the one I expected!!