Medical conditions - Delayed Pressure Urticaria (any pressure causes huge swelling to that area lasting 24-48+ hours)
- Alergies (pain killers, some antibiotics and most random medications)
Around 2 months ago I cracked a tooth completely down the centre, half fell out straight away, including half of the root and the other I pulled out with a little wiggling a few weeks later. Two weeks after this a small piece of tooth pushed through the gum and fell out. Some days after another piece pushed its way through the side of my gum and was constantly catching on my tongue. There was never any pain or infection. This piece just didn't want to come out so I visited the dentist thinking it wouldn't be too much trouble to remove. (Bad experience before had made me unwilling to go sooner)
I was given two injections, one in the side of the gum and the other in the roof of my mouth (which almost instantly caused the palete to swell and make it hard to breath). I just closed my eyes, hoping the reaction didn't get any worse and that it would soon be over. The dentist poked around a little and I felt a piece of something land on my tongue, over I though. They then proceeded to poke around and then pushed something hard into the space where the tooth once was. There was alot of pressure and alot of cracking. She was poking, pushing and drilling for what seemed like forever. She kept sending the assistant out for different instruments, doing more pushing and poking and finally after 30 minutes she held up infront of me a tooth. A whole tooth, except where it had been drilled and smashed whilst she was trying to get it out. I was given 3 stitches in the side of my gum and antibiotics and told to return in a week to have the stitches out.
I left there gobsmacked in more ways than one. I picked up the antibiotics and straight away took the only pain killers I am not allergic too. Later the swelling got worse, I had expected it because of the urticaria. My lips, tongue, mouth, the whole left side of my face. What I couldn't understand was the being able to "breath" with my mouth closed. It was hard to drink and impossible to eat, even talking was annoying as strange sounds came from where my tooth once was. After a week of not being able to sleep, hardly eat or drink, open my mouth or talk properly I returned to the dentist to have the stitches out. Another painful experience but over fast. I was told to take another course of antibiotics, even though when I asked if I had got an infection I was told no. I couldn't wait to get back out of there.
After a while I realised that since the stitches had gone I could once again open my mouth, talk and eat without too much pain. I had a little peek at where the stitches had been and was horrified. It seemed that the inside of my mouth had been stitched to my gum and now apart again there was a gapping hole. Not just a hole but what I can only imagine is what is left of smashed up jawbone. There is no gum left on the side of where the "tooth" was just exposed jagged bone. Also on the inside, palete area is a very painful protrusion.
I am dare I say, a little scared to return to the dentist and have no idea if my mouth will ever be the same again. Will I now always have this exposed bone and painful lump on my palete?