i went to the dentist on tuesday, and they didn't tell me anything i didn't already know (because there are three dental students in our connection group and they know what's up). the verdict is that i'm getting this sucker ripped out next thursday. super fun.
tooth #19 is my arch-nemesis. almost as soon as it grew in when i was a kid, a huge cavity formed, for no apparent reason. so i got a filling. then, when i was 18, the existing tooth around the filling just broke off when i was at a barbecue with some friends. cute. so i had a root canal, refilled the tooth, and put a nice crown on top of all of that. and now, 5 years later, the infection is back with a vengeance and the dentist recommended that we don't give the tooth any more chances. and although i'm pretty sure it's a heck of a lot more expensive to get an implant, i'm pretty convinced it will be better in the long run.