All I Want For Christmas Are My Two Front Teeth

Friday, November 4, 2011
This morning, my tooth fell out.

Actually, I shouldn't be so dramatic.

This morning an entire tooth did not fall out of my mouth.

Rather, this morning, as I sat down with my plate full of bacon and blueberry pancake, bit into a piece of bacon and felt a funny sensation in one of my front teeth . . . a cracking sensation. When I went to investigate, I  pulled out a teeny white shell. The shell looked familiar, but I have to admit the first thought that ran through my head was "what the &*@#! was in that bacon?!" But I quickly realized, with a sinking feeling in my stomach, that the familiar white shell was the veneer that had been glued to my front tooth for more than a decade.

Since I was sixteen, I've had veneer caps on my two top front teeth. For whatever reason, both my brother and I suffered severe stains on our permanent top front teeth. No one's sure why. Something in the water? Children's vitamins? Who knows? The moral of the story is that the dentist decided the most fail-proof way to "remove" the stains was to cover them up with supposedly "permanent" veneers.

And it was fail-proof. .  .
See, you can even tell those aren't my "real" front teeth

Until today.

Now I'm missing the front of those veneers, exposing my weird, chiseled down "real" tooth, while back of the veneer still hangs on jaggedly. Trust me, it is not a look quite as cute as this:
Girl with Missing Teeth
As luck would have it, the dentist isn't open on Friday, so I won't know what's going to happen with this tooth of mine until Monday at the earliest. But I'm not in any pain, just a little self-conscious (the veneers always were a matter of vanity) and a little bummed out about more unexpected expenses. And while I certainly wasn't planning on having a tooth cap pop off, my brother has had both of his veneers pop off in the last few years so I knew I might be dealing with this problem sooner or later. Still, bummer.

I swear, all I want for Christmas this year are my two front teeth.

Are you listening Santa?


  1. Oh no! I'm having flashbacks of high school, when I was kissing a boyfriend of mine and our teeth bumped and his tooth chipped... oh the horror...

  2. Ugh! So sorry. I had a crown come off last year and it felt weird and looked terrrible until I could get it fixed. Not exactly the same thing but....teeth things are a pain!!! Hope you can get it fixed soon.

  3. I've considered veneers because I hate my teeth but I knew they had a shelf life of about 10-15 years so I've always refrained from getting them and just settle for having gross teeth (I have no enamel so my teeth stain easily and always get cavities) and closed mouth smiles.

  4. Why not use this as an opportunity to get a few stories about how folks react to people who are missing a smilin' tooth. so sorry about your luck but it did make me smile this morning...glad your not in pain

  5. Glad you are not in pain. But I do wonder, you eat bacon with blue berry pancakes? Same breakfast, same plate, in one go? This foreigner is struggling with this! But a veneer friendly, sweet tooth recipe I posted today: Cinnamon Souffle!

  6. I hope you don't have to use a straw to drink due to sensitivity.

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  7. Sounds like a delicious breakfast - too bad it ended like this! I've always wanted veneers because my teeth stain really easily despite not smoking, drinking coffee/red wine, blah blah blah. I didn't realize they had to be replaced regularly. Hope you can get into the dentist quickly and the bill is manageable. Ugh - why do these things always happen on the weekend?

  8. oh that stinks & these things always seem to happen around the weekend when the dentist is off golfing! hope all gets better asap!

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  9. heheh... I know JUST how you felt! My front crown shattered off a few months ago. I had to wait days to get in. I posted a picture of my peg-tooth smile on FB. Lot's of laughs. And horror. LOL


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