How Many Crowns do you Wear?

Happy weekend ladies! This one couldn’t come soon enough for me. In the category of too much information, I thought I’d share my week with you…lest you think mine’s all glamorous and fun:)

Three days before we flew home from Mexico, I bit into something and loosened my front crown…or so I thought.

in the dentist chair

The Monday we got home, I saw my dentist who informed me that my crown was just fine but I’d snapped off the tooth the crown is attached to. Ouch! As he explained my options I began to cry and when he mentioned dentures I lost it. I suddenly felt fragile and it didn’t feel good. The problem is this tooth is hanging by a thread and won’t survive for long. My solution would take months to complete and having no front tooth would be a big challenge for my confidence.

I won’t go into the gruesome details, but if you look at yesterday’s Dressing Room Diaries, you won’t see many toothy smiles on me 🙂 I have a long way to go to complete the restoration. In the interim, I’m wearing a stay plate (partial denture) and lisping like crazy. I opted to get an implant and new crown, which will take 5-6 months. I’m once again reminded how blessed I am that these bionic parts and repairs are available to us.

Just keeping it real ladies because we all have challenges and learn from each other. I lost a crown this week but have a shiny new expensive one on its way 🙂

And now for a little retail therapy!

There are some great sales this weekend that you might want to take advantage of.

Ann Taylor is offering 40% off select style with the code SHOP40 at checkout.

Loft is offering an extra 50% off select spring favorites, no code necessary.

Macy’s is offering an extra 20% off select styles with code MORE .

Lord & Taylor is offering 30% off select with code NOTKIDDING.

Anthropologie is offering $20 off every $100 spent with code SURPRISE.

JCPenney is offering 20% off with code BIGSALE9.

JCrew Factory is offering an extra 50% off with the code ALLMINE.

Neiman Marcus is offering 25% off spring essentials with code CHICWEEK.

Old Navy is offering an extra 40%off select, no code necessary.

Whew, that’s a lot of sales!

Thanks for reading and smile!




  1. Jennifer I am sorry you are going through this. I want to let you know that you are not alone! I am going to have the same kind of oral surgery on side molars that were also crowned. Losing jaw bone. I, too, have been tearful over the time consuming process as well as the cost. Ouch! Thank you for the reminder that we are indeed blessed by technology.

  2. I wear an acrylic (i.e.,hard plastic) night guard (in dental terms “appliance”) for TMJ issues. My dentist told me it also works to protect my crowns. Who knew? How many people with crowns know this???

  3. My four front teeth are crowned and I have terrible dreams sometimes that my crowns fall off or my teeth fall out. I guess I need to start wearing bite guards. Do people wear them on top and bottom? And what would make your tooth break off under the crown? Scary thought and I hope all this is past you soon!

    1. My dentist is going to make me a night guard for the top teeth once this repair is finished. I don’t think you wear one top and bottom. Just one of them to prevent grinding. I am a clencher so it will help reduce stress on my teeth. My teeth are not aligned well, top to
      bottom so they’ve had a lot of pressure put on them and one just finally snapped!!

  4. I understand your issues with your teeth, Lord knows I’ve had plenty. One thing about the flipper my husband has, he takes it out when he’s at home. One day he couldn’t find it and then found it on the floor. One of our dogs had chewed on it., He cut the chewed parts off, cleaned it and back in his mouth it went. They are too expensive to throw away! Lol

    1. That’s funny Angie! My dentist warned me that dogs love to chew on these so I’m being very, very careful with mine 🙂

  5. Oh so very sorry to hear of this issue, the front teeth are so important. I was erroneously told a few years back I would need to lose a molar (crowned with root canal done) and go through process of an implant. Thankfully (somewhat) it was the major nerve causing the pain. I was devastated to think of losing a tooth even for 6 months.
    I was thinking, would an ivisalign help with keeping the flipper in place, giving more confidence. Then after the stub is removed and waiting for the implant post to heal, an invisalign to keep a prop/cap/veneer floating ‘in place’ for everyday living until the crown is placed on the post? I know crazy thought but I can’t imagine a flipper lasting the length of time needed especially in the front which takes the brunt during all awake time.
    Best wishes to you, this too shall pass. I am sure you will pass through this with grace as you always present with such elegance and poise.

    1. Thanks so much Kitty! After 48 hours wearing this flipper, I agree with you, I can’t imagine it lasting long enough to get the implant finished. I’ll have to ask my dentist about all these other ideas!!

  6. Not the best way to end your Mexico trip but not the end of the world, either. I know your positive attitude will carry you through. I had a knee replacement, followed by a hip. Painful – yes. But it gave me my mobility back and I’m grateful that we have those options. Getting old is not for the weak. ????

  7. So sorry for your dental challenges, it can be very distressing when the image we are comfortable with changes. So grateful that you are getting good care, have options and made the choice that is right for you. Good luck, hang in there and thanks for your posts. I always look forward to reading your blog.

  8. I feel so bad for you Jennifer. What an experience! I’m glad you are happy with your choice. I think I would have gone down that route too. I have such horrible thoughts when it comes to dentures. I’m positive they are nothing like they used to be. My one grandmother used to leave her’s on her plate and put the plate in the fridge. Frightening when you’re a small child..ha! You take care. xo

    1. It would be frightening to see dentures on a plate in the fridge now! They have come a long way, but I am very glad mine is temporary until the implant surgery. xoxox

  9. Oh dear! I had no idea we could break the tooth beneath the crown! This is especially to me as I have over the years, acquired multiple crowns! I do wear teeth guards every night and they help.

    I will be watching to see how your new tooth does!

