12 March, 2004
I am hoping to go to the mikveh in the next few days. I recently went to the dentist and learned that I have a cracked tooth that requires a crown. The tooth has a deep filling in it. I specifically asked the dentist whether the tooth or the filling was cracked and he indicated that it was the tooth. He has said that eventually the tooth will break if I do not cap it. The filling, while intact, is being held by the tooth that is cracked. The procedure to fix the tooth is complex and requires three dental visits (including a temporary cap) It is not possible to do the dental work prior to my current mikveh date. Additionally the crown is very expensive and the dentist said that I can manage indefinitely without the procedure by care in chewing hard things. My personal preference would be to not immediately do the dental work but wait until it is more exigent (pain or breaking) and more convenient –after Pesach. Does the situation with the tooth (eventual need to cap (take out filling?)) present any current problem in attending the mikveh (chatzizah) and would the process of fixing the tooth require that I schedule it such that it is complete and not in process before another mikveh visit.
The tooth itself is part of your body and thus is not a chatzitzah. A well fitted temporary cap that is meant to be in place for a month or more (this is generally the case, as it is put back on after each step) is also not a chatzitzah. It thus appears that you can make your decisions without worrying about it interfering with mikveh immersion. It may not be wise to delay the procedure indefinitely, as an inadvertent bite on a hard object can lead to a much more extensive problem.
This internet service does not preclude, override or replace the psak of any rabbinical authority. It is the responsibility of the questioner to inform us of any previous consultation or ruling. As even slight variation in circumstances may have Halachic consequences, views expressed concerning one case may not be applied to other, seemingly similar cases. All health and health-related information contained within Nishmat's Women's Health & Halacha Web site is intended to be general in nature and should not be used as a substitute for consulting with your health care professional. The advice is intended to offer a basis for individuals to discuss their medical condition with their health care provider but not individual advice. Although every effort is made to ensure that the material within Nishmat's Women's Health & Halacha Web site is accurate and timely, it is provided for the convenience of the Web site user but should not be considered official. Advice for actual medical practice should be obtained from a licensed health care professional.
For further questions or comments:
The Nishmat Women's Health and Halacha Site is a public service of Nishmat, The Jeanie Schottenstein Center for Advanced Torah Study for Women. This project and others like it are made possible by contributions from people like you. If you have benefited from the service, and wish to enable us to help others, click here to donate.
Users of Internet filtering services: This site discusses sensitive subjects that some services filter without visual indication. A page that appears 100% complete might actually be missing critical Jewish-law or medical information. To ensure that you view the pages accurately, ask the filtering service to whitelist all pages under yoatzot.org.