September 8th, 2013

2011 July

Longhorn Broke My Tooth

This evening, we went to Longhorn Steak House, a place that we’ve been to several times and we like much better than Outback. As one of my sides, I upgraded to the Ranch House Cobb, which sounded delicious. The ingredients were hand-chopped romaine, grilled corn salsa, fresh avocado, tomato, cheddar jack, and crisp bacon with smoky tomato ranch. How could I go wrong?

It turns out a lot can go wrong.

While I was eating the salad, which I did indeed find delicious, I crunched into something incredibly hard. I had originally thought that it was just like an overcooked piece of bacon because that’s the only thing that would give me any sort of crunchy texture. I spat out the hard piece and discovered that it wasn’t bacon. Then I spat out another piece that turned out to be my tooth.

Rock on left and Tooth on right

I don’t currently have a clue what that piece is. Looks like a piece of granite to me. I don’t even know how it could have gotten there. I have never in my life washed out any piece of vegetable matter and come away with anything more than a bit of gritty dirt. A rock is completely new to me.

I told the manager, he had me fill out a liability form and told me that corporate will call me tomorrow. Theoretically, they’ll cover the cost of repairing my tooth, but what it won’t cover is the ruining of my evening. Sunday is pretty much date night for me and Hubs, but we had to skip the rest of the evening and go to the store looking for dental wax (which Target didn’t have, but luckily Walgreens did.)

I called my dentist and left a message, as it is Sunday, they aren’t open. I’m hoping that they’ll have space for me in the morning.

What I got from Walgreens was something called Dentemp, which is basically a putty you put over your tooth. It’s a temporary solution to lost crowns or lost fillings. We went home, I gargled with warm salt water and then put this putty over my tooth, which was not easy. The putty wasn’t sticky enough and bits and pieces starting falling off and for about an hour, I was spitting out little pieces. Let me tell you that it tastes terrible, but it goes away after a while. It’s now covered up. Only thing left to do is wait impatiently for the dentist to call me back.

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