Five thousandths of an inch can cost you a tooth
One of my upper lateral incisors is shaky. It is painful and sensitive, so I went to the dentist yesterday. Its lower counterpart was colliding with it in the bite, causing strain, and the x-ray shows the ligature space between the root and bone has eroded noticeably in the two months since my last checkup.
That tooth is already “compromised” which is a way of saying it has history. Years ago it needed a root canal; years later it split vertically and had to be capped. Then it was one of the four teeth that broke in my bike accident six years ago and the crown had to be replaced. So yeah, it ain’t the best, but it’s an important tooth and I really want to keep it.
Anyway, the dentist removed between five and ten thousandths of an inch of material from the inside surface of the crown to provide clearance between the teeth; he called this; “adjusting the bite”. I guess my skull is changing shape as I get older, so the teeth are moving a bit. We might have been too late, it’s wait-and-see. In a week or two, we’ll know. Improvement, if any, will be gradual and today it hurts just about as much.