Sunday night, at supper, a crown on my front-right tooth fell out - CRAP!
The dentist I've used here in AZ already tried to get me to agree to replacing it for about $2500, or getting an implant for close to $6000, and I said "No way!". I MIGHT have added a 'modifier' to ...way...
I've had several crowns done in Algodones, Mexico (220 miles away), over the last ten years, so Monday I phoned down for an appointment Tuesday, and another Wednesday, to have the root 'prepped', a cast made, then the new crown installed (quoted at $230), over those two days. Latest I could get in that would allow all that to be done over two days was at 1100 hrs Tuesday, so I agreed I'd be there, then got my bike ready.
Alarm went off at 0450 Tuesday. After a quick shave'n'shower, ONE coffee, some oatmeal, and I was out the garage door on BIG RED at 0550, headed S and W, my Tourmaster Synergy jacket liner ON, at setting 3, but SOON increased to level 5 as it was dam*ed CHILLY!!!
A quick stop for gas in Casa Grande, then back onto I-10 to the exit to I-8, then W, freezing my butt off! I was wishing I'd taken a few minutes to change to my larger windshield, AND warmer gloves than the winter pair I had on, but no use griping about it!
Sun-up started about 0710, but my heated jacket was ON all the way to Yuma, then Algodones, a total of 220 miles from the house, and I FINALLY removed all that at 1000 in the parking lot beside the border, then made my way to the dentist, a TAD early for the appointment.
Much to my surprise they accepted me early, so I settled into the dentist-chair as the assistant put the little 'napkin-thing' around my neck, then the dentist had a look at the damage.
She asked if I had the 'old' crown. I nodded affirmative, as I pulled it out of my pocket. She examined it, held it up, asked IF I would like it replaced?
"Can you DO that?" I asked.
"Yes, and it'll be 'good as new' when I'm done," she replied, "at a cost of $50".
I told her to go ahead, and 30 minutes later I walked out the door, my "smile" restored, the EXTRA $180 still in my wallet...! I did a few minutes of shopping (a bottle of Kahlua),
and headed to the US Immigration and Customs, then back to BIG RED, the time now 1130, so I knew I could turn around and ride back home before sunset!
I removed the liner from my jacket, then stowed IT and the Tourmaster liner in a saddlebag, started the engine, heading E toward the CA/AZ border at the Colorado River at the western edge of Yuma.
I filled up my tank in down-town Yuma, just off the Interstate, where these painted tanks are....