... From the dentist. I just HAD to go back again; I love it so much there. *cough*
Anyhow, the permanent crown is now permanently affixed, and hopefully my jaw can now start settling down. The dentist and I had a nice long chat about what's going on with my TMJD and what we can do to minimize flare-ups. Holly Jane, she was in complete agreement on the bite block and we actually gave it a go!
I'd been thinking about it for the last few days leading up to this appointment, and it seems that both the dentist and I had been taking kind of a reactive attitude; wait until there's a problem and then try to get it under control. I think, instead, we need to be more pro-active (corporate-speak; sorry) and work to keep the jaw calmed down before it goes berserker.
So! Now I have a nice new thousand-dollar *sob* crown in my head, and we'll see what happens with the jaw.
Oh! And my dentist did suggest valium to "smooth out the edges" if the pain continues; anybody have any experience with that?
Oooh! Oooh! And in other news, there was something snuffling and snarfing and pawing through the leaves outside my bedroom window at about 5:30 this morning. I walked around the house this morning and didn't see any chewed-up vegetation (like from deer), or holes in the lawn (like skunks do), so it looks like there's another mystery to solve. Paging Nancy Drew!