Well, ok, today I get crowns put on my teeth. Pfft, details.
Update (9:40 p.m.): It was much less of a production that I had imagined - I didn't even need anesthetic beyond the nitrous. I'd gone out and stocked up on non-chewing-intensive food, simply because I'd been so sore after the first appointment, but I'm fine. Without ibuprofen, even.
I love my dentist - now there's something I never thought you'd catch me saying. Many thousand thank-yous to tani_chick for the recommendation!!