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So I’m having a late lunch, eating a grilled cheese sandwich and reading a novel, when suddenly - crunch! I immediately get that sinking feeling, as there’s nothing crunchy in a grilled cheese sandwich. Tentative feeling around with my tongue, and… yup, my temp just fell out. Happy Friday to me.

Off on an emergency trip to the dentist (and let me tell you how happy I was that they were in!) to have it glued back in place, and to learn a couple of slick tricks. Now, if you don’t have any inlays, onlays, or crowns, fall down, kiss the ground in thanks, and there’s no need to read further. If you feel my pain… read on.

If your temp falls out when they usually do, on a weekend, in the evening, on vacation… there’s actually two ways to fix it yourself. Apparently drugstores carry some sort of kit for fixing these, with temporary glue. Or, if you can’t find that, you can glue it back in with Fixodent. You know, the denture stuff.

My dental tech regaled me with tales of how she earned some hot young guy’s eternal gratitude on a cruise, when he lost a crown on one of his front teeth. She cleaned it up with a toothpick and glued it in with Fixodent (a la MacGyver), thereby saving his plans for hitting on hot chicks on the cruise. (And, of course, saving him from a lot pain. But the hot chicks were obviously more important. And hot chicks won’t look at you twice if you’re missing a front tooth.)

Just think, armed with this fabulous new knowledge, one day you too may amaze someone, and save the day, when their tooth comes crunching out in the middle of a meal. And now, you may continue with your Friday.