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    Strange vibration

    Hello yall! I’m really needing advice. All you brainy, physics-minded guys……please think this through and help me out if you can!

    Quick recap (skipping the gory details, unless you want to read them):

    I have had porcelain crowns put on my top two front teeth due to an injury to those teeth 6 years ago. I was playing professionally at the time of the injury and would like to have the opportunity to play on a professional level again. I’ve known that the first step would be to crown those teeth, then re-evaluate from there what the future holds for my playing. That’s where I am now.

    The crowns are there and they look great. The dentist understood about getting the crowns just right (no bulk) for trumpet playing and has done a beautiful job. The problem is that those teeth vibrate every now and then. They are touching slightly and when I play certain pitches, I guess my lips cause them to make a little buzzing sound. It’s so frustrating!! I’ve gone in twice and he has carefully “sanded” a little between the teeth but it is still not enough. I go in again on Tuesday (the last time before my Christmas Eve gig…yikes!)

    At this point, I have two choices: Have him sand more off until they don’t touch at all, ruin all his beautiful work and have an all-star spitting gap….or have him slightly bond the two teeth together so they don’t vibrate. I need to add that I’ve been playing a little for the past 6 years with the two original teeth bonded together without any problems. I just didn’t want to try to depend on those teeth long term, as they needed frequent re-bonding.

    I worried that with these crowns I would have to learn to play all over again, but that's not happening at all. Basically the only thing in my way right now is this stupid vibration. I know that's what it is because I can place a little piece of waxed floss between those teeth and it stops. I’d play with the floss there, but it unravels after a few minutes….I’d hate to inhale it!!

    Any thoughts on this situation would be greatly appreciated!!! Thanks!!


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    Umm... does the audience hear the vibration? Do you find it physically annoying?... or is it just a "sensation" that you are aware of that you are concerned about?

    If the latter then I'd just live with it and it'll probably go away.

    If it's physically annoying (the way I find the vibration of "free buzzing" physically irritating .... a strong "tickle" that I can't stand) then ... I'm at a loss.

    If the audience can hear it.. then you DO have a problem and need to do "what it takes" to get rid of it. If that involves some reshaping... then that's what you need to have done. The dentist should understand.

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