I survived today's dentist visit, but then again he did very little except take X-ray photos. Evidently there is no other problem than the broken tooth, but that is quite a problem. Will require killing the root and replacing it with a spike, again. I got an appointment for the 25th for the first phase of this. He initially proposed putting a temporary plastic cap over the broken tooth, but I reminded him that every time he has done that before, the cap had irritated the gums and caused a painful infection. Hopefully the acid won't eat through to the root in 9 days. I don't mind being ugly for the duration: I am not paid for being beautiful, nor is my reproductive success a concern.