    1. This was a shock for sure. Night guards are in my future but wouldn’t have prevented this disaster 🙂

  10. On a lighter note, Jennifer, your pink toes look great in your stylish sandals! So sorry you’re having to deal with the tooth issue. Seems like there are a lot of rude surprises at this stage in our lives!

  11. Jennifer, I totally understand your feelings; it’s so very hard to deal with these physical issues that can come on so suddenly; however, that said, one of my greatest “GRATITUDES” IS MODERN DENTISTRY. (Without doubt, thinking back to the “old days” with it’s pain & lack of choices, we now have the options you are choosing…). Thank you for sharing “reality” with us; wishing you well..!

    1. I wasn’t sure I should share but I’m glad I did. We all struggle and teeth are so important for our confidence!

  12. So sorry to hear about your dental PROBLEM. You have such a great attitude and that is so important.????????????????????????

  13. I feel for you Jennifer. I don’t know if you realize this or not, but I’m a retired dentist. So, of course, I have to give my two cents!!
    I think an implant is the best option, even though it takes longer than we like! And the lisping does get better—I promise! I’ve gotten creative in the past in these situations. If you can’t get used to that flipper—depending on your bite you could have the denture tooth bonded to it’s neighbors?? It’s just somewhat fragile??
    And I’m sure your dentist has recommended a night guard for the future—to me nightguards are great insurance!!
    ps…If you ever want any 2nd opinion—I’d be happy to help!

    1. Thank you Jody! This flipper is driving me crazy but I’m really blessed to have it. He didn’t mention glueing it to the adjoining teeth but I’ll ask him about it! XO

  14. I have a beautiful friend, a former model, going through this implant procedure right now. She must take her temporary out to eat as it is apparently very fragile. If it were me, I would be eating at home for the six months, but not her. She is living life to the fullest, part of it with a missing front tooth! At the same time, her husband is going through chemo. Tough times indeed. It makes me say thank you to my teeth and all the other parts that are doing their jobs and keeping it together. How much we take our health and working parts for granted! Good luck with your dentistry and thanks for sharing such a vulnerable situation.

    1. Oh my gosh, Penelope. Sending good thoughts for your friend. I’m having trouble eating with mine too and terrified I’ll break it. I have a conference coming up and a business trip for a brand which I must admit, I’m now dreading with this plate. I told my husband just last night that I’d rather skip them. Ive got to figure out the talking and eating part pretty quick.

  15. So sorry Jennifer…that’s a difficult one! Thankfully we are in a day and age where fixes are available. My daughter and I were in the Nashville airport just about to board and I bit into a “Kind” bar…snapping off a front cap. I spent the next week in Manhatten with a ridiculous smile. When I finally got home it was two months before everything was fixed…and back to normal. I would cry at the word dentures too! Blessings to you my friend.

    1. Oh Cheryl that must have been a tough trip. Front teeth are so visible!! I cried but this stay plate is a type of temperature denture containing 1 tooth which I now feel blessed to have…temporarily:)

  16. Jennifer – Sorry to hear of your dental challenges and I wish you patience as you move through the process. Dental implants are a great option for this type of case where your other teeth are still fine. Take good care of yourself!
    Thanks for the heads up on sales this weekend, trying to find a top to wear under a chambray blazer, maybe I will find one on sale.

    1. Thanks Deanne! You’re right. I didn’t want to destroy the adjacent teeth by getting a bridge. Plus I’m apparently hard on my front teeth and he thought there was a great likelihood that I could just snap the bridge. Then I’d be down 3 teeth. Yikes!

  17. Awww! Hope your dental issues are speedy and pain-free (impossible!) You’re right that we are blessed with technology that repairs broken parts of out anatomies (for me heart and knee) that in generations past women would just have to live (if at all) with pain—-and missing teeth.

    1. Thanks Sue! You’re a trouper. You’re so right. If they couldn’t replace my missing front tooth, my life would be dramatically altered. We are lucky.

  18. So sorry to hear about your tooth, Jennifer! I hope the implant process goes smoothly. Thanks for all the sale links. I’m on the hunt for a swimsuit and cover up. With your recent beach trip, I’d love it if you could do a post about styles trends in swimwear. I have my eye on a full-length sarong, but am puzzled as to what would be a nice cover-up on top to go with it.

    1. That’s a good idea for a post! I haven’t bought a suit for years so I’ll have to go familiarize myself with the options.

  19. I’ve had a Maryland bridge for years due to an incisor I lost to bone deterioration. That bridge is long overdue for replacement so I’m having a new bridge installed that will affect not only the missing tooth but also the tooth on either side. This is right at the front of my mouth so I’m a bit terrified! As you say, thank goodness solutions are available (I needed this reminder, so thanks). Caring for and feeling good about our teeth is definitely pertinent to this time in our lives!

  20. Good luck Jennifer, I’m three months into acquiring implants three and four so I empathise with your anxiety. But don’t worry about your appearance- it turns out no one noticed my temporary plate nor have they picked up on the three temporaries I’m currently wearing . Hope all goes well, Ann

    1. Thanks for the encouragement Ann! This lisping is driving me crazy so I’m practicing how to talk with it.

  21. Best of luck with the front tooth. I have a dental implant for an eye tooth. It was a long process, but I would do it again. Very positive results.

  22. Yikes…that’s a wild story re: your crown. I have multiple crowns (and am getting a new one this week…ugh), and hadn’t considered the tooth that anchors them could break off. Oh my. I wish you the best in repairing it. I know implants are no joke.

    Meanwhile,your dressing room diaries are still great and no one noticed your smiles lacked teeth. 🙂 Hang in there…

    1. This will be my second implant yet I’m still nervous about the surgery. If I think too hard about it I feel queasy.????

  23. Implant and crown is the way to go. It takes months, but when it’s finished you will be happy with the result, as I am. Be patient. Good luck!

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