That meant another dental appointment several days later to have impressions taken. Which is how I can tell you that dental impression material tastes like Satan's butthole (and no, they didn't have flavoured stuff available - apparently it doesn't hold the impression as well. WEIRD). Today, I had to go back and spend an hour in the chair having the splint fitted.
First of all, if you have to get an anti-teeth-grinding splint? Wear crappy clothes to get it done. You'll end up covered in little plastic shavings from where they file bits off to make it fit your bite properly. Also, you will end up with a mouthful of little plastic shavings, which have a texture very reminiscent of sand. Next, they might have to use some kind of acrylic to build up the underside of it to fit your bite. Said acrylic will smell like burning and make you think that you're going to die when they put the splint in your mouth covered in the stuff.
And then (although I'm not sure if this applies to ALL dentists or just mine), they'll present you with the cast of your teeth. WHAT THE HELL DO I DO WITH THIS, PEOPLE??????????
I mean, seriously. Jorah suggested painting it and using it to hold jewellery or gum. Any other brilliant suggestions?? (Also? Witness the total lack of points on my canine teeth. *This* is why I need the splint.)
Finally, you'll have to pay for your splint. Because nothing says a session at the dentist like a $700 bill! O.o
|Not made of gold, despite what I assumed based on the cost.|
And that, kids, ends my public service announcement about why you shouldn't grind your teeth.
[Disclaimer: my dentist and the other staff are awesome. I have no problems with their work, or the fact that the splint will save me a lot of jaw pain/lack of teeth into the future. I just wanted to whinge about being poor and get suggestions on what to do with my plaster teeth!]